TEXARKANA AREA VETERANS COUNCIL'S 20th ANNUAL CHILLI COOK-OFF
ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 THE TEXARKANA AREA VETERANS COUNCIL (TAVC) WILL HOST THEIR 20th ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF AT THE TRUMAN ARNOLD CENTER AT THE TEXARKANA COLLEGE. AREA CHILI COOKS WILL BE COMPETING FOR TROPHIES IN THREE CATAGORIES: BUSINESS, CIVIC GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL. THERE WILL ALSO BE A "PEOPLE'S CHOICE" AWARD AND AN AWARD FOR "BEST PRESENTATION", BOTH CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC.
FUNDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE A NEW DAV VAN (WHEN NEEDED) TO TRANSPORT LOCAL VETERANS TO THE VA MEDICAL CENTER IN SHREVEPORT, LA & TO ASSIST LOCAL VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE DOORS WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT 11:00 AM UNTIL 1:00 PM. TICKETS ARE SIX DOLLARS. EACH TICKET WILL ALLOW YOU TO SAMPLE EACH CHILI AND WILL ENTER YOU TO WIN DOOR PRIZES.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR TO ENTER PLEASE CALL: 870/773-8279 OR 903/628-7216 OR 903/824-2727 OR E-MAIL @ USMCgreg@aol.com
2nd ANNUAL "WAGONS FOR VETERANS"
When? Saturday, March 30, 2019. Where? The Four States Fairgrounds in the area of the Oasis. What? This is a fundraiser to raise funds to assist local disabled and needy veterans of all eras. As of this writing we have assisted local veterans to the tune of $7200 from last years event, and have a couple of more applications pending. You can come out and see 18 or more chuckwagons (and other displays like the Iron Munchers, etc.) hear local bands, gates open at 9:00 am, (looking is free) and for just $10 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and under, eat from a varied menu of food cooked the old fashioned way - in cast iron pots over an open fire. Will start feeding at 12:00 noon. Live auction. Also the day of the event they are having barrel racing in the rodeo arena plus we are looking at having a "Veterans 5K Walk/Run that morning in an adjacent area. We are also looking at having a car/jeep/motorcycle show. We are having meetings the 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 6:30 at the Elks Lodge at 3702 New Boston Road. if you would like to attend. We are looking for sponsors for the wagons and items for the live auction plus volunteers the day of the event. Come out and help us help veterans and enjoy some great food and entertainment!
23rd ANNUAL "VETERANS INFORMATION FAIR"
On Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Armed Forces Day) the Texarkana Area Chapter # 278 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA # 278) will host our 23rd Annual "Veterans Information Fair" at the Texas Elks Lodge # 2771 at 3702 New Boston Road. It will be open to the public from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. This "Fair" is to assist veterans, active duty, Reserve & National Guard personnel & their families obtain information from a variety of sources on VA benefits, programs, & other assistance and programs for them & their families.
Agencies to be invited will include: Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Work Force, VA Outpatient Clinic, VA Medical Center (Shreveport & Little Rock), Vet Center, Social Security Administration, VA Field Office personnel, Arkansas Veterans Affairs, Arkansas Work Force, Texarkana College and Texas A&M Veterans Counselors, Veterans Service officers, Agency on Aging, Hospice of Texarkana, East Funeral Home, Congressional aides, Lone Star Legal, American Red Cross, Texarkana Funeral Home, and other agencies that may have programs that pertain to Veterans, Active duty, Reserve & National Guard personnel and/or their families.
There is no charge for this service. All area veterans of all eras, all active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel and their immediate families are invited and urged to attend. We also plan to have a voter registration drive for both Arkansas & Texas residents.
For more information please call: 870-773-8279, 903-556-1613, 903-824-2727 or 903-628-7216 or email: USMCgreg@aol.com or go to the VVA # 278 website at: www.vva278.org or our Facebook page at: Vietnam Veterans of America # 278