Texas: Governor Abbott Announces Over $3.6 Million In Grants To Panhandle, Concho Valley Veteran Organizations

~ Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced that 11 organizations in the Panhandle and Concho Valley area have been awarded 14 Fund for Veterans' Assistance (FVA) grants totaling over $3.6 million. The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) presented the funding to provide services to more than 3,100 Texas veterans and their families across 60 counties in the FVA Panhandle region.

"Texas will always show appreciation to veterans and their families for their service to our state and our country," said Governor Abbott. "These Fund for Veterans' Assistance grants will support our veterans and their families in the Panhandle and Concho Valley by helping expand critical services they need in their communities."

TVC Chairwoman Laura Koerner, a Navy veteran, commented on the grant program saying, "TVC's grant program ensures that all veterans who have served their country have access to critical services. The grants distributed here today for Panhandle-area organizations will aid in many services, from counseling to home repairs."

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The FVA grants were presented at the Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene by TVC Commissioner Mike Hernandez, a Marine Corps veteran. Presentations of FVA grants will continue through the first weeks of October in El Paso, Edinburg, San Marcos, and New Braunfels.

The FVA grants awarded today include Central Texas Opportunities Inc., Concho Valley Center For Human Advancement, Concho Valley Community Action Agency, Family Support Services of Amarillo Inc., Hale County Meals on Wheels Inc., Lubbock Regional MHMR Center, Panhandle Community Services, Refuge Services Inc., Rolling Plains Management Corporation, Rusted and Weathered Inc., and West Texas Counseling & Guidance. Funding for these grants is primarily generated 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.

Veterans who are in need of assistance can find organizations providing help in their area as well as how to contact them at tvc.texas.gov/grants/assistance/. Governor Abbott concluded his statement saying "Thanks to the Texas Veterans Commission's unwavering dedication to creating lasting partnerships with veteran service organizations throughout our state, Texas continues to ensure the courageous sacrifices made by our nation's heroes are never forgotten."

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