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Christmas With the Spinal Cord Unit

Texas Disabled Veterans Association had its Christmas at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on December 17, 2018. Helping those that will be there during Christmas, Giving away presents to Patients and Staff. Christmas is the one time a year that we put so much into giving. Even greater is to effect the lives of so many more. Thanks to the many donations, we here at TDVA have been able to keep this tradition alive since 2009. It's just our way of saying thank you to those that give and have given so much. Merry Christmas to all and May God Bless.

 
Holiday Food Baskets

Every year the Texas Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA) gives to the holiday food basket program, hosted by Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS). Thankfully there are many people that give so much food to put these baskets together, feeding those in need. This year, again we asked what was needed most and the chief of services said that gift cards would be best in order to purchase a Turkey or a Ham for each basket. What you see here is our donation of 40, $25.00 HEB gift cards presented to VAVS, on December 7, 2018. They will ensure the items get to the families that need them most, each basket will feed up to 6 people. God Bless and happy holidays.

 
Veterans Day

TDVA celebrated an early Veteran’s Day on November 9, 2018 at the VA Fisher House located at 7485 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229. We set up a military display of photographs, awards, citations, and artifacts in honor of the annual “Home of the Brave Honor Luncheon”. Over 200 people attended the event to include Veterans from Polytrauma, Spinal Cord Injury, inpatients, outpatients, VA Veteran Staff employees, and Veteran’s families who enjoyed great food, live music, door prizes, goodie bags, and camaraderie. This event is attended by many Veterans from all branches of the military and different eras of service. TDVA military exhibits honor military service, promote patriotism, and encourage the study of military history.

 
Local Blessings

It is with great pride that the Ladies at Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, donated much needed funds as well as the North Side Lions Charitable Foundation, in the fight for the disabled Vets in our area. Both of these organizations are a true blessing to our mission of helping those that need it most. These donations will go to fund our ongoing programs which I encourage you to read about by just scrolling down through this news section, a lot of truly wonderful things happen when good people get involved, God’s Speed.

 
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.

 
Xmas at the VA Spinal Cord Unit

Texas Disabled Veterans Association had its Christmas at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on December 11, 2017. Giving away presents to Patients and Staff. Christmas is the one time a year that we put so much into giving. Even greater is to effect the lives of so many more. Thanks to the many donations, we here at TDVA have been able to keep this tradition alive since 2009. It's just our way of saying thank you to those that give and have given so much. Merry Christmas to all and May God Bless.

 
Door In The Wall Xmas

On December 10, 2017, "A Country Christmas at Cowboys Dancehall” in San Antonio, Texas was hosted by Door in The Wall (a 501c3 nonprofit organization). TDVA provided Christmas gifts for 250 children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with disabilities. Each gift was presented by Santa and his helpers. Half Price Books provided free books and the event was catered by Grady's barbecue restaurant. Raffle tickets, cakes, cookies, sausage on a stick and popcorn were sold to raise funds. Santa and the San Antonio Spurs Coyote took pictures. Paul Sanchez and the Wrangler Country Band played Holiday favorites. For over 25 years, Door in The Wall, Inc. has provided programs for people with disabilities and special needs. Please view their website at www.ditwtexas.org they are dedicated to spreading disability news and hosting great events all year round.

 
12th Annual Bake Sale

On Friday, November 17, 2017, the Audie L. Murphy VAVS Committee hosted the 12thAnnual Thanksgiving Day Bake Sale. 100% of the proceeds went directly to the Veterans at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. Many Veterans have family members who live quite a distance away from the hospital and are unable to visit their loved ones.  These same Veterans also have needs such as reading glasses, undergarments, warm clothing, bus passes to visit other clinics, toiletries and many other basic items. TDVA as well as the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi provide the hallmark that everyone looks for now with this event. Everything they do is personnel and done with a touch of love. Dan Castillo which is our military historian provided a Medal of Honor display that was well received by all, God Bless.

 

   

 
Holiday Gift Baskets

Every year the Texas Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA) gives to the holiday food basket program, hosted by Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS). Thankfully there are many people that give so much food to put these baskets together, feeding those in need. This year we asked what was needed most and the chief of services said that gift cards would be best in order to purchase a Turkey or a Ham for each basket. What you see here is our donation of 40, $25.00 Visa and MasterCard gift cards presented to Elizabeth Cazares and Harry Robinson of VAVS, on November 2, 2017. They will ensure the items get to the families that need them most, each basket will feed up to 6 people. God Bless and happy holidays.

 
Cart Program, Helping Others

On August 9, 2017, TDVA provide free snacks and refreshments through our Goodwill Cart Program at 5 major Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center Clinics to 96 Veteran Outpatients waiting for their scheduled appointments. This month’s volunteers were Sheila Brown from Connect + Ability and entity of the Warm Springs Foundation and Girl Scout Katelyn Latiolait. Goodwill Cart Program volunteers distribute bottled water, assorted candy, sugar-free candy, crackers, chips and good cheer! This monthly program has served 6,052 veterans to date.

