The first business meeting of Pleasanton VFW Post 12162 was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Why? The Posts membership majority is young, with a large percentage of members still serving on Active Duty or in the Reserves and National Guard positions. When Hurricane Harvey hit many were activated and sent for rescue operations at various locations on the Gulf Coast. Still, others elected to help their fellow citizens and neighbors by assisting them during and after the hurricane.
Some of those new Charter members include 1991 Jourdanton High School Graduate and US Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Jose “Joey” Reyes, a combat decorated, Bronze Star recipient, UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot that served multiple tours during the Iraq War. USAF Captain Megan McDonough, a combat decorated, Bronze Star recipient and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. USAF Master Sergeant Jessica Caldwell, a Senior Emergency Medical Technician assigned to Homeland Security and fellow Iraq War Veteran. US Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Luis Alvarado, a Motor Transport Operator and Iraq War veteran. Steve Jaksik, a 1964 Pleasanton High School Graduate and Vietnam War veteran, road Hurricane Harvey out in Corpus Christi so that he would be available to help his elderly neighbors. Steve is not new to hurricanes and has in-depth experience dealing with their aftermath spanning 47 years. A retired lineman electrician with Central Power and Light (CPL), he has ridden out four hurricanes; Hurricane Celia in 1970, Hurricane Allen in 1980, Hurricane Bret in 1991 and now Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Steve stated, “Hurricane Harvey is the worst I have ever seen!” The VFW Post 12162 located in Pleasanton thanks these members for their continued commitment to serving their community and the citizens of the Great State of Texas!
If you would like more information on joining this VFW team or if you would like to help us assist fellow citizens during this time of need, please contact VFWpost12162@gmail.com.