Department of Texas American Legion Celebrates 103 Years of Service

Honors 103-Year-old WW2 Veteran Thelma Williams of Katy

Katy, Texas (August 11, 2022) – The American Legion, founded in 1919 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a national service organization comprised of war-time veterans focused on Veterans and Rehabilitation, Americanism, National Security, and Children and Youth. Its fingerprints can be traced to many legislative changes to help solve veteran issues to meet their needs and concerns (most recently the PACT Act), the founding of other non-profits in support of its mission and addressing the security of the nation as seen by veterans.

The annual state convention was held in Austin, Texas in July for 3-days for policy discussions and breakout sessions for 453 posts that comprise the Department of Texas, representing 53,319 veteran members.

State Commander Bret Watson, comments: “I had the privilege of meeting Legionnaire Thelma Williams at The Wreaths across of America in Katy last year. I was told that she was planning to attend the Department convention in Austin, and I was delighted to see that she was able to attend. It was my honor to present her and James Watson (my 25-year-old son) with the oldest and youngest delegate on the floor. It just shows you the range of ages of veterans that support our great organization. Ms. Williams is one of the veterans of the greatest generation and I hope she can make it back next year.”

“Thelma Williams is a treasure, exemplifying the best characteristics of the United States military – duty, honor, fidelity – in both her uniformed service as well as civilian life. She represents an era when selfless acts were commonplace, not the exception,” says Peter Batura, Katy American Legion Post 164 Commander, “Reaching the milestone age of 103, Thelma remains active and is an encouragement to virtually everyone she comes in contact. Engaging conversation and great stories are your reward for spending time with her.”

Ms. Williams served the U.S. Army Corps from 1943 to 1947 and performed her duty in Europe Germany and Japan.

“I was very fortunate to serve in the occupation forces in Germany and Japan and in all, I had a very good experience,” said Ms. Williams, “I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I were many, many years younger. At first, I joined the American Legion for the dinners that they had, but then later I came to enjoy the camaraderie and worked a lot with the American Legion Auxiliary.”

The American Legion Post 164 in Katy meets every 3rd Tuesday starting at 6:30PM for a social mixer and then business meeting at 7:30PM at 22125 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, Texas. The gathering is open to current members and new prospective members.

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Marketing Dynamics Behind the Scenes Episode 15: Marketing AI Innovation

We had an opportunity to feature U.S. Navy Veteran Mike Martin, Ask Coach Mike, to talk about an incredible marketing resource that you can use to market and promote your business with an all inclusive dashboard to mine leads, build website, provide SMS, e-mail, sales funnels and more. Let us help you schedule a FREE live demo. Mike is part of the Network In Action Veterans Business Force here in Houston, please visit to learn more about NIA VBS.

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Marketing Dynamics Behind the Scenes

We started a YouTube Channel Playlist for Marketing Dynamics Behind the Scenes where we update our followers on new ideas, best-practices, and real-life application of Marketing and development in action. I haven’t utilized my blog in a while and will start posting content that I think can help you in your business and in life.

Check out this client profile with Lance Braswell of Braswell Enterprises:

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“Across a Field of Angels” Author to Host Seminar and Book Signing at Half Price Book Stores

Story of Family Survival in War, Safety, Humanity, and Faith

Sugar Land, Texas (December 31, 2018) – Pastor, Radio Host and Counselor Ann Loutfi has ministered to families and individuals alike with her unique perspectives spanning over seven decades. As a young toddler she and her family escaped Germany during Hitler’s reign at the time of the horrific World War II era.  Her young spirit adjusted to the turbulence and uncertainty and was guided by the inspiration of her Godly mother and father who trusted their lives during the turmoil and fearsome times.

“I remember when our family was rescued by circumstances provided by the Lord and we boarded the U.S.N.S. General Stuart Heintzelman (a German commandeered ship captured by the United States) and were prepared medically to be received at Ellis Island immigration center in New York. On the way the waves were incredible, but we were safe and heading to America,” said Author Ann Loutfi, “So, many people did not make it out of the region and our own story is a miracle of escape.”

