MOAA Meeting: The March meeting of Central Texas Military Officers Association of America will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 8 at the Shilo Inn, located at 3701 South WS Young Drive in Killeen. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, current president and CEO of MOAA.
Members and guests are reminded to make reservation early and online at www.centexmoaa.org.
Texas Veterans Benefits Fair: A free “come and go” benefits fair for Texas veterans will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center. The fair, targeting all area veterans, military members and their families, is one of several held throughout the state in 2018.
Officials from the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) will be on hand to provide information on state programs including land, home and home improvement loans, as well as Texas State Veterans Homes and Cemeteries for veterans and military members in Texas. As an intergovernmental partnership event between the VLB, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Commission, the benefits fair will provide veterans and military members with access to representatives who can discuss pending claims, health care needs, education and employment benefits and more. Veterans wishing to discuss pending claims with VA officials should bring pertinent case information, including claim numbers, if available.
The Killeen Civic & Conference Center is located at 3601 South W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.
For more information on the benefits fair, please call 1-800-252-8387. For more information about the Texas Veterans Land Board, call 1-800-252-8387 or visit TexasVeterans.com.
Healing service: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will be sponsoring a veteran healing service at 6:20 p.m. March 14, led by Rev. David Peters of Austin, a veteran himself. The service is for all active duty and veteran service members and their loved ones. All are welcome, without regard to religious or spiritual background. The church is located at 1602 S FM 116, Copperas Cove.
Father Peters has been doing these services all over the country, and has been in this area in the past. Many participants have expressed a feeling of grace with regard to their military service as a result of this service.
For more information, please contact Dwight Gray, 254-291-5079, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf Tournament: The Copperas Cove Lion’s Club is hosting their annual golf tournament March 24 at the Hills of Cove Golf Course in Copperas Cove. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. with tee-off at 8:30 a.m.
Cost for the tournament is $60 per person, with $10 off for active duty military personnel. Price includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and numerous prizes along with a swag bag. Prizes include a $40,000 vehicle sponsored by Hoffpauir Chevrolet for a hole in one.
Please send check by March 16 to:
PO Box 1564
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Checks payable to: Copperas Cove Lions Club
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit free visio9n screening for children and to assist families in need with purchasing glasses for school-aged children; children’s diabetes (Lions Camp in Kerrville — handicapped and diabetes at no charge); scholarships for Copperas Cove students; and a metal canopy at a Copperas Cove Park, baseball scoreboards and backstops at the park’s practice fields.
For more information, call Sherry Rhoades at 254-547-8801.
Veterans Day: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1000 will host a National Veitnam Veterans Day commemorative breakfast March 29 starting at 9 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3892, located at 201 VFW Drive in Harker Heights.
Guest speaker for the event will be State Rep. retired Col. Hugh D. Shine.
The breakfast is to honor and recognize the service, duty and sacrifices rendered by all veterans and their families during the Vietnam War. Cost is $7 per ticket.
For more information, call 254-466-3441 or 254-368-0993.
Benefit Show: Operation Stand Down Central Texas is having a benefit show March 31 at the Lea Ledger Auditorium at Copperas Cove High School. The show will benefit OSDCT and their mission of helping homeless veterans and their families.
The show is a Broadway-caliber musical called “All Hands On Deck,” which wil play one show only. The show is a fun-filled, true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope and Jack Benny would have taken to the troops 65 years ago: Classic humor and great music from those special days of road shows, war-bond drives and radio broadcasts.
Ticket prices are $40 plus tax for adults, $15 plus tax for children or students, $29.95 for veterans and military with identification and a group price (10 or more) of $31 plus tax.
Sponsorships for this show are available and sponsors will get their name on the program listing and on the OSDCT website. For more information on sponsorship levels, contact Joann Courtland at 254-681-8522.
Purple Heart: The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary Unit 1876 will be awarding three $500 scholarships from their Ron Taylor Scholarship Fund. The Ron Taylor scholarship was established in 2016 in the memory of Ronald Taylor, who was a well-respected and admired retired member of the Fort Hood area community.
To receive an application for the scholarship or for more information, contact the chairperson via email at email@example.com. Submission deadline is April 20.
Korean War veterans: The Central Texas Korean War Veterans Association chapter 222 will meet at the assocation’s post every second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. The post is located at 508 Park St, Killeen, Texas.
Drivers needed: The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is seeking volunteer van drivers interested in transporting Veterans in the Killeen area to and from their scheduled appointments at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. Transportation for veterans from outlying areas, such as Killeen, is provided through a van fleet donated in collaboration with area Disabled American Veterans organizations and its members. Personnally-owned vehicles are not used to transport veterans. Volunteers must meet qualifications for drivers, such as a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance, a safe driving record and a background check. Applicants must also pass a physical examination. Volunteers are eligible for meals, flu shots and an extensive volunteer recognition program. For more information, contact the Voluntary Service Office at 254-743-0515 or 254-743-0740.
