Gregg County Veterans Services Office Director Kevin Marshall and Smith County Veterans Services Office Director Mike Roark talk about the most common misconceptions and most common questions they get from veterans.
On Thursday evening, several of the honorees and their family members flew into Tyler for the event. They were welcomed by cheers and applause from a crowd that included the TJC Apache Belles, members of law enforcement, and many East Texas veterans.
Friday was the first meeting for the Andrews Center Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force, where different resources from all across East Texas collaborated on the topic of suicide as the trend increases.
“Lieutenant General Whiddon proved that with hard work and dedication you can begin a journey in a small town like Joaquin and follow the roads to carry you all over the world,” said Joaquin Mayor Jessie Griffith.
Second Leutenant David Murrel Lewis was killed in action about 80 years ago. It wasn't until last year that he was identified. Friday, his remains were flown back to Texas for services in Sulphur Springs over the weekend.
The “canstruction” was made possible by donations from Humana as part of a food drive sponsored by the company. Over 1600 cans were used to complete the model which was created to promote awareness of veteran food insecurity.
An East Texas man honorably served his country in the Vietnam war, but on the occasion of his death, he had no one to mark his service to this country. A group of Longview veterans would not allow this veteran to go without honors.
Veterans in attendance will include Medal of Honor recipients, veterans who fought at Okinawa, and Desmond Doss, Jr., whose father, World War II Combat Medic Pfc. Desmond Doss, was the subject of the 2016 movie “Hacksaw Ridge”.
It sits in the air with the greatest of ease, but according to Lone Star Wing Commemorative Air Force Wing Leader Travis Keeney, that’s because they did the hard stuff years ago. But first they had to get the plane.