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Post TX115 had an extraordinary 2019!

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December 15, 2019

Holiday HomecomingPost TX115 hosted its 8th annual winter holiday gathering on Sunday, December 15th at 1600.  As is our custom, we followed our Christmas music program with a large traditional family feast, bringing together members, their families, and friends of the Post in a joyous celebration of the season.  There was a delicious collection of holiday food and a great time was had by all.

    

   

December 15, 2019

Christmas CarolingFor our eighth year, the Post orchestrated a Christmas music program at a local senior living facility.  Our program this year, on December 15th, featured solo performances and group songs with piano accompaniment.  Special thanks to Post member Alan Cameron for leading us in the carols and for adding the “Twas' The Night Before Christmas In Texas, Ya'll” tale and a lovely rendition of the holiday classic “The Christmas Song” to the program.  And we were grateful to have Friend of the Post Sam Pulis enrich the day with his piano playing before and during the event.

      

November 11, 2019

Veterans Day Program – On Monday, November 11th our Post partnered with Orchard Park Senior Living to honor the 19 veterans who are residents at their Kyle home.  It’s a struggle for them to get to out, so our Post went there to honor them!

Post Commander Kerman Hammond, Honor Guard Officer Rachel Patrick, Master of Ceremonies Alan Cameron, and guest speaker Adria Garcia collaborated to organize and present an outstanding event.  They were supported by 1st Vice Commander Stan Lipinski and members Alba Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Cassaundra Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Stu Hoyt, Mike Garceau, and Steve Pulis. 

Highlights of the program included Adria’s reflections on military service and Veterans Day, presentation of certificates to the resident veterans, the Orchard Park Choir’s renditions of the military service songs, and Alan’s heartfelt performance of “Proud to be an American.”

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Veterans and residents of Orchard Park

Veterans and residents of Orchard Park

Veterans and residents of Orchard Park

Members Stu Hoyt, Mike Garceau, Adria Garcia, Kerman Hammond,
and Stan Lipinski visit prior to the program

Alan Cameron guiding the program

Commander Kerman Hammond

Combat Veteran Adria Garcia addressing the group

Combat Veteran Ed Campbell reflecting on fellow resident Milton Behrens

Color Guard Cassaundra Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Alba Melgar-Ce’De Baca, and Rachel Patrick

Color Guard Cassaundra Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Alba Melgar-Ce’De Baca, and Rachel Patrick

November 9, 2019

Buda Veterans Parade – Post TX115 was on point for the 2019 Buda Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9th, with Honor Guard Officer Rachel Patrick leading members Adria Garcia, Steve Pulis, Cassaundra Melgar-Ce’De Baca, and Alba Melgar-Ce’De Baca.

Post Commander Kerman Hammond followed driving the Post float with veterans, family members, and friends aboard.

It was a beautiful day to commemorate Veterans Day with members of the Buda community.

October 26, 2019

Honor Flight Donation – AMVETS Post TX115 donated $1,000 to Austin Honor Flight, the nonprofit organization that has taken over 2,000 WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to our Nation’s Capital to visit and experience the Memorials built in their honor.

Our Post donation was made in honor of Post member John Corzan, a decorated Korean War combat veteran.  John’s wife Beverly presented the check to former City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin Honor Flight Vice Chair.  Former Mayor Leffingwell is a former United States Navy Pilot and Vietnam War veteran.  After leaving active duty, he served in the Navy Reserve and retired at the rank of Commander.

October 26, 2019

Veterans Challenge Cup Chili Cook-Off – Teams brought their competitive spirit to this year’s Veterans Challenge Chili Cook-Off.

Rachael Patrick earned the judge’s 2nd runner-up Chili Ace trophy plus the coveted “Chili of the People” award.  The Ben and Gilbert Arismendez combined their culinary efforts to net the 1st runner-up Chili Master title.  Team SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) walked away with the highest bragging rights – Chili Grand Master.

