Collin County is honored to be called home by nearly 40,000 of our nation’s valiant veterans. As a Marine, ensuring my fellow servicemen and women receive the recognition they deserve for their sacrifice to our nation is incredibly important.
That’s why I’m excited to help local veterans obtain the military medals they earned in service to our country. On April 12, 2019 my office will host a Badges of Honor event to assist veterans and their families in beginning the military medal request process. Paperwork required by each military branch can be daunting, however my staff will be available to help TX-03 veterans and their loved ones complete the necessary forms.
The event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at my Collin County Office located at 5600 Tennyson Blvd, Suite 275, Plano, TX 75024 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
If you are interested in requesting your military medals or decorations, or those of a loved one, please RSVP online or call my Collin County office at (972) 202-4150.
It is an honor and privilege to serve you in the United States House of Representatives.
You are invited to Frisco Mayor Cheney’s Veterans Social.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Frisco Fresh Market
9215 John W Elliot Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Veterans and their family members will be treated to 1 FREE RIDE and 1 FREE MEAL TICKET redeemable at the Frisco Fresh Market participating food vendors (while supplies last). Drinks will be cash bar. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
This is a casual opportunity to meet and reacquaint with other Veterans in Frisco.
The Denton County Veteran Service office is proud to announce a sixth permanent location for Veterans Service. The Commissioner Court approved location at the Frisco Government Center rounds out permanent services in all Precincts of Denton County. The office in Frisco is located in the Frisco Government Center, 5533 FM 423 in Suite 801. The Frisco Office as well as the offices in the Southwest Courthouse and the Sandy Jacobs Government Center will have available services every Friday.
In addition to our 3 Friday locations we continue to serve Veterans and their Families in the Denton County Government Center, Precinct 3 Government Center and Texas Veterans Commission services are available at the Denton County Veteran Center. All locations are by appointment, scheduled though our main office by calling 940-349-2950. Appointments in the Veteran Center scheduled by calling 940-566-5851 ext. 113.
We have received positive feedback for our scheduled appointment system versus the old “arrival and wait process”. We do have limited walk-in services for emergencies in the Mary & Jim Horn Government Center, or special needs situations. A scheduled appointment is our best way to provide superior customer service, keeping with the motto of “Providing customer service to our Veterans and family members with an attitude of gratitude”.
Services include assisting in:
Non-Service Connected Pension
Appeal to Board of Veterans Appeals
VA Healthcare Enrollment
Texas Veterans Land Board
Education Benefits Summary
Vocational Rehab Benefits
VA Debt Waiver
Requesting Military Records
Review of Military Discharge
DVA Life Insurance Claim
Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loan
All Locations and addresses:
Denton County Government Center, 1505 E. McKinney St. Suite 151, Denton, TX 75065
Precinct 3 Government Center, 400 North Valley Pkwy Suite 1134 Lewisville, TX 75067
Frisco Government Center, 5533 FM 423 Suite 801, Frisco, TX 75034
Sandy Jacobs Government Center, 1029 West Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75007
Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls Dr., Flower Mound, TX 76226
Denton County Veteran Center, 400 S. Carroll Blvd. Suite 2000, Denton, TX 76201
Hugh Emerson Coleman
Denton County Commissioner
On President’s Day Weekend, the top student orators in the state will arrive in Frisco in hopes of winning the top honors in the annual Oratorical Competition of the American Legion, Department of Texas.
Over the 23 Legion districts of Texas, students have been competing with their presentation of original speeches on the subject of the U.S. Constitution. Each of the 23 districts selected a winner to send to one of the four Legion division contests. Now, the top speakers from those divisions have reached the penultimate round, and will vie on President’s Day in front of a distinguished judging panel to be named state champion. $5,000 in scholarship prizes will be awarded across the four state finalists.
The competition will take place at the Frisco ISD Administration building in the Boardroom. Orators were required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government, and have been using this oratory throughout the competition. There is an additional element of the contest where a student must deliver extemporaneous remarks over one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and the specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.
After winning on President’s Day, the 2019 Texas state champion will then advance to the National Competition in Indianapolis to compete against 54 other students from across the U.S., for a pool of $160,000 in scholarships.
