Due to the complex array of benefits and varying types of needs faced by veterans, many of these sites offer a variety of services at one location (job assistance, housing assistance, legal assistance, meal programs, service animals, mental health services, etc.). Plano Public Libraries has attempted to categorize the following links to emphasize the primary benefit of each site; however, you may want to explore the Local and County Resources and the State and Federal Agency links in detail to ensure that you find the most useful information for your specific needs.

Local and County Resources
State and Federal Agencies
Medical Resources
Housing and Mental Health Resources
Service Animals
Legal Assistance
Veterans Organizations


Local and County Resources

Collin County Veterans Services
The Collin County Veteran Services Office is a department of Collin County. Not part of the Veterans Administration and not funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Collin County Veterans Services Office advocates for veterans when dealing with the VA.

Dallas County Veterans Services
The Dallas County Veteran Services Office is an advocate agency established to assist veterans and/or their survivors obtain entitled benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the State of Texas.

Denton County Veterans Services
The veterans’ benefit counselors of the Denton County Veterans Service Office assist veterans of the Armed Forces and their dependents file claims and obtain their benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after service to our country.

Vet Connect North Texas
VetConnectNTX is a searchable directory of nonprofit and government agency programs serving North Texas veterans, military family members, and agency advocates. The goal of VetConnectNTX is to provide an easy to use and reliable source of trusted information and resources in a broad range of service categories.


State and Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides federal benefits to veterans through a number of subsidiary offices: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).

National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office and offers claims representation, employment services, education programs, and other services to veterans and their dependents and survivors.


Medical Resources

Plano Community Based Outpatient Clinic
The Plano Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is part of the VA North Texas Health Care System and provides access primary care, mental health, and telemedicine services, along with laboratory and x-ray facilities.

Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center
Located in Bonham, Texas, the Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center provides an array of outpatient services, including: primary care, routine physical examinations, laboratory testing, prescription services, immunizations, preventative health services, and specialty care consultations. In addition, the center provides a comprehensive homeless center program, mental and behavioral health services, social work, homeless domiciliary, and a community living center.

Dallas VA Medical Center
The Dallas VA Medical Center, located in Dallas, Texas is a hospital facility that provides both outpatient and inpatient services to veterans including cardiology, nuclear medicine, mental health services, nutritional programs, pain management, rehabilitation services, women’s clinic, and many other services and programs.


Housing and Mental Health Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – HUDVet Exchange
HUD provides directories of state and local resources for veterans who are homeless or facing housing challenges through the HUDVet program.

Veterans Resource Center of Dallas-Fort Worth
The Veterans Resource Center provides a first point of contact for veterans needing to connect with nonprofit, employment, educational and VA resources, in order to provide paths towards self-sufficiency. The Veterans Resource Center is managed by Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, Inc. (HVSD). HVSD is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless or at-risk veterans and their families.

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The call center is staffed 24/7 and the program is both free and confidential for veterans and their dependents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Toll-free: (877) 4AID-VET (424-3838).

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

Cohen Veterans Network
Cohen Veterans Network is a registered 501(c)(3) Private Foundation that provides free mental health services to veterans and their dependents with a focus on post-traumatic stress. Insurance is not required.


Legal Assistance

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
The NVLSP provides legal assistance to veterans pursuing VA related disability claims.


Service Animals

Patriot PAWS
Patriot PAWS is a Rockwall, Texas based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides service dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore physical and emotional independence.

Train a Dog, Save a Warrior
Train a Dog, Save a Warrior (TADSAW) is a San Antonio based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that pairs and trains both service dogs and disabled recipient veterans for effective therapeutic companionship at no cost to the veteran or family. In cases where a veteran does not already have a personal dog, rescue dogs are identified, paired, and trained.



Veterans Organizations

American Legion
Established in 1919, the American Legion advocates for veterans and provides volunteer opportunities to assist veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Established in 1899, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

Last updated 5/10/2017