National Association for Veteran Rights Supports Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Historic Grant Funding for Texas Veterans, Expanding Local Access to Vital Services

Washington, D.C. – The National Association for Veteran Rights (NAVR) commends Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for their announcement of over $44 million in Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) grants to be distributed among 181 organizations across Texas. This unprecedented funding will significantly enhance services provided to Veterans and their families, marking the largest grant allocation in TVC history.

Peter O’Rourke, the former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, current President of NAVR, and a Veteran himself, emphasizes its critical importance for Veterans in communities across Texas. “The commitment shown by Governor Abbott and the TVC is a monumental step in ensuring that our Veterans receive the support and resources they deserve,” O’Rourke said. “These grants will empower state and local organizations to deliver essential services, from clinical counseling to housing support, vital services for the well-being of Veterans and their families.”

The grants, approved by TVC Commissioners, will fund a diverse range of community-based services, including employment support, financial assistance, home modifications, and mental health services. The allocation is anticipated to serve more than 41,000 Veterans and their families, an initiative that underscores Texas’ dedication to its Veteran community.

“By providing substantial funding to organizations that directly serve our Veterans, Texas is setting a powerful example of how state-level initiatives can effectively address the multifaceted needs of those who have served our nation,” O’Rourke added. “This historic funding not only honors the sacrifices of our Veterans but also ensures they have access to the comprehensive support necessary for their prosperity and healing.”

Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) serve as a cornerstone in the network of support for Veterans, offering critical services and advocacy. Despite their essential contributions, many VSOs operate with limited resources and face increasing demands. The FVA grant funding will enable them to expand their reach and enhance the quality of services provided.

“Local VSOs know how best to serve the Veterans and their families that live in their communities,” said O’Rourke. “With increased resources, these community-based organizations can continue to grow and innovate, ensuring that no Veteran is left without the support they need. This funding is not just an investment in services, but in the future of our Veterans’ welfare.”

NAVR applauds the inclusion of new services, including the Veteran Service Dog program, aimed at supporting Veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma.

Funding for these grants is derived from the Texas Lottery Commission’s designated games for Veteran support, contributions from individual donations, and various state license fees. For more information on these services, visit

About NAVR:

The National Association for Veteran Rights (NAVR) is a national trade association committed to promoting ethical and transparent business practices among companies engaging with the service-disabled Veteran community. NAVR advocates for businesses that empower Veterans with professional and transparent solutions while advancing support for Veteran-owned businesses.

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