Veteran Service Organizations in North Texas Receive $5.7 Million in Grants | News

AUSTIN – The Department of State announced Friday that the Texas Veterans Affairs Commission Fund to Assist Veterans Affairs awarded $5.77 million in grants to 26 North Texas-based veteran service organizations.

A news release said the organizations that received funding provide services to nearly 3,000 North Texas veterans and their families. The Veterans Aid Fund, or FVA, North Texas District, is a multi-county area ranging from Fannin to Navarro counties along the east side to Cottle and Erath counties in the west and from Red River in the north to Johnson County in the south.

Since its inception in 2009, the grant program has awarded more than $234 million in funding, and serves an estimated 400,000 Texas veterans and their family members, according to the statement.

“We thank members of the Texas Legislature for creating this grant program in 2009, and for their continued support of all Texas veterans and their families,” TVC President and Navy Veteran Laura Corner said in a statement.

Grants support a range of services from emergency financial assistance to transportation and legal services to family support services and home modification to rental and mortgage assistance. TVC Awards are awarded in five categories: public assistance, housing for Texas heroes, veterans mental health grants, veterans treatment courts, and veteran county service personnel.

Funding for these scholarships is primarily generated from the Texas Lottery Commission Games dedicated to veteran support. She added that other funding sources for the grants come from individual donation options on driver’s licenses, handgun licenses, outdoor recreation licenses for hunting and fishing, and vehicle registration.

Recipients include:

City of Dallas – $50,000: Providing Dallas County Veterans with Veterans Treatment Court services

• Equest – $75,000: Provides veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Kauffman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties with clinical counseling services

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – $100,000: Providing veteran dependents in 18 counties across three FVA regions with supportive services

North Texas Veterans Center – $150,000: Provides veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses in Collin, Cook, Dallas, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties with financial assistance services

Citizen Development Center – $200,000: Provides veterans in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kauffman, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties with employment support services

• NPower – $300,000: Provides veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in 16 counties across five FVA regions with employment support services

Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court – $300,000: Provides Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court services to Veterans Treatment Court

• CLC, Inc. $500,000: Providing financial assistance services to veterans and surviving spouses in 254 counties

Dallas County Veterans Treatment Court – $500,000: Provides veterans in 254 counties with Veterans Treatment Court services

• Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland, Inc. $500,000: Providing veterans and surviving spouses in Collin, Dallas, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties with home modification services

• SPAN, Inc. $20,000: Provides Denton County veterans with transportation programs and services

• Meals On Wheels, Inc. In Tarrant County – $500,000: This includes two grants, a housing grant that will provide veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Tarrant County with home modification services; The General Assistance Grant will provide Tarrant County veterans, veteran dependents, and living spouses with supportive services.

• Jake E’s Riding Round Up – $75,000: Provides veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses of Colin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Henderson, and Van Zandt with clinical counseling services

The Salvation Army – Grayson County – $100,000: Provides veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses in Cook, Fannin, and Grayson counties with financial assistance services

• UGM of Dallas – $100,000: Providing Dallas County Veterans with Homeless Veterans Support Services

Marriage Management Consultants – $150,000: Provides veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses in 254 counties with peer support services

• One Tribe Foundation – $200,000: Provides veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in 254 counties across this region with clinical counseling services

City of Fort Worth – $200,000: Provides veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses in Tarrant County with financial assistance services

• America Texas Volunteers – $200,000: Providing financial assistance services to veterans

Collin County – $300,000: Provides veterans in 254 counties with clinical counseling services

• United Way of Denton County – $300,000: Provides veterans, veteran dependents, and surviving spouses in Denton County with financial assistance services

Pecan Valley Region MHMR – $450,000: This includes two grants, one of which will provide veterans, veteran dependents, and living spouses in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Somerville counties with clinical counseling services; The second grant will provide veterans, veteran dependents, and living spouses in Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Somerville counties with financial assistance services.

Collin County Veterans Treatment Tribunal – $500,000: Provides veterans of Collin, Cook, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties with Veterans Treatment Tribunal services

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