East Texas is home to over 300,000 Veterans, active military, reserves, and their families. Navigation through VA benefits and government and community resources can be daunting. Learning what resources are available and where to find them is exhausting and stressful. The East Texas Veterans Community Council (ETVCC) dba, as CampV (Community Assisting Military People and Veterans) Project provides a comprehensive campus for benefits, services, therapies, fitness, spiritual healing, recreation, and military fellowship. Through our collaborations, we are building a stronger community of support that eases military families in crisis, transition, and life planning.
With the Resource center opening, East Texas has its first ‘Under One Roof’ center that brings service providers together. This concept, we are told by VA officials, has not been tried anywhere before.
A central facility reduces the run around for Veterans families who visit multiple Veteran Service Providers just be told “We don’t do that. You have to go to….”
This unprecedented Veteran community collaboration includes:
CampV's one stop shop also provides the community with a singular location for them to connect with the military Veterans and families. This ability helps facilitate understanding and empathy through community engagement and activity, helping the community understand the Veteran and Military lifestyle better. The Resource center, located on 20 acres inside the City of Tyler, Tx, is the central hub of activity on the campus. This does not mean that it is the only thing going on. With planning that includes areas for concerts, outdoor recreation and games, equestrian center, walking trails, Chapel, organic garden, food trucks, marketplace, and so much more.