 
Donations

The Ladies at Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, donated much needed funds as well as the North Side Lions Charitable Foundation both of these organizations are a true blessing to our mission of helping those that need it most. These donations will go to fund our ongoing programs which I encourage you to read about by just scrolling down through this news section, a lot of truly wonderful things happen when good people get involved, God’s Speed.

 
Comfort Program Donation

TDVA Donated $1,000.00 to the Comfort Program today at San Antonio's Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS). This program 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.

 
Xmas at the VA Spinal Cord Unit

Texas Disabled Veterans Association had its Christmas at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on December 12, 2016. Giving away 112 presents to Patients and Staff. Christmas is the one time a year that we put so much into giving. Even greater is to effect the lives of so many more. Thanks to the donations of all those that give, we here at TDVA have been able to keep this tradition alive since 2009. It's just our way of saying thank you to those that give and have given so much.  Merry Christmas to all and May God Bless.


 
Adopt a Veteran Gift Basket

On December 9, 2016 TDVA Donated 5 Christmas Baskets designed to feed 4 to 6 people per basket. This Adopt a Veteran program was started two years ago and is thus far a big success. The Social workers at the Veterans Administration identify Veterans and their families first, then individual Veterans that might not have a Christmas dinner. The connection is made and the Baskets/Dinners are given out to those most in need. A special thank you to all those that give to our organization so that we can give back to all those that need it most this holiday season. Each basket contains: 1 box potatoes, 1 stuffing, 1 mac & cheese, 1 can cranberry, 1 can sweet corn, 1 corn bread mix, 1 brown gravy mix, 1 bag pinto beans, 1 ready crust pan, 1 can leaf pie filling and $25.00 gift card for ham or turkey, God Bless.

 
Annual November Bake Sale

Friday November 18, 2016 the Audie L. Murphy VAVS Committee hosted the VA Bake Sale at ALMVHS, 100% of the proceeds go directly to a fund that is set up to help Veterans with personal items that they often need while visiting the hospital. These same Veterans also have needs, such as reading glasses, undergarments, warm cloths, bus passes for their appointments, phone cards to call loved ones, toiletries and many other basic items we often take for granted. The baked items that the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi provide the hallmark that everyone looks for now with this event. Everything they do is personnel and done with a touch of love, God Bless to all involved.

 
New Wi-Fi Access, Day Room

TDVA had a busy month this November, we were finally able to provide hi speed internet access to the Day Room at the Spinal Cord Unit. This Area is private in nature and is a place for loved ones and patients to go and relax, watch TV, and play games. Paralyzed Veterans of America has a computer in this location and now they have Wi-Fi access.

 
Comfort Program Donation

TDVA Donated $1,000.00 to the Comfort Program today at San Antonio's Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS). This program 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.

 
Vietnam Veterans 50th year Commemoration Anniversary

Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center public affairs office held a National Vietnam Veterans 50th year commemoration anniversary event and social March 29, 2016 at the first floor Recreation room from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 35 Vietnam Veterans attended as well as numerous staff employees and Vietnam Veteran family members. TDVA provided a display of 3 decorated Vietnam Veterans. Cake and fruit and coffee were provided to all who attended the event.

 
1st Annual Rolling Inspiration Bowling Tournament

The1st Annual Rolling Inspiration Bowling Tournament at Oak Hills Bowling Lanes was held on March 19, 2016. Adaptive Bowlers included military veterans and civilians with different disabilities and all competed in 3 Divisions: 6 Abled Bodied, 8 Wheelchair and 7 Wheelchair Ramp bowlers with 1st thru 3rd Place Medals, we also had a number of volunteers to help out.

A big thank you to event sponsor/organizer Christopher Salas, Founder and Executive Director of Rolling Inspiration and to the Texas Disabled Veterans Association for providing medals to the winners of each division. Lunch was provided at the venue by Rolling Inspiration, a support group for Spinal Cord Injury survivors and caregivers who meets at the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in San Antonio, on a monthly basis. The group meetings connect people with similar life-changing injuries and allows members to share resources, ideas and information to improve quality of life, while enjoying fellowship in a relaxing setting. In addition to guest speakers and discussion on topics of interest, meetings also include quarterly social and recreational outings. Meetings are held at Warm Springs, 5101 Medical Dr. San Antonio, TX 78229 on the Second Wednesday and last Friday of the month from 12 pm-2pm. For additional information contact Christopher Salas, Founder and Executive Director, Chris@rolling-inspiration.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 210-748-8586.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who assisted with the 1st Annual Rolling Inspiration Bowling Tournament, The Texas Disabled Veterans Association enjoys collaborating with other organizations that promote adaptive sports which inspire individuals to compete, learn teamwork, promote a healthy active lifestyle, and encourage sportsmanship. Congratulations to this year’s participants and winners!

 

 

 
Spinal Cord Injury Christmas

Texas Disabled Veterans Association had it's Christmas at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on December 15, 2015. Giving away over 100 presents to Patients and Staff. Thanks to the donations of some very special people we have been able to keep this tradition alive since 2009. It's just our way of saying thank you to those that give and have given so much.  Merry Christmas to all and may God Bless.

 
A Country Christmas

On December 6, 2015, TDVA attended the "A Country Christmas” hosted annually by The Door In The Wall (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The Christmas event began at 1 PM until 5 PM and over 450 volunteers and guest attended. TDVA provided Christmas gifts and eco-friendly canvas bags for 80 children and adults (ranging from 3 months - 70 years old) and each gift was presented by Santa and his helpers. Half Price Books provided free books and people brought used books and tapes to swap and trade. The San Antonio Spurs Coyote attended the party and took pictures with adults, adolescents, and children with all types of disabilities and special needs. For 21 years, Door In The Wall, Inc. has provided programs for people with disabilities. Please view their website at www.ditwtexas.org they are dedicated to spreading disability news and hosting great events every year around San Antonio, and South Texas.

 
Adopt a Veteran Gift Baskets

On December 11, 2015 TDVA Donated 10 Christmas Baskets designed to feed ten people per basket. This Adopt a Veteran program was started last year and is thus far a big success. The Social workers at the Veterans Administration identify Veterans and their families first, then individual Veterans that might not have a Christmas dinner. The connection is made and the Baskets/Dinners are given out to those most in need. A special thank you to all those that give to our organization so that we can give back to all those that need it most this holiday season. Each basket contains: 1 box potatoes, 1 stuffing, 1 mac & cheese, 1 can cranberry, 1 can sweet corn, 1 corn bread mix, 1 brown gravy mix, 1 bag pinto beans, 1 ready crust pan, 1 can leaf pie filling and $25.00 gift card for ham or turkey, God Bless. 

 

 
Thanksgiving Bake Sale

On Friday November 20, 2015 the Audie L. Murphy VAVS Committee hosted the VA Bake Sale at ALMVHS, 100% of the proceeds go directly to a fund that is set up to help Veterans with personal  items that they often need while visiting the hospital. These same Veterans also have needs, such as reading glasses, undergarments, warm cloths, bus passes for their appointments, phone cards to call loved ones, toiletries and many other basic items we often take for granted. The baked items that the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi provide are the hallmark that everyone looks for now with this event. Everything they do is personnel and done with a touch of love, God Bless.


 
Bridging The Gap

The Texas Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA) participated in the 2nd Annual Bridging The Gap Event held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event was organized by the San Antonio Coalition of Veterans and Families (SACVF) and held at VFW Post 76, 10th Street, San Antonio, Texas 78215 which is the oldest VFW Post in the State of Texas. Various Veterans organizations from throughout the city and state provided educational information, informing Veterans of their benefits and entitlements. Vendors provided educational materials of their products and services catering to the needs of Veterans. A BBQ lunch, live music entertainment by Entourage Big Band, games for children, and raffle items were provided by SACVF. All proceeds raised from this event will be used to support the unmet needs in our Veteran community. TDVA gave out informational handouts about our ongoing programs, business cards, and canvas Eco-friendly tote bags to every Veteran who visited our booth. Keynote Speaker was Senator José Menendez (D-26) who spoke about the ongoing efforts by state and local government officials to improve health care for Veterans and legislation to increase ongoing and future entitlements to all Veterans. A salute of gratitude to the local High School ROTC Color Guard and Drill Team. This was a highly successful event and many Veterans will benefit from the proceeds raised through various Veterans programs.

 
Invincible Spirit Festival

On June 5, 2015, members of the Texas Disabled Veterans Association attended the Fort Sam Houston, Texas SAMMC Patient, Staff, and Family, Appreciation Event In conjunction with the “Invincible Spirit Festival” and met Gary Sinise (Actor/Director/Musician), TDVA members gave Mr. Gary Sinise a Texas Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA) Challenge Coin on behalf of the TDVA membership for all of his hard work honoring and visiting Wounded Warriors throughout the Nation! Mr. Sinise also heads The Gary Sinise Foundation at Garysinisefoundation.org which creates and supports unique Veterans programs. TDVA was also able to discuss several of our ongoing Veteran’s programs with Mr. Sinise. Several hundred patients, medical staff members, veterans, and family members enjoyed cold beverages, barbecued food with all the trimmings, and music featuring, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band also featuring Robert Irvine.
 

The San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) formerly Brooke General Hospital (BGH) is situated at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and is part of Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the U.S. Army Medical Command. BAMC is the command element over all Army medical facilities in the San Antonio area, including SAMMC. It is a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and USUHS teaching hospital and is home to the Army Burn Center. The hospital today is a 425-bed Joint Commission-accredited facility, expandable to 653 beds in the event of disaster. Services include general medical and surgical care, adult and pediatric primary care clinics, 24-hour Emergency department, specialty clinics, clinical services, wellness and prevention services, veterinary care, and environmental health services. SAMMC is a Level I trauma center, the only stateside one in the MEDCOM, and is part of the Southern Regional Medical Command. Within the SAMMC complex is the Center for the Intrepid which has a threefold mission which is to provide rehabilitation for OIF/OEF casualties who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss, to provide education to DoD and Department of Veteran's Affairs professionals on cutting edge rehabilitation modalities, and to promote research in the fields of orthopedics, prosthetics and physical/occupational rehabilitation. The staff and equipment for the building was selected to provide the full spectrum of amputee rehabilitation as well as the advanced outpatient rehabilitation for burn victims and limb salvage patients with residual functional loss. Just outside the gates of SAMMC there is a building called the Wounded Warriors Transition Barracks where recently injured and wounded military personnel who have recovered at SAMMC continue their ongoing physical and mental therapies as they return back to military service or transition back into civilian life. SAMMC has cared for thousands of service members who were injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and military operations throughout the world, and nearly 1,500 medical professionals have been deployed in support of those missions. Since the Global War on Terrorism began in September 2001, the Burn Team has made frequent trips to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany, transporting patients back to SAMMC for care.

 
4th OEF/OIF Welcome Home Event

TDVA attended and participated at the 4th Annual OEF/OIF/OND Welcome Home Event which coincided with the 45th anniversary of "Armed Forces Day, which was officially celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950, marking the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress. Armed Forces Day recognizes the readiness and preparedness by all of our uniformed military service men and women unified as a single force capable of working together protecting our land, sea, and air defense. Several hundred Veterans, Active Duty Personnel, and their families attended the 4th Welcome Home Event held today, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas known as “Military City USA”. The event was held from 10 AM – 2 PM and everyone enjoyed food, live music, DJ music, refreshments, display booths, and networking with various veterans organizations and businesses dedicated to improving the lives of our Veterans and Active Duty Personnel. The Texas Disabled Veterans Association set up an exhibit table commemorating the military service of Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Roy P. Benavidez and World War II Silver Star Metal Recipient Samuel Thomas with military memorabilia belonging to both military heroes. TDVA also provided brochures highlighting its 4 ongoing programs (visit www.tdva.net), business cards, and eco-friendly tote bags to all military patriots and their families who attended the event. TDVA salutes the Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center Volunteer Services for their successful organization of this wonderful family oriented event and all of the other VA Volunteers, ROTC student volunteers, and Morgan’s Wonderland Staff who kept the entire event on time and comfortable for everyone in attendance. TDVA looks forward to next year’s 5th Annual Welcome Home Event and Armed Forces Day Celebration!

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Free Wi-Fi 1st Floor Recreation

On April 3, 2015 the TDVA installed Wi-Fi services at the 1st floor recreation room, now Veterans can use this high speed service while they wait at the number of locations close by. Any time you  see this sign you know that the internet is just a click away. We at TDVA also provide Wi-Fi for the Spinal Cord Injury Unit: In-Patient, Out-Patient, Recreation, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. TDVA also provides this service to Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (P.T.R.P.) for Veterans recovering from traumatic brain injury. Thank you so much to those that give so much.

 
TDVA Donates to the Comfort Program

TDVA Donated $1,000.00 to the Comfort Program today at San Antonio's Veterans Administrative Volunteer Services (VAVS). This program 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.

 

 
13th Annual Patriot Warrior Foundation Hunt

TDVA was invited to the Mason, Texas Hunt for the Patriot Warrior Foundation. This was a free hunt that is put on for Veterans by this very special Community of Ranchers just giving back to those that give so much. 53 Veterans where there to hunt this last weekend and a lot of the harvest was donated.  This was the 13th Annual so God bless Mason, Texas. www.pwf.us.com

 
TDVA's Xmas Cheer

On the 9th of December TDVA had it's annual giving of the presents at the Audie L. Murphy, Spinal Cord Unit Over 80 Staff members joined in the fun, 25 Patients and 40 bags of goodies where passed out. It is just our way of giving back  to those that give so much on a daily basis. God Bless...

