Residents of Texas State Veterans Homes Wrap up a Summer of Fun

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has eight Texas State Veterans Homes across the state. These homes provide affordable, long-term skilled nursing care for Texas Veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents. They are designed to enhance quality of life with a caring and dignified setting appropriate to those men and women who have served our country with honor.

The staff at our homes work incredibly hard to provide the residents with special activities and celebrations to show them all how much they are loved. Here are a just a few of the events that have taken place this past July and August.

Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home

The Texas State Veterans Home in Amarillo celebrated the Fourth of July with a patriotic concert and cookout on the patio.

On Wednesday, July 12, the residents and staff had a marvelous time watching a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu presentation by Guetho Texas BJJ.

We are so grateful to these young men for coming out and demonstrating their fantastic techniques and skills.

Later in July, the residents enjoyed equine therapy with the 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center. This program’s funding was made available with a grant for Veterans.

Veterans visiting 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center

On Wednesday, July 26, in observance of National Korean War Veterans Armistace Day, the Ussery-Roan Veterans Home honored their Korean War Veteran residents with speakers and a celebration. The guest speaker was Richard Johnson USMC (ret.) and each Veteran was presented with a plaque commemorating their service during the Korean Conflict.

Korean War Veterans at the Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home

On Friday, July 28, the Pantex Plant presented the residents with a check for $1500 for the Resident Use Fund. Todd Ailes, the Manager of Pantex, presented Eldred Brown, the president of the Resident Council, with the check, which was followed by a reception with refreshments. The Resident Use Fund is for the purchase of items to enhance the lives of the residents at the facility. In 2016, the resident council spent $14,000 on a new sound system for the activity and dining rooms.

Far right image L-R: Todd Ailes & Eldred Brown

On Wednesday, August 9, the residents attended a musical performance by the Texas Outdoor Musical in Palo Duro Canyon. It was Veterans Appreciation Night and a grand time was had by all!

On Thursday, August 10, the residents went on an outing to the Amarillo Air & Space Museum. They interacted with exhibits and memorabilia, including several planes, dating back to World War II.

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Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home

On Thursday, July 27, the Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham honored their Korean War Veteran Residents with a parade, ceremony, and hot dog cookout.

Parade participants included the Bonham Police Department, Fannin County Sheriff’s Department, Bonham Fire Department, Red River Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, Kennington Retrievers and Steve Coker with his Studebaker.

Ceremony participants included Nitin Mall, the Clyde W. Cosper Administrator; American Legion Post 178 Color Guard; Dr. Lowell Howard, chaplain; John Vick, a representative of State Senator Bob Hall’s office; and Louis Holmes, guest speaker. Special music was provided by Edna Holmes. Following the ceremony, the residents enjoyed a hot dog cookout hosted by the American Legion Post 178.

On Wednesday, August 23, Love on a Leash Rockwall/Royse City Chapter visited the Veterans Home. The residents enjoyed interacting with Arlo, a 130 pound German Shepherd.

On Saturday, September 2, the Knights of Columbus Council #13044 hosted a cookout for the residents and staff.

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Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home

VFW Post 8555 conducted a Korean Armistice Day ceremony on Thursday, July 27th, to honor our Korean Veterans at the Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville.

On Tuesday, July 1, the Veteran Residents had their first painting class.

“So excited at how many talented artists we have here at Frank M. Tejeda,” said Nanci Struble, the On-Site Representive at the home. “It was amazing to see so much creativity in progress!”

On Monday, August 7, Mr. Dennis Carruth and Mr. Jose Lopez, both purple heart recipients, were recognized during a Purple Heart Day Ceremony and each Veteran resident was presented with a certificate. Mr. Carruth served in the Army during Vietnam. Mr. Jose Lopez served in the Army during World War II.

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Alfredo Gonazalez Texas State Veterans Home

On Saturday, July 1 the residents from the Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen attended a Veteran’s Salute event at the Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic. Three of the residents received awards and were recognized for their service in World War II.

This was also the first time the Mobile Office was in South Texas!

The staff, volunteers and residents celebrated the Fourth of July with a lunch and celebration. Many thanks to the Lions Club for grilling!

Members of the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild made a return visit to hand out homemade quilts to the residents for the July 4th holiday.

On Wednesday, July 19, the residents enjoyed a performance by members of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Music Department. This was the second time in July that the UT faculty and students performed at the Veterans Home and their music is very much appreciated by both the residents and the staff.

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William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home

The Texas State Veterans Home in Temple celebrated the Fourth of July with a cookout and party. The residents had a blast at the dunk tank!

July 10, REACH outing with residents for horse therapy.

On Friday, July 28, the Venture Crew 9 Kwahadi Dance Performers from Amarillo Texas stopped on their way to New Braunfels to perform for the staff and residents for the Korean War Veteran’s Armistice Day.

Resident Council President, Mike Atkinson, was an adult advisor for the Kwahadi Dancers and he asked them to come and do a performance for our Veterans and they obliged with a special stop on their Summer Tour. They performed Native American dances such as the Hoop Dance, Grand Entry, Soldier and Flag Honor, Lady Shawl, Friendship Dance, Round Dance, and The Sneak Up Dance. All of their regalia is handmade by their own hands.

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Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home

The residents at the Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler started Independence Day off with a bang, beginning with electric wheelchair and scooter races. As residents and staff cheered them on from their front porches, the entries raced from the front gates, down the street, around the park and back to the gates. Everyone had a great time and prizes were awarded to all!

Later in the day, they were treated to live music, and red, white and blue ice cream sundaes with vanilla ice cream, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. Even Griffin the dog dressed for the occasion!

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Because the VA subsidizes much of a Veteran’s cost to stay at a VLB Texas State Veterans Home, daily out-of-pocket rates are well below average and include the cost of medications for Veterans. Residents can choose between a spacious private or semi-private room based upon availability. Alzheimer’s units at each home provide highly specialized care, including beautifully landscaped, secure courtyards. Like all VLB programs, the Texas State Veterans Homes are self-supporting and cost Texas taxpayers virtually nothing.

For additional information on VLB Texas State Veterans Homes and Cemeteries, and land, home and home improvement loans, call 1–800–252-VETS (8387), or visit TexasVeterans.com. Follow the Texas Veterans Land Board on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Read more blogs at TexasVeteransBlog.com and listen to The Dog Tag at TexasVeteransPodcast.com.