Date:  January 12, 2019 (Saturday)
Time:  1pm to 4pm (FREE one-hour seminar begins at 1pm)
Location: Half Price Book Stores
Address:  3203 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, Texas 77478
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This event is something special for people who want to understand more of the history, may be struggling during hard times with the recent floods, financial uncertainty, loss of family, war trauma, or who want to connect with those who have family that survived the terror of WW2.  The seminar will address aspects of the book and offer hope and inspiration to someone facing their own challenges.

About Ann Loutfi

Pastor Ann with White HatPastor Ann Loutfi is a teacher, counselor, and evangelist who shares the story of her family’s escape from Germany during WWII to inspire and encourage others. She has ministered to people everywhere God has placed her, including the years she and her husband lived in Damascus, Syria. Today, Ann is a sought-after public speaker who teaches regularly in churches, schools, colleges, hospitals, and prisons. Ann and her husband, Kays, live in Houston, Texas and have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Pastor Ann also hosts her own radio show which airs every Saturday from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm on KKHT 100.7 FM (The Word) in Houston, Texas – “Time with Pastor Ann”.  She also appears on TV access in Houston on Sundays at 11am, on Wilkins Radio in North Carolina “A Word with Pastor Ann” at 3:30 EST on Thursdays and in every nation in Africa and North Korea (Sundays).


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Historic Come and Take It 2nd Amendment Rally and Gun Show Planned

Revolutionary first-ever combined event to be held in Gonzales, Texas

Gonzales, Texas (October 11, 2018) – It has been over 30 years since a gun show has been held in Gonzales County and over 183 years since Texans have gathered in the same area to echo their resistance to gun confiscation and disarmament, and legislative restriction initiatives that seem to be in the air in America and in Texas.

“Come and take it” is a historic slogan, first used in 480 BC in the Battle of Thermopylae as “Molon labe” by Spartan King Leonidas I as a defiant answer and last stand to the surrender demanded by the Persian Army, and later in 1778 at Fort Morris in the Province of Georgia during the American revolution, and in 1835 at the Battle of Gonzales during the Texas Revolution.

“The Come and Take it 2nd Amendment Rally and Gun Show is going to be a great time for families to get together, for everyone to have a good time and to be better knowledge themselves about their 2nd Amendment rights” Don Page, Event Coordinator.

Event dates are October 13th and 14th – 2018:
Gun Show – Saturday, October 13th & Sunday, October 14th
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:  $8 at the door – over 100 exhibitors

Gun Rally – Saturday (October 13th) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: No cost (rally portion)

Event link:

Radio Interview on SoundCloud – Don Page:


Radio Interview on – Don Page:

Speakers and Entertainment: Brandi Behlen (Music Artist/Performer), Daniel Miller (President of Texas Nationalist Movement), Rick Figueroa (NRA Outreach/President Trump Hispanic Leadership Coalition), Leroy Sisco (NRA Board Member), Sid Miller (State Agricultural Commissioner for Texas), Michael Cloud (District 27 U.S. Congressman), Rick Green (Patriot Academy/Constitutional Courses for Front Sight Firearms Training Academy), and Pastor Rafael Cruz (Grace for America).

Location for both events:  2301 County Road 197, Gonzales, Texas 78629

“Texans have long fought for the right to keep and bear arms. During the Battle of Gonzales, a self-organized group of patriots refused to give up their cannon in the fight for freedom and told their enemies to ‘Come and take it!’ Now is not the time for us to cede the ground our forefathers fought for, defended, and won. The Republican Party of Texas stands with law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their God-given rights without government intrusion,” James Dickey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

Supported in part by (National Association for Legal Gun Defense), Open Carry Texas, Gonzales County Republican Party, and Texas Nationalist Movement.


Media contact:  Don Page
Direct: 830.263.4065

Media Passes and Video Opportunities and Interviews Available

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Marine Gun Instructor Offers Free Gun License Training Class for Teachers

Highly trained serviceman responds to school shooting threats with practical response

Houston, Texas (June 20, 2018) – U.S. Marine Corps veteran attends vigil in the aftermath of shooting in Santa Fe High School. “I wanted to support my community and came to be with families and public officials who were grappling with a terrible situation,” says Daniel Martin, former Combat Arms Marine and Gun Trainer, “Equipping schools with every tool possible to stop these tragedies, including arming teachers, should be of the highest priority.”

