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Thank You Veterans While there are no active military bases in the Texas Hill Country, we are the home of many veterans. We have many resources dedicated to veterans. This Focus Topic page should be a helpful guide to these resources at the local, state and federal levels.

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NATIONAL LEVEL RESOURCES




AMERICAN EX-PRISONERS OF WAR: 817-649-2979; 3201 E Pioneer Pkwy #40, Arlington, TX 76010. www.axpow.org. A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families. hq@axpow.org
American Legion
AMERICAN LEGION: A congressionally chartered mutual-aid organization of military veterans founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime. www.legion.org, www.txlegion.org. See local facilities further below.

Red Cross AMERICAN RED CROSS: www.redcross.org/tx/kerrville. A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. See local facilities further below.
AMVETS
AMVETS (American Veterans): >877-726-8387; 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, Maryland 20706-4380. www.amvets.org. A non-profit whose mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services. Services are at no charge to veterans. John Mitchell, National Commander, amvets@amvets.org

BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION: 713-791-1414, x25666, Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Rm 1C-362A, Houston, TX 77030

BOOT CAMPAIGN: www.bootcampaign.org. A non-profit program of veteran awareness, patriotism and assistance funded by a donation program. "Buy boots. Donate. Volunteer. Be part of something great. Lace up America, when they come back, we give back".

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV): 859-441-7300; 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. www.dav.org. Mission: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. All services are free. Ronald Hope, National Commander, adjutant@davtexas.org . Teresa P Johniken, Adjutant/Treasurer

HOPE 4 PTSD VETS: www.hope4ptsdvets.org. A nonprofit founded by veterans for veterans wounded by trauma (or PTSD) as a result of their military service. "We increase awareness within both the veteran and general population about the effects of trauma/PTSD on our veterans and their families. Our mission is to provide healing and balance to wounded veterans through innovative, holistic, practices. Projects and wellness retreats are built on a foundation of confidential, peer-driven support and accountability. The goal of our healing and wellness programs is to provide the veteran practices he or she can use to overcome the onslaught of thoughts and/or emotions they experience as a result of combat trauma/PTSD. With informed family and peer support and accountability, the sustainability of the veterans’ wellness strategy is ensured".

LINK-UP: www.thelink-up.org. Mission is to empower Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Warriors in Transition with self-reliance to choose and enjoy the outdoor sport of their interest. Vision: To create a network that links veterans wounded in action or while serving our country with volunteers through an online community. That all Wounded Warriors become self-sufficient to enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. To build on the camaraderie that military service members enjoy by creating a "net" for wounded veterans to connect with other patriotic persons: retired, former military, active/reserve military, or the dedicated citizen. To build outdoor partnerships between donors and veterans.

MAKE THE CONNECTION: https://maketheconnection.net. An on-line resource for veterans. No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track. Many, many Veterans have found the strength to reach out and make the connection.

MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA: 800-234-6622; www.moaa.org. MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. A powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers. msc@moaa.org

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART: 888-668-1656; 5413-B Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22151-3960. www.purpleheart.org. John Leonard, National Adjutant, adjutant@purpleheart.org
Waco Regional Office: 254-299-9985; One Veterans Plaza, 701 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76799
Local Chapter: Heart of the Hills, Kerrville, TX. Meets 2nd Mon 6p at Kerrville VA Medical Center Auditorium, 3600 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028. Byron Warren: 830-257-8025, bhbuda@ix.netcom.com

NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC): www.archives.gov/st-louis. 314-801-0800; 9700 Page Ave, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Maintains all military service records from World War I to present. Copies can be obtained via on-line requests, mail and fax. Includes DD 214 Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals, and/or Medical Records. eVetRecs: on-line request system

NATIONAL VETERANS OUTREACH PROGRAM: 210-223-4088, 611 N Flores, Ste 200, San Antonio, TX 78205. www.agif-nvop.org

OPERATION COMFORT: 210-826-0500. www.operationcomfort.org. A nonprofit organization that supports combat wounded, ill or injured, active duty and retired Service Members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan and who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center, Audie Murphy VA Hospital, and surrounding VA facilities. "We provide rehabilitative therapeutic programs, including sled hockey, adaptive cycling, swimming, adaptive surfing, Automotivation and woodworking. Our Automotivation program provides an opportunity for veterans to work on cars and to learn new skills. Operation Comfort also considers applications for family financial assistance for those who served in OEF, OIF, or OND. Finally, because we understand things change when a Service Member has been wounded, we offer Ladies’ respite outings".

OPERATION MILITARY EMBRACE: www.operationmilitaryembrace.com . Remembering Vietnam, "OME" is dedicated to ensuring that OIF (Iraq) and OEF (Afghanistan) veterans and all who served during this period of war are not treated with hostility and disrespect as were those who served with honor and distinction in Vietnam. A Christ-centered non-profit military-support charity, achieves this objective through the grace of God by working to increase public awareness regarding the challenges faced by America's military & their families while providing financial assistance, direct support via the nation's only free PX (Post: Exchange), and motivational activities & programs for seriously wounded, ill or injured service members & their families across all of America's combat arms for up to 10 years after EAS/discharge.

PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA: Ofc: 800-424-8200. Healthcare: 800-232-1782; 801 18th St, NW, Washington, DC 20006. www.pva.org. A non-profit veterans' service organization, with 34 chapters and 69 National Service Offices. Veterans helping veterans. info@pva.org

PATRIOTS AND HEROES OUTDOORS: www.patriotsandheroesoutdoors.com. Provides opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities with a primary focus on military with service-related injuries and their families. "We network with others to help accommodate the needs of service families, and offer educational and emotional support. We will also assist patriotic individuals, small groups, or landowners who want to host an event or outdoor activity". POW/MIA

POW/MIA - NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES: 703-465-7432; 5673 Columbia Pike, Ste 100, Falls Church, VA 22041. www.pow-miafamilies.org. Purpose is to obtain the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing and repatriation of all.

