Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 10/25/2013

October 20, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry says Ted Cruz’s name ‘not once’ mentioned during Israel, London trip

October 21, 2013

 

Rick Perry, John Sharp travel to Israel to officially announce Peace Campus

Rick Perry Goes National, Praises Rick Scott and Susana Martinez

October 22, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Speaks at WATEC Israel 2013

Gov. Rick Perry’s Remarks at WATEC Israel 2013

 

 

October 23, 2013

Announcing Creation of Texas A&M University Branch Campus in Israel (Video)

Gov. Rick Perry Announces Creation of Texas A&M University Branch Campus in Israel

Texas A&M University to open a branch in Israel

Rick Perry in Israel puts presidential talk aside, focuses on economic development

Rick Perry vs. Ted Cruz

Gov. Rick Perry ‘all about accepting all the blessings I can get from the Lord’

Gov. Rick Perry recaps Israel-UK trip

Jobs can’t be ‘stolen’ if state competes

October 24, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel

Gov. Rick Perry in the Promised Land

Rick Perry Fosters the Texas-Israeli Alliance

October 25, 2013

Texas governor: Don’t fall for Iran’s charm offensive

Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus

Gov. Rick Perry’s visit to Israel, October 2013 (Photos)

“Handmade With Love” — More Ways to Show You Care!

Operation Gratitude Blog

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Are you “crafty” and looking for ways you can use your time and talents to help us supportWI Volunteers deployed troops, new recruits, veterans and wounded heroes?

Here are some ideas for you!

Scarves (and Hats!) for Troops
Paracord “Survival” Bracelets
Cool-Ties
Handmade Greeting Cards— find more inspiration and tutorials like this one online…

PPBy hand-making items, volunteers everywhere in the country can show their appreciation for the military community!

Recruit crafty friends and family to help — please feel free to download, print and share these flyers:

Made With Love
Volunteers Needed — Paracord “Survival” Bracelets
10 Easy Ways to Support the Troops

Shipping & Donation Info & Tips: Find infohere.

Don’t have time or the ability to make scarves, hats, greeting cards or paracord bracelets, but you still want to help? Consider donating yarn or 550 lb. paracord to us to distribute to crafty volunteers who will…

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Send a “Sweet Salute” to Our Troops this Holiday Season

Cinnabon Newsroom

Cinnabon, Inc. is proud to work with Operation Gratitude®, an organization that annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. service members, veterans, and emergency first responders. The organization’s mission is to lift morale and express to our military and their families the appreciation and support of the American people.

Cinnabon® bakeries are helping to send Operation Gratitude care packages this holiday season by collecting donations and personal thank you notes from generous Guests. Cinnabon is also asking its fans to contribute in other ways. Here’s how:

In the comments section below, please take a few moments to write a note for our soldiers and their families. Our goal is to get at least 2,000 comments of thanks but, with your help, we know that we can exceed that goal. Please share this post with your family, friends, and co-workers and…

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Wounded Warrior Makes Good on Vow to Give Back

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Makes Good on Vow to Give Back

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2013 – Four years ago, retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran accepted the keys to a new house presented by a nonprofit veterans organization, telling then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and hundreds of others gathered for the ceremony that he would express his gratitude through the life he would lead.

Retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran, right, his wife, Teal, and children, Trey, Macy and William, gather in front of the house in Cypress, Texas, donated to them by the Helping a Hero organization that supports wounded warriors and their families. Moran said he is committed to making good on his vow to return the investment made in him by giving back to others. Courtesy photo by Lizette Moran

Retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran, right, his wife, Teal, and children, Trey, Macy and William, gather in front of the house in Cypress, Texas, donated to them by the Helping a Hero organization that supports wounded warriors and their families. Moran said he is committed to making good on his vow to return the investment made in him by giving back to others. Courtesy photo by Lizette Moran

“You can rest assured,” Moran told them during an August 2009 ceremony in his new living room in Cypress, Texas, “you made an investment in me and other wounded warriors, and I promise you, you will get a return on your investment.”

The path to Moran’s new threshold had been a rocky one. He received third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body when his platoon was ambushed during his second tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq. He also suffered a compression fracture to his T-8 vertebrae, herniated discs, a mild traumatic brain injury and an inhalation injury.

He underwent more than 30 surgeries and spent two and a half years recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Moran had first met Gates when, as president of Texas A&M University, he presented Moran his “Aggie” diploma in 2003. Four years later, then as defense secretary, Gates visited Moran when he was being treated at Brooke. In 2008, Gates and former President George H.W. Bush joined Moran on the field during a Texas A&M football game and awarded him the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor.

