The Texas Veterans Commission announced 25 organizations will get more than $3 million in grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

“These new grantees are projected to serve an additional 3,755 veterans, family members and surviving spouses between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013,” said Kathy Wood, director of the fund. “To date, the commission has provided over $26.9 million in 120 grants to 85 local government and nonprofit organizations to help serve over 135,000 veterans and their family members.”

Three organizations working locally received grants:

  • Mental Health America of Greater Dallas received $100,000.
  • Samaritan Center for Counseling & Pastoral Care received $300,000.
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness-Texas received $250,564.

Services funded include counseling for post-traumatic stress, housing assistance for homeless veterans, short-term financial assistance, legal assistance and family and child services.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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