Established in 2013 to provide a helping hand to veterans in need, Brazos Valley Cares, Inc. has given more than $60,000 to deserving men and women who have served our country in the military. For the past two years, all proceeds have supported the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio. While Brazos Valley Cares continues to support that worthy program, beginning this year, a portion of the proceeds from fundraising efforts will also be used to assist local veterans and their families.
BVC will work with the Texas A&M University Veterans Resource and Support Center and other veterans’ groups in the community to identify needs. While the organization’s goal is to meet the needs of all local veterans, BVC recognizes student veterans often have particular needs. GI Bill funds do not fully cover typical living expenses, especially for veterans with families.
40% of all student veterans have families.
30% of student veterans are still in the Reserves and leave school at least one weekend a month. They often miss school time when called for special duty.
55% of student veterans have served in combat.
60% of students are age 24 or older when they begin college. Living in a dorm with a meal plan is not an option. They have rent, utilities, food, car payments, insurance, other “adult” expenses that traditional students don’t incur.
Even with careful planning, GI Bill funds aren’t always enough to support a family, often limiting healthy, balanced meal choices for children. Some veterans’ children are not able to participate in school field trips or other extra-curricular activities because of the cost.
BVC is holding its third-annual Steak Your Support dinner on October 10. BVC is seeking sponsorships, donations, and auction or raffle items. Any level of support is greatly appreciated.