The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) developed a mobile phone application to give Texas veterans quick access to crisis hotlines and other resources.
“The freedoms we enjoy today are made possible by the men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country; it is our responsibility as Texans to do all we can to give back to them,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “HHSC’s new mobile phone app is an innovative way to help connect our veterans with the resources and services they need and deserve.”
The app works on most iPhones and Android mobile phones and is easily available by downloading from either Google Play or the Apple App Store.
The app provides information to the user about local, state and national resources available to Texas military veterans, their families, and others. By using the application, they can get direct access to
• the national Veterans Crisis Line
• the Hotline for Women Veterans
• Texas Veterans Hotline and
• Texas Veterans Portal website.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a “free, confidential 24-hour a day phone line staffed by qualified responders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans, their family and friends can call the crisis line for help with mental health or other challenges faced by veterans transitioning back to civilian life.”
The “Connect With Texas Veterans” feature puts the caller in contact with a member of the Texas Military Peer Network, an affiliation of Texas service members, veterans and their families. The network “connects veterans and their families to local, state and national resources through an active group of vetern peers.”
“This app is a great way for Texas veterans to instantly access information and connect with other vets,” said Suzanna Hupp, HHSC associate commissioner for veteran services. “Every Texas veteran, and everyone who knows and supports veterans, should have this app on their phone.”
Mary Kate Martin-Jorgensen, of the Office of the Associate Commissioner for Veteran Services, HHSC, adds: “It is important to note that this app is for nearly everyone: veterans, active-duty military, family members, healthcare providers, volunteers, neighbors, etc. simply put, everyone is either a veteran, has a veteran family member, or knows a veteran.”
Texas veterans and all other qualified Texans are urged to take advantage of this valuable resource.
Note: There are two other apps available to Texans:
• For Texas veterans: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has just announced: Need an Audiologist? There’s an App for That and
• For all Texans: there is a new Your Texas Benefits app which allows cell phones users to send paycheck stubs and other documents to the state when applying for SNAP food benefits, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program or TANF cash assistance.