Texas vets celebrate their service at Durant convention
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) —Texas veterans are meeting at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant for the 102nd State VFW Convention.
"We've got about 800 of our Texas VFW family that are here," said Mitch Fuller, VFW Director of Governmental and Public Affairs.
Delegates paid their respects on Thursday for their fallen comrades.
"Always have a joint memorial service that's part of this," said Fuller. "We honor and recognize those that we've lost in the past year."
Post commander Polly Sanders said that while dealing with issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder it's nice to have a few days around people who can truly empathize with what you're going through.
"It's kind of hard out in the civilian sector," she said. "A lot of people don't understand, but this is a time of gathering where we're brothers and sisters... we were all in foxholes together. And it's just a great, great time that we enjoy each other."
A crucial piece of federal VA health care legislation passed in the Senate on Thursday; it's a top legislative priority for the VFW.
For these veterans; health care access is a top priority, for example, places like Bonham's VA hospital.
"And that's the PACT Act," said Fuller. "That's the comprehensive toxic exposure burn legislation that's been about 13 or 14 years in the making, and it's the most important piece of VA health care legislation in at least 30 years."
The convention ends Sunday, just in time for everyone to head out and celebrate Fathers Day.