AUSA Meeting

Johnny Mojica, area community coordinator and public affairs for H-E-B, and AUSA Fort Hood Area Chapter President Stephanie O'Banion, hold a donation of $60,000 to be used for playground shades at Fort Hood during a meeting Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Club Hood.

FORT HOOD — Members of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army accepted a $60,000 donation from H-E-B officials during the local chapter’s meeting at Club Hood on Wednesday.

The donation was made following a summer tour of the installation by H-E-B Central Texas officials with Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, the III Corps and Fort Hood commander.

“Lt. Gen. Funk, had a chance to meet with some of the senior leaders from the H-E-B organization, and he (Funk) was thanking them because H-E-B is always there to help out our soldiers and our families,” said retired Maj. Gen. Ken Cox. “So, like any good organization, they asked, ‘What can we do to help?’”

Cox said Funk determined after consulting with Fort Hood families and soldiers across the installation, that the playgrounds needed shades to combat the summer heat.

“As you can imagine in the summer time the equipment is smoking hot, the chairs where the moms might sit are hot, and so the playgrounds were underutilized,” Cox said. “H-E-B corporation went back and said, ‘We’ll commit $60,000.’”

Cox said the AUSA chapter is now working to obtain a grant that is tied to these types of projects that will match the dollar amount donated, as well as apply donated funds from the chapter to the project.

Johnny Mojica, the H-E-B area community coordinator and a board member of the local AUSA chapter, said the grocery company is a strong supporter of the military members and their families.

The children are on hot, blazing metal during the summer and so the shades were one of the  requests that we were able to hear from Funk, Mojica said. “In true H-E-B fashion, we were able to secure the funds to make this happen.”

Mojica said H-E-B hopes to have a celebration party with the military families once the playground shades are built on Fort Hood.

“We are just so proud to be able to partner with AUSA to help make this a reality,” Mojica said.

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