2021 Texas VFW Fall E-news

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FALL 2021

Official E-news Magazine of the Texas VFW GRAND AWARD MAGAZINE CATEGORY

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Color Guard performs at World Series

INSIDE Community Highlights Legislative Update VFW Foundation Mid-Winter Convention

E-news edition Live links + video throughout


• PTSD from Combat, post 9/11 • Traumatic Brain Injury • Word finding/memory issues (Gulf War Illness)

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR FIRST CALL: Information about the studies and compensation


Phone screen to determine eligibility

TO LEARN MORE, or to see if you qualify Please contact Dr. Ellen Morris: 972.883.3171 or neurolab@utdallas.edu utdneurolab



Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Memory www.utdallas.edu/memory/

Explanation of study procedures – Most studies conduct assessments, EEGs, and non-invasive brain stimulation


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Austin Post Hosts Homeless Stand Down

5 State Commander’s Column 6 Note from Membership Chair 7 New State Quartermaster/New State Adjutant 8 Patriot Day 9 Community Highlights—Post 880 Goes Above & Beyond 10 Post 856 Hosts Annual Stand Down 12 2021 Congressional Veteran Commendation 13 Legislative Update 14 Purple Heart Cemetery Designation/Purple Heart Recipient 16 Texas VFW Color Guard Performs at World Series 17 T exas VFW Testifies in Legality of Delta-8 19 Texas VFW Post Assists in WWII Veteran Trip to New Orleans 21 Foundation Update 22 Community Highlights 23 2022 Mid-Winter Convention Banquet Ticket Form 24 Artist Paints Fallen Texas Soldiers 25 Post Holds Clothing Drive/KIA Marine Laid to Rest 26 The VFW: Who We Are 27 Texas VFW Membership Application 28 Texas Mercy of Mission 29 Community Highlights 30 Recognition of Women in the Military 31 Post Donates Buddy Poppies 32 Happy Holidays to those Near and Far

SEE THE LATEST CALENDAR AT Texasvfw.org > News > Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS 2022 Mid-Winter Convention, January 20-23, 2022

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Post Members Assist in WWII Veterans Trip to NOLA

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Texas Mercy of Mission Gives Free Dental Work to 246 Patients



• VJ Day • Patriot Day (9-11) • POW/MIA Day • VFW Birthday

Send Community Highlight stories and photos to terri@texasvfw.org for E-news and Facebook consideration. Thank you for your submissions.

• Operation Enduring Freedom

Texas VFW Color Guard presents the Colors for the National Anthem at Game 6 of the World Series between the Astros and Braves at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, November 2, 2021. (Photo by John Jowers.)

• Recognition of Women in the Military • WWI Armistice/Veterans Day

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SERVING VETERANS SINCE 1899 What Does the Texas VFW Offer You?

Camaraderie with Fellow Veterans • Community Networking & Involvement • Remembrance Programs • Full Time Support of Today’s Service Members • Programs for Families and Youth • Full Time Watchdog on Capitol Hill and at the Texas Legislature • Free Representation in VA Claims • An Award-Winning E-News Magazine Contributions: Letters, manuscripts, stories, materials or photographs are welcomed, but cannot be returned unless sender provides SASE. Texas VFW will not be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and drawings. Submission of articles and letters implies the right to edit and publish all or in part. Please send your comments, suggestions, and ideas to: Texas VFW, PO Box 14468, Austin, Texas 78761 or email to terri@texasvfw.org. Opinions expressed herein are those of the writers and not to be construed as those of the publisher nor as official views of the Texas VFW, the National VFW or any of its agencies, unless otherwise made manifest by writers or spokespersons acting on behalf of the foregoing. Advertising of products and services herein does not imply endorsement or approval of the Texas VFW. Advertising is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services are accurately described. Ads that contain fraudulent, deceptive or misleading statements or illustrations, or in the opinion of the Texas VFW News may be offensive, are not knowingly accepted. If you encounter noncompliance, please tell us. For information regarding: Unit reunions, general orders, taps, District meetings and other topics, please visit www.texasvfw.org. Join us on Facebook for up-to-date information, photos of VFW events and breaking news relevant to veterans. Flippable online version of this magazine is available at www.texasvfw.org/news.

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The official E-news publication of the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Published four times per year (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.) by the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., 8503 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78753 Department Headquarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (512) 834-8535 76, Number 2, © NOVEMBER 2021. All rights reserved. E-news is parked at: https://issuu.com/texasvfw | Opt in for E-news at: info@texasvfw.org Advertisers: Electronic Media Kit available at www.texasvfw.org/news, or request one from terri@texasvfw.org. Angel Ramirez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor Terri Sheets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graphic Designer/Co-Editor Wyonda Laurence/Kim Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proofreaders


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Norman Macey Lynn Toomer Larry S. Sanders Ben Lowrance Lupita M. Perez Michael Foy Day Keith King John E. Shipley Phillip DuBois Jerry Greene Dick Shawver Dan West Wayne Cooley Angel Ramirez Stephen E. Biehl Kevin Bost Greg Brannan William J. Fuzi Roy Grona Dave A. Walden Steve N. Evans Lonnie Garza Lavern H. Terbl Frank Andrada Inge Conley John Jowers Eric J. Shumaker Katie Baillio James E. Briggs Jerry Greene Mitch Fuller Eddie L. Terry Bill Oaks Robert LaFleur Thomas Anderson Carlo S. Davis Bob Gear Mike Eshenbaugh Katina L. Cryer

