I am happy to relate the events of our previous South Central Chapter rally in December when we presented our second check of $10,000 to the VA Dogs of Texas. It was an exciting time for all of us since we had worked on this project for more than a year and since this was the second time we had been able to support the VA Dogs of Texas. Robin Fagala spoke of our chapter’s involvement with this worthy charity and gave credit to Benny Thome, Jerry Askins and Carl Anderson. These chapter members became the committee that researched, reported and recommended to our chapter we formally support the VA Dogs of Texas with donations toward the training of a dog.

The chapter then welcomed John Bencken, Clay Lambert and Larry Pottridge administrators and veterans representing the VA Dogs of Texas. They train service dogs to assist the lives of disabled Texas Veterans suffering from physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or a combination of these disabilities.

Service dogs provide companionship, security and emotional stability during periods of recovery from the physical and emotional Wounds of War. Their mission is to affect physical and emotional recovery and independence in American Veterans with disabilities by providing service dogs at no cost to the Veteran. They introduced a vet and his dog, Susie. Tears fell from many eyes as success stories were shared of veterans and improving their life altering disability. Jerry Askins then presented a check for $10,000.00 to John Bencken, Clay Lambert and Larry Pottridge on behalf of the VA Dogs of Texas. If you would like to learn more about this go to their website. You will see a picture of “our dog” Onyx and of other dogs and their vets. https:// www.vadogs. org

Looking ahead to 2019 brings South Central Chapter into focus. We are working hard to offer you an outstanding 2019 National Rally. We hope that our central location (Texas) will bring you from every corner; Washington to Florida, New Hampshire to California and in between! The location is perfect, a small town (Montgomery) not far from a big one (Houston). The park offers all of the amenities we love; 50 amps, Wi-Fi, concrete pads with fire pit and table, and a huge meeting area (15, 000+ sq. ft.). Please go to our national website to register on line or this magazine for the mail-in registration form. Come drop your anchor at beautiful Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas from May 18-23rd, 2019. We’ll treat you like family. And remember. ”Home is where the anchor drops!”