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The Department of Family and Protective Services recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military veterans and their families, particularly those who choose to continue their public service with DFPS. We value the leadership skills, diversity, dedication, discipline, training, adaptability, and work ethic they bring to the workforce.

The DFPS MilVets program is an agency-wide program established to provide support to the military community and the people they work for and with.  A large part of accomplishing that is done by fostering a sense of community and understanding within the Agency. The DFPS human resources office has a dedicated military liaison whose primary responsibility is to oversee the administration, development, and coordination of the DFPS MilVets program.

Served Country? Now Serve Community.

Contact the DFPS military liaison to fulfill your next mission and new purpose with DFPS.


DFPS engages staff to leverage the skills and talents of the military community, build a supportive community, and foster a lasting tenure to protect the unprotected citizens of Texas.


DFPS partners with military transition offices and other organizations dedicated to assisting transitioning service members and military spouses with employment opportunities in the civilian sector.

Additionally, Texas Government Code Chapter 657 allows state agencies to direct hire individuals entitled to military employment preference. The DFPS human resources office created a plan to implement direct hiring in order to capitalize on the skills and talents of individuals eligible for military preference by filling multiple vacancies.

Let the military liaison assist you with:

Working at DFPS

DFPS has specialized programs and support to help military spouses, veterans, orphans of veterans, and services members be successful in their civilian employment. DFPS also provides excellent benefits for those called to active duty.  Through collaboration, communication, and coordinating relations, the DFPS military liaison:

  • Provides Military Culture Awareness Training (MCAT) for supervisors and managers
  • Encourages participation in the DFPS Military Affinity Group
  • Offers mentorship through the Military Veterans Peer Support (MVPS) program
  • Provides information on resources, such as Veterans Affairs benefits and services

Review the DFPS benefits webpage for more information on what DFPS has to offer.

Don’t take our word for it!  Hear from our veterans, service members, and military spouses about their experience with DFPS:

For more information about working with DFPS, view our MilVets frequently asked questions.

Jobs at DFPS

Read about jobs at DFPS:

View DFPS jobs at the Health and Human Services Jobs Center by selecting your desired city and “Dept of Family & Protectve Svc” for the agency.

DFPS Recognition

DFPS has received various awards and recognitions for going above and beyond for military veterans, service members, and military spouses:

  • DFPS has received awards from Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for DFPS's support to employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves. DFPS was also a semi-finalist for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employeer Support Freedom Award.
  • VETS Indexes named DFPS a 2022 4-Star Employer and a 2023 5-Star Employer for its recruiting and hiring, support and retention, veteran-inclusive company culture, National Guard and Reserves support, and military spouse and family support.
  • The 2022 Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Large Employer of the Year award was given to DFPS for our exceptional examples of DAV’s core values of service, quality, integrity and leadership in employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach. DFPS received special recognition for excellence in career building. DFPS has an unwavering commitment and passion to ensure all veterans obtain suitable employment to care for themselves and their families—and have the opportunity to live life with respect and dignity.
  • The 2022 Military Times Best for Vets: Employer award recognized DFPS for its commitment to providing veterans with employment opportunities and championing veteran initiatives. DFPS ranked number 16 out of 175 employers nationwide. DFPS was the only Texas state agency to be in the top 50. For 2023 Military Times Best for Vets: Employer, DFPS ranked number 9 out of more than 250 employers who ranked nationwide.
  • VIQTORY named DFPS a 2022 Military Friendly Employer for our hiring, retention, advancement, and employee development programs that help veterans, service members, and military spouses reach their career goals. In 2023, DFPS received the recognition for 2024 Military Friendly® Employer Top Ten for the non-profit/government category; out of the 10, DFPS was ranked number 1. DFPS also received the recognition for the first time for 2024 Military Spouse Friendly® Employer Top Ten for the non-profit/government category; out of the 10, DFPS was ranked number 3.
ESGR Seven Seals Award
ESGR Patriot Award
ESGR Pro Patria Award
ESGR Freedom Award 2021 Finalist
ESGR Above and Beyond Award
Vets Indexes 5 Star Employer 2023
Vets Indexes 4 Star Employer 2022
DAV Patriot Explorer 2022
Military Friendly Award 2024 Top 10 Spouse Employer
Military Friendly Award 2024 Gold #1 Employer
US Veterans Magazine certificate of recognition, Best of the Best 2023