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HARTH Foundation

Veterans and horses connect during HARTH Foundation equine therapy programs

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Bill McCartney walked along the outside edge of the HARTH Foundation’s covered arena. Spartacus, or Sparty for short, a 20-year-old bay Hanoverian warmblood horse, trailed just off his left shoulder. When Bill turned right, so did Sparty. If the horse didn’t follow, an instructor stepped in to get the two back in […]

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Sen. Cornyn recognizes VetRide

Senator Cornyn recognizes VetRide transportation service

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON An hour of US Senator John Cornyn’s time meant the world to VetRide program director Sophie McCoy. (more…)

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Operation K9 service dog

Rescue dogs-turned-service animals rock-solid presence in veterans’ lives

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Service dogs rescue people. In the case of veteran Bobby Galyon, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and his service dog, Rocky, the rescuing goes both ways. A Belgian Malinois, Rocky had been abused as a puppy. He was kept in a garage until he became part of Operation K9, which […]

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Johnson Park Veterans Memorial coming together as flags, monuments installed

Johnson Park Veterans Memorial coming together as flags, monuments installed

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Things are taking shape at the Johnson Park Veterans Memorial as crews installed stone monuments and service branch flags, but officials say there’s still work to be done. (more…)

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HARTH, VFW team up for peer-to-peer course for veterans

HARTH, VFW team up for peer-to-peer course for veterans

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With only about half of the 8,000 veterans living in Burnet County registered for care and assistance through the Veterans Administration, two local organizations are teaming up to offer a course designed to bring a personal touch to helping veterans. (more…)

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State amendments offer tax breaks to those who ‘sacrificed for others,’ spouses

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — In the face of concerns about tax contributions, a veterans advocate has defended two proposed state constitutional amendments aimed at providing tax breaks for veterans, fallen emergency workers, and their spouses. (more…)

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Burnet VFW Post 6974 member William 'Bill' Piotrowski. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

With falling membership, Burnet VFW could close its doors

DANIEL CLIFTON and CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF BURNET — As many of its current members age and not as many younger veterans join, the Burnet VFW Post 6974 faces an uncertain fate. “In the past several months, due to membership decline, we’ve been unable to put together monthly meetings, and per the requirements of the VFW, […]

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Additions are coming to veterans memorial at Johnson Park in Marble Falls, including military flags and a Warrior's Walk trail. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Military flags, Warrior’s Walk coming to Johnson Park veterans memorial

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — To continue honoring those who donned a uniform for this nation, the Marble Falls Rotary Club is adding to the veterans memorial area at Johnson Park. The project will add flags from each of the five branches of the military as well as a Warrior’s Walk trail. […]

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Foundation helping homeless vets in Burnet, Blanco counties

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — When 29-year-old Ana Lowe, her husband, Josh, both U.S. Army veterans, and their toddler son began living in their vehicle, they realized they needed to find help. The family, which had rented a room in a house in Burnet, moved into their vehicle in August when the […]

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PATRICK MICHAEL GOBLE

MEMORIAL DAY: Burnet’s Patrick Goble gave all in Vietnam

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Despite the unpopularity of the Vietnam War among some people during the late 1960s, Burnet teenager Patrick Michael Goble didn’t see it that way. While he might not have fully understood the things that led to the war, he knew the importance of service to his country. (more…)

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Meadowlakes honoring military with annual Memorial Day picnic

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MEADOWLAKES — To the Meadowlakes Property Owners Association, Memorial Day is incomplete without its annual picnic. That event is 5 p.m. May 25 at the Meadowlakes Lakeside Park Pavilion — no matter what kind weather the area is experiencing. The event will be catered by Kingsland’s Spyke’s Bar-B-Que. The event […]

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MEMORIAL DAY: Burnet’s ‘Stubby’ Baker received Purple Heart

MEMORIAL DAY: Burnet’s ‘Stubby’ Baker received Purple Heart

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — In 1942, the country was in the middle of a war on two fronts against the Japanese in the Pacific and the Germans in Europe. Joining the military in 1942 pretty much guaranteed you a trip to either area — and one’s safety was not guaranteed. (more…)

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MEMORIAL DAY: Green Beret Ronald Fike died by side of wounded soldier

MEMORIAL DAY: Green Beret Ronald Fike died by side of wounded soldier

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — They were the men who took on the most challenging and dangerous operations: the U.S. Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. (more…)

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MEMORIAL DAY: Michael Bird came from 'long line of warriors'

MEMORIAL DAY: Michael Bird came from ‘long line of warriors’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR LLANO — Michael DeVerne Bird epitomized the role of “big brother.” As the oldest of six, Bird had a lot of eyes on him. “He loved fast cars and beautiful girls, but not always in that order,” said his brother Kelly Bird, who fell third in line as the children […]

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Armed Forces Day celebration
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 200 Legion St. in Llano
TICKETS: $8 (includes lunch); children 10 and younger admitted free
FOR MORE: Call (512) 470-4149 or (325) 423-2009

