At a Jan. 24 meeting, Fort Bend County commissioners approved an application to the Texas Veterans Commission to provide $300,000 in financial assistance to veterans within the county. In addition, the court authorized an application to vie for a $135,000 veterans mental health grant.

The funds would apply for the 2023-24 fiscal year, from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. The Social Services department maintains county aid for veterans.

Per the Texas Veterans Commission, financial assistance is defined as temporary in nature, and includes child care, transportation, or one-time utility or rental payments.

Funds from the veterans mental health grant will go to clinical counseling and peer-support services. These, according to the Texas Veterans Commission, address diagnosed conditions to help integrate veterans with their community and provide a better quality of life.

The commission identifies services and treatments for trauma and stress-related disorders; anxiety; mood disorders; suicidal thoughts and behaviors; substance use disorders; concerns related to identity; adjustment disorders; and relationship concerns for clinical counseling.

Peer-support services are based on the premise that an individual with the lived-experience of military service is uniquely able to contribute to the rehabilitation and recovery of those in need of assistance.

These services would be provided to veterans and their families in a nonclinical environment from trained and certified individuals, per the Texas Veterans Commission, and include the operation of peer networking centers, support groups, information and referral services, advocacy, technical assistance, life skills training, and other direct services.

The Texas Veterans Commission will announce the 2023-24 Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant recipients during their fiscal year 2023 third-quarter commission meeting summer 2023.