2018 Operation Lock-N-Load is a Big Hit!

2018 Operation Lock-N-Load is a Big Hit!

Operation Lock-N-Load 2018 was a huge success thanks to  our TSF donors, sponsors, volunteers and shooters.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation strives to build new lives for our post 9/11 Wounded Combat Military and we are always proud to highlight the accomplishments of our amazing TSF veterans.

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Beaumont Home Team Scores Big with Red Beans and Rice

Beaumont Home Team Scores Big with Red Beans and Rice

The RE/MAX ONE TSF Home Team sold an all time record of 453 Red Beans and Rice lunch plates on March 22, 2018, to help raise money for a TSF 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, fully furnished home for Army wounded veteran SSG Phillip Blackmon and his family which will be presented this summer.

Richard Filip, Co-Founder of the Texas Sentinels Foundation stated “RE/MAX ONE Home Team, spearheaded by owner Charlie Foxworth, continue to amaze us with their generosity, kindness and ability to plan and host these unique fundraisers. The community spirit is alive and well in Beaumont and Lumberton and for that we thank all of you!”

Houston Rodeo Honors TSF Veterans

Houston Rodeo Honors TSF Veterans

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was a sea of camouflage on Wednesday 28 February 2018, as Armed Forces Day Appreciation Day hosted military servicemembers and our very own Texas Sentinels Foundation wounded veterans for the fifth year in a row.  The HLSR Chute Club committee outdid themselves once again by hosting our TSF veterans for an evening or rodeo action, a concert by Little Big Town and a load of southern hospitality.  A very special thank you goes out to Richard Hale, John Henry and Donna Azcuy and her family for selecting the TSF family as the honored guests along with TSF Board members Al Menconi and Corby Callaway. A special invitation was extended to members of the Army’s 1st CAV Division, Fort Hood, Texas who served as battle buddies with many of our TSF wounded veterans.    A special debt of gratitude goes out to David A. Douglas and Tammy Mason Follmer-Douglas for providing BBQ Cook-off tickets and VIP rodeo tickets to many of our TSF families.  This was an Texas sized experience our TSF families won’t forget. Cowboy Up!

What’s Happening in Beaumont

What’s Happening in Beaumont

RE/MAX ONE Home Team in Beaumont has filled the 2018 calendar with events, concerts and great food specials all with one goal in mind, to build a new TSF 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, fully furnished home in the Beaumont area for Army SSG Phillip Blackmon and his family.

The Spaghetti Plate Lunch Fundraiser on January 31st netted more than $2000 and a donation of 30 lunches was provided to local homeless veterans thanks to the generosity of David and Tammy Douglas of Cypress, Texas.

Upcoming fundraising includes an awesome concert by The Spazmatics at Madison’s on Dowlen in Beaumont on April 28th at 7:30PM. Visit RE/MAX ONE Home Team Facebook page or call Amanda at 409-499-5199 or homeforahero.org to get your tickets.

On Saturday, 24 February the Home Team will host a Groupraise fundraiser at Jason’s Deli on North Dowlen in Beaumont. Help us reach our goal and get a home built for a true hero by July 2018.  Visit RE/MAX ONE Home Team Facebook page or call Amanda at 409-499-5199 or homeforahero.org to get more info.

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Operation Bingo in Beaumont

Operation Bingo in Beaumont
Operation Bingo, spearheaded by RE/MAX ONE in Beaumont, raised more than $20 thousand dollars for the Texas Sentinels Foundation home for SSG Phillip Blackmon and his family. On November 1, 2017, Madison’s on Dowlen was hopping with excitement and the Beaumont community rallied around this great cause.  “We feel blessed to be a part of this community and honored to know so many great citizens are helping with our new home” declared SSG Blackmon.  The work is continuing and the Blackmon’s home should be completed in early 2018.  For more information or to donate please contact Amanda Cobb, RE/MAX ONE Home Team at  409-499-5199 or info@texassentinels.org.

