Perry Jefferies hails from Waco, the son of a long line of Army Veterans and Shirley Jefferies, creator of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He retired from the Army in 2004 and is a member of the Order of Saint George for service to Armor and Cavalry.
An original member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, he is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the Disabled American Veterans and the parent of a Soldier.
He is married to Mistee Jefferies, a nurse and assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He is a graduate of Pierce College in Washington, rides motorcycles and is a member of the Patriot Guard and Military Jeepers in his spare time. He is the third manager of the TexVet Initiative for Texas A&M.
Brandy is a native of Round Rock. Shortly after graduating high school, she went on to study at Texas State University. Unfortunately, during finals she underwent emergency surgery and was unable to continue enrollment there.
In 2003, three months after surgery, Brandy made a split-second decision to join the military. Her mother forbade her from joining the Army and so it was that she joined the Air Force. She served as a Security Forces member and was stationed in Kunsan, Korea and Aviano, Italy.
Shortly after separating from service, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Journalism.
While there, Brandy served as President of the Student Veterans Association for two years. She also held a seat on the Veterans Stadium Committee. In her spare time at UT, she played rugby and flag football -- earning a spot on the rec sports wall of fame.
Directly after graduating, she became the Assistant Manager at TexVet and is currently in charge of website development.
Micah Burnett is an Army veteran. In 2001, he deployed to Kosovo with the 10th Mountain Division. In 2003, Micah deployed to Iraq with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his time in service.
Micah is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Born across from the Corpus Christi Bay, Betty grew up in the Air Force town of Goldsboro, North Carolina, where she graduated from high school. She lived a year in Australia, and from coast to coast stateside - as a preacher's daughter - and as a Coast Guardsman's wife. She met her husband at Abilene Christian University, where they both graduated.
Betty comes from a family of Veterans: her grandfather was a World War I Army "Muleskinner." Her father was an WWII Army Personnel Officer, serving with the 50th General Hospital in Scotland and in Normandy, France. Her uncle was a World War II Company B Clerk in the Tank Destroyer Battalion, North Camp Hood. Both her husband and brother were Coast Guard photo-journalists during the Vietnam Era. Her son served with the Texas State Guard, and her nephew currently serves with III Corps, Fort Hood.
Prior to joining TexVet in July 2010, Betty wrote a weekly column for the Austin American-Statesman; edited newsletters and coordinated special projects for both statewide and nonprofit agencies; was the benefits manager for an Austin-based corporation; coordinated a county-wide coalition which focused on saving lives through the prevention of underage drinking; and served as a constituent liaison in the District 31 office of Congressman John R. Carter.