Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

June 26, 2014

Standing up for abused, neglected children

EAST TEXAS — It's been sixteen years since I retired from the Air Force, but I still serve our country and my community today. I am proud to be a veteran, and I am proud to be a CASA - a court appointed special advocate.

For too many children in our community, their lives feel like they are living in a war zone. They live in dangerous environments. Every eight minutes, a child in Texas is the victim of abuse and neglect; every 56 hours, a child dies from abuse or neglect in Texas. Last year in Texas, 66,398 children and teens were confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect.

The people who should protect them and nurture them can't or don't Instead, these children — more than half under the young age of 15 — are subjected to unimaginable and unconscionable physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They witness drug and alcohol abuse and think that physical violence is acceptable. They don't know when the next assault against them will come and when it does, they are left with deep physical and emotional wounds that take a long time, if ever, to heal.

Just as I stood up for my country as an Air Force nurse, I'm standing up and speaking up for children in my community. It is my privilege to protect and serve the most vulnerable in our society. It is my responsibility to work to break the cycle of violence so that our children have a shot at living the American dream.

I encourage you to join me in the ranks of CASA and speak up for abused and neglected children.

Visit www.BecomeACASA.org or www.casaoftv.org or call our local office at (903) 284-6245 to learn more.

Debra Parrish, Major USAF (Ret)

CASA volunteer

1
Text Only
Letters to the Editor
  • Buoys at Lake Jacksonville alarming to area resident

    Far back in a cove on Byrd Branch, unbeknown except to a few adjacent homeowners, are two (tax payer funded) buoys, barely visible, in
    about three ft. of water, that say "NO BOATS"!

    July 26, 2014

  • Saying goodbye to area couple

    A long-time friend, Doug Young, is no longer among us. He and his wife, who preceded him, were known and respected in our neighborhood around the golf course; she for her early morning walks and love of dogs; Doug for being an avid golfer with a fine-tuned sense of humor.

    July 24, 2014

  • BBB column lacked Jacksonville comparison

    The Saturday, July 12, Progress had an informative article from the Better Business Bureau regarding the precautions that should be taken when renting property.  Some additional comments are in order.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bravo, Hooray, Hurrah

    Bravo, hooray, hurrah, well done and kudos with clapping and whistles aplenty! I just finished reading the new and improved Jacksonville Progress and loved every minute of it. I spent twice as long perusing the paper as I normally take.

    July 19, 2014

  • Bravo, Hooray, Hurrah

    Bravo, hooray, hurrah, well done and kudos with clapping and whistles aplenty! I just finished reading the new and improved Jacksonville Progress and loved every minute of it. I spent twice as long perusing the paper as I normally take.

    July 19, 2014

  • Federal Act concerning border children signed into effect in 2008

    The Daily Progress published an Associated Press report that said Governor Rick Perry’s allegation that the illegal flow of children into the United States from Central America is a direct result of President Obama’s bad public relations policies.

    July 17, 2014

  • We are here to help

    As commander of American Legion Post 152 in Jacksonville; I'm proud to say that our organization sponsors a number of different programs on a national lever such as: Scholarships, Boys State / Nation, Scouting, Youth Cadet Law Enforcement, Homeless Veterans and many more; for a full list of programs see: http://www.legion.org/program

    July 15, 2014

  • Discarded and forgotten

    Family reunions are a tradition worldwide, I suppose. I’ve read the Kennedy’s do them; I have enjoyed movies of poignant, funny, even deadly gatherings of clans both small and great.

    July 3, 2014

  • Cheney reminds writer of Capt. Ahab

    Like a lost spirit from wars past, Dick Cheney recently appeared on Fox News to promote his political lobbying group called “Alliance for a Strong America.”

    July 2, 2014

  • Standing up for abused, neglected children

    It's been sixteen years since I retired from the Air Force, but I still serve our country and my community today. I am proud to be a veteran, and I am proud to be a CASA - a court appointed special advocate.

    June 26, 2014