Subject: September Newsletter - Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act

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SEPTEMBER 2018 
The VetConnect North Texas online directory is a resource for veterans, military families and advocates at nonprofit agencies in the North Texas area.

Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act Claim Information Available
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SOME VETERANS

Veterans discharged from military service due to medical disability may receive a one-time lump sum severance payment. Disability severance pay is taxable income unless the pay results from a combat-related injury or the service member receives official notification from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approving entitlement to disability compensation.

Anyone who received a disability severance payment that was taxed and determines later that the payment qualifies under one of the rules above can file a claim for credit or refund for the tax year in which the disability severance payment was made and was included as income on a tax return.

For veterans who received a lump sum disability severance payment after January 17, 1991, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 may provide additional time to claim a credit or refund for the overpayment attributable to the disability severance payment.

VCNTX VERIFIED AGENCY NEWS 
Dallas-based nonprofit, 22KILL, has expanded its programs to provide veterans, first responders and their families with access to no-cost/low-cost, traditional therapies through 22KILL's recent merger with Fort Worth based non-profit and VCNTX Verified Agency Stay The Course Veteran Services.

Stay The Course provides individualized, evidence-based therapeutic solutions for individuals, couples, and families at little or no cost. All counselors and staff are competent in the military and first responder cultures, therefore providing a meaningful connection for these individuals and families. The uniqueness of this program lies in the use of personalized, integrated therapies specific to each individual or family. It is the philosophy of this program to treat the whole family and to provide unique combinations of therapies to promote healing and recovery from a multitude of issues resulting from invisible wounds.
 
22KILL’s programming provides a link to other community resources that Stay The Course will utilize to encompass a holistic therapeutic approach. “We are excited for great things to come in 2018!”, said Tempa Sherrill, Founder of Stay The Course. “By joining forces with 22KILL, more veterans, first responders and families will be empowered to find solutions and healing with the expansion of our services nationally.”

Jacob Schick, CEO of 22KILL, has this to say about the merger, “Based here in our backyard, the Tribe at Stay The Course has been a resource to 22KILL and a number of local veterans and their families seeking help. Constant collaboration and shared connections with the ultimate desire to save lives is what drove the strategy to formalize the partnership. By joining our 22KILL programming umbrella, Stay The Course will grow to help the military and first responder communities beyond just Fort Worth – stretching to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

This is the first step of many to come from this merger. Together, we’re putting established counseling programming right in the hands of more warriors, more first responders, and more families. This merger will undoubtedly save lives. We’re all in this fight together. One Tribe, One Fight.”

New programming initiatives for 2018 include peer-driven support groups for veterans, first responders, and their families to reestablish the battle buddy support mentality that can be lost after returning from time served or when a shift ends.

 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Introduction to Working with Veterans - Denton  
When:  Thursday, September 13, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Flower Mound - Southwest Courthouse, Community Room
6200 Canyon Falls Dr
Argyle, Texas 76226

Contact: Aubrie Wade
email: aubrie.wade@tvc.texas.gov, phone: 512-468-8092

A range of topics will be discussed such as the indoctrination process of military culture, impacts on the family dynamic, information about various groups of veterans, specific information about the population in Texas, the impacts of military-related traumas, and information about best practices for working with said population. Special attention will be given to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and Moral Injury.

6 free hours of CEUs will be offered.

Lunch will be provided for a cost. This training is hosted by Denton County MHMR in conjunction with the Texas Veterans Commission.

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