On Thursday, March 10, 2011, the veterans of the Wiley B. Murray Post No. 27 will hold their regular stated meeting at the legion hall in San Saba. Attending the ceremony will be Texas State Representative Harvey Hilderbran of the 53rd District. Hilderbran will assist the representatives of the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) present ten veterans with the World War II Remembrance Medallion. Representing the NCOA will be Vicky and Troy Hensley, who sponsored the awards.
Sergeant Major Troy Hensley, USMC (Retired) and his wife, Vicky, have been actively involved with the NCOA for over 30 years. Vicky, a former Marine herself, is a Past Chairman of the Excalibur Chapter, NCOA in Abilene, Texas, and a member of the NCOA's Knights of the Square Table. This is an elevated position within the NCOA that provides guidance to other members. Troy is a Past Grand Knight which is the highest elected position within the fraternal organization. Both reside in Wingate, Texas where Vicky is serving as Postmaster.
Rep. Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2010 to serve the people of District 53. From 2003 to 2008, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. During his tenure with the House of Representatives, Rep. Hilderbran also served as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee for three sessions.
In 2008, the Texas Deer Association awarded him the "Frank Madla Award" for Representative of the Year. Rep. Hilderbran was also named "Legislator of the Year" in 2007 by the Texas Municipal League, and was the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Legislator Award by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society. Rep. Hilderbran was also the 2004 recipient of the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council's Legislator of the Year Award, as well as the 2001 Legislator of the Year award by Texas Young Republicans. He was also the recipient of the 1999 Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship. Born in Uvalde in 1960, he is a 1983 graduate of Texas Tech University. He lives with his wife, Tracy, and their two daughters in Kerrville, where they are members of St. Peter's Church.
The legion hall will be open at 5:30 p.m. and supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring a covered side dish, bread, salad or dessert for an expected large crowd. The meal will be barbecue chicken and brisket. After the meal the awards will be presented. Family and guests of the veterans are invited. The attire for the evening is coat, tie and Legion service caps. There will be no business meeting but a short report will be given after the ceremony from Rep. Hilderbran concerning the progress of the Texas Legislature currently in session.