16907 Caldwell Pointe Ct., Humble, TX 77346 937 Behrens Ct., Crowley, TX 76036 222 Shamrock Dr., Floresville, TX 78114 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 615 Pine View Circle, Montgomery, TX 77356 2406 Belmeade St., Brownwood, TX 76801 905 Schuettig Rd., Poteet, TX 78065 PO Box 901, Caldwell, TX 77836 10523 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 19151 Valley Drive, Flint, TX 75762 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 28314 Hardin Store Road, Magnolia, TX 77354 165 Greathouse St., Vidor, TX 77662 599 Guadalupe Dr., Spring Branch, TX 78070 143 Bedfords Bend, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156 2204 South Ong St., Amarillo, TX 79109 4309 Silverhill Dr., Lago Vista, TX 78645 5504 75th Street, Lubbock, TX 79424 2555 Smokey Creek, Schertz, TX 78154 58 Plantation Ave., Pottsboro, TX 75076 2525 Hwy 21 W, Dale, TX 78616 17411 Ebeys Landing Ln., Humble, TX 77346 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 PO Box 52177, Houston, TX 77052 412 E. Shepherd St., Denison, TX 75021 1056 Magnolia Lane, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 10523 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 8503 N IH-35, Austin, TX 78753 5700 Westview Ct., Tolar, TX 76476 1818 Quail Hill Circle, Garland, TX 75040 3528 Whippoorwill St., Orange, TX 77630 3 E Shawnee Ln., Belton, TX 76513 3205 Eagle Ridge, Harker Heights, TX 76548 1703 Fox Fire Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681 Houston VARO, 6900 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77030 Waco VARO, 701 Clay Ave., Waco, TX 76799

DEPARTMENT VETERANS COUNSELORS Houston — Terry “Mike” Eshenbaugh Waco — Katina Cryer

281-825-6749 254-326-8130

terry.eshenbaugh@tvc.texas.gov katina.cryer@tvc.texas.gov


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James Benotti Jorg Kitchen Ricky L. Williams, Sr. Johnny M. Rubio Steven Cook Todd T. Richardson Melvin Harper Benino “Benny” Guerrero, Jr. Jose “Joe” Vargas, Jr. Cathy Small Andrew Camplen Reece E. Carter Michael S. Caballero Francis R. “Frank” Torres Loren F. Pogue Joel H. Pipes William “Bill” E. Smith Manuel D. “Manny” Leal III John F. “Jack” Mageluzzo Melvin “Mel” R. Parker Ray A. Sanchez Christopher B. Davis William “Bill” E. Malone


14 Greenleaf Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 311 Buckingham Dr., Port Neches, TX 77651 107 Melody Way, Red Oak, TX 75154 23615 Stuebner Dr., Tomball, TX 77375 101 Primrose Blvd., Kyle, TX 78640 10528 County Rd. 2149, Sinton, TX 78387 4709 Oak Knoll St., Abilene, TX 79606 2705 80th St., Lubbock, TX 79423 10436 Tomwood Ave., El Paso, TX 79925 906 N. White Oak Rd., White Oak, TX 75693 PO Box 688, Boerne, TX 78006 101 Tanner Court South, Burnet, TX 78611 4410 Avenue P 1/2, Galveston, TX 77550 14715 Barryknoll Ln.-Apt. 126, Houston, TX 77079 P.O. Box 96, Pharr, TX 78577 1110 CR 723, Nacogdoches, TX 75964 8000 Donore Pl.-Apt. #41, San Antonio, TX 78229 7301 Tin Cup Dr., Arlington, TX 76001 1003 N. Benavides St., Port Lavaca, TX 77979 5305 Clinton Avenue, Odessa, TX 79762 1203 Ashberry Trl., Georgetown, TX 78626 262 Private Road 5245A, Mexia, TX 76667 8161 FM 2494, Athens, TX 75751






AS I CAMPAIGNED ACROSS THIS GREAT STATE I TALKED ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT TOPICS. We must run our Post like a business, we must have a vision for the future, we are not elected to rule — we are elected to serve. Try to incorporate the following into Post operations to help grow membership and to promote inclusion: the three R’s, Recruit – Retain – Reinstate and the three B’s, Build – Bridge – Belong. They are all important — but the “Belong” is the most personal to me. I almost didn’t stay in the VFW because in the beginning I wasn’t treated like I belonged. The year was 2006. One of my PTSD doctors at the Houston VA recommended that I join a veteran organization. He said it would be good for me to be around other veterans. I had heard of the VFW but had never been in a Post. I found one close by my home on the internet and stopped by during the week. I walked in to a dimly light, smoky canteen with beer signs all over the walls. The Commander and Adjutant were there and I signed up. No one told me anything about the VFW. I missed my first meeting but I’m guessing I was voted in. I did attend my second meeting and this is where it all fell apart for me. A grumpy old man checked my card. Not one introduction. No “how are you?” No “who did you serve with and where?” We have a dinner after each meeting and I ate alone. At the next meeting I stood up during Good of the Order and told the group that if this is how the VFW treats new members, it’s not what I signed up for. I felt as isolated at their meeting as I did when I got home from Vietnam. That same grumpy old man came up to me after the

meeting and apologized to me. He said the Post had lost its way. They were more concerned with the canteen and bingo than the VFW. He asked me to stay and help get them back on track. Four months later I was elected Post Jr. Vice and the next year Post Commander. In 2019, I was honored to be elected State Jr. Vice Commander. And to think I almost quit the VFW because I didn’t feel like I “Belonged.” Let’s make everyone feel included. We are family.

Norman J. Macey III State Commander

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Fired Up!


What a great organization we are all a part of! I am FIRED UP! I want to take a moment to talk to you about why you should be a Legacy Life Member. Your life is one of honor, of service to your country, of dedication to your community and of commitment to the VFW — to your brothers- and sisters-in-arms. With a Legacy Life membership, you’re upholding and championing those ideals that define who you are. Patriotism. Resilience. Strength. You are leaving a mark forever reminding friends, family and the generations who follow that you stood for something real.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS You must be a current Life member of the VFW, or if purchasing a Memorial Legacy, the veteran in whose name it is purchased must be a deceased member of the VFW. Instructions: 1. Complete the acceptance form. 2. Check the level: Bronze, Silver or Gold. You may upgrade your Legacy level at any time by paying the difference to your desired level. 3. If purchasing a Memorial Legacy, ensure that the name and member number are those of the veteran in whose name the Memorial Legacy is being purchased.