Special thanks to our judges – AMVETS Texas State Commander Jesse Bean, Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, and Constable John Ellen.

State Commander Jesse Bean

1st Place - Chili Grand Masters - Team SAR

October 19, 2019

Community Yard Sale – Post TX115 hosted its third yard sale of 2019 Saturday, October 19th.

September 28, 2019

Hispanic American Veterans Achievement & Appreciation Celebration – Post 115 celebrated the service and sacrifice of Latino Americans in military service with an outstanding schedule of activities.

We started with a special breakfast at 0800 and then had a special commemoration at 1000 featuring Vietnam Marine Corps Combat Veteran Maximo “Max” Vasquez.  Max delivered a most moving address and individually recognized Hays County Hispanic-Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Lehman High School Mariachi Los Lobos entertained attendees at 1100 – these superb young adults put on a magnificent performance – Maravilloso!

We closed out the day with a delicious meal from Donn’s BBQ.

Post TX115 can be most proud of this commemoration and celebration – it was a fitting recognition.  Special thanks to Max Vasquez and Mariachi Los Lobos for making the program so special.  And an extra-large salute to Ben Arismendez, Gilbert Arizmendez, Rachel Patrick, Adria Garcia, and Gerry Mullen for all their hard efforts in planning, staging, and executing – a lot of hard work goes in to prepare and run an event this grand – well done to all!

 

September 11, 2019

Patriot DayPost members set flags along the fence to mark Patriot Day at 401 Rebel Drive.

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September 7, 2019

First Responders Appreciation Breakfast – For our fifth year, Post TX115 hosted an appreciation breakfast for area law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel on Saturday, September 7th.  It was our special way to say thank you all those who keep us safe and save lives every day.

By most accounts, this was our most successful FR breakfast to date.  Over 36 police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, EMTs, and judicial personnel enjoyed some great food and left the Post knowing they are greatly appreciated by the community they serve.

Once again Ben Arismendez, Gilbert Arizmendez, and Rachel Patrick were at the Post extra early to ensure all was ready by 0600.  These three members were the first to arrive and the last to leave, working steady all morning to keep both our guests and fellow Post members fed and happy.  Many members jumped in to assist, with Max Vasquez taking the lead on the all-important trash control duties.

Our annual FR breakfast is named in honor of Post member Lyle Bollinger, who was a strong supporter of public service and especially first responders.  He was a board member for Hays County Emergency Services District Five (ESD-5) for 16 years, advocating for the Fire Department that serves Kyle and the surrounding area.  Lyle instilled that sense of service in his daughter Susan, who continues the family legacy by serving on the ESD-5 board today.  We were happy Lyle’s wife Mary and his daughter Susan could join us for the breakfast.

August 31, 2019

Chief Master Sergeant Charles R. Schlund (Retired) Remembrance – Post TX115 hosted a Memorial and Celebration of Life Car Display to honor the life of retired Chief Master Sergeant Charlie "Chaz" Schlund at our Post – 401 Rebel Drive in Kyle.

Charlie Schlund was proud of his 29 years of service in the Air Force, of his assignments around the world, and especially of his tours in Vietnam and Thailand during the war.  Here at home in Texas he was a fixture and a valued friend in the Mustang community.

Post members rallied to provide two meals and deliver final military honors.  Most members didn’t know Charlie Schlund, but that didn’t stop them from enduring the heat to honor the Chief.

Ben Arismendez, Gilbert Arizmendez, and Rachel Patrick started early and worked hard so all could enjoy a wonderful breakfast and later a tasty lunch.

Rachel Patrick served as our Honor Guard Officer, leading Alba Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Cassaundra Melgar-Ce’De Baca, Mike Garceau, Jim Clements, Stan Lipinski, Stu Hoyt, and Larry Keiser.  Under Rachel’s expert leadership the team delivered a beautifully executed three-volley rifle salute.  Everyone in attendance was impressed!

