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$1 million in grants given to local agencies that support veterans

Posted: 11:30 PM, Aug 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-07 00:37:47-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Veterans in Nueces County will get more help through five support agencies. The agencies received a combined total of $1 million dollar through grants from the Texas Veterans Commission. The funding helps with a range of veterans' services including housing, transportation, or financial assistance to mental-health services in the Corpus Christi area.

A check presentation was made today to the veteran's services agencies at the Nueces County Courthouse. The Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections Department received a $75,000 'Veterans Treatment Court' Grant. The County accepted $150,000 for the 'General Assistance' Grant. The Community Action Corporation of South Texas accepted a $300,000 'Housing 4 Texas Heroes' Grant. The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi accepted $400,000 for the 'Housing 4 Heroes' Grant. The Cenikor Foundation received a $100,000 grant for veterans' mental health.

The money comes from the Fund for Veterans' Assistance program, which grants money to charitable organizations and local agencies that directly help the Texas veterans' community and its families.

"It's very important," said Al Cantu, Chairman of the Texas Veterans' Commission. "In my opinion, veterans always get the short end of the stick for whatever reason. Some of them are too prideful."

The money comes from a larger grant program that has funded over 100 veterans' organizations with nearly $23 million in total grants across Texas in 2019-2020. Since 2009, the program has awarded $137 million in grant funding that has helped over 300 thousand veterans statewide.