Llano community to honor military members on Armed Forces Day

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — From the comfort of a handmade quilt and the fellowship of a meal to the stories of sacrifice and music of patriots, the Llano community will offer veterans and active duty military remembrance and gratitude for their service to their country. (more…)

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Three Highland Lakes residents — John Whatley (left), Gene Fuchs and Curtis Cornell — were among the first to take an Honor Flight trip for Korean War veterans to Washington on May 1-2. Honor Flight has been working to ensure all World War II veterans get a trip to the national capital to visit the World War II Memorial. The recent ‘Not Forgotten Honor Flight’ provided the trip for Korean War veterans to visit the Korean War Memorial and other sites. Go to www.honorflight.org for more information on Honor Flight and upcoming events. Courtesy photo

Korean War vets ‘not forgotten’ with Honor Flight to Washington

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — For almost 65 years since its start, the Korean War was often referred to as “the Forgotten War” since many Americans simply overlooked the conflict. On May 1, that all changed for three Highland Lakes veterans and about 60 other Korean War veterans. (more…)

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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Carry the Load
WHEN: May 24
WHERE: Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114 in Burnet
TO REGISTER: Go to carrytheload.org

An ocean away, Irish town reinforces Memorial Day message

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — While Kinsale, Ireland, and Burnet are thousands of miles and an ocean apart, they are linked by one thing: remembering those who died in the service of the United States. (more…)

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Purple Heart recipient to speak at fundraiser for wounded vets

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Even as she talks about the sacrifices men and women of the armed forces have made, Lily Garst chokes up. Her husband is a former Marine, and she’s connected with several other service members. On May 9, she’s opening her ranch, Garst Ranch, for Hearts and Heroes, a fundraiser […]

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Spicewood veteran has been waiting 70 years for this flight

Spicewood veteran has been waiting 70 years for this flight

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Conway Laxson can’t recall the exact date he first laid eyes on a P-51 Mustang, but he knew he was in love with the plane as several streamed into sight across the Italian skies about 70 years ago. (more…)

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Spicewood World War II veteran turns 90 with a surprise

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR SPICEWOOD — Conway Laxson picked up a box of doughnuts before his regular morning gathering Feb. 6 at the Spicewood Feed & Supply on CR 404. For Laxson and several other gentlemen, a morning just isn’t a morning without sitting in David and Nita Naumann’s feed store sipping on coffee […]

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World War II veteran Herschel Leon Pruitt, 89, of Kingsland

Kingsland World War II veteran receives DAR award

World War II veteran Herschel Leon Pruitt, 89, of Kingsland was awarded the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Distinguished Citizens Medal, which was presented to him by Llano Uplift chapter regent Georgi Brochstein at a Jan. 24 meeting. Pruitt served aboard the USS President Jackson from 1943 to 1945. He piloted a Higgens boat, […]

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Friendships are priceless at DAV Thrift Store in Kingsland

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR KINGSLAND — Bill Lewis turns the lamp around a couple of times at the check-out counter. He examines several places on the lamp and makes his pronouncement. (more…)

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Burnet County VetRides program manager Sophie McCoy also is a volunteer driver for the program that serves Burnet, Lampasas and Llano counties. One of her clients is veteran Carl Woods of Granite Shoals. The nonprofit program is in need of volunteer drivers. File photo

Drivers top wish list for Burnet County VetRides program

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — When asked what was at the top of the Burnet County VetRides program’s Christmas wish list, manager Sophie McCoy answered immediately. “Right now, I think our number one wish would be more drivers,” she said. (more…)

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Local World War II veteran retraces the steps of his Timberwolves unit

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR HORSESHOE BAY — As Gerald Powell lay in the road, only a few yards from a house full of German soldiers, the distinct sound of an enemy’s boots rang through his ears. The Germans boots had hobnails on the soles to make them more durable. But when a German soldier […]

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Wreaths are laid on veterans' graves each Christmas at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls group, Wreaths Across America remember those who served

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — When Cassandra Chambliss’ son was a Cub Scout, he and his troop would help lay Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans at a local cemetery. “It was such an honor to be a part of something like that,” Chambliss said. But for some reason, the local endeavor […]

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Meadowlakes resident and World War II veteran Bob Grant (second from left) celebrates his flight in Pecos Bill, a P-51 Mustang, on Oct. 29 in Burnet. The flight was a surprise for his 95th birthday, which was Oct. 30. Celebrating the day with Grant was his granddaughter Sara Kelly (left), daughter Nancy Davis, friends Maryann Gray and Jim and Joyce Holmes and daughter-in-law Lois Grant. Staff photos by Daniel Clifton

95-year-old Meadowlakes veteran takes ultimate flight

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — As Bob Grant stepped off the ladder leading down from a North American P-51 Mustang, he was smiling like an 8-year-old boy who finds a model airplane tucked under the tree on Christmas morning. For Grant, a World War II veteran who celebrated his 95th birthday Oct. 30, […]

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