RECRUIT MILITARY: 513-683-5020; http://recruitmilitary.com. "We offer free comprehensive job search and career transition services for veterans of the US Military (including enlisted transitioning military personnel as well as senior officers and junior military officers). If you have served in the US Military in any way at any time, you qualify to use our services. If you are or were a military spouse, we welcome you as a member. We connect veterans with thousands of employers seeking quality candidates with the unique and well-rounded skill sets a military background provides". Job Board: www.recruitmilitary.com; Job Fairs: http://events.recruitmilitary.com

UNITED STATES VETERANS INITIATIVE: 832-203-1626; 1200 Binz St, Ste 290, Houston, TX 77004. www.usvetsinc.org/houston. Tom Mitchell, Exec Dir

UNIFIED VETERANS OF AMERICA, INC: 713-651-3142; 1730 Jefferson St, Ste 240, Houston, TX 77003-5028. Revlon Belle, President, vethelp@uvainc.org

US NAVY ARMED GUARD WWII VETERANS: 512-671-3464; 4128 N Summerscrest Loop, Round Rock, TX 78681. John C. Shirley, www.armed-guard.com

US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA): HQ & Benefits: 800-827-1000; Health Care: 1-877-222-VETS (8387); Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
810 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20420. www.va.gov, new www.vets.gov. This is the epi-center of federal government services for veterans. Provides a wide range of benefits including health care, disability, education and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loan guaranty, dependent and survivor benefits, medical treatment, life insurance, and burial benefits. Includes the main Veterans Service Center, VA Loan Guaranty (Home Loans) program, Benefits Counselors. "Veterans . . . Our Health Care Priority, Our National Pride!" See local facilities further below.

USAA: www.USAA.com. 800-531-8111; San Antonio, TX. A member services organization dedicated to the insurance and financial needs of active duty personnel and veterans.

VA HOME LOAN CENTERS: 888-573-4496; www.vahomeloancenters.org. A veteran services organization that specializes in helping veterans obtain access to affordable home ownership. info@vahomeloancenters.org

VETERAN HOMESTEAD: 978-632-1271; 3 Victory Ln, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440. www.veteranhomestead.org. An independent, non-profit organization that provides housing and care to US Armed Services Veterans who are elderly, disabled or diagnosed with a terminal illness. info@veteranhomestead.org

VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS: 877-862-5478. www.veteranownedbusiness.com/. A comprehensive, on-line, user-friendly member network directory of small, medium and large businesses owned by veterans providing an easy way to proudly search for products and services that are unique in the fact that they are all made by, sold by or serviced by United States military veteran business owners, service disabled veteran business owners, active duty military business owners, military reservists and military/veteran spouse business owners.

VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH PROGRAM (VBOP): www.sba.gov/tools/localassistance/vboc. This program is SBA designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training; counseling and mentoring; and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). Contact: Alden “Bill” Lyckman, Business Advisor, Lower Rio Grande Valley District (Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma), The University of Texas-Pan American, 956-665-7547; 1407 E Freddy Gonzalez, Ste 1.200, Edinburg, TX 78539-2999. http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/ce_home/bdi_home/vboc_home, lyckmanaw@utpa.edu

VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICE (VETS): www.dol.gov/vets. US Department of Labor. The mission of VETS is to help veterans, reservists, and National Guard members in securing employment and the rights and benefits associated with such, through existing programs, the coordination, and merger of programs, and the implementation of new programs. VETS also administers several Homeless Veteran Reintegration Grants across the state providing technical assistance and monitors the effectiveness of these grants. VETS is responsible for investigating complaints from veterans, members of the National Guard, and reserve who are covered by the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).
  • REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR: 972-850-4715; Fax: 972-850-4716; RAVET Robert Creel, Veterans Employment and Training Service, US Dept of Labor, 525 Griffin Square Bldg, Rm 858, Dallas, TX 75202-5002. Email: creel.robert@dol.gov
  • TEXAS HEADQUARTERS: Veterans Employment & Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor, TWC Building, Rm 516-T, 1117 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701. Fax: 512-475-2999. Mailing Address: POB 1468, Austin, TX 78767-1468
    DVET David Vogt: Texas State Dir, 512-463-2207, vogt.david@dol.gov
    ADVET Jason Evans: 512-463-2815, evans.jason@dol.gov
    ADVET Philip Estep: 512-463-2816, estep.philip.q@dol.gov
    VPS Denise D. Mayfield: 512-463-2814; mayfield.denise@dol.gov
  • SAN ANTONIO: Veterans Employment and Training Service, US Department of Labor, Workforce Solutions Alamo - Walzem, 4615 Walzem Rd, Ste 100, San Antonio, TX 78218-1610
    ADVET Frances DeSoto: 210-582-1629, Fax: 210-822-6068, Email: desoto.frances@dol.gov
    Rodolfo Guerra, VPS, VA Region: 210-582-1622, Fax: 210-822-6068, Email: guerra.rodolfo@dol.gov
VFW VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS (VFW): 202-543-2239; 200 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. www.vfw.org. A congressionally chartered organization that works on behalf of American veterans by lobbying Congress for better veterans' health care and benefits; and maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims; and donates millions of dollars and hours for community service. Robert E. Wallace, Executive Director
Austin TX Office: 512-834-8535; Roy Grona, Department Adjutant, POB 14468, Austin, TX 78761. www.texasvfw.org. See local facilities further below.

(THE) VETERANS SITE: 888-355-4321; www.TheVeteransSite.com, http://theveteranssite.greatergood.com, Facebook. Mission is to help Veterans in need. Part of GreaterGood, aiding people, pets, & the planet.

VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS: www.veteransunited.com/network. The VA Home Loan Destination for Millions — devoted to making the dream of home ownership a reality for those who have bravely served through offering affordable financing with the VA Home Loan. After listening to industry complaints on the program, Veterans United Home Loans decided to focus on transforming the process to make it easier on the service member or veteran, as well as the real estate agent. By specializing in the VA Mortgage program, Veterans United was able to streamline the process and through their expertise, increased the simplicity of acquiring a VA loan - one of the last $0 down mortgage options on the market. Veterans United Home Loans does not operate in the state of New York. not associated with the Veterans Administration or any other government agency.
Veterans United Home Loans, 1400 Veterans United Dr, Columbia, Missouri 65203
Customers with questions regarding our loan officers and their licensing may visit the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Directory for more information. Mortgage Research Center NMLS#1907 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)

VETERANS UNITED NETWORK: www.facebook.com/veteransunitednetwork. News on everything military related. Sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans. Hosted on Facebook.

VET FRIENDS: www.vetfriends.com. Helps veterans reconnect. On-line database search. Click to go to Wounded Warrior Project web site

VETS PREVAIL: www.vetsprevail.com/?rsc=facebook. A personalized and confidential behavior change platform where Veterans earn rewards for helping each other to discover issues and overcome their challenges.

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT: 877-768-6823; www.helpwwp.org



STATE LEVEL RESOURCES




HONOR FLIGHT AUSTIN: 888-530-8880; 815-A Brazos St, UPS Box 498, Austin, TX 78701-2514. www.honorflightaustin.org. A non-profit dedicated to transporting as many US military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans.

