Resources for Agencies / Advocates

VetConnect North Texas offers online resources for agencies and advocates to use and share.

Download and share the information with your networks. 

You are on the front lines of this work, we need your input.  Send us your comments, referrals and suggestions as well as requests for VCNTX Info Cards.

VetConnectNTX Resources

Marketing Collateral

VetConnectNTX has created several items to help you share information about VetConnectNTX online directory. The VCNTX Info Cards are available to download.  You can also order hard copies for distribution at your office and events by submitting a request.

North Texas Veterans Needs Assessment

An independent needs assessment by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) covering veterans of all eras in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area (DFW MSA), which includes 13 counties, many of them rural.

Event Highlights: DCCCD Vet Success Forum

The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) held its inaugural Community Forum on Veteran Success on February 16, 2018.  Approximately 80 guests attended from a cross section of military connected organizations in North Texas.

DCCCD Veterans Services Information

TexVet Resources

Hazelwood Act - Texas Veterans Commission

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that 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.

Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

The guidelines for property tax exemption for disabled veterans are set forth by the State Comptroller, but are administered by each County Appraisal District. Administration of rules and can vary considerably by county.

Military Veteran Peer Network

Sometimes, people need a hand in slowing the internal disquiet and conflict that combat, deployment, military sexual trauma, or other abnormal situations produce.  No one is better prepared to speak with a Veteran about her experiences than another Veteran, a peer.

With the peer-to-peer network, veterans go through a training course that teaches them how to facilitate groups of veterans. Once trained, they are tasked with going out into their local communities and creating peer groups. Because members of the group set the rules, no two peer groups are the same.

Additional Veteran Needs Assessments

Texas Statewide Needs Assessment

The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) administered by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) needed objective and reliable data to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of Texas veterans and their families. The TVC contracted the Texas State University Center for Social Inquiry (CSI) to conduct a needs assessment to inform how they can best distribute funds to have the maximum impact on improving veterans’ lives.

The San Francisco Veterans Study

The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, has released an examination of veterans in San Francisco, the fourth study in USC’s “State of the American Veteran” research series. The study found that many veterans are not prepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily addressed by a single organization.  The study includes ten findings, with corresponding recommendations, to engage veterans earlier, and more deeply, in the transition process.

United Way Tarrant County Rapid Analysis of Needs and Gaps in Services for Returning Veterans

During the month of March 2013, United Way undertook a Rapid Analysis of Needs and Gaps in services for returning veterans, which comprised an initial meeting with selected Vetco (Veterans Coalition) board members and community leaders, a conversation with 27 veterans service providers, a conversation with 16 veterans, conversations with individual experts, site visits to two one-stop centers for veterans and data collection from secondary sources.

Orange County Veterans Study

The Orange County Veterans Study, conducted by the USC School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR), is an effort to provide data-driven recommendations for serving the population of veterans residing in Orange County, California.

The Chicagoland Veterans Study

The State of the American Veteran: The Chicagoland Veterans Study, conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and in partnership with Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, is an effort to provide data-driven recommendations for serving the large population of veterans residing in Chicago and the surrounding area.

Needs Assessment: Veterans in Southwest Pennsylvania

The Heinz Endowments commissioned the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to assess the needs of veterans in the region, focusing on the post-9/11 cohort, to assist in planning future philanthropic investment by the Endowments and its partners.

Additional Resource Reports

Charting the Sea of Goodwill

In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a "sea of goodwill" has surrounded veterans, military families, and the military in general. One result has been an increase in the number of nonprofit organizations serving these populations. In this December 2015 study by CNAS, the authors analyze the post-9/11 national data on veteran-serving nonprofits, reaching conclusions about long-term trends and policy implications.

Did you know…

Vietnam-era veterans make up the largest proportion of the DFW region’s overall veteran population.

 According to feedback from interviews and working groups, the Vietnam-era cohort presents the highest amount of need for services in North Texas.

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Housing

Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

The guidelines for property tax exemption for disabled veterans are set forth by the State Comptroller, but are administered by each County Appraisal District. Administration of rules and can vary considerably by county.

Health

Homelessness Among Veterans in Texas

December 2016

Initiatives focusing on veteran homelessness that began in 2010 have reduced dramatically the overall number of homeless veterans in Texas.  Despite that progress, there are still veterans experiencing homelessness in Texas. This study from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs describes the successful strategies used in many Texas cities to reduce veteran homelessness.

Report on the Mental Health Program for Veterans in 2016 – Texas

December 2016

This report from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission describes the fiscal year 2016 activities under the program, which focuses on peer-to-peer counseling.  The report includes a description of program operations, number of veterans served, number of peers and volunteer coordinators trained, a summary of contracts issued and services provided through the contracts, an evaluation of services, and recommendations for program improvements.

Study on the Benefits of Integrated Care to Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

February 2017

During the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, House Bill 3404 directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to study the benefits of providing integrated care to veterans with PTSD.  The Legislature, however, did not provide accompanying funding for the study.  HHSC, however, did conduct a literature review.  This report contains electronic links to similar research on the benefits of integrated care.

Vietnam War Vets Still Plagued by PTSD

MedPage Today | 2015

Findings underscore need for long-term mental health services.

A small, but significant, portion of Vietnam War veterans still experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) even 40 years after the war ended, according to the results of a survey-based study.

Iraq War Clinician’s Guide 2d Ed.

The 13 chapters include topics such as treating stress and anger, military sexual trauma, the impact of deployment on families. 

Military Veteran Peer Network

Sometimes, people need a hand in slowing the internal disquiet and conflict that combat, deployment, military sexual trauma, or other abnormal situations produce.  No one is better prepared to speak with a Veteran about her experiences than another Veteran, a peer.

With the peer-to-peer network, veterans go through a training course that teaches them how to facilitate groups of veterans. Once trained, they are tasked with going out into their local communities and creating peer groups. Because members of the group set the rules, no two peer groups are the same.

Care

Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness - Building Workforce Capacity

November 2014

The second briefing of a three-part series on the 2012 to 2014 Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness project, designed to build the capacity of organizations serving homeless veterans—particularly those serving women veterans—to adopt trauma-informed care.

Education

Advancing Veteran Success in Higher Education

Syracuse University, Institute for Veterans and military Families | 2016

Case Studies of Student Veteran Support Programs at San Diego State University, the University of Texas-Arlington, the University of South Florida, and Florida State College Jacksonville

Military Cultural Competency Training

Want to understand the military better?  You can learn about the different service branches, military rank and culture, and how to integrate that knowledge into service delivery.

In addition to online resources, training modules for CE credit are available.

Hazlewood Act - Texas Veterans Commission

The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that 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.

Work

Onward and Upward: Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce

Military, Veterans & Society / November 2016
Center for a New American Security

Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce. 

A better understanding of veteran turnover will allow public-sector efforts to be more precisely targeted at the population segments that struggle the most during transition. 

Likewise, a more nuanced understanding of employment and retention will improve corporate execution of veteran hiring initiatives.