Special to the Register
Local veterans are invited to attend the 15th annual Texas Veterans Summit, a cooperative between the Texas Veterans Coalition and Austin city officials.
The summit is set for Feb. 11-13, at Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road in Austin.
Monday, Feb. 11, will include these events:
• A veteran’s entrepreneur seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will provide information on funding sources, mentors, marketing strategies, securing federal contracts and more for veteran entrepreneurs.
• An informational meeting from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the latest “Fund for Veterans' Assistance” grant solicitation that opens on Jan. 25.
• Fund for Veteran Assistance (FVA) training for nonprofit organizations and veterans service organizations that provide services to Texas Veterans and their families that will feature two workshops: (1) Planning for Program Evaluation and Grant Reporting; and (2) Understanding Strategic Alliances: A Continuum.
• A women veterans “Get-to-Work” seminar and workshop from noon to 4 p.m. that will focus on personal finances, budgeting, community service programs, employment and education.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, is the official start of the summit:
• The opening session and keynote address will begin at 8 a.m. and will offer insights from our elected officials and others who advocate on behalf of Texas veterans and their families.
• After the opening session, there will be a series of general session events including a panel of the “State Strike Force Fully Developed Claims Teams” authorized by Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and speaker Joe Straus that are helping Texas veterans with disability claims currently pending in the backlog of claims at U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs; an industry employer panel; a veteran education benefits panel; and a women veterans panel.
• Other breakout sessions will focus on claims, employment, education, women veterans, veteran entrepreneurship and business ownership, criminal justice, mental health and social media.
• At 1 p.m., the Veterans Expo opens and will include state, local, and federal government agencies, veterans' organizations, not-for-profit organizations, schools and companies that provide veteran-specific services which assist veterans and their families.
• The Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• The City of Austin will sponsor a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The summit will continue at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
There will be mainstage panels featuring state legislators and federal legislative staff. There will also be breakout sessions on veterans courts, housing, mental health, property tax, media and outreach.
And the summit will conclude with a closing session from 10 to 11:30 a.m., which will feature Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as a keynote speaker.
• From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a veterans expo and clinic. The veterans expo will include state, local, and federal government agencies, veterans organizations, not-for-profit organizations, schools and companies that provide veteran-specific services which assist veterans and their families.
The veterans clinic will feature claims, employment and education clinics where staff from the Texas Veterans Commission will be available to provide direct, one-on-one assistance to veterans.
There is no cost to attend the Summit, but participants are required to register no later than Feb. 4, 2013.
For more information, visit http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Summit.aspx.