4. Payment options: check, money order or credit card payment in full.


5. Installment option: Purchase an Installment Legacy Life Membership by making four equal payments. The first payment must accompany this form and be equal to 1/4 of the level being purchased (Bronze $100, Silver $200 and Gold $300). You must provide a credit card number to make installment payments, and you acknowledge that the subsequent installment payments will be billed by National Headquarters quarterly. Memorial Legacies must use the payment in full option.

Make a lasting gift to the VFW for generations to come.

6. Choose the endowment: a. One-time endowment payment: Upon your death, the principal amount of your Legacy will be paid in equal amounts to your Post, Department and the National organization, as applicable. b. Annual endowment: The Legacy level payment will continue annually after your death. Memorial Legacies must be purchased as an Annual endowment. 7. Enclose check, money order or credit card information for payment. If choosing the installment payment option, a credit card must be provided. 8. Mail the acceptance form, along with a check, money order or credit card information to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters at the address located below.

Click on brochure to visit legacy page of vfw.org.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Member Service Center 406 W. 34th Street Kansas City, MO 64111 - 2778 Revised 7/2020


HONOR A Veteran





Featured Profiles

As a Legacy Life member, your financial contribution creates an annual endowment that benefits your Post, Department and the National organization in perpetuity. You’ll support the programs that veterans need for years to come. You’ll also enjoy many other benefits in recognition of your loyalty. Legacy Life membership is in a class of its own. Welcome to the esteemed group of combat veterans whose legacies live forever.

About The 22: Korean War International Legacy is a global community of Korean War veterans, their family members, scholars, historians, and educators intent on honoring veterans from the 22 countries that took part in the forgotten victory of the Korean War. As heirs of their legacy, our goal is to preserve and share their stories, educate the public about the War, and come together to recognize the importance of the Korean War in our contemporary history as well as the legacy of the Korean War: South Korea’s robust economy and democracy. Join us. Share educational resources about the War, explore the memories of the people who served, and create a profile to honor a veteran who’s close to you.

HOW To REGISTER AND CREATE A PROFILE Welcome to The 22! We invite you to easily register and create a profile to honor a Korean War veteran. STEP ONE: REGISTERING AND LOGGING IN

Visit https://the22koreanwar.org Click "Register" Complete the information requested and submit Login using your email address and newly created password! View our "Getting Started & Registration" support video at https://the22koreanwar.org/about/support-help/ if extra guidance is desired prior to registering.

I strongly encourage you all to become Legacy Members. As we all move onto Valhalla one day, this will allow you to continue to take care of our fellow comrades, widows and orphans.


Click "Edit Veteran Profile" Complete the information requested and submit Explore veteran profiles from around the world, and



connect with members of the Korean War community!

Eddie Terry Texas State Membership Chair FIRED UP!

*click photos to view profiles *

Please join people from across the world in honoring those who served in the Korean War - a chance to ensure that their legacy is not forgotten. ~Dr. Jongwoo Han President, Korean War Legacy Foundation

*Information & artifacts to consider including in your veteran profile: honoree overview, photos, list of medals awarded, additional memories, and more. View our "Managing Veteran Profiles" support video at https://the22koreanwar.org/about/support-help/ if extra guidance is desired prior to creating a veteran profile.


Republic of Korea


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! d r a o b A e Welcom

By Mitch Fuller, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs

New State Quartermaster and New State Adjutant

COMRADE BEN LOWRANCE (center) was elected State Quartermaster of the Department of Texas VFW for the remainder of the 2021-22 VFW year at a Special Called meeting held by the Texas VFW Council of Administration on September 26, 2021, at Post 4816 in Porter, Texas. State Commander Norman Macey announced his appointment of Comrade Lupita Perez (left) as the Texas VFW State Adjutant at the same meeting.

“I am honored to serve this Department and will remain available at any time to assist the membership.” —Ben Lowrance, State Quartermaster

State Quartermaster Lowrence is a Gold Legacy Life Member of the Golding-Meadows VFW Post 1475 in Amarillo, Texas, and is a Past All-American District 9 Commander and Past All-American Post Commander (twice). He has earned multiple honors and National and State appointments including the Department of Texas J.T. Rutherford Award (2021) and Danny Henry Award (2018), and National appointments as Assistant Inspector General (twice), Aidede-Camp, Special Aide-de-Camp, member of the National Veterans Program Committee, and 2020 National Convention Committee. State Adjutant Perez is a Gold Legacy Life Member of CalderonDaily Memorial VFW Post 12178 in Weslaco, Texas. She was the first female Commander of District 18 where she earned All-State honors. She is also a Past All-American Commander of Post 7473 in Elsa, Texas (three times), a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children and a 2020 recipient of the Department of Texas J.T. Rutherford Award. Comrade Perez has also been appointed to several National positions and committees including the Chairman of the National VFW Committee for Programs and National Legislative Committee (including appointment as the Texas VFW Chair from 2020-21).

“Thank you for this amazing opportunity. This is about serving all of YOU as well as you have served your country.”

James Masters of Post 3278 awarded 2021 VSO of the Year BROWN COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER JAMES MASTERS (center)was awarded the Dan Garcia Achievement Award as the Veteran Service Officer of the Year for 2021 at the Veteran County Service Association of Texas Annual Accreditation Training. Pictured is Association President Sal Castillo & in coming President Melissa Castillo. The Dan Garcia is the highest award granted by the Association.

