Events

The VeteranFest is an annual event through which funds are raised to operate and maintain the Young Americans Overseas housing complex and help offset the costs of living expenses for veterans. All proceeds from YAO events go directly to supporting our projects. Attending YAO events will help us support our veterans as they work on their relaunch.

John Cessac & Texas Outlaws performing at VeteranFest

John Cessac & Texas Outlaws performing at VeteranFest

VeteranFest

The VeteranFest is a music festival in honor of Vietnam veterans. Last year Congressman Randy Weber and the Mayor of Port Arthur attended. Vietnam veterans received signed letters from President Obama and special dog tags. The Lamar University Marching Band performed. There was plenty of beer and BBQ. John Cessac & Texas Outlaws rocked until sunset.

Lamar University Cheerleaders and local veterans ring in 2017

Lamar University Cheerleaders and local veterans ring in 2017

A New Years toast to veterans

Veterans enjoyed a champagne party at the YAO housing complex. Governor Edwards from Louisiana sent his Veteran Commissioner Tom Green to give the toast. Lamar University cheerleaders performed. Service Awards were given to YAO's key volunteers. And veterans had a lively discussion about the transition on capital hill. 

Airforce Veteran Marlisa Miller with Justin owner of A-1 Fencing

Airforce Veteran Marlisa Miller with Justin owner of A-1 Fencing

groundbreaking ceramony women's park

History is being made with the construction of Texas's first Women Veteran and Women First Responder Park. The Beaumont community came out in full support. Senator Cornyn sent his Regional Director, Congressman Weber sent his Deputy Director, Beaumont Mayor Ames attended along with Beaumont's first female mayor Evelyn Lord.