AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Dozens of nonprofits and government agencies providing direct services to veterans received more than $30 million in grants from the Texas Veterans Commission this month, the agency announced.
The Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance presented $30.7 million to 109 organizations, providing assistance to more than 33,400 veterans and their families, the agency reported.
An agency spokesperson said the grants provide resources for services including financial help, transportation, legal advice, family support, home modifications, and rental and mortgage assistance. The five categories for grants are general assistance, housing for Texas heroes, veterans mental health grants, veterans treatment courts and veteran county service officers.
The distributions were announced by region:
- South Texas and Alamo Regions – $9.5 million in grants distributed between 26 organizations, serving over 8,400 veterans and their families
- Panhandle and West Texas Regions – $4 million in grants distributed among 12 organizations which serve more than 3,400 veterans and their families
- East Texas and Gulf Coast Regions – $6.3 million distributed between 28 organizations serving over 6,400 veterans and their families
- Central Texas Region – $7.6 million distributed among 34 organizations, serving over 13,400 veterans and their families
- North Texas and Statewide – $9.4 million distributed between 31 organizations which serve more than 6,100 veterans and their families
The agency has also published a map of grant recipients by county.
Veterans looking for assistance can search for organizations providing help in the Lone Star State by visiting the commission’s website.
The agency has awarded over $168 million in grants since 2009, assisting more than 330,000 veterans and their families in Texas, according to the commission.
The funding is primarily generated by the Texas Lottery Commission’s Veterans Cash lottery tickets, a TVC spokesperson said. Since 2009, the Texas Lottery has devoted more than $145 to the fund. Other funding comes from donations when Texans purchase driver licenses, hunting and fishing licenses, vehicle registrations and handgun licenses.