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Veteran Services

NOTICE: As of March 19, Hays County veterans and families who need assistance are encouraged to email the Hays County Veteran Services Office at veteranservices@co.hays.tx.us or call 512-392-8387 and leave a message for assistance. We are no longer taking face to face appointments.

Currently the Hays County Veterans Transportation Service to South Texas VA Facilities in San Antonio, leaves early morning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Any veteran with a fever or cough is advised not to use the transportation service to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other veterans on the van. Please call the office 512-392-8387 to schedule transportation.

Veterans enrolled in the South Texas VA Health Care System (San Antonio VA Hospitals and New Braunfels clinic) please be aware of changes in check in, telecare and call-ahead procedures. NO VISITORS ALLOWED. Contact info: https://www.southtexas.va.gov/ or call 210-617-5300.

Veterans enrolled in the Central Texas VA Health Care System (Temple VA Hospitals and Austin Outpatient clinic) please be aware of changes in check-in, telecare and call-ahead procedures. NO VISITORS ALLOWED. Contact info: https://www.centraltexas.va.gov/ or call 512-823-4000.

Veterans enrolled and currently using the VA Health Care System can use local ER clinics for urgent health care needs. Please use the VA Urgent Care Locator tool to find local ER clinics partnering with the VA Healthcare System. https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/Urgent_Care.asp.

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The Hays County Veteran Service Office was established to provide U.S. military veterans and their dependents with accessing benefits through local, state, federal and nonprofit programs. Our office is accredited through the Texas Veterans Commission which allows us to provide assistance with veteran’s benefits. We are not an entity of the Department of Veteran Affairs; however, we work in collaboration with the Veteran’s Benefits Administration. Our office can help you determine which programs you may qualify for and assist with the application process for them.

Our office is pleased to serve those who have served our country and their dependents. For concerns and questions, please contact us 512.392.8387.

Navigating the VA system can be overwhelming and our office is here to help. Our accredited Veteran Service Officers are trained to handle complex cases. We partner with many auxiliary organizations to provide assistance with programs in and out of the VA.

Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are preferred.

Jude Prather, Veteran Services Officer
Michael Hernandez, Assistant Veteran Service Officer
Sasha Mathews, Assistant Veteran Services Officer

111 E. San Antonio Street (County Courthouse), Suite 200, San Marcos, TX  78666
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 512-392-8387    FAX: 512-393-7718
Email: veteranservices@co.hays.tx.us

Main services

Claim Assistance with the following:

  • Disability Compensation
  • Compensation Appeals
  • Pensions
  • Aid and Attendance
  • Dependent Indemnity Compensation
  • Veteran Affairs Health Application
  • Service Records Request
  • And many more

Other Services
Counseling for veterans & their families

Resources for housing assistance
Resources for financial assistance
Information on educational benefits
Information on VA grants
Assistance with VA programs such as: nursing homes, assisted living, rehabilitative or in-home services for the veteran and spouse.

Housing/Land Benefits

Rental assistance for homeless veterans

http://www1.va.gov/Homeless/

Rental assistance for low-income veterans 

http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/about/hudvet/helping.cfm

Housing assistance for disabled veterans

http://www.disability.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=118;  

Independent living assistance: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ilp.htm

VA house loans  http://www.homeloans.va.gov/   ,

Texas VA Land Board http://www.glo.state.tx.us/vlb/  

House purchase assistance http://www.glo.state.tx.us/vlb/vhap/index.html

Jobs

Texas Workforce Solutions 

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Texas Workforce Solutions – Texas Veterans Leadership Program
Transitional assistance, help with deciding on your next career, résumé writing and interviewing tips, apprenticeship programs, vocational training, assistance with education – lots of great information for entering or re-entering the civilian workforce.
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/tvlp/tvlp.html

Other Helpful Links

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/

VA Insurance http://insurance.va.gov/miscellaneous/index.htm

 Texas Veteran Commission https://www.tvc.texas.gov/

Veteran Organizations

National Veterans Foundation
http://nvf.org/?gclid=CJ2Ducrt_J8CFQaF7Qod0D6mjw

VFW Post 3413 & Ladies Auxiliary
http://www.vfw3413.org/

VFW Post 6441 Wimberley
http://www.wimberley.org/d/2555326_12663.htm

American Legion Post 144
http://www.sanmarcostxlegion.org/

Vietnam Veterans of America
http://www.vva.org/

In My Area
https://www.inmyarea.com/military/camp-mabry-army-base

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