The City of El Paso is proud to announce that a new veteran specific website is now up and ready to serve the veteran and military community in the borderland.
The informative website, hosted by the City, provides valuable information in a centralized location to help veterans and their families better find resources and services. The website features information on education, training, employment, childcare, healthcare, food assistance, transportation, and housing.
Rather than searching for each of these resources individually, users can now visit one website to find all this information in a simple to use format.
The City in recent years has focused its efforts on our veteran community by creating new initiatives in honor of our city’s heroes. In addition to the new website, the City has also brought on other veteran specific initiatives.
Military Affairs Liaison – This newly created position is currently in the interview process and is expected to be filled in the coming weeks. This employee will serve as the liaison between the City organization and Fort Bliss, and will also be involved in the development of special interest programs for veterans and dependents. The Military Affairs Liaison will be under the direction Deputy City Manager Cary Westin who oversees the Economic Development and Tourism portfolio.
Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee – This committee was formed to serve as a source of information related to the status, resources and services available within the El Paso community to the City’s large veteran population. In addition, the committee is asked to evaluate and recommend programs, policies and practices designed to alleviate veterans’ difficulties in meeting basic needs related to transportation, housing, employment and other areas affecting veterans in the city.
Annual Veteran City Employee Luncheon – Knowing that veterans are living and working all around us, the City of El Paso has started a new tradition, a Veterans Day Luncheon for its more than 600 employees who are proud veterans. This luncheon allows City leaders to thank our veterans not only for their service to the City of El Paso, but also for their service to our Country.
Veteran Employment Incentive – In 2015, City Council approved an update to its economic development incentive policy which includes a bonus rebate (property or sales tax) for companies that actively employ veterans (15% of their workforce) and establish a formal veteran hiring program.