Radio interview with Daniel Martin, Founder of Bellicose Life Retention:

“The U.S. Government has provided me and my fellow Marines with some incredible training and I have pursued some advanced certifications as well, and I wanted to do my part to help teachers and their families who are interested in getting their license to carry in Texas,” said Martin, a Texas DPS Certified Handgun License Instructor.

TEACHERS: Teachers and school administration with a valid employee ID will receive their LTC/Pistol Carry Level 1 training FREE at the upcoming July 7 course, and discounted rates for any referrals who attend concurrently.

Date:  July 7, 2018, Saturday
Location:  Best Shot Gun Range – 4425 FM 2351, Suite D – Friendswood, Texas 77546
Time:  9am to 3:30pm
Cost for non-teachers*:  $75** for class and $18 for gun range
*State license fee and fingerprint are separate. All students should bring at least 50 rounds of ammo and their handgun. If you do not have a firearm, contact Bellicose Life Retention.
**Friends and family attending with teacher attendees are discounted to $65.
Phone:  713.491.2762
Facebook Event page:
Class Registration Form:

Bellicose LogoSgt Mac’s Gun Shack (combat veteran owned and operated) of Galveston and Best Shot Gun Range have joined forces to make the gun range free for teachers taking the course.

The Texas LTC allows the licensee to carry a pistol concealed or openly, on or about their person, in public in the Great State of Texas. The license also allows carry in several other states through reciprocity agreements.

This course has a legally mandated length of 4-6 hours of classroom time, as well as a shooting qualification (active duty military/recent veterans may be accepted, contact Daniel for information). The TX LTC course covers the state-mandated topics and information, as well as content enhanced by Bellicose Life Retention for the BLR Pistol Carry Level 1 Certification.

To learn more about Bellicose Life Retention please visit: continues to provide a platform for people like Mr Martin who are providing life-saving information and community support. is a comprehensive litigation protection membership covering individuals, families and businesses in regards to personal protection with the use of any weapon in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Tribal Lands.

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About Daniel Martin, Founder of Bellicose Life Retention          

Daniel Martin, Chief Instructor of Bellicose Life Retention, is a veteran Marine Infantryman, Combat Marksmanship Coach, and graduate of the I MEF Special Operations Training Group Raid Leader’s Course. Daniel is a Texas Department of Public Safety License to Carry Instructor and has held NRA Certifications as a Pistol and Shotgun Instructor as well as a Range Safety Officer.

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Texas Defense Force Security Leads the Way for Modern American Militia

Adoption of existing security credentials and volunteerism requirement proving valuable to the community

Fort Worth, Texas (June 19, 2018) – Texas Defense Force Security is a licensed Guard Company in the State of Texas.  Their license(s) allows for Security Guard functions, Body Guard assignments, and Private Investigations anywhere in the Lone Star State.

TDF LogoTexas Defense Force Security is the first and only (as of this writing) “not-for-profit” Security Company that is Licensed in Texas.

Through their network of volunteer officers they are able to raise the bar and standards, increase training and deployment capabilities, improve the standing that they have in communities and provide assistance to Law Enforcement, First Responders, and even in cases of Disaster Recovery.

“We wanted to embrace the heritage of the militia as codified in our U.S. Constitution and give it a makeover with accountability, uniformity, and utility,” says Robert Beverly, Founder and Commander, “Our team has all of the credentials and training  you would want in an effective body of protectors. The community benefits with a thoroughly trained and disciplined Texas-wide fully equipped and self-sustaining unit(s) that is capable of being dispatched within a few hours notice.”


Texas Defense Force Security at Olmos Park, Texas Gun Rights Rally

Radio interview with Robert Beverly, Founder of Texas Defense Force Security:

To learn more about Texas Defense Force Security or to become a member visit: continues to provide a platform for people like Mr. Beverly who are providing life-saving information and community support. is a comprehensive litigation protection membership covering individuals, families and businesses in regards to personal protection with the use of any weapon in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Tribal Lands.