Alan Cameron delivered a beautiful National Anthem and served as chaplain, providing thoughtful and touching words of contemplation.

Many members jumped in to assist – Max Vasquez, Rex Drake, and others – when most needed to pull it all off.

This remembrance was another example of our Post at its finest – veterans closing ranks to honor a fellow veteran’s service to our country.  This is the foundation of an honorable veteran's post.

Those close to Charlie were extremely touched by and very much appreciated the efforts of Post 115.  They expressed much gratitude to all the Post veterans and family members who stood in the heat, shoulder to shoulder with them, in a final salute to a life of service and purpose, a life that touched so many, a life well lived.

   

Master of Ceremonies Bob White                                     Alan Cameron offers contemplation                              Brian Pulis remembering his friend

 

                              Post Honor Guard delivering the Three-Volley Rifle Salute                                                                Jackie Gibson rendering Taps

    

Flag Detail – Air Force veterans Neal Armstrong, Ron Butler, Mike Jenniges, and Steve Pulis                                            The Final Salute

Two early model Ford Mustang Fastbacks, a 1965 HiPo and 1967 GTA, lovingly restored by Charlie Schlund

Members of the Central Texas Mustang community who cherished Charlie Schlund

August 10, 2019

Post Family Picnic – We had a wonderful turnout at our annual summer social.  It was a relaxed gathering to spend time together with some traditional American backyard cuisine and some old fashion camaraderie – yes, it was all about friendship and food!  The Post grilled up the hamburgers and hotdogs and members brought scrumptious summer side dishes and delicious desserts to share.

Special thanks to Gilbert Arizmendez and Ben Arizmendez for the setup, teardown, and all the cooking, and to Stan Lipinski for the music and the running the door prize/raffle operation.

Our special guests this year were AMVETS Department of Texas Commander Jesse Bean and his lovely wife Dannie.  We were most honored to have them visit our Post.  They enjoyed a wonderful meal while visiting with our members and families.  From the State Commander:

“…we made to Kyle Texas and pulled into the parking lot of AMVETS Post 115.  Very nice bldg, huge parking lot and very clean surroundings.  Very positive image for AMVETS.

The Post Commander, Staff and all the Members as well as wives and children were so welcoming and friendly.  The event they were having was their Family Picnic.  Heavy on the Family.

This is one of our best Post and they are very active in the Community and serve Veterans in so many different and beneficial ways.

They prepared a feast and the folks I met were so kind I was touched by the atmosphere and the nature of their support for each other, the Veterans they serve year round and their ongoing efforts.

The pictures on the walls is a directory of their never ending projects, fund raisers, and so many community activities I was very impressed the quality and quantity of their  service.

To each one of you I say thanks so much for what you have done, are doing and will continue to do in the future.

Great Effort. Great Results.”

Commander Bean continued:

“This is a beautiful plaque sent to AMVETS Post 115 from SPECIAL OPERATIONS JOINT TASK FORCE. The reason this bunch of warriors sent this to the AMVETS is in appreciation for the package the Post sent them. I was amazed to begin with by the show of appreciation.  In our society now days, not much of that going on. I guess their nobility goes far past just fighting their ass off for this Country and its people. There are several other plaques like this around the walls of Post 115, but the impact statement is; they have sent almost forty (40) of these packages to our warriors in the last year. That's what I be talking about people. Doing it, they are flat doing it.  Just know they are is enough, but knowing they are doing it without fame, fortune or glory makes it even better.”

July 20, 2019

Flag Retirement Program The program, which was open to the public, was an educational endeavor as well as a dignified ceremony of flag retirement.  John Knox, a local historian specializing in the flags of America, delivered a detailed history of the many flags that have flown over the United States and how the current flag was developed.  Mr. Knox demonstrated the proper way to retire “Old Glory” and facilitated the retirement of the many flags that have flown over local homes and businesses.  Special thanks to Terry Murray for coordinating the program and to Gilbert Arizmendez and Ben Arizmendez for the setup and teardown.

