Department of Defense Birthday

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) wishes a very happy birthday to the Department of Defense (DOD), organized in 1949 with the updated National Security Act. We salute all Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Guardsmen on this 73rd birthday of the DOD!

The DOD is one of the largest employers in the world, with more than one million active-duty service members, over 800,000 members of the Guard and Reserve, and more than 700,000 civilian employees.

While occasionally Veterans serve in more than one branch of the Armed Forces, there are very few who can claim to have served in all five branches! One is New Jersey native Bob Button, who passed away at the age of 90 in 2019, and now a Texan is attempting to do the same.

Dezzy Guevara, who joined the Marines straight out of high school, served with them for eight years, then joined the U.S. Army Reserves in Georgia. When a job relocated her to Washington, D.C., she joined the Air Force Reserves, and then later moved to Fort Worth. Here in Texas, she realized she was close to making history, so she joined the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Petty Officer First Class.

Her 29 years of service to the country include four tours in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.

When her Navy Reserves contract is up, she plans to join the U.S. Coast Guard and fulfill serving in all five branches of the Armed Forces. She would like to eventually retire from the Marines, as they were her first family in the Armed Forces.

“For all those young girls out there: if they have goals and they believe they want to do something, then maybe I can be an example for them. I hope I could anyway,” Guevara says.

The VLB congratulates the DOD on 73 great years and looks forward to the future!

The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for these American heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email, or visit to see the different benefits available.

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