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SPECIAL MEETING of the COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS Friday, August 5, 2022 3:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Room 1401 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Christopher “Cam” Wilson (Chair) Kevin Lenau (Vice) Manuel Jimenez Adrenne Mendoza Maria Brown-Spence Jose Carrasco Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg Jason Denny Pete Salazar Charles W. Cupp Some members of the Commission on Veteran Affairs may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3253 or Damian.Pantoja@austintexas.gov AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 1. Opportunity for anyone to share future agenda items DICUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS 2. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council regarding fee waivers for Austin Veteran Arts (AVA) Festival from Glenn Towery presentation regarding the AVAFEST 2022. Sponsors: Jimenez/Salazar 6. Reminder-email addresses used for Boards and Commissions. Requirement for use of 7. Reminder for everyone about the communication and attendance policy STAFF BRIEFINGS City email only ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Sammi Curless at 512-974-3256 or damian.pantoja@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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SPECIAL MEETING of the COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS Friday, August 5, 2022 3:30 PM – ADJOURNMENT City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Room 1401 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Christopher “Cam” Wilson (Chair) Kevin Lenau (Vice) Manuel Jimenez Adrenne Mendoza Maria Brown-Spence Jose Carrasco Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg Jason Denny Pete Salazar Charles W. Cupp Some members of the Commission on Veteran Affairs may be participating by videoconference. Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3253 or Damian.Pantoja@austintexas.gov AGENDA ADDENDUM DICUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS 8. Discussion and possible action on the report dated July 1, the establishment of a Veterans and Military Affairs Office (Resolution No. 20211209-057) ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Sammi Curless at 512-974-3256 or damian.pantoja@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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REGULAR MEETING of the COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Christopher “Cam” Wilson (Chair) – Paige Ellis Kevin Lenau (Vice) – Allison Alter Manuel Jimenez Sabino Renteria Adrenne Mendoza - Vanessa Fuentes Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may speak up to three minutes on an item only once either in-person or remotely. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, call or email the board liaison at damian.pantoja@austin.texas.gov AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL APPROVAL OF MINUTES 1. Approve the minutes of the Commission on Veteran Affairs called meeting of May 18, 2. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the 2022 DISCUSSION ITEMS City of Austin 3. Vouchers with TSO for Veterans 4. Opportunity for anyone to share future and agenda items DICUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS 5. Discussion and possible action on the report dated July 1, the establishment of a Veterans and Military Affairs Office (Resolution No. 20211209-057) STAFF BRIEFINGS City email only 6. Reminder-email addresses used for Boards and Commissions. Requirement for use of 7. Reminder for everyone about the communication and attendance policy ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring sign language interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please contact the Damian Pantoja at the Office of Civil Rights Damian.Pantoja@austintexas.gov for additional information. TTY users are routed through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, please contact the Office of Civil Rights at (512) 974-3251.

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Rooms 1401 &1402 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Christopher “Cam” Wilson – Paige Ellis (8) Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register please contact Jennifer Harless at 512-974-3471 or jennifer.harless@austintexas.gov AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL Speakers who register will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on April 20, 2022. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) c) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council regarding fee waivers for Austin Veteran Arts (AVA) Festival from Glenn Towery presentation regarding the AVAFEST 2022. Sponsors: Jimenez/Salazar 3) NEW BUSINESS a. Election of Commission Officers 4) STAFF UPDATES City email only. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, June 15, 2022 a. Reminder-email addresses used for Boards and Commissions. Requirement for use of The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon …

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Christopher “Cam” Wilson – Paige Ellis (8) Speakers who register will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on February 16, 2022. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 3) NEW BUSINESS a) Presentation by Glenn Towery, Event Consultant/Coordinator, Austin Veteran Arts (AVA) Festival, followed by discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council regarding fee waivers for AVAFEST 2022. Sponsors: Jimenez/Salazar 4) STAFF UPDATES None FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 2022 The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jennifer Harless of Flynn Lee, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3471/ 512- 974-3255 or jennifer.harless@austintexas.gov / Flynn.lee@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please contact Jennifer Harless of Flynn Lee, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3471/ …

