Category Archives: Veteran Services

Strickland Chevrolet Hosts Memorial Day Celebration May 23

showimageStrickland Chevrolet invites everyone to commemorate Memorial Day with a ceremony by the local Pearland Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard, service flags bugle and a rifle salute.

In honor of those that lost their lives in the line of duty, Strickland Chevrolet will present a donation to the local Pearland VFW (Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post)and to Larry Harris, a deserving veteran & local resident, as a thank you for their service in the line of duty.

Mayor Reid will speak at the ceremony.

Representatives from Congressman Pete Olson’s office will present a Congressional Certificate to Strickland Chevrolet for their support of the community and youth in the Pearland area.

FREE food and refreshments by James Coney Island to everyone.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony is at 12 noon

Strickland Chevrolet, 5518 West Broadway

MUD 6 Dedicates Park to Medal of Honor Recipient

Brazoria County Combined Honor Guard representative Harry Gaul and Clarence Sasser

Brazoria County Combined Honor Guard representative Harry Gaul and Clarence Sasser

The MUD 6 Board of Directors, consisting of Rick King, Richard Skotak, Erich Bell, Mike Haney and L’Sheryl Hudson, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Clarence E. Sasser Park, located on Southfork Dr. and Jeske Rd., Saturday (Nov. 15).

Clarence Sasser is the recipient of a Medal of Honor for Valor, which is the highest award that can be given to a soldier, and is usually presented posthumously because the actions that merit this honor usually cost the soldier his or her life. He currently resides in Rosharon.

Sasser served as an Army Specialist Combat Medic during the Vietnam War. After a U.S. helicopter crashed, he dragged a wounded GI to cover. He ran back to render aid to others, despite heavy enemy fire from three sides. Sasser was hit in his shoulder and both legs, but dragged himself over to his brothers to help, refusing medical attention, in spite of experiencing blood loss and extreme pain. He remained there for five hours.

Sasser received his medal from President Richard Nixon on March 7, 1969 at the White House.

After the Presentation of Colors by the Brazoria County Combined Honor Guard and singing the National Anthem, MUD 6 President Rick King took the stage.

“Like I was saying to some folks before the festivities, having a living Medal of Honor winner is very rare,” said King.

“In other words, the actions that someone takes to earn that medal usually results in giving their lives when they’re taking care of someone else. It’s an honor to have [Sasser] here today, not only to put a face to a name, but to be able to say thank you.”

After reading Sasser’s citation, King introduced the guest of honor.

“It’s a good day for a dedication,” Sasser joked, referring to the gray, cold weather. “There’s no sweat running down anyone’s face.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out for this occasion. I categorize it as giving me flowers before I go in a wooden box,” he added.

Sasser Park was created from a large detention pond designed to give flood relief to the area neighborhoods, including Silvercreek, Fieldstone and Silverlake. It features a pavilion, barbecue pits, play structures, a soccer field, a baseball diamond and a jogging trail.

“I like the park. It’s a very picturesque park, meant to serve particular neighborhoods and we need more of them around town. They are useful when we get those downpours that we do. Having the baseball field, the soccer field and whatever else families use is what I call ‘grassroots.’ I like to think of myself as a grassroots type of person,” said Sasser.

“People always ask me about the Medal of Honor. They always ask why. Well, somebody had to do something or we were all going to die. When something has to be done, I think it falls on your shoulders to do it. You have to look at it from the point of how it was. We ate together, we slept together, we played cards and dominoes together. They’re your guys. The rest of the company had either been killed or wounded in action so somebody had to do something. When you’re faced with that situation, step up and do it. Don’t shrink back. I would personally rather die trying to do something than laying there cowering in fear,” said Sasser.

There are 79 Medal of Honor recipients still living in the U.S. from World War II, Vietnam, Korea and the more recent wars in the Middle East.

According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website, the Navy Medal of Honor was the first one established.

“On December 9, 1861 Iowa Senator James W. Grimes introduced S. No. 82 in the United States Senate, a bill designed to ‘promote the efficiency of the Navy’ by authorizing the production and distribution of ‘medals of honor.’ On December 21st the bill was passed, authorizing 200 such medals be produced ‘which shall be bestowed upon such petty officers, seamen, landsmen and marines as shall distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action and other seamanlike qualities during the present war (Civil War).’ President Lincoln signed the bill and the (Navy) Medal of Honor was born.

