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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Denton County Veteran Service Office Opens 6th Permanent Location

The Denton County Veteran Service office is proud to announce a sixth permanent location for Veterans Service. The Commissioner Court approved location at the Frisco Government Center rounds out permanent services in all Precincts of Denton County. The office in Frisco is located in the Frisco Government Center, 5533 FM 423 in Suite 801. The Frisco Office as well as the offices in the Southwest Courthouse and the Sandy Jacobs Government Center will have available services every Friday.

In addition to our 3 Friday locations we continue to serve Veterans and their Families in the Denton County Government Center, Precinct 3 Government Center and Texas Veterans Commission services are available at the Denton County Veteran Center. All locations are by appointment, scheduled though our main office by calling 940-349-2950. Appointments in the Veteran Center scheduled by calling 940-566-5851 ext. 113.

We have received positive feedback for our scheduled appointment system versus the old “arrival and wait process”. We do have limited walk-in services for emergencies in the Mary & Jim Horn Government Center, or special needs situations. A scheduled appointment is our best way to provide superior customer service, keeping with the motto of “Providing customer service to our Veterans and family members with an attitude of gratitude”.

Services include assisting in:
Compensation/Military Disability
Non-Service Connected Pension
Appeal to Board of Veterans Appeals
VA Healthcare Enrollment
Texas Veterans Land Board
Education Benefits Summary
Vocational Rehab Benefits
VA Debt Waiver
Requesting Military Records
Review of Military Discharge
DVA Life Insurance Claim
Burial Benefits
Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loan
Widow’s Benefits

All Locations and addresses:
Denton County Government Center, 1505 E. McKinney St. Suite 151, Denton, TX 75065
Precinct 3 Government Center, 400 North Valley Pkwy Suite 1134 Lewisville, TX 75067
Frisco Government Center, 5533 FM 423 Suite 801, Frisco, TX 75034
Sandy Jacobs Government Center, 1029 West Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75007
Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls Dr., Flower Mound, TX 76226
Denton County Veteran Center, 400 S. Carroll Blvd. Suite 2000, Denton, TX 76201

Hugh Emerson Coleman
Denton County Commissioner
Precinct One
Office 940-349-2810

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American Legion Post 178 to Host State Oratory Finals in Frisco

On President’s Day Weekend, the top student orators in the state will arrive in Frisco in hopes of winning the top honors in the annual Oratorical Competition of the American Legion, Department of Texas.

Over the 23 Legion districts of Texas, students have been competing with their presentation of original speeches on the subject of the U.S. Constitution. Each of the 23 districts selected a winner to send to one of the four Legion division contests. Now, the top speakers from those divisions have reached the penultimate round, and will vie on President’s Day in front of a distinguished judging panel to be named state champion. $5,000 in scholarship prizes will be awarded across the four state finalists.

The competition will take place at the Frisco ISD Administration building in the Boardroom. Orators were required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government, and have been using this oratory throughout the competition. There is an additional element of the contest where a student must deliver extemporaneous remarks over one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and the specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.

After winning on President’s Day, the 2019 Texas state champion will then advance to the National Competition in Indianapolis to compete against 54 other students from across the U.S., for a pool of $160,000 in scholarships.

American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 of Frisco is proud to have been selected to host the state competition for 2019. “It is a distinct honor for Post 178 to be chosen to host this highly-renowned contest,” observes Post Commander Fred Rogers.

Many volunteers from Post 178 and American Legion Auxiliary 178 are assisting with mounting the competition, as well as with a banquet for the finalists and their families on the night before the contest. During the weekend of the finals, Post 178 and the Frisco area will be host to many state officials and dignitaries from the Legion Department of Texas

The competition is open to the public, and begins at 9:00 am on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco, Texas 75035. Admission is free.

Learn more about the State Oratorical Competition at https://txlegion.org/programs/oratorical/.

 

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The VA and FCC Continue to Team Up to Combat Illegal Robocalls

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families.

Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America’s Veterans – some even claiming to be VA representatives.

We know that scam activity increases during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so the FCC and VA urge you to be vigilant. We offer the following tips to help you avoid unwanted calls and scams.

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or suspicious calls.
  • Be sure to set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
  • Register your number on the Do Not Call List to block calls from legitimate telemarketers.
  • Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone.

Please help spread the word about robocall fraud among those who may need assistance particularly those who are frequently targeted by phone scams.

For more information, visit: fcc.gov/robocalls.

Sincerely
Veterans Benefits Administration

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