February 5, 2019

The POW Roller Coaster

I was running errands with my husband this weekend when I heard about the release of POW, U.S. Army Sgt., Bowe Bergdahl.

February 5, 2019

On Mother's Day, I was blessed to hear from many friends and family including my own boys. I also heard from my "non-biological" family. People we have helped out along the way. Given them places to stay, assisted them financially, or supported them emotionally. Our lives have been improved upon, supported, and strengthened through these relationships. I thought about how blessed I am to have family and friends who love me. Together our story is a great one.

February 5, 2019

It is almost that time! Happy Independence to the Country that I love. In my position at TexVet I have the pleasure of posting many of the 4th of July events to TexVet.org and I know one thing".Texas knows how to celebrate our nation's birthday! Visit the Independence Day banner on our front page to see all the festivals, parades, concerts, and firework extravaganzas!

February 5, 2019

Our job at TexVet is to get the word out about all the wonderful resources available to veterans, military service members and their families. Recently, Perry Jefferies and Jonathan Leistiko, two of TexVets finest, visited the Republic of Texas Rally to do just that. They brought back some great stories and wonderful photos. I started thinking about my personal experiences with motorcycles and the strong ties between the military and motorcycles.

February 5, 2019

Flintlock 2014

February 5, 2019

I was extremely fortunate to be in attendance at this years?۪ 4th Annual Military Friendly Symposium held at Texas A&M " San Antonio earlier this month. What a fantastic event! I felt honored to sit alongside dedicated higher education professionals who share my passion to assist veterans and see them succeed academically, personally, and professionally.

February 5, 2019

One of the great perks of attending the Military Friendly Symposium at Texas A&M San Antonio included a night out at the Tobin Center. At the theater, we were among the first to experience The Telling Project's "Telling San Antonio." The Telling Project is a series of moving theatrical performances whereby Veterans tell their own stories, in their own words, on stage. http://thetellingproject.org/

February 5, 2019

Horses for Heroes is one of the programs at the Ride on Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.). The R.O.C.K. is an equine therapy ranch located in Georgetown, Texas. The program is amazing and I felt welcomed by Heidi Derning, the Horses for Heroes Coordinator, and her whole team.

December 22, 2016

I had every intention to get this blog posted on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, but life's daily events seem to take my spare time and channel it elsewhere. As I begin to write with Christmas music in the background and festive decorations all around, I think of the setting of Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. Christmas was approaching, the tropical setting, beaches, and sun were main parts of the picturesque scene of Honolulu.

December 19, 2016

Austin, Texas • News Release


November 29, 2016

I’ll begin my last blog of 2016 with the month of June, a busy month for me.  I’d flown up to Nebraska already feeling bone-weary before I even left Austin. Travel includes hectic airports and, of course, the prop plane. I well remember my first time on the prop plane: I sat up front, close to the pilot (in case he needed me, you know) … and he stepped out and asked me to move more to the middle so I could help “balance out the plane”!! 

November 16, 2016

Today is National I&R Day (Information and Referral) and it looks like one of the biggest Veteran challenges for referrals is being addressed.

November 15, 2016

From a press release by Governor Abbott (Veteran graf at the end):

Governor's Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative Issues Report On Education And Workforce Integration

Thursday, November 10, 2016  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

November 15, 2016

Recently I ran across some notes scribbled during a conference, the session's subject focused on time management. I hope it will be profitable for you, if I share some of my jottings.

In essence, all of us have all the time there is.  Time is a perishable commodity and a non-renewable resource. What does that mean? Once you let time fly through your fingers, it is gone. That means that we have to take ownership of the way we use our time.

November 14, 2016

Shared by Mental Health America - Houston:

In the military you have a mission, a purpose and a sense of direction that you share with a feeling of camaraderie that is incomparable to any other life experience.