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VFWMGTX All-State Convention in Helotes, Texas
VFW Helotes Post 7108 and VFW MG Unit 30 sponsored the VFWMGTX All State Convention on May 18-20, 2018 at VFW Post 7108. A three-day event of comradeship, membership enrollment and MG business directed by Texas MG Chairman that guides MG agenda for the incoming year that will be presented at the 98th Texas VFW State Convention in June for the benefit of all Texas veterans. Our Department Past State Commander Payton Lumpkin, Adjutant/Quartermaster Roy Grona and their wives were special guests for the event. A group picture of all Texas Motorcycle Groups that were present was taken for this great event.
Amount $ 2500 / Hours: 620 / Members: 45
This website will be updated soon….
From John Shipley, Incoming District Commander
District Calendar dates for next year…
Aug 4 District OTS/Planning Meeting – Post 9174
Aug 11 District Meeting – Post 2059
Nov 26 District Planning Meeting – Post 8936
Dec 1 District Meeting – Post 12162 (Pleasanton Civic Center)
Feb 18 District Planning Meeting – Post 9174
Feb 23 District Meeting – Post 8541
Mar 16 District Picnic – Comanche Park #3 (Tentative)
Apr 29 District Planning Meeting – Post 4853
May 4 District Convention – Post 7108
All Planning Meetings will start at 6:30 PM, except the one following the District OTS.
All District Meetings will start at 9:00 AM with a joint session and a VFW session at 10:00 AM.
District OTS will start at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Picnic will start at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Women’s Veterans Day June 2018
Anna Baker <email@example.com
May 7, 2018 at 10:20:36 AM PDT
Subject: Women Veterans Day Event Invitation – Please do not forward
The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program cordially invites you to attend the Women Veterans Day events at the Texas Capitol on June 12, 2018. The event begins at 9:30 with an official ceremony designating June 12th as Women Veterans Day in Texas. The keynote speaker is Kayla M. Williams, Director, VA Center for Women Veterans, and our honorary guest will be Anna Gatti, WWII woman veteran. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to visit the resource fair, veteran art exhibit and a living history display presented by RosieLeetta Reed. Ms. Reed’s presentation highlights the only documented woman Buffalo Soldier, Cathey Williams.
Easterseals Central Texas is sponsoring lunch and a round table discussion on Challenges Facing Women Veterans of Texas beginning at 11:45. This event replaces our regularly scheduled Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS) Women Veterans Workgroup meeting. Prior to the round table discussion, Octavia Harris, retired Navy Master Chief and member of the VA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, will provide a brief update from her May 10th attendance at the advisory committee meeting in Washington D.C.
- Registration closes June 6
- Lunch and round table discussion is invitation only; please contact me regarding additional invitees
- Parking is free the 1st 2 hours; please visit the link for additional information: Capitol Visitors Parking Garage, http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/plan/parking/parking.html
- Attached is the most recent TCCVS Women Veterans Workgroup report
We look forward to your attendance.
Anna Baker, MBA, PMP
Women Veterans Program Manager
Texas Veterans Commission
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou
The National Association of American Veterans (NAAV) Inc., would like to announce a historic event taking place in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. This event is intended to “recognize women veterans of Texas.”
This year marks the 70th year acknowledging women in military service. Although as history would show, women has supported military service for longer that than, but this June highlights the 70th “official year of Texas women veterans.
As a historical tribute, on June 12, 1948, a bill was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman known as the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which officially allowed women to serve freely as regular service members.
Consider ways to support women veterans this summary, there are a variety of opportunities and simple gestures to show your appreciation and honor. Following are a few suggestions:
- Post pictures of women veterans throughout your office bill boards
- Coordinate and/or organize a trip to a local women’s veteran’s event
- Write a tribute to a woman veteran or to share with a group of women veterans
- Host a tea, brunch or lunch or women veterans in your family, friends, or work place and let them share their stories
For more information, we invite you view these two websites:
The Army Historical Foundation Calls for Stories of Women Soldiers
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Army Historical Foundation is calling for women Soldiers, or loved ones and friends on their behalf, to submit their stories of service to the Foundation’s Registry of the American Soldier. The Registry is a searchable online record of photos and Soldiers’ stories that will appear in the future National Museum of the United States Army, currently under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va. The Foundation is encouraging women to enter their stories to ensure theRegistry reflects the diversity of the 30 million Americans who have served in the U.S. Army.
“The military community rightly commemorates Women’s History Month every March by highlighting the contributions of our women service members, but it’s important that these Soldiers also see their time in uniform permanently honored, year-round,” said retired Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, Foundation board member and the first women to achieve the rank of four-star general. “The Registry of the American Soldier provides a way for all Soldiers to see their stories forever preserved in the nation’s future home for U.S. Army history.”
More than 117,000 Soldiers are currently entered in the Registry, which is already accessible online. Photos of Soldiers in uniform accompanying their stories are encouraged. There is no cost to submit a story. The Foundation also hosts a Registry for Army family members; Department of the Army Civilians (DAC); and other supporters of the Army; and a separate Registry for Army service animals.
To submit an entry for the Registry
, visit armyhistory.org
and click “Registries.”
About The Army Historical Foundation
The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum is currently being constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., and will honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information about the Foundation, the National Museum of the United States Army, and the Registry of the American Soldier
, visit www.armyhistory.org
Formation of New VFW Post 12171 in Bexar County, Texas.
Three future Charter members, LaDonna Warren, Ricardo Zamora and Lee Rivas, of VFW Post 12171,
a new VFW Post, pose with a picture of the “VFW Charter Application for a New Post” at the
State Headquarters listing 42 new and transfer members to start a new Post
in northern Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas.
The institution of the new Post is tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2018, at the District 20 Picnic.
Picture L – R, State Adjutant/Quartermaster Roy Grona, Ricardo Zamora, LaDonna Warren,
State Membership Chair Lee Rivas, Past State Commander Dan West.
VFW Mission Statement
Department of Texas VFW District 20 is dedicated to our motto
– We honor the dead by helping the living –
We are committed to helping our fellow Comrades
We actively participate in the communities that surround our District and Post Homes.
Why join the VFW? Because our strength comes from you.
Simply put, the VFW strives to do good things for deserving people;
particularly veterans, their families, and their communities.
From local grassroots ideas to national influence,
we work everyday to make a difference.
It’s our strength as an organization.
And, with each individual membership,
we only grow stronger.
“Do it right the first time”
Jose Duran – District Commander – Texas VFW District 20