Veteran Resources

Veteran & Military Affairs

The Division of Veteran and Military Affairs will serve as a liaison between the City of El Paso, Fort Bliss and other outside agencies, including but not limited to, federal, state and local Military organizations. The office will provide guidance, direction and coordination of Regional Military Issues and Veterans related issues.

Veteran & Military Affairs


General Duties

  • Serve as a Liaison for the City's Veteran Affairs Committee, Departments, Community Organizations, Businesses and Media to publicize services.
  • Advise and assist Veterans in matters pertaining to their rights and benefits under law.
  • Respond to requests for information and provide guidance on eligibility and entitlement requirements for federal, state, and local Veterans services, programs or benefits.
  • Counsel advise and explain to the City's large Veteran population current laws and regulations for federal, state and local Veteran's services, benefits and / or programs.


Division of Veteran and Military Affairs


Chief Military Officer Paul Albright CSM (retired)
[email protected]
(915) 212-1447

Veterans Program Coordinator Jerry E. Jacobitz CSM (retired)
[email protected]
(915) 212-1312


El Paso VA Health Care Clinic
Texas Veterans Network
El Paso County Veteran Resource Directory
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Veterans Land Board
Texas Workforce Commission

Advisory Committee

The Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) exists to serve as a source of information, review and strengthen veteran programs and services, stimulate public awareness, and report the status of activities for El Paso's large veteran population. The VAAC shall consist of 9 members appointed by the Mayor and each City Council Representative. The El Paso County Veteran’s Affairs Coordinator shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee and serve in an advisory capacity to the Committee.

The VAAC holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of a given month, except for the month of December. 

View the latest Committee meeting Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee

Upcoming Committee Meeting will be live streamed at:
Channel 13.4 over the Air, Channel 1300 on Spectrum, and Channel 99 on At&T U-verse.

Presentations and Reports

Presentation to Mayor and City Council May 2024 - See Council Video
Presentation to Mayor and City Council April 2023
EP Vet Needs Assessment Presentation to Council May 2020
El Paso Area Veteran Needs Assessment Survey Results Report
Presentation to Mayor and City Council April 2022

Board Documents

VAAC 5 Year Strategic Plan
VAAC Bylaws
Resolution to establish the VAAC

Qualifications & Members

The persons appointed to this Committee shall either be veterans of the United States Armed Forces or the spouses or domestic partners of a veteran and should have an interest in improving the everyday life of our military veterans.

All commissioners will serve 4 year terms. Members shall not serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Appointments to vacancies that occur other than by expiration of a member's term of office shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor and City Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. Committee membership is not transferable or assignable.

The current VAAC members are:

Name Appointed By
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Brown, Donald District 6
Garza, Roberto District 4
Elsaesser, George District 5
Harcrow, Melissa District 8
Kanof, Brian District 1
Jackson, Ron District 2
Ramirez, Ruben Mayor
Juarez, Donna District 3
Vacant District 7