A jam-packed schedule is planned for all. Soldiers and their families are welcomed and urged to attend.
This is a community volunteer event with over 20 sponsors and booths operated by a fully volunteer staff.
The evening’s activities commence with opening remarks from military and civilian dignitaries. At 4:25 the fun begins. Gayla Culp opens the live entertainment on the main stage. She is followed by another vocalist, Nisha Nandez; a Mo Town R&B band by the name of Class Act is next. Lowman’s Crossing providing some country sounds is followed by a gospel group named NuTestament and to conclude the program is a rock band, 7 Years Today. On the secondary stage, there will be a selection of cultural dancing including a group from Vietnam.
An abundant variety of treats and food will be available at many of the booths and a petting zoo will be provided for the children.
In addition to this being a military, family play day, it is also a military outreach program providing military personnel with insurance and benefit information; 19 representatives at the job fair area; and 29 colleges and universities at their recruiting station. One of the primary services sought by the soldiers and vets is that provided by the VA Regional Office who will be handling claims and benefits.
Another important part of the event is the networking of military personnel with interested civilian partners, “Adopt a Soldier” is a program that reinforces family and community values to a service member who may be alone.
As Deb Meyer of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care systems states, “ annually we have hosted the “Welcome Home Celebration,” not only for active personnel but for us to say thank you to all the vets who have served.”