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Dad’s Honor Flight

Let me give a shout out to my niece Rachel for taking the lead in getting her Grandpa (My Dad) on the Honor Flight to D.C. this weekend. My Dad is understandably excited about the trip. Here is from the Honor Flight website:

Our Mission: To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

Here is the bio page for my Dad:

Tony Campos

Private First Class, Army of the United States. Campos served his country in World War II from 1943 – 1945.

Campos was born in Baytown, Texas on August 21, 1923.

He was drafted and June 23, 1943 was his date of entry into active service.   He trained at Camp Mackall, North Carolina and Fort Benning, Georgia.

He was a Machine Gunner, Heavy. Was with the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion in combat in Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany. He fired a 50c:1 machine gun to protect artillery positions. He made one combat jump. Campos was most proud of fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. 

He was discharged on October 29, 1945. He returned home and married Alicia Torres in September of 1946. They were married for over 70 years with Alicia passing this past June. They had four children, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Campos was a graduate of Baylor University, had a career in public education, and devoted much of his time to the political participation process and civic endeavors including playing a key role in organizing the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) Little School of the 400, a program created in Texas in 1957 that taught Spanish-speaking children 400 English words before they entered first grade.

This stuff ain’t made up folks. The military details are from his Discharge and Separation Qualification Record documents that are framed and hanging on a wall here. The Little School of the 400 details you can easily find online.

We are all so proud of Dad.

Here is from the Chron today:

AUSTIN – One of the top Republicans leaders in the Texas Legislature is slamming the city of Houston and other local governments for trying to raise taxes on homeowners in the name of hurricane recovery.

And he’s certain the increase will provoke a response of some sort from the Legislature.

“I don’t understand this mindset,” state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican from Houston, said. “It’s callous.”

Here is the entire read: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Post-Harvey-tax-increases-huge-mistake-key-12213414.php?utm_campaign=btfpm.

Nope!   Not spending the Rainy Day Fund is callous.

Lisa Falkenberg lays out the facts here on the Texas State Capitol confederate plaque: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Confederates-Texans-own-words-reveal-plaque-s-12213011.php.

Of course, the facts have never mattered to Johnny Reb.

I was at a Dem meeting yesterday and saw the candidate for Harris County Judge. Here is from her website:

Lina Hidalgo was raised in an immigrant family. She knows first-hand the sacrifices hard working Texans make every day to pave a better life for their families. Lina was born in Colombia, when the drug war still raged and everyone knew someone who had been kidnapped. Her parents had two goals: to make sure she had a good education and to get the family to a safer place. Lina grew up in Peru and Mexico, where her parents were offered job opportunities, before emigrating to America in 2005. Lina is a proud product of Texas public schools and, as her parents dreamed, was the first in her family to attend college in the U.S. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science the same year she became a U.S. citizen. Since arriving in Texas, Lina has been committed to giving back.

Lina has dedicated hundreds of hours to our County’s most vulnerable communities—from her time at the Texas Civil Rights Project to serving as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center and supporting immigrants in search of lost loved ones. Over the past few years and while pursuing a joint degree in law and public policy at NYU and Harvard, Lina conducted research on criminal justice policies and coordinated with advocacy groups and governments to push for criminal justice reform. Before that, Lina worked throughout Southeast Asia to promote transparency and accountability by supporting journalists, bloggers and artists. She helped create and fund a program to bring Stanford students to public policy positions and has served the immigrant and incarcerated communities at any opportunity and in various states.

Lina Hidalgo, 2018 candidate for Harris County Judge.

Here is her website: http://www.linahidalgo.com/.

Interesting.

The meeting was actually a Dem forum for HISD candidates. At Dem events these days the judicial candidates are there getting petitions signed. During the forum I was listening to the questions and answers and a judicial candidate shoved a petitions clipboard in front of my face – bad form.

After the event I went to The Yard and ended up snagging a foul ball.

We won last night but didn’t make up ground on Cleveland.

I wonder if Hunker Down knows that 44 years ago today, the Astrodome hosted “The Battle of the Sexes.”

 

 

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