MOAA: The Central Texas Chapter of the Miliatary Officers Association of America will hold their monthly meeting April 19 at the Shilo Inn, located at 3701 South W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. The guest speaker is Bell County Judge Jon Burroughs, who will speak about the current and potential growth of Bell County.
Burroughs is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel and one of two county appointees, initially by former Governor Rick Perry and recently re-appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, on the Texas Commission on Indigent Defense, having served since its inception in 2001.
MOAA members and guests should make reservations early at www.centexmoaa.org to learn more about Bell County changes in growth that affect residents and businesses.
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.
Stand Down: Operation Stand Down-Central Texas will hold its Spring stand down for homeless veterans April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Killeen.
Volunteers are needed to work the event, to include preparation, set up and tear down at the end of the event. The stand down provides a hot meal, haircut, medical and dental screenings and new clothing for homeless veterans. Representatives from Veterans Affairs and the Texas Veterans Commission, along with other veteran organizations, will be in attendance.
Items needed are new adult sleeping bags, towels, undergarments, socks, shoes of all sizes and personal items, such as toothbrushes and shaving items. Please ensure all sleeping bags, undergarments and socks are new.
For more information or to volunteer, call Joann Courtland at 254-681-8522.
Barbecue: The Heroes Night Out Veterans Resource Center. a 501 (c)(3) charity, will host its annual Military Appreciation BBQ May 26 at the Reunion Ranch in Georgetown. The event is free to all cctive duty military, veterans and their family members.
Heroes Night Out provides transitioning military/veterans with resources to benefits, educational benefits counseling, job placement and more. The center also provides family friendly events throughout the year.
The event will offer free brisket, chicken, sausage and hotdogs plates with all the sides, and is one of the largest military events in Texas with more than 3,750 attending in 2017.
Veteran-friendly businesses still have the opportunity to set up booths for a fee of $250.00.
The Reunion Ranch is located at 850 County Road 255 in Georgetown. For more information visit www.heroesnightout.org.
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.
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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:
April 4: Vocational/Technical Skills Education Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009.
April 9: SFL-TAP Monthly Mini Hiring Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000.
April 18: Central Texas College Spring Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., CTC Anderson Campus Center, Building 156, Killeen.
April 19: VA Vocational Rehabilitation Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., VA Medical Center, Building 171, 1901 Veterans Drive, Temple.
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:
April 4: Advance Resume Seminar, Resume/Application Development, 9 to 11 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.
April 9 to 13: Be Your Own Boss Workshop, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier Center, Building 18000, call Army Community Services at 254-286-6684 for more information.
April 10: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Small Business Development Center, Education Center, room H-122.
April 11: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.
April 11: Interview Techniques Seminar, Answering job interview questions, 10 to 11 a.m., Education Center, room H-122.
April 11: Salary Negotiations Seminar, Negotiating your salary with employers, 11 a.m. to noon, Education Center, room H-122.
April 12: Starting a Business Seminar, Buying an Existing Business or Franchise, Education Center, room H-122.