American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 of Frisco is proud to have been selected to host the state competition for 2019. “It is a distinct honor for Post 178 to be chosen to host this highly-renowned contest,” observes Post Commander Fred Rogers.
Many volunteers from Post 178 and American Legion Auxiliary 178 are assisting with mounting the competition, as well as with a banquet for the finalists and their families on the night before the contest. During the weekend of the finals, Post 178 and the Frisco area will be host to many state officials and dignitaries from the Legion Department of Texas
The competition is open to the public, and begins at 9:00 am on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco, Texas 75035. Admission is free.
Learn more about the State Oratorical Competition at https://txlegion.org/programs/oratorical/.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families.
Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America’s Veterans – some even claiming to be VA representatives.
We know that scam activity increases during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so the FCC and VA urge you to be vigilant. We offer the following tips to help you avoid unwanted calls and scams.
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or suspicious calls.
Be sure to set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
Register your number on the Do Not Call List to block calls from legitimate telemarketers.
Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone.
Please help spread the word about robocall fraud among those who may need assistance particularly those who are frequently targeted by phone scams.
The Post 178 Color Guard presented the Colors during a pep rally at Lakeside Middle School, Little Elm, on November 9th. Post member Felipe Vargas is the Vice Principal at the school and under his direction this was the first time the students had seen the Colors presented.
L-R >Ted Ruybal, Fred Rogers, Larry Marshall, Larry Wilhelm.
Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military – in war time or peace time.
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th, of the 11th month).
On May 13th, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each year. A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War.
On November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to recognize veterans of all wars.
This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.
On 18 September 2018, Frisco’s Mayor Cheney presented a Proclamation to the 22 Boys State Delegates that attended Texas Boys State at the University of Texas in Austin. These young men, now seniors in high school, represented Post 178 and the City of Frisco.
Mayor Cheney stated “I, Jeff Cheney, Mayor of the City of Frisco, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2018 as: FRISCO BOYS STATESMEN DAY”.
Mayor Cheney praised the young men for their extraordinary efforts, accomplishments, leadership, and representing the City of Frisco. The Mayor had each of the Statesmen introduce themselves and tell which Frisco high school they were attending.
After introducing themselves and answering a few questions; the Boy Statesmen sang the Texas Boys State song to all attendees. We can be very proud of these young men for their accomplishments. They are the future leaders of our City, County, and State.
Now begins the time for the 2019 Boys State Program. We will be contacting each Frisco high school, Legacy Christian Academy, and our Home School contact for recommendations of juniors to be interviewed for Boys State. Post 178 Boys State committee includes Paul Jones, Ed Kelly, Marty Martel, Ted Ruybal, Larry Wilhelm, and Larry Marshall.
Mike Strand has been the Boys State Chair since Post 178 was formed in 2014. Mike must be congratulated for the outstanding job he did. He has developed the Boys State program to one of the best; if not the best, in the State of Texas. Thank you, Mike, for the job well done and you will be missed. Good luck in Colorado.
Post 178 Color Guard presented the Colors for a ceremony where a SUV was presented to Cpl. Michael Fox, a wounded Texas Marine.
A North Texas Marine has a new vehicle, thanks to a donated car and donated time. Cpl. Michael Fox was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs. On Thursday, Fox got a donated and adapted 2014 Nissan Pathfinder through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. Fox was nominated by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted vehicles to veterans.
“It’s incredibly humbling and I’m so grateful to all of you,” said Fox after his new ride was unveiled. “I can’t thank you enough.”
The SUV was donated by GEICO, and workers at Caliber Collision in Little Elm donated 200 hours to adapt it for Fox’s special needs. “I put myself in this guy’s shoes,” said auto painter Jesus Hernandez, whose brother is a Marine. “I would want somebody to reach out to me, help me out, make my life a little bit easier.”
“Right now I’m using portable hand controls on my wife’s vehicle, and this one has permanent hand controls,” explained Fox. “So it’s going to be a lot safer.”
The donated vehicle came with a bonus; a back seat full of toys for Fox’s 9-month old son, Grant.
“Our son was actually born on his ‘alive day’,” said Erica Fox. “All these little milestones, everything just comes together, and it’s just been a really long, but rewarding road.”
NBC5 was there to report the story, which you can watch here.