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Christopher “Cam” Wilson – Paige Ellis (8) Speakers who register will each be allowed three minutes to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on February 16, 2022. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez. Jason Denny) c) Presentation by Amanda Rohlich, MPA, Business Process Consultant Sr., Food Policy Advisor, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 3) NEW BUSINESS 4) STAFF UPDATES FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT a) Presentation by Glenn Towery, Event Consultant/Coordinator, Austin Veteran Arts (AVA) Festival, followed by discussion and possible action on a recommendation to Council regarding fee waivers for AVAFEST 2022. Sponsors: Jimenez/Salazar NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (Officer Elections) The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users …

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Austin Energy Mueller Building 4815 Mueller Blvd., Training Room 1125 Austin, TX 78723 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Thomas Just – Paige Ellis (8) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Speakers who register will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on January 19, 2022. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez. Jason Denny) c) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 3) NEW BUSINESS None None 4) STAFF UPDATES FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, March 16, 2022 ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please contact Jonathan Babiak at 512-974- 3203 or visit http://www.austintexas.gov/content/commission-veterans-affairs-1

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COMMISSION ON VETERANS AFFAIRS MINUTES The Commission on Veterans Affairs convened in a Regular Meeting on February 16, 2022 at the City of Austin, Austin Energy Mueller Building 4815 Mueller Blvd., Training Room 1125 Austin, TX 78723. Chair Manuel Jimenez called the Board Meeting to order at 7:01 PM. Board Members in Attendance: REGULAR MEETING February 16, 2022 Manuel Jimenez - Chair Adrenne Mendoza-Luna Vice Chair Alfred Bingham Maria Brown-Spence Jose Carrasco Pete A. Salazar Staff in Attendance: Sherisa Davis-Larry, Administrator, Office of Civil Rights (OCR); Jonathan Babiak, Business Process Consultant, OCR; Flynn Lee, Investigator, OCR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL None 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chair Jimenez asked the Commission members to review the minutes from the regular called meeting on January 19, 2022. Commissioner Bingham made a motion to approve the meeting minutes, Commissioner Salazar second. Motion passed on a vote of 6-0 with Chair Jimenez, Vice Chair Mendoza-Luna, and Commissioners Bingham, Brown-Spence, Carrasco, and Salazar in favor. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. b) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Jason Denny) The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS MEETING MINUTES c) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) The presenter was unavailable. The Commission took no action on this item. The Commission agreed to return this item to a future agenda. 3) NEW BUSINESS 4) STAFF UPDATES None None FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURN: Chair Jimenez adjourned the meeting at 7:46 PM on unanimous consent.

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayor Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Thomas Just – Paige Ellis (8) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Speakers who register will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on November 17, 2021. 2) OLD BUSINESS None 3) NEW BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i. Create and fund a Veterans Office ii. Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin iii. Organize a task force to work with other commissions to organize a Veterans Festival b) Discussion and possible action on the recommendation to rename the Veterans Service Office to HRD USERRA program. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) c) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez. Jason Denny) d) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 4) STAFF UPDATES None FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS NOTE: Next meeting is Wednesday, February 16, 2022 ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please …

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20220119-3b: Rename the Veterans Services Office to HRD USERRA Program original pdf

