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E-Vets Newsletter March 5, 2013

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E-Vets Newsletter


March 5, 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE

Senate Committee will discuss Hazlewood Act at March 6 meeting





Veterans Cash lottery game helps female Veterans get back on their feet





15th Annual Veterans Summit 'Answered the Call'

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OTHER NEWS





LEGISLATURE: Measures would help Texas Veterans, service members and families





Davis proposes boost in Vets funding





Veterans Expo Offers Support in Fight Against Benefit Backlog





Creating Texas Veteran business owners





Job-Hunting Tips for Post 9/11 Veterans

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UNSUBSCRIBE INSTANTLY





OUR ONLINE VETERAN PARTNERS:





Veterans Land Board





Texas Military Forces





Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board





Texas Workforce Commission





TexVet: Partners Across Texas





211 Texas





Texas Lottery Commission





Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans





Please send comments or suggestions to webadministrator@tvc.state.tx.us




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Look for the new Veterans Cash ticket at your local retailer!









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For information on upcoming Veterans Events in your area, please visit the

TVC Calendar.
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Senate Committee will discuss Hazlewood Act at March 6 meeting





On
March 6, 2013, the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI)
Committee of the Texas Senate will hold a hearing focusing on state
educational benefits for Veterans and their families.






One
state benefit that will be discussed is the Hazlewood Act, which
provides an educational benefit to Texas Veterans, and certain
dependents or spouses of Texas Veterans, by authorizing an exemption
from tuition and required fees to a maximum of 150 semester credit hours
at public institutions of higher education in Texas.






Universities
around the state have vocalized concerns that the Hazlewood Act has
become burdensome, and they want the 83rd Texas Legislature to find a
way to reimburse the universities for the waived tuition and fees for
Veterans and their children.






“I
am committed to defending Hazlewood benefits for our Veterans and their
families, because they have earned it,” said State Sen. Leticia Van de
Putte, Chair of VAMI. “The ‘burden’ that Texas universities now face is
not caused by Veterans, who have received this benefit for years. The
burden is caused by a Legislature that cut funding to its universities.”






According
to data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB),
17,869 Veterans and 4,716 spouses and children of eligible Veterans
received Hazelwood benefits during FY2011. Since the implementation of
the Post 9/11 GI Bill in 2009, there has been a rapid increase in the
use of both federal and state education benefits.






“When
budgeting is done with a cuts-only mentality, as was done in the 82nd
Legislature, real people pay the consequences,” said Sen. Van de Putte.
“I hope the 83rd Legislature will not decide to balance the budget on
the backs of those who made enormous sacrifices for us, including
military families. I think the testimony given at the March 6 hearing
will put a human face on Hazlewood — we’ll hear directly from those who
will be hurt if we fail to properly invest in the education of Texans.”






According
to a report produced by the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), the total
value of awards for Hazlewood Act has increased from approximately $24.7
million in fiscal year 2009 to $71.9 million in fiscal year 2011 since
the implementation of the Hazlewood Legacy Act in fiscal year 2010. In
the General Appropriations Act, the budgets of
public institutions of higher education in Texas are $7.9 billion for fiscal year 2012.





Though
there are approximately 28 educational benefits or exemptions available
to Texans according to THECB, only the Hazlewood Act has come under
scrutiny during this legislative session.






Capt.
Sergio Tristan of the Texas National Guard has created a Facebook page
to highlight and educate the public on the benefits of the Hazlewood
Act. (
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Veterans-In-Defense-of-the-Hazlewood-Act/153915298100244)





“In
my opinion the numbers are irrelevant,” said Tristan. “Any reduction in
Veteran benefits [is] incompatible with Texas values.”






To learn more about the qualifications for the Hazlewood Act, the Hazlewood Legacy Act, or apply for the benefit, please visit http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx.








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Veterans Cash lottery game helps female Veterans get back on their feet





One
year ago, Della Lopez, a Navy Veteran, had her dream of pursuing a
computer specialist certification tested. Her health had begun to
deteriorate and she had chronic pain in her feet; Lopez was developing
neuropathy. As a result, she was having trouble with daily activities,
especially getting around from class to class. The pain was intense; she
would soon have to quit her certification program. It was at this time
that her academic counselor referred her to Project Mend, an
organization in San Antonio, Texas. Project Mend provided Lopez orthotic
shoe inserts which dramatically reduced her pain and helped her regain
the quality of life she once had.






"I
got my life back," says Lopez. “If I had not been helped by Project
Mend, I would still be waiting to hear from the VA and I still would be
in pain.”






