(L-R) Superintendent Mike Waldrip, Rene Archambault, Board President, Larry Wilhelm and Terry Gilbert, Post 178 Executive Committee members, Sharon White, Community Outreach Liaison.
The Frisco Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized the contributions of the American Legion Post 178 to the district at their November 8 meeting. Allison Miller, Director – Frisco ISD Community Relations provided information about the post’s efforts and programs involving FISD students. Post 178 Executive Committee members Terry Gilbert and Larry Wilhelm attended the meeting and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mike Waldrip.
Director Miller noted that since its charter in 2014, Post 178 has been a proud partner of the Frisco Independent School District. The post’s more than six hundred members has actively supported the education, mentoring, and provision of patriotic and wholesome programs that afforded growth opportunities to a new generation of Americans.
Additionally, she shared that Post 178 has had an ongoing commitment to its students by offering programs such as Texas Boys State, Oratorical Speech Contest, scouting, college scholarships, student voter registration, and flag education. Its Color Guard also has actively presented the Nation’s Colors at numerous school events. Lastly, she commented that the district appreciated the post’s past support and looked forward to an even stronger partnership in the future.
Vietnam veteran Lee C. Myrben received Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran award from Mayor Jeff Cheney.
Lee C. Myrben, charter and current member of American Legion Post 178, was honored as Frisco’s 2021 Distinguished Veteran by Mayor Jeff Cheney and City Council members on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Mr. Myrben honorably served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Technician from 1955 to 1977. During that time, he served six tours aboard U.S. Naval Aircraft carriers, with three of those tours being in direct support of U.S. Combat Forces during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he worked in the civilian sector for 27 years directing and supporting programs and projects for the U.S. Government, military contractors, and civilian corporations. He served as President of the San Diego Engineering Society and retired in 2003 as Director of National Security Solutions and Director of the Coast Guard Program.
For the last 17 years, he served the community as a leader, volunteer, and mentor. Some of Lee’s previous roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Frisco Housing Authority Board; Post Commander of Frisco VFW Post 8273; Founding and current member of American Legion Post 178; Chairman for the Panther Creek Home-owners Association; Chairman of the Frisco Community Parade Committee; Chairman of the Memorial Day Committee; and founder of the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee, where he provided leadership on many projects during both Mayor Jeff Cheney’s and Mayor Maher Maso’s time in office. He has also been a long-time supporter of the Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco Education Foundation.
Mayor Cheney, on behalf of the City of Frisco and the City Council, honored his exemplary life of service, leadership, generosity, and commitment.
The annual National Veterans Small Business Week, November 1st through November 5th, is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions veterans have made to American small business. It is a time to focus on veterans, the issues they face, and options for sustaining a small business. SBA posts different blog topics, holds social media conversations with industry pros, and provides resources to connect vets with the tools they need for their startup.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a report in 2017 noting that 9% of all U.S. companies are veteran-owned. That adds up to more than two million businesses with five million employees and nearly $200 billion in paychecks each year.
The SBA Office of Veterans Business Development provides help and support for vets who want to start or maintain small businesses. These programs are aimed at many different sectors in the veteran community, especially women veterans and members of the National Guard and Reservists, but it is the time when veteran businesses (including future businesses) are given special attention.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is usually the first agency one thinks about regarding the topic of wounded warrior care. Yet, the Defense Department also plays an important role in the funding, awareness, and treatment provided for wounded warriors whether currently serving or those who have retired/ separated from military service.
Warrior Care Month is observed during the month of November.
In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates announced the creation of programs to address the needs of wounded warriors. Those efforts have resulted in each branch of service offering its own version of help for those sick or injured in the line of duty.
The 2008 efforts also resulted in an entire month devoted to raising the awareness of these people, their sacrifices, and their families. Warrior Care Month is observed by the DoD each November with special programs, publications, events, and more.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a time when America honors and recognizes those unique sacrifices and challenges family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. No matter what rank or branch, or where life has taken them, our nation’s military families share the common threads of service and sacrifice.
We appreciate our veterans of the past and present for their noble and brave service to our nation, we offer gratitude for their sacrifice and for the security and protection of our freedoms. In honor to their commitment to liberty and country, we celebrate America’s veterans on Veterans Day, November 11. We passionately support our veterans and invite the members of our community to donate their time and make contributions to local veteran service organizations.
No one understands the true price of freedom made by our military heroes more than our Gold Star Mothers. Each year, the last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day, a day set aside to recognize their grief, sacrifices, and strengths.
Gold Star Mothers are Mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. A Gold Star Family is one who has lost a family member in the service of our country.
During World War I, families with loved ones who were currently serving hung “service flags” with a blue star for every immediate family member who was currently serving. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
Starting in 1936, the United States began observing Gold Star Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of September. At the end of World War II, Gold Star Wives was formed. Today, the tradition extends to all family members. This is a day we recognize the pain, grief and sacrifice mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters must endure when a loved one dies in service to our nation.
Our military families serve this country alongside our military heroes. They provide support while their loved ones are away, they raise families in the absence of their partners, and they pick up the pieces when their loved one is killed or injured in the line of duty.
If you are a Gold Star Mother or Family, we honor your sacrifice and thank you for your service. If you know a Gold Star Mother or Family, please take time today to recognize them.