—Lupita Perez, State Adjutant

Jewett Post 3542 celebrates its 40th Anniversary

ON AUGUST 28, 2021, THE POST CELEBRATED ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY. Over 300 were in attendance. The Post was spilling over with old friends and newly made ones from each of the local communities it represents.

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Texas VFW Post 6111, Arlington Texas VFW Post 8315, Schertz Members and Auxiliary donate a box of assorted fruit to the Cibolo Valley Fire Department for their service and in honor of firemen during 9/11.

Members and Auxiliary visit the Field of Honor 9/11 Commemoration at the Arlington Veterans Park, Arlington, Texas, on September 11th, 2021. Among the American flags displayed were flags from the recent Afghanistan bombing in which 13 soldiers lost their lives. Also displayed were 25 American Flags for the Medal of Honor recipients from the War on Terror. A big shout out to Chris Pettitt, Commander of VFW Post 8561, who was a huge part in organizing this event.

Texas VFW Post 10376, Marble Falls The Post remembers 9/11 starting with a 13-mile trek escorted by local Police that ended at the Post. The event included members from the media and general public and was quite a showing of love and support. Following speeches and photos the Auxiliary made lunch bags for First Responders, EMS, Police and Fire Department which were then delivered their local heroes. Post doors remained open to anyone who wanted something to eat.


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Post 880, Galveston, Goes Above and Beyond for its Community

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Commander Growcock, Post and Auxiliary members and guests celebrate the Post’s 94th Birthday on September 6, 2021. It is the 6th oldest VFW Post in Texas.

Members host a young veteran suffering from PTSD on August 20, 2021, at the Post. Troy Seale, along with his father, told his story through his music. He spent approximately 3 hours playing and story telling about his PTSD to those attending the Friday Night Steak Dinner. He refused to accept any money and gave what was donated to the Post Scholarship Fund.

Post provides overnight use of Hall for Cub Scout Camp-In Thank you VFW Post 880 for making our Pack 124 Camp-In possible. Our scouts were able to work on merit belt loops, and experience cast-iron cooking outside, hotdogs on a fork, and s’mores. Several took a walking field trip to the Texas Hero’s Monument, made individual first aid kits, learned knife safety, planned and cooked meals, put on skits, and had a great time. We had about 30 people. We have the greatest respect for our veterans and especially the kindness of this Post. Members and Auxiliary provide meals to Galveston County First Responders on September 11, 2021. Quartermaster Vernon Anderson poses with the Responders.

Sincerely, Joe Musick, Pack 124, Cubmaster

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Texas VFW Post 856, Austin, hosts its Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down DISTRICT 28 VFW AND AUXILIARY MEMBERS held its Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down at Post 856 in Austin on October 22, 2021. Several Posts within District 28 participated in the event. Representatives from the VA, the Texas Veterans Commission, Wilco Blue Star Mothers and other community organizations were present. Staff from Texas VFW Headquarters and volunteers provided set up and assistance throughout the day. About 40 Veterans were provided COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, clothing, blankets and other supplies.

“It is a humbling and heartwarming experience to assist veterans who come for goods and services that will help them stay well and warm through the winter months. Seeing the smiles on the veterans faces touches everyone who volunteers and we are fulfilled knowing we are leaving them in a better situation than when they arrived.” —Wyonda Laurence, Texas VFW Headquarters


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Andrew Camplen for

Texas VFW State Jr. Vice Commander 2022-23


Comrade Camplen is a Gold Legacy Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He earned his eligibility by serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm while assigned to the USAF 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. He is a recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the Kuwait Liberation Medal–Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Liberation Medal– Kuwait, and various other medals.


Jr. Vice Commander 2013-2014 Post Commander Pvt. Bruno Phillip VFW Post 688, Boerne, Texas (7 terms)


District 13 Commander (3 terms)


State Assistant Adjutant All-State Post Commander (6 awards) All State District Commander (2 awards) Mack Johnson Award Recipient


Century Recruiter Award All American Post Commander (5 awards) All American District Commander (2 awards) National Aide-De-Camp (3 times) National Programs Committee Member National Programs Award Recipient Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children


Honorary Commander USAF 433rd Military Airlift Wing Key Spouse USAF 433rd Medical Squadron After his service in the United States Air Force, Andrew served the citizens of San Antonio as a San Antonio Police Officer for almost 25 years. He spent the last 12 years of his career with SAPD as a Violent Crimes Detective on the Robbery Task Force. He exemplifies selflessness and service to others. His achievements, moral character, integrity, and leadership from the front, make him uniquely qualified to serve as State Jr. Vice Commander for the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.



Leadership from the Front

! s on ti a l Congr a tu A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to District 1 Members Don Fink, Frisco 8273; Matt Foster, Allen 2195; Richard Lerma, Plano 4380; and Ray Richardson, McKinney 2150; for their worthy selections as U.S. Congressman Van Taylor’s 2021 Congressional Veteran Commendation! U.S. Congressman Van Taylor is a Life Member of Plano Post 4380.


