May 27, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Press Release
* Updated July 8, 2019 with San Angelo contact information from Concho Valley Homepage press release validated by TVC Officer. *
Governor Greg Abbott today attended an event to honor fallen military heroes and thank Texas veterans at the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) headquarters in Austin. The Governor was joined by Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Chairman Al Cantu, Texas VFW State Junior Vice Commander Richard "Dick" Shawver, and veterans from across Texas.
At the Memorial Day event, the Governor announced the release of a special Texas edition of the Vietnam War 50th commemoration book, a gift for all Texas veterans who served in the Vietnam War. The book, entitled A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice, chronicles the events of the time and details the heroic actions of American soldiers. Additionally, it provides modern day reflections of veterans and pays tribute to all who served in Vietnam.
“Today and every day, we must honor the veterans and fallen heroes who bravely defended our freedoms on the battlefield,” said Governor Abbott. “As our nation continues to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, this book is a symbol of a grateful state and nation. However, this book is not simply a tribute to the heroic service of the veterans and fallen heroes of the Vietnam War. It is also a reminder of our duty as Americans to ensure that veterans have access to the support they have earned. That is why I encourage veterans throughout Texas to apply for and claim the state and federal benefits and support available to them. On behalf of the state of Texas, I extend my deepest gratitude to our Vietnam veterans and to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces.”
The commemoration book is part of a broader initiative to encourage all Vietnam veterans to apply for and claim their state and federal veteran benefits and entitlements. All Texas veterans who served in the Vietnam War are eligible to receive a free copy of the book as a sign of gratitude for their service and sacrifice. Vietnam veterans throughout Texas are especially encouraged to visit their nearest TVC Claims Benefit Advisor or call 1-800-252-VETS to find the nearest facility. TVC advisors can also assist veterans in all matters pertaining to veterans' state and federal disability benefits and entitlements.
When a veteran picks up their book, they will have the opportunity to provide their information on-site to TVC advisors and begin the process of claiming their rightful benefits and support resources. The commemorative books are currently available at the following locations, with more locations being added in the future:
In the San Angelo area, Vietnam era veterans may pick up their copy from the Texas Veterans Commission Claims office located at 4825 Grape Creek Road in San Angelo. Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive this free book. To contact the San Angelo office to check on the availability of this book, call 325-655-9717.
Other TVC Offices are listed below:
TVC Waco Regional Office
701 Clay Avenue
Waco, TX 76799
Phone: (254) 299-9944
Houston Regional Office
6900 Almeda Rd
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 383-2727
Central TX Veterans Health Care System
Olin E. Teague Center
1901 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Bldg. 208 Rm. 119
Temple, TX 76504
Phone: (254) 743-0549
8503 N. IH 35
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 834-8535
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Thank you for participating in the 2nd annual 50th Vietnam War Commemoration programs hosted by the EC-47 History Site Commemorative Partner Program committee members. There were record crowds at the Vietnam Veterans Day ceremonies at Goodfellow AFB and the 2nd Annual Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 572 at the Angelo State University LeGrand Visitors and Alumni Center. We are already planning for 2020.
Photos taken by Carl Bradley Faith in a Flash Photography at all three events have been uploaded to the new Vietnam Veterans Day 2019 gallery listed under the Photos/Videos menu. The gallery opens with a Goodfellow AFB News video and print stories for the Fritz Military Working Dog Kennels dedication and the Hanoi Hilton commemorative brick presentation. Photos from the Commemoration ceremony at the LeGrand Center are all available in the photo section at the bottom of that gallery. Click HERE or the above photo to link directly to the new photo gallery.
Please send along any comments you would like to share with our Commemorative Partners who organized the events.
Once again, thank you for your service, valor and sacrifice.