McLennan County Veteran Resource Guide

TexVet's county guide is your roadmap to the local SMVF (Service Member, Veteran & Families) community.
From VA Claims, to Mental Health, Social Groups & Events- TexVet's county guides highlight organizations that serve your county. Weather the home office is next door or across the state, if an organization outreaches to your county, they show up here!

Free VA Claims Assistance

Across Texas and in your county, trained, Free VA Claims personnel are waiting to help you navigate the VA Claims process.
CVSO Steve Hernandez

County employees trained to assist in VA Claims.

steve.hernandez@co.mclennan.tx.us (254) 297-7171
CVSO Jeremiah Ballard jeremiah.ballard@co.mclennan.tx.us (254) 297-7171

Military Veteran Peer Network

A network of trained military & veteran volunteers offering local peer mental support, networking, and help.

Emergency Funds

2-1-1 Help for all Texans

State-wide resources for all Texans and veterans. Help areas from: mental/physical health, rent & utilities, and more.

211
Catholic Charities Central Texas

Large organization providing counseling, disaster response, financial, and legal (immigration) services for veterans and the general population. See their Veteran Services Program for more details.

512-651-6138
Catholic Charities Central Texas Veteran Services Program

Short Term Financial Assistance, Mentoring, Counseling Services (family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, play therapy and group therapy), Employment/Education Support, Transportation Vouchers, Housing Stabilization, Referrals, and Peer Support Groups.

979-822-9340
Endeavors, Inc. - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Housing, case management, and homeless services for veterans across Texas. As of 2018-04-23, emergency financial aid is only for VASH clients.

210-431-6466 ext. 117
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171
Operation Homefront of Texas

Emergency funds for OEF/OIF military families and families of veterans, needs must be directly due to post 9/11/ service. Energency funds, food, home repair, critical baby items, home appliances, auto repair, furniture, local moves

210-659-7756
Salvation Army - Waco

Emergency payments, food and jobs help for veterans and their families

254-756-7271

Food

Capital Area Food Bank

Austin Area Food Bank.

877-541-7905
Meals for Vets

Provides food for veterans under 60, that have served honorably, and have demonstrated need- across Texas.

(800) 676-1389
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171
Operation Homefront of Texas

Emergency funds for OEF/OIF military families and families of veterans, needs must be directly due to post 9/11/ service. Energency funds, food, home repair, critical baby items, home appliances, auto repair, furniture, local moves

210-659-7756
Operation Phantom Support

Food pantry, free birthday cakes for active/vet kids, backpack + school supplies, Christmas toys, resale shop, car repairs, community hydroponic garden in progress.

(254) 449-7441
Salvation Army - Waco

Emergency payments, food and jobs help for veterans and their families

254-756-7271

Transitioning to Civilian Life

Operation Homefront of Texas

Emergency funds for OEF/OIF military families and families of veterans, needs must be directly due to post 9/11/ service. Energency funds, food, home repair, critical baby items, home appliances, auto repair, furniture, local moves

210-659-7756
Texas Rural Water Foundation - Veteran Employment Program

Recruiting veterans to work in the water and wastewater utility industry.

(512) 472-8591
TVC - VA Claims Representatives

VA disability claims workers embedded in the VA locations across the state

800-252-8387
TVLP - Texas Workforce Commission - Texas Veterans Leadership Program

Individual job search from veterans for veterans and resume help for IAV

888-838-8391

Mental Health

American Red Cross of Central and South Texas

Emergency Aid for active duty Military through Military Aide Societies such as AER. Referral to community partners to assist Veterans and Family Members with needs.

512-928-4271
Belton Area Military Spouses Support (BAMSS)

Support for Military and Veteran Spouses.

254-939-3551
Catholic Charities Central Texas Veteran Services Program

Short Term Financial Assistance, Mentoring, Counseling Services (family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, play therapy and group therapy), Employment/Education Support, Transportation Vouchers, Housing Stabilization, Referrals, and Peer Support Groups.

979-822-9340
Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center

Free Peer mentoring, Information and assistance navigation, SSI + RSDI applications.

254-933-7487
Heart of Texas Community Health Center Inc.

Healthcare for low income families in McLennan County.

254-750-8200
Heart of Texas Region MHMR (Waco Area)

Regional MHMR. Serves veterans, military, & all who qualify financially. Provides mental health services, counseling, medications, and coping skills

866-752-3451 (Crisis)
Heroes Night Out

Meeting place for veterans and their families- hosting peer counseling, caregiver support groups, aide and referral to other help as needed

512-986-7660
Heroes on the Water

Therapeutic water programs for injured military and veterans.

214-295-4541
Marriage Management, Inc.

Free, confidential relationship building for Military, Vets and their families

682-730-1818
Military Caregiver Telehealth Initiative UTHSA

For Caregivers: Up to 12 no-cost weekly counseling sessions online (secure), must be TX resident.

210-450-8673
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171
MVPN - Killeen

Training to become a peer for military veterans. Some financial assistance available.

254-681-9112
Spiritual Fitness Center

Fort Hood Chaplain

254-553-1195
STARRY Counseling - Stephenville

Free Child and family counseling, domestic violence and abuse prevention, emergency shelter for children.

254-434-5232
Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Counselors Pilot Program

Provides CEU's to mental health providers in cilitary cultural compitence, oversees vet court mentors, and provides training to law enforcement and LMHA employees.

VA - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

Central Texas VA system

In Temple: 254-778-4811
VA - VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans

Serves Veterans, Vet Families, Surviving Spouses, Active Military, Military Families Provides Mental Health Care

(254) 297-5155
VA - Women's Trauma Recovery Center in Temple

7 week inpatient recovery program for MST

254-743-1711
Veteran Spouse Network

The Veteran Spouse Network faclitates a statewide network for veteran spouses as they build a community of support.

