Mobile Benefits Center Makes its Debut
On Saturday, May 6, the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) debuted its new VLB Mobile Benefits Center at the Veterans Benefits Fair in San Antonio. This new state-of-the-art RV will travel across Texas helping the VLB staff spread the word to Texas Veterans about the benefits and services they earned by serving their country. The Mobile Benefits Center will not only be a billboard on wheels, but also a fully functional VLB office equipped with Wi-Fi to enable VLB staff to have real time communications with the home office to better serve Texas Veterans, military members and their families.
“One of the great privileges of serving as Land Commissioner is helping take care of our Veterans and their families, but we can only help if Veterans are informed of the benefits they’ve earned,” said Commissioner George P. Bush, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board. “Every day, in ways large and small, our VLB team provides help and hope to our heroes — and the new VLB Mobile Benefits Center will help us to amplify our statewide outreach efforts. We hope to spread the word so that each Veteran in Texas is aware of, and knows how to get help accessing, the federal and state benefits and services they’ve earned.”
Among the services the Mobile Benefits Center will provide is information and assistance applying for low interest land, home and home improvement loans. Since the unit is Wi-Fi enabled, staff can meet with Veterans one-on-one, and help them fill out the necessary paperwork to apply for a loan on the spot. Staff can also provide Veterans and loved ones with information about VLB Texas State Veterans Homes and Cemeteries. The Mobile Benefits Center is ADA compliant and fully wheelchair accessible in order to comfortably accommodate all Veterans, military members and their families.
The Mobile Benefits Center will not only travel to all annually scheduled VLB Veterans Benefits Fairs, but will also attend special events like the Armed Forces Bowl and various other events in cities and towns across Texas. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the VLB can load up quickly and be onsite to provide assistance to Veterans seeking emergency services. The VLB also seeks to attend various other non-VLB sponsored Veteran events throughout Texas, so Veterans organizations across Texas are encouraged to call the VLB Veterans Call Service Center at 1–800–252–8387 to schedule a visit from the VLB’s Mobile Benefits Center.
The VLB team is planning to take the Mobile Benefits Center all across the state. Here is a list of confirmed events:
Saturday, July 15, Waco
VLB Veterans Benefits Fair
Saturday, August 5, Tomball
VLB Veterans Benefits Fair
September 29 — October 22, 2017, Dallas
Texas State Fair