Military Veterans Services Section


We work with our partners to ensure that veterans residing in our area receive the quality job search/job getting assistance to which they are entitled.

 

Defining a Veteran

A veteran is a person who served on active duty for more than 180 days or was discharged, or was released therefrom, other than dishonorable discharge, or was released or discharged because of a service connected disability, or was medically discharged, or as a member of a Guard or Reserve unit called to 'Active Duty' during any length or period of war or campaign for which a campaign ribbon was awarded.

 

Contact A Vet Representative


Contact the following representatives for assistance with Veteran's Services

Central TexasWorkforce Center - Killeen

300 Cheyenne

Tony Ramirez

Region Manager, TX Vet Commission

254.200.2014

Email

Renee Howard

Staff Services Officer, Central Texas Region

254.200.2024

Email

Reception Desk

254.200.2071

Sarah Phillips

Veterans Representative

254.200.2025

Email

Central Texas Workforce Center - Temple

102 E. Central

Robert Hetzel

Veterans Representative

254.742.4450

Email

Jaime Melendez

Veterans Representative

254.742.4458

Email

Harker Heights Area

302 Millers Crossing

Charles J. 'Jerry' Butts

Veterans Representative

254.953.7102

Email

Central Texas College - Killeen

Bldg 111, Room 213

Lisa Chambers

Family Employment Counselor

254.526.1779

Email

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Assistance Furnished to Veterans

Your transition from the military profession to a civilian job might be one of the toughest obstacles to overcome as you return home, however, it is not insurmountable. There are many employers out there who are looking for your skills; the challenge is relating those skills in a manner that they can understand. The Texas Veterans Commission can help you as you go through the employment process. If you think you could benefit from our personalized services contact your nearest workforce center.

Available Employment Services

  • Intensive Services
  • Converting military occupation to civilian occupations for resume and job search
  • Job Matching and Referrals
  • Employer Outreach
  • Job Search Workshops
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Labor Market Information
  • Referrals to Training
  • Other Supportive Services

Helpful Hint: If you are visiting one of the workforce career centers - tell them you are a veteran. You may be eligible for some prioritized services.

The first step is to register with WorkInTexas.com and begin your job search.

The website, WorkInTexas.com helps Texas veterans translate their military skills to jobs in the civilian world. The Military Occupation Code Crosswalk function allows veterans to enter the type of work they performed in the armed services and receive a list of civilian jobs that require those skills. The system also translates military occupation codes into skills employers are looking for in potential employees.


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Additional Resources


Links to Information that will Help You

Apply 4 Benefits

There are numerous ways to apply for VA benefits depending on the type of benefit you are seeking.

CareerScope

In addition to Career Counseling, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the interest and aptitude assessment tool known as CareerScope at no cost to all eligible benefit recipients. CareerScope has been used frequently by Veterans to determine the best career path for transition to civilian life.

School Decision

Many VA and other government resources exist to help you choose a school and education program. Visit these VA and non-VA sites for guidance.

Disability

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.

Texas Veterans Portal

The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. We have compiled helpful information from many government agencies here so you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need. For immediate assistance, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-252-VETS (8387) or contact us.


Employment Webinar

See this VIDEO. Job-hunting can be difficult for anyone, and in addition to challenges commonly experienced by nonveteran job-seekers, transitioning service members and veterans may experience culture shock, difficulty translating skills, unfamiliarity with the civilian job search process, and more. Unlike their male veteran peers, women veterans may also experience challenges that are common among nonveteran working women. The best thing women veterans can do is arm themselves with job-seeking skills and knowledge.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Financial Assistance the VFW's Unmet Needs program. As the nation's largest organization of combat veterans, we understand the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That's the premise behind the VFW's Unmet Needs program.

The program provides financial aid of up to $5,000 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant -not a loan- so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly.

Veterans Land Board

Since the days of the Republic, Texas has always supported her Veterans in return for their military service. In the early days, it was in the form of land given by the state for military service in the Texas Revolution. In 1946, this tradition was formally recognized with the creation of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) to administer benefits exclusively for Texas Veterans. Since then, more than 200,000 VLB loans have been funded for Texas Veterans.For over half a century, the VLB has been keeping the promise to serve Texas Veterans.

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders

Make The Connection

MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

Veterans Service Records

Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax

Veterans Employment

Find military friendly jobs and upcoming job fairs in your are through Military.com.

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