HONOR VETERANS NOW (HVN): 830-992-3375; 103 Industrial Loop, Ste #800, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.honorveteransnow.org. A non-profit that works to eliminate hunger in military veterans' lives while preserving their privacy, dignity, and pride. Objective is to provide nutritious meals to qualified veterans of any age who honorably served our country, for as long as their need exists. HVN provides meals to any needy veteran on a temporary or sustaining basis without regard of their VA status or age.

TEXAS ASSN OF VIETNAM VETERANS: 512-447-6238; Cell: 512-925-4556; POB 40036, Austin, TX 78704. Don Dorsey, President, dondorsey@sbcglobal.net

(THE) TEXAS VETERAN: http://thetexasveteran.com. Monthly, free publication for veterans and military personnel throughout the Heart of Texas.

TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION (TVC): 512-463-3168; 512-463-6564; 800-252-VETS (8387); 1700 N Congress Ave, Ste 800, Austin, TX 78701. www.tvc.state.tx.us. Created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans. Purpose is to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces. Rufus Coburn, Dir, Murel Miller, Mgr, murel.miller@tvc.texas.gov
  • Texas Veterans Portal: https://veterans.portal.texas.gov. Connects veterans, their families, and caregivers to the benefits and services earned through their military service. Web-based access to health & wellness, education & training, employment & career, housing & loans, Licenses & permits, records & medals, dependents & caregivers, legal & financial, disability & claims, women veterans, agencies, events & calendar.

  • Claims Representation and Counseling: 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 US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Veterans Entrepreneur Program (VEP): Purpose is to foster and promote Veteran Entrepreneurship throughout Texas. Provides a team of experienced business consultants to be available for any veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge to the Veteran. Greg Shigemasa, Program Specialist Veterans Entrepreneur Program, 512/463-6564; POB 12277, Austin, TX 78711-2277; www.tvc.state.tx.us/Entrepreneur-Program.aspx. vep@tvc.texas.gov

  • Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA): 512-463-1157; www.tvc.texas.gov/Fund-for-Veterans-Assistance.aspx. A program that makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families. FVA does not grant funds directly to Veterans. Funded through: $2 Scratch-off Lottery Game; Donations either online or by check; Vehicle Registration, State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Directory: www.tvc.texas.gov/documents/tvc_directory.pdf; info@tvc.state.tx.us grants@tvc.texas.gov . Kathy Wood, Director, Sarah Tillman, Manager, 512-463-6441, sarah.tillman@tvc.texas.gov

  • Hazlewood Act Education Benefits Program: www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx. Provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. Full details here. Justin Greiner, Program Specialist, Veterans Education Program, Austin, TX 78711-2277. 512-463-6834. justin.greiner@tvc.texas.gov

  • Housing For Texas Heroes: Awards grants to non-profit or local government organizations to address home modification needs of Low Income, Very Low-Income and Disabled Texas Veterans and their families. Such needs include, but are not limited to, the following: walkways ramps; doors, windows, and flooring materials; sliding doors; handrails and grab bars; bathroom modifications; and weatherization. TVC encourages all eligible applicants to apply for this funding. Edward Pier, 512-463-4328, edward.pier@tvc.texas.gov

  • Veterans Education Program: Approves all programs for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process, the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.

  • Veterans Employment Services: Offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.

  • Women Veterans Initiative: 512-936-6678. www.tvc.texas.gov/Women-Veterans.aspx. Helps women veterans obtain their benefits and services. Strive to raise awareness of Women Veteran contributions and services to our country and state, as well as inform and educate Women Veterans and Women Veteran Resource Providers about the benefits and services available to Women Veterans.

  • Texas Veterans Health Care Advocacy Program: San Antonio Region, Audie L Murphy VAMC, Rm 105. Gary Lee, TVC Health Care Advocate, 210-617-5300 x15901, gary.lee@tvc.texas.gov

  • Texas Veterans Health Care Liaison Team: www.tvc.texas.gov/Health-Care-Strike-Force-Liaison.aspx. In order to ensure that Veterans in Texas can access their health care benefits in a timely manner, a team of highly trained TVC staff strategically positioned across the state to act as liaisons for Texas veterans in addressing issues involving Veterans Health Administration related services. Victor Polanco, Program Supervisor, Texas Veterans Health Care Liaison Team, POB 12277, Austin, TX 78711-2277. victor.polanco@tvc.texas.gov , Cheri Smith, Outreach Specialist: cheri.smith@tvc.texas.gov
TEXAS VETERANS HOTLINE: 1-800-252-VETS(8387); Specialists guide callers through the all-too-confusing VA system. They route the most urgent cases to the Texas Veterans Healthcare Strikeforce, that works directly with the VA to help veterans get the answers and care that they need and deserve.

TEXAS VETERANS LAND BOARD (VLB): 800-252-8387; 512-463-5060; 1700 N Congress Ave, Rm 700, Austin, TX 78701. www.glo.state.tx.us/vlb. Provides state supported low-interest financial loans to veterans for purchasing land, homes and improvements. Operates programs within the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to provide benefits and services for Texas Veterans, military members and their families.

Texas Workforce Commission TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: HQ: 512-463-2222; 101 E 15th St, Austin, TX 78778. www.twc.state.tx.us. Resources, tips and tools to build a stronger Texas workforce. Oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. Strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here. See local offices in section below.

TEXVET: 512-341-4924; 3950 North AW Grimes Blvd, 2nd Fl, Round Rock, TX 78665. www.texvet.com. Mission: Support Texas military, veterans and family members by providing equal access to information and referral services from federal, state, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO). Serves as the hub for the statewide peer to peer counseling network and volunteers. Through this network and event-based activities, TexVet has initiated a "No Wrong Door" policy for the veteran community. An initiative of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and The Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Includes Military Veteran Peer Network, www.milvetpeer.net

TROOPS TO TEACHERS: 512-919-5484; 5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723-3675. www.texastroopstoteachers.org. Meryl Kettler, Coordinator, meryl.kettler@esc13.txed.net ; Sabria Epps, Program Assistant, sabria.epps@esc13.txed.net

VA MEDICAL CENTERS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS IN TEXAS: Visit the VA website to find the VA Medical Center or clinic nearest you, and see local clinics in section below.

VBA HOMELESS VETERANS - VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER: 214-372-8897; 4900 S Lancaster, Rm 104E, Dallas, TX 75216-7167, Sylvia Figueroa, Homeless Veterans Outreach Counselor, Ext 27897, slvia.figueroa1@va.gov

VETERAN GOLFERS ASSOCIATION: www.vgagolf.org. Competitive gold leagues for vets and their families.

