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TVC hosts Veterans Expo and Clinic in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is hosting Veterans Expo and Clinics in San Antonio on Saturday, May 18, at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk Hotel, 111 East Pecan Street.
During this all-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to attend specific, Veteran-focused seminars and clinics and learn about programs and benefits available to Veterans in Texas.
The event will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with a “Beating the VA Backlog” Clinic where Texas Veterans, family members and survivors can get one-on-one guidance with their pending disability claims from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). TVC holds backlog events in order to serve Veterans through the State Strike Force Teams, which were created by Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus in July 2012. The teams’ mission is to help reduce the backlog of disability claims in Texas since the number of backlogged claims has more than doubled since 2010 and the wait times for Veterans are continuing to increase.
At 9:00 a.m., the Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar will begin, and participants will receive information regarding business plan development, financial guidance, management and marketing assistance through mentorship and franchising opportunities. Participating organizations will include the Texas Veterans Commission, Small Business Administration (SBA), Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) of San Antonio, PeopleFund, Strategies of Small Businesses, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Veteran Franchise Centers.
At noon, the Women Veterans Seminar will begin, and attendees will receive current information on healthcare, housing assistance, and other benefits unique to women Veterans in Texas.
Also at noon, the Expo will open and will feature over 100 state, local, and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, nonprofits, colleges, and companies that provide Veteran-specific services for Veterans and their families. Participants include the Veteran Land Board (VLB), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), USAA, VFW, TexVet, U.S. Department of Defense, and more.
During the Expo, there will also be an Employment Clinic and an Education Clinic. The Employment Clinic will include a full range of employment services including one-on-one assistance with job applications, resume preparation, job matching and searches. Veteran Employment Representatives (VERs) will be available to provide job coaching and pathways to overcome employment barriers. During the Education Clinic, Veterans and their family members can talk to a program specialist about the education benefits available to them, including the GI Bill, Hazlewood, and On-the-Job Training.
“TVC is proud to administer these initiatives to keep Texas Veterans informed of available resources and benefits that help improve the quality of their lives,” said Thomas Palladino, Executive Director of TVC. “These clinics and seminars will provide up-to-date resources so that Texas Veterans will have the tools they need to achieve their goals.”
The Veterans Expo and Clinic in San Antonio is free of charge and open to all Veterans, active duty personnel, and their family members. Space is limited for these events and registration is strongly encouraged: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/tvc/Veterans-Expo.aspx.