Veteran Benefits and Claims Assistance
The McLennan County Veteran Service Officers serve as advocates for McLennan County veterans and their dependents. The VSO’s provide assistance to veterans and their dependents regarding compensation, pension, medical, educational, insurance, legal concerns and death benefits. They also assist veterans and their dependents in obtaining important documentation needed to apply for benefits. We are proud to also have a member of the team that can assist veterans and family members that live outside of McLennan County. Services are rendered at the One Stop as well as the veteran’s home, medical center, courts, and in the community.
Operation Forward March was launched in January of 2018. This program bridges a gap and fills a previously unmet need in our community – comprehensive transition assistance for veterans and their families – while removing barriers to services by providing safe, stable housing for a six-month period while participants are working towards self-sustainability.
If your family is interested in learning more about the application process please click here to email us.
The aim of the Counseling program at the Veterans One Stop is to treat the complex issues related to a veteran’s past service. Issues such as PTS, Moral Injury, Depression, Anxiety, and Military Sexual Trauma are addressed by licensed professional counselors utilizing evidence based treatments. In addition to professional counseling services, the Veterans One Stop also recognizes the importance of utilizing Peer to Peer support as a fundamental element in the healing process. These services are provided to the veteran as well as their dependents. It has been proven that to effectively treat the veteran one must also address the needs and issues of the family unit.
The Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop is proud to partner with Lone Star Legal Aid and Baylor Law School through the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic. Since its inception, the Baylor Law School Veterans Clinic has provided free legal advice to hundreds of local veterans. At monthly clinics, located at the Veterans One Stop, Baylor Law students assist local attorneys in providing legal assistance to military veterans.
The Heart of Texas Veteran One Stop recognizes the importance of addressing the employment and vocational needs of our veterans. We are proud to collaborate with the Texas Veterans Commission to provide in-house services and a full time Employment Specialist. These services include resume assistance, job matching, referral services, employer outreach, job search workshops, vocational guidance, labor market information, and additional training opportunities. We collaborate with community and state partners such as the Heart of Texas Work Force Solutions and TexVet to make sure we provide the most up to date information available.
Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop provides a multitude of services to our homeless veterans. We have a hot meal for breakfast and lunch every Wednesday and coffee and snacks most other mornings. We have a food pantry that is stocked with a variety of canned and boxed food items that can be consumed without access to a kitchen. We have a clothing closet that provides both casual “work” clothes to attire suitable for that important job interview or formal gatherings. Our homeless vets also can use the “community” shower every morning and the laundry facilities every afternoon. Our open recreation area (including a workout gym) allows for individual and group recreation outlets. We have Veteran Service officers who can help with disability claims and Texas Veteran’s Commission workforce officers to help veterans in finding jobs or enrolling in job training programs. Finally, the Heart of Texas MHMR provides access to counseling services, both individual and group as well as providing a referral source for psychiatric medicines through the VA or MHMR. Heart of Texas Vet One Stop also works closely with a variety of local and national agencies to make sure every homeless veteran has the support they need.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our partners, Guardian for Heroes, the Veterans One Stop is equipped with our very own Warrior’s Gym. Open during regular business hours and completely free of charge, the Warrior’s Gym was developed with different levels and adaptive training needs in mind.
Interested in starting an exercise group in the Warrior’s Gym? Let us know here.
Not located in Central Texas? Check out our partners, Guardians for Heroes!
“Guardian for Heroes offers veterans and their families the ability to work from the inside out as they acclimate to civilian life. If you or someone you know is a Combat Veteran (or a loved one) struggling with Post Traumatic Stress from combat or overcoming a disability as a result of war, please let us know. We work with Veterans from across the United States. All you need to do is ask.”
Veterans One Stop is committed to engaging with our Central Texas community. We host community awareness events and promote initiatives throughout the year. Wondering what we are up to? Head over to the News tab for our next event, or stop by and take a tour!
Check out our past events!
Here are some great pictures that are examples of past events: