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Honoring Jose Laguna for 26 Years of Service

Texas Disabled Veterans Association
Honors

José Guillermo Laguna

13 October 1992 – 22 September 2018

For exceptional outstanding service as the Recreational Therapist, CTRS at Spinal Cord Injury Unit Audie Murphy VAMC, San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Laguna’s many selfless efforts and innovative ideas in adaptive wheelchair sports programs enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate above the standard level of normal Recreational Therapy. Mr. Laguna’s distinctive accomplishments reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Government and the many Non Profits that are involved in the Veterans Administration.

 
7th Annual Welcome Home Event

Over 500 Service Members, volunteers, vendors, veterans and their families attended the 7th Annual Welcome Home Event In celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The event began at 10:30 AM and lasted until 2 PM, with Opening Ceremonies beginning at 11 AM. Admission was free and everyone enjoyed visiting with over 30 vendors spanning over 90 tables at the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center and Gymnasium. There was live band music, an individual singer, DJ music, games, prizes and food was provided by Chick-fil-A, Bill Miller and Domino’s Pizza. This event allows veterans the opportunity to connect with their peers and network with service organizations to discuss Veterans entitlements, educational opportunities, handling health care issues, new available medical treatments, and recreational sporting activities. TDVA handed out business cards, miniature US flags, candy, and flyers about our ongoing programs. TDVA also set up a military exhibit honoring our Veterans, provided by Dan Castillo. A Fencing demonstration was given by Coach Gary of Van der Wege Acadamie d' Armes from the UIW Brainpower Center for Fencing & International Sports. A big thank you to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and Morgan’s Wonderland as host sponsors and Mobility Works as event sponsor.

 
Invincible Spirit Festival

On April 5, Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band played their Invincible Spirit Festival at BAMC for patients, families, and staff. TDVA presented Gary Sinise (Actor/Director/Producer/Musican) with an engraved Yeti on behalf of the Texas Disabled Veterans Association for his generous and continuous work with veterans. Gary and his band gave their performance with heart and soul and patriotism! Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine welcomed everyone by walking through the crowd! Motivated HEB volunteers served plates of barbecue sandwiches, beans, potato salad, cream corn, bottled water, and Gandy’s ice cream. The band played many hot genres of music and will continue on tour to Dallas.

 

 

 
Veterans Fund

Six years Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS) with the help of TDVA this year purchased Fiesta Medals to sell for the Veterans Fund, in the amount of $1,300.00 which provides items that we so often take for granted. Some of the items are:  tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss and tote bags personal hygiene items, razors, shampoo, and body wash, also bus tickets for Homeless Veterans to get to and from their appointments. We at TDVA applaud all those involved in helping to make this happen. It’s our way of giving back to those that have given so much.

 
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