Scholarship: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 Auxiliary announces participation in the Nursing Scholarship Program for the Department of Texas VFW Auxiliary. This year the State of Texas will be giving out three scholarships. First Place will be $2000, second place $1500 and third place $1000. Submit a double-spaced typewritten 300 words or fewer essay on “Having chosen the career in nursing, what impact do you feel you can have on veterans and their families.” The winners will be invited to the Department Convention in June 2018 to receive the scholarship and be introduced to the Great VFW Auxiliary of Texas. The information and application have to be received at the Department of Texas no later than May 1, 2018. Any nursing student who is accepted as a nursing senior for the fall of 2017-2018 academic session qualifies as long as the following applies: Must be attending a Texas college or university and must be an American citizen with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Verification needed, current transcript accepted.” Application forms and instructions may be obtained from VFW Post 8577 Auxiliary Chairman Karen Kaylor by calling 254-547-5619 or President Bonnie Henderson, 254-319-7615.
Bingo: The Community Events and Bingo Center offers bingo six days a week, reoccurring special events, along with computer handsets, display monitors and several stations to replenish bingo supplies. Over $3,700 in cash prizes paid out daily. One jackpot starts at $10,000, another at $3,000 and another begins with a percent of the first day’s play; in addition to progressive game numbers that go up weekly. This state of the art facility is also capable of accommodating private parties and functions of up to 450 guests. Bingo offered Tuesday through Saturday, doors open at 5 p.m., bingo from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, doors open at noon, bingo from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Community Events and Bingo Center is at building 50012, Clear Creek Road, behind AAFES gas station. For more information, please call 254-532-9253 or 254-532-9263.
Roller Derby Recreation League: Come out and join the Fort Hood Hell on Wheels All Girl Roller Derby Recreation League. The league is free to join and is open to female DOD ID card holders ages 16 years old and older. Females under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present at all times. Skaters are required to provide their own equipment, during league practice and bouts. The league meets Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Health Promotions Aerobics and Skating Center, Building 324 on 37th Street. All skill levels will be accommodated. For more information, call 254-285-5372.
Zumba: Classes are 1 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Applied Functional Fitness Center; 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Fort Hood Gym; and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Applied Functional Fitness Center.
Spin: Classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Grey Wolf Physical Fitness Center, at 58th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue.
Yoga Classes: Enjoy yoga from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Beginners’ yoga is 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Classes are subject to change and are held at the Applied Fitness Center, Building 12018, 33rd Street at Old Ironsides Avenue. For more information, call 254-287-8219.
Counseling: Bring it in the Zone is now hosting SMART Recovery Group/Individual Counseling Sessions in Killeen. This is a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy helping individuals become free from dependence of any substance using a four-point program. Call Jennifer Coleman at 254-458-1329 for individual appointments, questions or comments.
Just Stressed Out: Support group for female spouses or caregivers of active-duty or service members with PTSD, active-duty female service members or veterans with PTSD. Meets from 6 to 7 p.m. at 717 N. 4th Street, Suite B in Killeen. Park in the Bell County Human Services lot. For more information, contact Maureen Jouett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Group: Open to any kind of trauma survivors and caregivers. Hosted by Darnall Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, the group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Darnall chapel. For more information, contact Chaplain S.R. Handy at 254-288-8849 or 254-288-8850.
Thursday Music Mix: From 3 to 8 p.m., enjoy pool, shuffleboard, popcorn and finger foods on covered patio decks as you listen to a live DJ at Backbone NCO Lounge, Building 194 on 37th Street. The event is free and open to all 18 and older. For more information, call 254-532-5073.
1st and 3rd Thursday
Survivors of suicide support group: Anyone impacted by suicide is invited to meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in Belton. For more information email email@example.com.
VFW meeting: The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8577 Auxiliary holds their monthly meetings the third Monday of each month starting at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post 8577 at 1506 Veterans Ave, Copperas Cove. Membership dues can now be paid for 2018. The Auxiliary would like all dues paid by Dec. 15. Any questions call 254-319-7615.
Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program Job fairs:
March 7: Vocational/Technical Skills Education Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009.
March 12: SFL-TAP Monthly Mini Hiring Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000.
March 22: DAV/Recruit Military Career Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Club Hood, 24th Street and Wainwright Drive.
April 18: Central Texas College Spring Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., CTC Anderson Campus Center, Building 156, Killeen.
June 19: Fort Hood SFL-TAP Mega Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764.
Upcoming Seminars at the Soldier for Life: TAP Center starting at 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted, are:
March 8: Starting a Business Seminar, Being Your Own Boss, Education Center, room H-122.
March 14: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.
March 14: Interview Techniques Seminar, Answering job interview questions, 10 to 11 a.m. Education Center, room H-122.
March 14: Salary Negotiations Seminar, Negotiating your salary with employers, 11 a.m. to noon, Education Center, room H-122.
March 20: Troops to Teachers, Alternative Teachers Certifications Program, 9 to 11 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.
March 21: Federal Resume Seminar, Federal Resume/Job Application Development, 9 to 11 a.m., (H-122) Education Center, room H-122.
March 22: Starting a Business Seminar, Business Plan Basics, Education Center, room H-122.
April 4: Advance Resume Seminar, Resume/Application Development, 9 to 11 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.