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By Mitch Fuller, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs

LEGISLATIVE Update THE TEXAS VFW ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN CONGRESS, the Texas Legislature and Texas state agencies continued the last few months in person in Austin and virtually. These advocacy efforts on behalf of all Texas Veterans and their families included presence at the State Capitol during the 2nd and 3rd Special Legislative Sessions and meetings of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC), the TLC’s Bingo Advisory Committee and bingo interest groups, and representatives of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), including TVC Commissioner Mary Dale, one of five gubernatorial appointees on the TVC. Activity during the 3rd Special Legislative Session in October included advocating for funds for Ketamine infusions to treat Veteran suicidal ideations and PTSD. The Texas VFW provided testimony in committee hearings in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives on bills that allocated $16 billion in federal funds to the State of Texas for COVID-19 economic assistance and relief and sought support in the testimony for $1.7 million of the Covid-19 federal dollars to fund Ketamine infusions for 250 Veterans. Although the efforts in the Legislature were not successful, the Texas VFW will be working with State Representative Alex Dominguez and Travis County on this issue. The Texas VFW National Legislative Team, which includes Chairman Mitch Fuller, State Adjutant Lupita Perez, and Comrades Benny Guerrero and Shenna Lawless, participated in the VFW National Legislative Virtual Conference from September 27-29. The Texas Team

reached nearly all members of the Texas Congressional delegation or their staffs with virtual or in person meetings during the conference. One of these meetings took place at the Texas VFW Headquarters in Austin with staff members Drew Ross and Madison Bau from the office of Congressman Michael McCaul and included State Quartermaster Ben Lowrance, and Comrades Fuller and Perez. The Texas Team emphasized VFW National Legislative Priorities, which include emphasis on effective treatment of toxic exposures, ending Veterans suicide and homelessness, concurrent receipt of retirement pay and full disability compensation, medical cannabis, and passage of the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act,” etc. TVC Commissioner Dale met with Comrades Perez and Fuller and Texas VFW Foundation Executive Director Beth West at the Department of Texas VFW Headquarters on September 29. The TVC Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) grant process, the partnership between the TVC and the Texas VFW and federal and state VFW legislative priorities were key topics of discussion with Commissioner Dale.

L-R: Texas VFW State Quartermaster Ben Lowrance, Texas VFW State Adjutant Lupita Perez, U.S. Rep McCaul staff member Madison Bau, Texas VFW Legislative Chair Mitch Fuller, U.S. Rep McCaul staff member Drew Ross.

U.S. Congressman Van Taylor and Shenna Lawless on a Zoom meeting for the National Legislative Conference.

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Dallas/Ft. Worth VA National Cemetery designated a Purple Heart Cemetery ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2021, Lisa Lunkwicz, Texas Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Historian, Corpus Christi Post 2397 Commander Lazaro Camarillo (a Purple Heart recipient), and many members of the Purple Heart attended the dedication of the Purple Heart designation at the Dallas/Ft. Worth VA National Cemetery. Veterans from all branches were in attendance as well as the Honor Guard and Freedom Riders. Comrade Jerry Greene, Texas VFW State Surgeon, was in attendance to represent the VFW. Greene also gave a speech in honor of Lisa Lunkwicz’s husband Jon Lunkwicz who was a Purple Heart recipient. His speech included thanks to the MOPH for designating the very first in the nation, Dallas/Ft. Worth VA National Cemetery, a Purple Heart VA Cemetery.

Life Member of VFW Post 8541 receives Purple Heart ROBERT J. BRIGGS, LIFE MEMBER OF VFW POST 8541 IN SAN ANTONIO AND US MARINE CORPS VIETNAM WAR VETERAN was awarded the Purple Heart on November 8, 2021, for wounds sustained in Vietnam more than 52 years ago. U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio assisted Comrade Briggs with processing the Purple Heart and presented it to Comrade Briggs at a ceremony held at Post 8541. Several members of the Briggs family were present along with representatives of the Texas VFW, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans and local media.

U.S. Congressman Castro pins the Purple Heart on Comrade Robert Briggs.


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Pictured L-R: Texas VFW Staff Member John Jowers, Texas VFW Color Guard members John Rodriguez, Willie Keller, Lupita Perez, Kelly Glass, and Dave Walden.

Texas VFW Color Guard performs for over 40,000 Attendees and 14 Million Home Viewers at Game 6 of the World Series, Houston, Texas If you were one of the 14.3 million viewers watching from home or were lucky enough to be one of the 41,000 attendees at Minute Maid Park for Game 6 of the World Series between the Astros and the Atlanta Braves on November 2, 2021, then you were most definitely smiling from ear to ear when you saw our very own Color Guard on that beautiful green field presenting the Colors for the National Anthem and doing the VFW and America proud! How did this amazing opportunity come about? Andrew McMullin, the Community Relations Coordinator from The Astros Foundation,

reached out to the Texas VFW Foundation regarding the feasibility and availability of the Color Guard. Texas VFW Headquarters staff members John Jowers and Tommye Juvrud were integral in helping work out the scheduling and logistics with Mr. McMullin — but exact scheduling would depend on the outcome of the NLCS series. After the Atlanta Braves won the NLCS they were then able to nail down that the Texas VFW Honor Guard would present the Colors at Game 6 of the World Series in Houston, Texas.

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Photos by John Jowers and Tommye Juvrud


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By Mitch Fuller, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs

Texas VFW Testifies in Travis County District Court in Support of Hemp Industry on Legality of Delta-8 THE TEXAS VFW TESTIFIED IN TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT in support of a request for a Temporary Injunction filed by representatives of the Texas Hemp industry, including Veteran-owned Hometown Hero, Inc. on Friday, November 5, 2021. The Temporary Injunction sought to stop the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from making hempbased Delta-8 products illegal through the administrative process after they posted the action on their website in late October 2021. Travis County District Judge Jan Soifer granted the Temporary Injunction on November 8, 2021, and Delta-8 products remain legal in accordance with the 2018 Federal Farm Bill and House Bill 1325, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2019. Testifying in support of the legality of Delta-8 fits into the VFW National Legislative strategy of studying the efficacy of medical cannabis.

