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Veterans Day Walk funds presented to Pearland groups


This week, HIKE for Mental Health completed the distribution of the net proceeds from the Pearland Veterans Day Walk by presenting checks to two local Pearland organizations.

VFW Post 7109 received a total of $2,130 to support their efforts to become a more integral part of the Pearland community. Extra thanks to Jonathan, Maegan and many others who provided the BBQ lunch for the Veterans Day walkers!


HIKE for Mental Health also presented $1,600 to Dawn Lawless and the team at Counseling Connections for Change, a nonprofit counseling center in Pearland. They will use the money to continue their community educations programs. Last year, they provided suicide prevention workshops for Pearland schools. Thanks for Dawn, Pam and Charlotte for help with this year’s walk.


Nurse Rosa Klocksiem contacted HIKE for Mental Health several ago asking for help with materials for the unit’s patients, who include veterans as well as active duty service men and women suffering with PTSD and other inner challenges. They have raised money every Veterans Day since then to buy books, videos, pamphlets and other materials that Rosa needs.

These two distributions compete the disbursement of the net proceeds from the 2015 Pearland Veterans Day Walk, which began with sending much needed materials to the Behavioral Health floor of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX, last week.

After the most recent materials arrived, Rosa sent the following note:

Dear Leo,

Some more packages arrived and I am sending you a photo of active duty staff that I am honored to work with. The ward is a locked unit for inpatient care to provide safety and structure for warriors in behavioral health crisis. All your donations help us to serve them. We would not have those therapeutic books to offer if it was not for you and your volunteers. Thank you so much!

With Utmost Respect and Appreciation,

We extend our thanks to the walkers, donors and sponsors, including MHI Compressor Corporation, Marvin Monk, the City of Pearland, Pearland City Councilman Tony Carbone, Pearland City Councilman Derrick Reed, Pearland City Councilman Gary Moore, Pearland City Councilman Keith Ordeneaux, Pearland City Councilman Greg Hill, Cooling Tower Depot, H-E-B, Glen & Linda Rider, Pearland Democrats, Nancy Kozanecki, The Ivy District, David L. Smith Realty/The Legacy Group, Stacy Adams, Buck Stevens, Matt Sebesta, Gringo’s Tex-Mex, and Mike’s Tri City Icehouse. We also thank the Kolache Shoppe and Maine-ly Sandwiches for providing snacks for our volunteers and exhibitors.

We are already starting to plan the 2016 walk. If you are interested in helping, please contact Leo at leo.walker@hikeformentalhealth.org or call 603 801-5662.

Pearland Resident Receives Special Veteran’s Day Surprise

Gary Moore (L) and Phil Olvera.

Gary Moore (L) and Phil Olvera.

It was a special Veteran’s Day for Pearland City Councilman Gary Moore and his family. After three years, son Phil Olvera was home from the Army.

Olvera did tours in Afghanistan during his active service; he will now be one of the front-runners if troops are called up again until he completes his obligations (assuming he doesn’t re-enlist!).

Moore and his family rented the Pearland Lion’s Club building for a small surprise party.

The party soon took on a life of its own once the community caught wind of Olvera’s homecoming. “We are so grateful and overwhelmed,” said Moore of Pearland. “I didn’t pay for anything but the hall rental. People came out of the woodwork to take care of things I hadn’t even thought of. We live in a wonderful city that we can call HOME, even though we have lived in many places.”

A military man himself, Moore and his wife, Christina, daughter Cheyenne and Olvera have had addresses in several cities in Texas and other states. “It wasn’t until we moved to Pearland that both Christina and myself said to each other, ‘We have found our hometown,'”said Moore.

You Got Me! Olvera said to friends and family.

You Got Me! Olvera said to friends and family.

Olvera was completely surprised when he walked into the hall, expecting to address Pearland Lions about serving in the military and commenting on Veteran’s Day. “You totally got me!” Olvera said.

“Cody Rogers is another vet I would like to be recognized for his outstanding service,” Olvera added. “He is a great soldier and was a fellow classmate at Pearland High.”

The Color Guard from the Pearland Police Department came to provide the colors, and Bella Hill, daughter of Greg and Amy Hill, sang the National Anthem, leaving hardly a dry eye in the hall.

Moore would like to extend a hearty THANKS to:

  • The Pearland Police Dept. Honor Guard
  • Bottomless Pit Cook Team
  • Sam’s Club Marketing Manager Jennifer Tinsely
  • Sam’s Club Store Manager Eva
  • Silver Creek Dental: Dr. Hugh Patton
  • Joe’s BBQ
  • Councilman Keith & Gabby Ordeneaux
  • Ryden Cohen
  • James McKendree
  • Sasha Costa
  • Lisa & Keith Ciaccio
  • ADDI
  • Stacey with E Glaesmann
  • Fotorny Photography
  • And everyone that attended to make the night special!

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Veterans Day Walk Nov. 7

12132402_10156122340690313_8076439096714163490_oJoin the City of Pearland by honoring those who have served. Back from the battlefield, but for many the battles continue on the inside as the veterans & their families face PTSD, depression and other challenges. The Veterans Day Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road.