 

Army Specialist Will Thomas is Latest Home Recipient

Army Specialist Will Thomas is Latest Home Recipient

Army Specialist Will Thomas and his wife Shanelle roared into town with an escort from Texas Rolling Thunder Honor Guard, the Deer Park Police and Fire Department and their RE/MAX 5 Star Home Team leaders on Monday 9/11/2017.  TSF Board members, donors, sponsors, City of Deer Park mayor, DPFD, DPPD and members of Deer Park JROTC, cheerleaders and escorts showed their Texas size spirit as they awaited the arrival of Will Thomas. After 4 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and more than 40 surgeries, a 100% debt-free, fully furnished,  ADA compliant 2300SF home in Deer Park Texas on a shady,  tree lined street was unveiled as their new home.

An added surprise from our Power A Hero partners, CenterPoint Energy and Fish Electric was the addition of a Kohler power generator that will provide unlimited safety and security. Mission K-9 Rescue was also present today to award Will Thomas a Military Working Dog service dog complete with training sessions. The city wide team effort on  9/11/2017, reminds us all of our wounded veteran’s resilience. As always, Texas Rolling Thunder served as the honor escort and provided veteran to veteran mentorship to many of our TSF home recipients.

Thomas a native of Nashville, Tennessee, joined the Army in February 2009 after a brief stint in college.   In 2011, Thomas deployed with his Sapper unit to Afghanistan.  Thomas served as a combat engineer/12B.  In 2012, while conducting combat operations as a gunner on an RG33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan Specialist Thomas was hit by an 180 pound  Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast resulted in shattering his right leg and ankle, severe head and back trauma, shoulder injuries, a torn rotator cuff and many more internal injuries.  Thomas was evacuated to Bagram Airbase, then to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany before being flown to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where he would remain for more than 4 years.

Specialist Thomas had his right leg amputated above the knee, endured major blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and 45 life threatening infections.  At the time of his medical retirement, Will had just completed his 35th surgery.

Specialist Thomas’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Army Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Looking to the future, Will is concentrating on a degree in Business and will begin training as a competitive swimmer for the Para Olympics.  Will’s wife Shanelle, graduated from radiology school in May 2016 and has been a constant source of love, motivation and encouragement. Once they are settled in their new home in Deer Park, both look forward to fishing, golfing and enjoying the wide open spaces in Texas.

Two of the Deer Park TSF home team leaders from RE/MAX 5 Star, Melissa Shechter and Kimberly Stephens, stated “We are overwhelmed by the support of the community and look forward to having a military hero living amongst us in our wonderful city. We look forward to honoring Will for his service and patriotism to this great nation. We can never do enough for our young men and women severely wounded during the course of serving our country. “ Learn more about Will Thomas and the Texas Sentinels Foundation by visiting texassentinels.org.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) not for profit. Our mission is to provide life changing opportunities to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries and now are in need of the support of grateful communities to realize their dreams. All donations remain within the state of Texas.  Funds can be donor designated upon request. Visit us at texassentinels.org or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TexasSentinelsFoundation.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

M & L Construction
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RE/MAX of Texas
RE/MAX 5 Star
Keystone Concrete Placement
Centerpoint Energy
America’s Fund
La Porte Rotary
Pearland Lions Club
Katy Masonic Lodge 1439
Ron Austin Blinds
Prime Floors
Fluor Corporation Sugar Land
Rolling Thunder Texas Chapter Two
David and Tammy Douglas
Debbie Bowman
Bill Smith
Bill & Judy Meridith
Ursula Allen
Lorinda Valentine
Fred Bryant
Bentwood Ranch
Studio Vos Photography
Ginny Gen
North American Title
Bryan and Bryan Inspections
ARK Generator Services
Generator Power Systems/Fish Electric
Personalized Power Systems
Quality Generators
Steve Landrum
Bill McGraw
Jim & Yvonne Fish
Fish Electric
Kohler Generators
Loftin Equipment
Honoring Our Wounded Military, Inc.
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