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Together We Serve: Veterans and First Responders Benefits and Resource Fair

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Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, TX 75209

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Together We Serve is an event serving all of Dallas-Fort Worth's Veterans and First Responders with resources, food and fun!

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Note: If you cannot attend this event and want to be emailed the vendor resources from this event please email Mallory Morris at mallory.morris@glo.texas.gov

The Dallas Police Department in partnership with the Texas Veterans Land Board, VA North Texas Health Care System, and Dallas County Veterans Services is inviting all Military Veterans, First Responders, Active Military Servicemembers, Healthcare workers and Spouses to a one-day Benefits & Resource Fair. The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field is hosting this event and the following groups will be presenting in the Hamilton Family Auditorium and possibly provide face-to-face discussions in the Mezzanine area.

This event will be following current Dallas County ordinances and directives regarding COVID-19. Please bring a mask to this event.

VA North Texas Health Care System – No organization understands health conditions and illness directly related to military service better than VA. Providing quality, patient centered, health care services to those who have borne the battle is a noble mission, and Veterans who so honorably served this Nation deserve no less. VA North Texas provides comprehensive health services through primary, tertiary and long-term care in many areas, including medicine, surgery, mental health and rehabilitation. With headquarters in Dallas, other facilities are located in Bonham, Fort Worth, Tyler and Plano as well as five community-based outpatient clinics.

Texas Veterans Land Board – Have you ever thought of owning your own piece of property or home? Do you need to do a home improvement project but do not have all the funds? Stop by this booth to learn some very important information that can help you start your American dream! The VLB serves Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists and Veterans. If you have a disability rating with the VA of 30% or more you definitely want to come by this table! The VLB also offers veterans with no family free funerals with full honors and has state of the art nursing homes all over Texas reserved for veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. You only have to live in Texas one day to be eligible for our programs! Come learn about the best kept secret in Texas!

Dallas County Veterans Services – Your Dallas County Veterans Services Office can help you file claims with the VA, work on your disability and more. We are here to help you so that you do not have to fight this alone!

Dallas Vet Center – Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

Patriot Paws - The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.

Valor Ranch - Valor Ranch is the brainchild of a widow, mother, daughter, sister, and granddaughter of veterans, who has teamed up with Veteran Service Organizations and the community. Valor Ranch focuses on a holistic approach to empower our nation’s female veterans. Each veteran is housed in her own cottage on the ranch. She will also share in activities such as cooking, gardening, and tending to the animals to support the ranch population as a whole. Additionally, the SHERO will participate in group, one-on-one, equine therapy, budgeting, cooking classes, as well as volunteering in the community in order to enhance her life skills and increase her self-worth.

Military Order of the Purple Heart - MOPH fosters an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. Its national programs include: a Service Program to help with VA claims, a Youth Activities Program, Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services, Scholarships, Americanism Program, Purple Heart Trail, First Responder Program, and a Ladies Auxiliary Program.

DFW National Cemetery - The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a 638.5-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters. Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial. For more information come check out this booth!

Veterans of Foreign Wars – Most of you have had a relative who belonged to a VFW or have heard of this organization, but do you know all the good that this organization can provide you? Come check out how the VFW is not just your grandpa’s hangout anymore. The VFW is not only there for camaraderie, but it raises money to help other veterans in need and scholarships. It has family-oriented events and will even help you with your VA disability claims! Spouses and descendants of veterans are welcome to join the Auxiliary who do important work in the community as well! Come find out which post is closest to you!

Veterans Freedom Retreat - The Veterans Freedom Retreat is a week-long retreat for veterans and their partners where you’ll begin your journey to being free from the stress of past traumas.

American Legion - The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities. Just like the VFW, the American Legion is not to be considered as one of those old-time war hangouts. Chapters all over the DFW area give back in their community through philanthropy- and fundraising. Other great programs under the American Legion are the Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders. Come find out which post is closest to you!

Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program – Calling all our females who have served! TVC Women’s Veterans Program’s mission is to ensure that you, the women veterans of Texas, have equitable access to federal and state veterans’ benefits and services. The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program serves to educate and inform women veterans of their benefits and services, and advocate on their behalf by creating public awareness, recognizing and honoring women veterans and identifying needs and making legislative recommendations.

