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Women veteran’s organization awarded $250,000 check

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Submitted Photo: Texas Veteran Commission’s Executive Director Col.Tom Palladino (ret) and Bill Wilson, director, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, presented Grace After Fire’s Executive Director Col. Kim Olson (ret.), Lil Serafine, and veteran Erica Richard Submitted Photo: Texas Veteran Commission’s Executive Director Col.Tom Palladino (ret) and Bill Wilson, director, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, presented Grace After Fire’s Executive Director Col. Kim Olson (ret.), Lil Serafine, and veteran Erica Richard

AUSTIN— In an effort to help women veterans returning home from service, the Texas Veterans Commission presented a $250,000 check to “Grace After Fire” last week.

“Grace After Fire” has held several events to help women veterans to feel at ease in Waxahachie and Midlothian within the past year and their organization is designed to aid women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or having a difficult time re-adjusting to civilian life.

“About 10 percent of the U.S. Forces currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq are women,” said Director of Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Bill Wilson.

“This translates to a significant number of women Veterans coming home to Texas and with the population of female Veterans in Texas expected to reach 163,249 by the end of 2013, organizations like ‘Grace After Fire’ will be in ever increasing demand.  

“The Texas Veterans Commission is grateful to the citizens of the state who make it possible for the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance to support such an organization,” commented Wilson.

The money will be used to increase public awareness of the challenges faced by women veterans and to increase outreach efforts to these American heroes who served our nation according to a statement issued by the organization.

“We are honored by the Texas Veterans Commission’s commissioners and the citizens of Texas who made this generous donation possible and for their support of women Veterans in our community,” stated Grace After Fire’s Executive Director Col. Kim Olson (ret.).

In the past 14 months the Texas Veterans Commission has awarded $9 million to 38 organizations serving the needs of Texas Veterans. The Fund for Veteran’s Assistance is funded through individual donations and the $2 Veterans Cash scratch-off lottery ticket.


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