The Texas Veterans Commission serves veterans, their dependents and survivors, in all matters pertaining to veterans' disability benefits and rights. It is the designated agency of the State of Texas to represent the State and its veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The agency represents veterans in filing VA disability claims and during VA appeals processes, and assists dependents with survivor benefits. The State of Texas leads all other large states in monetary recovery of veterans’ compensation and pension benefits. More than $1.5 billion in compensation and pension is distributed each year to Texas veterans and eligible surviving family members represented by the Texas Veterans Commission.
To learn more about the benefits for veterans, their spouses and dependents click here. Expert Counselors The Texas Veterans Commission is nationally recognized for its expertise in helping veterans get the most benefits they are entitled to. The agency has more than 75 claims counselors accredited by the VA to represent veterans with disability claims and appeals. Counselors also help veterans and their families with questions regarding benefits, survivor and dependent needs, filling out VA paperwork, and medical issues. Due the expertise of these counselors, the agency participated in a first-of-its-kind pilot project in 2008 to help VA speed up the claims development process.
Texas Veterans Commission claims and benefits counselors worked in the Waco Regional Office Veterans Service Center on a full-time basis to assist VA in processing claims in the development stage. During this time, it took VA about 132 days developing a claim or gathering information to prepare a claim for the rating process. Texas Veterans Commission counselors were able accomplish this in a fraction of the time. In the cases where TVC counselors were able to make contact and get participation from the veteran, the claims development process was reduced to less than 11 days -- allowing it to move forward to the rating process.
Texas Veterans Commission created two new Claims Processing Assistance Teams to work with the VA on an ongoing basis to reduce the more than 39,000 veterans’ claims pending at the VA regional offices in Waco and Houston. We Are Located The largest concentration of veterans live near the major cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. In order to assist these veterans, Texas Veterans Commission claims and benefits counselors are located in VA Regional Offices, VA medical facilities, VA clinics, and military installations throughout the State.