Special event to benefit veterans comes to Laguna Madre – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

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This August, Laguna Madre area veterans will be able to learn about services that are available to them without having to travel outside their community.

On Aug. 31, 2023 from 3-7 p.m., the first ever Laguna Madre VetFest will be held at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center in Port Isabel.

The mission of this event is to bring together veterans, active-duty military and their families who live in Port
Isabel, South Padre Island, Laguna Heights and Laguna Vista as well as to give Laguna Madre area veterans an opportunity to network with one another and to learn about what resources are available to them.
Organizers of this event strive to provide participants with beneficial information from community partners, including commercial, non-profit and government entities.

Laguna Madre VetFest will feature exhibitors offering products and services geared toward veterans. Free food will be provided for the attendees. Exhibitors will have raffle prizes and other goodies to give away. The event will open with a patriotic program, followed by live music from acclaimed local artist, Brett Marshall.
All veterans, active-duty military, dependents, spouses and widows of service members are invited to attend Laguna Madre VetFest free of charge. They are asked to bring proof of their military service, as this event is not open to all members of the public.

“From my experience in serving veterans throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I have come to believe that the veteran population in the Laguna Madre area is underserved,” said Amy Robinson, Executive Director of Laguna Madre VetFest. “There are lots of resources available to our veterans, but so many won’t learn about these services unless they travel to events in Harlingen or Brownsville. I thought it was time that those providing these services came here to Port Isabel.”

In appreciation of the cooperation of the City of Port Isabel, Robinson remarked, “We are so grateful that the City of Port Isabel has made available the beautiful Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center for Laguna Madre VetFest. I wanted to have it at a central location that was convenient to veterans living in Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Laguna Heights and South Padre Island. The staff at the PIECC have been a pleasure to work with.”

Any organization, government agency, or business that offers services or products for veterans is invited to participate as an exhibitor. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Robinson or Rachel Ruiz by phone at (956) 433-0174 or email LMVetFest@gmail.com for more information. Registration for attendees and exhibitors is available on the event’s Facebook page, Laguna Madre VetFest.

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