Grand Opening of the Richard A. Anderson Texas State Veterans Home in Houston

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Texas VLB
Feb 12 · 3 min read

On Friday, February 7, Texas Land Commissioner and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board George P. Bush celebrated the opening of the 9th Texas Veterans home with members of the Houston community, State Representatives, Mayor Turner and individuals from all over the state who are committed to serving Texas Veterans.

“As Texas Land Commissioner I am honored to give a lot of speeches, but none more important than those honoring our military Vets. After serving ten years in the Navy Reserves myself and deploying to Afghanistan, there is no higher priority for our agency than continuing the fight for those who have fought for us,” said Commissioner Bush. “What you see behind us is the state-of-the-art Richard A. Anderson Texas Veterans Home. This facility will give military Veterans a beautiful new place to call home.”

Texas Land Commissioner and Chair of the Veterans Land Board, George P. Bush

The Texas State Veterans Home in Houston is named after Richard A. Anderson, a U.S. Marine who served from April 8, 1968, to August 24, 1969. Anderson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on August 24, 1969, for his courage and selfless devotion going above the call of duty by giving his life for his country.

Applications for the home can be found on the Veterans Land Board website here.

Likeness bust of Richard A. Anderson, home’s namesake and Medal of Honor recipient
Richard A. Anderson Texas State Veterans Home

A parachute team from All Veteran Group began the ceremony with an incredible jump displaying the American and POW flag. Commissioner George P. Bush was then presented with the jumper’s American flag.

Keynote speaker Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and famed “Lone Survivor,” praised the state of Texas for providing first-class care to Veterans in their golden years. He also spoke on the legacy that WWII and Vietnam-era Veterans have left and what he has learned from their stories. Major General Tony Cucolo spoke on the ultimate sacrifices our military service members make and the importance of our continued commitment to their families.

Former United States Navy SEAL and “Lone Survivor”, Marcus Luttrell
Ret. Major General Tony Cucolo
Cliff Leonard revealing his bust of Richard A. Anderson
James Madison High School Navy ROTC Color Guard
Air Force Veteran and Season 5 finalist of the Voice, Jonny Gray
Houston Fire Department Flag Display pictured with Military Vehicles, courtesy of the National United States Armed Forces Museum

Applications for the home can be found on the Veterans Land Board website here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, our Veterans benefits specialists at the VLB call center are happy to help. Please call us at 1‑800‑252‑8387 or send an email to vlbinfo@glo.texas.gov.

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