Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 28, 2013

A college for veterans? May-be!

City supports idea to convert empty Lon Morris property



David Heflin, college director of public relations at Jacksonville College, said the important thing about the idea is it outlines specific help for veterans.

“Jack Webb certainly bought a lot of good land from Lon Morris and I'm sure he has great intentions,” Heflin said. “From an educational point of view we already help veterans. When they come to Jacksonville College we bend over backwards to help them set their educational goals. This idea is a good thing. We are very pro-veteran (at Jacksonville College). Without them we wouldn't have the freedoms we enjoy. So from our point of view, we are very much for this.”

Donnie Barron, pastor of Rusk's First Baptist Church and president of the local Ministerial Alliance, sees a lot of positives in the idea. Barron is a United States Army veteran.

“I think it would be something that is needed that could serve to show we go above and beyond to support our military,” Barron said. “It could help them assimilate back into their civilian lifestyles and help them face the challenges involved with that. I was in the military 10 years and served two combat tours. I know that when you get back it's very hard to assimilate.”

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