Category Archives: Military News

Fundraiser to benefit Texas Military Honors Team

Texas Military Honors Team

Texas Military Honors Team Fund-raiser event 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson St. in Beaumont. The cost is $50 per person and $35 for veterans. To sponsor a veteran’s seat,

Stephan Lang recounts Medal of Honor recipients’ stories in “Beyond Glory”

Stephen Lang in "Beyond Glory" at the Lutcher Theater

The Lutcher Theater is bringing a treat to Orange the week of Veterans’ Day at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. “Beyond Glory” is a one man show adapted and performed by Stephen Lang that recounts the stories of eight

Orange family finally gets to bury family member 63 years later

Clement Thibodeaux Jr. stands outside at his brother’s house in Port Arthur in 1950. He would later die in a prison camp during the Korean War. It  would take nearly 63 years for his remains to return home to be buried with full military honors.

Like many young men of his generation, 17-year-old Clement Thibodeaux Jr. joined the military to fight in the Korean War and was killed in action. However, it would be more than 60 years later before his family would have the

American Legion retires flags, honors MIAs/POWs

American Legion retires flag

The Lloyd Grubbs American Legion Post #49 conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the legion hall on Green Avenue in Orange during Flag Day activities on June 14. Mrs. Connie Velasquez, Air Force veteran and Service Officer for American Legion

Cardinal Fireworks sales to help Folds of Honor

Cardinal Fireworks is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to honor the sacrifices of the fallen and support their families through scholarships and other opportunities. Cardinal Fireworks is dedicating the 2013, our 20th Anniversary, Firework Season to recognizing their sacrifices

Wingate World War II Vets honored at family reunion

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The Wingate Family Reunion was held Saturday at the LaQuinta Inn in Bridge City. According to Patsy Wingate, the family has been holding an annual reunion for over 90 years. “We’ve been having them for a very long time,” she

Local veterans to be honored Sunday

Ron Emmert and Ray McDowell, accept a $500 check on behalf of the Heritage Veteran’s Memorial Plaza Monday afternoon, from Kristen Williams, of the Sabine Federal Credit Union. RECORD PHOTO: Debby Schamber

Memorial day is more than backyard barbecues and going to the beach, but is a federal holiday which occurs annually on the finally Monday in May to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving their country

OC veterans to be honored at 10th annual event May 26


The public is invited to the 10th annual tribute to Orange County veterans 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26 at the Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 M.L. King Drive in Orange. The event is free. Held annually on the plaza on

Telesleep at Houston VA: A new source of support for veterans

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The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is providing care to Veterans with sleep related breathing disorders in its rural areas with telemedicine technologies. Telesleep provides Veterans at the MEDVAMC community outpatient clinics in Lufkin, Beaumont, Conroe, Richmond, Lake

Benefits available for Gulf War veterans

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New laws passed for veterans that served in the Gulf War. These veterans have five years to file from the date of discharge. According to Orange County Veterans Service Officer Gene Smith, President Obama just extended that deadline, so all

Boxes of support mean the world to soldiers

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A simple gesture from a group of ladies at St. Paul’s Episcopal church can mean all the world to a soldier who is stationed in a foreign country. Four times a year the ladies of the church along with help

Dunk a trooper for a good cause

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For those who have ever got a citation from a Department of Public Safety trooper, a chance to get even for a good cause is now here. A trooper will be sitting inside a dunking booth from 10 a.m. to

Building Project at the City of Refuge progressing

When Burt Stigen bought the old Shady Rest Motel on the closed Highway 90 section west of Vinton, he wanted to provide a home for homeless veterans. Stigen has done that and more. Over the years he has used his

Tekoa Academy honors Four Chaplains

A very unique Memorial Day service was held at American Legion Post 49 in Orange this year. Students from the Orange Campus of the Tekoa Academy told the story of the Four Chaplains. The Tekoa Academy is composed of students

Million Veteran Program seeks participants

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is one of 40 VA medical centers selected across the nation to serve as an enrollment site for a voluntary research program - The Million Veteran Program (MVP).

Museum Displays Photos of Last Surviving World War I Vets

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The Port Arthur Historical Society invites the public to the Museum of the Gulf Coast to view WWI: Final Survivors, a stunning exhibition of photographs taken by photojournalist David DeJonge. The exhibition will open with a FREE reception on Sunday,

Vets offered traumatic brain injury treatment study

HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is currently recruiting participants for several clinical research studies investigating traumatic brain injury (TBI).

VA issuing first payments to caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will distribute more than $430,000 in stipend payments to Family Caregivers of Veterans in July. These Family Caregivers were the first to complete their Caregiver training under the program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Vets express concern over VA office closure

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When dealing with bureaucracy one often needs the help of someone who can interpret the language and assist in filling out the accompanying forms. Veterans and their survivors often have unique situations to deal with.

Orange native receives Air Medal with Valor


Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brooks Mouton from Orange was presented the Air Medal with Valor by Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey on April 21.

Orange County native deployed to Libya


As President Barack Obama addressed the nation Monday night, a Vidor native prepared for deployment.
Obama explained to the country our part in the air strikes against Muammar Gadhafi in Libya.