For more information on the National Association for Legal Gun Defense please visit:


About Robert Beverly      

robert mugshotAs a young boy growing up in Texas, Beverly was your typical young man experiencing life in a traditional family environment.  He quickly began to notice some of the unfortunate aspects of our government such as corruption, politics, and the rule of law not being properly followed, He watched as resources that should be targeted to veterans and our less fortunate were being mismanaged and thrown at issues that our government should not be involved in.  Little did he know these life lessons would guide his journey later in adulthood when Beverly proudly served in and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.  Later, he went on to attend college in electrical engineering. After completing his studies, Beverly formed a company in structural fabrication with a focus on custom-built, unique, design concepts which continues to this day.

Later, his level of concern for the future of America grew with the election of Barak Obama because with the lawlessness and contempt for the Constitution that the Obama Administration spread throughout the nation. Beverly began to realize he had allowed both his knowledge and training in self-protection to wane over the years. He began to explore various training avenues as well as programs to become more knowledgeable about the law. Through this journey, Beverly discovered that the typical militia concept was often misunderstood, and that quality training from reputable instructors was unavailable as a militia member.  It was soon clear that he needed start his own security company to legally provide an umbrella under which the opportunity for law enforcement type training and legal protection could be established. “As a Licensed Security Company, Texas Defense Force gives us the opportunity to serve and protect our communities in an efficient manner, gives us the necessary credentials and standing in the community that allows for us to access emergency situations, and also to function as a way to help our fellow man when needed. No other program is available that provides a similar blanket of self-defense and high-level training as a civilian” says Beverly.

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Church Shootings Surpass School Shootings 3 to 1 Over the Last 15 Years Says Pastor and Author

Book cites statistics and security methods used by the Secret Service to secure the President and public

Houston, Texas (June 18, 2018) – All life is valuable. It seems however that every mass murderer targets those less capable of fighting back and therefore chooses gun-free zones and areas where they will likely find the least resistance due to the nature of the venue. Because Churches like schools are considered soft targets, they are more likely to endure criminal activity.

Pastor and Author Andrew Surace, examines the history of attacks on churches and explains various reasons for violence in them in his book “Securing the Sacred”.  Some of these reasons include greater visibility in the media as mega-churches gain more notoriety, giving a counter-culture message which may invite ire and retribution, domestic violence situations that come to the sanctity of the church congregation, and opportunity by thieves who seek to plunder sound equipment, automobiles, parishioner property, and cash.

Within the last decade, churches have experienced an up-tick in church crime and violence without much publicity or exposure.  Securing the Sacred tries to alert Pastors across the country and teaches some of the best practices currently utilized by organizations such as the United States Secret Service.

“The greatest need in the church today is a change of mindset. The great illusion that the church is a safe place is sadly just not the case as it was in times past,” says Dr. Surace, “The idea of church protection should be built on a foundation of wisdom and not fear.”

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Audio interview on Price of Business with Kevin Price (11:02 duration):

Buy the book from World Wide Publishing Group: continues to provide a platform for people like Dr. Surace who are providing life-saving information. is a comprehensive litigation protection membership covering individuals, families and businesses in regards to personal protection with the use of any weapon in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and Tribal Lands.

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About Dr. Andrew “Andy” Surace Biography

Andrew SuraceDr. Surace is a seasoned Pastor with over 35 years of ministry. He is trained as an EMT and executive protection specialist specializing in church safety and security. He along with co-Author Eric Konohia are the authors of a book on the subject of church security entitled “Securing the Sacred”. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble as well as in bookstores around the world. To contact Dr Surace about doing a church protection seminar at your church or in your area he can be reached at

About Securing the Sacred:

BookYour Church Security Handbook Crimes against churches and ministers are rising at an alarming rate. Almost on a weekly basis, we read or hear about a shooting or act of violence in or on a church property. From burglary, to domestic violence to shootings, churches are getting a wake-up call that they are no longer the safe and sacred places they once were. As our culture becomes more secular, churches will be targeted even more. Jesus warned that in the last days treacherous times would come so that we would be prepared. This book will provide principles on how to protect your house of worship. Eric and Andrew reveal how by using the same principles that the United States Secret Service uses to protect the president and the White House, you can better protect your church, its leaders and people. This one of a kind security book, written through the unique perspective of a pastor and one of the security industries leading experts, will show you not only how to better protect your church, but why and how to put together your church security team. If you ready one book about church security this year, this one will not disappoint you!

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Wheelchairs for Warriors to “Roll Strong” for the Veteran Community

We support our veterans, firefighters, and peace officers.  If you are able to attend this incredible event or support this wonderful vision, please do so!

