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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas III Senior Center donation fteraldZettung g Thursday July n SA Seminar details veterans loans SAN MARCOS Texas veterans now have in special low interest loans available for the purchase of a home land or to make home improvements Thats the message the Texas Veterans Land Board is bringing to San Marcos on today when the VLB hosts a public seminar on the special state benefits exclusively for Texas veterans The seminar is set for 7 in the San Marcos Activity Center 501 East Hopkins next to the San Marcos Library Registration begins at Additional information on applying for VLB benefits can be obtained by calling 1800252 VETS The VLB recently increased the maximum amount of a VLB land loan from to This means veterans who want to buy land will now have the option of borrowing at percent or at percent Both carry a 30year term and require a 5 percent down payment Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro who serves as chairman of the VLB said the increase in benefits means veterans now have in special lowinterest loan benefits to use I want to urge every veteran and real estate professional to attend this seminar and find out more about these outstanding programs that have enabled more than Texas veterans to buy a home land or make If you are going WHAT Texas Veterans Land Board seminar WHEN 7 today WHERE San Marcos Activity Center 501 East Hopkins next to the San Marcos Library WHY To explain special state benefits exclusively for Texas veterans WHO TO CALL For more information contact the Texas Veterans Land Board at 1800252VETS needed home Mauro said Mauro said the VLB currently has more than million available for direct home loans at rates as low as and percent interest The Texas veterans home loan program is far and away the best deal in todays home buying Mauro said And Texas veterans are responding in record numbers to ratesthat are way below the current market These programs can offer you substantial savings on a 15 and 30year mortgage and allow you to get more home for your Mauro said there are more than veterans in Hays Caldwell and Comal County that are eligible for these special state benefits but may take the time to get the details of these outstanding programs The seminar is free and open to the public Those attending will be able to get the latest information on the states three outstanding lowinterest programs for Texas Mauro said Recent legislation which increased the maximum amount of a VLB home loan to greatly improved Texas veterans Mauro said But Texans are not limited to homes costing or less Veterans who want to buy a home costing more can combine a VLB loan an FHA VA or conventional loan to get a lower interest Mauro said No other state has anything that compares with these special Commissioner Mauro added Its a special Texas way of saying thanks to our veterans for the sacrifices theyve made in the service of our service of our Buffalo soldiers return to the Texas Hill Country for demonstration JOHNSON CITY Witness a the Visitor Center to hoard a i r JOHNSON CITY Witness a unique portrayal of the frontier Army Cavalry when a detachment of Buffalo Soldiers encamps at the Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City from 10 until 4 on Aug 2 Ken Pollard a noted Buffalo Soldier and Community Outreach Specialist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will join other reenactors at the Johnson Settlement in Johnson City Visitors can meet at the Visitor Center to board a shuttle bus to the encampment The group will portray soldiers during the 1870s whose current assignment is escorting an officers wife to her husbands post on the Texas frontier Assignments of this nature would normally take a number of days to complete and would require setting up camps or arranging the line of march to stop at ranches or farms along the way This encampment will be on the same grounds where President Lyndon B Johnsons great uncle and grandparents established a ranch following the Civil War In addition to the cavalry detachment National Park Service rangers in period clothing will complement the nonmilitary aspects of such an encampment The smells of the noonday meal will be coming from the chuckwagon parked here in anticipation of the next cattle drive leaving from Johnson ranch Visitors can also tour the Johnson cabin but they run the risk of being corralled into some of the daily chores that were a fact of life on a Texas frontier homestead The Buffalo Soldiers given their nickname by Native Americans who thought the closecropped curly hair of the AfricanAmerican soldiers resembled the hide of a buffalo formed a vital part of the United States military presence on the western frontier Allblack regiments defended many of the frontier outposts including Ft Davis Ft Concho and Ft McKavett in Texas In addition to defense of the forts the soldiers actively patrolled the region providing protection for travelers settlers army payroll officers