Bastrop County Veterans Service Office

Bastrop County Veterans Service Office The Bastrop County Veterans Service Office provides veterans benefits counseling to veterans and their families or survivors to ensure they are aware and have the opportunity to apply for the federal, state and local benefits they may be eligible for.
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Bastrop Police Department
11/18/2020

Bastrop Police Department

American Legion Post 533
11/18/2020

American Legion Post 533

We are asking for a $2.00 donation for every food plate to help us maintain 51% non alcohol sales, in order to keep our new restaurant license. THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
11/17/2020

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

As we continue to find photos of the American service members who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, we are teaming up with veteran Facebook groups to help put a face to every name on The Wall. This week, we are asking you to help us find the photos of these four fallen service members from New York:

Otis James Hampton
Private First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY.
New York, New York
May 17, 1943 to November 17, 1965

David Quinones
Private First Class
C CO, 2ND BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY
New York, New York
October 13, 1946 to February 03, 1968

Cristobal Rivera-Cruz
Specialist Four
HHC, 2ND BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY.
New York, New York
February 14, 1951 to June 07, 1970

Hector David Oyola
Private First Class
B CO, 3RD BN, 1ST INFANTRY, 11TH INFANTRY BDE, AMERICAL DIV. ARMY
New York, New York
April 13, 1949 to August 14, 1970

Please share with your friends and Facebook groups.

If you have photos of any of these service members, or any service member listed on The Wall, submit them at: vvmf.org/wall-of-faces

Austin Veterans
11/17/2020

Austin Veterans

Austin area employers are hiring Veterans and their Family Members this week! Mayor Adler’s Office and the City of Austin are joining Workforce Solutions Capital Area, local institutions of higher education, state agencies, and nearly 50 local employers to connect you to careers and internships. This virtual hiring event takes place from 10am-4pm on Thu, Nov 19, 2020. Visit bit.ly/veteranfamilycareerweek to register. #veteranfamilycareerweek #austinjobs #veterans #studentveterans #milspouse #military #veteranjobs

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
11/17/2020

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Sisters by blood, now sisters-in-arms: Two sets of sisters graduate recruit training

Three days before her grandfather passed away, Ashley Valentine, 19, made a promise to carry on his legacy in the United States armed services. After deciding to join the Marine Corps, her sister Amber, 22, made the decision to enlist as well.

“After talking with the recruiter about how it would impact my life, I was committed,” Amber said. “I was ready to go no matter what.”

Amber waited for her sister to be approved medically before she went to recruit training. The Manassas, Va. natives both agreed that having each other to rely on through recruit training helped during some of their highest highs and lowest lows.

“I went through a moment during first phase where I received some bad news in a letter, and she was there to be a shoulder for me to lean on,” Amber said.

The two will not be attending Marine Combat Training together however - Ashley suffered a hip fracture prior to graduation and will be remaining on the island while she heals.

The two sisters both have faith and confidence in each other on the next step of their lives, despite being physically distant. After they complete Combat Training, Amber will continue on in the Communications field and Ashley will be certified as a Motor Transportation Operator.

“I know she’s going to be ok,” Ashley said of her sister. “She’s always been independent and I know she’s going to succeed in her career.”

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When Maria, Vanessa and Melissa Placido Jaramillo were young children, they made a pact to join the military together; yet it was their unbreakable bond that got them through the trials of recruit training.

The three sisters were born in Panama and moved to Las Vegas at a young age. Maria, 21, said she loved war movies growing up; When she saw “Tears of the Sun” for the first time, she said she was truly inspired to join the military. After learning about the ROTC program, she found her true motivation to become a Marine; to honor her family and give back the country who gave her so much.

Her other two sisters, identical twins Melissa and Vanessa, 22, were also in the ROTC program exploring their options of different branches, but it was their younger sister who first spoke with a Marine Corps recruiter.

During recruit training, it was friendly competition and daily positive affirmation that keep their relationship with each other strong, Melissa said.
“When one of us is lacking and the other is strong in that area, we always push each other to become to best we can be,” Melissa said.

