Organizations team up to honor area veterans

Nov. 8, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.

To all veterans and their families: Whether you are a veteran of an armed conflict or not, your willingness to sign that "blank check" and give it to Uncle Sam, allowing him to fill it in up to and including your life to protect and defend the United States of America should be celebrated every day, not on just that one day in November.

However, Veterans Day is that day, and we will celebrate your service in a special way.

Warrior's Weekend, along with the Victoria VA Clinic, are going to try and make this Veterans Day special for all of our military heroes.

Warrior's Weekend is sponsoring a free luncheon at the Victoria VFW Hall, 2001 Lova Drive, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all local veterans and their spouses.

This also includes the widows/widowers of all veterans in our area.

Along with the great luncheon prepared by Warrior's Weekend volunteers, there will be vendors who offer services to all veterans along with a program featuring William W. McLemore, a public affairs officer and veterans advocate of the VISN 17 Heart of Texas VA Healthcare Network in Austin.

McLemore served three combat tours in Vietnam and should offer some great insight into what is in store for the future of VA health care in our area. A question and answer session will follow.

Warrior's Weekend was founded to enhance the lives of heroes affected by the Global War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This past May we entertained more than 360 of these heroes, plus about 150 family members, at our event in Victoria and Port O'Connor.

Our goal in 2012 is to serve more than 400 heroes plus family members. By the grace of God and our donors, we'll achieve this lofty goal.

We have, however, reached out to veterans of all eras in many ways, and this is one of them.

We have not forgotten the sacrifice made by all of our veterans and their families.

This is the second year Warrior's Weekend has held this free luncheon along with the local VA Clinic and all who attended enjoyed the first year.

We believe that the same will occur this year so please plan to attend the parade and then come to the VFW Hall and enjoy a great lunch, fellowship with other veterans, visit the booths of the organizations present and receive some great information from McLemore. Although we have asked veterans to pick up free tickets to the luncheon at the VA Clinic, the VFW, Victoria Harley-Davidson, from any military organization or my office at 3603 Miori Lane, no veteran nor his/her spouse or widow will be turned away.

Please don't hesitate to call me at 361-572-0001 or 361-550-0187 with any questions, remember that this is all free to veterans, their spouses and widows (if you are babysitting, bring 'em) and we hope to see all of you there.

This is the day set aside to celebrate your service, and Warrior's Weekend along with the fine folks at the Victoria VA Clinic intend to see that it is very special.

Ron Kocian is the president of Warrior's Weekend.



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