Women in Military Service October 13, 2017
USS Cole Ceremony October 12, 2017
Texas VFW District 20 performed the USS Cole Ceremony on October 12, 2017 at 1100 hrs. at gravesite for USN Gary Graham Swenchonis. one of seventeen victims of that fateful terrorist’s attack in October 2000. VIP’s present were our Department Commander Edward Torres and his Chief of Staff Larry Sanders and the widow of USN Swenchonis, Olivia Rux. Numerous Post Commanders, District 20 Auxiliary and Post Officers also attended the service. Our uniformed serviceman attending, Petty Officer’s 1st Class Matthew Eittreim and Denny Schriefer are attached to the Naval Detachment at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland.
Left Photo (L to R): Jack Steel/District 20 Chaplain, Carlos Vela/District 20 Quartermaster, Rudy De Leon/VFW Post 12041 Jr-Vice Commander, Armando P. Gonzales/VFW Post 9174 Commander, Larry Sanders/TX Dept. Chief of Staff, Edward Torres/TX Dept. Commander, Rolando S. Webber/TX Dist. 20 Jr Vice Commander, Jose I. Duran/TX Dist. 20 Commander, Dana Hardacker/VFW Post 7108 Sr Vice Commander, Knowles Atchison/VFW Post 7108 Commander. Right Photo: Jose Duran/TX Dist. 20 Commander doing ceremony introductions.
Left Photo (L to R): Petty Officer 1st Class Denny Schriefer and Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Eittreim and Right Photo: Rolando S. Webber/Ceremomny MC rendering salutes during placement of the Wreath and playing of TAPS.
VIP’s present were our Department Commander Edward Torres (3rd for Left) and the widow of USN Gary Swenchonis, Olivia Rux (Photo Center-Maroon Shirt). Numerous Post Commanders, District 20 Auxiliary and Post Officers also attended the service. Our uniformed serviceman attending, Petty Officer’s 1st Class Matthew Eittreim and Denny Schriefer are attached to the Naval Detachment at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland.
State Commander Home Coming
Texas VFW District 20 Leadership attended State Commander Eddie Torres Home Coming Dinner/Dance at his home Post 4815 on September 30, 2017. The event started at 6 p.m. with a salute and a pledge allegiance to the flag followed by the Chaplain’s prayer. Commander Torres welcome and identified all past and current VFW Leaders present at the event. District 20 Officers at the event included (Pictorial Front Row L to R) Left picture; Diana Amerault/Post 7108 Auxiliary President, Gloria Webber/Post 7108 Auxiliary Secretary, Rolando S. Webber/Texas District 20 Jr Vice Cmdr., Edward Torres/Texas State Commander, Belinda Torres/Texas District 20 Auxiliary President, Brian Amerault/Post 7108 Trustee. Right picture; Beverly Duran/Texas District 20 Asst. Chief Staff, Jose Duran/Texas District 20 Commander.
Institution of VFW Pleasanton Post 12162
Texas VFW District 20 Supervision were present to witness the Institution of newly formed VFW Pleasanton Post 12162 by the Department Commander Eddie Torres and the Chief of Staff Larry Sanders in Pleasanton, Texas on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7 PM. City Council were present for this historic event along with an ROTC unit that presented and posted the Colors. A Patriot’s Day Ceremony was accomplished by newly elected Commander Steve Mueller to commemorate that tragic event that happen on 9-11. Left Photo; State Commander Eddie Torres at podium with Chief of Staff Larry Sanders (left) and new Commander Steve Mueller (right) with rest of District 20 Officers. Right Photo; Newly Installed Officers of VFW Pleasanton Post 12162 starting with Commander Mueller in front with officers and members to left and right all way to the rear of column. A new era has begun for the good of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Texas VFW District 20 Sr Vice Commander John Shipley (left) and Jr Vice Commander Rolando S. Webber (right) surround Texas District 5, VFW Post 7110 Commander Martin Monceballez (center) on September 2, 2017 during their 5th BBQ Fundraiser event sponsored by Post 7110. Texas VFW MG Unit 30-7108, a District 20 Post and Unit, also supported the function earlier in the day. Supporting our fellow VFW comrades from other Districts is a common thread of our District 20 fabric.
Honor Flight #007
Texas VFW District 20 Jr Vice Commander Rolando S. Webber and members of VFW Helotes Post 7108 were among scores of relative’s present welcoming back over 40 WW II and Korean War Veterans at the San Antonio International Airport on September 09, 2017. This event honors members of the “Greatest Generation” by taking them, at no cost to the veterans, to Washington DC and visit the War Memorials, laying a wreath among other threats. Of particular interest was that one of our own VFW Post 7108 member, William O Roberson, a twice wounded and highly decorated veteran was one of those honored on that flight.