Now to May 1
Scholarship Program: The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army’s 2017 scholarship program is now open and applications are currently being accepted. AUSA awards nearly $40,000 in scholarships each year to AUSA members and their dependents.
According to Stephanie O’Banion, local chapter president, the chapter uses a network of local volunteers to solicit area businesses and individuals to raise scholarship support for students from military families. The team of volunteers raise the funds, receive scholarship applications, evaluate and rank the applications, and coordinate a scholarship luncheon each year to award the scholarships.
In order to qualify, interested applicants need to complete the application, write a qualifying essay and submit their packet prior to the application deadline on May 1. The application information can be downloaded from the association’s website at www.forthoodausa.org.
Trail March: The Buffalo Soldiers are continuing their march down the trail and will be at Mother Neff State Park on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Pvt. Carter as he will be setting up camp to discuss the history and lives of these trail blazing men.
There will be activities for all ages. Improve your wildlife ID and learn the basics of animal tracking.
On the Trail with the Buffalo Soldiers is a free event; however, a park entrance fee of $2 per person 13 and older does apply. Children 12 and under are free. For park information, contact Mother Neff State Park at 254-853-2389. For more information about the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage & Outreach Program, contact Luis Padilla at 512-389-8569.
June 7-11, 2017
Annual Reunion: The 1st Cavalry Division Association 70th annual reunion is scheduled for June 7-11, 2017, in Killeen. Please register early to assist in coordinating the reunion. Some events will have limited seating available due to the size of available rooms. All members of the Association must register and pay the registration fee in order to attend. Early registration is from December 2016 to April 21, 2017. The fee is $20 for all members except those on active duty. Active Duty troopers pay $10 to register. Registrations post-marked after April 21, 2017, must pay late registration fee of $40. Family members attending with an Association member, widows of 1st Cavalry Division troopers and Gold Star family members do not have to pay a registration fee.
For more information, visit www.1cda.org or call 254-547-6537.
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.
Dental program: The Fort Hood American Red Cross and Fort Hood Dental Command announce applications will be available March 1 for the 2017 Dental Assistant training program. Dental Command trains Red Cross volunteers in the basic skills necessary to work as a dental assistant. The training program runs from September 2017 to May 2018. Individuals must submit their application no later than April 28. To review program fact sheet and receive application or for more information contact American Red Cross 254-287-0400, email email@example.com or come to the Fort Hood Red Cross at 37th and Battalion Avenue, Building 288.
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.
Fort Hood’s Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program Job fairs:
Feb. 16: NCOA Career Expo/Job Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Club Hood, Building 5764.
March 1: Vocational & Technical Skills Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soldier Development Center, Building 33009.
March 7: Veterans Benefits Expo, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Central Texas College Anderson Campus Center, Building 156, Killeen.
June 20: 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:
Feb. 23: Starting a Business, Buying an Existing Business or Franchise
March 1: SBDC, Small Business Development.
March 9: Starting a Business, Being Your Own Boss
March 23: Starting a Business, Bankrolling Your Business