 
9th Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale

On Friday November 21, 2014 the Audie L. Murphy VAVS Committee hosted the VA Bake Sale at ALMVHS, 100% of the proceeds go directly to a fund that is set up to help Veterans with presonal items that they often need in the hospital. These same Veterans also have needs such as reading glasses, undergarments, warm cloths, bus passes to visit other clinics, phone cards to call loved ones, toiletries and many other basic items. Last year the Bake Sales raised over $3,400.00. TDVA was instrumental in helping this year along with the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a lot of the work you see on that table is theirs, God Bless.

 
A&M's Patriots Casa Opening

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On November 1, 2014, the Texas Disabled Veterans Association set up a military display for promoting patriotism and highlighting the ongoing programs that TDVA is providing to our veterans and community. The military exhibit was held at the Veterans Benefits Fair with a Grand Opening Ceremony, The ribbon-cutting and opening of the Patriots’ Casa building with guest speakers and special activities was held simultaneously with a Veterans Benefits Fair which is held from 9 AM – 2 PM. The mission of the Patriots’ Casa is to provide academic, life, and career skills support for student veterans, military personnel and their military families enrolled at Texas A&M University San Antonio, Military Embracing, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224.

 
TDVA Donates Computers and Setup

On the 15 October 2014 the Texas Disabled Veteran Association (TDVA) completed work on setting up the Computer Lab for our state of the art Polytrama Recreation Rehabilitation Center at Audie L. Murphy VA hospital. The Polytrama Center provides integrated services to Veterans with Polytrama and Traumatic Brain Injuries. These five Computers that we hooked up are now Internet ready. Also TDVA provided a Computer that is hands free with Dragon Dictate for those Veterans with limited mobility and all of these systems are linked to a scanner printer that was also provided. Just our way of giving back to those that have given so much. I also have to mention those donors that are always by our side giving generously.

 
NorthSide Lions Charitable Foundation

Members of the NorthSide Lions Charitable Foundation made another much-needed generous donation to the Texas Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA).

This donation will go to fund our ongoing programs: the TDVA Wi-Fi Program which allows veterans internet access at the VA Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (P.T.R.P) and the Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center Spinal cord Injury Unit, the TDVA Comfort Program which provides oral hygiene products to inpatients and homeless veterans, the TDVA Cart Program which provides snacks to veterans (outpatients) while waiting at clinics for their appointments, the TDVA Computer Program which provides refurbished donated laptops and desktops to veterans continuing their education and for communicating with their families and friends.

The Texas Disabled Veterans Association, continues to strive to assist veterans and our community in obtaining informative resources to acquire benefits from the VA and other community and state agencies.

 
3rd Annual Welcome Home Event

The Audie L Murphy VA Memorial Veterans Hospital Division part of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS} Social Work Service  hosted the “3rdAnnual OIF/OEF/OND Welcome Home Event” on Saturday, May 17, 2014, Armed Forces Day. The event was held from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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1st Annual Fisher House Event

On March 21, 2014, TDVA attended the 1st Anniversary luncheon of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Fisher House. The event was sponsored by Southwest Airlines who provided volunteers to host the event. Several veteran service organizations such as the Purple Heart Association, Knights of Columbus, Disabled American Veterans, and several veterans women’s auxiliary organizations also provided assistance in setting up the luncheon event.

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TDVA Supports The Keep The Spirit of '45 Alive

On February 10, 2014 at 10 AM, local veterans and other military supporters welcomed the Keep The Spirit of '45 Alive at Alamo Plaza. Several members of the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive nonprofit group made their way from their home in Virginia to a Spirit of '45 leadership conference in California this weekend. The group seeks to preserve the spirit of one of the Greatest Generations and commemorate the end of World War II.

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TDVA Honors Dr. Fredrickson

TDVA attended the Rolling Inspiration Spinal Cord Injury Support Group held on 31 January 2014 at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital. Each member of the support group introduced themselves and shared their life experiences and struggles with spinal cord injury, spinal bifida, and traumatic brain injury. During the event, TDVA presented Dr. Mark Fredrickson with an engraved plaque of appreciation for his dedicated service of 15 years to the Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit where he worked with military veterans from all eras and wars. Dr. Fredrickson has now joined Warm Springs as an Assistant Director in Rehab Medicine. Despite being a quadriplegic, he was an undergraduate and graduate Medical student from UCLA Berkeley and is a board-certified physician in rehab and neurological medicine. Dr. Fredrickson is trained in the care of a wide range of disorders that include brain injury, multiple trauma and spinal cord disorders. He is currently working on several projects that are comprehensive studies of recently injured individuals and the long term effects of nerve dysfunction among aging paralyzed individuals. He also invited everyone to join Dive Pirates and experience underwater scuba diving and its therapeutic benefits. Dr. Fredrickson proceeded to answer questions from group members. The mission of Rolling Inspiration is to provide a place to bring together those living with mobility impairments, to meet other survivors and to educate and encourage those with mobility impairments.

