Governor Abbott Announces Over $1.8 Million In Grants To East Texas Veteran Organizations

~ Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that nine veteran service organizations in East Texas have been awarded Fund for Veterans' Assistance (FVA) grants totaling over $1.8 million. The grants were presented by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) as part of their Big Check Tour.

The funding will provide services to more than 1,800 veterans and their families in over 30 counties in the FVA East Texas region. "Texans will forever be indebted to our brave veterans who selflessly answered the call to serve in our nation's military," said Governor Abbott. "These Fund for Veterans' Assistance grants will help veterans in East Texas and their families receive critical services they need to thrive. I thank the Texas Veterans Commission for partnering with veteran service organizations across our state as we honor the sacrifices these heroic men and women made in service to our state and our nation."

TVC Chairwoman and Navy veteran Laura Koerner expressed her gratitude for the award recipients, saying "I want to sincerely thank each of our award recipients for serving our veteran communities across the Lone Star State. Your organizations are recognized for making a difference in lives of those who served."

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The second stop on TVC's FVA Big Check Tour was made at Habitat for Humanity of Smith County in Tyler by TVC Vice Chair and Air Force veteran Kimberlee Shaneyfelt. Fund presentations will continue through the first weeks of October at various locations including Fort Worth, Dallas, Abilene, El Paso, Edinburg, San Marcos, and New Braunfels.

The grants awarded today include financial assistance from Ark-Tex Council of Governments ($5,000), Cass County ($300,000), Community Services of Northeast Texas ($300,000), Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District ($235,000), East Texas Council of Governments ($250,000), East Texas Veterans Community Council ($250,000), Habitat for Humanity of Smith County ($200,000), Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity ($200,000) and The Salvation Army of Lufkin ($100,000).

Funding for these grants is generated primarily by the Texas Lottery Commission's games designated for veteran support as well as individual donation options on drivers' licenses, licenses to carry a handgun, outdoor recreation licenses for hunting and fishing and vehicle registrations.

Texas veterans who are in need of assistance can find available local organizations at

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