Open House: The Killeen Heights Vet Center is inviting veterans, active duty, family members and community partners to a Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13.
Light food and refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes and drawings. The vet center is located at 302 Miller’s Crossing in Harker Heights. For more information, contact Lori A. Spencer at 254-953-7100.
Christmas Drive: the Disabled American Veterans chapter 74 in Gatesville is seeking donations for holiday meals and toys for boys and girls of all ages for veterans and active duty troops in need of assistance for Christmas. Applications for assistance are currently being accepted; veterans or active duty troops must provide proof of service, such as a military ID or DD-214, along with proof of residence. The Gatesville chapter covers all of Coryell and Lampasas counties. For more information, contact chapter commander Timothy Palmer at email@example.com or 254-289-9312.
Purple Heart Auxiliary: The Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary is looking for spouses, children, grandchildren, grand parents, widows, widowers and siblings of persons who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the Armed Services of the United States. The Auxiliary supports our patriots, veterans, their family members and Gold Star families. We are looking for others who want to give back to those who haven given so much for this country. A lifetime membership costs $50.
If you are interested in joining CENTEX Unit 1876, please contact the unit president, Doris Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The auxiliary meets the third Saturday of the month at 699 East Veterans Memorial Blvd, Harker Heights. The auxiliary hosts an annual tea in the fall, participates in the POW/MIA Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade, Memorial Day Parade, Wreath laying for Vets, the Purple Heart Ball, VA hospital activities, Toys for Tots and more.
The deadline of Oct. 25, 2018 for Military order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary Unit 1876 scholarship is quickly approaching. To find out more information, email: email@example.com with the subject MOPHA Scholarship.
Tobacco cessation classes: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Health Promotion office offers Freedom from Tobacco cessation classes every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for all active duty military, family members, retirees and DoD civilians. Tricare beneficiaries do not need a referral to participate in the program.
Classes are held in the Health Promotion office located at the Army Wellness Center in Building 12019, Old Ironsides and 31st Street, Suite 500. To register for an upcoming class or for more information, call 254-288-8488.
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 2019 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, 2019. Any nursing student who is accepted as a nursing senior for the fall of 2018-2019 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 Joyce Weideman at 254-383-8809.
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 2019. The Auxiliary would like all dues paid by Dec. 15. Any questions call Juanita Workman at 254-652-9080 or Barbara Moore at 806-332-8753.
Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program Job fairs:
Dec. 5: Vocational/Technical Skills Education Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009.
Dec. 6: DAV/Recruit Military Career Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764, 24th Street.
Dec. 10: SFL-TAP Monthly Mini Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oveta Culp Hobby, Building 18000
Jan. 15: Fort Hood SFL-TAP Mega Career Fair Club Hood, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Building 5764, 24th Street.
Upcoming Seminars at the Soldier for Life: TAP Center starting at 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted, are:
Dec. 5: USO MOS Translate to Civilian Career, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soldier and Family Assistance Center. More information at transitiontoaciviliancareer.eventbrite.com.
Dec. 11: Small Business Development Center, Education Center, Room H-122.
Dec. 12: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, Room H-122.
Dec. 12: Interview Techniques/Salary Negotiations, 10 a.m. to noon, Education Center, Room H-122.
Dec. 13: Starting a Business Seminar, Buying an Existing Business or Franchise, Education Center, Room C-206.
Dec. 13: Killeen Heights VET Center Open House, noon to 4 p.m., 302 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights.
Jan. 9: Dress for Success Seminar, Presenting yourself to employers, 9 to 10 a.m., Education Center, Room H-122.
Jan. 9: Interview Techniques/Salary Negotiations, 10 a.m. to noon, Education Center, Room H-122.
Jan. 10: Starting a Business Seminar, Being your own Boss, Education Center, Room C-206.
Jan. 24: Starting a Business Seminar, Business Plan Basics, Education Center, Room C-206.