Friday, June 14, 2019

FYI - Hays County School Safety Volunteer program

The School Safety Volunteer program is designed to expand the safety of our elementary students through the use of prior military service, retired, or currently serving members. These volunteers will be in uniformed CERT shirts representing their previous branch of service. Volunteers are asked to dedicate a morning or afternoon to greet the students arriving and departing the school grounds and will receive the following training and certifications:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members 
Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE),  
Standard Response Protocols (SRP)

Incorporating our local veterans who have been professionally trained in situational awareness and emergency response to all potential hazards, can provide a tremendous benefit to our local elementary campuses. A friendly face consistently greeting and bidding farewell to these young students each morning and afternoon, with positive notes of encouragement. Students will learn the values of respect, duty, honor and selfless service as exhibited by our veterans. Our schools and community will benefit from the passion of service these veterans have so often displayed and will continue to dedicate to the safety of our elementary student.

Interested candidates may contact us at:

Phone:  512-749-1171

Mike Jones-Hays County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


Thank you,
Ben Adair
AL Post 290 Hubmaster

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Fwd: National Commander Message & Texas Boy's State

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District 10 Hubmaster Network

May 24, 2019

Dear Department Leaders,

An American Legion national online mental health survey released last week is revealing some staggering information about veterans and their caregivers nationwide. Hundreds have responded so far, but many more are needed so The American Legion can better understand the mental health conditions of veterans, the effectiveness of treatment and resources available for them and their caregivers in various geographic regions.

A central objective of this research is to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide.

I am calling on you to contact your district and county commanders, as well as service officers, to ask them to encourage veterans and caregivers in their areas to take the survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

Learn more about the survey by visiting The American Legion national website at this link:

Veterans and caregivers can also go directly to the survey online at the following link:

This information is critical in our effort to improve mental health treatment for veterans and their caregivers, reduce the suicide rate and shape our policy and resolutions on this important issue.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

For God and country,

Brett Reistadt


Attached please find the invite to our Legion brethren for Texas Boys State "Legion Day" on 13 June 2019.

I respectfully request you forward the invite to Legion leadership for further promulgating down the chain-of-command to our members.

Thank you.



Casey Z. Thomas
Chairman, American Legion Texas Boys State

Fellow Legionnaires,

We wished to share a quick note on your American Legion Texas Boys State.

We are only a few weeks out from our 79th year of this amazing program. The excitement is powerful as we prepare to receive about 1,075 of your Delegates from across our dear Texas.  We are stoked!

  1. Thank you.  Thank you for all you do in support of Boys State.  This program is successful and highly respected because you do the true heavy-lifting at your Posts selecting the best talent to attend.  We appreciate you and thank you so much.
  2. Video.  If you have not seen, please view this short 4-minute video and share it far-and-wide.  You may see a few of your Delegates in there, and, gosh . . . learn by doing indeed!  It is such an awesome thing to watch the growth of your Statesmen over the week.  Link to video:  Texas Boys State 2018
  3. The Great Good.  Please share!  We always wish to hear about the accomplishments of your prior Statesmen as they embark on their adventures after high school.  We have heard from a number of Posts over time, as they learn of the many successes of their boys.  Bring it on!  Send to me at the address below.

Please permit me to express my hugest public thanks to the team that gives hundreds upon hundreds of hours each year to make this program tick.  These volunteers are the reason that your Texas program is one of the most revered across the Country.

We all remain honored to contribute to this remarkable program that -- like our other Legion programs -- is deeply meaningful, inspiring, actually makes a difference, inculcates servant leadership, and is transformative to youngsters.

Wishing you and yours the very best as we celebrate, honor, and remember our fallen brothers and sisters this Memorial Day.




Casey Z. Thomas
Chairman, American Legion Texas Boys State


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fwd: Hays County VDR Certification       

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Hays County Volunteer Deputy Registrar Certification
Hays County VDR Training and Exam at the SV Cultural Hub

Whether you are a first-time volunteer deputy registrar or need to re-certify, a study session and examination is scheduled for the Dripping Springs and Southwest Austin communities. Receive your certificate of appointment and supply packet without traveling to the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos. VDR certifications remain valid for two years, expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years, which means all VDRs will need to be re-certified.  

When: Monday, 11 February 2019
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Where: SV Cultural Hub
4002 E. Hwy 290 @ Sunset Canyon Drive, DSTX 78620

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Friday, January 25, 2019

100% Total & Permanent Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space A(vailable)

Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space-A

Space-available passengers board a C-17 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, bound for Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force/Cohen A. Young)
Space-available passengers board a C-17 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, bound for Andersen AFB, Guam. (U.S. Air Force/Cohen A. Young)
7 Jan 2019
Recent legislation makes it possible for many disabled veterans to fly Space-A on military aircraft.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allows veterans with a permanent and total service-connected Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating to travel space available on military aircraft.
Veterans will be assigned a travel priority of Category 6, the lowest priority available, along with retirees and their dependents.
Dependents of disabled veterans are not eligible for Space-A travel.
Authorized disabled veterans can travel in the continental United States (CONUS) or directly between CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
Disabled veterans must have a DD Form 2765, Defense Department ID Card (Tan), in order to fly Space-A.

The Space Available Program

Space available flights, better known as Space-A or military hops, allow eligible passengers to fill unused seats on DoD-owned or -controlled aircraft. Space-A passengers can fly only after all the space-required passengers and cargo have been accommodated. Space-A passengers are then loaded in priority groups, with emergency leave being the top priority and retirees and disabled veterans rating the lowest priority.
Space-A passengers can take up to two pieces of luggage at 70 pounds each; pets are not allowed.
Not all Space-A flights originate from military bases. Commercial airports such as Baltimore-Washington Marshall International and Seattle-Tacoma International also offer Space-A flights.
Long gone are the days of having to show up in person at the passenger terminal to register for a flight. Now, Air Mobility Command, which runs the Space-A program, lets you register for flights via email, and all Space-A terminals have Facebook pages where you can see what flights are coming up and how many seats are available.

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