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Texans have new way to help veterans
Posted on Jan 2, 2012

Starting this month, when you register your vehicle at the DMV, your registration form will include a space that will allow you the opportunity to donate money to help Texas veterans and their families.

This added option is due to the passage of  Senate Bill 1635, legislation sponsored by Representative Farias in the Texas House of Representatives last session.  Representative Farias worked with the author of the bill, Senator Wendy Davis, to develop a bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate to ensure that the legislation was passed.

Money generated from this new revenue source will go to the Fund for Veterans' Assistance, a fund created to award reimbursement grants to non-profit veterans organizations that provide services to Texas veterans and their families.

Organizations in San Antonio have received funds from this grant program in the past.  For example, the Bexar County Veterans Court received $40,000 from the fund to divert veterans from jail and prison into community based treatment.  Catholic Charities of San Antonio also received $971,000 to provide emergency assistance and counseling services to veterans and their families in need of social services.  In total, Bexar County has been awarded over $1.2 million from this grant program.

The Fund for Veterans' Assistance has helped San Antonio veterans and military families tremendously.  Representative Farias encourages everyone to consider making a donation to help Texas veterans when registering your vehicle at the DMV.  For any questions, please contact the office of State Representative Joe Farias at (210) 923-0908.