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The Dog Tag is a podcast for Veterans by Veterans produced by the Texas Veterans Land Board. We want to educate and empower our Veterans, military members and their families about all the different programs, benefits, services and resources that are offered throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Each episode will introduce subject matter experts who can help cut through the bureaucracy, dispel any myths and provide a clear path to these benefits and programs. Visit www.texasveteransblog.com/dogtag to find additional show notes and links, so you can access every program and service you or your dependents have earned and are eligible for.

The Dog Tag is a podcast for Veterans by Veterans produced by the Texas Veterans Land Board. We want to educate and empower our Veterans, military members and their families about all the different programs, benefits, services and resources that are offered throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Each episode will introduce subject matter experts who can help cut through the bureaucracy, dispel any myths and provide a clear path to these benefits and programs. Visit www.texasveteransblog.com/dogtag to find additional show notes and links, so you can access every program and service you or your dependents have earned and are eligible for.
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The Dog Tag is a podcast for Veterans by Veterans produced by the Texas Veterans Land Board. We want to educate and empower our Veterans, military members and their families about all the different programs, benefits, services and resources that are offered throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Each episode will introduce subject matter experts who can help cut through the bureaucracy, dispel any myths and provide a clear path to these benefits and programs. Visit www.texasveteransblog.com/dogtag to find additional show notes and links, so you can access every program and service you or your dependents have earned and are eligible for.

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Episodes

How to Buy a House Part 1: Credit Scores & Budgeting

10/17/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, our hosts Jim Bob Mickler, VLB Deputy Director for Marketing & Outreach, and Jimmy Smaragdis, VLB Marketing Specialist, talk about the first steps to take when buying a home. Their guests include Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Strategic Products at Gateway Mortgage Group, Marcia Boyer, Loan Officer for Gateway Mortgage Group, and Kim Mangum, Loan Origination Manager for the VLB Veterans Land & Housing Program. Buying a home can be a very intimidating...

Duration:00:20:17

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

7/19/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Terry Tottenham the founder of Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV). Mr. Tottenham established this program with the State Bar of Texas to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for Veterans who otherwise cannot afford, or do not have access to, the legal services they need. Matt and Terry discuss the mission of this unique program, how it’s funded, and what kind of legal services they provide to Military...

Duration:00:14:29

Find Employment After the Military with the Texas Workforce Commission

7/2/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge takes a deeper look at the variety of programs and assistance for Military Members and Veterans provided by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Matt’s guests are Dale Robertson, Manager of the Office of Employer Initiatives and Outreach and Project Development, and Jeff Singh, Program Manager for College Credit for Heroes. Matt, Dale and Jeff discuss how to find a Workforce Solutions Office in your area and connect with a Veteran Resource &...

Duration:00:40:39

Texas State Veterans Homes

5/24/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Deputy Director, John Berkely, and Program Administrator, Kathy Johanns of the Texas State Veterans Homes. The VLB Texas State Veterans Homes provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. Located across Texas, each first-class facility is designed to enhance quality of life with a clean, caring and dignified setting appropriate to those men and women who have served our country with...

Duration:00:30:03

Home Improvement Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

4/25/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Bill McLemore, Deputy Director for the VLB Veterans Land & Housing Program, and Charlotte Mumphord, Director of the Land & Housing Program, about the Texas Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP). Matt and his guests break down the home improvement loan process including how to apply for pre-approval online, select a contractor and which projects are eligible. These loans are available to Veterans, Military Members and eligible...

Duration:00:20:09

Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

4/11/2018
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge sits down with Deputy Director, Eric Brown, and Chief On-Site Representative, Doug Gault, of the VLB Texas State Veterans Cemeteries. VLB Texas State Veterans Cemeteries are special resting places, where friends, family and fellow Texans can honor Texas Veterans. These hallowed grounds are an expression of our respect for the men and women who have served our nation with distinction. Matt, Eric and Doug talk about the history of these cemeteries...

Duration:00:30:48

Health Care for Women Veterans

4/10/2017
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Pam Maercklein, the Women Veterans Healthcare Liaison for the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). Pam served eight years in the United States Air Force and has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She's worked at the Texas Veterans Commission since 2008 and assists Women Veterans with their health care needs. Matt and Pam dive deep into the issues that affect Women Veterans'...

Duration:00:50:43

Employment for Women Veterans

3/27/2017
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Nicole Anderson, the Women Veterans Employment Coordinator for the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission. Nicole and Matt discuss topics such as career counseling, resume assistance and interview techniques. They also cover some of the unique challenges that Women Veterans face when seeking employment including child care and homelessness. The Dog Tag® is brought to you by the Texas Veterans Land Board and the Texas...

Duration:00:21:01

How to Ace Any Military Job Fair

2/9/2017
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Martin Traylor, the Transition Service Manager for the SFL-TAP at Fort Hood. Martin shares his insights on how to get the most out of any military career fair. Martin and Matt have several years of experience working together on Fort Hood to help transitioning service members find their post-military careers. Martin and Matt cover the whole spectrum including how to prepare for a hiring fair, what to do and not do at the hiring fair,...

