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2014

Texas State Veterans Cemeteries to celebrate Memorial Day with meaning

May 22, 2014
(AUSTIN, Texas)—Keeping with the true meaning of the holiday, the four Texas State Veterans Cemeteries will host Memorial Day programs on Monday, May 26. The events, all of which are open to the public, will feature several veterans organizations from the area and elected officials, as w...more


Veterans kick off Memorial Day weekend with a roar

May 22, 2014
(FLORESVILLE, Texas)—Three hundred motorcyclists are revved up for a Memorial Day salute to some of our nation’s greatest heroes. The Basics for the Best Memorial Day Run will culminate at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, 200 Veterans Drive, in Floresville. The run, ...more


Bonham to kick off Memorial Day weekend early

May 22, 2014
(BONHAM, Texas )—Some may argue that going to the lake on Memorial Day weekend is a distraction from the true meaning of the holiday. But this Friday, the residents and staff of the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home have found a way to both honor our veterans and work in an afternoon of fishing. A Pre-Memor...more


Show your love for the Texas coast Saturday, April 26

April 02, 2014
((AUSTIN, Texas))—Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 26. The 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at 31 of Texas’ most popular tourist beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at www.texasadoptabeach.org to...more


Barry Corbin new voice for Texas VLB

March 17, 2014
(AUSTIN)—As the new spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas born and bred actor Barry Corbin has a face most everyone will recognize, even if they may not know his name.  With more than 100 TV and film credits and several Emmy nominations to his name, Corbin’s success as a Holl...more


39 Central Texans complete dementia training certification program

February 20, 2014
(TEMPLE, Texas)—Some reinforcements have arrived for the 1,300 Texans who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Thirty-nine graduates of the CARES dementia certification program will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Activity Room of the William R. Cour...more


Rio Grande State Veterans Cemetery to double columbaria capacity

February 05, 2014
(MISSION, Texas)—A $464,101 grant to the Texas Veterans Land Board couldn’t have come any sooner. The funding will be used to build two new columbaria (small buildings where ashes and remains are kept, including urns) at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, in addition to landscape im...more


2013

Veterans Cemetery announces $4.9 million renovation project

December 23, 2013
(KILLEEN, Texas )—Honoring the men and women who served in our nation’s military is the focus of the most ambitious renovation project in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery’s 10-year history. Scheduled to begin in February, a $4.9 million expansion project will involve the installation of ...more


GLO to kick off Veterans Day by honoring oldest living WWII vet

November 05, 2013
(AUSTIN)—The oldest living U.S. veteran will be the guest of honor at a pre-Veterans Day ceremony this week for Texas General Land Office and Veterans Land Board employees. Richard Overton, 107, will be honored with a box of choice cigars and some hearty applause at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stephen F. Austin ...more


Veterans home 'pays it forward' with patriotic float

October 22, 2013
(FLORESVILLE, Texas )—FLORESVILLE, Texas – A team comprised of some of South Texas’ most patriotic people took home top honors in a festival that draws large crowds to a small town near San Antonio. The residents and staff of the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville were awarded t...more


Land rush offers vets chance to buy a piece of Texas

October 11, 2013
(AUSTIN)—A new Texas land rush is on! But this time it’s on the electronic frontier. Conducted entirely on the Internet for the first time, Texas veterans get first dibs on 28 properties for sale at or around the appraised value through this month’s Texas veterans Land Board Forfeited La...more


Federal shutdown doesn’t affect the Alamo

October 03, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Despite a slapdash and erroneous online news report, the Alamo remains open for business during the partial shutdown of the federal government.  “This is a good example of why things that matter most to Texans — like the Alamo — remain Texan, just like the Chr...more


Jerry Patterson promotes ‘Voices of Veterans’ coordinator to Major in Marine Reserves

Jerry Patterson promotes ‘Voices of Veterans’ coordinator to Major in Marine Reserves

October 02, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Texas General Land Office employee James Crabtree was given a promotion by Commissioner Jerry Patterson today – but not for his meritorious service with the Land Office. Crabtree, a Leander-area resident and the coordinator of GLO’s Veterans Land Board “Voices of Veter...more


Waco man to be honored for Fort Hood survivor idea

Waco man to be honored for Fort Hood survivor idea

September 13, 2013
(DALLAS)—A plan which drew nationwide applause to help the surviving spouses of the Fort Hood shooting came from humble beginnings. A Facebook post by a Waco nurse inspired Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to treat the spouses of those killed in the Fort Hood shooting rampage as if they were survivor...more