VIETNAM VETERANS FOUNDATION OF TX, INC: 972-881-3062, POB 742315, Dallas, TX 75374. Tim Brown, Executive Director

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA - TEXAS STATE COUNCIL: 806-857-0409; POB 1860, Fritch, TX 79036-1860. Luther Newberry, President, luther844@aol.com

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-TEXAS: www.voatx.org. Provides housing stabilization services to vets and their families in South-Central TX who are facing hopelessness. Supportive Services for Veteran Families helps these families secure housing and essential services. A faith-based nonprofit. Eligibility: individual or family where the head of household or spouse is a veteran with an honorable discharge. Income is 50% or below of the area's median income determined by the US HUD. Resides in a shelter or on the street or in a danger of losing hosing. Counties Served: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr and Williamson. Services include: Housing search, financial planning and counseling, linkages to services, transportation assistance, short-term rent/utility assistance, security deposit assistance, emergency supplies. Raymond Gonzales, 210-696-5300, ssvf@voatx.org


HILL COUNTRY LOCATED RESOURCES




American LegionAMERICAN LEGION: Full details is section above. www.txlegion.org. Hill Country Legion posts include:
  • Post: #157, 830-796-7528; 205 12th St, Bandera, TX 78003. www.al157tx.org

  • Post: #607, 512-355-2033; POB 433, 160 Legion Way, Bertram, TX 78605

  • Post: #352, Memorial Hwy, 830-228-4556; 803 13th St, 111 Blanco Ave, Blanco, TX 78606. Facebook

  • Post: #475, 1090 S Cypress, Brady, TX 76825

  • Post: #583, 830-634-2051: POB 152, 300 FM-480, Center Point, TX 78010

  • Post: #290, Vince Taylor, 512-858-1907; 27500 RR-12, Dripping Springs, TX 78664. Meets 1st Thurs at Veterans Hall (NE corner UD 290 W and RR-12, towards the Mercer Street side). www.post290tx.com

  • Post: #244, Louis Jordan. 830-997-5582; 726 San Antonio Hwy, POB 754, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Louis Rech, 830-997-6912. American Legion Auxiliary Unit #244

  • Post: #545, Highland Lakes, 3310 Prairie Creek Rd, Granite Shoals, TX 78654

  • Post: #650, Sageser-Haas, 23747 US-290 W, Harper, TX 78631

  • Post: #237, Burt Fleming, 325-446-4219; 404 College St, 101 N. 4th St, Junction, TX

  • Post: #208, Kerrville Memorial, 830-896-6151; 3725 TX-27, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.legionpost208tx.org

  • Post: #437, 325-388-4055; 138 Legion Loop, Kingsland, TX 78639

  • Post: #410, 830-751-3711; 147 26th St, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.alpost410.com. Meets 4th Thurs 7p

  • Post: #277, 202 Riverview Dr, Ste 2, Lampasas, TX 78654

  • Post: #489, Miles-James, 830-232-4449; POB 194, 238 Mountain St, Leakey, TX 78873

  • Post: #370, Frank Griggs, 325-247-4820; 200 Legion Dr, Llano, TX 78643. www.amleg370.org

  • Post: #116, 325-200-3030; 101 E Elm St, Lometa, TX 76853

  • Post: #545, 325-247-4820; 200 Legion Loop, Marble Falls, TX 78654

  • Post: #285, 325-347-9016; 237 Post Hill Rd, Mason, TX 76856

  • Post: #378, Roy Shelby McCoy, 325-396-2636; 162 US-190, Menard E, TX 76859

  • Post: #35, Guadalupe Valley, 830-629-3535; POB 310015, New Braunfels, TX 78132

  • Post: #179, Walton F Hoffmann Memorial, 830-625-0179; 410 W Coll St, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Legion Riders Chapter. www.alpost179tx.org

  • Post: #144, 512-353-8494; 1705 IH-35 N, San Marcos, TX 7866. www.sanmarcostxlegion.org

  • Post: #27, Wiley B Murray, 325-372-4190; San Saba Senior Ctr, 705 E Storey St, San Saba, Tx 76877

  • Post: #26, 830-591-2286; 540 FM-481, Uvalde, TX 78801

  • Post: #213, POB 1187, Spring Branch, TX 78070
Red Cross AMERICAN RED CROSS, Hill Country Chapter: 830-257-4677;
333 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.redcross.org/tx/kerrville. A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serves Blanco, Gillespie, Mason, Menard, Kimble, Kerr and Sutton counties. ARC supports active duty military personnel with welfare/communication program.
AMVETS
AMVETS (American Veterans): www.amvets.org. See full details above. Hill Country posts include:
  • Kerrville: Post #1000, 830-377-8115; Kerrville, TX 78028. Gary Noller, gnoller@aol.com
  • Kyle: Post #115, 512-262-0350; 401 Rebel Dr, Kyle, TX 78640. David Lyle, 512-753-9364, cdr@amvets115.org
  • Lampasas: 512-556-6455; 300 US-281 S, Lampasas, TX 76550
  • San Marcos: Post #0104, 512-396-3073; San Marcos, TX 78666, Richard Cruz
COMBAT MARINE OUTDOORS: www.combatmarineoutdoors.org. Mission is to provide Dream Hunts and Outdoor Adventures for severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen. These hunting and fishing excursions play a vital role in the rehabilitation of these American heroes, showing them their service and sacrifice to our country are deeply appreciated. It is our hope that our outdoor fellowship will aid in their vision for an exciting future. Combat Marine Outdoors has held numerous hunts in the Texas Hill Country area and many local warriors have attended our events.

COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (COGs) IN THE TEXAS (TX) HILL COUNTRY: See our Focus Topic Profile for COGs, that contains a complete list of the council of government (COG) organizations in the Texas Hill Country. In this category are "development councils" as well . . same thing, different name.

Each COG serves designated counties and attempts to promote common interests, including tourism, economic development and regional issues. As one of them states, their mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of the COG Region by working in mutual respect and partnership with all levels of government, the business sector, and the community at large to meet regional challenges and to create regional strengths. Each is a voluntary association of cities, counties, and special governmental districts.

Typical focus areas include: 211 information services, 911 & emergency communications, aging, air quality, economic development, GIS & mapping, head start education, homeland security, housing, law enforcement academy, maps & reports, public safety, regional planning, regional training & workshops, regional transit, solid waste planning, sustainable places planning, veterans services, weatherization, and workforce efforts.

