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. 

February 5, 2019

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:):

June 14, 2017

Today is the United States Army’s 242d birthday.  Coming to work, I dutifully changed the Facebook banner, threw out a shared post or two, liked my friend’s tweets about the event.  Then I went about my day.  It is also Flag Day – another post – find a beautiful picture of the flag.  It’s pretty difficult to take a bad picture of an American flag.  Then, halfway through the day, Betty gives me a hard time and assigns me to do a blog about the Army.  So, okay, here is part of the story.  Some of it might be true.

June 13, 2017

We’re excited to continue to do more for our veterans in the Austin community.  Some of you may have seen or heard about the press conference last week, announcing the City of Austin Economic Development Department's Veterans Small Business Loan Initiative.  The Veteran Business Loan is part of the Family Business Loan Program (FBLP), a public-private partnership between the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which offers a low-interest rate loan and low borrower equity requirements to help create or expand a business.

June 12, 2017

KOOP Radio (91.7 FM in the Austin area) came through again, allowing us to connect great researchers with their listening audience.  Our theme this week was “Research on Veteran’s Recovery and Well-Being.”  Our guests were Dr. Michael Russell, the director of Waco (and all of Texas) VISN 17’s Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, Dr. Suzannah Creech from the Center of Excellence, and Dr.