“We have an unbreakable bond,” Maria said. “We are always together, but we know how to live separately. I know that my sisters will always be there for me, even when they are not physically with me.”

The three sisters have yet to find out what Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) they will be assigned, but are looking forward to what the Marine Corps has in store for them. Maria says she is excited to expand her knowledge of a new occupation while completing her education.

Melissa and Vanessa also both intend to complete their education, Melissa as a double major in Political Science and Medical Science, and Vanessa in Political Science and Legal Science. They all will become nationalized as American citizens.

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These five success stories of triumph and resilience may have come to Parris Island with different mindsets and from different backgrounds, but they will forever share the bond of becoming Marines side-by-side.

Bastrop County Sheriff's Office
11/16/2020

Bastrop County Sheriff's Office

Arlington National Cemetery
11/16/2020

Arlington National Cemetery

The 60-day public comment period for proposed changes to eligibility criteria for burial at Arlington National Cemetery ends today, November 16. Consideration will be given to all comments received by that date.

Information on the proposed revised eligibility criteria can be found here: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/About/Proposed-Revised-Eligibility-Criteria

To make an official public comment, please go to the Federal Register notice: federalregister.gov/d/2020-17801

U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser of Columbarium Court 8.

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2
11/14/2020

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2

Reminder that Bastrop County is still under a burn ban!

Navy vet celebrates Black vets at North Omaha museum
11/11/2020
Navy vet celebrates Black vets at North Omaha museum

Navy vet celebrates Black vets at North Omaha museum

Eric Ewing spent 20 years in the Navy, most of it as a hospital corpsman, taking care of the medical needs of sailors in naval hospitals and aboard ships in

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1
11/11/2020

Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1

As a proud employer of many veteran's we just want to say Thank You! We appreciate all you've done to make this great country of ours the home of the free and the land of the brave.

Tomorrow, November 11th, if you know a veteran, please take a minute today to reach out and tell them thanks.

Lee County Veterans Service Office
11/10/2020
Lee County Veterans Service Office

Lee County Veterans Service Office

In Honor of my Brothers and Sisters in Arms!
It began with an oath…
I raised my right hand and pledged to serve something greater than myself
The words have changed over the years but the commitment remains the same
service to the people of the United States
I live by a creed that reads in part...
I am a warrior...I serve my country...
I will protect their welfare...I am prepared to die in their defense...
I will never surrender...I will never leave a fallen comrade...
I shall fight on...though I be the lone survivor
I will trust in my God...and in my country...
The uniform has changed over the years but the symbolism remains the same
Dedication and service to the nation
I have felt joy...pain...sorrow...frustration...boredom...fear...
I was often cold...hungry...wet...over worked...seldom thanked
often glorified...often vilified...
sometimes scorned and despised by the very people I have sworn to protect
I have seen peace
And I have seen war
I’ve spent holidays alone and far from home
and served in remote areas of the world
From Lexington and Concord, to the desert sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan
I am a Veteran and I am proud that I served.

Happy Veterans Day!

Act Now: Open Season Is UnderwayTRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season are happening now and run through M...
11/10/2020
Act Now: TRICARE Open Season Starts Today | TRICARE

Act Now: Open Season Is Underway

TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season are happening now and run through Monday, Dec. 14.
If you’re enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select, TRICARE Open Season applies to you. This is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change your health plan for next year. Your enrollment choices will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
Enrolling in a Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plan may help you get the dental or vision care you need. If eligible, your chance to do so is now during Federal Benefits Open Season, which also runs from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. If you enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season, your FEDVIP coverage will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
To learn more, read the latest articles about TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.

https://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/11_09_2020_Act_Now_TRICARE_Open_Season_Starts

TRICARE Open Season begins today, Monday, Nov. 9 and ends Monday, Dec. 14.

National Memorial Day Concert (PBS)
11/09/2020

National Memorial Day Concert (PBS)

Veterans Day is only two days away. On Wednesday, we plan to join the virtual event at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to honor all those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom and to thank their families. Check out our page or the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation - KWVMF page at 2 p.m. ET for a livestream of the event. #MemDayPBS #VeteransDay #Veterans #ThankYou

11/09/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Happy Birthday Marines

Join Commandant Gen. David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black as we celebrate the 245th birthday of our Corps.