WWII veteran to be promoted from private to admiral in one day

September 13, 2013
(HOUSTON)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson decided seven decades is too long for one of the state’s foremost advocates of nursing home residents to go without a bump in military rank. Sam Perlin, 94, was eligible for a promotion to Private First Class while with the Army Signal Corps during ...more


Military antiques display to honor veterans

September 09, 2013
(TEMPLE)—The William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple will honor its resident heroes on Patriot Day with a display of military artifacts. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a presentation from veteran Ed Thomas, manager of Major Dad’s Military Antiques. Thom...more


Labor Day concert and cookout to honor local Vets

August 30, 2013
(EL PASO)—Veterans, their families and staff at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home will be treated to a free cookout and concert on Labor Day. The invitation-only celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2. Carl Robinson, District Four city representative, is sponsoring the event. Navy ...more


Dedicated servant, humble warrior ready again to take up fight for Texas veterans

August 27, 2013
(AUSTIN)—An old warrior will resume his battles for Texas veterans on September 1 as Bill McLemore, a retired Army Lt. Colonel, Airborne, aviator, and Green Beret takes over the top spot at the Texas Veterans Land Board.  “Texas veterans couldn’t ask for a better advocate to fig...more


Fort Hood victims’ families to receive Texas veterans benefits

August 23, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Rejecting the notion the soldiers killed by a Jihadist mass murderer in Fort Hood were victims of workplace violence, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced Texas will treat their spouses as if they were killed in combat.  “This wasn’t workplace violence...more


Voices of Veterans brings home Hermes award

August 16, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Thanks to last year’s popular “Every Veteran Has a Story to Tell” exhibit, thousands from around the world became more aware of the contributions of Texas veterans to our country’s freedom.   And now the feature video for the exhibit has been honored...more


Memorial Day speech family matter for state official

May 22, 2013
(HOUSTON)—It’s a great honor for anyone fortunate enough to address one of the nation’s largest veterans’ cemeteries on Memorial Day. But for Monday’s guest speaker it’s a family matter, as five generations of Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson&#8217...more


Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery grows to serve Texas veterans

March 11, 2013
(AUSTIN)—Central Texas veterans' advocates joined Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, Congressman John Carter and top officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to break ground on an expansion to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.   A new columba...more


2012

Texas veterans land rush set with 6.75 percent interest rate

July 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board voted today to drop interest rates on land loans to a record low - just 6.75 percent.  "I hope every veteran in Texas hears about these record low rates," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of the VLB. "This is a great benefit they have earned and should take adva...more


Tyler’s Texas State Veterans Home renamed

July 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously today to rename Tyler's Texas State Veterans Home the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home. The board voted on the change - dropping one of the previous namesakes, Tyler resident Samuel M. Garrison - after learning accounts of his military record h...more


108th birthday party planned at Bonham veterans home

June 14, 2012
(AUSTIN)—In 1904, the United States began work on the Panama Canal, the first subway line in New York City opened and Ruth Moore Waterman was born in Minco, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.  At 11 a.m. Friday, staff and residents at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham will throw Wate...more


VLB now offering $417,000 for home purchases, $100,000 for land

April 26, 2012
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans can now take advantage of the VLB's low-interest rate loans to borrow as much as $417,000 to buy a home and $100,000 to buy land.  The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously today to increase the home and land loan limits in the latest expansion of benefits under the le...more


Patterson Purples Up for Military Kids

April 09, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The website more than 1.7 million veterans living in Texas rely on for information about their benefits -  www.texasveterans.com - will go purple Friday, April 13 in a show of support for Texas Operation Military Kids.  "The VLB will Purple Up! For Military Kids and we hope you wi...more


More than 60,000 Easter eggs at Big Spring Veterans Home

April 04, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The 9th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home 9th Annual is set for 11 a.m. on Good Friday and kids of all ages are invited to join the fun.   This week residents at the Big Spring home have stuffed more than 60,000 plastic eggs with cand...more


El Paso’s Texas State Veterans Home hosts top veterans advocates

January 19, 2012
(AUSTIN)—The Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home will host a meet and greet for El Paso's top veterans advocates at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.  Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Reps. Joe Pickett and Dee Margo, Mayor John Cook and City Councilman Carl Robinson will join El Paso's VA D...more