and supply routes The Buffalo Soldier program will begin at 10 and will continue until 4 Admission to the park and program is free The Johnson Settlement is accessible by walking the short trail from the Visitor Center TWC offers relief for flooded counties The Texas Workforce Commission announced today that Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to unemployed workers in six additional Texas counties damaged by recent storms and flooding Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA1179DR providing disaster unemployment assistance for individuals affected by severe storms and flooding occurring June 21 through July 15 1997 now includes Comal Eastland Edwards Kerr Mason and Travis Counties according to TWC To be eligible for DUA individuals must have worked or have been scheduled to work in the disaster area but because of die disaster no longer had a job a place to work in the area or could not get to their place of work because of disaster damage or they must have been prevented from working by an injury or illness resulting from the disaster or must have become the head of a household and need employment because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster Unemployed individuals must provide pay stubs W2s income tax statements or other proof of income for 1996 to determine whether they qualify for DUA benefits This assistance is also applicable to selfemployed individuals who have lost all or part of their livelihood as a result of this disaster Selfemployed individuals must provide income tax forms Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F or other proof of their 1996 income Disaster victims in Comal Eastland Edwards Kerr Mason and Travis Counties can apply for assistance through August 18 1997 at the nearest TWC office Disaster victims in Bandera Bexar Burnet Guadalupe Kendall Llano Medina Real and Uvalde Counties have until Aug 11 to apply for assistance Rebuilding rules may force couple from home or riding the shuttle bus For information call ext 244 Other upcoming events at Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park include Aug 24 Third Annual Johnson Birthday Commemoration in Johnson City Aug 27 Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Johnson Family Cemetery with guest speaker Senator Charles Robb Oct 4 A Home Where the Buffalo Roamed and Oct 11 Heritage Crafts Day JONESTOWN Texas AP like doesnt want the government to help him rebuild the 900squarefoot home he constructed with his own hands on Lake Travis He just wishes the Federal Emergency Management Agency touted by disaster officials as offering safety nets for flood victims wouldnt turn my all American dream into a Stueve whose roof was topped by three feet of water in recent flooding faces regulations dial werent in place when he started constructing his home 25 years ago Back then there werent federal rules saying that once a home receives 50percent flood damage it must be elevated one foot above the 100year flood level The requirements threaten to take Stueves home away from him the Austin AmericanStatesman reported Wednesday Im not going to bother Jonestown and Im not asking for a dime from the government Why cant they just let me be Stueve said Jonestown has grown up around his home since he built it Pete Baldwin director of emergency management for Travis County said its likely that other homeowners are in the same situation in the wake of flooding that affected an estimated 189 homes in Travis County alone There is not enough federal disaster money available to buy out these homeowners Baldwin said Asked what would happen to people such as the Stueve and his wife Baldwin said I dont The foundation of Stueves blue withwhitetrim cabin is made of railroad ties and telephone poles hammered together with 16penny nails The roof is covered with tar paper and shingle roll and its nailed down dam well Ill guarantee Stueve says The only things on their property that werent underwater in June were the tops of twelve shade trees and the flagpole that Stueve a Korean War veteran keeps in his yard Damage to the home was put at by Jonestowns building code inspector over the governments 50 percent benchmark If anyone is going to continue living there it must be elevated 23 feet on stilts Stueve who with his wife has a monthly fixed Social Security income of just over a month has no idea how he would pay the sixfigure cost of elevating the home He would to simply repair his home f a time FEMA disaster relief spokeswoman Jo Morris says there are three safety nets available for such flood victims private insurance a Small Business Administration disaster loan and a family grant But Stueve said the couple couldnt afford annually in insurance premiums He doesnt see how he could repay a disaster loan A FEMA personal assistance grant meanwhile has a maximum value of far short of whats needed to elevate his house or buy a new one Do you know where we can buy a home Stueve asked And I cant pay a month mortgage 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