 

 
TDVA Xmas

Texas Disabled Veterans Association had it's Xmas at the Spinal Cord Injury Unit in Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital on December 13, 2013. Giving away over 100 presents to Patients and Staff. Thanks to the donations of some very special people we have been able to keep this tradition alive since 2009. It's just our way of saying thank you. By reading more you can see that Santa even gets involved, Marry Xmas to all.

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ALMVH Bake Sale

This year’s bake sale was on November 22, 2013 and even bigger than last year’s. TDVA with the special help from the Ladies at Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi helped out with their wonderful baking and wrapping skills, to make this event a great one.

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SA Republican Women's Club, Donates

On October 16, 2013, the San Antonio Republican Women of Bexar County (SARWBC) provided $300 in oral hygiene comfort items to VA Volunteer Services through the TDVA Comfort Program. The donated items were delivered by TDVA to the Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center. This much needed support is distributed to Veterans at the hospital and Veterans family's that are in hardship at the VA Fisher House. Thank you, SARWBC President Paula Moore and SARWBC member Brenda Dever-Armstrong, CEO/Owner of The Next Horizon Senior & Military Locators/Resources. The San Antonio Republican Women of Bexar County are spouses of military Veterans or have served in their lifetime. They are dedicated women who contribute so much to our community and to our military and their families. TDVA encourages organizations and individuals to assist us in providing comfort items throughout the remainder of this year and in the future, God bless.

 
BSAC, Gifts of Comfort Items

TDVA recently made a donation of personal hygiene items such as razors, shampoo, body wash, tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss in small tote bags for veterans at the Audie L Murphy Medical Center Volunteer Services on behalf of the Bexar Senior Advisory Committee (BSAC). BSAC is a committee under the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) which was established in 1967 to enhance the quality of life of all residents of the Alamo Region in partnership with elected and appointed officials. AACOG serves the Alamo Area/State Planning Region, which covers 12 counties and 11,354 square miles. TDVA is very grateful to the Board members who generously collected and contributed hygiene products totaling $250 for the month of September 2013.

 
TDVA Donates P.T.R.P. Computer

TDVA after installing Wi-Fi service at the VA Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program, (P.T.R.P) for short, donated a computer on 16 July, 2013. This allows our Veterans at the center the opportunity to socially interact at their leisure and also will be used for Vocational training. 

 
2013 Program Support Raffle

We just finished up our 2013 Programs Support Raffle with a drawing and the Four Prize Winners are, in no order: Edward Morin, Becca Hemmeline, Tammy Jones and Jack Mock. With this year’s earnings we can continue to support those programs that are so very important to so many. A special thanks to the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for helping with the drawing and sales. Denver City, Texas is always a big help to us also, stay cool and God Bless.

 
Beyond The Chair

On 28 May 2013, TDVA attended a Meet & Greet with Paul Modoono who has cycled across America covering 5,434 miles for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Paul stopped by and visited with the staff and clients of Beyond The Chair (the Event Host). He spoke about his adventures and the remarkable people he has met on his journey from coast-to-coast. TDVA provided refreshments and food for the event, HEB Grocery Store (Loop 1604 & Bandera) donated two food trays. We wish Paul a safe trip as he rides until he reaches 10,000 miles and educates Americans about disabilities.

 
Memorial Day at HEB

TDVA spent time with Leon Valley's HEB Veterans and Employees, honoring Memorial Day. Bob Worrall of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 688 was also there along with the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. A special thanks to all those involved. We can never forget this Nation’s Treasures, past and present.

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Welcome Home at Morgan's Wonderland

On 18 May, TDVA participated in the 2013 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Service Welcome Home at Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center and Gymnasium. The event was coordinated by the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), hosted by Morgan’s Wonderland, and sponsored by Everest. The event was open to Veterans of all eras and their families, over four 400 people attended and enjoyed food, games, display tables, and prizes provided throughout the event.

The Texas Disabled Veterans Association is proud to announce that 32 Veterans (Wounded Warriors), Veteran's family members, and caring citizens joined as new TDVA members during the event. You can join us online. Pictured is our Military Exhibit promoting TDVA.


 

 
TDVA's SCI Computer Lab

The TDVA and the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Clinics created a small computer lab for in-patients and out-patients to have ready access to a PC for hands or hands free training using voice-recognition software.

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Fiesta de los Veteranos

Fiesta de los Veteranos was held on April 20, 2013 at Texas Roadhouse (281/Thousand Oaks), off campus this year in an attempt to get more people involved. 100% of the proceeds benefitted the new Fisher House at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital.

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Fisher House Dedication

On March 28, 2013 the Fisher House Foundation, Inc. opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony to the 23rd Fisher House located at 7845 Wurzbach Road San Antonio, Texas 78229. TDVA was honored to attend.

