2013 once again was a great year for the San Antonio Post’s support of Wounded Warriors and troops.

The Post supported two San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo BBQ Cook-offs. On Jan. 26, the Post joined up with the Can’t Beat the Meat (CBTM) BBQ Team who worked for two days setting up and BBQ’ing for the first event at Sea World of San Antonio. The Post contributed $2,500 to CBTM BBQ Team as one of the sponsors to help defray the cost of the function and then provided 14 volunteers to man the serving line to feed over 150 wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families. On Sept. 26, the Post again helped CBTM BBQ at the second event held in conjunction with San Antonio Rodeo at the Freeman Coliseum. The Post donated another $2,500 and provided more than 20 volunteers to set up the serving line and serve wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families. In November, the Post received a letter of appreciation from the CBTM Team for its outstanding support throughout 2013.

On June 8, the San Antonio Post with the help of eight of its members sponsored 41 wounded warriors and veterans and their families from the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center for a San Antonio Missions baseball game. The special guests were treated to Fiesta Deck 3rd base seats, which included a buffet meal and drinks during the game. This was 10th year the Post has supported Wounded Warriors in conjunction with the Missions games. The Post received a certificate of appreciation for their continued support of WFSC.

On July 13, the Post for the second straight year supported Operation Float-A-Soldier at the Canyon Lake resort area. The Post provided 28 volunteers in two shifts to help in set up the beach and pavilion areas, man the gate guard post, serve food, help the Wounded Warriors and families at the beach and pavilion, and finally take down and store all the equipment for the next event. The Wounded Warriors and their families were treated to music at the pavilion; BBQ lunch; fun at the beach to include boating, skiing, tubing, kayaking, inflatable islands, fishing, jet skis and sunbathing. The Post also donated $1,000 to cover the side dishes and desserts for the luncheon and make a contribution to the Operation Float-a-Soldier events throughout the summer months.

At the November 12 Post meeting, DeEnna Jenson (Post Small Business Coordinator and Golf Committee Member) and Glen Turney (Past President/Past TEXOMA RVP/Post Fellows Director) presented a check for $2,929 to Darin Schartner from the Warrior and Family Support Center to help with their continued support of wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The donation was from the August 2013 Post Small Business Market Research Fair and carnival games held at the Oct 2013 Post E&M Fund Golf Tournament.

During the same November Post meeting, Don Gleason, a San Antonio Post Board Member and member of the local Red Cross, briefed attendees on the Christmas Cards for the Red Cross “Mail to Hero’s Program” for deployed troops. Post members provided 51 signed cards to support the program at the meeting and two Post member agencies and companies took back stacks of cards to get them completed by all of their employees.

The San Antonio Post capped off its support in 2013 at its annual Holiday Celebration Gala. The 130 plus attendees brought gifts cards from local area grocery and retail stores for Christmas donations to wounded warriors, active duty servicemen, veterans and their families through WFSC.

(Contributed by Dick Kochanek, F.SAME, 2014 San Antonio Post President)

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