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The latest news from Young Americans Overseas. Check back often to get updates on the events and progress we are making to improve the lives of veterans and their families.


We are featured on: 12NewsNow (Sept 2016)


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KTXB (Oct 2016)


By Young Americans Overseas, Feb 18 2017 04:58AM

What is the most perfect call you could get at 9am in the morning? The call from the manager at Little Caesars on Phelan in Beaumont Texas to come pick up freshly baked pizzas. We were very happy that the managers and employees at Little Caesars are supporting troops! Our guys at the Veteran Academy were excited about pizza night! Great company, Great pizza!!

By Young Americans Overseas, Jan 14 2017 07:13PM

Young Americans Overseas will honor Veterans by giving a 2017 toast.

Governor Edwards from Louisiana is sending Mr. Tom Green, Commissioner Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, to represent on his behalf. Tom served in the United States Marine Corps, 7th and 8th Engineers, 1st Marine Division, from 1969 thru 1976. As a veteran of the Viet Nam Era, Tom graduated at top of his class in Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, and Radiological studies from Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. While attending the Staff Command Academy at Quantico, Va. he trained officers in the various skills required for deployment/dispersal of defoliants and decontamination protocol. Tom obtained a masters degree in business and Civil Preparedness. He is the Co-Chairman of the Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana and currently serves as a Commissioner for Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, working closely with the Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Governor. Members of the Lamar University cheer squad will also attend the New Years Toast to Veterans.

The afternoon will start with a short presentation about the launch of the Veteran Academy followed by an award ceremony and a champagne toast.

Save the Date: Saturday January 21, 2017 at 2pm-3:30pm

The event is free. RSVP is requested to account for refreshments.

Location: 2390 Linson Beaumont Texas (behind the Art League).

By Young Americans Overseas, Jan 3 2017 03:28AM

Thank you to Mr. Milton R. Chatham -Vietnam Veteran & Commander at American Legion Dorie E. Miller Post 817.- Mr. Chatham made a donation to the Veteran Academy. YAO pooled Mr. Chatham's donation together with funding from the co-founders to purchase a dining room table for the Veteran Academy. We are very apperciative of his show of support!

By Young Americans Overseas, Nov 27 2016 04:55AM

It was a candlelight affair at the Veteran facility’s celebratory Thanksgiving on Thursday! To ring in the holiday Margot & Victor, co-founders of Young Americans Overseas had the honor of hosting the Nov. 24 meal and welcomed the house residents to a festive celebration around the main dinning table. Earlier that week Hilary Guest brought a turkey for everyone to enjoy and Tim Winberg followed suit by bringing four more. The residents dined on sweet potatoes, lemon potatoes, a garden fresh salad, corn bread muffins and fried turkey with mushroom gravy. Everyone pitched in to bring the meal together. The first Thanksgiving at the Veteran facility -a special night that will never be forgotten!

By Young Americans Overseas, Nov 24 2016 03:53AM

The 1st annual VeteranFest was a giant success. We met so many new veterans and a great number of people came out to show their support. The day started with Mayor Derrick Freeman reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner beautifully played by Lamar University Marching Band led by Director Dr. Eric Shannon. Lamar University Marching Band looked very nice in their bold red suits. Their presence and beautiful sound, especially during the solo Pops performance, let it be known that the VeteranFest would be a day to be remembered. The veterans in the crowd followed suit by giving an impressive hand salute led by Jim Seals. The emcee of the VeteranFest was news anchor Tiffany Murphy. She did a beautiful job and truly shined on stage.

Congressman Randy Weber made a perfect entrance, strolling right up to the stage followed by a round of applause, which signaled that the main event was about to begin. We honored a number of Vietnam Veterans at the VeteranFest. These strong men and 1 woman are permanently remembered on the Young Americans Overseas Wall of Honor. Congressman Brian Babin also sent a representative to deliver handmade certificates to the Vietnam Veterans.

Veterans Day is about ALL Veterans, but at the 1st annual VeteranFest it was a special party for Vietnam Veterans because of the poor welcome home they received all those years ago. It was a beautiful day. The catering from Suga’s and the BBQ cooked by the manager Stu was good. The entertainment was great. After the opening ceremony John Cessac and the Texas Outlaws took their place on the podium and gave a beautiful private concert to the veterans. PGA Golf Pro Dan Flynn did a marvelous job entertaining the guests. Young Americans Overseas transformed Veterans Day into a true party. We are excited for next year –it will be VeteranFest 2.0 we plan to make the VeteranFest into one of the biggest music festivals in Beaumont Texas. Our first year brought in a big crowd and we look forward to seeing the event grow. Veterans Day is a time to remember, but it is also a time for celebration.

The VeteranFest had full news coverage.

See Beaumont Enterprise front page for more VeteranFest news coverage: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Area-Vietnam-veterans-honored-at-Veteran-Fest-10609066.php

See also, Beumont newspaer the Examiner: http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/honor-veterans-day-southeast-texas