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Welcome to the West Texas Community Support page. My name is Rico and as your Community Support Coordinator (CSC), it is my role to provide an area for you to review local resources within West Texas and the Fort Bliss community. This page will include information about services, resources, programs and community events available in your area.



Exceptional Family Member Program

The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive, housing, community support, and personnel services to families with special needs. An exceptional family member is a family member (child or adult) with any physical, emotional, developmental, or intellectual special need (to include autism) that requires special treatment, therapy, education, training, or counseling.



Texas State Veteran Benefits

Tuition Waivers for Veterans
ELIGIBILITY:
Veterans honorably discharged who served at least 180 days of active duty military service. Bonafide Texas resident at time of entry into service who have exhausted all Federal educational benefits.
BENEFITS:
Exemption for payment of tuition and some fees at public colleges and universities. Exemptions from charges for continuing education courses is optional on the part of the institution.
APPLICATION:
Financial aid officer of the state-supported institution of choice.

Dependent children of MIA / POWs
EILIGIBILITY:
Dependent children of Texas military personnel MIA or POW.
BENEFITS:
Exemption for payment of tuition and some fees at public colleges and universities. Exemptions from charges for continuing education courses is optional on the part of the institution.
APPLICATION:
Financial aid officer of the state-supported institution of choice.

Children of Deceased Veterans
ELIGIBILITY:
Children of veterans killed or died as a result of service in WWI, WWII, Korea or since 2/1/55.
BENEFITS:
Exemption for payment of tuition and some fees at public colleges and universities. Exemptions from charges for continuing education courses is optional on the part of the institution.
APPLICATION:
High school guidance counselor, or financial aid officer of the state-supported institution of choice.

Orphans of National Guard and Texas Air National Guard
ELIGIBILITY: Exemption of certain orphans of National Guard and Texas Air National Guard.
BENEFITS: Exemption for payment of tuition and some fees at public colleges and universities. Exemptions from charges for continuing education courses is optional on the part of the institution.
APPLICATION: Financial aid officer of the state-supported institution of choice.



Easter Seals' Community OneSource

Easter Seals Disability ServicesReturning home from military service after experiencing combat and adjusting to life -- especially life with an injury or a disability -- can be a complex, bewildering and extended process. Even moreso for wounded service members and veterans and their families, navigating the multitude of public and private support systems can be an overwhelming challenge. Families often find themselves struggling to find appropriate and effective supports within their very own communities.



Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Caring for the families of the fallen ...

TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has established itself as the front line resource to the families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.



DoD YMCA Military Initiative

The National Military Family Association

The National Military Family AssociationThe National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes them a leader in the field. Not only do they support military families – they are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up their staff and board positions. They speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. Based on what they hear from their members, they meet the needs of service members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs, and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families.



Survivor Outreach Services

Survivor Outreach Services

Fulfilling our Promise to the Fallen

There is no more important promise that we make to our Service men and women than the one to care for their family should they die while performing their duties. The Army considers it a solemn obligation to care for these Families who have sacrificed so much for our nation. In fulfilling this commitment, the Army has created the Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) program – a holistic, multi-agency approach to delivering services to Survivors. The SOS mission is, “to embrace and reassure Survivors that they are continually linked to the Army Family though a unified support program that enables them to remain an important part of the Army Family for as long as they desire.” SOS offices are located throughout the country at the garrisons and communities closest to where Survivors live. SOS coordinates with the Casualty Assistance Center (CAC) at the garrisons to ensure services are available to survivors from day one.

SOS’ clients consist mainly of Primary and Secondary Next of Kin. This is usually made up of spouses, children and parents, but it may include other immediate or extended Family members. SOS will also serve survivors of Veterans that have died from a service connected disability. With this said, SOS will provide information and referrals to other survivors, without regard to military branch and circumstances of death. While there is no fixed time frame at which SOS engages clients, the program’s goal is to begin communication, at the latest, when their appointed Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) is released. SOS can however become involved as early as needed or when requested by the Casualty Assistance Center (CAC). Services will be provided as long as the surviving Family members need or request SOS involvement. Survivors are eligible for services no matter the length of time since their loved one has passed away. SOS strives to be an important part of a surviving Family’s support system for many years after their loss.

The SOS program consists of Support Coordinators and Financial Counselors. Support Coordinators are the primary points of contact for the program. They work closely with CAC to ensure a smooth transition for the Family after the Casualty Assistance process is completed. Financial Counselors will partner with Support Coordinators to provide financial and estate planning support and education to the surviving Family members. This support can be limited in scope or comprehensive depending on the needs of the surviving Family. Both SOS team members function as long term support for the program by coordinating support groups, presenting educational seminars, and by providing life skills and supportive counseling. SOS partners with other DA programs and Non-governmental agencies to coordinate services to fill the client’s needs as comprehensively as possible.

SOS at Fort Bliss is located within Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Rd. This office provides services to surviving Family members in 12 West Texas counties and the state of New Mexico. If you are interested in learning more about SOS and what the program can do for you, please contact us at 915-568-1132 or www.blissmwr.com/sos. You will receive personal and compassionate services while honoring the life of our Fallen service members. The friendly SOS team members also speak Spanish for your convenience.



Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring. Such activities help these children cope with the stress of having a parent in a war zone or recovering from injury at home. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices that military families make and to ensure that their children have access to sports, fine arts, or academic tutoring programs.



The Fisher House Program

The Fisher House ProgramThe Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.



Snowball Express

Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.

America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.

It was a totally volunteer effort which came together in just a few months to create the largest all-expense-paid gathering for the families of our fallen warriors since 9/11.



Army Community Covenant Letters


Actor D.B. Sweeney is collecting open letters to U.S. Service Members from the Hollywood community expressing their support and thanks. The "Letter from Hollywood" project kicks off today with a letter from actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Please read his letter at www.army.mil/community. We welcome feedback about the letters on the discussion board of the Community Covenant Facebook page.

A new letter will be posted every Tuesday.



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Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Our Community Support Coordinators have established key legal and financial partnerships that will help make your life as a member of the Army Family better!