Shelby County Veterans Network

Shelby County Veterans Network Meeting the needs of Shelby County Veterans and their families.
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Purpose: To make the community aware of any extenuating circumstances or need that our Veterans or surviving Veteran spouses may be facing. To give the Shelby County community an opportunity to bless a Veteran or his/her family in a time of need or crisis. Goal: To meet the needs of our local Veterans or surviving Veteran Spouses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
03/28/2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Thanks to U.S. Office of Personnel Management, VA is inviting retired medical personnel back to work to help us deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please help us spread the word.

03/28/2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

We are in the middle of 15 Days To Slow The Spread. Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones.

03/28/2020
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

The Under Secretary for Benefits Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D, will host a tele-townhall for Veterans in Texas on March 31, 4-5 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to join for an update on the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsincluding more about the COVID19 response, launch of Blue Water Navy Act, and Solid Start program, along with other new initiatives.

Attendee Phone Number: 844-227-7557. Tele-townhall callers will be able to learn more about each subject area by following the instructions for prompts on the call.

03/20/2020
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott

#TexasVeterans
Texans are always prepared to respond to challenges. Thank you to our medical professionals who are working on the front lines to combat #COVID19 and to Texans for practicing smart hygiene habits and social distancing. Remember – if you can, just stay home

#TexasVeterans can #StayHomeTexas and still receive assistance from the Texas Veterans Commission through virtual means. Start with a phone call for Claims, Healthcare & Employment assistance.

Listing of services is by city https://tvc.texas.gov/about/office-locations/ .

Texans are always prepared to respond to challenges. Thank you to our medical professionals who are working on the front lines to combat #COVID19 and to Texans for practicing smart hygiene habits and social distancing. Remember – if you can, just stay home.

03/19/2020

Shelby County Veterans Service Office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Veterans needing assistance can call (936)598-6530 Monday thru Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm.
We regret the inconvenience, however, our main concern is for the health and wellbeing of our community members.

Louie Gohmert
03/16/2020
Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has created a new website specifically designed to answer #veterans questions re: #coronavirus. Visit the website, here:

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
03/15/2020

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

Possible change to surgical & other services: The Shreveport VA hospital is postponing some elective surgeries and non-emergency procedures beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The postponements are on a case-by-case basis. Not all surgeries or procedures will be postponed.

#Veterans Stay Informed. Check out this link to useful internet links and other info: https://www.shreveport.va.gov/features/COVID_19.asp
We are committed to your safety during this public health emergency. If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms like those on the CDC website, do not go to the hospital. Instead, call for instructions:
• 318-990-5000
• 800-644-8370
@KSLANews12 @NBC6News @KTBS3 @TexarkanaGazette @knoe8news @ktve10kard14 @thenewsstar @monroefreepress @newsjournal @kytxcbs19 @newsmessenger @TexarkanaGazette @KLTV7News @KETK NBC @NBC6News

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
03/10/2020

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

Attention Veterans!
To ensure patient safety, please allow additional time when you arrive for your appointments at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. We are implementing screening measures for signs of respiratory illness and exposure to COVID-19. Click the link:

https://www.shreveport.va.gov/SHREVEPORT/features/COVID_19.asp

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
03/10/2020

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

ALERT: Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, call us at 713-794-8985, before you visit your Houston VA or CBOC. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging. Visitors, if you do not feel well, please postpone your visit.

Beginning Monday, March 9, 2020, we will be SCREENING ALL Veterans, visitors, and employees who enter our main medical center and CBOCs.

The screening consists of three questions:
1. Do you have a fever, cough, or other flu-like symptoms?
2. Have you traveled to China, Japan, Italy, Iran, South Korea, OR other countries/regions known to have positive cases of coronavirus in the last 14 days?
3. Have you been in close contact with someone, including health care workers, confirmed to have the coronavirus disease?

Our main goals are to protect our staff and uninfected patients and limit the spread of COVID-19 transmission. We know that screening all who enter our facility will slow down our operations, but it is the right thing to do to protect the health and safety of all.

02/07/2020
Texas Veterans Commission

Richard A. Anderson Texas State Veterans Home grand opening.

Location: Houston, Texas

#TrekkingWithTVC

We are on location in Houston Texas and we are at the Richard A. Anderson Texas State Veterans Home where the Texas VLB is hosting a grand opening event!

