VFW SERVICE OFFICER PROGRAM

Texas VFW maintains a network of volunteer Veterans Service Officers within the state of Texas that can assist and educate veterans about federal benefits earned through military service.

 

Texas VFW has a network of volunteer service officers at every VFW Post. These volunteers can assist a veteran as a go to person for information on resources available to the veteran. Texas VFW contracts with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for VFW Accredited VA Claims Benefits Advisors. TVC VA Claims Benefits Advisors are full time professionals that directly assist the veteran with claims for assistance and serve as the veterans advocate in all dealings with the Veterans Administration. They are provided at no cost to the veteran.
 

Texas VFW Representative at VA Regional Center in Waco, Texas and can be reached at (254) 299-9954. 

 

Texas VFW Representative at VA Regional Center in Houston, Texas and can be reached at (713) 383-2750.

 

For a complete listing of TVC Offices click here.

 

For more information about the VFW Service Officer program click here.

 

VA Federal Benefits for Service Members, their Dependents and Survivors.    

There are federal benefits available for qualified service members, including compensation and pension, health care, vocational rehabilitation & employment, education & training, home loans, life insurance, dependents & survivors, and burial benefits.

Burial/Honor Details

Many VFW Posts in communities across Texas provide Honor Details for Ceremonies, Burial Details and Special Events like parades and conventions.

 

VETERAN RESOURCES

 

Below are links to websites that provide additional information on veteran benefits and services.

 

If you discover a link that does not work or if you have a website that you would like to see added to this list please contact us.

Texas Veterans Land Board (TVLB) - State agency for helping veterans with home ownership benefits

 

Texas State Legislature Website

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Website

 

Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act  Information on federal rules protecting service members.

 

Department of Labor

Veterans Preference Expert System job finder 

 

GI Bill — Sort of like the link below, but this is the Official VA Link to GI Bill Benefits

 

GI Billexpress — Good link to information on existing education benefits for all Veterans

 

Request for Military Records

This excellent link provides guidance and on-line forms for requesting military records (DD 214) and/or medals

 

Contacting the Congress here's how to contact your congressman and more.

 

Social Security Administration — Official website of the Social Security Administration

 

Save a Vet — Website for information on Military Canines and their service in the military.

 

Vetjobs

Veterans History Project

Veterans Network

 

Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Military Veterans — Amount: $1,000; Application Due: 7/1/18

 

Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Disabled Veterans — Amount $1,000; Application Due 7/1/18

National Resource Directory — provides access to over 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration of veterans.

PleuralMesothelioma.com — provides information on asbestos-related diseases.   

VeteranCareGiver.com — a new website dedicated to those giving care to veterans

U.S. Department of Labor Employer Veteran Hiring Kit

College Financial Aid: Soldiers, Veterans and Their Families

U.S. Servicemember's Guide To Academic Programs and Aid 

Military/Veteran Children and Families — Sesame Street Needs You!

Vehicles for Veterans Program — Supporting Disabled Veterans

DrugRehab.com - Veterans & Addiction Resource page

Ultimate Tax Guide for Veterans — The Simple Dollar
 

 Ultimate Military Discount Travel Guide The Simple Dollar

RehabCenter.netAddiction Treatment for Veterans
 

 

VETERAN ASSISTANCE

 
The mission of the Texas VFW Foundation, a IRS 501 (c) (3) Public Charity, is to assist disabled and needy veterans and their families and to promote programs that raise awareness and educate the public about the sacrifices made by America's veterans and the unique and special needs resulting from their service.
 
For more information go to www.texasvfwfoundation.org

 

Assistance Applications

 

The Veterans Assistance Program is for Texas residents that are currently serving in the Armed Forces in any capacity or are a Veteran and have an Honorable Discharge regardless of time of service. Other qualifying conditions apply. Funds for this program come from many sources including the Texas Veteran's Commission - Fund for Veteran's Assistance.

 

The Warrior Down Fund is for Texas residents that are currently serving in the Armed Forces in any capacity or are a veteran with honorable service who have served in any foreign war, insurrection, or expedition which service is recognized by the award of a campaign medal of the United States, or who served in Korea for either 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days or who earned Hostile Fire pay or Imminent Danger pay.

 

VFW Post Assistance is to assist Posts with building repairs. Other qualifying conditions apply.

 

VFW Post Homeless Veteran Grant is for VFW Posts/Districts that are working with a approved City, State or V.A. sanctioned Homeless Veteran Stand-down.

 

You can make a difference by donating to the Texas VFW Foundation. As someone who knows the value of giving, you can be assured that your generous donation will meet vital needs and improve the lives of thousands of Texas veterans and their families affected by the hardships of war.

DONATE TODAY!

We thank you for your support of Texas veterans as every penny counts.

VFW and Auxiliary Member Disaster Assistance

 

VFW and Auxiliary Member Disaster Assistance is for members who have been affected by a man-made or natural disaster and are members in good standing at the time of the incident.

