Inaugural CLC Veterans Military Ball at South Texas VA in San Antonio, Texas

On Veterans Day, Residents of the South Texas VA Community Living Center (CLC), hospital staff, friends, and families gathered for a nostalgic Military-style formal, to share a meal, dance, and share stories with many of the fellow Veterans and active duty service members who attended the ball.

CLC residents getting their shaves and haircuts for the big day!

The idea for the Military Ball came from the nursing staff at the South Texas CLC, led by nurse manager Patricia Pena. It wasn't just a cake and punch affair. They met with the CLC Resident's Council to discuss what they wanted their military ball to be. They went formal, and that meant haircuts and new coats and ties, many donated by CLC staff. They even developed a menu, serving a local Mexican food feast.

The food was served by volunteer Army students from nearby Camp Bullis.

One of the best parts of the military ball is providing a return to service for the residents, some, who have not been to a military event for decades. It led to the exchange of stories and adventures of service and sacrifice from distant lands spanning back to World War II.

The South Texas VA boasts one of the largest population of Veteran employees at 45 percent. Some of the staff members added to the nostalgia by wearing their service uniforms.

Before dinner was served, the staff, families, volunteers and Veteran residents shared time together, talking and sharing smiles.

The room was filled with many senior citizens, but don't let that fool you. A military ball is not a true military ball without dancing...and there was some dancing!

These ears can hear so very little, Yet they’ve learned to listen much. They perk up not for gossip now, But for a heart to touch. - Emily Nelson

After dinner and dancing, the staff held a raffle for prizes, and handed out mementos as a keepsake for Veterans and their families.

As the night drew to a close, families took photos in front of the banner honoring and recognizing the services that the residents served in so proudly.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, family members and staff that worked so hard putting this event together for the South Texas VA CLC residents. If success is measured in smiles and laughter, then the residents and their guests surely enjoyed themselves.

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Steven Goetsch


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