New Texas veterans app provides quick access to resources
By MICHELLE GAITAN | San Angelo Standard-Times, Texas | Published: April 16, 2014
SAN ANGELO, Texas — A new mobile app designed to give veterans a faster way to access help from crisis hotlines and online military services was launched last week by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
It’s a simple app connecting veterans with essential services, said Geoff Wool, communications specialist for the HHSC.
“There are a lot of resources for veterans, but nowadays most people do business (electronically), and we wanted to put together those most essential services for veterans can use,” Wool said, “something easy and convenient, and I think we’ve done that with this app.”
The Texas Veterans app provides access to local, state and national resources available to veterans and their families, with features including the Veterans Crisis Line, Hotline for Women Veterans, Connect with Texas Veterans and the Texas Veterans Portal.
The app is free to download from Google Play and the Apple app store and is compatible with most iPhones and Android cellphones.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential 24-hour toll-free hotline, online chat and text-messaging service operated by VA responders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Family and friends of veterans also are able to call the crisis line for help dealing with mental health or challenges while transitioning into civilian life.
The national Hotline for Women Veterans puts women veterans and their families in contact with a list of available VA services and resources.
Texas Veterans Portal offers information about local, state and federal services and resources to all veterans.
The Connect with Texas Veterans feature puts a caller in contact with a member of the Texas Military Peer Network, an affiliation of Texas service members. The network offers veterans peer support and information about local community resources.
Wool said nearly 700 people have downloaded the app from Google Play since its release less than a week ago, and the feedback has been positive.
“We consider that a good start,” Wool said. “Our goal is to spread the word to veteran communities in Texas so they’re aware of the app and can download it for free.”