| | Register Now for the 15th Annual Veterans Summit! The Texas Veterans Commission would like to invite you to attend the 15th Annual Veterans Summit, which will be held from February 11-13, 2013. This year, we are pleased to partner with the City of Austin to hold the Summit at the Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas.
Monday, February 11, will feature a number of exciting events:
A Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar from 8:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will provide information on funding sources, mentors,
marketing strategies, securing federal contracts and more for Veteran
An informational meeting from 9:00 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. on the latest Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant
solicitation (Series XIII-A) that opens on January 25, 2013.
Training for non-profit organizations and
Veterans Service Organizations that provide services to Texas Veterans
and their families that will feature two workshops: (1) Planning for
Program Evaluation and Grant Reporting; and (2) Understanding Strategic
Alliances: A Continuum.
A Women Veterans “Get-to-Work” Seminar
& Workshop from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. that will focus on personal
finances, budgeting, community service programs, employment, and
Tuesday, February 12, is the official start of the Summit:
The Opening Session and Keynote will
begin at 8:00 a.m. and will offer insights from our elected officials
and others who advocate on behalf of Texas Veterans and their families.
After the opening session, there will be a
series of general session events including a panel featuring members of
the Fully Developed Claims Initiative and the State Strike Force Teams
authorized by Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst
and Speaker Joe Straus that are helping Texas Veterans with disability
claims currently pending in the backlog of claims at U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs; and industry employer panel; a panel on Veteran
education benefits; and a panel on women Veterans.
Other breakout sessions will focus on
claims, employment, education, women Veterans, Veteran entrepreneurship
and business ownership, criminal justice, mental health, and social
At 1:00 pm, the Veterans Expo opens,
which will continue on through the next day. The Veterans Expo will
include state, local, and federal government agencies, Veterans’
organizations, not-for-profit organizations, schools and companies that
provide Veteran-specific services which assist Veterans and their
The Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The City of Austin will sponsor a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Summit will continue at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13:
General session panels will feature state legislators and federal legislative staff.
There will also be breakout sessions on Veterans Courts, housing, mental health, property tax, media, and outreach.
The Summit will conclude with a closing
session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., which will feature Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst as the keynote speaker.
From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Veterans
Expo will continue and will also include a Veterans Clinic. The Clinic
will feature Claims, Employment, and Education Clinics where staff from
the Texas Veterans Commission will be available to provide direct,
one-on-one assistance to Veterans.
There is no cost to attend the Summit, but you do need to register online to attend at www.tvc.texas.gov/summit.aspx. You can also request a table for the Expo when you register. All registrations are requested no later than February 4, 2013.
If your attendance at the Summit will
require a hotel stay, the Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin – Downtown
has set aside a block of rooms at a rate of $108 per night. There is a
link to make a reservation on the Summit registration page or you can
call the hotel directly at (512) 478-9611 and identify yourself as part
of the “Texas Veterans Commission Summit.” The deadline for reservations
is January 21, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
that your schedule will allow you to join us. We also hope that you
will tell others who serve Veterans and their families about the Summit
and encourage them to attend as there is much to be gained from our
collective work and experience.