Proceeds benefit the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Pearland VFW Post 7109, Counseling Connections for Change and Hike for Mental Health . Advance registration is encouraged. Visit pearlandwalk.org for more information.

Roger Clemens, Willie Robertson, Jennie Finch, Taylor Kitsch and more join Marcus Luttrell at PX3 Patriots Celebrity Softball National Series game


PX3PatriotsHOUSTON Celebrities from across the country come together for the PX3 Patriots Celebrity Softball National Series Game on October 21 at Rice University in Houston.

Willie and Korie Robertson from A&E’s hit TV series “Duck Dynasty” are scheduled to join the Lone Survivor Foundation Warriors, a team of celebrities, and play against the PX3 Patriots, a team of military veterans, including US Navy Seals, US Green Berets, honor recipients, amputee veterans, and wounded warriors.

Willie and Korie will be joining softball Olympic medalist Jennie Finch and seven time Cy Young Award winner, baseball icon Roger Clemens. Lauren Sesselmann, professional soccer player for the Houston Dash and co-producer and host of Fitness Program ‘Fit As A Pro’ will also be playing.

Taylor Kitsch, Lone Survivor actor and costar in Friday Night Lights, will also be on the field, playing alongside Mark “Oz” Geist and John “Tig” Tiegen, co-authors of 13 hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, the book that inspired the upcoming Paramount Pictures film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Founder and Chairman of the Lone Survivor Foundation, Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL (Ret.) and Navy Cross recipient, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

The event will kick off with a homerun derby at 7:00 p.m. followed by the celebrity softball game at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available for $10 and reserved field seats are available for $15-30. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.

This will be the inaugural game of a national celebrity softball series hosted by the PX3 Research Foundation to raise funds and awareness of its mission and other military-focused non-profits. Additional event information, including the full team rosters, can be found on the PX3 Patriots webpage, www.px3patriots.org.

For information about the PX3 Foundation, visit www.px3foundation.org.

To learn more about The Lone Survivor Foundation, visit www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org.

Happy Memorial Day!


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

Galveston County Fair and Rodeo to host Salute To Veterans


5525682d29353.imageThe Galveston County Fair and Rodeo will go red, white, and blue on Thursday, April 16, 2015, for a special salute to Veterans. The fair will host Veterans from the Veterans Support Coalition of Galveston County. Every branch of the military is represented in the Coalition. Veterans, both currently active and former military warriors from Galveston and surrounding counties, will enjoy an afternoon of fair fun. “It will be a real honor to host these service men and women,” boasts Galveston County Fair and Rodeo President, Paul Tibaldo. “We welcome all veterans of all wars to come and enjoy our fair.”

Veterans Support Coalition and the Veterans Peer Network approached the fair’s board to consider such an event for veterans. Jim Flex, President of the Veterans Support Coalition of Galveston County explains, “We have already some emails from veterans or veteran groups who will be attending their first rodeo since serving in the military. Some have lived just a few miles down the road for the last 40 years. By allowing veterans to come in a few hours before the crowd; this is a great first step in healing and becoming engaged with their families with the general public.”

Many Veterans endure intense social repercussions from their time in the military. Flex explains, “Some feel awkward not just due to visible injuries and wounds, but many Veterans suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder). While not specifically for handicapped or PTSD veterans, but also includes current active or former military warriors; we know that many veterans will not attend a large event, or even an event with a fence around it for a multitude of reasons, thus, depriving their families and friends a great time.”

The Veteran’s special salute is the first “veteran” to “veteran” event being held at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. Flex is quick to give credit to the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo’s board, saying, “None of this would be possible without the dedicated rodeo and fair members and sponsors.”

Veteran groups will arrive before gates officially open at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16th. Veterans Support Coalition of Galveston County and volunteers will escort and/or assist veterans as they tour the livestock animals and explore other fair activities. Most veterans are thrilled to be able to get out with the family and enjoy what the fair has to offer. Admission is free for the families, prior to gates opening at 4 p.m.

Later that evening, before the rodeo, each branch of the military will be honored, including a patriotic salute to all Veterans. For more information on attending, contact the Veterans Support Coalition of Galveston County at 832 285 2008, or for the fair’s full schedule visit www.galvestoncountyfair.com.

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 Event Honoring Veterans at DHS

Looking for a free event honoring our Veterans? Check out the information below.

What: Salute: A Tribute to Veterans
When: Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Dawson High School – 2050 Cullen Blvd.
Cost: FREE
Additional Info: Performances by Dawson High School Encore Choir, Readings by Student Council and presentation of colors by Dawson HS NJROTC

Keynote Speaker: Richard Machowicz
Speaker Bio: Richard “Mack” Machowicz, has spent ten years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, and now searches for new weapons and military technologies used in modern warfare. Mr. Machowicz, has participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO. While operating at SEAL Teal TWO, he was a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper, as well as being attached to the training cadre as the “Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Artic Warfare.” Mack is best known as the compelling host and producer of Discovery Channel’s hit show Future Weapons in addition to producing and hosting a one-hour special for the Discovery Channel called Weapons That Changed the World.

Happy Veteran’s Day!


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