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COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION Commission on Veterans Affairs Recommendation Number: (20220119-3b): Rename the Veterans Services Office to HRD USERRA Program WHEREAS, the City of Austin Human Resources Department Veteran Services Office (HRDVSO) supports City employees who are veterans, guard, and reserve members of the armed forces. HRDVSO Office is a resource for individual employees, City departments, and City management. WHEREAS, the HRDVSO was created to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) and is an inward-facing program meant to assist city employees in the National Guard, Reserves, or those ordered to active duty. USERRA applies to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard, and other "Uniformed Services" (including the National Disaster Medical System and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service). WHEREAS, Texas Labor Code §302.151 assimilates United States Code 38 USC §101(2) and defines a Veteran as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. Active services include full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time for training purposes. In accordance with the various statues, Veterans are no longer serving in the armed forces. The primary purpose of the Veterans Service office was to assist city employees who are National Guard and Reserves. The majority of those that fall under USERRA are not Veterans; however, they are Guard and Reservists who have not yet become Veterans since they have not been discharged from service and met specific requirements. WHEREAS, over 50,000 veterans living in the Capital area are not city employees who are often seeking veteran services. The name, City of Austin Veterans Service Office insinuates that they provide services for veterans. This misnomer has led many in the Veterans Community to believe the City of Austin offers services to Austin veterans. The name Veteran Service office does not reflect their primary function of assisting non-veterans who are National Guard and Reservist who are city employees. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Commission on Veteran Affairs recommends that the name of the City of Austin Human Resources Department Veterans Service Office be changed to the HRD USERRA program. This action will alleviate the confusion and assist with the efficient delivery of services. Date of Approval: January 19, 2022 Record of the vote: Unanimous on a 7-0 vote, Commissioner Denny motion, Commissioner …

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COMMISSION ON VETERANS AFFAIRS MINUTES The Commission on Veteran Affairs convened in a Regular Meeting on January 19, 2022 at the City of Austin Planning and Development Center, 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive, Austin, Texas 78752. REGULAR MEETING January 19, 2022 Chair Manuel Jimenez called the Board Meeting to order at 7:01 PM. Board Members in Attendance: Manuel Jimenez - Chair Alfred Bingham Maria Brown-Spence Jose Carrasco Jason Denny Kevin Lenau Pete A. Salazar Staff in Attendance: Jonathan Babiak, Business Process Consultant, Office of Civil Rights (OCR); Flynn Lee, Investigator, OCR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL None 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chair Jimenez asked the Commission members to review the minutes from the regular called meeting on November 17, 2021. Commissioner Denny made a motion to approve the meeting minutes, Commissioner Lenau second. Motion passed on a vote of 6-0 with Chair Jimenez and Commissioners Bingham, Brown-Spence, Carrasco, Denny, and Lenau in favor. 2. OLD BUSINESS None 3. NEW BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding Commission Working Groups and the Commission’s 2021-22 goals. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) i) Create and fund a Veterans Office ii) Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the City of Austin City of Austin iii) Identifying any veteran encampments and number of homeless veterans located in the The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS MEETING MINUTES b) Discussion and possible action on the recommendation to rename the Veterans Service Office to HRD USERRA program. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) The Commission discussed this item. Chair Jimenez read the draft recommendation. After discussion, Commissioner Denny moved adoption, Commissioner Salazar second. The recommendation was adopted on a vote of 7-0 by all members present. c) Discussion and possible action on a recommendation to correct or revert the park name “Veterans Pocket Park” to read “Veterans Park.” (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez. Jason Denny) The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. d) Presentation by Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, followed by discussion and possible action on the food planning process and emergency operations. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) The Commission discussed this item. The presenter was not available. By unanimous consent the item will be returned to a future agenda. The Commission took no action on this item. 4. STAFF UPDATES None ADJOURN: Chair Jimenez …

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1406 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Maria Brown-Spence – Mayro Steve Adler Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Thomas Just – Paige Ellis (8) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) Speakers who register will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on September 15, 2021. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action on the process for the City of Austin to formally identify veterans in encampments. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) b) Discussion and possible action regarding AVAFest by Glenn Towery. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez, Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg) 3) NEW BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action on the recommendation to create an Office of Veterans Affairs. (Manuel Jimenez, Pete Salazar) 4) STAFF UPDATES None FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please contact Jonathan Babiak at 512-974- 3203 or visit http://www.austintexas.gov/content/commission-veterans-affairs-1

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Veterans Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2200 Veterans Drive Austin TX original pdf

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Commission on Veterans Affairs Community Interest Announcement Veterans Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Thursday, November 11, 2021 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 2200 Veterans Drive, Austin, Texas 78703 https://www.austintexas.gov/event/veterans-pocket-park-ribbon-cutting A quorum of commission members may be present. No action will be taken. For more information, please contact the commission’s staff liaison, Jonathan Babiak, at (512) 974-3203 or by email at Jonathan.Babiak@austintexas.gov.

