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.”

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“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
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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

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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.

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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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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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American Legion 22nd District Commander Presents Wreath at Memorial Day Service

Community comes together to remember the fallen at Houston National Cemetery

Houston, Texas (May 29, 2018) – It was a beautiful and warm Monday morning as hundreds of veterans, families, and citizens gathered to honor the memory of the fallen who served our great nation.


Houston National Cemetery Podium

“Each year the 22nd District makes it a point to represent the American Legion at the annual Memorial Day event held at the Houston National Cemetery,” said Marine Colonel Jimmy Mitchell, 22nd District Commander, accompanied by his Sergeant at Arms from American Legion Post #77, “We are honored to participate with the other military organizations who attended and presented wreaths as well. It is always a blessing to see so many people attend each year and treat this ceremony with the pomp and circumstance it deserves.”

Pictured: Manny Satarain, U.S. Navy – American Legion Post 416

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Pictured: Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Pacific Lines Post #416

Speakers and presenters:  Summerwood Elementary Shining Stars Children’s Choir, Cannon Salute by Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Sons of the Union Veterans, Officers Post Eldred H. Moye, Sr. (Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.)), Presentation of Colors and Joint Services Banners by North Forest Navy JROTC, Welcome/Introduction of Master of Ceremonies Roy Luera, (Director of Houston National Cemetery), Master of Ceremonies Buddy Grantham, National Anthem Sonya Benjamin, Pledge of Allegiance by Buddy Grantham, Invocation by Reverend David Welch (Lead Pastor Bear Creek Baptist), Proclamation by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Parade of Remembrance by attending wreath presenters, POW/MIA Ceremony by Carmen Gonzalez, Memorial Day Prayer by Reverend David Welch, “Amazing Grace” on bagpipe by Ian Martin (Houston Highlander Pipe Band), United States Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter fly-over, Keynote Speaker Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer (United States Marine Corps retired), Benediction by Reverend David Welch, Rifle Salute by Houston Honor Guard, Company A 13th U.S. Infantry and 15th Texas Infantry (Confederate), Taps by Brian Frederick, Canon Salute, and Final Remarks by Buddy Grantham.

Sons of the Union and Confederate Veterans

American Legion Post #77 meets every 3rd Thursday of the month between 6pm to 8pm at the Bayland Community Center located at 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77074.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

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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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Rejoice Limousine Service Celebrates 3rd Year of Operation in Luxury Transportation Industry

Executive Leadership to Create Waves in the Pool with Innovative Customer Experiences

Houston, Texas (February 7, 2018) – What do you do when you have an amazing company and story to tell? You build your team and hire a marketing company and get ready for growth.  Rejoice Limousine Services, LLC has been in operation for three years in Houston, Texas founded by serial entrepreneur Sunny Kumar.

Left to right: Maria Paez, Hellen Kumar, Sheryll Jones, Sunny Kumar, Andy Valdez, Jimmy Smith, and Jose Morin

“I never planned to start a limousine company,” says Sunny, Founder and President, “I have consulted and grown businesses in the technology, consumer services and adult beverages sector with sales on every continent and billions of dollars in revenues. I love serving people and helping them to celebrate their time here on Earth.”

“We have seen this business as an opportunity to expand our love into the marketplace,” says Mr. Kumar, “What better way than do it, than through a luxury limo experience.”

“In our business, we have an opportunity to meet exciting people who live in luxury,” say Hellen Kumar, Co-founder and President (spouse), “We needed a marketing company to help us to translate our message and reach clients who understand what we are providing to the local and international community and thankfully our VP of Business Development, Sheryll Jones came on board to help us grow our vision.”

“As a military veteran, trusted professional in corporate America, I wanted to be a part of something truly remarkable,” says Sheryll Jones, VP of Business Development, “My career has taken me on a unique trajectory and I want to invest in the vision that Rejoice Limousine Service has for its clients and business network.”



Rejoice Limousine Service understands the principles and best-practices of the current state-of-the-industry for luxury transportation.  However, there are is always room for improvement.

Rejoice Limousine Service recently retained innovative boutique marketing agency, Marketing Dynamics to help position the company for its thoughtful and considerate offering like no other.

“It turns out that I knew Sunny from a previous introduction over 10 years ago and was reintroduced by Sheryll,” says Andy Valadez of Marketing Dynamics, “I knew they were unlike any other company I have experienced and had an opportunity to see them in action at a recent bridal reception for brides in Katy.  The dynamic team came together and decided to bless a husband and wife Pastoral couple with an anniversary limo ride coming up in May.  The couple cried and little did we know, they had just survived a tough year with cancer and didn’t know what they were going to do for their anniversary. This is going to be a fun ride.”


Left to right: Pastors Bonnie and Thaddeus Van Samuel (Celebrate 27 years in May) Life Center Church

To learn more about Rejoice Limousine Service visit their new website at and follow along for the journey.


Media Contact:  Andy Valadez, Marketing Director
Direct:  713.560.3348

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