For Immediate Release: February 18, 2015
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) Awarded for VIDA for Veterans Project
Weslaco, Texas – The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) presented the General Assistance-Series XV-A Grant to VIDA for Veterans, a project at The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA), benefiting Rio Grande Valley veterans and their respective families.
VIDA for Veterans will apply a multifaceted, integrated approach to connect veterans and their families to federal, state and local service providers and facilitate access to education and training support services, social service opportunities, financial assistance and employment connections as veterans and their families prepare their transition from military to civilian life and/or from unemployed or underemployed status to self-sufficient and career ready individuals.
“Congratulations to VIDA for being awarded a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission that will advance our Rio Grande Valley veterans and their families. I am pleased their proposal will be funded to implement “VIDA for Veterans,” a project focused on helping our veterans transition from military to civilian life and from unemployed status to skilled individuals ready for the labor force. VIDA is successful because they are able to integrate education and training services and create a skilled workforce enabling veterans to support their families. I thank you for your dedication and tireless work to increase the quality of life for our Valley veterans and families. “- Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa
The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) is a community-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to serving the unemployed, underemployed and low-income residents escape the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency through education and training for in-demand occupations. Since 1995, VIDA has assisted over 7,000 low-income individuals increase their earnings’ potential while simultaneously contributing to the development of a skilled workforce that can impact regional business and economic development. VIDA works closely with the business sector, training providers, educational and community organizations to help develop a 21st century workforce that meets employer demands across the region. VIDA is committed to working with others to benefit the surrounding Veteran community and thanks our Texas veterans and their families for their service to our nation. More information about VIDA and the VIDA for Veterans Project can be found at
“There is no greater honor for VIDA staff than to serve the veterans who have served us unconditionally,” states Victor Vasquez, Executive Director of VIDA.
“Individuals can help continue the support of Texas Veterans programs by making a donation on their Texas Department of Motor Vehicles registration form by specifying an amount at the bottom right corner of the form. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) also receives funding from the proceeds of the $2 scratch-off lottery game, Veterans Cash, individual donations and the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Donations to the FVA are tax deductible under the provisions of Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.”
“This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.”