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Women Veterans (CWV)

According to the Veterans Affairs, the State of Texas has the highest number of Women Veterans in the country. Travis County is home to over 6,500 women veterans who have served in the Armed Forces. Travis County Veterans Service Office is committed to assisting women veterans in all aspects of VA benefits. We can provide an overview of VA services such as women’s health care and counseling and assist with navigating the system. We also have well-established, reliable, community relationships to assist our women veterans in the Austin metropolitan area with employment, and financial assistance for those who qualify. We have woman veteran benefits’ counselors on board to assist women veterans that may feel more comfortable speaking to another women veteran when filling a disability claim or discussing other issues.

How to apply

Serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both with the VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women veterans and women serving in the military. Raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women veterans with dignity and respect. Promote current positive images and roles of women veterans and women in the military. Advocate for services for women veterans to be on par with their male counterparts. Follow legislative impacts affecting women veterans. Provide women veterans with information on federal, state and local benefits.

Have a woman veteran benefits’ counselor on board to assist women veterans with filling disability claims for gender-sensitive, gender-specific issues; serve as a resource center, and perform outreach to improve women veteran’s awareness of the VA, and other benefits, eligibility criteria, and community resources; advocate for equity of access, services, and benefits for women veterans: identify trends specific to women veterans seen at the Travis County Veterans Service Office; make referrals to local agencies for services; such as but not limited to: military sexual trauma, housing and employment resources.

An officer shall aid any county resident who served in the armed forces or nurses’ corps of the United States, and any orphan or dependent of the person, to prepare, submit, and present any claim against the United States or a state for benefits to which the person may be entitled under United States or state law. The officer shall defeat all unjust claims that come to the officer’s attention.

The mission of the VCSOAT is to develop professional highly qualified county service officers who are dedicated to providing outstanding services, education and support to all eligible veterans, dependents and survivors. More...

Benefits

General VA Benefits

A Women Veterans Coordinator is on site to assist women veterans with any questions.

512-854-9340

Receives and responds to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans.

1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

Assists with Employment, Education, Claims and manages the Veterans Assistance Fund Lottery ticket. http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387)

Gives Texas veterans the opportunity to borrow money to purchase homes and land at below-market interest rates. The program can also be used for home repairs, and in conjunction with other financing programs like VA loans. It is easy to use, and offers Texas veterans an exclusive and unbeatable financing alternative to purchase their own piece of Texas.

glo.texas.gov 1-800-252-VETS (8387)

Healthcare

Medical and Mental Health services

va.gov

womenshealth.va.gov 512-823-4000

Women veterans and women service-members who do not qualify, or choose to use VA mental health services, may utilize the YWCA’s confidential mental health counseling. The YWCA also provides referrals for women, couples, and their families free of charge. YWCA services are open to the general public.

ywca.org 512-326-1222

Offers free counseling for veterans who have experienced Military Physical assault, War Zone and or Military Sexual Trauma

va.gov 512-416-1314

Housing & Assistance

Call Center to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

va.gov 877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)

Veterans Assistance Program. This grant is designed to help lessen the burden of unexpected financial situations that are no fault of the applicant. Application for this grant is available to veterans with an honorable discharge, who are Legal Texas residents regardless of age or time period of service. Other conditions apply please read eligibility criteria for more details.

texasvfw.org 512-291-6850

Legal

Is a pre-trial diversion program for Veterans who are charged with non-violent misdemeanor offenses that may be related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems resulting from their military service.

Veterans Treatment Court

512-854-3829

The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP) provides legal assistance to low-income Texas Veterans and their families, there is no charge for our service, which is provided by telephone to eligible Veterans.

tlsc.org 1-800-622-2520, Option 8

JPWD offers wraparound reentry services for residents of Travis County who have one or more barriers as a result of interaction with the criminal justice system. Individuals do not need to have been convicted of a criminal offense to be eligible for program services. Any arrest or citation – regardless of timeframe, disposition, or degree of the initial charges – is considered a qualifying barrier.

Possible services include intensive case management; employment services; job readiness resources; job training; employment clothing and basic tools; and CDL training. Transitional housing assistance may be available to eligible program clients.

*Veteran clients who meet these eligibility requirements may participate regardless of their military discharge status.

Main Line: 512.854.6497

Business Resources

Provides FREE Foreclosure Loss Mitigation & Counseling to Texas families who have fallen behind on their mortgage. They can assist in finding options and solutions to help families try to save their home. BCL also offers a variety of other free counseling programs regarding business loans, home loans, and more.

bcloftexas.org 512-912-9884

Assists with educating and empowering Women Veterans and military families to start and grow Veterans Owned Businesses.

womenveteransbusinesscenter.org

Recreational

Is centered upon the enrichment and transformation of the lives of people with disabilities through the sport of rowing and paddling. Texas Rowing For All (TRFA) Central Texas includes one of the largest concentrations of disabled veterans and service members in the United States. Free lessons are avail-able for veterans with disabilities.

texasrowingforall.org 512-467-7799

Provides fitness programs and offers discounted membership to veterans whose household income is under $40,000.00 *Referrals for this program are required and are provided here at the Travis County Veterans Service Office.

Austin YMCA

Family Resources

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.6 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $11.00.

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