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Texas VFW assists with WWII Veterans Trip to New Orleans to visit WWII Museum PAST STATE COMMANDER and member of Post 12075, Inge Conley, and husband Earl participated in a trip accompanying eight WWII Veterans from Houston to New Orleans to visit the WWII museum. The trip was scheduled from August 27-29, 2021, but Hurricane Ida forced them to cut the trip a day short. They departed on Friday morning with a motorcycle and local police escort from Houston to the Louisiana border where State Motorcycle Troopers from

Louisiana continued the escort to the Higgins Hotel in New Orleans. The trip included a visit to the casino and dinner which was sponsored by Department of Texas VFW (MAP). Saturday morning included a visit to the WWII Museum which was a wonderful adventure with many tears and a lot of reflection. They departed New Orleans around 1:00 p.m. Saturday ahead of the approaching hurricane. After an 18-hour

trip they arrived back in Houston around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Total participants were 32 people including from the following organizations: Department of Texas VFW, American Legion Post 654, American Legion Post 490 (Auxiliary), and District 2S-2 Lions Club International. The WWII Veterans and organizers had a wonderful trip and the expression of gratitude was shared by all.

Mr. Guthrie, a veteran who was stranded in Houston on his way to Arizona, called Post 12075 for help. They were able to give him financial assistance from their Post Relief Fund so he could get home to Arizona. Mr. Guthrie, posing here with Inge Conley, is a Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran and is 85 years old.

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Candidate for Department of Texas Surgeon 2022-2023 JOHNSTON RANDALL

Candidate for Department of Texas Surgeon 2022-2023

Gold Legacy Member of Post 4376 Seven Points District 30 Prior Department V.A.V.S. Representative North Texas Health Care System (Dallas) for three years. Deputy Representative four years with over 1200 volunteer hours.2013 to 2020.

Gold Legacy Member of Post Seven Points District 30 3. All American District District Commander three times for4376 District 30 and once for District Commander twice. All V.A.V.S. State District and Post Commander twice. Prior Department Representative North Texas Health Care System (Dallas) for three

years. Deputy Representative four Garland years with overPost 1200 volunteer hours.2013 2020. Post Commander nine times. Post 5076 twice 4376 Seven Points seventotimes

District Commander three times in forthe District 30Corps and once fortoDistrict 3. All American1966 District I earned my VFW eligibility serving Marine 1966 1969 and in Vietnam Commander twice. Allinclude State District and Defense, Post Commander to 1968. Medals received National Vietnamtwice. Service with three bronze stars,Post Vietnam Campaign with device, Presidential UnitPost Citation, Vietnamese Crosstimes of Commander nine times. Post 5076 Garland twice 4376 Seven Points seven Gallantry, and Good Conduct ribbon. I earned my VFW eligibility serving in the Marine Corps 1966 to 1969 and in Vietnam 1966 First office heldMedals in VFWreceived was Quartermaster in Garland Post 5076 and have gone with thru the to 1968. include National Defense, Vietnam Service three bronze chairsstars, at both Post and District levels in two separate districts. Vietnam Campaign with device, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Goodof Conduct ribbon. I am seeking theand position Department Surgeon. This position was redefined by Doc Howard a platform supporting veterans within the V. A.Post healthcare system and V. A. the Firstasoffice held inforVFW was Quartermaster in Garland 5076 and have gone thru Volunteer V.Aand within Texas has 40 community-based outpatient clinics, 18 chairsServices. at both Post District levels in two separate districts. outpatient clinics, five medical centers that are covered by six healthcare systems. I believe I am seeking the position of Department Surgeon. This position was redefined by system Doc support from the surgeon position should continue to advocate for veterans within this Howard as a of platform for supporting veterans within the V. A. healthcare system and V. A. and the obtaining volunteers. Volunteer Services. V.A within Texas has 40 community-based outpatient clinics, 18 I have the experience, ability, and knowledge to continue working toward that goal. outpatient clinics, five medical centers that are covered by six healthcare systems. I believe I am currently retired have position the time should and ambition necessary to serve in this position. support from theand surgeon continue to advocate for veterans within this system and the obtaining of volunteers. I am happily married to Peggy for 21 years now and we have 5 grown children between us with I15have grandchildren. the experience, ability, and knowledge to continue working toward that goal. I am currently and higher have the time and ambition I would pledge not toretired seek any Department office. necessary to serve in this position. I am happily 192 married Peggy 21 years now and we have 5 grown children between us Randall Johnston, Oak to Hills, Dr.for Mabank, TX 75156 with 15 grandchildren. 903-910-9561 | randalljohnston@earthlink.net I would pledge not to seek any higher Department office. Randall Johnston, 192 Oak Hills, Dr. Mabank, TX 75156 903-910-9561





S N A P S H OT 19 veteran households, including 31 dependents, with $28,625 in assistance

T H A N K YO U Thank you to all who helped make the Austin/Travis County Stand-Down a success! If you need information on holding a homeless veteran standdown in your area, please contact Miles or Beth at Headquarters. Thank you, Austin Energy! The Texas VFW Foundation has been renewed for another grant to assist veterans who are also Austin Energy customers. The Texas VFW Foundation was awarded $41,021 in assistance for Austin Energy utilities. To apply, please visit www.texasvfwfoundation.smapply.org. Please don’t forget the Texas VFW Foundation in your yearend contributions. The Texas VFW Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations can be made on-line at www.texasvfw.org/ foundation or by check that can be mailed to: Texas VFW Foundation P.O. Box 14468 Austin, TX 78761-4468

Thank you for your consideration!

“This program is literally a lifesaver. When you are in a situation like mine, hope is in short supply. You have no idea how you are going to make it. You’re scared for your family. You’re embarrassed and ashamed that you might have to tell them the lights might be off or there might not be a roof over their head at the end of the month. To have a program like this to help you avoid that is such a blessing. Thank y’all so much!” —T. M. (Army National Guard)


The Texas VFW Foundation will be partnering to hold a Blood Drive and Veteran Job Fair at Mid-Winter this year. Stay tuned to www.texasvfw.org as details are finalized.

Happy Holidays!