Address: 14041 Cottingham Rd. Houston, Texas 77048

Phone: (346) 293-9600

Link to all Veterans Homes in Texas:

https://vlb.texas.gov/forms/vethomes/veterans-home-admission-application.pdf

Local Disabled Veteran in need of someone to take a look at and trouble shoot 8N tractor. Tractor will not start. Anyone...
12/29/2019

Local Disabled Veteran in need of someone to take a look at and trouble shoot 8N tractor. Tractor will not start. Anyone willing to help, please pm me for contact info.

Shelby County Veterans Service Office is honored to serve those who served! Thank you all for your service!
11/11/2019

Shelby County Veterans Service Office is honored to serve those who served! Thank you all for your service!

Mr. Eddins was a dear friend, a proud Veteran, and strong patriot. I will sure miss his visits to my office.
08/19/2019
Obituary for Jimmy Ray Eddins at Taylor Funeral Home

Mr. Eddins was a dear friend, a proud Veteran, and strong patriot. I will sure miss his visits to my office.

Jimmy Ray Eddins, 79, of Center, Texas, passed away on August 17, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Born, June 18, 1940, in San Augustine, Texas to the late Willis Harvel Eddins and Glendon Adelle Parrish Eddins. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10 AM at East

7,500 boots are on display at Fort Bragg to honor US service members killed since 9/11
07/29/2019
7,500 boots are on display at Fort Bragg to honor US service members killed since 9/11

7,500 boots are on display at Fort Bragg to honor US service members killed since 9/11

The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week

Shelby and San Augustine County Vietnam Veterans please contact the Shelby County Veterans Service Office @ 936-598-6530...
07/11/2019
State of Texas giving special Vietnam War book to veterans for free

Shelby and San Augustine County Vietnam Veterans please contact the Shelby County Veterans Service Office @ 936-598-6530.

More than 500,000 Texans served in the Vietnam War and now, governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Veterans Commission are saying thank you with a book. It’s called “A Time to Honor: Storie…

Light and Champion
07/03/2019
Light and Champion

Light and Champion

Vietnam Veterans may receive a free copy of book "A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice" thanks to Gov. Gregg Abbott - please click for details:

Agent Orange Memorial Project
05/27/2019

Agent Orange Memorial Project

This little guy wanted to set up a Fallen Soldiers table in the cemetery, and he wasn't allowed to, so he set one up across the street OORAH!!

U.S. Army Reserve
05/27/2019

U.S. Army Reserve

A day of remembrance

Today, we remember and honor all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

#HonorThem #MemorialDay

Great support for our Veterans! Thank you Center Motor Company!
05/22/2019
Light and Champion

Great support for our Veterans! Thank you Center Motor Company!

FREE LUNCH!!! ---- When, where and why? - please click for details on what one Center business is planning on Memorial Day ....

Click here to support Funeral experiences for John West, Vietnam Vet organized by Scott Meador
05/21/2019
Click here to support Funeral experiences for John West, Vietnam Vet organized by Scott Meador

Click here to support Funeral experiences for John West, Vietnam Vet organized by Scott Meador

John West of Tyler Texas passed away Saturday night 5/18 in his sleep. John was a veteran of Vietnam and served in both the Army and Air Force. Unfortunately, his family does not have the funds for his final arrangements. Anything that you can give would be greatly appreciated and all funds will...

UPDATE: FINAL EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL.SEEKING DONATIONS FOR CREMATIONIt is with a heavy heart that I announce...
04/12/2019

UPDATE: FINAL EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN PAID IN FULL.

SEEKING DONATIONS FOR CREMATION
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Kenneth Johnson Sr. As you may well recall we (the Shelby County community and compassionate donors from all across the United States) raised a home for the Johnson's in 2014. A home Kenneth very much enjoyed and appreciated in his last days. Kenneth served in the USAF as an operating room medical technician from 1963-1967. He was a patriot through and through. If you followed the Johnson's Project, you know that Kenneth was a man of little financial means. Today I am asking for financial contributions to pay for his cremation. If you'd like to donate, please direct your donations to Mangum Funeral Home, 420 San Augustine St, Center, TX 75935. All donations are most appreciated.
Thanks,
Sherry

FEDERAL CIRCUIT DECIDES IN FAVOR OF BLUE WATER NAVY VETERANS: PROCOPIO V. WILKIE ***Blue Water has not been approved by ...
01/30/2019
Federal Circuit Decides in Favor of Blue Water Navy Veterans: Procopio v. Wilkie | CCK Law

FEDERAL CIRCUIT DECIDES IN FAVOR OF BLUE WATER NAVY VETERANS: PROCOPIO V. WILKIE
***Blue Water has not been approved by the VA yet. The Federal Govt, i.e. VA has 60 days to appeal this 9-2 ruling.***
https://cck-law.com/news/federal-circuit-decides-in-favor-Blue-Water-navy-vets

The Federal Circuit issued a decision in favor of Blue Water Navy veterans, including them under the presumption of herbicide agent exposure.

