USAA Makes Largest One-Time Donation To the Military Community

To support the military community and help mitigate the pandemic’s impacts, USAA is donating $30 million to two dozen nonprofit organizations to offer relief and support. The Military Family Relief Initiative will help military aid organizations provide zero‐interest loans and emergency grants to eligible service members, guardsmen, reservists, and their families.

The funding also will enhance veteran and spouse employment prospects and military family support efforts. This includes augmenting child‐care costs for essential personnel; supporting virtual delivery of education, including online resources and content for parents; and emotional support for children.

This donation represents the largest one‐time philanthropic contribution from USAA in their nearly 100‐year history.

Here are three ways to participate:
• Apply if you think your family would benefit from financial support via the military aid
societies.
• Give to join us in aiding military families.
• Share your story to help others build financial resilience.

Click here for more information: (https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/coronavirus-community-support)

 

High Order Solutions Awarded the 2019 American Legion Small Employer of Veterans Award

High Order Solutions Awarded the 2019 American Legion Small Employer of Veterans Award

High Order Solutions Vice President-Operations, Brian McClung accepting The American Legion National Award for Outstanding Small Employer of Veterans Award from Bill West, Department of Texas Adjutant

High Order Solutions, LLC. (HOS) is a veteran owned and veteran-focused business in Frisco that provides business solutions for all industries.  Their focus recently earned the 2019 American Legion National Award for Outstanding Small Employer of Veterans.  The award was presented to Brian McClung, HOS-VP-Operations, by Bill West, the Department of Texas Adjutant.  HOS also won the Department of Texas award.

Brian McClung said “HOS is honored to have been selected.  We make every effort to recruit, employ, and retain our nation’s veterans.  These American Legion awards recognize the value veterans bring to the workplace.”

HOS assists its veterans by providing free training, internships, and job placement services, as well as assistance for veteran-owned start-up and existing businesses.  Part of the HOS mission is to mentor veterans on in-demand technical skills so they can find meaningful work and ‘continue the mission’ of giving back to their community and country.

The American Legion Employer of Veterans Award program has several participant requirements:  1) at least 10% of workforce must be veterans, 2) been in business for the last 5 years, 3) cannot restrict employment to just veterans, and 4) must be a private sector employer.  Currently, veterans and other family members represent approximately 50% of the HOS workforce.

HOS coordinates closely with the local Texas Veterans Commission to post job opportunities as well as provide training class information for veterans.   Tracy Griffard, the Veteran Employer Liaison for McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and Prosper, nominated HOS for the award.

HOS is also involved with the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Device) Warrior Foundation (EODWF), a non-profit that supports the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to wounded EOD veterans and their families.  HOS is also a 2019 winner of a ‘Hire Vets Medallion Award’ for hiring unemployed and transitioning veterans.

HOS is expanding its veteran’s mission by creating a dedicated, non-profit entity, VetsDesk, which will make available even more resources for retraining and job placement.

“A large majority of our highly trained and professional staff comes from the toughest stock there is…the U.S. Military.”  said Brian McClung.  Fred Rogers, Commander of the American Legion Post 178 in Frisco, replied, “I couldn’t agree more!”

Veterans, who have honorably served our nation since December 7,1941, as well as  those still serving, who are interested in joining Post 178 may contact 1st Vice Commander Rick Redden at 214-385-0205 or friscolegion.1stvice@gmail.com.

American Legion Post 178  Member Wins $10,000 Grand Prize

American Legion Post 178 Member Wins $10,000 Grand Prize

Department of Texas Reignite Patriotism Sweepstakes winner Steven Valdez, Post 178 member, accepting $10,000 check from Bill West, Department of Texas Adjutant

 

Steven M. Valdez, U.S. Air Force, Retired, and a member of American Legion Post 178 in Frisco, Texas, recently won the $10,000 Grand Prize in the American Legion Reignite Patriotism Sweepstakes Contest.  The winning ticket was drawn at Departmental Headquarters in Austin, Texas.  Ten (10) winners were drawn that shared a total of $15,000.  Steven was presented his check by Bill West, Department of Texas Adjutant.

“I thought it was a hoax at first but after calling Fred Rogers, Post 178 Commander, who validated my win, I became totally excited.  I had never won anything before,” Steven said.  Steven retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1990 after serving more than 22 years.  During his career he maintained numerous types of aircraft, F-100, F-4, and T-38.  He is also a Vietnam veteran (1969-1970) having served at Phu Cat, north of Saigon.

After retirement, he continued his career in the aircraft industry.  His civilian maintenance and inspection experience included assignments with DynCorp, Lear Siegler, Skytech Aviation, and Business Jet Access. He is currently a Chief Inspector with Global Aircraft Service in Addison.  He also owns and manages Aircraft Records Consultant, LLC in Carrollton.

Steven is a ‘Paid Up for Life’ member and has been with the American Legion for two years.  “I am proud to have served my country for more than twenty (20) years.  As a veteran and a member of Post 178 I hope to continue serving my country.”

Veterans, who have honorably served our nation since December 7,1941, as well as  those still serving, who are interested in joining Post 178 may contact 1st Vice Commander Rick Redden at 214-385-0205 or friscolegion.1stvice@gmail.com.

100 Miles for Hope Campaign

The American Legion has issued a 100 Miles for Hope campaign which is a way for American Legion Family members to raise donations for the Veterans and Children Foundation, as well as encouraging members to stay active in this time of social distancing.

Although the campaign officially kicked off August 3 participants have until Veteran’s Day to run, walk, or ride a bike or their motorcycle for 100 miles. That time-frame means being active for just a mile a day, roughly 20 to 30 minutes for walkers.

For more information go to https://www.legion.org/100miles.

2020 26th Congressional Veteran Commendation Nominations

Congressman Michael Burgess will accept Congressional Veteran Commendation nominations from the 26th Congressional District (primarily Denton County).  The submission deadline is September 17, 2020.  The Congressional Veteran Commendation was created to honor distinguished veterans.

To nominate a local veteran for the 2020 Congressional Veteran Commendation, the completed nomination form, along with additional information pertaining to the veteran’s service, should be returned to 2000 S. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 200, Lake Dallas, TX 75056.  Nominated veterans must currently reside in the 26th District of Texas, served the nation honorably during their military career, and subsequently demonstrated dedication to their community.

A nomination form is available at http://burgess.house.gov.   Questions may be referred to Deputy District Director, Robin Vaughan, at 940-497-5031 or robin.vaughan@mail.house.gov

Purple Heart Day 2020

Purple Heart Day 2020

Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorated the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers.

General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. The honor was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.

Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart persisted as a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.

National Geographic recently estimated that nearly 1.9 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since its creation. It is the oldest U.S. military honor still bestowed upon service members today. Until 1944, the Purple Heart recognized service members’ commendable actions as well. Then in 1944, the requirements limited the award to only those wounded or killed in combat.

Post 178 is honored to have Purple Heart recipients in its ranks. If you know one, thank him for his sacrifice. Each unquestionably deserves it.

Submitted by Ed Reed
2nd Vice Commander
American Legion, Peter J Courcy Post 178