Texas State Veterans Homes Lick the Summer Heat with Ice Cream & 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 May and June.

Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home

On Saturday, May 5, ten women Veterans and residents from the Texas State Veterans Home in Amarillo attended a Mother’s Day Tea and Luncheon sponsored by the Senior Ambassador’s Coalition at Polk Street Methodist Church. They were the most beautiful group there and had a wonderful time. Several of our ladies had their daughter or daughter-in-law accompany them to the luncheon. The Veterans Home team members used their wonderful skills in beautifying our residents.

On Wednesday, May 16, seventeen Veteran residents and several team members walked in the VA 2K Walk + Roll + Tailgate to raise funds for the VA Homeless Veterans Program. The Ussery Roan Veterans Home was also a vendor at the event and sold sausage wraps and bottled water to help raise even more funds for the walk. Seventy-five team members received a t-shirt for donating a minimum of $5.00 worth of household items or cash to the program. Many thanks to all the Veterans, residents and Veterans Home staff who participated to help support homeless Veterans!

On Tuesday, June 12, the Veterans Home celebrated Women Veterans Day with a recognition luncheon for our Women Veterans including Jean Hoopes, U.S. Air Force, Post World War II; Louise Kelly, U.S. Army, Nurse; Audrey Ryder, U.S. Army, Korean War and the event’s guest speaker; and Kathryn Comerford, U.S. Air Force, Gulf War. Stephanie Leet-Hall, U.S. Navy (ret.) and the Veterans Home Business Office Manager, was also recognized.

(L-R) Jean Hoopes, Audrey Ryder & Kathryn Comerford

We were also privileged to have Grace Dupriest, U.S. Navy, talk to the audience via Skype from Fort Gordon in Augusta Georgia about what it’s like to be a woman in the military today.

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Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home

On Tuesday, May 8, Hospice Plus held a hot dog cookout for the residents and staff at the Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham.

On Saturday, May 19, in honor of Armed Forces Day, the residents attended a Classic Car Show at the VA Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center.

Tuesday, June 12, was Women Veterans Day and the Veterans Home honored their Women Veterans with a luncheon. Sharon Luse, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1998–2002 as an Aviation Machinist Mate on F/A-18 jets, was the guest speaker. Following the presentation, the Women Veterans were presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Sharon Luse
(L-R) Nellie Bowman & Karen Yandell, C Wing Unit Manager | Robin Joslin, A Wing Unit Manager & Essie Esposito
(L-R) Brenda Clapp (Mrs. Lucher’s daughter), Carrie Lucher & Cynthia Ukhun, D Wing Unit Manager | Robin Joslin, A Wing Unit Manager & Gloria Mahle | Sandra Taylor (Mrs. Orndorff’s daughter) & Gail Orndorff

On Wednesday, June 13, the youth group from the Dodd City First Baptist Church visited the Veterans Home and delivered snacks to the residents. The residents enjoyed visiting with the children and were very appreciative of the snacks they received.

On Friday, June 29, the Veterans and other residents had a wonderful time attending the annual Pre-Independence Day cookout hosted by the VA Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center.

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Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home

On Wednesday, May 9, Texas Land Commissioner and VLB Chairman George P. Bush visited residents and staff at the Texas State Veterans Home in El Paso.

(L-R) Veterans Home Staff & Commissioner Bush | Edward Jacobson & Commissioner Bush

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Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home

During the week of May 13–19 the Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville participated in some friendly competition with three other Floresville long-term care homes in the Senior Olympics to celebrate Nursing Home Week.

Each care home hosted a whole day of games. The Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home had all kinds of games like grenade toss, sharp shooters, military tactics, steer roping and brain drain. This week of fun culminated in an awards ceremony and BBQ on Friday, May 18th at the park.

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Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home

The Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen celebrated Elderly Appreciation Day early in May and the residents had a great time!

Many thanks to the Activities Department staff and volunteers who brought flowers and cards on Friday, May 11, for the 29 mothers that live here at the Veterans Home in McAllen.

Tuesday, June 12 was Women Veterans Day and the Activities Department staff made beautiful corsages for our Women Veterans.

On Friday, June 29, Veteran residents from the Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen sat comfortably in the shade under the retractable awning provided by the Texas Veterans Land Board Mobile Benefits Center, which was one of several Veteran service organizations to participate in the 3rd Annual VA BBQ & Car Show at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Harlingen.

photos by Luis H. Loza Gutierrez

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William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home

The Texas State Veterans Home in Temple hosted an open house for Cinco de May on Friday, May 4.

A group of residents enjoyed an air show in May!

Later in May, some of the Veterans enjoyed some equine therapy thanks to REACH Therapeutic Riding Center in McGregor, Texas.

Veterans enjoying some pet therapy from The Dog Alliance. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are extremely snuggly and bring lots of love to our residents.

On Tuesday, June 12, the Veterans Home in Temple hosted a luncheon for our Women Veterans in honor of Women Veterans Day. The guest speaker was Latisha Wilson with the Camouflaged Sisters and coauthor of the book Behind the Rank Vol II. The red, white and blue silk floral arrangements were a gift for each of the Woman Veteran residents.

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Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home

On Friday, May 11, an ice cream cart was delivered to the Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler. Many thanks and appreciation to the generosity of those who contributed to our resident donation account. The cart was filled with a grand assortment of ice cream novelties that were enjoyed by all. Ice cream drumsticks and fudgesicles seemed to be the favorites. Ice cream puts a smile on everyone’s face.

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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.