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COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM City of Austin Permitting & Development Center 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr, Room 1401 Austin, TX 78752 CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Manuel Jimenez (Chair) Sabino Renteria (3) Adrenne Mendoza (Vice) Vanessa Fuentes (2) Alfred Bingham – Natasha Harper-Madison (1) Jose Carrasco – Greg Casar (4) Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg – Kathie Tovo (9) Charles W. Cupp – Mackenzie Kelly (6) CALL TO ORDER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL AGENDA Jason Denny – Ann Kitchen (5) Thomas Just – Paige Ellis (8) Kevin Lenau – Allison Alter (10) Pete Salazar – Leslie Pool (7) (vacant) – Mayor Steve Adler Speakers who register will be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1) APPROVAL OF MINUTES a) Discussion and possible action regarding approval of the minutes from the Commission on Veterans Affairs regular meeting on May 19, 2021. 2) OLD BUSINESS a) Update from Chair Jimenez as the Liasion for the Commission on the newly developed Winter Review Task Force Group. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Adrenne Mendoza) b) Discussion and possible action on the process for the City of Austin to formally identify veterans in encampments. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) c) Discussion on the recommendation to create a Department of Veterans and Military Affairs. (Sponsors: Thomas Just, Jason Denny) 3) NEW BUSINESS a) Discussion and possible action regarding AVAFest by Glenn Towery. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez, Elisabeth Collura-Rosenberg) b) Discussion and possible action on the goals and objectives for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Adrenne Mendoza) c) Discussion and possible action to approve the 2020 meeting schedule. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Adrenne Mendoza) 4) STAFF UPDATES None FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 Hours) before the meeting date. Please call Jonathan Babiak, Office of Civil Rights, at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Veterans Commission, please contact Jonathan Babiak at 512-974- 3203 or visit http://www.austintexas.gov/content/commission-veterans-affairs-1.

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Draft Minutes 05.19.21 original pdf

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COMMISSION ON VETERANS AFFAIRS MINUTES The Commission on Veteran Affairs convened in a Regular Meeting on May 19, 2021 via videoconference meeting. REGULAR MEETING May 19, 2021 Chair Doris Williams called the Board Meeting to order at 1:05 PM. Board Members in Attendance: Doris Williams - Chair Manuel Jimenez - Vice Chair Alfred Bingham Jose Carrasco Jason Denny Thomas Just Kevin Lenau Adrenne Luna Staff in Attendance: Tina Lee Jonathan Babiak 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chair Williams asked the Commission members to review the minutes from the regular called meeting on March 19, 2021. Vice Chair Jimenez made a motion to approve the meeting minutes and Commissioner Mendoza seconded the motion. Motion passed with no objection on a vote of 8-0. 2. OLD BUSINESS Office. 3. NEW BUSINESS a) Update and status of the Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise from the Purchasing Yolanda Miller, Deputy Purchasing Officer, City of Austin Purchasing Office, addressed the Commission and answered questions from members. The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. a) Update from Vice Chair Jimenez as the Liaison for the Commission on the newly developed Winter Review Task Force Group. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Doris Williams). Vice Chair Jimenez updated the Commission on this item. The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. b) Discussion and possible action on the process for the City of Austin to formally identify veterans in encampments. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS MEETING MINUTES c) Officer Nominations and Elections. Vice Chair Jimenez nominated himself for the Office of Chair. Chair Williams closed the nominations. Vice Chair Jimenez was elected Chair on a vote of 8-0. Commissioner Mendoza was nominated by Vice Chair Jimenez for the Office of Vice Chair. Chair Williams closed the nominations. Commissioner Mendoza was elected Vice Chair on a vote of 8-0. 4. STAFF UPDATES a) Introduction of Carol Johnson, Civil Rights Officer, City of Austin Office of Civil Rights and discussion and possible action regarding Commission on Veteran Affairs and Office of Civil Rights. Carol Johnson, Civil Rights Officer, introduced herself and answered questions from members. ADJOURN: Chair Williams adjourned the meeting at 2:08 PM without objection upon motion by Commissioner Bingham and second by Commissioner Mendoza.

