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Building the Veteran Community

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Building One Veteran Community

Veterans leaving the military face a huge difficulty transitioning to civilian life. Most pronounced is that they lack access to personal and professional networks when they leave the military. While in the military they and their families are part of a unit and a strong support network with clear direction for career paths and family services. We believe that the best service we can provide veterans during their transition is access to a community of veterans that have already transitioned, who have walked the road they find themselves on presently and have the time and ability to give back to strengthen their careers and families.

In order to provide that community, we have to gather our successful veterans that have already transitioned, that are leading their industries and companies in their careers. We need classmates and friends, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives who are secure in their family lives. We need community building activities that gather our leaders, volunteers, and veterans to connect with one another. The greatest resource that can be provided to veterans is one that connects them with other veterans.

With dozens of events in and around the Greater Houston area there always opportunities to meet other veterans, share stories, be inspired, build your network, and strengthen your career & your family.

The problems that face veterans both as they transition from the military and once they have transitioned are daunting. No single organization can provide all the programming or resources necessary to be successful. We do not try to be everything to our veterans, instead we focus on one thing. Building the community of veterans. 

Building the community of veterans means creating opportunities for veterans to come together, to connect, to share stories, to feel a part of a whole, and to help one another. We’ve Been There, and we’ll be there for you too.

We have all served, we have all been part of the greatest military force in history, we have all graduated from the most field tested leadership training, we’ve all been through the transition back to civilian life, and we are here for veterans and their families. We’ve Been There.

Our Story

The focus on individual veterans and their families under Combined Arms began with the merger of the organization with the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA) in March of 2019. The merger was announced at the 10 Year Anniversary celebration for LSVA. LSVA celebrated 10 years of building the veteran community. We began in 2009 by focusing on veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then we had expanded that focus to include other critical members of the veteran community where all are represented, veterans and families, connected together around a common vision of One Veteran Community

We wanted to make sure that our community is defined by our strengths, not just our challenges. As Veterans, we aspire to be defined by our excellence, by our service, and by our ability to lead our communities through the many challenges and opportunities ahead. Together we can build One Veteran Community where we accelerate the impact of veterans on Texas.

Looking at the next 10 years we wanted this program model to extend beyond Houston. Better technology enables this achievement. Engaging and monitoring thousands of veterans each year ensures that the right services and support find the right needs much quicker than ever before.

That’s why we were proud to announce that we were merging with Combined Arms, the best in class non-profit specifically focused on building the veteran community.

Read the full LSVA Merger story here.

Powered by Our Community Leaders

In 2016 we launched our Community Leader program in order to provide leadership opportunities for veterans, spouses, and patriotic civilians to lead our community building efforts. These leaders sign up to receive mental health, peer mentor, and active listening training in order to become advocates for our members. They connect, refer, and accelerate their peers through our community building events leading our networking and social events. Community Leaders take on a financial and time commitment to Combined Arms. 

Those interested in leading our mission to build the veteran community should apply below. One of our staff will reach out to you to assess your potential for fitting this role, which affinity group would be right for you, and potentially which existing community leader should mentor you.

All new community leaders must be recommended by their community leader mentor. They must be mentored for a minimum of 2 months prior to recommendation. Following the recommendation the candidate will undergo a full employee screening and vetting process. Community Leaders are volunteer, unpaid positions but we treat them like employees. They are part of our team and family, and due all the respect owed to our team.

Community Groups

    Veterans in Energy
    Veterans in Energy

    Accelerating careers in the Energy industry.

    VRG Network
    VRG Network

    Accelerating the 70+ veteran employee resource groups at major corporations.

    LGBTQ Veterans
    LGBTQ Veterans

    Bridging the gap between the LGBTQ and veteran communities.

    Veteran Christians
    Veteran Christians

    Connecting veterans and civilians to experience their faith journey together.

Volunteers

Community Leaders

We launched our Community Leader program in order to provide leadership opportunities for veterans, spouses, and patriotic civilians to lead our community building efforts. These leaders sign up to receive mental health, peer mentor, and active listening training in order to become advocates for our members. They recruit, navigate, and develop their peers through our community building events leading our affinity groups.

Become a Community Leader today.

We also aggregate and promote the community building efforts and events of our member organizations.

TexVet
TexVet
Interfaith Ministries
Interfaith Ministries
Beacon Law
Beacon Law
Corporate America Supports You
Corporate America Supports You
Project GRAD
Project GRAD
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project
Paws for Heroes
Paws for Heroes
Hope for the Warriors
Hope for the Warriors
The Montrose Center
The Montrose Center
NextOP
NextOP
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Veterans Commission
Lone Star Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aid
Texas Veterans Outdoors
Texas Veterans Outdoors
Volunteer Houston
Volunteer Houston
Grace After Fire
Grace After Fire
Mental Health America
Mental Health America
Houston Veterans in Business
Houston Veterans in Business
Career and Recovery Resources
Career and Recovery Resources
Fort Bend County Social Services
Fort Bend County Social Services
Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs
Headstrong Project
Headstrong Project
Vet Center
Vet Center
Office of Veterans Affairs - Houston
Office of Veterans Affairs - Houston
Mission United
Mission United
Family Services of Greater Houston
Family Services of Greater Houston
Fort Bend County Veteran Services
Fort Bend County Veteran Services
Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Workforce Opportunity Services
Workforce Opportunity Services
SER
SER
Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation
BakerRipley
BakerRipley
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Cigar Night for Vets
Cigar Night for Vets
Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers
Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers
Lone Survivor Foundation
Lone Survivor Foundation
VEL Institute
VEL Institute
Expedition Balance
Expedition Balance
Easterseals
Easterseals
Team RWB
Team RWB
Council on Recovery
Council on Recovery
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues
Impact a Hero
Impact a Hero
Dress for Success
Dress for Success
Gulf Coast Center
Gulf Coast Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Give an Hour
Give an Hour
Career Gear
Career Gear
MyVA
MyVA
Goodwill Houston
Goodwill Houston
US Vets
US Vets

Our People

The team at Combined Arms intimately understands what it is like to go through transition because they’ve been through it themselves. They are here to take the luck out of transition, and ensure that NO veteran slips through the cracks.

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