Today the GSD Patriot ReAct “Food Service Team” was out in full force at the Holiday Inn Express in Kingwood, TX. This is where FEMA decided to house approximately 150 displaced families after Hurricane Harvey. That was three weeks ago, FEMA allowances are running out and I am told that over 20,000 are still in shelters, church basements and hotels across the city.
The 150 families we served today represent only a fraction of those whose homes were damaged beyond repair, scheduled for destruction. These Houstonians have lost everything, they can’t “go home” because it doesn’t exist anymore. So, we decided to bring a little bit of normalcy to them in their time of need. Continue reading
Gold Star Dads was honored today to play a small part in making life a little bit more bearable for a WWII Army Veteran whose home was flooded by Harvey. The flood waters destroyed not only his home but his electronic wheelchair, his only means of mobility.
As part of our Patriot ReAct efforts in Houston we came across a lead to a Battle of the Bulge Veteran, James Statham, whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.
I spoke with James’ sons Frank & Tim the week after Harvey receded. Because of other commitments our Patriot ReAct team wouldn’t be able to start on his Houston home until September 9th. No problem; In stepped 2nd Baptist Church and their crew of 18 volunteers who made short order of the 4′ high wall tear out and clean up. Continue reading
The Gold Star Dads Patriot ReAct Team was in New Caney Texas this week. Since the flood waters reseeded we have been all over the Kingwood, Porter, New Caney area cooking and doing demo. Last week we meet residence in the more affluent areas of Kings River where home prices are in the $250k range and most residence had sufficient insurance to cover their loss.
Most of our outreach to “old guard” veterans has been in older areas of town with less means. Towns like Porter, Forrest Grove, New Caney to name a few. Harvey hit these areas very hard and many of the residence will likely never recover completely. Continue reading
Last week Houston took the worst that Hurricane Harvey could muster and came out the other side a bit worn and a little tattered but still standing tall. Houston displayed what Texans proudly refer to as #TexasPride.
Gold Star Dads and the Patriot ReAct Team were humbled every day by the sure determination of the citizens we met. Everyone pulling more than his or her weight. Flood victims, sucked it up and stood in defiance of the destruction, refusing to bend. Volunteers from every walk of life, most not affected by Harvey’s flood waters, gave everything they had and more to those who were.
People came from around the state and across America to pitch in when they were needed most, during the worst of the storm. Boats of every kind floated the streets of Houston looking for survivors. During our days in the field serving food to the community and those spent doing demo I must say it was #AmericaStrong that told the whole story. Continue reading
Veterans Day November 11, 2017 – Noble Warrior Roll Call.
September 11, 2017 marks the 16 year university of the attacks on World Trade Center, Pentagon and American Airlines flight 93. Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush launched what has become known as the “war on terror.”
With current military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and 20+ other hot spots around the world, there seems to be no end in sight. One thing has become apparent; our military forces are stretched very thin. Many Army & Marine families are on their third or fourth deployments.
To make matters worse, American’s in general, are so busy trying to keep their heads above water, they have lost sight of the personal devastation these wars have inflicted on our military families. Continue reading