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July 20, 2017

Yesterday Micah and I traveled to Waco to the state-of-the-art but terribly named Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, which I’ve bragged about before.  It is truly a jewel in the Central Texas crown.  Each quarter the researchers present ongoing or proposed projects to a Veterans Council and give us the chance to ask questions, shape research, and learn about their ongoing efforts.  A lot of amazing research is taking place there including the nation’s only Desert Storm Syndrome stud

July 19, 2017

2017 TAIRS

Professional Development & Education Training


Registration is OPEN!

July 19, 2017


Governor Abbott Proclaims Disability Voter Registration Week

The week of June 17th is Disability Voter Registration Week in Texas. TheGovernor’s Committee on People with Disabilities encourages all Texans with disabilities to make sure you are registered to vote so your voice can be heard.

July 14, 2017

From the DCOE Blog

Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues can leave you feeling disconnected, isolated, disengaged and lonely. Here are some ways to reconnect with yourself and others this summer:

July 12, 2017

Erin McGann, TVC's Justice-Involved Veteran hero, sends this information along about new laws from the 85th Session:

July 3, 2017

A new study out this week in the journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging reinforces what is becoming increasingly obvious to researchers – PTSD is an observable physical injury to the brain and some symptoms of PTSD can be directly related to the injury.  This is the kind of thing that advocates of Veteran Treatment Courts and families need to understand.  Researchers from Kentucky and Colorado a questionnaire or scale called the Iowa Gambling Task to measure Veteran’s decision making.  They combined this with neuroimaging – an MRI – to see what the brain looked like in people who scor

July 3, 2017

From the TVC E-Vets Newsletter (sign up at http://tvc.texas.gov/eVets.aspx)


The Office of Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) have partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to launch the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program.

June 30, 2017

Secretary Announced Plans to Expand Coverage in March

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. 

June 29, 2017

Austin, TX – 26 June 2017 - On Monday, TexVet staff visited with the United Way for Greater Austin and 2-1-1 Help Line.  In a visit coordinated by Amy Price, the 2-1-1 Community Information Director showed TexVet around the call centers and offered a briefing on the various services offered while exploring ways to work together.  The United Way for Greater Austin lines receive a tremendous volume of calls, over 300,000 in 2016, including nearly 4,000 veterans. 

June 29, 2017

Well, here is another long, sleepless night, so instead of getting all agitated and upset, I will post something that has been on my heart today.

June 28, 2017

Yesterday was supposed to be National PTSD Awareness day, a PTSD highlight in PTSD month.  These types of days are good, I think, but with so many, can lose their impact.  PTSD is a condition that may affect a large percentage of America, or the world.  At any rate, many, many people have lived through conditions that might cause PTSD in someone.  Over the last few years, troops and veterans seem to own PTSD, although with better news reporting, we might realize that children in abusive homes or survivors of

June 19, 2017

By Sam Peshek, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

The Pat Tillman Foundation announced that Texas A&M University student-veterans Jarrod Romine and Anthony Dolomisiewicz have been selected as 2017 Tillman scholars.

June 19, 2017

Opioid use, addiction, and the challenges of overcoming addiction are hot topics for our Veterans and those that work with them today.  Many alternative therapies are springing up as Veterans look for ways to avoid or overcome addicting pills for real conditions they incurred in the service.  Months of carrying heavy loads, parachuting from aircraft, even continually jumping from armored vehicles onto concrete leave many Vets with a lifetime of chronic pain.  The VHA and others have used recommended solution

June 20, 2017

Bell County State of Texas Seal“It’s not about the tough times, but when you take the next step, what are you going to do?”

June 16, 2017

Congratulations to Tony for taking care of Vets and more in Copperas Cove (from the Governor's announcement:):