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Living Life with Spinal Cord Injury

On January 30, 2013, TDVA members, disabled citizens, caregivers, and nursing staff attended a motivational talk sponsored by Rolling Inspirations. The presentation was entitled, “Living Life with Spinal Cord Injury” and given by guest speakerBert Burns. Bert was a 1992 Paralympics Gold Medalist and Founder of UroMed, Inc.. Bert spoke of his incredible story of courage and determination and how he lives life to the fullest as a quadraplegic. Bert gave his encouraging perspective on work/school, dating, marriage, children, sports and everyday management of activities. The lecture was held at Warm Springs Rehab Hospital of San Antonio.

 
TDVA's Gift Giving at the VA Hospital

On the 12th of December 2012 Texas Disabled Veterans Association and Volunteers passed out over one hundred presents to Staff and Inpatients at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital. It is just our way of giving back to those that give and have given so much. May God bless all of you out there and may He keep a special eye on all our Troops where ever they may be at this special time of the year. 

 
ALMVH Bake Sale

The Annual Bake Sale at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital was held on 16 November 2012 in the New Poly Trauma Center’s Lobby.

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NMMI Class Reunion

On the 20th day of October 2012 TDVA members and Class of 1982 'JCG classmates Daniel Castillo and Patrick O'Rourke had the privilege and honor to present an antique NMMI Lea Hall Sterling Silver Spoon, with a commemorative inscription, dedicated to classmate Steve Sellen who was an outstanding cadet, officer, loving husband, family man, and a dear friend to all of his classmates.

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ALL CAN SKI

On August 21, 2012, several TDVA members participated in the 20thAnniversary of ALL CAN SKI.

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New Member

TDVA presented Private First Class Terence Jones, US Army, a workout shirt during his rehabilitation at the VA hospital's New Polly Trauma Unit. Pfc. Jones was wounded on February 2, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan (North of Kandahar). Pfc. Jones served with the 25th Infantry Division. He has a great attitude and wants to become active in adaptive sports as soon as he leaves the hospital. TDVA is proud to welcome Terence as a new member.

 
1st Annual Cart & Comfort Program Raffle

 

We had our first annual Cart & Comfort Program Fund, raffle drawing on the third of July 2012, It was a big hit all the way around. In the picture above is Joyce Brown, Chief of  Volunteer Services at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital and Don Burton, President TDVA. We provided a check and the funds raised will go to support the following activities:

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Memorial Day Visit

On Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, TDVA visited the Audie L Murphy VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Ward nursing staff and in patients. TDVA provided ice tea and pies for everyone to enjoy. We would like to thank all of those people that took the time to honor all of the Veterans past and present. 

 
Fiesta de los Veteranos

On April 21, 2012, TDVA participated in the “Fiesta De Los Veteranos” Party for the Veterans” 12th Annual Motorcycle Rally at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital.

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Welcome Home Event for OEF/OIF/OND


On Saturday, April 14, 2012, TDVA attended the Welcome Home Event for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn.

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Veteran Assisting a Fellow Veteran

TDVA member, Bennie Sullivan-Nazario, donated his 2002 Town and Country Limited Van to fellow Veteran, Emmitt Richard Harkey, on March 17, 2012. Bennie is pictured with the van and he made the donation on behalf of TDVA and his generosity is what makes our membership strong, Bennie is one of our first founding Members. Emmitt Richard Harkey lost his van when he became engulfed in fire and he was pulled to safety and lost both his wheelchair and vehicle in the fire.

 
Healthcare Night in San Antonio

On 26 January 2011, TDVA attended the Healthcare Night in San Antonio networking mixer provided by MA Medical Services, LLC, held at the Brío Tuscan Grille.

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TDVA's Paralympic Athlete

Catherine “Kate” Callahan has been a member of the Paralympics National Team since August 2011. She competed in World Competition in January 2011 and earned 5th place in shot put and currently is ranked 3rd in the world for the discus, javelin, and shot put. Kate won 5 Gold Medals at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, 3 Gold Medals at the Endeavor Games, 2 Silver Medals at the US Nationals, 1 Bronze Medal at the Pan American Games. Kate is an 18 year disabled veteran who served with the Air Force and the Army. TDVA is a sponsor and she is currently on her way to the 2012 Paralympic Trials in London, for her quest of a Gold Medal. Go USA! Kate only keeps one medal from each competition and gives the rest of her medals to disabled kids to inspire them to keep working hard in life.
 

 
TDVA Christmas on The Spinal Cord Unit

On the 15th of December 2011 Texas Disabled Veterans Association and Volunteers passed out over one hundred presents.