Programs for veterans are somewhat similar between the COGs. Check out the COG for your area. Map of COGs by County. As an example, from the AACOG: "Some of the services we can assist you with are:
  • Access and understanding your VA, TRICARE & MEDICARE healthcare benefits
  • Locating specialized resources through the over 250 community partners working to help Veterans and their Families in our region
  • Provide assistance with transportation needs through our Texas Veterans Commission grant-funded grant program and other community transportation services. See: Call a Ride for Vets
  • Educate community leaders, Veterans groups, or private company on ways you can easily support Veterans and their Families
  • Develop & facilitate training events that are not only informative, but educational and directly applicable to your everyday lives in Military City USA
  • Alamo Service Connection (ASC): Website. Through ASC, our expansion of Veteran Services has included over 275 different resources for Veterans and their Families available online, anytime, through our Network of Care database. This information is easily accessible by clicking on www.askasc.org and using the keyword "Veteran" when looking for a topic (ex. Veteran housing). ASC can also help with their extensive database of useful resources, and one-on-one assistance with such programs as Medicare, Social Security, legal aid, housing assistance, home repairs, residential support services, assistance with emergency household expenses, and access to transportation services available in our region."
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (DAV): Any veteran with a service-inflicted disability is eligible.
See full details above.
Local Chapter: #167: 830-997-9718; Mason Hwy (US-87 N), Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Social hall with a capacity of 200. Meets 2nd Thurs, 7p. Jack Ledford, 830-990-8219
210-699-5064; 5788 Eckhert Rd, Rm 2A112, San Antonio, TX 78240

EQUINE THERAPY PROGRAMS: There are several programs based in the Hill Country that assist veterans though use of horses. See our special Focus Topic page on "all things horses" in the Hill Country. These local programs include:
  • DREAM A DREAM THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP: 512-260-595; 23650 Round Mountain Cr, Leander, TX 78641. www.dadth.org. Therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Second location at: 512-966-0578; 4918 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669. Located at Bee Creek Stables. See above profile.

  • HARTH FOUNDATION: 3307 Sunset Cliff Rd, Burnet, TX 78611. www.harthtx.org. A 501c3 non-profit providing free horse-assisted counseling to active duty service members, veterans and their families.

  • RED ARENA: 512-393-8430; Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.redarena.org. Supports inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

  • TRIPLE H EQUITHERAPY CENTER: 830-510-9515; 791 Backhaus Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. www.triple-h.org. "Horses Helping the Handicapped". 120-acre ranch, studded with oak trees and crossed by a small creek, with a large barn with 20 horse stalls, two outdoor arenas, wheelchair mounting ramp built to ADA standards, a bunkhouse/office/training center which is wheelchair-accessible including a disabled access bathroom, training room, tack room, small kitchen and office.
EX-MILITARY FLYERS CLUB OF FREDERICKSBURG: 830-997-2635; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. For x-military and those interested in aviation, meets 3rd Wed, 11a, lunch & fellowship. Charles Kuenemann

HEROES ON THE WATER: www.patriotsandheroesoutdoors.com. Patriots and Heroes Outdoors promotes morale by providing hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities with a primary focus on military with service-related injuries and their families. We network with others to help accommodate the needs of service families, and offer educational and emotional support. We will also assist patriotic individuals, small groups, or landowners who want to host an event or outdoor activity. We have conducted outdoor activities in the Texas Hill Country and have included Hill Country veterans in our past programs.

HILL COUNTRY MENTAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES (HCMHDD) CENTERS: Crisis Hotline: 877-466-0660; Admin HQ Phone: 830-792-3300; Administrative Headquarters, 819 Water St, Ste 300, Kerrville, TX 78028. http://hillcountry.org. Providing mental health, individual developmental disability, substance abuse, and early childhood intervention services throughout the greater Texas Hill Country, as designated by Texas Dept of State Health Services. Scope of services includes: psychiatric consultation, trauma therapy, veterans services, co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, youth crisis respite, family partner services, peer service, community education, and IDD behavior support. Also includes select programs for a few counties. Counties served: Bandera, Blanco, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher, Sutton, Uvalde, Val Verde
  • BLANCO MH CLINIC: 844-327-1274; 512-392-8953; 1301 13th St, Blanco, TX 78606

  • BOERNE HOMESPUN: 830-997-9503; 216 Market Ave, Ste 120, Boerne, TX 78006

  • KENDALL COUNTY MH CENTER & HILL COUNTRY VETERANS’ SERVICES WEST: 830-249-9328; 800-325-8931; 221 Fawn Valley Dr, #500, Boerne, TX 78006

  • GILLESPIE COUNTY MH CENTER: 888-290-4777; 830-997-8023; 183 Industrial Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

  • NEW HORIZONS CENTER: 830-997-8696; ACCESS & INTAKE: 830-990-1582; 107 Industrial Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. http://arcgillespiecounty.org

  • FREDERICKSBURG HOMESPUN: 830-997-9503; 183 Industrial Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

  • HILL COUNTRY VETERANS’ SERVICES WEST: 325-446-3233; 800-325-3482; 1003 College St, Junction, TX 76849

  • KIMBLE COUNTY MH CENTER: 800-325-3482; 325-446-3233; 1003 College St, Junction, TX 7684

  • HOME HEALTH SERVICES: 325-446-3706; 106 N 8th St, Junction, TX 76849. www.mkmhomehealth.com

  • HILL COUNTRY VETERANS’ SERVICES WEST: 830-792-7511; 411 Meadowview, Kerrville, TX 78028

  • KERR COUNTY MH CENTER: 830-257-6553; Toll free: 1-888-445-5232; 500 Thompson Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028

  • KERRVILLE HOMESPUN: 830-258-5403; 955 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028

  • KERRVILLE SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER: Access & Intake: 830-258-5408; Ofc Phone: 830-896-4606; 200 S Lemos, Kerrville, TX 78028. Access & Intake: 830-258-5400; 955 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028

  • KYLE HOMESPUN: 512-268-1204; 105 Rebel Dr; Kyle, TX 78640

  • KYLE MH CLINIC: 512-392-8953; 844-327-1274; 1300 Dacy Ln; Kyle, TX 78640

  • LLANO COUNTY MH CENTER: 800-682-7382; 325-247-5895; 102-B E Young St, Llano, TX 78643

  • LLANO SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER: Office: 325-247-4021; Access & Intake: 830-990-1582; 206 E Main, Llano, TX 78643

  • COMAL COUNTY MH CENTER: 888-315-3277; 830-620-6221; 358 Landa St, Ste 300, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • COMAL COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL TRAINING CENTER: Office: 830-625-7359; Access & Intake: 830-625-7394; 511 North St, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • NEW BRAUNFELS HOMESPUN: 830-625-1510; 1040 N Walnut St, Ste F, New Braunfels, TX 78130

  • HILL COUNTRY VETERANS’ SERVICES EAST: 512-392-7155; 1921 Corporate Dr, Ste 103, San Marcos, TX 78666