2011

More than 1,000 gather to dedicate Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery

December 08, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans turned the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor into a celebration Wednesday as hundreds gathered to dedicate the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.  "We are here today to consecrate this land for our Texas veterans," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Texas ...more


Texas Veterans to get a Lone Star Final Salute

December 02, 2011
(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 ...more


One-of-a-kind Texas State Veterans Home open for business

November 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Generations of veterans gathered today in Tyler to dedicate the newest and most down-home state veterans’ home in Texas. “Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home is a one-of-a-kind facility,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, chairman of the Vetera...more


Voices of Veterans™ exhibit opens on Veterans Day

October 31, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Texas Veterans Land Board and chairman Jerry Patterson, will celebrate Veterans Day with the opening of a Voices of VeteransTM program exhibit at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center called "Every Veteran has a Story to Tell." The interactive, multimedia exhibit will open on Nov. 11 (11.11.11) at ...more


Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery dedication Dec. 7

October 17, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas veterans and those who support them are invited to a December 7 dedication of the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. The dedication will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the 54-acre site, located at 9974 Interstate 37 Access Road, Corpus Christi.   Retired Army Lieutenant General Ma...more


Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home dedication Nov. 9

October 05, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today invited veterans and those who support them to the Nov. 9 dedication of Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler.  A ceremony to dedicate this one-of-a-kind long-term care facility will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at ...more


Patterson welcomes VA settlement in Houston

September 26, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today welcomed news that Texas veterans and their families will once again be free to worship as they choose at the Houston National Cemetery. According to reports, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to settle a lawsuit over allegations of rel...more


One-of-a-kind Texas State Veterans Home gets a name

July 28, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A one-of-a-kind long-term care facility being built in Tyler got its name today: the Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home.The Texas Veterans Land Board voted unanimously to honor three local heroes — two Medal of Honor recipients and a Tuskegee airman — in naming the...more


Wal-Mart buys leased Baytown facility from Permanent School Fund

July 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Wal-Mart Corp. recently repurchased the 4 million-square-foot distribution center in Baytown that the retail giant had been leasing from the state's Permanent School Fund since 2005.  "With this deal, the Permanent School Fund earned more than $40 million for Texas schools without raising ...more


Buy land, help Texas veterans

July 05, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today slashed prices on all tracts of forfeited land in the VLB's Type II inventory by 25 percent.  The sale is open to the public and offered on a "first come, first serve" basis. "We may be late for all the Fourth of July sales, but what better way...more


Round Rock Express, VLB team up for Texas veterans

Round Rock Express, VLB team up for Texas veterans

June 27, 2011
(ROUND ROCK)—The Round Rock Express and the VLB have teamed up to help Texas veterans with a Military and Veterans Appreciation Night on June 27. Ken Wallingford, a former POW, will throw out the first pitch in a night dedicated to letting Texas veterans know about the VLB benefits they've earned through their ...more


107th birthday party planned at Bonham veterans home

June 14, 2011
(AUSTIN)— In 1904, the United States began work on the Panama Canal, the first subway line in New York City opened and Ruth Moore Waterman was born in Minco, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.  At 10 a.m. Thursday, staff and residents at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham will throw W...more


62nd Army Band honors former band member, about to turn 99

May 19, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The 62nd Army Band will perform a special tribute concert for Russell Peloquin at 2 p.m. Friday, at El Paso's Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home.  Peloquin, a resident at the veterans' home and former trumpeter with the band, will be honored for his lifetime of service to our natio...more


Horse Cavalry Detachment, 1st Cavalry Division visits Temple's state veterans home

May 09, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Residents at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple are set to witness a precision, military drill usually performed only for soldiers returning from Iraq.  Fort Hood's First Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment will perform at the Texas State Veterans Home at 1...more


Harker Heights chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart makes generous donation to William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home

May 03, 2011
(AUSTIN)—The Harker Heights chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will present a generous donation of $943 to the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, 1424 Martin Luther King Jr. Lane in Temple at noon, Wednesday, May 4. Jack Palmer, commander of Chapter 1876, and his wife of 41 years,...more


