Funds from Texas Veterans Commission will help area students

By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen-based nonprofit Communities In Schools of Greater Central Texas was awarded more than $295,000 to help provide support for children of veterans and active-duty service members.

The money is part of more than $2.3 million in grants awarded to 11 government and nonprofit organizations statewide by the Texas Veterans Commission.

Services funded by the grant include transportation to medical facilities, counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, housing assistance for homeless veterans, short-term financial assistance, legal assistance and family and child services.

Communities In Schools will use its money to monitor the academics, behavior and attendance of military children, as well as offer on-campus support services for students and their families, according to a news release from the commission.

Eases funding cuts

Communities In Schools provides a number of services for at-risk and economically disadvantaged students across four Central Texas counties, including six Fort Hood campuses. That includes more than 1,766 military dependents for the 2011-12 school year.

The organization relies on grants to supplement deep funding cuts from area school districts amid an increasing need for its services.

Communities In Schools suffered a net funding loss of about $843,000, or 30 percent, in the current year's budget, forcing the group to eliminate services at nine Killeen Independent School District campuses.

The new grants will run from July 1 to June 30, 2013.

To date, the state commission has provided more than $23 million to 94 organizations, which have helped serve more than 92,000 veterans and their families.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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