  • SAN MARCOS HOMESPUN: 888-827-7063; 512-558-2024; 1901 Dutton Dr, Ste D, San Marcos, TX 78667

  • SCHEIB IDD CENTER: Access & Intake: 512-558-2004; Phone: 512-392-7104; 1200 N Bishop, San Marcos, TX 78666

  • SCHEIB MH CENTER: 888-648-3947; 512-392-7151; 1200 N Bishop, San Marcos, TX 78666

  • HILL COUNTRY VETERANS’ SERVICES WEST830-278-2501; 800-662-6052; 328 Crystal City Hwy, Uvalde, TX 78801

  • UVALDE COUNTY MH CENTER: 800-662-6052; 830-278-2501; 328 Crystal City Hwy (US-83 S), Uvalde, TX 78801

  • UVALDE HOMESPUN: 830-278-6261; 322 Crystal City Hwy (US-83 S), Uvalde, TX 78801

  • UVALDE WORK CENTER: Office: 830-278-1243; Access & Intake: 830-278-8690; 324 Crystal City Hwy (US-83 S), Uvalde, TX 78801

  • WIMBERLEY MH CLINIC: 512-392-8953; 844-327-1274; 501 Old Kyle Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
HILL COUNTRY VETERANS CENTER: 830-315-3100; 411 Meadow View Ln, Kerrville, TX 78028. Facebook. A non-profit that helps veterans file claims with the VA, and provides food bank services to low income veterans and their families. Located in former National Guard Armory (available for rental for meetings, weddings). HCVC

HILL COUNTRY VETERANS COUNCIL (HCVC): 830-896-5320; 700 W Main St, #118, Kerrville, TX 78028. http://hcvc.org Supports US veterans' interests. Meets 3rd Tue, 9a at Kerrville Chamber of Commerce office, 1700 Sidney Baker Street. Contact: See above Kerr County VSO

KAYAK INSTRUCTION AT THE OLYMPIC OUTDOOR CENTER: www.kayakinstruction.org, In San Marcos we lead a variety of whitewater and flatwater paddling programs geared toward providing irresistible fun for everyone! No matter your age or abilities you will enjoy the personal attention from our skilled instructors. We are committed to providing you with the best paddling programs available. Our Mission is to enhance lives through creating river adventures for all ages and abilities. The vision of our founder, Ben Kvanli, who competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Kayaking, is to "be the top instructional center for kayaking, Paralympic Canoe/Kayak, and wounded warrior adventure therapy".

LEGAL SERVICES FOR VETERANS: Free legal clinics for veterans are available throughout Texas. Local and very nearby legal support organizations and clinics include:
  • Austin Bar Association: 512-472-0279, www.austinbar.org/pages/legalresources
    Veterans Legal Clinic
    Second Monday of each month: 1-4p. Must check in by 3p
    Austin VA Outpatient Clinic: 7901 Metropolis Dr, Veterans Way, Austin, TX 78744

  • Baylor Law School: 254-710-4244, www.baylor.edu/law, veterans_clinic@baylor.edu
    Veterans Legal Clinic
    Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop: 2010 La Salle, Waco, TX 76706

  • Lone Star Legal Aid: http://www.lonestarlegal.org
    Waco VA Legal Clinic
    2nd Wednesday of each month (non-holidays): 9a-1p
    Waco VA Medical Center: 4800 Memorial Dr, Building 91, Rm 2B109, Waco, TX 76711

  • Lone Star Legal Aid: http://www.lonestarlegal.org
    Waco Vet OneStop Clinic
    4th Friday of each month (non-holidays): 9a-1p
    Waco Veterans OneStop: 2220 Austin Ave, Waco, TX 76701

  • San Antonio Bar Association: Veterans Contact: 210-227-8828, cjpclients@sabar.org
    Volunteer Contact: 210-227-8822, cjp@sabar.org
    Veterans Legal Clinic
    Audie L Murphy Veterans Hospital, Rec Rm, 7400 Merton Minter St, San Antonio, TX 78229
MENTAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES: 830-997-8023; 183 Industrial Loop, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Mental health management, developmental disability services, early childhood intervention, services for veterans.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE WORLD WARS - HILL COUNTRY CHAPTER: Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Present, former, and retired officers of the military who inspire patriotism, sponsor youth leadership conference. Meets 2nd Tue, 6p. Harry Matthews, 830-990-0299

MILITARY VETERAN PEER NETWORK: 512-938-9024; 1921 Corporate Dr, Ste 103, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.milvetpeer.net. Part of TEXVET (see above).

OPERATION COMFORT: 210-826-0500; www.operationcomfort.org. A nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to support combat wounded, ill or injured, active duty and retired Service Members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center, Audie Murphy VA Hospital, and surrounding VA facilities. "We provide rehabilitative therapeutic programs, including sled hockey, adaptive cycling, swimming, adaptive surfing, Automotivation and woodworking. Our Automotivation program provides an opportunity for veterans to work on cars and to learn new skills. Operation Comfort also considers applications for family financial assistance. Finally, understanding things change when a Service Member has been wounded, we offer Ladies’ respite outings".

PATRIOTS AND HEROES OUTDOORS - HEROES ON THE WATER: www.heroesonthewater.org. A national organization whose mission is to help wounded, injured, and disabled military service members and veterans relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. "We have seen the 'triple therapy' of kayak fishing: physical therapy from paddling and fishing, occupational therapy in learning new skills and a sport they can enjoy for life, and mental therapy from the relaxation and freedom out on the water. Committed to making a difference in the lives of these well deserving veterans who have given so much for us and our freedom. Contact Bill Stroud on Facebook at Heroes on the Water-San Antonio Chapter.

SAN ANTONIO COALITION FOR VETERANS: www.sacv.org. A nonprofit agency committed to helping solve problems for Veterans from all generations. "We provide assistance to individuals, Veteran groups and advocacy through our over 500+ Veteran Service Providers".

SERVICE DOGS: There are some specialized service dog providers located in the Texas Hill Country. See our special Focus Topic pate on Pets, Vets, Animal Services & Supplies at: www.hillcountryportal.com/hillcountrypetsanimals.html. Includes all of the local PAWS programs, rescue groups, shelters, low-cost clinics, veterinarians, trainers, boarders, groomers, trimmers, sitters and wildlife rescue groups.

TEXAS VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS (VSO): Many Veterans Service Organizations have representatives with experience in assisting veterans with their VA claims and needs.