In August 2009, Gates presented Moran the keys to a brand-new home in suburban Houston, donated through Helping a Hero. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group funds financial, emotional educational, mentoring, recreational and scholarship support for severely injured military members and their families.

The home was built with special accommodations for Moran’s physical condition. It featured tinted windows, a high-efficiency air conditioner and heating system and other enhanced temperature-control measures, because Moran is no longer able to control his body temperature. The lot was selected to allow the least amount of direct sunlight to enter the home, and the home had an extended covered porch so Moran could spend time outdoors with his family.

“What can I say to people who have given me so much? What can I say? Words don’t do justice,” Moran told the crowd gathered for the presentation ceremony. “So let me tell you right now: It is going to be the way that I live my life. And the way I am going to live my life is by honor, courage and commitment.”

Today, Moran is making good on that commitment in a variety of ways. He’s CEO of Moran Enterprises Inc., a private equity and management consulting firm he founded that promotes veterans employment and veteran causes. He’s been a member of the Texas Veterans Commission since 2011, serving as an advocate for his fellow veterans. He also is a board member for Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that helps combat-wounded service members, their families and families of the fallen, and he serves as a spokesman for Helping a Hero.

Moran said the outpouring he received through his own ordeal reaffirmed his faith in the American people and his commitment to serve.

“I was blessed to be the recipient of people’s love and goodwill, and them saying not only ‘Welcome home,’ but ‘Hey, we want to make an investment in you,’” he said during a phone interview from his company headquarters in Houston.

Looking around him, Moran said, he is struck by the generosity and dedication of the American people. It transcends the political fray, bringing them together to support causes larger than themselves, he said.

“The thing that unites all Americans is service,” Moran said. “Regardless of everything else going on in the world, it is something that unites us.”

Moran said he’s proud of the way federal, state and municipal governments, the private sector and nonprofit organizations have come together to demonstrate those core values through their support of wounded warriors and their families.

He said he regularly challenges others, and encourages them to challenge him, by asking, “What have you done today to serve your fellow Americans?” It’s not a slogan, he said, but a core value and a way of life that Americans share.

“There is so much goodness out there, and people want to do right for their fellow Americans,” he said. “I just hope that all the infrastructure that has been put up at this point and all the good that has been done will continue so that men and women who have to go into harm’s way years from now will be able to benefit from that infrastructure.”

Moran said he’s proud to be among the many committed to ensuring the nation will continue to support today’s wounded warriors and veterans and those who will serve in the future.

“I am just one of the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, dedicated to making sure that generations from now, those people are taken care of,” he said.

Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 10/18/2013

October 14, 2013

 

 

October 15, 2013

 

Governor and First Lady to Take Economic Development Trip to London, Israel

October 16, 2013

Rick Perry Wasn’t Kidding. He’s Really Thinking About 2016

October 18, 2013

Governor Perry Honors the Enduring Strength of Texas and U.K. Partnership

Governor Perry’s Remarks at Plaque Dedication Ceremony in London

In London, Rick Perry presents plaque to mark former Republic of Texas embassy

Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 10/11/2013

October 5, 2013

In Anaheim, Perry touts red states for jobs

Gov. Rick Perry Faults Obama For Capitol Hill Standoff

October 6, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses California Republicans at convention in Anaheim

October 8, 2013

Gov. Perry: Medicaid Expansion “Is Like Putting Another Thousand People on the Titanic”

October 9, 2013

Gov. Perry Visits Lake Travis to Urge Support of Prop. 6

 

Governor Perry to Congress: ‘Sit down with the president and go to work’

Grover Norquist predicts Rick Perry among GOP pres contenders

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Will Speak at Iowa Fundraiser

October 10, 2013

Who Owns Your Job?

Gov. Perry: Prop. 6 Necessary to Meet Texas Water Needs

 

October 11, 2013

Statement by Gov. Perry on Retirement of Chancellor Kent Hance

Governor Rick Perry Week in Review: 10/4/2013

September 28, 2013

 

 

CPAC STL: Perry critical of Washington

Why Texas’s cowboy governor chose ‘hipster’ frames

September 30, 2013

Statement by Gov. Perry on Possible Federal Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013

 

October 2, 2013

Gov. Perry Encourages Support of Prop. 6 to Fund State Water Plan

 

Perry, Conaway Hold Firm with Republicans on Government Shutdown

October 3, 2013

Texas: The Top State for Global Trade

October 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry on difference between TX and CA: “We don’t judge success” by number of welfare cases

Rick Perry blames Barack Obama for shutdown, says his ‘job is to negotiate’