Over 300,000 Veterans
East Texas is home to over 300,000 Veterans, active military, reserves, and their families. Navigation through VA benefits and government and community resources can be daunting. Learning what resources are available and where to find them is exhausting and stressful. The East Texas Veterans Community Council (ETVCC) dba, as CampV (Community Assisting Military People and Veterans) Project provides a comprehensive campus for benefits, services, therapies, fitness, spiritual healing, recreation, and military fellowship. Through our collaborations, we are building a stronger community of support that eases military families in crisis, transition, and life planning.
With the Resource center opening, East Texas has its first ‘Under One Roof’ center that brings service providers together. This concept, we are told by VA officials, has not been tried anywhere before.
A central facility reduces the run around for Veterans families who visit multiple Veteran Service Providers just be told “We don’t do that. You have to go to….”
This unprecedented Veteran community collaboration includes:
- Andrews Center – Veteran counseling, Green Zone
- TVC – Military Veteran Peer Network
- Smith County Veteran Service Officers – benefits
- East Texas Workforce – employment
- Veteran Caregivers – Aid &
- Attendance benefits and medical help
- NAMI – peer to peer mental health
- Anam Cara – Microcurrent Therapy
- Humana – Veteran TriCare, special Veteran insurance
CampV’s campus will quickly become the place to be where support is fast, convenient, and comprehensive.
CampV’s one stop shop also provides the community with a singular location for them to connect with the military Veterans and families. This ability helps facilitate understanding and empathy through community engagement and activity, helping the community understand the Veteran and Military lifestyle better. The Resource center, located on 20 acres inside the City of Tyler, Tx, is the central hub of activity on the campus. This does not mean that it is the only thing going on. With planning that includes areas for concerts, outdoor recreation and games, equestrian center, walking trails, Chapel, organic garden, food trucks, marketplace, and so much more.
CampV is the first initiative in a collective impact for East Texas Veterans. ETVCC is the backbone organization guiding future initiatives during the next four years and beyond. Come visit our campus for a tour of the newly renovated Resource center and the rest of the campus.