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Versión en español a continuación. Meeting of the Commission on Veteran Affairs July 28, 2021 Commission on Veteran Affairs to be held July 28, 2021 with Social Distancing Modifications Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (July 27, 2021 by Noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the Commission on Veteran Affairs Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-974-3203 or jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Reunión del Commission on Veteran Affairs FECHA de la reunion (July 28, 2021) La junta se llevará con modificaciones de distanciamiento social Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (July 27, 2021 antes del mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. la Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión, los residentes deben: junta en 512-974-3203 o • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de jonathan.babiak@austintexas.gov a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / neutrales, y un número de teléfono o dirección de correo electrónico. • Una vez que se haya llamado o enviado por correo electrónico una solicitud para hablar al enlace de la junta, los residentes …

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Draft Minutes 05.19.21 original pdf

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COMMISSION ON VETERANS AFFAIRS MINUTES The Commission on Veteran Affairs convened in a Special Called Meeting on May 19, 2021 via videoconference meeting. REGULAR CALLED MEETING May 19, 2021 Chair Doris Williams called the Board Meeting to order at 1:05 PM. Board Members in Attendance: Doris Williams - Chair Manuel Jimenez - Vice Chair Alfred Bingham Jose Carrasco Jason Denny Thomas Just Kevin Lenau Adrenne Luna Staff in Attendance: Tina Lee Jonathan Babiak 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chair Williams asked the Commission members to review the minutes from the regular called meeting on March 19, 2021. Commissioner Jimenez made a motion to approve the meeting minutes and Commissioner Mendoza seconded the motion. Motion passed with no objection. 2. OLD BUSINESS Office. 3. NEW BUSINESS a) Update and status of the Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise from the Purchasing Yolanda Miller, Deputy Purchasing Officer, City of Austin Purchasing Office, addressed the Commission and answered questions from members. The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. a) Update from Vice Chair Jimenez as the Liaison for the Commission on the newly developed Winter Review Task Force Group. (Sponsors: Manuel Jimenez, Doris Williams). Vice Chair Jimenez updated the Commission on this item. The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. b) Discussion and possible action on the process for the City of Austin to formally identify veterans in encampments. (Sponsors: Pete Salazar, Manuel Jimenez) The Commission discussed this item. The Commission took no action on this item. c) Officer Nominations and Elections. Vice Chair Jimenez nominated himself for the Office of Chair. Chair Williams closed the nominations. Vice Chair Jimenez was elected Chair on an 8-0 vote. Commissioner Mendoza COMMISSION ON VETERAN AFFAIRS MEETING MINUTES was nominated by Vice Chair Jimenez for the Office of Vice Chair. Chair Williams closed the nominations. Commissioner Mendoza was elected Vice Chair on an 8-0 vote. 4. STAFF UPDATES a) Introduction of Carol Johnson, Civil Rights Officer, City of Austin Office of Civil Rights and discussion and possible action regarding Commission on Veteran Affairs and Office of Civil Rights. Carol Johnson, Civil Rights Officer, introduced herself and answered questions from members. ADJOURN: Chair Williams adjourned the meeting at 2:08 PM without objection upon motion by Commissioner Bingham and second by Commissioner Mendoza.

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