Texas Veterans Commission – The TVC is the largest state agency serving veterans and can help you with employment and education! Are you a business owner? Did you know that the TVC has a Veteran Business registry that is FREE? Are you interested in starting a business? Come get some tools to help guide you to get started. Thinking about going back to school and do not know where to start? Come talk to us! We can go over your education benefits from the GI Bill to the Hazelwood Act!

Lone Star Warriors - We are a Tier 1 501c3 USA Disabled Warrior Hockey Organization called the Lone Star Warriors. We are dedicated to helping veterans heal through the sport of hockey. We partner with many local and national charities to help bring awareness about the struggles soldiers go through with disabilities and how our organization helps them overcome these issues. Currently, we work closely with the Dallas Star’s Foundation, Dallas P.D. Hockey, Dallas Fire Hockey, The United Heroes League, The Dallas Stars Alumni, and many more. Our organization is the Tier 1 team that is associated with the Dallas Warriors which has over 115 disabled veterans playing and competing in national tournaments, local charity events, and leagues throughout Dallas.

Military Veteran Peer Network - The Military Veteran Peer Networks' mission is to establish camaraderie and trust with each other, identifying and vetting community resources and, collectively, contributing to the communities where we live. The network connects veterans and their families to local, state, and national resources through an active group of veteran peers. As a member, you can meet other vets, get help and support, and find resources. No disability or discharge requirements needed to get MVPN resources! Stop by our table to connect with the counselor nearest you!

New Hope Ranch – At New Hope, we understand that our first responders need specialized care. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), music therapy and family therapy are just a sampling of the services provided at the ranch. The Veterans’ Program is a unique program and is tailored to help veterans on the road to recover from alcohol and substance use, as well as reintegrate into their community. With the backdrop of the ranch, personalized treatment plans and a range of therapies, the Veterans Program gives hope to heroes.

1 Tribe Foundation (formerly known as 22Kill) – Originally beginning as a community to raise awareness and combating suicide by empowering veterans, 1 Tribe Foundation now has expanded their network into including first responders, medical frontline workers and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies. 1 Tribe’s purpose is to restore the value of lie through awareness, empowerment, and engagement.

Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic - The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive mental health care to post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families. Services are available to any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status. The Cohen Clinic at Metrocare uses evidenced-based practices with a holistic approach to improve the quality of life for our veterans, service members, and their families. Services are provided by trained and credentialed staff with military cultural competency. The Cohen Clinic also helps to connect veteran and military families to community resources and services, as necessary, through its case management services.

UT Dallas Cognitive Neuroscience Lab of Memory and Veteran Studies – Come learn about the latest science and techniques being used in the medical field to treat illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and more.

Warrior Spirit Project – Come learn about finding your inner peace! The Warrior Spirit Project’s mission is to bolster purpose and strengthen the spirit of Veterans and First Responders (Warriors) through Yoga, Dogs and Dirt, offering tools for resilience, growth and meaningful community engagement.

Heroes on the Water - Heroes on the Water, a 501(c)(3) veterans’ charity, creates alternative wellness programs to serve veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders and their families. The primary proven therapy utilized by Heroes on the Water is kayaking. No experience or equipment is needed, and kayak fishing is adaptive to those with disabilities.

Carrollton Springs - Help for Heroes® provides treatment and therapy specifically geared for people who routinely face trauma, physical and mental stress, and life-threatening situations. We offer many paths to recovery, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, substance abuse treatment, and medication management. But our programs are a lot more than that. They’re a chance to connect with others who are learning to cope with similar circumstances.

America’s Defenders Foundation - America's Defenders Foundation was created in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) organization. The sole purpose of AmDef is to support the service of our nation's law enforcement and disabled veterans.

Badge of Honor - Healing our First Responders - It is possible to recover from PTSI, because it's an injury and not a permanent disorder. John, Samantha, and Jeff have all been there. They understand the STIGMA that goes along with asking for help. They've also experienced the FREEDOM from "breaking through" the STIGMA and finding the help they needed to survive. They are here to help you.