June 15, 2019

Women Veterans Breakfast – Post TX115 held its second annual Women Veterans Recognition Breakfast on June 15, commemorating the Texas Women Veterans day, the 71th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, and 102 years of women in uniformed military service. Dr. Alba M. Melgar-C’De Baca, United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), provided a moving narrative of nearly 30 years of military service.

From the Post Commander:

Today was a special day because we had our program to show appreciation to women veterans.  If you were not at the Post, you missed a great speaker that was really enthusiastic about what she had to say.  We had a great breakfast, program, and afterwards cake and coffee and a great time just meeting everyone and enjoying the conversation.  I personally want to thank everyone that made the program a success.  Team work is what makes things happen – thanks to Steve Pulis, Stan Lipinski, Ben Arismendez, Gilbert Arismendez, Rachel Patrick, Mike Cook, Alan Cameron, Terry Murray and our picture taker Tina Murray.  Wow, what a team.

Kerman D. Hammond, Sr.

Commander

June 14, 2019

Flag Day – Post TX115 partnered with the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) to mark Flag Day at 401 Rebel Drive. 

June 8, 2019

Community Yard Sale – Post TX115 hosted its second yard sale of 2019 on June 8th.

May 25, 2019

Officer Installation From Former Commander Steve Pulis:

I had the special privilege of inducting our new cabinet of officers for 2019-2020 at our Saturday morning breakfast.  Please come out to our Post meetings, both the General Membership Meetings and the Executive Committee Meetings, to provide your input and support your officers!

Commander

1st Vice

2nd Vice

3rd Vice

Adjutant

Finance Officer

Judge Advocate

Provost Marshall

Kerman D. Hammond, Sr.

Terry Murray

Gilbert Arismendez

Rachel Patrick

William P. Banks, Sr

Stan Lipinski

Mike Garceau

Ben Arismendez

May 18, 2019

World War II & Korean War Veterans Appreciation Breakfast – On May 18th, Post TX115 honored local WWII and Korean War veterans.  The morning included a special breakfast followed by a program with period music, leader’s perspectives, and individual narratives highlighting the service and lives of the 11 veterans recognized.

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Program – Post TX115 partnered with Orchard Park Senior Living to present a Memorial Day program on May 23rd.  Post Honor Guard members presented the colors and the Orchard Park choir sang four beautiful songs and performed the five military service songs.  The program closed with Post Member Alan Cameron singing a moving rendition of Taps.

April 27 & 28, 2019

Lions Club Wiener Dog Races – Post TX115 once again supported the Buda Lions Club at their annual Wiener Dog Races, providing AMVETS veteran members to direct parking.  This event is the Lions major fundraiser for the year, one hundred percent of which is used to support local youth that are disabled and/or disadvantaged.

April & May 2019

JROTC Awards – Post TX115 supported a record 20 high school programs requesting AMVETS JROTC award packages for end of school year awards ceremonies.  Additionally, post members presented the awards at a record 16 schools in April and May.

  

  

March 30, 2019

Community Yard Sale – Post TX115 hosted its first yard sale on March 30th.

January & February 2019

Military Care Packages – Throughout January, veterans, family members, and friends contributed hundreds of items for our annual “Veterans Valentine” Care Packages program.  On February 2nd the Post family helped fill the boxes that we sent to military members deployed overseas.  This year’s effort yielded 37 boxes, filled to the brim with goodies for the troops.  

2019 is the 7th year Post Commander Kerman Hammond has orchestrated this important program to support those serving all of us downrange.  While we often receive thanks, this year we were sent a particularly touching letter from Afghanistan; it is great to know Post TX115 is having such a positive effect on those serving in harm’s way.

January 2019

Mid-Winter Raffle – During January Post members sold tickets for our annual Mid-Winter Raffle, once again featuring the popular Ruger LC9s.  Due to the outstanding efforts of many, this fundraiser was very successful.