Central Texans receive Congressional honors for work with veteran community

WACO, Texas (KWTX) There were some big honors Monday for central Texans who make a difference in the veteran community.

From the office of Congressman Bill Flores

They received Congressional Veteran Commendations for Congressman Bill Flores, (R) District 17, at the Veterans One Stop in Waco.

And one familiar face got some very special recognition as well.

Lieutenant Colonel Clifton Beene served 37 years in the Army and now works as a Limestone County veteran service officer and he's many other boards and associations doing good in the community.

Sergeant Jerry Guinn was in the Air Force four years including time in Vietnam.

Now he serves the community through the VA, VFW and Veterans One Stop.

Marine veteran Rolando Hernandez who was on active duty 12 years has served as president of the Waco Marine Corps League and works to prevent veteran suicide through several events including the Silkies Hike in Waco just this past Saturday.

You may recognize Steven Hernandez as the McLennan County veterans service officer.

He works out of the Veterans One Stop and helped found it.

Hernandez spent six years in the U.S. Air Force.

We've introduced you to Henry Kasper who spent 21 years in the Army on previous Central Texas Heroes reports.

He's served all all over the world and now his community volunteering at the VA and as President of Vietnam Veterans of America Heart of Texas chapter.

After Technical Sergeant Claude Monk spent three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he gave 27 years of his life working with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, and now is involved with the Mexia Lions Club and chairs the Limestone-Falls Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Doran Perryman was in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Crittenden in the Pacific Theater.

He's been involved with the Moody Medical Clinic Association, Meals on Wheels, and was a trustee with Moody ISD.

After 20 years in the U.S. Army Major Thomas took his skills to the education world teaching math.

He also helps veterans with their transportation needs through the VA and independently.

And DeLisa Russell, former executive director of the Veterans One Stop, was recognized for all her work in the veteran community.

On February 8 she was officially recognized in the U.S. House and a flag was flown over the capitol in her honor and in recognition of the One Stop.

She received that flag Monday.