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A Country Christmas at La Villita

On December 11, 2011 the Door In The Wall, Inc., a nonprofit organization had it's 13th Annual "A Country Christmas at La Villita" at the Villita Assembly Building. Over 500 people attended the event of music, fellowship, and food. Santa was there along with Lucky the Clown (Christopher Churb) making balloon animals for the kids and kids at heart. The Spurs Coyote visited with families, played with the band and posed for pictures. Everyone enjoyed tamale plates, salad, and drinks prepared by DITW kitchen volunteers headed by Troy Banik. Kiolbassa Sausage and tables of baked goods were on sale to help with costs associated with this event. Frozen turkeys, Christmas plants, and gift bags were handed out as door prizes. Music was provided by Meyers Anderson Band that played Country and Christmas favorites that put everyone in a holiday mood. This year TDVA donated monies to purchase gifts for children. Congratulations to Program Director Barbara Blair and the Door In The Wall volunteers for a successful event! Visit DITW at www.ditwtexas.org to view all our pictures from the event.

 
Spreading Christmas Cheer

On Saturday, November 26, 2011, several members of TDVA joined a group of volunteers to decorate the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI) for the Christmas holiday season. A Christmas tree was placed in the main lobby of the SCI Clinic and Christmas laurels were placed throughout the entire unit to spread Christmas cheer among the inpatients and outpatients. A big thank you to the 27 volunteers who gave their time to share Christmas spirit at the SCI unit.

 
New Therapy

Texas Disabled Veterans Association’s new donation of a XBOX 360 W/KINECT and new games to help with a new Recreational therapy.

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4th Annual Disabled Community Festival

 

This last weekend we had our 4th Annual Disabled Community Festival, October 1, 2011. I truly believe great fun was had by all. It is the one time every year that we come together to raise funds for our noble cause. I want to give out a special thanks to Americus Diamond and The San Antonio Spurs which gave out great gifts, it is threw people like this as well as the others that gave, that make this organization what it is. We also had a number of Venders that came out and was able to educate the people on their products that could make the Disabled life a little better. I am attaching pictures of Fun, Friends and good BBQ.    

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Paying it Forward

TDVA was able, with the help of these very special people take the little bit of money that was given and bless over 550 Texas Veterans with comfort items. Pictured above center top row, DDS George Metz of Kendall Woods Dental 25 FM 3351 S Boerne, Texas and his staff was the driving force for this project.

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3rd Annual Charity Horseshoe Tournament

 

 

 

On June 18, 2011, TDVA Board of Directors Don Burton (left) and Dan Castillo (right) participated in "The 3rd Annual Charity HorseshoesTournament of Ellis County". This fund-raising event was sponsored by Erik Lusk (Center), of American Legion Post #361 in Ennis, Texas.

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Mobile Vet Center

 

The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) is the Department of Veterans Affairs latest effort to reach the underserved veteran populations of rural America.  Our primary mission is to help veterans readjust to civilian life.

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USSOCOM CCRP Training Session

 

 

 

USSOCOM CCRP Mentor Training Session took place Feb 25 & 26, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. At the Omni La Mansion Del Rio

 

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Dell Corporation Donation

The Dell Corporations generous donation will go out to help many in need this year and the next.

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TDVA Goodwill Cart Program Reaches Outpatients!

TDVA provides refreshments each month from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. at some of the following clinics: 2C (Surgical), (Urology), 1G (Medical), (Orthopedics) and others.

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Helping Vets Go High-Tech

In an effort to continue its empowerment of American veterans, the Texas Disabled Veterans Association, has evolved its service-oriented resources to include access to online computer technology.

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TDVA Helps Secure Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System in conjunction with the Community Justice Outreach Program of the San Antonio Bar Association has expanded its program to offer free legal services for eligible Veterans in San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

 
TDVA Joins the Military Care Coalition Recovery Program

From Left to right: Jane Baskerville CSM (R), Don Burton SSG (R) and Sean Rooney CSM (R). Both Sean and Jane work with the Care Coalition Recovery Program which helps our returning Soldiers transition back into society, or (877) 672-3039. They will resolve the issue or find out who can. We toured BAMC, The Center for Intrepid and the Wounded Warriors Family Support Center at Fort Sam Houston TX, August 30, 2010.

 
TDVA Inspires Hope

Our very own TDVA Board of Directors spoke at USAA Federal Savings Bank on May 26, 2010.

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Texas State Senator Makes A Difference

Texas State Senator Van De Pulte donated $1000.00 to Sgt. Gomez for his house payment, on May 28, 2010.

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JC DAE Consulting UIW Collaborates with TDVA

A group of graduate students formed JC DAE Consulting from the University of the Incarnate Word to create and assist TDVA in implementing the Hot Pot Social Project "Support the Military Heroes' Initiative". 

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