Helping veterans and their families save money on their home mortgages is the main goal of VLB’s Veterans Housing Assistance Program (VHAP). Continue reading
Listen up, Texas veterans! Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey has a message for you!
“The VLB has low-interest home loans, land loans, and home improvement loans, veterans homes and cemeteries, too!” shouts the legendary U.S. Marine drill instructor in a new, multi-media public service announcement being deployed across the state by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board.
The campaign includes billboards, radio, television and social media outreach to make Texas veterans aware of the benefits they’ve earned through their service. Learn more at TexasVeterans.com.
“If anything can get your attention, it’s the voice of a Marine DI,” said Patterson, a retired Marine with more than 20 years in the Corps. “Gunny is a respected and recognizable advocate for all veterans, and I am very proud to have his help telling folks about the VLB. Our goal is to get more veterans the benefits they’ve earned.”
Today, many know Marine Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey from the popular History Channel program “Mail Call,” but Ermey’s role as a fanatical drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 “Full Metal Jacket” made him an instant icon. Ermey had served as a real-life Marine drill instructor and was a consultant on Kubrick’s film when asked to take the role.
Filmed at Fort Sam Houston with the help of the Marine 4th Recon Battalion, the ads feature Gunny touting the impressive benefits at the VLB. Patterson said Gunny was an enthusiastic volunteer. “When we told him there were Texas veterans missing out on their benefits, and we wanted to change that, he jumped at the chance,” Patterson said. “Few men do as much for U.S. Armed Forces personnel and veterans as Gunny. He is a national treasure.”
For more information on Texas VLB home, land and home improvement loans; Texas State Veterans Homes; or Texas State Veterans Cemeteries, call 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387), or visit TexasVeterans.com.
“Be proud to be a Texas veteran,” Patterson says in the spot. “Because Texas is proud of you!” shouts Ermey, pointing and leaning into the camera with his trademark menace.
In observation of Memorial Day, the Governor signed Senate Bill 163, House Bill 97, Senate Bill 1476 and House Bill 1514, which provide important resources and support to veterans and surviving spouses of members of the military who have been killed in action.
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While Americans quickly connect May with Memorial Day, many may not realize it is also National Military Appreciation Month, a proclamation passed by Congress in 1999 as a reminder to “honor the current and former members of the armed forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.” Continue reading
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) will host one of the largest veteran expositions in the state Saturday, May 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 111 E. Pecan Street in San Antonio. Continue reading