One Shot Distillery
11/09/2020

One Shot Distillery

Come by and enjoy a pint on us! Your service is greatly appreciated! 🍺🇺🇸
#veteransday #veteranownedbusiness
#osdtx #craftdistillery #craftbrewery
#drippingspringstx #drippingsprings #dstx
#fitzhughdistrict #texasveterans #do512

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Tuesday 08:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 12:00

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Fellow Veterans and Expatriots! Seventeen (17) years ago today on June 28th, 2005 the below Heroes were killed in Operation Red Wings. Please know that we at Salt of the Earth USA engraved All of their the names on the walls of the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida… *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson Cupertino, California - Age 29 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz Littleton, Colorado - Age 25 - U.S. Navy: OEF * Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan New Orleans, Louisiana - Age 36 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Staff Sergeant Shamus O. Goare, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Danville, Ohio - Age 29 - U.S. Army: OEF *Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Clarks Grove, Minnesota - Age 35 - U.S. Army: OEF *Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy Exeter, New Hampshire - Age 36 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Sergeant Kip A. Jacoby, 160th SOAR (Airborne)Night Stalkers Pompano Beach, Florida - Age 21 - U.S. Army: OEF *Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen San Diego, California - Age 33 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas Corbett, Oregon - Age 33 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael M. McGreevy Jr. Portville, New York - Age 30 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Sergeant 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Shelbyville, Indiana - Age 33 - U.S. Army: OEF *Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, (Medal of Honor Recipient) Patchogue, New York - Age 29 - U.S. Navy Reserve: OEF *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Shane Patton Boulder City, Nevada - Age 22 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Master Sergeant James W. "TrT" Ponder III, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Franklin, Tennessee - Age 36 - U.S. Army: OEF *Major Stephen C. Reich, 160th SOAR (Airborne)Night Stalkers Washington Depot, Connecticut - Age 34 - U.S. Army: OEF *Sergeant 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Stafford, Virginia - Age 31 - U.S. Army: OEF *Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 160th SOAR (Airborne) Night Stalkers Jacksonville, Florida - Age 40 - U.S. Army: OEF *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh Deerfield Beach, Florida - Age 28 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor Midway, West Virginia - Age 30 - U.S. Navy: OEF To view the Names that have been engraved on the walls of the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida., click on http://bit.ly/1PhYxN4. To know about the Purpose and Mission of Salt of the Earth USA click on http://bit.ly/13YCWE4. "To be killed in a war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst." Pierre Claeyssens (1909–2003) Respectfully, Gene E.F. (Gene) Sweeney USAF Vietnam Veteran Salt of the Earth USA www.saltoftheearthusa.org Cum Deo ad Finem
Fellow Veterans and Patriots! June 28th, 2005 All those marked with * were killed in Operation Red Wings and we engraved their names on the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida… Today is June 28th, Angel Day Tribute, please review and select a Name(s) from the below list of Fallen Heroes who were Killed or died on this day in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Please donate to have their name(s) engraved on the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida. To donate click on link in the below. (listed alphabetically by last name) 2003 Sergeant Timothy M. Conneway Enterprise, Alabama - Age 22 - U.S. Army: OIF Specialist Kelvin Feliciano Gutierrez Anasco, Puerto Rico - Age 21 - U.S. Army: OEF 2005 June 28, 2005 All those marked with * were killed in Operation Red Wings and we engraved their names on the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida… *Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson Cupertino, California - Age 29 - U.S. Navy: OEF Specialist Rafael A. "T. J." Carrillo Jr. Boys Ranch, Texas - Age 21 - U.S. Army: OIF *Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz Littleton, Colorado - Age 25 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan New Orleans, Louisiana - Age 36 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Staff Sergeant Shamus O. Goare Danville, Ohio - Age 29 - U.S. Army: OEF *Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature Clarks Grove, Minnesota - Age 35 - U.S. Army: OEF Specialist Robert E. Hall Jr. