Corpus Christi, Texas VA takes part in national welcome home program


VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System and the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the North American Hockey League teamed up to host a “Welcome Home” event for Veterans last month at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Approximately 300 people attended the event, which focused on the showing appreciation for the newest generation of Veterans and their families.

“VA is committed to reaching out to Veterans and their families, employers and community.,” said VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System acting director Michael Ojeda during opening remarks for the event.

The family-friendly event featured a tailgate party, benefits fair, classic car show, face painting, food and tickets for an Ice Rays hockey match.

“Our mission can only be accomplished when Veterans know the full range of services VA offers,” added Kristy Martin who was the VA employee who served as the primary coordinator for this year’s Welcome Home event.


The Veterans “Welcome Home” event is part of a VA-nation-wide program where VA medical centers throughout the country host at least one event each year that offers health screenings, benefits information and increase awareness about VA programs for returning service members and their families. For a list of events, visit the Welcome Home Events page.

To view more photos of the Corpus Christi event, click here for the photo album created for the event on Facebook.



Luis Loza Gutierrez

Luis H. Loza Gutierrez joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in October of 2017 and serves as a public affairs specialist for VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System more commonly referred to as VCB.

In addition to winning multiple awards as a writer, editor, photographer, illustrator and graphic artist during his more than 10 years in the U.S. Air Force as a public affairs specialist and photojournalist, L.G. (as he was called by his fellow Airmen) also served as a member for the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard in North Dakota.

He volunteered to deploy out of cycle twice in a period of less than 18 months, the second of which included a six-month tour as a member of the public affairs team at United States Force-Iraq headquarters at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

The former non-commissioned officer returned home to the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas in November of 2015, and feels enthusiastic and honored to continue to serve his fellow brothers- and sisters-in-arms as a member of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.