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.

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…

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07/03/2019
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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
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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
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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

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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...

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06/25/2018
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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

11/16/2017
Hell or High Water Outdoors

Thank you for your service Isma Tally, and have a great day duck hunting!

Another beautiful day in Port Aransas duck hunting with US Army Veteran, Isma Talley on her first duck hunt.

https://texaswideopenforveterans.com/
11/13/2017
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https://texaswideopenforveterans.com/

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES TEXAS OPERATION WELCOME AND WE HIRE VETS WEB PORTAL

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently launched its rebranded web portal Texas Operation Welcome Home to better meet the employment needs of transitioning service members, recently separated veterans and military spouses. The portal includes information and web links to several employment and training initiatives for veterans and employers.

For more information on the Texas Operation Welcome Home web portal and the “We Hire Vets” program, visit www.texasoperationwelcomehome.com.

To all our Veterans, past, present, and future, thank you for your service!
11/10/2017

To all our Veterans, past, present, and future, thank you for your service!

Today, we honor and thank those that have served our country. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and bravery! 🇺🇸❤️💙❤️💙

Day is done God is nigh. Thankful for the service of Gen. Richard Cavazos.
10/31/2017
Texas Veterans Commission

Day is done God is nigh. Thankful for the service of Gen. Richard Cavazos.

Two Distinguished Service Crosses, a Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, five Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.

Rest in Peace to Gen. Richard Cavazos - the U.S. Army's first Hispanic four-star general - a Texas native and true military icon.

10/25/2017
About Us - Changes | TRICARE

Tricare will be going through changes soon. Please disseminate the attached checklist to your Servicemembers and their families.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits transition from a fiscal year October 1 - September 30 period to a calendar year period.

With the Jan. 1, 2018 changes to new stateside regions and contractors, you may need to update your payment option to guarantee continued payment of your TRICARE enrollment fees and monthly premiums.
There are currently three TRICARE regions in the United States. In the new year, TRICARE North and TRICARE South will combine to form TRICARE East. TRICARE West will largely remain the same. Humana Military will manage the East region contract. Health Net Federal Services, LLC will manage the West contract.

If you live in an area where a new regional contractor will be delivering services, you’ll need to update your payment information to go to your new regional contractor. This applies if you currently pay enrollment fees or premiums by electronic funds transfer from your checking or savings account or via a debit or credit card. Your new regional contractor will contact you with instructions on how to update your payment information.

You must proactively update your payment information to make sure payments start going to your new regional contactor and stop going to your previous regional contractor. This action will help you avoid disenrollment from TRICARE.
https://tricare.mil/changes

Explanation of Benefits (EOB) are going paperless. They will be available electronically only unless you specifically request to receive them by mail.

KHOU 11 News
10/15/2017
KHOU 11 News

KHOU 11 News

The card is a hard-copy photo ID eliminates the need to carry around documents with sensitive information.

Texas Veterans Commission
10/06/2017
Texas Veterans Commission

Texas Veterans Commission

"Supporters have called a national veterans ID card a simple way to honor veterans’ service and a way to help them prove their service status for non-federal activities."

If you're looking for a worthy cause to throw a little cash at...this looks pretty worthy! https://www.gofundme.com/vetr...
07/14/2017
Click here to support vetrans promise kept/ p.t.s.d. ride organized by luke reinhold

If you're looking for a worthy cause to throw a little cash at...this looks pretty worthy!
https://www.gofundme.com/vetrans-promise-kept-ptsd-ride

during the viet nam war a promise was made by two friends to go coast to coast in a covered wagon.if one did not come home the other would do the trip in honor of the fallen hero.1/2 of the trip was made 25 years ago and the viet nam survivor is 73 years old now,so 3 other vetrans are going along...

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight...Happy Birthday, America!
07/04/2017

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight...
Happy Birthday, America!

UPDATE: WE HAVE LOCATED A FAMILY MEMBER! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR SHARING AND CARING ABOUT COL. TRUSSELL.Searching for ...
05/19/2017

UPDATE: WE HAVE LOCATED A FAMILY MEMBER! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR SHARING AND CARING ABOUT COL. TRUSSELL.
Searching for family members of Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas C. Trussell. Col. Trussell passed way on Monday, May 15th, 2017 in Shelby County, Texas. Col. Trussell served in Vietnam from 1965-1967 and was at the Battle of Ap Gu. Burial cannot take place until we find family, or determine that no living family members exist. Please share this post.
Lt. Col Trussell served with the 1st battalion 26th infantry regiment in Vietnam. He was ordered to active duty from the Army Reserves. He received the National Defense Service medal, Combat Infantryman badge, Bronze Star (1st OLC), Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with device. He was my friend and a hero in my book. He needs to be laid to rest. Please share this post and help us locate any possible family members.

Scam Alert!!!
05/03/2017
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

Scam Alert!!!

SCAM ALERT: A FAKE phone line exists using (800-606-8198). This impostor line offers callers a $100 “rebate” if callers provide a credit card number. They do not state the caller has reached the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line. The FAKE number is very similar to the Veterans Choice Program’s CORRECT phone number. The correct number is 866-606-8198.

https://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/

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Wednesday 07:00 - 12:00

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