VFW Post Assistance 


VFW Post Assistance is to assist Posts with building repairs. Other qualifying conditions apply.

You can make a difference by donating to the Texas VFW Foundation. As someone who knows the value of giving, you can be assured that your generous donation will meet vital needs and improve the lives of thousands of Texas veterans and their families affected by the hardships of war.

 

Home Depot Community Impact Grant

 
 
Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission's Texas Veteran Liberator's Project
Requesting the names of all Texas liberators of Nazi concentration camps, sub-camps, labor camps, etc. at the end of WWII for the Texas Veterans Liberator Honor Role. 
Click here to fill out liberator information
* So far they have over 100 veterans identified and 30 different camps.
Click here to see their proposal

Texas U.S. Army liberators at concentration camp Dachau.

 
 
Unmet Needs
 
Texas VFW Foundation provides Emergency Financial Assistance for current and recently discharged Military members and their families.
 
Texas VFW Unmet Needs helps service members and those recently discharged within three years who face unexpected financial difficulties due to military service.
 
Up to $2,500 is available in assistance grants to offset unexpected expenses specifically related to military service that is due to no fault of the service member.
 
Funds from donations are available to the five branches of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), as well as members of the Reserves and National Guard.
 
Funds awarded by the program are offered in the form of grants--not loans--so recipients don’t need to repay them.
 
Funds that are awarded are not paid directly to the applicant, instead, they are paid to the applicants’ creditors. An applicant can be awarded Wal-Mart gift cards for use in purchasing food and/or clothing if approved.
 
More information on Unmet Needs
Unmet Needs Program FAQ
 
How to Donate?
Texas VFW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity and the Texas VFW a 501 (c) (19) Veterans Service Organization covers all operational and administrative expenses so 100% of private and civic donations received go directly to our military families in need.
 
If you or your company would like to help a service member experiencing financial difficulties due to their military service that is no fault of their own, please send your tax-deductible donation to;
Texas VFW Foundation
P.O. Office Box 14468
Austin, Texas 78761
C/O: Unmet Needs
 
Operation Uplink 
 

Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Using contributions from supporters like you, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

Launched in 1996 to connect active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans with their loved ones. The program uses contributions from supporters to purchase phone time for the men and women who are serving -- or have served -- this great nation including those hospitalized in military and Veterans Administration facilities. 

In 2006, VFW began hosting “Free Call Days.” Now, every month of the year, troops can call home–at no charge—from Internet cafes throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Traditional phone cards are still being provided at military hospitals and VA facilities, as well as to troops in regions not served by the “Free Call Days.”


How to Donate?
Texas VFW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity and the Texas VFW a 501 (c) (19) Veterans Service Organization covers all operational and administrative expenses so 100% of private and civic donations received goes directly to support our military stationed overseas or those hospitalized.

If you or your company would like to help a service member stationed overseas or a hospitalized veteran call loved ones, please send your tax deductible donation to;

Texas VFW
P.O. Office Box 14468
Austin, Texas 78761
C/O: Operation Uplink

 
 
Military Assistance Program (MAP)


The VFW Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the outstretched hand between the VFW and active duty, Guard, and Reserve military units. MAP offers grants to VFW Posts who participate in military unit functions, such as sponsoring "Farewell and Welcome Home Activities," "Family Readiness Group" events, or other sponsorship ideas. 

In addition, MAP has forged partnerships with various service providers, including www.vetjobs.com, aimed at providing the transitioning service member with relocation and employment assistance.


For more information on VFW MAP click here

Warrior Down Fund
The Warrior Down Fund is for Texas residents that are currently serving in the Armed Forces in any capacity or are a veteran with honorable service who have served in any foreign war, insurrection, or expedition which service is recognized by the award of a campaign medal of the United States, or who served in Korea for either 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days or who earned Hostile Fire pay or Imminent Danger pay.

VFW & Auxiliary Member Disaster Assistance

VFW and Auxiliary Member Disaster Assistance is for members who have been affected by a man-made or natural disaster and are members in good standing at the time of the incident.

VFW Post Assistance 

VFW Post Assistance is to assist Posts with building repairs. Other qualifying conditions apply.You can make a difference by donating to the Texas VFW Foundation. As someone who knows the value of giving, you can be assured that your generous donation will meet vital needs and improve the lives of thousands of Texas veterans and their families affected by the hardships of war.

 

DONATE TODAY!We thank you for your support of Texas veterans as every penny counts.

Homeless Veterans Resources

VA Homeless Veterans

https://www.va.gov/homeless/

Texas VA Health Care Centers

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

https://www.centraltexas.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

 https://www.houston.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp

South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)

https://www.southtexas.va.gov/services/homeless/

VA North Texas Health Care System

https://www.northtexas.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp

El Paso VA Health Care System

https://www.elpaso.va.gov/

Texas VA Hospitals and Clinics Locations  

Click here

Veterans Health Administration VA Health Care System

Click here

Homeless Veterans Housing Assistance For Veterans

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/housing.asp