Traveling along the highways of Texas, none is more significant than State Highway 6 (SH 6). Reaching from the Texas-Oklahoma border on the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the South, along SH 6 travelers see these signs dotting the roadside landscape. Ever present are these reminders of the sacrifice men and women of Texas and this nation made in the service of their country. … [Read more...] about Knox County Veterans Memorial
Every so often, County Progress asks our distinguished Judges and Commissioners to allow us a glimpse into their public lives, giving us a fresh appreciation for the myriad of roles and responsibilities they shoulder every day. In honor of Veterans Day, we sought out Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid Jr., who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy. Judge Madrid, thank you for … [Read more...] about A Glimpse in the Life of Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid
Serving on the Seas
The motto of the U.S. Coast Guard is Semper Paratus, or Always Ready. On two separate occasions, a young Martin Nash and his fellow guardsmen were passengers on a seaplane tender bound for Vietnam to operate river gunboats. “We had a job to do,” recalled Nash, Tyler County Commissioner, “and we were going to do it.” The 255-foot long seaplane tender with four small … [Read more...] about Veterans Day 2019
In the common area of VFW Graham Memorial Post 8567, a “welcome home” table has been carefully laid: white plate, red napkin, and red flower in a black vase circled by a thin yellow ribbon. The table will stay forever set in honor of Danny Lee Widner, who left for Vietnam at age 25 and has yet to return. Staff Sgt. Widner, U.S. Army, was a 1961 graduate of … [Read more...] about Never-Ending Salute – Memorial Day 2019
Editor’s Note: On Aug. 28, the Liberty County Commissioners Court passed a resolution to establish a Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) program, as reported in our December 2018 issue. Spencer Walker, a combat veteran who has received services from a VTC, played a role in establishing the program. County Progress would like to thank Mr. Walker for sharing his story.
Howdy from Houston! My name is Spencer Walker; I grew up in Jackson, Miss., and Sugar Land, Texas. My parents retired from MEDVAMC (Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center), with 53-plus years of service. My father is my personal hero, a decorated U.S. Air Force and Vietnam veteran and an Air Medal recipient who is buried at Houston National Cemetery. I am truly humbled by my … [Read more...] about Veterans Treatment Courts Offes Renewed Hope, Fresh Start