HHSC will award grants to improve veterans’ mental health

Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced on Wednesday that there will be four grant awards to help provide mental health services to veterans.

According to a press release issued by HHSC a total of $885,000 in grants will be awarded by the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance program to help veterans and their families who are struggling with mental health issues. The program focuses on community collaborations addressing the mental health needs not currently met.

“Our veterans have courageously given of themselves in order to defend our liberties,” HHS Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor said, “and the State of Texas has continuously brought forth innovative solutions to address the needs of our veterans and their families.”

The TV + FA program was established by Sen. Jane Nelson’s Senate Bill 55, which according to the release provides $20 million of state funds to be matched with local and private funds for mental health support for veterans and their families.

“As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I am a big believer in this program because it brings the state, local organizations and the private sector together to meet the specific needs of veterans in their communities. As we prepare to honor those on Memorial Day who have made the supreme sacrifice to defend our freedoms, I’m very pleased Texas is reaching out to those who suffer from the trauma of war even after coming home,” Sen. Nelson said.

According to the release it is anticipated the grants will be distributed across the state and be awarded by the end of the summer.