LSVA and Combined Arms are Merging!

Last week we celebrated 10 years of building the veteran community here at Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA). We began 10 years ago by focusing on veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then we’ve expanded that focus to include other critical members of the veteran community where all are represented, veterans and families, connected together around a common vision of One Veteran Community. Now the LSVA membership exceeds 10,000 people.

We want to make sure that our community is defined by our strengths, not just our challenges. As Veterans, we aspire to be defined by our excellence, by our service, and by our ability to lead our communities through the many challenges and opportunities ahead. Together we can build One Veteran Community where we accelerate the impact of veterans on America.

Looking at the next 10 years we want this program model to extend beyond Houston. Better technology enables this achievement. Engaging and monitoring thousands of veterans each year ensures that the right services and support find the right needs much quicker than ever before.

That’s why we are proud to announce that we are merging with Combined Arms, the best in class non-profit specifically focused on building the veteran community.

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VRG Forum Update

Last week we hosted another great lunch for the 60+ veteran employee resource groups at our VRG Forum event. Big thanks to the Tasting Room for hosting the lunch again. We were able to come together and hear from our committee leads on the progress made since December on our focus areas:

  1. Increasing Veteran Hiring
  2. Supporting Veteran Owned Businesses
  3. Organizing Group Volunteering

We'd like to share in this post some notes from the meeting as well as some helpful information and next steps before our next lunch.

See photos from our most recent lunch here

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What Does LSVA Do?

Ever since I joined the board of LSVA back in 2013 the biggest question I was asked (and admittedly, we'd ask ourselves) is "What exactly does LSVA do?" It was like being in that scene in Office Space trying to explain what "everyone already knows". Over time we've been a mile wide and an inch deep, but I'm very proud that we've discovered what we can do better than anyone else serving veterans in Houston, get connected. We aren't a career placement agency, we don't do community service projects, or operate an emergency response team.... any more. At one time we did all of those things, simultaneously. 

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Celebrate 10 Years with the Veteran Community

Here at Lone Star Veterans Association we're celebrating 10 years in 2019 of our mission to build One Veteran Community. We can't thank everyone that has been along this wild ride so far, and has signed up for the next 10 years. There have been delirious highs and depressing lows along the way, but throughout it all we've had YOU our community of veterans driving our mission to where we are today.... over 10,000 members!

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2019 Community Leader Applications Open

Lone Star Veterans Association is recruiting passionate and driven leaders to build One Veteran Community. Only the best will become LSVA Community Leaders, those that connect veterans and their families to resources, opportunities, and one another. Community Leaders will be trained and deployed into their neighborhoods and workplaces to execute fun, positive, and inclusive activities that will inspire and connect. 

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Community Leader Spotlight Carlis Miller

LSVA Carlis Miller Spotlight Lone Star Veterans Association has become what it is today by the dedication and sacrifice of our Community Leaders. These volunteers have taken time from their personal life to strengthen the community of our veterans by establishing an avenue for veterans to network. Our volunteers are paving the path towards One Veteran Community. We want to take time to thank our December Spotlight Board of Director and Volunteer Carlis Miller for his dedication to LSVA. Carlis is a pillar of our community. Thank you, Carlis!!!

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Community Leader Spotlight - Sharon Nitsche

Lone Star Veterans Association has become what it is today by the dedication and sacrifice of our Community Leaders. These volunteers have taken time from their personal life to strengthen the community of our veterans by establishing an avenue for veterans to network. Our volunteers are paving the path towards One Veteran Community. We want to take time to thank our November Spotlight Volunteer Sharon Nitsche for her dedication to LSVA. Sharon is a pillar of our community.

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Military veterans in Houston find support in faith-based organizations

We were recently spotlighted for our work in building the veteran community for our Christian members. 

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One Veteran Community

We were excited to share our process of community building and our experience of doing so for the multi-faceted veteran community. We're proud to be working towards building One Veteran Community a foundation for the entire American community, one brick at a time.


Why Veterans and Civilians Should Share Their Faith Journey Together

When we were planning our Veteran Christian group in 2017 one of our Advisory Council members asked an obvious question, that I didn’t at first understand. He asked, “Would it would be appropriate for me to attend since I did not serve in the military.” I didn’t understand because at Lone Star Veterans Association our motto for events is that they’re fun, positive, and inclusive. We have focused on inclusivity recently because we were founded with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans but decided to expand our focus to all eras of service and to civilian supporters. It was at that point that we discussed how important it was for this group to focus on not just attracting Christian Veterans, but any Christian that wants to hear a veteran share his or her faith journey.

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