SAN ANTONIO - — As we honor veterans past and present, it's helpful to remember that transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for them.
Bexar County celebrated the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind brick and mortar place to help veterans. Its goal is to help veterans and their families find success after serving.
“We’re going to have something that I believe is going to be the model for the rest of the country,” said U.S. Rep Will Hurd, R-Texas.
Paid for by the county, this first-of-its-kind endeavor will help men and women in uniform ease the transition from military service into the workforce.
“My message is very simple: We are here to serve you,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
The new center will provide veterans the guidance and resources to get into colleges, work programs and employment.
“We’re going to take military-trained individuals. We’re going to relearn some language back into the civilian sector. We’re going to translate those military jobs into civilian jobs, and we’re going to do that in partnership with our employers.” said Precinct 3 Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff.
“I see a lot more to offer,” said Army veteran Steven Price.
Price says the new facility is crucial not just for those who are about to leave service, but also for veterans who are already out.
“So, something like this – where the door is open and they can walk in and get that service that they need is critical to the veteran and to our local veterans that are still out there struggling for years,” said Price.
Officials say with the Alamo City being home to almost 250,000 veterans and 80,000 active-duty military members, it’s important they support veterans transition successfully.
“When you have the number of homelessness that we have amongst our veteran population, when you have the opioid abuse problem that we have amongst our veteran population, making sure they have access to a good paying job is a way we can ultimately address some of those issues,” said Hurd.