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Age 30 - U.S. Army Reserve: OIF *Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy Exeter, New Hampshire - Age 36 - U.S. Navy: OEF Sergeant Manny Hornedo Brooklyn, New York - Age 27 - U.S. Army National Guard: OIF *Sergeant Kip A. Jacoby Pompano Beach, Florida - Age 21 - U.S. Army: OEF *Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen San Diego, California - Age 33 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas Corbett, Oregon - Age 33 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Lieutenant Michael M. McGreevy Jr. Portville, New York - Age 30 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Sergeant 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles Shelbyville, Indiana - Age 33 - U.S. Army: OEF *Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Patchogue, New York - Age 29 - U.S. Navy Reserve: OEF *Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Shane Patton Boulder City, Nevada - Age 22 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Master Sergeant James W. "TrT" Ponder III Franklin, Tennessee - Age 36 - U.S. Army: OEF *Major Stephen C. Reich Washington Depot, Connecticut - Age 34 - U.S. Army: OEF *Sergeant 1st Class Michael L. Russell Stafford, Virginia - Age 31 - U.S. Army: OEF *Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach Jacksonville, Florida - Age 40 - U.S. Army: OEF *Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh Deerfield Beach, Florida - Age 28 - U.S. Navy: OEF *Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor Midway, West Virginia - Age 30 - U.S. Navy: OEF 2006 Corporal Aaron M. Griner (We engraved his name on the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida) Tampa, Florida - Age 24 - U.S. Army: OEF Private 1st Class Rex A. Page Kirksville, Missouri - Age 21 - U.S. Marine: OIF 2007 Sergeant William W. Crow Jr. Grandview Plaza, Kansas - Age 28 - U.S. Army: OIF Private 1st Class Cory F. Hiltz La Verne, California - Age 20 - U.S. Army: OIF Sergeant Shin W. Kim Fullerton, California - Age 23 - U.S. Army: OIF Sergeant Michael J. Martinez Chula Vista, California - Age 24 - U.S. Army: OIF Sergeant Giann C. Joya Mendoza North Hollywood, California - Age 27 - U.S. Army: OIF Specialist Dustin L. Workman II Greenwood, Nebraska - Age 19 - U.S. Army: OIF 2009 Sergeant Timothy A. David Gladwin, Michigan - Age 28 - U.S. Army: OIF Private Steven T. Drees Peshtigo, Wisconsin - Age 19 - U.S. Army: OEF 2011 Lance Corporal John F. Farias New Braunfels, Texas - Age 20 - U.S. Marine: OEF Lance Corporal Mark R. Goyet Sinton, Texas - Age 22 - U.S. Army: OEF Staff Sergeant Donald V. Stacy Avondale, Arizona - Age 23 - U.S. Army: OEF 2013 Sergent Justin R. Rogers Barton, New York - Age 25 - U.S. Army: OEF To view the Names that have been engraved on the walls of the 9.11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida., click on http://bit.ly/1PhYxN4. For those that can, please make a donation to continue to the Purpose and Mission and to Help defray the cost of the engraving of names of Our Fallen Heroes who have been killed in the War On Terrorism, click on http://bit.ly/13YCWE4. "To be killed in a war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst." Pierre Claeyssens (1909–2003) Respectfully, Gene E.F. (Gene) Sweeney USAF Vietnam Veteran Salt of the Earth USA www.saltoftheearthusa.org Cum Deo ad Finem
Save the Date! If you will be in the Tyler, TX area on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, veterans and military personnel are invited to this FREE event. Veteran/Military personnel are welcome to invite one guest. The link for tickets will be up towards the middle of summer. Watch the East Texas Veterans Alliance FB for updates. Thanks!
Please take a look at my veterans website. www.AllAboutVets.us Help me add more pictures of vets to the site. Email me a picture of you or a family member with Name, branch of service, rank, where the picture was taken and approximate date of picture. Please one person per picture if possible. If you know of a veteran's event, regardless of size or where in the world it's happening send me a email about it. I'll add it to the calendar. You can like my page All About Vets.