AUSTIN — Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, today thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Texas for their gracious donation of 1,000 Texas flags to be used in the Final Salute Program.
"These flags will be presented to the family of any Texas veteran who, at the time of their passing, lived in one of our eight Texas State Veterans Homes," Patterson said. "This final salute is an honor earned and I thank the VFW for their work to better the lives of our nation's veterans and their families."
The Texas flags will be given to the family of a deceased veteran on behalf of the Texas Veterans Land Board.
"Thanks to the work of Roy Grona, department adjutant, and the VFW's more than 82,000 members, our Texas veterans will now get a proper, Lone Star final salute," Patterson said.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is made up exclusively of men and women who served overseas in a theatre of combat operations and earned a campaign medal.
The Texas Veterans Land Board owns eight Texas State Veterans Homes, in Amarillo, Big Spring, Bonham, El Paso, Floresville, McAllen, Temple and Tyler. Each home provides skilled long-term nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitation programs, special diets, recreational activities, social services, a library, and a certified, secured Alzheimer's unit with its own secured outdoor courtyard.
For additional information on Texas State Veterans Homes and special home, land and home improvement loans for Texas veterans, call 800-252-VETS (800-252-8387) or visit our Web site at www.texasveterans.com.