The Texas VFW Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) Public Charity. The Veterans’ Assistance Program is available to any Texas veteran with an honorable discharge, widow or immediate family member thereof, regardless of where or what time they served. Your charitable contribution could be tax deductible. Talk to your tax professional about how contributions to the Texas VFW Foundation could help.


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Texas VFW Post 1922, Gainesville On Saturday, August 28, 2021, Commander Brandon Buttram conducted a community service involving Youth and Americanism. The service consisted of cleaning/restoring one of Hughes-Tune Post’s namesake headstones. Sam W. Tune was killed in action during WWI, and is currently interred at a local cemetery in Valley View, Texas. The Post Commander’s two sons, Brandon Jr. (18), and Dylan (13), cleaned the headstone and polished the tarnished brass VFW emblem.

Texas VFW Post 4006, Navasota

Texas VFW Post 8526, Rio Grande City

Commander Mark Olivarez speaks with Ms. Iris Garza’s 5th grade Social Studies class at John and Olive Hinojosa Elementary on October 26, 2021, about the Remembrance of the Beirut Bombing and the lives lost that day.

Texas VFW Post 7104, Texas VFW Post 2427, Tomball Brenham The Pos’s Honor Guard CDR renders a salute while conducting a Flag Retirement Member Darryl McNabb assisted the local Wells Fargo Bank in retiring a flag and putting up a new one.


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& POW/MIA Table Ceremony at the “Cooking for Courage” Cook Off Competition, November 12-13, 2021, at Unity Park Magnolia, Texas.

Past Post Commander Carl Dry teaches children from the Pocahontas Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) on flag etiquette, including proper folding procedures.

Recognition of the top ten State Winners from the VFW Voice of Democracy Program, the State Winner from the Patriots Pen Program, and Special Projects.


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86 Year Old Veteran Shows Respect to the Fallen through His Paintings TEXAS VFW POST 912, BAYTOWN, member and Air Force veteran Ken Pridgeon has painted over 400 Texas Fallen Warriors over the last 14 years. Ken is a resident of Baytown and it is from here he started painting fallen soldiers from Texas so many years ago. As his collection started to grow and he began to gain notoriety for his work, he opened a gallery in Houston which has been open for about 5 years now. Those who know him say he is one of the kindest people they know and that he is personally affected when he learns of a fallen soldier. He pours his emotions into his work to help memorialize and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives serving their country. When he learned that one of the Afghanistan 13 was from Texas he said “They died together and they need to stay together.” That’s when he began the artwork you see here. Well beyond his own military service, Ken is still touching lives and making a difference in his own unique and touching way. Thank you, Ken, for your beautiful artwork. #stillserving If you’d like to contact Ken please call (832) 514-1452 or Email kenthedauber2@hotmail.com.


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Article and photos by Frank Espinosa, Jr.

Three Georgetown Veterans Service Organizations Collect and Deliver Clothing VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS (VFW) POST 8587, Veterans of American Legion Post 174, and Central Texas Base U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) delivered 75 boxes of new and used clothing on October 12th and October 26th with an estimated weight of 1,875 pounds.

Temple. The Department assumed responsibility for further distribution of donations to homeless and at-risk veterans of Central Texas. However, due to a recent change in policy by the VA, used clothing is no longer accepted, only new clothing is accepted.

The donations were spread across three non-profit organizations, each receiving 25 boxes of the clothing. The non-profits included the Caring Place, Georgetown; Families in Crisis, Inc., Killeen; and the Salvation Army, Temple.

Frank Espinosa, Jr., the Event Coordinator for the three local Veterans Service Organizations, stated the success of this year’s collection was greatly attributable to local businesses in Georgetown who allowed collection containers in their building. The businesses were David’s Barber Shop at 3010 Williams Drive, Suite #228 and Mel’s Lone Star Lanes at 1010 N. Austin Avenue.

Delivery of the donations to the three non-profit organizations was a first-time event for the three local Veterans Service Organizations. Similar but smaller donations in the past 12 years were always delivered to a Department of the Veterans Administration (VA) in

Espinosa stated American Legion Post 174 intends to continue to lead this program next year collecting only new clothing.

Texas VFW Members Pay Respects to KIA US Marine MEMBERS OF TEXAS VFW ATTENDED THE FUNERAL of KIA US Marine Lance Corpl David Lee Espinoza held on September 13, 2021, Laredo, Texas. After a special ceremony for David at his alma mater, Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Lance Corporal Espinoza made his way to his final resting place: the veteran’s section of the city cemetery. It is a place reserved for heroes of our nation, our state, and our community who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today—and ultimately paying with their life.

See TV coverage of funeral HERE

Thirteen U.S. troops were killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Thursday, August 26, 2021, which also claimed the lives of more than 160 Afghans. Eleven Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier were among the dead, while 18 other U.S. service members were wounded. “He was just brave enough to go do what he wanted and to help out people. That’s who he was…he was just perfect,” his mother, Elizabeth Holguin, told the Laredo Morning Times.

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Post Commander Gary Leofsky and Quartermaster Larry Youngblood of Belton Post 4008 present a check for $25,000 to the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation (BEEF) to endow a $1,000 annual scholarship. The scholarship will go to a graduating senior who has a veteran within their immediate family.