San Angelo benefits fair April 9 for Texas veterans

San Angelo benefits fair April 9 for Texas veterans

March 01, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the San Angelo Coliseum, 50 East 43rd St, San Angelo.   The fair, targeting all Big Country veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officials from the Texas Ve...more


“Held in Trust” 10 a.m. Saturday at El Paso Veterans Home

February 18, 2011
(AUSTIN)—Bob Sneed will perform excerpts from his one-man play, "Held in Trust," 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home, 9650 Kenworthy Street, El Paso. The public is invited to this free performance.  The play tells the life story of West Point's first black gr...more


Pasadena benefits fair March 26 for Texas veterans

January 25, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Pasadena Civic Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, 77507.   The fair, targeting all area veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officials f...more


Dallas benefits fair Feb. 26 for Texas veterans

January 10, 2011
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Market Center, 7050 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas.  The fair, targeting all Dallas area veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Offici...more


2010

VLB organizes airlift of more than 80 wounded Warriors to Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

December 28, 2010
(AUSTIN)—More than 80 wounded warriors will watch SMU faceoff against Army at the 2010 Bell  Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Thursday, thanks to an airlift organized by the Texas Veterans Land Board.  This is the fifth year the VLB has brought soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan...more


All who served and live in Texas now Texas veterans

December 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The 1.7 million veterans living in Texas - regardless of when they moved here - will qualify for benefits from the Texas Veterans Land Board as of Dec. 21. "A veteran is a veteran, and this change opens up VLB programs to all who served and now call Texas home," said Jerry Patterson, chairman of th...more


Patterson sends Pearl Harbor survivors back for anniversary memorial

December 01, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Two Texans who fought back the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago will soon be headed back for special memorial services, thanks to the Texas State Veterans Home in Temple where the old heroes live.  Once shipmates aboard the USS Phoenix, Albert Kamenicky and Ben Russell each wat...more


Veterans Land Board undergoes corporate rebranding

October 27, 2010
(AUSTIN)—After 64 years of faithful service, the Veterans Land Board - or VLB - has a new look to spread the word that veterans benefits in Texas aren't just limited to land anymore.  "The VLB offers Texas veterans more than just a land loan nowadays," said VLB Chairman Jerry Patterson. "From low-c...more


McAllen Texas State Veterans Home celebrates five years serving the Valley

October 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—The Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home in McAllen celebrates five years of serving Rio Grande Valley veterans at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.  Dolia Gonzalez, mother of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez, will be the featured guest at a luncheon honor...more


Texas State Veterans Homes open to all Gold Star parents

September 29, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the VLB, today welcomed news that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Mac Thornberry expanding access to Texas State Veterans Homes for all Gold Star parents.  A Gold Star parent is someone whose son or daughter died while s...more


Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home celebrates five years in El Paso

September 28, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, will join veterans at El Paso’s Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, to celebrate five years of serving those who have served our nation. “The El Paso veterans’ community h...more


El Paso veterans home hosts annual Wii bowling tournament

September 23, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Residents from nursing homes and assisted living centers all around El Paso will converge on the Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, for the Third Annual Wii Bowling Tournament. Residents from 13 area facilities are expected to join Texas veterans in a fun-f...more


Patterson hears widow’s plight, changes policy overnight

August 30, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, today announced a change in policy that allows the surviving spouse of any Texas veteran killed in action an additional full 50 basis point discount on a home loan.  The benefit - which allows Texas veterans to borrow up to $325,...more


Home loans for Texas veterans hit an all-time low: 4.3%

August 17, 2010
(AUSTIN, TX)—Home loans for Texas veterans hit a record low rate today of just 4.3 percent for a 30-year, fixed rate, announced Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “This is great news for Texas veterans,” Patterson said. “Rates this low help those who served buy homes now and ...more


Valley benefits fair Oct. 16 for Texas veterans

August 16, 2010
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen.  The fair, targeting all Rio Grande Valley veterans, is one of several throughout the state.  Officia...more


Corpus Christi benefits fair Oct. 30 for Texas veterans

August 13, 2010
(AUSTIN)—A free "come and go" benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center's Corpus Christi Room, 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi. The fair, targeting all Coastal Bend veterans, is one of several throughout t...more


Work begins on Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery

July 23, 2010
(AUSTIN)—Work began today on turning 54 acres of donated land into hallowed ground as hundreds of veterans joined Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and numerous state, federal and local elected officials to break ground for the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.  Now an open field off Inte...more