Guest: Elizabeth Vallette, director of USO Houston.
Elizabeth was a captain in the army and she is now dedicating her "civilian life" to the United Service Organization. The USO's mission is to set-up “pieces of home” for our armed forces stationed abroad but they also provide a lot of services in country. Since Elizabeth spent some time in Iraq, we also discussed the recent change in laws affecting women in combat.
Also interesting to anyone wearing the uniform: the Rodeo is having their Armed Forces Appreciation Day on February 27th. Any soldier in uniform will get in for free. The USO is also
setting up a tent at the cook-off and all you need to get in that exclusive party is your service ID. Go to http://affiliates.uso.org/houston/ for all the info you need.
Guests: R.H. "Steve" Stevens, Chairman of the Board of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
We know the rodeo as the biggest festival in town, the grandest rodeo in the world and also, we know we can eat good BBQ there. But I like it best for how many people are helped by the millions of dollars this non-profit gives away as part of its scholarship programs. Every year, hundreds of young Texans get the opportunity to go to college or a trade school, paid for by the profits made during the big event. There are few organizations in town which help to break the cycle of poverty for so many. It's good food for thought as we talk about how much fun the show is, especially when one looks at what's going on backstage.
Tickets are going fast and they sell-out most of their shows so don’t wait to get in on the festivities: www.rodeohouston.com
Guests: Judy Perkins, former president and co-chair of the college scholarship program for the Houston Junior Forum.
Kimberly Trevino just graduated from A&M University and is headed to medical school.
Stephen Quezada is a lawyer who graduated from the University of Houston.
The Houston Junior Forum gives out scholarships to help people break the cycle of poverty. Kimberly and Stephen are two examples of what the community's help can do, coupled with good parenting. They remind us that no matter what kind of help one can get, the crucial part of growing up, getting the right education and becoming a productive member of society is good parenting.
Go to their website for information on their scholarship programs: www.houstonjuniorforum.org