NAMI Frontline Wellness - NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. NAMI North Texas understands that having a mental health condition not only affects the individual diagnosed, but also those who play a crucial role in the individual's life. We extend our services to family members, friends, loved ones, local community and mental health professionals. Every entity of an individual's support network should be actively involved in the treatment process. Receiving a diagnosis is only the first step toward recovery. Collaboration, advocacy and education support recovery.

Our Watch – Our Watch is a non-profit organization that provides equine assisted wellness and resiliency training for first responders and their families. The constant exposure to trauma, threat and high stress for First Responders is unique, and if not managed effectively can lead to anxiety, irritability, detachment, and alienation; all of which can significantly impact relationships, coping styles, productivity, and overall functioning. It is our goal to provide a program that fosters understanding, awareness, and connection utilizing the incredible energy and relationships with the horses.

Operation Homefront - We are an organization that works with Military Families which helps families with Critical Financial Assistance/Housing Assistance/Holiday Meals/Backpacks for School.

Marriage Management - Marriage Management’s Primary Mission is to Strengthen Veteran and Military Marriages. Our programs provide a safe and confidential place for Military and Veteran Couples to reconnect, find peer support and positive encouragement. Participants learn specific real-life skills that enable them to better manage marriage under stress. These unique challenges can be caused by military service, multiple deployments, combat or wounds – be they physical, mental, emotional or moral. The skills learned can be used immediately to overcome damaging behaviors, reduce stress and develop stronger bonds and healthier relationships. Classes are free because we believe those defending our country want to build and manage healthy relationships.

Save a Warrior (SAW) - Is the original, Warrior-led, timeless journey for active-duty military, returning veterans and first responders who feel desperately alone. We offer an alternative holistic service that equips veterans, military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders with a community of support and effective techniques to overcome the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideations. is the original, Warrior-led, timeless journey for active-duty military, returning veterans and first responders who feel desperately alone. We offer an alternative holistic service that equips veterans, military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders with a community of support and effective techniques to overcome the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideations.

Team RWB - Every year, more than 250,000 active-duty service members transition out of the military, joining the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans already living in communities nationwide. They face many challenges including isolation, weight gain, lack of purpose, and other health issues. Team Red, White & Blue is the antidote to the isolation and health challenges they face. By forging America’s leading health and wellness community for veterans, service members, and their families, we strive to make tomorrow better. Together, we will find strength and success. Our chapters and the Team RWB App deliver virtual and local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Volunteers host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community.

Indiana Wesleyan University - Helping those seeking to further their education one day at a time. Come check out this booth and learn how this accredited school can help you use your GI Bill and/or Hazelwood benefits!

Wounded Warrior Project – We connect warriors, their families, and caregivers to peers, programs, and communicates to ensure to ensure they have a network of support. We serve these groups through free mental and physical health and wellness programs, career and benefits counseling, and by providing ongoing support for the most severely injured. We empower warriors to live life on their terms, mentor fellow veterans and service members, and embody the Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) logo by carrying one another on a path toward recovery.

North Texas Patriot Anglers – Our mission is to provide mentorship and support to U.S. military, veterans, and first responders whose service to our country has left them challenged physically and/or psychologically. Through one-on-one guided fly-fishing outings, we attempt to increase their well-being, renew their sense of camaraderie, and enhance their desire to move forward with their healing process.

The Adaptive Training Foundation - a 510(c)3 non-profit organization that provides access and inclusion of individuals living with physical or traumatic impairments by empowering them through exercise and community! Our program has helped veterans living with amputations, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and other impairments redefine their lives. The Adaptive Training Foundation's mission is to provide this community with tools to continue their success after leaving our programs.

NPower - NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. In today’s economy, over 50% of all jobs require some degree of technology and digital skill. A recent Microsoft Data Science report estimates that digital job capacity—or the total number of new technology-oriented jobs—in the U.S. will grow to 13 million by 2025. NPower envisions a future where our domestic technology workforce is diverse, and clear pathways exist for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background to succeed in our digital economy.