Media Contact:  Crystal Laramore                                                                Media Passes Available


Wheelchairs for Warriors to “Roll Strong” for the Veteran Community
Gathering of Leaders Underway to Rally for an Unmet Need and Make History

Houston, Texas (May 16, 2018) – There seems to be so many needs within the veterans communities that affect the veterans and their families alike from job placement, PTSD, housing, education, health care, finances, and veterans with disabilities.

The Founders of Wheelchairs for Warriors Crystal Laramore and Heidi Hansing and their team discovered the need for wheelchairs for front-line defenders (veterans and emergency responders). “The more we researched, the more we discovered a wheelchair is not just a wheelchair for a veteran who has been severely maimed/injured in the line-of-duty. The wheelchairs we are bringing to our deserving warriors have been custom engineered for each battle-tested warrior that brings functionality and adds value back to their life,” said Crystal Laramore.

This event will be attended by anyone who is interested in being a catalyst for warriors who are in the wrong wheelchair for their life-mission.  Attendees will be inspired and challenged to be a part of history.

Date:  Monday, May 21, 2018
Time:  5:30 pm to 10 pm
Where:  Redneck Country Club – 11110 W. Airport Boulevard, Stafford, Texas 77477
Cost/Donation:  $25 to $10,000 (details available at link below)
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Houston Oiler Quarterback Dan Pastorini will host the event with Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw to speak.  Crenshaw is a U.S. Navy Seal who has a heroic story of being hit by an IED, losing sight in one eye and continuing to serve his country.  There will be a guest appearance by Charlie Melton, the U.S. Navy Seal who trained Chris Kyle and Marcus Lutrell.  A live auction will take place at 7 pm and live music will be from 8:30 pm till 10:00 pm.

Wheelchairs for Warriors is a non-profit providing custom-fit, complex, rehab mobility solutions to injured veterans, firefighters, and law enforcement that are designed for their specific needs depending on their injuries.  These wheelchairs can be operated by head, finger, foot, shoulder, puff of breath, eye movement, etc.

Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain will be recognizing Wheelchairs for Warriors Day on May 21, 2018.

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iF Magazine and The Foundation Room (House of Blues)


We have imagination! – Left to Right Sheryll Jones and Sonia Guimbellot

Article by Andy Valadez (me)

What an honor and fantastic night it was to attend the iF Magazine Mixer with my friend Sonia Guimbellot, Publisher, at The Foundation Room for one of my clients Sheryll Jones, VP of Business Development for Rejoice Limousine Service (


We arrived early via a Lincoln SUV and driver provided by Rejoice Limo, who arranged to pick up Sonia and our entourage. It was quite nice to be able to chat on the way to the event without having to focus on Houston traffic.  Our driver Jimmy Smith was excellent and got us to our destination safely and effortlessly.

Billy Jack

Billy Jack

In honor of the livestock and rodeo, I decided to wear jeans, boots, my .223 bracelet, Prince t-shirt, black jacket and Billy Jack Medicine Man hat (was a hit with my peers or boomers and X Generation).

Scene from the movie “Billy Jack”

DSC01282The famous door to The Foundation Room was locked (we were early) and so, a manager came to receive us and walked us over to the bar for a complimentary drink on the house.

After a few photo-ops and continued conversation, we headed over The Foundation Room and passed through security (I normally carry my firearm, but no guns allowed and they do wand). Once we are checked, we took the elevator to the room for some networking, food, adult beverages and wonderful jazz.

The mixers are held each month by invitation from iF Magazine and you never know who is going to attend from foreign dignitaries, local business leaders, photographers and videographers, technologists, venture makers, and more.

We left around 8:30 pm and were returned to our destinations safely by the limo company.  I have to tell you, it was very nice having a driver and being with friends who are imaginative and creative about business opportunity and growing initiatives for our city on an international scale.

Sheryll (Army Veteran) and myself (Marine Veteran) also serve on the board for a planned veterans museum to be built in Houston and were able to socialize with many veterans who attended as well. The museum will be a Class A structure, major tourist attraction, and mixed use facility – $1.8B budget so far.

Looking forward to attending the next mixer and following up with some of the people I met.  A few photos from the evening are below.


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