Louisiana Governor Edwards sent Veteran Commissioner Mr. Tom Green to the Veteran Academy to give a New Years Toast. Local veterans from across southeast Texas attended the party. WineStyles on Dowlen road donated Champagne. Lamar University Cheerleaders performed. Veterans drank champagne while having a lively talk with Mr. Tom Green. Service awards were given to Hillary Guest, Tim Windberg, David Snapp, and Creighton Leblanc. Channel 12 news interviewed party guests.