Contact your Veterans County Service Officer (VCSO) in the county you reside to explore your options. The County VSO is responsible for assisting Armed Forces Veterans and their dependents who reside in county of the legal Benefits available to them under US Federal and State laws. The VSO reports to the County Commissioners Court, and performs duties under the technical guidelines established by the Texas Veterans Commission and Federal Law under C.F.R. 38. There are no charges for services.
  • BANDERA: Dennis Birchall, 830-460-1643; 403 E 12th St, Bandera, TX 78003. dbirchallbanderacounty.org

  • BLANCO: Vacant

  • BURNET: William H Worley, Jr, 512-715-5271; 220 S Pierce St, Rm 210, Burnet, TX 78611. Located on Courthouse Square, Wed & Thur, 9a-3p. vetsvc@burnetcountytexas

  • COMAL: Send mail as: Comal County Veteran Services. Michaelle Davis, Frank Ontiveros, 1297 Churchill Dr, Ste 209, New Braunfels, TX 78130-3204. 830-221-1170. Courthouse, Mon-Fri, 8a-5p. vetmbd@co.comal.tx.us

  • EDWARDS: NO VCSO

  • GILLESPIE: Tami King, 830-997-3758; 102 E San Antonio St, Ste B-2, Mailbox 4, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4110, Located in County Annex 2, Adams & San Antonio Sts. Mon-Fri, Call for Appointment. www.gillespiecounty.org, Facebook, tking@gillespiecounty.org

  • HAYS: Jude Prather, 512-392-8387; 111 E San Antonio St, Ste 200, San Marcos, TX 78666-5534. Courthouse Annex, Mon-Fri, 8a-5p. judEprather@co.hays.tx.us, Miles Nelson, miles.nelson@co.hays.tx.us

  • KENDALL: Kendall County Veterans Services, Gene W Sparks, 830-249-9343; 201 E San Antonio, Boerne, TX 78006-2013, 126 Rosewood, Boerne, TX, Tue & Wed, 4:30-7:30p, By appointment as needed. vso@co.kendall.tx.us

  • KERR - CVSO: Margaret (Maggie) Baker, 830-792-2203; 700 Main St, Rm 118, Kerrville, TX 78028-5323, Located at County Courthouse, Mon, Wed, Fri, 10a-5p; Tue & Thur, 8a-5p. www.co.kerr.tx.us/veterans. mkbaker@co.kerr.tx.us

  • KERR - TVC: Texas Veterans Commission, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Kerrville Division, Benjamin Rosario: 830-792-2553; 3600 Memorial Dr, Rm 332, Kerrville, TX 78028. 7:30a-4p Mon-Fri

  • KIMBLE: John Stapp, 325-446-4510; 501 Main, Junction, TX 76849, Located in Courthouse, 1st Floor. veteransOfc@co.kimble.tx.us

  • LAMPASAS: Matthew B. Reed, POB 231, Lampasas, TX 76550-0029, 512-556-8271, Ext 106 (Ofc), 254-319-2294 (Cell), County Annex Bldg, 409 Pecan St, Rm 112, Fri, 9a-11a or call cell for appt. matthew.reed@co.lampasas.tx.us

  • LLANO: Ron Wilson, Courthouse, 325-247-7730; 801 Ford St, Rm 101, Llano, TX 78643, On Call Basis. ron.wilson@co.llano.tx.us

  • MASON: Lawrence Spell, 325-429-6224; POB 164, 237 Post Hill Rd, Mason, TX 76856-0164. Mon–Fri, 9-5p. lrrspe@hctc.net

  • McCULLOCH: Ed Hernandez, 325-597-0733 x 105; 199 Courthouse Square, Rm 102, Brady, TX 76825-4535, Mon-Thur, 8:30a-12:30. vetserv@co.mcculloch.tx.us

  • MEDINA: Joe Aynesworth, 830-741-6135; POB 751, 709 Ave Y, Hondo, TX 78861-0751, Mon & Tue, 9a-4p. joEaynesworth@medinacountytexas.org , County Bldg, 209 S Teel, Devine, TX, 830-665-8010, 1st & 3rd Wed, 9a-noon, [County Bldg, Castroville, TX, 830-931-4040, 3rd Wed, 1-4p

  • MENARD: Sam G. Lara (2013), POB 1038, Menard, TX 76859-1038, 325-396-2459; Courthouse, 206 E San Saba Ave, Tue & Wed, 8a-11:30a. Email: menardcountyclerk@verizon.net

  • REAL: J.D. Martinez (2014): POB 445, Leakey, TX 78873-0445, 830-900-8884, Mon-Fri as needed. Email: emcrealcounty@hotmail.com

  • SAN SABA: Charles E Van Etten, 500 E Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877, 325-372-3835, (JP's Ofc), Courthouse, Tue, 9a-noon; 1-3p. vets@co.san-saba.tx.us

  • TRAVIS: Olie L Pope, Jr, Director, POB 1748, Austin, TX 78767, 512-854-9340, oliepope@co.travis.tx.us , www.co.travis.tx.us, [Palm Square Bldg, 100 IH-35 N, Ste 24, Mon-Fri, 8-noon; 1-5p, Susan N. Lewis, Asst (A-2014). susan.lewis@co.travis.tx.us , Mark Burger, Asst, mark.burger@co.travis.tx.us

  • UVALDE: Everardo "Lalo" Zamora, 216 W Main, Uvalde, TX 78801-5506, 830-278-4491 (Ofc), 830-591-3776 (Cell), Hours as needed after 12 noon. ezamora@uvaldecounty.com

  • WILLIAMSON: Donna J. Harrell. dharrell@wilco.org ; Thomas Belton, Asst. tbeltonl@wilco.org , Valerie Zimmerman, Asst. vzimmerman@wilco.org , 3151 SE Inner Loop, Ste C, Georgetown, TX 78626, 512-943-1900, Mon-Fri, 8a-5p, 412 Vance St, POB 12, Taylor, TX 76574, 512-943-1900, Wed, 8:30a-5p
Texas Workforce Commission TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION: See full details in above section. Local offices:
  • ALAMO REGION: www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org
    Assists with job referrals, unemployment benefits, child care assistance.
    Resources, tips & tools to build a stronger Texas workforce.
    Serves Hill Country counties: Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Medina
    Bandera: 830-796-6164; 702 Buck Creek. Hrs: M-F 9a-noon and 1-4p
    Boerne: >830-249-9229; 1415 E Blanco, Ste 10-A. Hrs: M-F 8a-5p
    Fredericksburg: 830-481-0088; 221 Friendship Ln. Hrs: Tues 9a–noon and 1-4p & Wed 1-4p
    Kerrville: 830-257-3171; 1700 Sidney Baker, Ste 500. Hrs: M-F 8a-5p
    New Braunfels: 830-629-2010; 183 IH-35 S. Hrs: 8a-5p

  • RURAL CAPITAL AREA:
    Burnet: 855-326-3056; 1001 W Buchanan Dr, Ste 1. Hrs: M-F 8a-5p

  • CENTRAL TX LAMPASAS:
    Lampasas: 512-556-4055; 1305 S Key Ave, Ste 102. Hrs: 8a-5p

  • LLANO COUNTY:
    Llano: 325-248-0275; 100 Legend Hills Blvd. Hrs: 8a-5p

  • MRG:
    Uvalde: 830-278-4491; 216 W Main St. Hrs: 8a-5p
VETERAN OUTDOORS: www.veteran-outdoors.com. "Mission is to honor our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor related activities. VO’s goal is to raise public awareness about the therapeutic effects that being in the outdoors actually has on the mental and physical disabilities of our country’s wounded men and women. We will also provide a platform for veterans to tell their own stories in their own words".

