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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9/11 Post Namesake Inspires Texas Post

Fred Rogers made a promise to Mary Bush, the mother of Army Cpl. Peter J. Courcy, who was killed in a suicide bombing attack in 2009.

That promise has fueled the launch, growth and success of American Legion Peter J. Courcy Post 178 in Frisco, Texas. Since receiving its charter in January 2014, post membership has increased from 15 to more than 500 while fulfilling its community service goals.

“She was delighted because she wants Peter’s legacy to live on,” Rogers, the post commander, said of Bush. “And that’s the promise that we made to her. And that’s a very serious commitment for us to make sure that his memory lives on.”

Courcy will be remembered as a selfless soldier, an athlete — hockey and wrestling — and a practical joker. He was killed on Feb. 10, 2009, as a result of injuries following a suicide car bombing in Salerno, Afghanistan.

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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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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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