MEALS FOR VETS
Meals for Vets serves as the catalyst in America to honor our nation's courageous, vulnerable, and struggling young veterans by eliminating their hunger. Our mission is to eliminate hunger in vulnerable military veterans primarily under age 60 who live in Texas.
The Older Americans Act of 1965 provides funding for folks 60+ to get meals, but if you're younger than 60 you will get turned away from these meal programs. This is the basic problem Meals for Vets addresses.
We believe that the hunger so many veterans currently endure is unacceptable. We are stepping up to meet this urgent need―focusing on veterans under age 60 living in Texas, a population with limited access to consistent, wholesome, life-sustaining food.
Our nation's recently discharged service members often find themselves reentering communities without the structured support systems they once knew and relied upon in the armed forces. We believe it's an honor to provide these veterans with valuable life-sustaining, nutritious meals.
Meals for Vets works to feed Texas Veterans with limited income. Our goal is to eliminate hunger in the Texas Veteran population. We would appreciate your consideration in helping us reach our goal. Please visit mealsforvets.org for additional information. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please give us a call at (830) 992-3375.
Emergency Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF)
Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If Veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, only then are they to visit their closest VA medical center without calling in advance.
Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban.
You are not alone.
Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Scroll down for a list common reactions and coping advice.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW
- VETERANS CRISIS LINE – If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line website.
- For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
- VET CENTERS – Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.
- VA MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES GUIDE – Access brochures and guides for mental health services.
- MAKETHECONNECTION.NET – information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
- WELLNESS GUIDE – South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, Clinical Center (SCMIRECC) provides "free" mental health resources for Veterans to improve quality of life.
- DOWNLOAD VA'S SELF-HELP APPS – Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
- TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS (TAPS) – Request a Peer Mentor
- VA WOMEN VETERANS CALL CENTER – Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)
- VA CAREGIVER SUPPORT LINE – Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
- TOGETHER WE SERVED – Find your battle buddies through unit pages
- GEORGE W. BUSH INSTITUTE – Need help or want to talk? Check In or call: 1-630-522-4904 or email: email@example.com
- ELIZABETH DOLE FOUNDATION HIDDEN HEROES – Join the Community
- AMERICAN RED CROSS MILITARY VETERAN CAREGIVER NETWORK – Peer Support and Mentoring
- TEAM RED, WHITE & BLUE – Hundreds of events weekly. Find a chapter in your area.
- STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA – Find a campus chapter to connect with.
- TEAM RUBICON – Find a local support squad.
- LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION - In person post-traumatic growth program.
COVID-19 legislation that permits students to receive MHA at the resident rate, while taking approved converted (online) courses, will end on June 1, 2022. When enrolling in courses after that date or any subsequent term, students will need to enroll in approved resident classes to continue receiving their MHA at the resident rate. Additionally, if a student chooses to continue approved training online after June 1, 2022, their GI Bill benefits, such as monthly housing allowance, will reduce to half the national average, and they may end up owing a tuition debt to their school.
If a student chooses to continue training online after June 1, 2022, and their course is not an approved resident class, they will not receive GI Bill benefits for their training (monthly housing allowance will stop and they may end up owing a tuition debt to their school).
ON Campus VA WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES – See your Veterans Center Coordinators
Off Campus Employment Inquiries
VETERAN READINESS AND EMPLOYMENT (VR&E) OPPORTUNITIES
VA COVID-19 Debt Relief Options For Veterans And Dependents | Veterans Affairs
For benefit debt, information is available online at the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, or by calling the DMC at 800-827-0648, or via Ask VA (AVA).
As of October 1, 2021, the VA will send debt notification letters again. The VA DMC will continue to offer debt repayment and relief options. Read this page to find out what to expect and get answers to questions you may have: Manage Your VA Debt | Veterans Affairs
How to contact our VA Debt Management Center
You can contact us in any of these 3 ways:
Call us at 800-827-0648 (or 1-612-713-6415 from overseas). We’re here Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. If you have hearing loss, call TTY: 711.
Contact us by mail at:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Debt Management Center
P.O. Box 11930
St. Paul, MN 55111
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