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION - SOUTH TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM:
Health Benefits Advisor: 210-699-2133. Local and very nearby hospitals, clinics & other medical facilities: VETERANS ADVENTURE: www.veteransadventure.org. "In 2002 we took our first crew of wounded veterans kayaking and seeing their joy encouraged us to look for opportunities to enhance more unique individuals' lives. As a result we have led kayak trips, events, and classes for the VA hospitals and have taught close to 50,000 people to paddle with stability and style. Our daily training and weekly events and trips have given paddlers the opportunity to make the US National Team every year since we started, and we work to make that goal achievable by every athlete that we train."

VETERANS ASSISTANCE DOGS OF TEXAS: www.vadogs.org

VFW VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS (VFW): See full details in National section above. Local Hill Country posts:
  • Post: #688, Bruno Phillip/William Bordelon Post, 210-269-4444; 17 Old San Antonio Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. Meets 2nd Tue 6:30p

  • Post: #3234, Burton K. Mccord Memorial Post, 325-597-2710; 305 Memory Ln, Brady, TX 76825. Facebook. Meets 1st Tue 7:30p

  • Post: #12161, 209 Jack C Hays Trl, Buda, TX 78610-3493. Meets 4th Wed 7p

  • Post: #6974Highland Lakes Post, 512-756-4942; 1402 Buchanan Dr, Burnet, TX 78611. Meets 1st Wed 7p

  • Post: #562, Main St, Camp Wood, TX 78833

  • Post: #8880, Startz Memorial Post, 210-607-9634; 7755 FM-2673, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. Meets 2nd Tue 7p

  • Post #8573: Canyon Lake Post, 830-964-3334; 14625 Old Sattler Rd, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. http://vfwpost8573.com

  • Post: #8569, 626 Front St, Comfort, TX 78013. Meets 3rd Sun 3p

  • Post: #2933, 512-858-5637; 27500 RR-12, Dripping Springs. Meets 3rd Thurs, 7p

  • Post: #7105, New Braunfels Post, 830-625-9961, 600 Peace Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.vfwpost7110.com. Mets 2nd Tue 7p

  • Post: #1480, Heart Of The Hills Post, 830-896-3494; 220 Thompson Dr, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.vfwtx1480.org

  • Post: #10428, 325-388-2951, 4222 RR-1431 W, Kingsland, TX 78639. Facebook

  • Post: #12058, 12058 Kyle/Buda Post, 512-913-6619; 103 S Front St, Kyle, TX 78640. www.vfw12058.com. Meets 2nd Thurs 7p

  • Post: #8539, 512-932-2608; 481 US-183 N, Lampasas, TX 76550

  • Post: #10427, Robert John Lehman Post, 512-260-8313; 8760 RR-2243, Leander, TX 78646. www.vfw10427.org. Meets 4th Mon 7p

  • Post: #10376, 830-693-2261; 1001 Veterans Ave, Marble Falls, TX 78654 (off RR-1431). Meets 4th Thurs, 6:30p. This local VFW raises money to support veterans and their families, including rent assistance, utility assistance and transportation to and from veteran clinics and doctor appointments. www.vfw10376.com

  • Post: #8554, Melvin Eckert Post, 325-265-4226; 236 Post Hill, Mason, TX 76856. http://myvfw.org/tx/post8554. Meets 3rd Mon 6:30p

  • Post: #7110, 830-625-9961, 600 Peace Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.vfwpost7110.com

  • Post: #4443, Highland Hills-Oak Hill Post, 512-288-4443; 7614 Thomas Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78736. www.vfw4443.org. Meets 1st Tue 7p.

  • Post: #3413, Maurice T Suttles Post, 512-667-6216; VFW Hall, 1701 Hunter Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666. Meets 3rd Thurs 7p

  • Post: #6441, Oldham-Cummings Post, 512-847-6441; VFW Hall, 401 Jacob Wells Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676. (Located at Veterans Park, 4 mi N of town off RR-12). www.visitwimberley.com/vfw. Meets 1st Thurs 7:30p
    Wimberley VFW Bingo: Every Fri, 7:15p, at VFW Hall. Non-smoking, food. Open to public
    VFW Arena: 401 Jacobs Well Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
WARRIOR HIKE: www.warriorhike.com. "In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to 'walk off the war' to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Recognizing the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of hiking the Appalachian Trail, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to create the Walk Off The War Program. Veterans participating in the Walk Off The War Program will receive the following support: Funding for equipment and supplies, annual memberships to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Appalachian Trial Conservancy, logistical support during trail town stops, and assistance with future employment opportunities."

WOUNDED WARRIORS AT NEBO MINISTRY: www.fredumc.org. "Operating under the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, this interdenominational group offers practical help to wounded warriors, their families, and/or caregivers. To express our deep gratitude for their sacrifices, we offer respite weekends and activities such as fishing, photography classes, concerts at the WFSC, and marriage retreats. We hope our small groups assist the warriors in reintegrating into non-combat and/or civilian life. We also enjoy distributing gifts donated by the local community to the warriors at the Warrior and Family Support Center and SAMMC, Fort Sam Houston."

WOUNDED WARRIOR OUTDOORS: www.woundedwarrioroutdoors.com. A non-profit founded to provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. WWO gives deserving Active Duty Warriors in transition the opportunity of a lifetime in the wilderness location of their choice. "We provide this all-inclusive adventure at absolutely no cost to the servicemen and women, their families or the government. Transportation, lodging, meals and documentation of the adventure is provided free of charge. It is because of this arrangement that Wounded Warrior Outdoors relies entirely on private donations. Over ninety percent of all donations directly benefit these Active Duty Warriors in transition. Administration, general offices and personnel services are donated."

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