Merging Vets and Players - Our nation's warriors - from every field of battle - possess a sense of strength, of excellence, and of commitment that we seldom see here at home. However, far too many of them are struggling to transition their abilities towards a new mission - leading themselves, their families, and their communities off the field. MVP was designed to address this challenge, and ensure that all of our nation's warriors can be as productive off the field as they were on it. By merging vets and players, we create an environment where these warriors can share each other's strength and experience, and can support each other in building fulfilling lives of service and strength. Your support will enable us to continue building our program, and unlocking the potential of these great individuals. This organization helps both veterans and professional athletes heal with physical fitness and peer-to-peer networking.

The Texas Veterans Network (TVN) - is a statewide collaborative of veteran-serving community-based organizations and government agencies that holistically serve the veteran and military community powered by Combined Arms. The Texas Veterans Network (TVN) serves Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard, Veterans from all service eras, and their family members. The North Texas region is made possible by a partnership between United Way of Tarrant County and Combined Arms, complete with a coordination center comprised of a military cultural competent intake team. North Texas is home to approximately 386,358 veterans, making up roughly 1.8% of the national veteran population. With 45 partner organizations in North Texas, we have been able to serve over 3,000 veterans since the Texas Veterans Network launched in April 2020.

American Red Cross - American Red Cross services for veterans date back to World War I and remains consistent with the spirit of our congressional charter. Today, the Red Cross is proud to maintain our commitment to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Red Cross provides referrals to vital services that range from responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, jobs, mental health), information on veterans cemeteries and burial benefits, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local veterans and their families. The Red Cross assists veterans and their families in preparing, developing, and obtaining sufficient evidence to support applicants’ claims for veterans’ benefits. We also assist claimants seeking to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). Red Cross volunteers serve in Veterans Administration (VA) and military hospitals across the nation. Volunteers, which includes many veterans and their families, provide vital assistance in the areas of rehabilitation, recreation, administration, and personal services to the men and women who answered their country’s call and who are now cared for each day in military hospitals and VA medical centers.

Dallas Baptist University - Ranked as one of the top schools in the country for being military-friendly. Eligible Veterans, active service members, and their dependents may take advantage of VA benefits such as the DBU Veterans Opportunity Scholarship and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Trade military experience for college credit through DBU's acceptance of the American Council on Education (ACE) credit. Create your own schedule and go at your own pace with multiple weekend, evening, hybrid, and online semester/term options. Study online, at DBU's beautiful campus in Dallas, or at our convenient regional academic center in Collin county.

Vertava Health - At Vertava Health of Texas, we provide comfortable and compassionate care through, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for Veterans with substance use and mental health challenges. We partner with your local VA to find the best care for you and give you the support you need to successfully re-enter civilian life. We start by determining which skills are the best fit based on the individual’s needs, and then create a plan to teach those skills. This customized program helps Veterans overcome their specific challenges, and ultimately gives them the tools to be successful on their own. Our therapists have the training and experience required to help Veterans on their journey to recovery. The Veterans’ Curriculum is designed to provide solutions for the struggles our Veterans face every day. “

Veterans Center of North Texas - Veterans Center of North Texas will assist Veterans of all ages who reside in North Texas navigate through the network of public and private agencies to obtain assistance, services and support required to establish and maintain productive livelihoods within our communities. We will be the first point of contact for North Texas Veterans and their families needing assistance in any areas impacting their lives. We are staffed by volunteers, predominantly Veterans, and referral services are provided without charge.


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Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, TX 75209

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The Texas Legislature created the Veterans Land Board (VLB) as part of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) in 1946 to help Veterans returning to Texas after World War II to buy land. The VLB has expanded over the years to offer additional loan programs and services to Veterans and Military Members.

The mission of the VLB is to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members, and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.

All eligible Texas Veterans and Military Members can take advantage of the below VLB programs:

Other services available from the VLB include:

  • Voices of Veterans - Oral History Program to record Veterans' stories in their own voice and then preserves the stories in the GLO archives
  • Next Gen Warrior series to capture inspiring stories of Iraq and Afghanistan era Veterans as they transition back into civilian life
  • A call center with representatives available to answer questions or provide other assistance, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

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