Salvador J. Castillo is an U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was assigned to the 43 SFS Squadron in Pope Airfield, Ft. Bragg, NC in support of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1998-2002 as Security Forces Member. In July of 2006-2008, he joined the 36 Infantry Division unit as an Intel Analyst.
Salvador J. Castillo after returning to civilian life, was employed with Child Protective Services as an Investigator. In 2010, he was hired as the Assistant Veterans Service Officer for Cameron County and a year later would be appointed to be the Director for the Veterans Service Officer to present. “As a veteran and current Cameron County VSO I have been able to face challenges with limited resources and find creative solutions to improve processes. In my current position we have been able to duplicate the amount of staff, obtain a new building, secure a $300,000 grant and increase the productivity of the office without compromising accuracy as claims submitted through my department have a 98% approval rating. As a desire to expand my skills I was able to attain a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas Pan-American which has provided me with the necessary expertise to lead a department and appropriately administer resources. Furthermore, I have been involved in various intergovernmental projects such as the development of the Cameron County Veteran’s Court and have been the President of the South Texas Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Association. Through this non-profit entity we have also secured a building, granted funds though the probation department among many other accomplishments. It is my passion to empower veterans to be as productive and esteemed in civilian life as they were while service men and women. While oversees I served my country and always felt that I wanted to do more, working with veterans provides me the opportunity to fulfill this desire as I am serving those who have serve and their families. The County Service Officers throughout of State fulfill their mission to advocate for veterans and their families through the attainment of benefits. However, this great task brings forth a numerous challenges where I could be of upmost service in order to provide every Texas veteran with their deserved representation”.
-Awarded a certificate of Honor for outstanding and exemplary role as a Veterans Service Officer by the Texas Veteran Service Officer Association on 2012
-Awarded the Veteran Service Officer of the Year award by the VCSCAT 2013.
-Awarded the Officer Appreciation Award by the Texas Veteran Commission 2015
-Certificate of Excellence by the Texas Veterans Commission 2018.
-Advocated and spearheaded the establishment of the Veterans Mental Health Treatment Court in Cameron County.
-Due to my efforts to advocate the need for more space for our veterans and their dependents, the Cameron County Commissioners Court authorized and allocated funds to provide a new building to the Cameron County Veteran Service Office and I have expended our department personnel more than doubled.
-Became the first Cameron County Veteran Service Officer to have been awarded a grant to the department. This grant was for $300,000 and provides funds for gaps in service for veterans in the areas of employment, education and health care.
-As elected president of STAIVA, I was able to increase their funds from $500.00 dollars to close to $15,000 in less than 4 months and managed to reach $40,000.00. These funds were available for general assistance funds for veterans and widows in need. I also coordinated and created events such as the Ruck March dedicated to raise awareness for suicide and reduce the stigma of PTSD, MST and TBI conditions, a “Very Merry Christmas Event” to deliver toys to unprivileged children, Hot Chow with STAIVA feeding homeless veterans program, “Veterans Day Salute Celebration” and Veterans Business Network.
-Advocated and Requested the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation to invest 1.2 Million dollars in renovating a building for the community of veterans which is the current home to the South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Veterans Association. In addition, after negotiating with the City of Brownsville officials, such building is currently being lease in the amount of $1 per year.
-Current President to the Veterans County Veterans Service Officer Association of Texas (VCSOAT)
-National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO)