2012-2013 VFW State Commander
VFW Motorcycle Group of Texas
State Chairman: Norm Brawner, Unit 1 - The Woodlands mailto:email@example.com
State Secretary: Judy Brawner, Unit 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
State Treasurer: Carlos Susitia, Unit 5 - Austin email@example.com
State Chaplain: Marty Nell, Unit 27 - Plano
Sergeant at Arms: Steven Blackburn, Unit 27 - Plano firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster: Debbie Saffeels, Unit 1 email@example.com
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Group (VFWMG) of Texas is represented by 29 chartered Units across this great state.
Become a member of your VFW Motorcycle Unit today!
1st Ride: September 22, 2012 - Bryan - Unit 21-4692. Fundraiser for Voice of Democracy. Click here for Ride schedule and details. Contact: 979-823-0550
3rd Ride: April 5-7, 2013 - Midland - Unit 4-4149. Click here for Ride schedule and details. Proceeds benefit the Military Assistance Program. Donations welcome. Contact: Hector Garcia, Post 4149 Commander, Midland 951-704-9190
Note: If your Unit is interested in sponsoring a Commander's Ride, contact State Chairman Norm Brawner, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2012 George "Doc" Bolt, VFW MG Unit 22 - Post 9181, Stephenville TX, rode to The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. to place Past State Commander "Big John" Fair's hat at the foot of the Wall. Past Commander Fair was Charter Member #0001 of the VFW Motorcycle Group of Texas and member of VFW District 7, Post 8231, Snyder TX.
Join your fellow Texans to help build the Vietnam Veterans Monument. The monument is to be built from private donations, the State Historical Commission will match donations to $500,000, and the dedication is anticipated in early 2013.
Go to http://www.buildthemonument.org/ for details. VFW Motorcycle Units of Texas please contact Terry Burkett, Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Chairman, Veterans Outreach Committee at email@example.com to learn how you can help.
This annual award, sponsored by Past State Commander Russ Richards, is an opportunity for all Motorcycle Group Units to showcase their activities! A plaque will be presented to the Unit who has made the greatest contribution to the VFW.
The due date is May 3, 2013
VFWMG members from across the state raised $4,500 for the 2011-2012 Voice of Democracy scholarship and are committed to a $4,500 donation in 2012-2013!
1st Place Winner: Sharon Yang Sponsored by Alta Loma Post 5400 & Ladies Auxiliary - District 16. $7,500 Department of Texas Scholarship
2nd Place Winner: Allison Vandagriff Sponsored by Post 2775, Orange, Ladies Auxiliary - District 2. $4,500 VFW Motorcycle Group of Texas Scholarship
2012-13 Official Entry Form for Voice of Democracy. This year's theme: Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?
Deadline: Midnight November 1, 2012
Presentation to Allison Vandagriff, 2nd Place VOD winner and recipient of $4,500 Texas VFW Motorcycle Group John Fair Memorial Scholarship. General Assembly, Mid-Winter Convention, Austin, January 2012.
Pictured: VFW Texas Ladies Auxiliary Sr Vice President Kathy Wewe, VFW Commander-in-Chief Richard L. DeNoyer, VOD 2nd Place Winner Allison Vandagriff, VFW State Commander John Spahr, VFW State Motorcycle Chairman Russ Richards.
9/19/12 38 projects in 25 states and D.C. will provide transitional housing to homeless Veterans. 31 of these will provide temporary housing to homeless Veterans with the goal that they will retain the residence as their own.
Click here to learn about the one-stop portal that serves as an online resource for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and Service Members to find and manage benefit-related information.
House Bill 1514 requires the Texas Department of Public Safety to include a designation of "VETERAN" on the driver's licenses issued to certain Veterans. The bill allows any person who served in a branch of the U.S. military as well as members of the Texas National Guard to request to have the "VETERAN" designation on their license. The Veteran must provide proof of their service and honorable discharge to obtain the designation. The legislation came in response to Veterans seeking an easier way to verify their military service to businesses, organizations, and events that provide benefits and discounts to Veterans. The license designation is a convenient way to provide such proof without having to produce a copy of the form DD-214.
Veterans assistance is available from the Texas VFW Foundation. The purpose of the Veterans Assistance Program is to assist eligible veterans with basic life sustaining needs and is not an entitlement program based on veteran status.
The VA has extended the presumptive period for Persian Gulf War veterans to file claims for undiagnosed illnesses. The new deadline is December 31, 2016.