"Like HELL you'll close our Hospital!"
Brig. Gen. Bill Bacon, Ret
Past President and founder of HCVC
R.I.P., Old Top
1920 - 2008

Kerrville V.A. Hospital

Important News

Mary T. "Terry" Garza
Kerrville VA Hospital Advocate
830 792-2472

October 2, 2014
2014 Kerrville Campus Flu Shots Available
The Kerrville VA Medical Center is now providing influenza vaccinations to all enrolled Veterans. The best time for getting the flu vaccination is usually in October through November. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for the following groups of Veterans: (1) persons at high risk for flu-related complications including persons aged 50 years old and greater, (2) persons of any age with chronic medical illnesses, and (3) persons who live with or care for persons at high risk. Influenza vaccine is also recommended for anyone else who wants to reduce their chances of getting influenza.
Veteran patients can receive flu shots as walk-ins through their Primary Care Teams during operating hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding Holidays). A drive-thru flu shot clinic for enrolled Veterans will take place on October 17, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The clinic will be held in front of the Kerrville Campus, main building located at 3600 Memorial Boulevard in Kerrville. No appointment necessary!

Veterans Council board pays tribute to former Kerrville VA Hospital chief
and founding member of the council

Officers and directors of the Hill County Veterans Council have expressed deep regret on learning of the death of Lt. Gen. Murphy Chesney Jr., a former Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Kerrville Veterans Administration Hospital and founding member of the veterans group.

Gen. Chesney, 86, died in San Antonio. He and his wife, Mary Ann, had lived at the Air Force Village in the Alamo City since leaving Kerrville in 2007.

A memorial service was held July 23 in the Chapel at Fort Myer, Virginia, near Washington DC, followed by burial at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors for a lieutenant general.

He served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1988, rising to command positions in military hospitals in Morocco and Spain as well as the United States. He received his third star -- the highest rank authorized for military medical personnel -- and was appointed Air Force Surgeon General by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Spanish Air Force Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Tour Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Distinguished Service Award of the National Institutes of Health.

A scholarship was established in recognition of his service on the Board of Fellows at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

After leaving the military, Chesney served as chief of staff at the Kerrville VA Hospital for five years, then retired from that position and joined Generals Bill Bacon and Walter Schellhase and other former servicemen in forming the Hill Country Veterans Council, to oppose the closing or extensive downsizing of the Kerrville facility.

A resolution adopted unanimously by the Veterans Council board paid tribute to the general's careers as a medical doctor and commander of Air Force medical units, his service in the Veterans Administration, and his "unmatched commitment and knowledge" in helping organize opposition to cuts in services at the Kerrville hospital.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through the Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio at plm-sa@porterloring.com
Mrs. Chesney and other family members have suggested that memorial gifts be made to the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio TX 78245 or www.afvillages.org/charitablefoundation

The Hill Country Veterans Council
WHEREAS, the Officers and Directors of the Hill Country Veterans Council have learned with deep regret of the death of Lt Gen. Murphy Chesney Jr., and

WHEREAS, General Chesney was a valued founding member of the Hill Country Veterans Council, and

WHEREAS, his commitment and knowledge of government health policies and operations were unmatched in the campaign of the Veterans Council against massive reductions in services at the Kerrville VeteransAdministration Hospital, and

WHEREAS, he joined the Board of the Veterans Council and became its much-appreciated Vice President, and

WHEREAS, Gen. Chesney became a very active Veterans Council leader after a 38-year career in the Air Force, rising to the position of Surgeon General and the rank of Lieutenant General, the highest recognition that an officer in military medicine can attain, then served for five years as Chief of Staff of the Kerrville VA Hospital,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Officers and Directors of the Hill Country Veterans Council express their unanimous regret at the passing of this distinguished patriot and servant of his nation, and their deep appreciation for his man years of service, and extend their sincere condolences to Mrs. Chesney and other members of the general's family.

Adopted on this 17th day of September in the Year 2014 in Kerrville, Texas.
Vicki Marsh, Col (Retired) United States Marine Corps
President, Hill Country Veterans Council
Bill Bacon, Capt. (Retired) United States Army
First Vice President, Hill Country Veterans Council
David Rittenhouse, Lt. Col (Retired) United States Army
Second Vice President, Hill Country Veterans Council

VA Healthcare Available in Kerrville

Veterans may obtain a wide range of medical services at the Kerrville VA Medical Center. These services include primary care and selected specialties.

The Kerrville VA facility does not have emergency care capability. Veterans in need of emergency care should seek immediate assistance at a local hospital. Please visit http://www.nonvacare.va.gov/  for information about non-VA care. You may wish to call Telecare On-Line, your access to a Registered Nurse.

If you require immediate assistance, please call: Toll free number: 1-888-686-6350 or 210 949-3994

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for VA healthcare benefits. To apply for benefits, complete the VA Form 10-10EZ. This form may be obtained from any VA facility, a local Veterans Service Officer (VSO), or online at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=10EZ.

Complete the form 10-10EZ and take it along with a DD-214 to the Admissions Desk at the Kerrville VA. You may also fax the application to: (210) 949-3296 (San Antonio).

The application may also be completed entirely on-line at https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Form/1010ez.pdf.

Please apply for VA healthcare benefits today even if you think you do not qualify for VA healthcare or do not need VA healthcare. By applying for care at the Kerrville VA you enter the count of number of veterans requesting local services. This number is important in maintaining and improving medical services to veterans in the Kerrville area.

The Kerrville VA Medical Center is located at 3600 Memorial Blvd. (Hwy. 27). Phone calls can be directed to 830-896-2020.

The major mission of the Hill Country Veterans Council is to:

To maintain a full range of appropriate services at the Kerrville Veterans Administration medical facility.

To ensure excellence in all health care provided at the center.

To strive for the satisfaction of every veteran using the facility.


The Kerr County Veterans Service Officer is responsible for assisting Armed Forces Veterans and their dependants who reside in Kerr County of the legal Benefits available to them under U. S. Federal and State laws. The Veterans Service Officer reports to the Commissioners Court, and performs duties under the technical Guidelines established by the Texas Veterans Commission and Federal Law under C.F.R. 38. There is no charge for services

Maggie Baker
Kerr County Veteranís Service Officer
700 Main Street #118
Kerrville,TX 78028
Phone: 830-792-2203
Fax: 830-792-2204


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 Col. Vicki T. Marsh (USMC Ret.)

Past President
Brig. Gen. Walter Schellhase
(USA Ret.)

1st Vice President
Bill Bacon
2nd Vice President
David Rittenhouse

Board Members

Walter Schellhase
Joesph Benham 
Gene Higgins 
Alan Hill  
Jack Ledford

Dan Bacon
Judd Ashmore
Sam Barker
Emilio Rendon
Ed Jackson
Gary Noller
William A "Bill" Cantrell
Kirk Kinley

Past Directors
Brig. Gen. Bill Bacon (USAF Ret.) (deceased)
Bill Bowden (deceased)
The Hon. Bill Stacy (deceased)
Lt. Gen. Murphy Chesney (USAF Ret.) (deceased)
Bob Weinberg
Joe Strange (deceased)
Laura Craig (deceased)
Rev.Al Shults
Richard York
Gene Ritchie (deceased)
Bennie Hyde
Connie Smith
Bob Waller

Honorary Members
Sherry Cunningham
The Hon. Ben Low
Gael Montana (deceased)
Linda Cook






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