Nature of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.

LEGION Act Signed Into Law

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/

Veterans History Project

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.

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

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

26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation Nominations NOW OPEN

26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation Nominations NOW OPEN

26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation Flyer 2018It is my privilege to sponsor a special salute to honor local veterans, and I would welcome nominations from the community for the 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation. The submission deadline is September 17th. The Congressional Veteran Commendation, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress, has been created to honor the distinguished veterans of Texas’ Twenty-Sixth Congressional District and to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans.

To nominate a local veteran for the 2018 Congressional Veteran Commendation, the completed nomination form, along with additional information pertaining to the veteran’s service, should be returned to my Lake Dallas office (2000 S. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 200, Lake Dallas, TX 75056) by September 17, 2018. Nominated veterans must be currently residing in the 26th District of Texas, served the nation honorably during their military career and subsequently demonstrated dedication to their community.

I will publicly recognize those individuals selected to receive the Congressional Veteran Commendation at the annual Highland Village “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon on November 9th. Also, my office hopes to conduct an in-depth interview with commendees, and that interview will be forwarded to the Veterans History Project to be added to the Library of Congress collection. For more information regarding the project, visit http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

If you have questions regarding the 2018 Congressional Veteran Commendation or to confirm an individual’s residency within the Twenty-Sixth District of Texas, please contact my Deputy District Director, Robin Vaughan, at 940-497-5031. I appreciate your assistance!

Sincerely,

Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress