Governor Abbott Announces Federal Grant for Senior Citizen Meals

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults.

The grant was part of a $250 million dollar outlay authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. Originally created by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965, these programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults nationwide each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers.

“This grant is especially timely given the disproportionately high toll that COVID-19 has been taking on seniors around the world,” said Governor Abbott. “As social distancing measures increasingly and appropriately limit people’s social mobility, it is imperative that alternate means for feeding our state’s elderly like Meals on Wheels receive additional resources to handle the growing need.”

Texas will receive its proportional grant, $16,205,796, second only to California ($25 million) and Florida ($18 million) this week for further distribution to local meal providers.

Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/.

For more information about the Texas response to COVID-19, please visit https://texas.gov/#covid19/.

For more information about the Older Americans Act nutrition programs, please visit https://ACL.gov.

Original article here.

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GI Bill Fix Will Keep Funds Flowing During Pandemic

President Donald Trump on March 21 signed a bill into law that will ensure GI Bill benefits aren’t suspended for college programs forced to switch to distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without the bill, tuition, housing, and subsistence allowances might have had to be suspended when schools switch from classroom to distance learning formats.

The Air Force Association joined a coalition of organizations that signed a March 17 letter to the leaders House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees urging quick action. With well over 100 educational institutions shuttered and transitioning to online coursework due to the virus, a rapid fix was necessary, they wrote.

“While all students are affected by these course changes, many military-connected students face urgent and unique impacts regarding receipt of GI Bill benefits that are tied to specific types of course approval,” the letter said.

Read the whole article here.

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Nature of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The nature of the coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes and we must be alert about protecting and caring for our members. With this in mind, we are canceling our Membership Meeting for April 13 and will evaluate future meetings in late April.

We will rely on telephone, email and social media to communicate with our members since person-to-person contact is not the safest option. Our Membership Committee, Out Reach Committee and others will be calling our members at random to check on their welfare. We encourage you to reply to this message if you are needing help. Information concerning the corona virus and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control can be found at www.coronavirus.com.

We thank you for your patience, resilience and continued service to our great organization and country. Please be safe and practice the recommendations to protect yourself.

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Frisco Lakes Veterans Group Supports the Boys State and Girls State Programs

On December 3, 2019 the Frisco Lakes Veterans Group presented a program to members and residents of Frisco Lakes on their 2019 accomplishments. One of their proudest accomplishments was the support of both Texas Boys State and Bluebonnet Girls State.

Two of the 2019 delegates were invited to share their story on what attending the program meant to them. Karlene Stelling, Reedy High School, represented Girls State and Preston Cook, Legacy Christian High School, represented Boys State; both made compelling presentations.

Every year the Frisco American Legion, Peter J. Courcy, Post 178 and the Post Auxiliary Unit 178 coordinate, organize, and raise funds for students from the Frisco area High Schools to be able to attend these events in Austin.

Fred Rogers, Post Commander, said, “We are sincerely grateful for the support from this fine volunteer organization.”

Karlene Stelling at Frisco Lakes Veterans Group

Preston Cook at Frisco Lakes Veterans Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LEGION Act Signed Into Law

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

In July this year Congress passed the LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service) and President Trump signed the bill into law on July 30, 2019. One of the impacts from this law is that the American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government.

We BelieveThe Frisco American Legion, Peter J. Courcy Post, 178 serves Frisco and the North Texas community through Texas Boys State, Flag Education, School Programs, a statewide High School Oratorical Contest, and its regionally known Color Guard. It is actively engaged in assisting Frisco and North Texas Veterans.

11 things you need to know about the LEGION Act

For more information on membership please contact us, or you can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ALPOST178TX/

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Membership Drive at Frisco Gun Club

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9:00am – 3:00pm, we will be holding a Membership Drive at the Frisco Gun Club during their Vendor Day 2019 Event. Come out and enjoy demonstrations and giveaways at FGC, and be sure to stop by our table to find out more about what we do.

Current members can also renew their membership for the upcoming year.

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Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the firsthand accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may learn about veterans’ experiences in their own words to better understand the realities of war. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000, and the project is overseen and archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (LOC).

All veterans who reside in the 26th Congressional District are encouraged to register to be interviewed for the Veterans History Project. Interviews will be conducted every Tuesday at U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office.

You can sign up by submitting your interview request to Congressman Burgess’ office by mail, email, or by calling his district office at 940-497-5031. (If you are unsure of your residency, please check here.)

The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Cold War
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Grenada–History–American Invasion, 1983
  • Panama–History–American Invasion, 1989
  • Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • United Nations Operation in Somalia
  • Haiti–History–American intervention, 1994-1995
  • Operation Allied Force, 1999
  • Peacekeeping forces–Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Operation Joint Guardian, 1999-
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

In addition, U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) also are invited to share their valuable stories.

Note: This post does not constitute an endorsement of U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess on the part of the American Legion or its members.

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Purple Heart Social 2019

Come join the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee to celebrate and honor our Purple Heart Recipients. There will be food!! Thanks to our amazing sponsor Dr. Adeel Haq from Pain Management of North Dallas Texas. For more information please follow the link. Also, make sure you RSVP!!!!!

https://tockify.com/mayor.cheney/detail/18/1566601200000

Purple Heart Social 2019

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Recognition our Veterans Deserve – Badges of Honor

Collin County is honored to be called home by nearly 40,000 of our nation’s valiant veterans. As a Marine, ensuring my fellow servicemen and women receive the recognition they deserve for their sacrifice to our nation is incredibly important.

That’s why I’m excited to help local veterans obtain the military medals they earned in service to our country. On April 12, 2019 my office will host a Badges of Honor event to assist veterans and their families in beginning the military medal request process. Paperwork required by each military branch can be daunting, however my staff will be available to help TX-03 veterans and their loved ones complete the necessary forms.

The event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at my Collin County Office located at 5600 Tennyson Blvd, Suite 275, Plano, TX 75024 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

If you are interested in requesting your military medals or decorations, or those of a loved one, please RSVP online or call my Collin County office at (972) 202-4150.

It is an honor and privilege to serve you in the United States House of Representatives.

Semper Fidelis,

Van Taylor
Member of Congress

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Frisco Veterans Social 2019

You are invited to Frisco Mayor Cheney’s Veterans Social.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Frisco Fresh Market
9215 John W Elliot Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034

Veterans and their family members will be treated to 1 FREE RIDE and 1 FREE MEAL TICKET redeemable at the Frisco Fresh Market participating food vendors (while supplies last). Drinks will be cash bar. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

This is a casual opportunity to meet and reacquaint with other Veterans in Frisco.

If you haven’t registered, please RSVP here. https://tockify.com/mayor.cheney/detail/17/1553814000000

Mayor Cheney and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee look forward to seeing you.

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