Presentation on theme: "Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program (WVP)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program (WVP) “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” President George WashingtonOctober 24, 2012
2 Texas Veterans Commission MISSION: Advocate for and provide superior service to Veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas Veterans and their families in the areas of:Claims Representation and CounselingVeteran Employment ServicesVeteran Education ServicesFund for Veteran Assistance Reimbursement Grants funding.
3 TVC Claims Representation & Counseling Assists Veterans with Filing Service- Connected Compensation ClaimsRepresents Veterans with VA AppealsHelps Family Members with Survivor BenefitsAssists with Filing Non-Service Connected Pension Claims for Veterans and Surviving Spouses
4 Benefits of TVC Claims Representation Texas Veterans Receive More Than $2.2 Billion in Compensation and Pension due to Representation by TVCA Veteran Receives About $6,200 More each year when represented by TVC179,981 benefit cases handled by TVC counselors and staff on behalf of veterans and dependants, 125,179 monetary claims, and 16,101 appeals handled by TVC counselors in the last fiscal year
5 TVC Veteran Employment Services Assist in translating military skills to civilian jobsRésumé assistance to help with today’s job marketJob interviewing techniquesJob searching techniquesCareer guidanceLocating training assistanceConnect employers with Veterans
6 Benefits of TVC Employment Services Last fiscal year an average of 221 Veterans entered employment for every Veteran Employment Representative (~180 across the state).Texas accounts for 18% of the nation’s Veterans entering employment.Texas receives 7% of the nation’s federal funding for Veteran Employment Services.During the last fiscal year, 38,714 veterans found work with assistance provided by VES staff.
7 TVC Fund For Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) PurposeAward reimbursement grants to non-profit and local government organizations that provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families.FVA General Assistance GrantsHousing4TexasHeroesBenefitsFY2011: TVC Grantee Organizations served 67,500 Veterans, dependents and surviving spouses.Currently (January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012; Total: $15,198,785): TVC has $15.1 million in active grants to more than 50 organizations. (includes previously awarded grants.)
8 TVC FVA Active Grants Benefit Our Veterans (January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012; Total: $15,198,785)
9 TVC Education Services Federal Education Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (G.I. Bill): TVC ProvidesApprovalOversightConsumer ProtectionComplaint ResolutionTexas State Hazlewood Act Exemption: TVC Provides Information Regarding this Program to Veterans and School Officials150 Semester Hours of Free Tuition and Fees at State Funded SchoolsHazlewood Legacy Program Allows Veterans to Pass on Unused Hours to Their Children
10 The Needs of Women Veterans Overlap EmployedMarriedSingleWealthyPoorEtc…UnemployedBusiness OwnerMotherElder-Care GiverHomeless
11 Challenges Women Veteran Face Women currently comprise approximately 15% of the U.S. Military (Active Duty, Reserves, & National Guard)Approximately 8.54% of the total U.S. Women’s Veteran Population resides in Texas (second to California’s 8.96%)*The Women Veteran Population in Texas is expected to grow from 129,393 in 2003 to 163,249 in 2013 (26% increase)Many traditional Veterans Services and Programs have been structured to support menWomen comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to account for 46.9 percent of the labor force in 2018.Of the 66 Million Women that worked in 2010, 73% Worked Full-time and 23% worked part-timeOf the ~ 107,000 Veterans homeless each night, about 7,000 of them are womenChallenges Women Veteran FaceGender Specific Care (Medical, Housing, Counseling)Mental Care (MST, Depression, PTSD, Unemployment, Homelessness, Single-Parenting, Family Violence)Caregiver Support (Childcare, Adult Daycare)* The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) VtPop Model 2007 (forecasts from 2000 – 2036 Min YOY Growth Rate 0.22% and Max YOY 1.09%)
12 TVC Women Veterans Program Purpose: Assist Women Veterans in TexasObtain their Federal and State Veteran Services and SupportCoordinate supplemental services and support with local governments and community organizations
13 TVC’s Women Veterans Program Goals G1. Coordinate support for Women Veterans in Texas with Government and Non-Government Programs and AgenciesG2. Advocate Services for Women VeteransG3. Raise Awareness of Veteran Benefits and Services to Women VeteransG4. Increase Support for Women Veterans Throughout Texas and the U.S.
14 TEXAS WOMEN VETERAN ADVOCATES Employers*CorporationsSmall BusinessOrganized LaborChamber of CommerceInstitutionsFaith-based*Religious InstitutionsReligious leadersDenominationsFellowship OrganizationsPhilanthropic*FoundationsPhilanthropic OrganizationsVeteran Support OrganizationsHousing/SheltersCENTER OF GRAVITY`Returning Veteran, Military Families and Families of the FallenDept/Agencies*Federal/State/LocalVeteran AffairsHealth and Human ServiceJudicial BranchHUDHealthcare*Government FacilitiesHospitals/ClinicsProfessionalsPeer-to-PeerSocial WorkersAdvocates*IndividualsProfessional OrganizationsEntertainmentSocial NetworksBenefactors*Private DonorsFoundationsCharitiesFinancialTime/VolunteersEducators*UniversitiesCollegesVocational CentersStudent Vet OrganizationsCore: Family and FriendsVA System Registration: Benefits/Disability & Pension Claims/Healthcare (physical/mental)Veteran Community Link-in: Veteran Joins and/or Accepts Social Assistance: Emotional Support Groups/Social Support GroupsCommunity Donations: Financial Support/Basic Needs ServicesVeteran Career Pathifinding/Pathing: Gets Educated and/or Gets a JobCommunity Action Teams Concept: Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support Community Action Team_1sldr 2 Feb 12 LTC Dennis J. Hart - WFSG* Indicates intent, not all-inclusive
15 TVC Woman Veteran Support & Service Connection Coordination TVC Counselor Intake/ReferralsClaimsEmploymentEducationFVAConnectCoordinationCommunity Resources CoordinationBenefits & Services CoordinationInformation /Events/OpportunitiesWVET AdvocatesService VeteranResource EventsMSA Cross-Agency Collaboration toServe and Support WVETS and their Families
16 TVC Women Veterans Awareness Plan KilleenLubbockWacoFt. WorthDallasAbileneEl PasoGalvestonHoustonSan AntonioAustinAmarilloTylerCorpus ChristiMidland - OdessaMSA Pop~ ≥ 1 Million & aboveMSA Pop~ ≤ 1 Million & aboveRegion 1Region 2Region 3Region 4Region 5Region 6McAllenHarlingen
17 TVC Women Veterans Population (MSA) 2012Women Veteran Population Per Major MSA in Texas% Women Veteran PopulationEl Paso MSA4,0963%Greater Austin MSA13,9259%Greater San Antonio MSA27,77617%Greater Houston26,994Ft Worth MSA17,70911%Dallas MSA18,255Remainder of TX52,13032%Total Opportunity of Women Vets in Texas160,885100%Vetpop forecasts Texas has ~ 1,670,929 Million total Veterans (~ 9.63% Women to 90.37% Men).
18 Texas Women Veterans Need Great Support From All of Us!! It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion.It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag. Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. ProvinceNancy E RhodesOctober 24, 2012