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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Please fill out the VFW Membership Application below and mail in, or sign up online at www.texasvfw.org > Home > Membership. Name:____________________________________________________________________Email:_ ____________________________________________ First Middle Last Suffix (Jr., Sr., etc) Address:_ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City:_________________________________________________________State:_______________________Zip:_________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________________________Date of Birth: (MM/DD/YY)_ ___________________________________________ Military Service: p Air Force p Army p Coast Guard p Marines p Navy Current Status: p Active Duty p Veteran p National Guard/Reserve I served in: p Pre-World War II p World War II p WWII Occupation p 1945-55 (Europe, Korea, Japan) p 1945-90 (Berlin)

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Qualified recipient of: p Imminent Danger/Hostile Fire Pay p SSBN Nuclear Deterrent Patrol* *Period Covered:______________________________________________________(Required for applicants with no other reported qualifying service.) I would like to join the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars as a(n): p Annual Member p Life Member p Life 12 Mo. Install* ($45 Initial payment)


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VFW Post 9186 hosts Texas Mission of Mercy November 4-6, 2021

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VFW POST 9186, SAN ANTONIO, hosted the Texas Mission of Mercy along with San Antonio District Dental Association Foundation and Smiles Foundation to bring free dental care to low income Veterans in the San Antonio and surrounding area. This event was originally scheduled and planned to treat Veterans only, however, due to the overwhelming support of volunteer specialized dentists and undergraduate students, the organizations decided to open this to the public. It was a huge success with 246 patients receiving 1,507 treatments totaling $229,584 in donated dental costs! The Post was transformed from a VFW Hall to a Triage, Sanitation Station, and Dental Clinic with the help of over 100 volunteers. VFW Post 9186 is proud to have been a part of this life changing event which helped many people, who otherwise, could not afford dental care.

VFW Post 9186 Commander Ralph Alvarado and VFW Post 9186 Sr Vice Commander Rosemary Anguiano Zuniga.


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Note from Ty Cobb, Quartermaster, Texas VFW Post 2427, Tomball Our Post has had an ongoing partnership with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center since before COVID began in 2020. Carole Steinocher (our former Auxiliary President who tragically passed away from COVID) worked with many other Auxiliary members, officers, and membership to ensure that this organization had a place to conduct the much needed collection of lifesaving blood for use in local hospitals for infusion/transfusion procedures. The reason to donate is simple…it helps save lives. We all have to stick together when trying to save our veterans lives and the best way we can make a difference is to continue to be involved in “Veteran-only” events and fundraisers and to also strive to be a beacon in the community so that everyone can benefit. Every two seconds of every day someone needs blood. Since blood cannot be manufactured outside the body and has a limited shelf life, the supply must constantly be replenished by generous blood donors. Our Post wants to help create an environment where this lifesaving blood can be collected and for people in the community (who are not veterans) to be able to speak to us so that they can learn from our endeavors and we can create long-lasting partnerships. Blood donors play a vital role in the healthcare of patients in our community. About 37% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 5% actually do. With every blood donation, you are providing strength, hope and courage to patients and their families in your local hospital. We want more people to donate blood — and to truly immerse ourselves into the community means holding as many of these Blood Drives as we can facilitate. On November 2, 2021, our hard work over the last two years was recognized by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Tomball VFW Post 2427 and its Auxiliary was recognized as the 2021 Volunteer Partner/Venue of the Year. Since March of 2020, the Post and Auxiliary were able to host, and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center able to conduct, 28 total blood drives, collecting 624 “product units” of blood that directly touched the lives of 1,872 people in our Greater Tomball/Houston community! Thank you, Martin “Ty” Cobb Want to learn how to hold Blood Drives at your Post? Please call Ty at 281-351-2427.

Post 7108 Makes Donation to Food Bank VFW San Antonio Post 7108, and MG Unit 30 donated to the “Fighting Hunger,” a San Antonio Food Bank Initiative, on November 8, 2021, at its Post Membership meeting. This drive is to support the needy families and veterans in the community. The Food Bank supports the south of Texas from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley. The monetary amount donated helps supply food and meals to many folks who are affected by the pandemic and are still out of work. Pictured L-R are John Maines, Post Commander; Miranda Hernandez, S.A. Food Bank Philanthropy Coordinator; and Walter Neal, MG 30 Chairman. Congratulations to Butte and his veteran. They met for the first time on Monday August 23, 2021, and they are doing amazing! Thank you to the Texas VFW for having a program that provides veterans top quality and life-changing service dogs at no charge to the veteran. For more information, click on photo to be taken to United States Veterans Service Dogs website.

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Recognition of

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Members and Auxiliary gather at the Post to recognize Women in the Military.

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Texas VFW Post 7108, San Antonio Texas VFW Post 6441, Wimberley Several members gather at the Post in Wimberley to recognize the important contributions of women in military service.

Texas VFW Post 10374, Fort Worth

Members and guests host a Women in Military Service Celebration on October 18, 2021. The event started at 6:00 p.m. with a salute, a Pledge of Allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. A detailed history of some of the most memorable women in the military from the Civil War to present were cited by Laura Einswilee, a new Post Member, and a Navy retiree. Ceremonial cake served afterwards and enjoyed by all.

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Post Sr. Vice Pruett, Post Chaplain Bankston, fellow trustees and members pay tribute to women in the military at the Post. A speech was delivered by Pruett to fellow comrades on the Texas VFW Post 3904, Rockport history of women in the military. The ceremony ended with a Members, Auxiliary and friends gather to recognize and celebrate prayer by Chaplain Bankston. women in the military with food and music.


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VFW Post 7108, San Antonio, donates Buddy Poppies for Veterans Day Program Past Post Commander Gil Cadena and Auxiliary Conductress Margaret Cadena donated Buddy Poppies to Joey Tomlinson Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas on November 5, 2021, to be used for its School Veterans Day Program on November 11, 2021. The donation highlighted the ceremony by giving emphasis to what Buddy Poppies stand for, the bloodletting and sacrifices those veterans endured during WWI, and all other wars of date. Photo L to R: Margaret Cadena, Gil Cadena, Teacer Lyn Nye and Principal Wendy Tiemann.

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Thanksgiving Day, Korean War, 1952. Corporal Bill Hight (in the center sitting down, 2nd from right) is the VFW Post 8554 Commander in Mason, Texas. He was with the Army 9th Regiment Love Company defending Old Blady near the Korean DMZ.