Veteran Spouse Resiliency Group (V-SRG)

Offers online and in-person peer support group programming for the spouses and committed partners of veterans.

Vets Helping Vets

Peer support, group of veterans, helping other veterans however is needed

(254) 297-3221
Warriors Research Institute

Peer-to-peer training- vets helping other vets! And one-on-one counseling & telementalhealth for veterans 

254-716-6208

Youth, Family, & Caregivers

Belton Area Military Spouses Support (BAMSS)

Support for Military and Veteran Spouses.

254-939-3551
Compassion Ministries

Transitional housing for families and single women.

254-755-7640
Endeavors, Inc. - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Housing, case management, and homeless services for veterans across Texas. As of 2018-04-23, emergency financial aid is only for VASH clients.

210-431-6466 ext. 117
Family Abuse Center

Domestic violence shelter

800-283-8401 (24 hour hotline)
Heroes Night Out

Meeting place for veterans and their families- hosting peer counseling, caregiver support groups, aide and referral to other help as needed

512-986-7660
Marriage Management, Inc.

Free, confidential relationship building for Military, Vets and their families

682-730-1818
Military Caregiver Telehealth Initiative UTHSA

For Caregivers: Up to 12 no-cost weekly counseling sessions online (secure), must be TX resident.

210-450-8673
STARRY Counseling - Stephenville

Free Child and family counseling, domestic violence and abuse prevention, emergency shelter for children.

254-434-5232
STARRY Counseling - Temple

Free child and family counseling, domestic violence and abuse prevention.

254-773-5802
STARRY Counseling - Waco

Free child and family counseling, domestic violence and abuse prevention, emergency shelter for children.

254-399-6552
Veteran Spouse Network

The Veteran Spouse Network faclitates a statewide network for veteran spouses as they build a community of support.

Veteran Spouse Resiliency Group (V-SRG)

Offers online and in-person peer support group programming for the spouses and committed partners of veterans.

Warriors Research Institute

Peer-to-peer training- vets helping other vets! And one-on-one counseling & telementalhealth for veterans 

254-716-6208

Find a Job

Heroes Night Out

Meeting place for veterans and their families- hosting peer counseling, caregiver support groups, aide and referral to other help as needed

512-986-7660
Texas Rural Water Foundation - Veteran Employment Program

Recruiting veterans to work in the water and wastewater utility industry.

(512) 472-8591
TVLP - Texas Workforce Commission - Texas Veterans Leadership Program

Individual job search from veterans for veterans and resume help for IAV

888-838-8391

Transportation

The HOP - Hill Country Transit

Central Texas regional Transport

800-791-9601

Social Opportunities

Heroes Night Out

Meeting place for veterans and their families- hosting peer counseling, caregiver support groups, aide and referral to other help as needed

512-986-7660
Marine Corps League 975

Meet and serve with fellow Marines in the Waco area

682-552-9069
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171
Star Group - Veterans Helping Veterans

Volunteer! Meet fellow veterans and help those in need in your community

254-681-8025
VVA - Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1012 - Waco

Association of Vietnam and other era wars/conflicts/operations who meet for camaraderie and to help their community.

254-265-2752
Wreath Riders - Wreaths for Vets

Veteran volunteer group. Places wreaths at Central Texas Veterans Cemetary. Hosts Motorcycle Rides: http://www.wreathsforvets.org/home/schedule-of-events/

(254) 690-4321

Legal

Family Abuse Center

Domestic violence shelter

800-283-8401 (24 hour hotline)
Houston Bar Association Veterans Legal Initiative

The program provides free legal advice and legal representation to U.S. veterans. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can get advice and counsel at one of the clinics offered by the VLI at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center or at one of the community clinics.

713-333-VETS (8387)
Lone Star Legal Aid

Civil (non-criminal) legal assistance, civil rights help, for veterans income range: under $35k (for one person) to $71k (family of 4)

844-400-8387
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171

Homelessness

Compassion Ministries

Transitional housing for families and single women.

254-755-7640
Endeavors, Inc. - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Housing, case management, and homeless services for veterans across Texas. As of 2018-04-23, emergency financial aid is only for VASH clients.

210-431-6466 ext. 117
Heart of Texas Community Health Center Inc.

Healthcare for low income families in McLennan County.

254-750-8200
MVPN - Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop

Waco One-Stop- peer counseling, homeless services, job services, and so much more!

(254)297-7171
Salvation Army - Waco

Emergency payments, food and jobs help for veterans and their families

254-756-7271

Local Events

Thursday - 21 Nov 06:00pm CWR Men's Retreat - For Veterans and First Responders Yorktown
Bring Everyone in the Zone, Military Veteran Peer Network Tuesday - 26 Nov 06:00pm Women Vets Peer Support Group Killeen
Bring Everyone in the Zone, Military Veteran Peer Network Tuesday - 03 Dec 06:00pm Women Vets Peer Support Group Killeen
Monday - 09 Dec 08:00am Military & Veteran Mental Health First Aid Training Austin
Bring Everyone in the Zone, Military Veteran Peer Network Tuesday - 10 Dec 06:00pm Women Vets Peer Support Group Killeen
Heart of Texas Logo Friday - 13 Dec 02:00pm Baylor Veterans' Legal Clinic Waco
Baylor Law Veterans Legal Clinic Friday - 13 Dec 02:00pm Baylor Law Veterans' Legal Clinic
Bring Everyone in the Zone, Military Veteran Peer Network Tuesday - 17 Dec 06:00pm Women Vets Peer Support Group Killeen