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All-Women Veterans Honor Flight on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, 2018 for 30 Women Veterans who served during WWII, Korea, and/or Vietnam to our Nation's Capital to see the memorials built in their honor and to attend a ceremony at the Women's Memorial.  
Order of priority to fill the 30 seats: 
1. WWII women veterans from across the state; 
2. Korea and Vietnam Era Women Veterans from Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis, and Williamson Counties.  
The Applications for each ERA can be found at:  http://www.honorflightaustin.org/forms/.  After you complete the application, please drop it off at the Gillespie County Veterans Service Office and VSO Tami King will scan and submit it to the Coordinator.   

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument in Arlington National Cemetery to be dedicated April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument will be dedicated in a formal ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM. 

The monument will honor the nearly 5,000 helicopter pilots and crewmembers killed during the Vietnam War, and is the only monument established to honor all who died operating rotary-wing aircraft in what is frequently called, “the Helicopter War.” 

During the Vietnam War the helicopter became the mainstay for joint operational mobility. Approximately 12,000 helicopters operated in the combat zone and were used by all military services: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Of this number, 5,086 were destroyed. 

Arlington National Cemetery holds the greatest cluster of helicopter casualties from the Vietnam War made up of immediate casualties, Medal of Honor recipients, and the remains of MIAs recovered in the decades after the war ended in 1975. 

First submitted in August, 2014, the monument proposal was initially rebuffed by Army officials citing limited space in the national military cemetery. Public outcry and Congressional interest led to bipartisan legislation, the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, championed by U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV-2), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK). 

The April 18, 2018 dedication ceremony will see Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, and helicopter combat crewmembers rejoin to honor friends lost in combat. “With more than 40 years having passed since the end of the Vietnam War, I’m pleased to know this group of deserving veterans will finally receive proper recognition – an honor that is long overdue,” said Congressman Amodei. 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day event

Vietnam Veterans and a spouse or guest are invited to a National Vietnam War Veterans Day Event Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Winery, 247 W. Main St, Fredericksburg.  Free food and drink.  Also help us bring the UH-1 "Huey" to the 2018 WWI Centennial Commemoration and Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2018.   For more information, click here to see flyer.

Annual Ceremonial Parade/Drill Team for Navy JROTC at FHS

The Fredericksburg High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Battlin’ Billies Battalion cordially invite you to attend our Annual Ceremonial Parade and Drill Team Exhibition on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Fredericksburg High School New Gym, 1107 S State Highway 16.  Dress Casual.  All are invited to attend the Morning Colors, Personnel Inspection and Platoon Drill competition from 8:10 AM – 10:15 AM also. 

Oral History Department at Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center and Archive seeking Vietnam Veterans to participate in Oral History Project

Oral History Project Information (click here)

The Vietnam Center & Archive Information (click here)

Service Members, Veterans, and Families PEER to PEER Support Meets on 1st and 4th Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in Kerrville at the Hill Country Veterans Center: PEER to PEER Support Information (click here)

Opportunity to get your Health Care Directives and HIPPA forms on file with the VA Health system on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in Kerrville VA Medical Center: Filing Information (click here)

Gillespie County Honor Guard meets on 2nd Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory: Honor Guard Information (click here)

Gillespie County
Veterans Service Office
102 E San Antonio St
Suite B-2
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Telephone: (830) 997-3758
Fax: (830) 997-3245

Located: Annex 2 Bldg
(former clinic building)

Adult Volunteers Needed

The Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC unit needs adult drivers to help the cadets put out and pickup flags on holidays.  If you can help even one holiday per year, please contact CAPT George T. Fadok, Senior Naval Science Instructor, via phone (830) 997-7551 or email georgef@fisd.org 

The dates flags are set out are:
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, third Monday of January
- President's Day, third Monday of February
- Armed Forces Day & Peace Officer/EMS Recognition Day, third Saturday of May
- Memorial Day, last Monday of May
- Flag Day, 14th of June
- Independence Day, 4th of July
- Gillespie County Fair Day, fourth Friday of August
- 9-11 Remembrance Day, 11th of September
- POW-MIA Day and Constitution Day, third Friday of September
- Columbus Day, second Monday of October
- Election Day, first Tuesday of November every even year
- Veteran's Day, 11th of November
- Pearl Harbor Day, 7th of December 

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