Women Veterans Program Mission
Assist Women Veterans in Texas by helping them obtain their federal and state Veteran Services and Support, and by coordinating supplemental services and support with local governments and community organizations.
TVC serves Texas Women Veterans by helping them to obtain their benefits and services. We strive to raise awareness of Women Veteran contributions and services to our country and state, as well as inform and educate Women Veterans and Women Veteran Resource Providers about the benefits and services available to Women Veterans.
Goals of the Women Veterans Program
- Coordinate support with Government and Non-Government Programs and Agencies in Texas.
- Advocate Services for Women Veterans.
- Raise Awareness of Veteran benefits and services to Women Veterans.
- Increase support for Women Veterans throughout Texas and the United States
Women Veterans History
Throughout world history, women's achievements and contributions as caregivers and educators have been widely recognized, documented, applauded, and honored by most cultures. Throughout the history of the United States, women have served in their homes and communities honorably. Many of those same women also acted fiercely in the defense of our great nation. They served as nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses, and saboteurs (American Revolution and the War of 1812); disguised themselves as men, enlisted in the militia, and then served in combat units (Mexican War and the Civil War); served as contracted nurses (Spanish-American War); and enlisted and served as nurses in fixed facility military hospitals (World War I and World War II) and field combat hospitals (Korean War and the Vietnam War). Their achievements and contributions as military service personnel, however, have not been so widely recognized, documented, applauded or honored.
Today, women comprise approximately 15 percent of the military force in the United States. Texas is the largest population of Women Veterans in the United States. As the number of women joining the military increases annually, the VA estimates that the number of Women Veterans will increase from 7.7 Percent today to 10 Percent of the total Veteran Population by 2020. Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) recognizes the contributions and services of Texas Women Veterans who have volunteered and successfully served in the US Military, Reserves, and/or National Guard, in defense of our nation. As a result of their achievements and the contributions they continue to make to our great nation, they deserve all of the recognition, honor, and support offered to them!