National Guard Birthday

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) salutes all the National Guardsmen in the state today, on the 386th birthday of the National Guard. That’s not a misprint; the Guard traces its lineage back to December 13, 1636, when the various Massachusetts militias were combined into a state force. Since then, each state has developed a National Guard, whose forces report to the Governor of the state, but who can be called into national service in case of national disaster or major combat action.

Texas has an Army National Guard and an Air National Guard, as well as the Texas State Guard, which is purely a state force. The Texas Army National Guard has its roots in the militia formed by Stephen F. Austin at his headquarters, San Felipe de Austin. He was empowered to “organize the Colonists into a body of National Militia” in the decree on February 18, 1823 authorizing Austin to form his colony in Mexican Texas. Several of the volunteer companies that fought in the Texas Revolution came from this militia structure.

Today, the Texas Army National Guard has approximately 19,000 soldiers, and the Texas Air National Guard has approximately 3,000 airmen.

The VLB salutes all those who have served and are serving in the Texas National Guard. You truly embody the motto of the Texas Military Department, which is “Texans Serving Texas.” Thank you for all the work you do at home to help with emergency preparedness, hurricane relief, and state security, and then the work you do abroad to help active duty units in foreign lands. We are proud of you and wish the National Guard a happy birthday!

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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A blog for the Texas Veterans Land Board that provides in-depth information on benefits, programs and resources for Veterans, military members and their families in Texas.

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