Two months later on February 17, 1862, Massachusetts Senator Henry Wilson introduced a similar bill, this one to authorize ‘the President to distribute medals to privates in the Army of the United States who shall distinguish themselves in battle.’ When President Abraham Lincoln signed S.J.R. No. 82 on July 12, 1862, the Army Medal of Honor was born.”

The dedication ceremony concluded with fanfare and attendees, including newly elected County Commissioner Ryan Cade, took advantage of the barbecue lunch provided by Joe’s Barbecue in Alvin, the bounce houses, popcorn and cotton candy provided by Manvel Moonwalks and the many amenities of Clarence E. Sasser Park.

For more information on the Congressional Medals of Honor, visit CMOHS.org. To learn more about Brazoria County MUD 6, visit BCMUD6.org.

Source: The Pearland Journal

Thank You Veterans

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Thank you to all of our veterans past, present and future!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” -Ronald Reagan

Veterans are eligible to get FREE brisket and sausage today at Killen’s BBQ (3613 E Broadway St.). For more freebies, visit http://abc13.com/society/veterans-day-freebies-and-discounts/381904/.

Veterans Invited to Ron Paul Luncheon

As gratitude for the service they have given to their country, The Exchange Club of Angleton is inviting veterans to come and attend its 12th annual One Nation Under God luncheon Nov. 13 for free.

The featured speaker is former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, who also ran for the presidency three times, the first as a Libertarian, and the rest as a Republican in 2008 and 2012.

Source: The Alvin Sun-Advertiser

Free Legal Clinic for Veterans Oct 25

Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic on Saturday, October 25 at the Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, 208 Oak Drive South, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. The clinic is sponsored by the Brazoria County Bar Association in conjunction with the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 17 counties in Texas.

No appointment is necessary. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.

For more information on the October 25th clinic, contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at 713-759-1133.

 

Pearland Veterans Day Walk & BBQ Nov 8

Veterans-Day-Coin-2014-side2-300x300Join us in honoring our service men and women. Back from the battlefield, but for many the battles continue on the inside as they & their families face PTSD, depression & other challenges. Show them they are not alone.

Proceeds benefit the William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Pearland VFW Post #7109.

The 5K walk begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 8 on the field behind the Pearland Natatorium. Check-In and registration ends at 9:15 am. The BBQ lunch begins around 12:30 pm at VFW Post #7109 located nearby at 4204 W. Walnut. The registration fee for the walk only is $15 per person. If you would like to attend the walk and the BBQ lunch, the fee is $20 per person. Additional BBQ lunch tickets can be purchased from the VFW.

Register here online!

Become a Business Sponsor!

For more information, please call Leo at (603) 801-5662 or email nancy.kozanecki@hikeformentalhealth.org.

National Planting Day August 28

Please help us to spread the word! We will be planting trees at the Pearland VFW Hall on the corner of Veterans and Walnut next week! We need help from the community. Show our veterans that you care on August 28, 2014 from 6PM-7PM!

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VetReady Resource and Career Fair July 22

For more information, visit http://www.vetready.org/.

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Veterans’ Education and Benefits Fair June 24

For more information, please email veterans@alvincollege.edu.

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Scholarships for Texas Tech Available to Children of Marines

The George H. O’Brien Medal of Honor Memorial Scholarship at Texas Tech University is now available to Marines (current and former) and the sons and daughters of Marines. It is believed the per semester award is currently between $300 and $1500. Interested applicants should contact the scholarship administrator by July 31, 2014 for additional details.

Donations to the scholarship and inquires may be made by contacting the following:

Ms. Ivette Bascues
Texas Tech Alumni Association
Endowment Trust
PO Box 45001
Lubbock, TX 79409-5001
RE: George H. O’Brien Medal of Honor Memorial Scholarship Account Number 070-4225-000
lvette.bascues@ttu.edu; 806-834-3456

Thank you to our friends in Pine Hollow for the information!