Veterans Services

The Veterans Service Office provides eligible veterans, dependants and survivors direct and general support and assistance in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state of Texas and Williamson County.


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Events

Williamson County Veterans Services Office will be closed,
Monday, May 26, 2014, in observance of Memorial Day.


2014 Memorial Day Events

•    11th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Plaza: The annual event will be held Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at 2 Texas Drive, in Sun City, Texas. This special day will honor the men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country and our freedom. U.S. Senator John Cornyn will be in attendance and will introduce the guest speaker, Dr. Charles J. Schwertner, Texas State Senator for District 5. Music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard and a flyover will be performed by Falcon Flight, a Texas-based formation flying team. The event is free and open to the public.  
•    City of Taylor Memorial Day Salute: The annual Memorial Day remembrance is being held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26.  The Taylor Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors and raise the flags to start the program.  The brief program will include a performance portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur by Pastor Travis Summerlin. Additionally, there will be patriotic music and a musical tribute to the branches of the military. The Taylor Police Department Honor Guard will pay tribute with a three-round volley.
•    Hutto Community Memorial Day Ceremony:   The public is invited to attend a special Memorial Day presentation at Veterans’ Hill Elementary School, located at 555 Limmer Loop, in Hutto, Texas.  The event, hosted by the Richard A. Oman American Legion Post 302, will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26.  Special tribute will be paid to area veterans, disabled veterans, and POW-MIAs.  Additionally, Armando J. Ybarra, Sgt. USMC, retired, will give the keynote address.  Sgt. Ybarra was one of the soldiers featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1969.  Hutto High School Color Guard will present and post colors for the ceremony.  Refreshments will be available following the program.
•    Killeen Memorial Day Service:  VFW Post 9192 and the Central Texas Fallen Heroes Foundation will host a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195.  The public is encouraged to attend.  LTG. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commander, will be the featured speaker.  This year’s ceremony will include the laying of wreaths, a 21-gun salute, and the unveiling of the 2013 Memorial Slate honoring soldiers lost in Afghanistan.  For more information, please contact Guadalupe Lopez at 254-702-0465.  
•    Memorial Day 2014 at the Texas State Cemetery:  The Texas State Cemetery will host an annual Memorial Day event on Monday, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. The Sons of the American Revolution will present a program honoring veterans and remembering their service to the country.  The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Richard T. Drury.  In addition to General Drury, there will be reenactors on site in Revolutionary War costume and will fire period weapons.  Gary Knippa and the Friends will play patriotic music as well.  Entrance is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Parking is available on Navasota Street for those wishing to attend.  The Navasota Street gate will be open by 8 a.m. for those wishing to come early.
•    Fiesta Amistad 2014:  Opening ceremony and veterans’ recognition will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.  The Fiesta, hosted at the Lakeview Pavilion in Round Rock, continues through Sunday, May 25.  Visitors are invited to partake in food, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of entertainment for the entire family.  Some of the area’s most dynamic musicians will be performing throughout the weekend.  Headliners include Highway 281, Las Fenix, Eddie Gonzales, Joe Vic e los kumbacheros, Ram Herrera, and Los Garcia Brothers.  Tickets are $10.  Children under 12 years of age are free.  Contributions benefit El Amistad Club’s student scholarship program on behalf of veterans who died in combat.  For more details, go to http://www.elamistadclub.org/fiesta-amistad/.


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UNITED FOR THE PEOPLE ANNOUNCEMENT

FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS FROM THEIR HOMES TO AUSTIN AND CEDAR PARK VA MEDICAL FACILITIES


The service area includes Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock.

For more information and schedules please visit the following link.


 http://unitedforthepeople.org/veteran-transport-service/


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VA Press Releases 

Austin VA Outpatient Clinic opening new location July 9th

 

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System wants Veterans to know the newly constructed Austin VA Outpatient Clinic will be open for business July 9, 2013, at 7901 Metropolis Drive in southwest Austin, Texas.

Normal clinic operations in Austin will be closed from July 4 through July 8; however, the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic at 2901 Montopolis Drive will be prepared to take a limited number of walk-ins Friday, July 5, and Monday, July 8, while the move is in process.

Starting on the July 4th holiday, movers will transport the remaining items from the current clinic on Montopolis Drive, as well as from leased space at the Southgate Building, to the new location on Metropolis Drive.  When the move is complete, all of the Austin VA outpatient services will once again be consolidated under one roof in the new location.

“With over 184,000 square feet of usable space and plenty of parking, the new Austin VA Outpatient Clinic will be the largest free-standing leased clinic of its type in the nation, approximately three times larger than the current Montopolis Clinic,” said Dr. William F. Harper, Interim Director for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

For more information on services at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, see www.centraltexas.va.gov
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VA Starts Campaign to Raise PTSD Awareness - In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its “Take the Step” campaign. (6/24/13)
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VA Processes Nearly All Disability Claims Pending Over 2 Years, Moves to Complete Those Older Than 1 Year - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for Veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000-claims – or 97 percent of all claims over two years old in the inventory – have been eliminated from the backlog.  (6/20/13)
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New Technology in Place for Electronic Submission of Veterans’ Disability Claims - A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of claims.  (6/18/13)
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VA Hires Over 1600 Mental Health Professionals to Meet Goal, Expands Access to Careand Outreach Efforts, Directs Nationwide Community Mental Health Summits - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families.  (6/3/13)
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HUD & VA TEAM UP TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES TO 9,000 HOMELESS VETS - Approximately 9,000 homeless Veterans living on the streets and in the nation’s shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless Veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions. (5/29/13)

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 Veterans Services - Main Office
3151 S.E. Inner Loop
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1900
Fax: (512) 943-1905

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. -  5:00 p.m. 
Closed 12:00 p.m.  - 1:00 p.m.
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Taylor Annex

412 Vance Street
Taylor, TX 76574  
Phone: (512) 943-1900

Driving Directions

Office Hours 
1st & 3rd  Wednesday monthly by appointment only
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Closed 12:00 p.m.  - 1:00 p.m.
 

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Donna Harrell, CSO, CPM
Director Veterans Services
Certified by
TVC
Accredited by DVA

Valerie Zimmerman
Asst. County Service Officer
Certified by TVC
USAF Veteran

Thomas Belton III
Asst. County Service Officer
Certified by
TVC
USMC Veteran

Sherry Golden
Administrative Assistant

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Williamson County Courthouse
710 Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Telephone: (512)943-1100
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