Mr Woodhatch is in desperate need of an RV. An account has been set up to aid him on getting back on his feet at Shelby ...
12/24/2018
Light and Champion

Mr Woodhatch is in desperate need of an RV. An account has been set up to aid him on getting back on his feet at Shelby Savings Bank in Center.
Anyone who would like to help out may make a deposit to an account in his name and account number 0181433300,

Shelby County man's life saved by dog; home, contents lost in fire

Please share.
12/16/2018

Please share.

This bench was stolen from a U.S. Veteran's graveside in Bateman Cemetery in Red Rock, Texas. Please share this like crazy and make it go viral. It was hand made by the Veteran's friend for him and his widow is beside herself over its loss. How low can you be to steal from a cemetery? Put it back and no questions will be asked!

11/11/2018
Community Impact Newspaper
11/01/2018
Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper

Central Texas agency to increase toll rates in January, sets rate for SH 45 SW

SFA’s Veterans Resource Center Sponsoring Social Event
09/06/2018
SFA’s Veterans Resource Center Sponsoring Social Event

SFA’s Veterans Resource Center Sponsoring Social Event

September 4, 2018 Nacogdoches — Military veterans, ROTC members and their guests are invited to attend a social for community veterans, sponsored by Stephen F. Austin State University’s Veterans Resource Center, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Maklemore’s Ale House and Bistro, loc...

Light and Champion
06/25/2018
Light and Champion

Light and Champion

The Shelby County Veterans Service Office will administer a $20,000.00 grant awarded by Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans Assistance. The grant funds will reimburse drivers who transport Veterans or their family members who are qualified to use VA medical facilities, to and from medical appointments at Overton Brooks VAMC, Charles Wilson OPC, Longview TX CBOC, or Michael E DeBakey in Houston. Drivers cannot be related to the Veteran. Veterans who qualify for reimbursement of travel by VA are not eligible to use this grant.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;At the going down ...
05/25/2018

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.~ Laurence Binyon

01/20/2018
www.dfas.mil

Active military, Reserve and National Guard members will be paid on time for pay entitlements earned Jan. 19 or earlier. Military members cannot be paid for duty performed after the expiration of the Continuing Resolution Authority on Jan. 19. Once a CRA or another appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of military pay will resume.

Military retirees and annuitants are not paid from appropriations, so those payments will continue as scheduled. https://www.dfas.mil/

FYI
01/20/2018
Stars and Stripes

FYI

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government.

Help Oppose New VA Privatization Attempt. "This bill is predicated on several flawed premises and, if enacted, would hav...
11/29/2017
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

Help Oppose New VA Privatization Attempt.
"This bill is predicated on several flawed premises and, if enacted, would have immediate and permanent negative consequences for millions of veterans who choose and rely on VA health care. The consensus among veterans who use the VA health care system is for Congress and VA to improve, not dismantle, the system specifically designed to care for their service-connected injuries and illnesses. Veterans who rely on VA for their health care needs are older, sicker, higher users of health care, and less socioeconomically well-off than nonveterans. This bill would increase cost and reduce quality of care for the most vulnerable segment of our veteran population.

The congressmen are dangling promises of better access and care while stripping funding from VA health accounts to pay outside providers at far greater costs, and with zero guarantee of better access or quality. It took years for the internal problems of VA to boil over, yet some politicians and their surrogates continue to believe they have a solution when in fact all they want to do is shift an inherent government responsibility to a civilian marketplace that also has weaknesses and limited capabilities. Private care has waiting lists, it cannot match the continuity and continuum of care VA provides, and it does not have the institutional knowledge and ability to address every malady that wounded, ill and injured veterans ages 18-110 might have.

If Congress cannot afford to take care of our veterans, then Congress should quit creating them. I hope you agree and call on you to publicly denounce the Veterans Empowerment Act, and any other proposals like it."

Visit http://capwiz.com/vfw/issues/alert/?alertid=79204626 and scroll down to send an email opposing this bill.

Help Oppose New VA Privatization Attempt

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Historic Courthouse
Center, TX
75935

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(936) 598-6530

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