Publication Date: 7/18/2014
Author: USO Houston
[Houston, TX. (July 18, 2014)]
The veterans at the Frank Burns VFW Post #5619, just outside the gates of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (EFJRB), continue their service by supporting USO Houston's efforts to lift the spirits of our troops and their families at EFJRB. The Post's philanthropic efforts, led by the indefatigable Jim Young, a USO Volunteer and Korean War veteran, have allowed the USO to expand our services at the EFJRB USO Center. Post 5619, under the guidance of Commander Faith Federspiel and Quartermaster Wendell Denney, has directed $2,250 in donations to USO Houston within the past 12 months. As a weekly volunteer at the Hobby Airport USO Center, Jim knows that "every little bit helps."
Pictured: (l. to r.) Jim Young and Faith Federspiel of Post 5619 and Liz Vallette of USO Houston
The Frank Burns VFW Post 5619 meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 P.M. (Newcomers are always welcomed!) Their mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts, to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities, and to advocate on behalf of all veterans. Their vision is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. Contact Post 5619 at (281) 484-9124.
The USO is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers and private donors. In Houston, the USO provides a touch of home to over 50,000 troops and military families annually who visit the USO Centers at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hobby Airport, and Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. Additionally, the USO offers morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs to the 8,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and their families who are based in Walker, Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Jefferson counties. We also serve those Greater Houston-based families geographically separated from a loved one who is deployed or stationed overseas. The USO is here for those who need us the most: our troops and military families, our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, our troops in transition, and our families of the fallen. More than 275 volunteers and an Advisory Council help three Houston-based staff members deliver goodness to our troops and their families year-round.