Duration:00:40:20

Education Benefits for Veterans

12/14/2016
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge talks with two Veterans Education Coordinators from the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). Fernando "Fuzzy" Conejo and Rand Bindford break down the different types of education benefits available to military members, Veterans and their dependents. Matt, Fuzzy and Rand discuss the different GI Bills, as well as education benefits for vocational and on-the-job training. Don't let these often confusing and complex processes keep you from...

Duration:00:57:44

Land Loans for Texas Veterans & Military

11/2/2016
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge talks to a panel of Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) loan experts to better understand the Land Loan Program available to Veterans and military members in Texas. The panel includes Bill McLemore, Deputy Director of the Land and Housing Program, Charlotte Mumphord, Director of Loan Operations, and Kim Mangum, Manager of Loan Origination. Buying your own little piece of Texas can sometimes seem like an unattainable dream, but Matt and his...

Duration:00:41:30

A Guide for Veterans to Write & Publish a Book

9/27/2016
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It's vitally important that Veterans share their own unique stories. On this episode of the Dog Tag, Matt Elledge talks with Honorèe Corder, author of You Must Write a Book. Honorèe is a writer, speaker and coach for business professionals, writers, and aspiring non-fiction authors who want to publish their own books. Honoree and Matt cover topics including why and how you should write a book, who you should write the book for, and tips on how to self-publish your book. "Please do tell your...

Duration:00:39:05

After Action Review

8/25/2016
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On this tenth episode of the Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge leads us through an after action review of the first nine episodes. Whether you're currently serving in the military, transitioning out, or a Veteran already, listen to this debrief and discover the topics Matt discussed with his guests, and why they are relevant to you and your family. In the episodes to come, we'll dive deeper into issues pertaining to women Veterans and employment programs. We'll also cover education benefits,...

Duration:00:13:43

The Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission

8/9/2016
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On this episode of the Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge talks with four amazing Veterans who run the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). Women Veterans are a historically underserved segment of our our Veteran population, but this small team of Women Veterans intends to change that here in Texas. Matt and his guests discuss topics including underemployment, homeless Women Veterans, filing VA Disability Claims for military sexual trauma, and much more. Anna Baker,...

Duration:00:50:17

How The Texas Veterans Commission Serves Veterans in Texas

7/19/2016
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On this episode of The Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge sits down with Col. (ret.) Tom Palladino, the Executive Director of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). This Texas State Agency has been serving Veterans in Texas since 1927 and has many programs for Texas Veterans, their dependents and survivors. The TVC has disability claims officers and Veteran representatives in VA hospitals across the state. They have employment services to help Veterans and their spouses find jobs, and an...

Duration:01:01:50

Find Your Dream Job with Hiring Our Heroes

7/7/2016
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On this episode of the Dog Tag, our host Matt Elledge talks with Col. (ret.) Chuck Hodges, Senior Director of Events and Programs at Hiring Our Heroes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched this program in March 2011, as a nationwide initiative to help Veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Over 500,000 Veterans and military spouses have been hired thus far. Chuck Hodges is a 26 year Army Veteran and was Garrison...

Duration:00:28:40

U.S. Army's Soldier for Life Program

6/22/2016
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The best time to prepare for your post-service career is before you leave the military. On this episode of the Dog Tag, our host, Matt Elledge, talks with Charlie Green, Director of Human Resources on Fort Hood, about the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program and the Army Career Skills Program. Both programs were initiated under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act to help the men and women who served our nation find success in today's highly competitive job market. The Dog...

Duration:00:37:50

How to be Successful in Your First Year as a Veteran

6/2/2016
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In this pilot episode of the Dog Tag, subject matter experts from the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) come together for a round table discussion about your first year out of the military. Transitioning out of the military can be a bumpy ride, but the more information you have about all the benefits, resources and programs available to you as a Veteran, the smoother it will be. Topics will include organizations who offer assistance to military members...

Duration:00:38:53

Find Your Post-Military Career

5/31/2016
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Finding a new career after you leave the military can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider including where to live and the job market in that area, educational requirements for particular positions, the minimum income you need to support yourself and your family, and more. In this episode of the Dog Tag, our host, Matt Elledge, talks about employment opportunities for Veterans with Stan Kurtz, Director of Veterans Employment Services, and Shawn Deabay, Director of Program...

Duration:00:40:11

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush

5/31/2016
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On this episode of the Dog Tag, host Matt Elledge talks with George P. Bush, the 28th Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office and Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). Born in Houston, Texas, Commissioner Bush received his undergraduate degree from Rice University. After graduating, he taught history to at-risk students at Homestead High School in Florida’s Miami-Dade Independent School District. In 2000, he returned to Texas and attended The University of Texas School of...

Duration:00:26:00