Veterans summit Austin, Texas…

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The Texas Veterans Commission is hosting the 15th Annual Veterans Summit February 11-13 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.
Register Now for the 15th Annual Veterans Summit!

The Texas Veterans Commission would like to invite you to attend the 15th Annual Veterans Summit, which will be held from February 11-13, 2013. This year, we are pleased to partner with the City of Austin to hold the Summit at the Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas.

Monday, February 11, will feature a number of exciting events:

  • A Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will provide information on funding sources, mentors, marketing strategies, securing federal contracts and more for Veteran Entrepreneurs.
  • An informational meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the latest Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant solicitation (Series XIII-A) that opens on January 25, 2013.
  • Training for non-profit organizations and Veterans Service Organizations that provide services to Texas Veterans and their families that will feature two workshops:  (1) Planning for Program Evaluation and Grant Reporting; and (2) Understanding Strategic Alliances: A Continuum.
  • A Women Veterans “Get-to-Work” Seminar & Workshop from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. that will focus on personal finances, budgeting, community service programs, employment, and education.

Tuesday, February 12, is the official start of the Summit:

  • The Opening Session and Keynote will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will offer insights from our elected officials and others who advocate on behalf of Texas Veterans and their families.
  • After the opening session, there will be a series of general session events including a panel featuring members of the Fully Developed Claims Initiative and the State Strike Force Teams authorized by Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus that are helping Texas Veterans with disability claims currently pending in the backlog of claims at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and industry employer panel; a panel on Veteran education benefits; and a panel on women Veterans.
  • Other breakout sessions will focus on claims, employment, education, women Veterans, Veteran entrepreneurship and business ownership, criminal justice, mental health, and social media.
  • At 1:00 pm, the Veterans Expo opens, which will continue on through the next day. The Veterans Expo will include state, local, and federal government agencies, Veterans’ organizations, not-for-profit organizations, schools and companies that provide Veteran-specific services which assist Veterans and their families.
  • The Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The City of Austin will sponsor a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Summit will continue at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13:

  • General session panels will feature state legislators and federal legislative staff.
  • There will also be breakout sessions on Veterans Courts, housing, mental health, property tax, media, and outreach.

The Summit will conclude with a closing session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., which will feature Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst as the keynote speaker.

From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Veterans Expo will continue and will also include a Veterans Clinic. The Clinic will feature Claims, Employment, and Education Clinics where staff from the Texas Veterans Commission will be available to provide direct, one-on-one assistance to Veterans.

There is no cost to attend the Summit, but you do need to register online to attend at You can also request a table for the Expo when you register. All registrations are requested no later than February 4, 2013.

If your attendance at the Summit will require a hotel stay, the Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin – Downtown has set aside a block of rooms at a rate of $108 per night. There is a link to make a reservation on the Summit registration page or you can call the hotel directly at (512) 478-9611 and identify yourself as part of the “Texas Veterans Commission Summit.” The deadline for reservations is January 21, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.

We hope that your schedule will allow you to join us. We also hope that you will tell others who serve Veterans and their families about the Summit and encourage them to attend as there is much to be gained from our collective work and experience.