Texas
is home to over 150,000 female Veterans, and as this number continues
to grow, services directed to female Veterans must grow as well. Project
Mend is one organization that is targeting the female Veteran
population in South Central Texas.






Project
Mend is dedicated to helping low-income Veterans with
disabilities obtain medical equipment and financial assistance to help
with the purchase of assistive technologies medically necessary for
rehabilitation and recovery. They serve Texas Veterans in San Antonio
and the surrounding counties. Since July 2011, through a grant from
Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA), they have
served a total of 89 Veterans with specialized assistive technology
devices, as of July 2012.






The
FVA program awards reimbursement grants in two categories: FVA General
Assistance Grants and Housing4TexasHeroes. Both categories offer funding
to non-profit and local government organizations to provide direct
services to Texas Veterans and their families. To date, TVC has provided
over $26.9 million in 120 grants to 85 local government and non-profit
organizations to help serve over 135,000 Veterans and their family
members.






The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance program is funded through four primary sources: (1) Veterans Cash lottery scratch-off game; (2) Vehicle registrations;
(3) Donations either online or by check; and (4) State Employee
Charitable Campaign. The Housing4 Texas Heroes grant is funded through
the Housing Trust Fund.






"It
is important for people to know where the dollars come from to support
the FVA grants and those Veterans who are helped,” said Kathy Valdez,
Executive Director of Project Mend. “The funds from the Veterans Cash game are vital to our community because every person you meet in San Antonio, Texas, has some connection to a Veteran."






The newest $2 Veterans Cash
scratch-off game was released February 25, 2013. The game has generated
millions of dollars for the FVA since the game’s introduction in
November 2009. Veterans Cash is the primary source of funding
for the FVA. The FVA awards these funds to organizations statewide and
ensures the funds are being utilized to directly assist Texas Veterans
and their families.






"Helping people is what I do. Without the funds from Veterans Cash, I would be unemployable," said Lopez.





More information about the FVA and organizations receiving grants can be found at http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Fund-for-Veterans-Assistance.aspx.





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15th Annual Veterans Summit 'Answered the Call'





From
February 11-13, the Texas Veterans Commission hosted the 15th Annual
Veterans Summit at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. During
this three-day event, attendees heard from state, local, and federal
officials on Veterans’ issues, attended Veteran advocate panels, and
learned about programs and benefits available to Veterans in Texas.






The
theme, "Answering the Call," echoed throughout the Summit as
approximately 400 attendees and 80 exhibitors went to seminars and
panels that included topics of discussion such as claims, employment and
education benefits; women Veterans; Veteran entrepreneurship and
business ownership; criminal justice; mental health; and social media.






"You
didn't wait when your country asked you to serve, and you shouldn't
have to wait for your benefits,” said keynote speaker Lt. Gov. David
Dewhurst. “You [Veterans] more than deserve it, you’ve earned it."






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The
Summit also featured intensive workshops and seminars on Monday,
February 11. A Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar provided information to
aspiring
Veteran entrepreneurs
on funding sources, mentors, marketing strategies, securing federal
contracts and more. Non-profit organizations and Veterans Service
Organizations that provide services to Texas Veterans and their families
were able to attend two workshops: (1) Planning for Program Evaluation
and Grant Reporting; and (2) Understanding Strategic Alliances: A
Continuum. Also a Women Veterans “Get-to-Work” Seminar & Workshop
focused on personal finances, budgeting, community service programs,
employment, and education.






A
Veterans Expo ran as well on February 12-13. On Tuesday, the Expo
opened at 1:00 p.m. and featured over 80 state, local, and federal
agencies; Veterans organizations, banks, colleges, and companies that
provide Veteran-specific services for Veterans and their families.
Participants included the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), USAA, Veterans of Foreign Wars,
TexVet, Red Cross, Dell, Toyota, U.S. Department of Defense, University
of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and many more.






On
February 13, Veterans could also attend a Beating the VA Backlog clinic
as well as Employment and Education clinics where staff from the Texas
Veterans Commission was available to provide direct, one-on-one
assistance to Veterans. Over 150 Veterans received information on
pending claims with VA, employment services, and education benefits.






"Texas
will do whatever it can to support Veterans and military members and
their families," said TVC Executive Director Thomas P. Palladino.






For pictures from the 15th Annual Veterans Summit, please visit TVC's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/texasveteranscommission.





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About the Texas Veterans Commission


The
Texas Veterans Commission is a state agency committed to ensuring all
Veterans within the state of Texas receive the maximum benefits earned
as a result of their service to their country. We provide superior
service to Veterans in the areas of claims assistance, employment
services, education benefits and reimbursement grants that significantly
improve the quality of life of Texas Veterans and their families.

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