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Welcome! It is very important for us to acknowledge you in many ways.  You volunteered to lay down your lives to preserve our way of life, and we strongly value the contributions you have made through your service in the military.  The Harris County Public Library System desires to serve as an advocate for military personnel, veterans, and their families in Harris County and surrounding counties.     

In this forum, we provide organization-wide resources to assist and support active duty military, veterans, and their dependents.   These resources will help guide you to information such as: how to apply for benefits, compensation, pension, medical, educational, careers, and insurance.  Our services are dedicated to getting you the information that is best suited for you and your family! 

For confidential help, call the Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1(800) 273-8255 (Press 1) or Text to 838255 available 24/7.  

For information on the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center of Houston, visit Houston Veterans Administration (www.houston.va.gov) or call 713-791-1414 for more information.  

Mayor’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs https://www.houstontx.gov/vetaffairs/ or call 832-393-0992 or 832-393-8147.

Harris County Veterans Services Department https://vsd.harriscountytx.gov/ or call 281-876-6600.

Go online to TEXVET at texvet.org to find numerous resources for Texas Veterans  

Education

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The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

 

Post Sept 11 GI Bill

 

How do I apply - GI Bill

 

GI Bill Active Duty - MGIB-AD

 

GI Bill Selected Reserve

 

 

 

Employment

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Career & Recovery Resources

 

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Benefits

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VA Home Loan Information

 

eBenefits Hub: Comprehensive list of available veterans benefits and how to access them.

 

DSLogin- Set up or log on to your DSLogin account. DSLogin is needed to access many VA and DFAS sites and to update health insurance information in DEERS. Can be set up manually or used with CAC card.

 

My HealtheVet: Sign up or log-in to your account and access and manage your VA healthcare.

 

Benefits Letter: Request or download a copy of your VA Benefits Letter.

 

Claim and Appeal Status: Check the status of a previously submitted benefits request or appeal.

 

Upload Evidence to Support Your VA Disability Claim:  Learn about the different types of documents that can be used as evidence and how to submit them for review by the VA.

 

Prefer a step-by-step walkthrough to guide you through the VA Disability and Compensation process?  Try the VA Fully Developed Claims Program found here:

 

VA Disability and Compensation Main Page: Find information on applying, managing, and checking the status of a request for disability benefits.

 

Need to apply Service-related Disability and Compensation? Don’t know where to start? Vist the VA Disability and Compensation Main Page.

 

   

 

Transition & Support

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Disabled American Veterans connects veterans with the healthcare, disability, employment, education and financial benefits

 

PTSD Foundation of America provides hope and healing for the unseen wounds of war

 

Lone Star Legal Aid provides civil legal services to low-income veterans, dependents and surviving spouses

 

Horizon Outreach helps with active-duty to civilian transition

 

texvet.org provides veteran support services

 

Fund for Veterans Assistance provide Women Veterans Support

 

Military Records & Awards from archives.gov/veterans

 

American Vets offers veterans support and advocacy

 

Montrose Center offers LGBTQ Veteran Support

 

Patriot Angels provides support for senior veterans

 

   

 

Spouses, Families and Dependents

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Spouses Network

military benefits for spouses - List of jobs, portable careers and additional income opportunities for military spouses, veterans and reservists.

 

Veteran spouse network - A statewide network for veteran spouses

 

military spouse employment network Connects military spouses with partner employers who recruits and    hires.

 

career one stop - military spouses: a resource for career exploration, training and jobs for military spouses

 

veteran spouse resiliency group - Resources to provide a safe space for veteran spouses and partners of veterans

 

 

Dependent Services

ready kid SA - Resources for Military and Veteran families across multiple sectors to easily access information they need

 

sesame street for military families - Advice and tips to find information on self-expression, positive parenting, and common concerns

 

military benefits for dependents - Helping military families with child care and provides referrals, tools, and resources nationwide.

 

kinder care offers benefits for eligible Military and Federal Families

 

militarychildcare.com - Provides military and DoD-affiliated families with access to quality, affordable child care programs worldwide

 

 

Education & Financial Services for Military Dependents

Lists of Colleges for Veterans & Dependents

 

Operation Military Kids offers Services for veterans' dependents education

 

finaid.org - Financial Aid guide for Veteran and Dependents

 

Harris Co. Veterans Services Dept: Financial Assistance for the Veterans and their dependents

 

studentaid.gov - Get money for college or career school for your or your family member’s military service.

 

military.com - Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs

 

Civilian Life

military benefits - Transition Counseling & Family Discounts

 

Operation Military Kids- Discounts for services regarding home improvement, travel and more

 

Harris Co. Veterans Services Dept: Financial Assistance for the Veterans and their dependents

 

 

Mental Health

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PTSD Foundation of America provides hope and healing for the unseen wounds of war

 

22KILL.COM raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans and their families through traditional  and non-traditional therapies.

 

TEXVET.ORG Mental Health Resources

 

NVF, the Lifeline for Vets serves the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families

 

VA Counseling offers readjustment  counseling and mobile counseling with  after hour appointments.

 

 

 

Homelessness

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TexVet.org Houston Domiciliary Care  for Homeless Vets providing medical care and rehabilitation services in a residential and therapeutic setting to eligible ambulatory Veterans

 

homelesshouston.org - Houston Coalition for the Homeless: Resources for individuals experiencing homelessness

 

Houston VA Services for Homeless Veterans

 

Harris County  Community Services Department

 

TexVet.org Houston Health Care for Homeless Veterans: A hub for outreach services to assist homeless veterans

 

 

 

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Resources for active-duty personnel and veterans available from HCPL

Need Assistance?

If you need assistance with any of the resources on this page, HCPL's 1 on 1 Online Virtual Reference Service is available by appointment. 1 on 1 Online is a free service that lets you get assistance from an HCPL information professional online at your convenience. Visit our Ask Us page to learn more or make an appointment

Common Acces (CAC) Readers

Many HCPL branches across the county have CAC readers available for active-duty and reserve personnel. Service members can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more. Visit our Special Equipment Checkout FAQ for locations and more information,

Military Library Cards

If you are active-duty military personnel, you can get an HCPL library card and download eBooks, audiobooks, stream video and access all of our huge selection of research tools and resources. Go to Military Library Card Application

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