Effective April 19, 2021:  Office has Moved to 95 Frederick Rd.

VAMC Kerrville Shuttle to VAMC Audie Murphy, San Antonio - Reservations Required 

If you need to reserve the shuttle that will take you from VAMC Kerrville to VAMC Audie Murphy and back, you must make a reservation.   You should call the Travel Office at (830) 792-2418 for a reservation.  
The shuttle leaves the Kerrville campus at 7:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, and the return shuttle times from the Audie Murphy campus are the same.   You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the shuttle. 

Changes to Shuttle Service from VAMC Kerrville to VAMC Audie Murphy San Antonio 

Effective April 1, 2020 and until further notice, the Kerrville VA Medical Center to Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital shuttle will follow the schedule below:

  • All patients requiring shuttle service must submit a request through the Travel Department, as the shuttle schedule will be on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of each patient.
    • Patients should indicate if a non-medical attendant/caregiver is necessary to provide assistance at the patient’s appointment; i.e. bathroom support, meal support, other logistical support.
  • STVHCS will not accept walk-ons as there is no longer a set schedule.

For additional questions, please contact the Kerrville VA Medical Center Travel Department at (830) 792-2418. 

Reminder:  Policy in place states do not bring along children under the age of 18 and no non-service animals on VHA property.  

Events and News

Sunday, 21 November: 

Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans & First Responders

SAVE THE DATE: The Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans and First Responders is planned this year for Sunday 21 November 2021 with 2 seatings: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Bankersmith Dance Hall (7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624).   The event is sponsored by Representative Kyle Biedermann.   More information forthcoming. 

Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 Annual "LUNCH WITH A VETERAN" with NJROTC CADETS

You are invited to participate in the Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC "Lunch with a Veteran", Veterans Day event.  This is a great program to meet and speak with the NJROTC Cadets.   
Date:  11 NOV 2021 at Fredericksburg High School Cafeteria 
Two Lunch time periods:  (A) lunch 11:40 AM – 12:22 PM
                                         (B) lunch 12:32 PM – 1:14 PM
Please arrive at the school office about 10-15 min prior where they will scan your ID and issue you a pass before you go to the cafeteria.
Please RSVP to LCDR PAT LEE (do not RSVP to VSO office) to attend, and specify whether you want Lunch A or Lunch B time period.
LCDR Pat Lee, USN (Ret), Senior Science Instructor, Fredericksburg High School NJROTC Teacher: WK Phone:  830-997-7551 ext. 1136; Work Email: patricial@FISD.org 

Together With Hill Country Veterans (TWHCV) sponsors a free 6-week virtual course "NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program" for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members called NAMI Homefront.  Offered online Tuesdays, Sep 28 – Nov 2, 2021 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.  This online class helps family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting their Service Member/Veteran.  Class is free, however, enrollees are expected to attend all six sessions.  

For more information, click here to view flyer. 

Honor Flight Austin has resumed scheduling Honor Flights for WWII, Korea (must have KSM medal) and Vietnam (must have VSM medal) Veterans.  One can apply online.  Veterans can attend no matter what their medical condition.  
The following are the tentative dates for Fall 2021:

~ Flight #68: "Sabot Development Flight"  October 15-16

~ Flight #69: "Owens/Tays Memorial Flight"  November 5-6

The VAMC Kerrville is providing flu shots and the covid Vaccine booster to Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care.  Walk-in Monday - Friday 10 am - 3pm.  Face masks are required.  Bring your COVID vaccine card. 
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is now offering flu vaccinations for Veterans and will continue until November 19, 2021.

An annual flu vaccine is recommended for the following groups of Veterans: (1) persons at high risk for flu-related complications including persons aged 50 years old and greater, (2) persons of any age with chronic medical illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease and (3) persons who live with or care for persons at high risk. (4) Anyone who lives in community living centers (nursing homes), (5) Women who will be pregnant during the flu season.   Influenza vaccine is also recommended for anyone else who wants to reduce their chances of getting influenza.

“While a majority of our vaccination efforts are focused on COVID-19, we want to ensure our Veterans are protected against influenza this season,” said Medical Center Director/CEO, Christopher R. Sandles. “It is our goal to vaccinate every Veteran who wishes to get a flu shot this season, especially those Veterans at higher risk, such as Veterans over the age of 65 or with chronic health conditions.”
The flu vaccination clinic is being held in the Kerrville VA Medical Center Recreation Center, located on the ground level. Veterans can obtain their vaccine Monday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. No appointment necessary! ID cards and face masks required. 
The Kerrville VA Medical Center is located at 3600 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, Texas 78028. 

South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Advance Care Planning Workshops:  in Kerrville every 1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 - 11:30 am

For more information, click here to view flyer.

Honor Veterans Now is seeking volunteers for our Meals for Vets program to: 

• Call veterans to check on their wellbeing 

• Help with special events 

• Assist with office tasks such as data entry, filing, online research, and mailings

Click here to view an informational flyer. 

For more information, please call: 830.992.3375 or email: info@honorveteransnow.org

Gillespie County Honor Guard Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month

The Gillespie County Honor Guard is looking for additional members.  The group provides Military Honors for our Veterans in Gillespie County.  This is a volunteer group made up of community members that are at least age 18 or older, men and women.   You do not have to be a Veteran.  New Members Welcome:  the next meeting is the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the National Guard Armory, on Armory Rd.   If you would like to find out more about the Honor Guard just show up at the meeting or contact:  BG Jim Bisson (USA-Ret.), Director, Gillespie County Honor Guard & Commander, VFW Post 7105.  Cell:  (512)517-4211 or Email:  jimbisson65@outlook.com

Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive seeking Vietnam Veterans to participate in Oral History Project

Oral History Project Information (click here)

The Vietnam Center & Archive Information (click here)

     Since 1999, the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive has been conducting interviews with those who experienced the war, and who lived through the era. We believe it is vital that any true understanding of the war must include the input of those who participated in this historic moment. We strive to include all voices, including both military and civilian personnel who were in Southeast Asia and at support facilities world-wide. 

     It is essential that we continue to reach out to war veterans and wartime civilians in both the U.S. and Vietnam to capture their recollections for use by researchers, as well as for anyone who is interested in a more thorough understanding of the Vietnam War.  It is imperative that we record those voices before time takes them away, leaving future generations without that vital personal connection to one of the 20th Century’s most controversial, tragic, heroic, and enduring events. 
      Please help us preserve your history by participating in the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive.  Visit:  http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/oralhistory/ for more information. 

Gillespie County
Veterans Service Office
95 Frederick Rd Suite 200
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Telephone: (830) 997-3758
Fax: (830) 997-3245

Adult Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC unit needs five (5) adult drivers in the morning and five (5) adult drivers in the afternoon to help the cadets put out at 6 a.m. and pickup at 5 p.m. flags on holidays.  If you can help, even one holiday per year, please contact LCDR Pat Lee, USN (Ret), Senior Science Instructor, Fredericksburg High School NJROTC Teacher: WK Phone:  830-997-7551 ext. 1136; Work Email: patricial@FISD.org

The dates flags are set out are:
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, third Monday of January
- President's Day, third Monday of February
- Armed Forces Day & Peace Officer/EMS Recognition Day, third Saturday of May
- Memorial Day, last Monday of May 
- Flag Day, 14th of June 
- Independence Day, 4th of July 
- Gillespie County Fair Day, fourth Friday of August 
- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 11th of September 
- POW-MIA Day and Constitution Day, third Friday of September 
- Columbus Day, second Monday of October 
- Election Day, first Tuesday of November every even year 
- Veteran's Day, 11th of November
- Pearl Harbor Day, 7th of December