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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Mi. Herald-Zeitung g Thursday July 24,1997 Q SA * Herstd-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaH Edmund Kuempel and Structural Metals, Inc. donated $8,000 in steel materials for the 6,300-squara-toot foundation for th* Comal County Sunk* Center’s expansion program. Maria Dawson, president of tbs Comal County Sudor Cithara Foundation; Edmund Kuampal, state raprsssntlvs and representativs of Structural Mama, Inc. of Soguln; Gladys Barding, dksclor of CCSCF; and Ramon Chopa, vica prsaldsnt, CCSCF, aland on tho war foundation slab for tho CCSCF expansion. Seminar details veterans loans SAN MARCOS — Texas veterans now have $110,000 in special low-interest loans available for the purchase of a home, land or to make home improvements. That’s 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 p.m. in the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins, next to the San Marcos Library. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Additional information on applying for VLB benefits can be obtained by calling I-800-252-VETS. The VLB recently increased the maximum amount of a VLB land loan from $20,000 to,540,OOO. This means veterans who want to buy land will now have the option of borrowing $20,000 at 6.65 percent or $40,000 at 7.75 percent. Both carry a 30-year 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 $110,000 in special low-interest 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 150,000 Texas veterans to buy a home, land or make lf you are going WHAT: Texas Veterans Land Board seminar WHEN: 7 p.m., 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 1 -800-252-VETS (8387). needed home improvements,” Mauro said. Mauro said the VLB currently has more than $100 million available for direct home loans at rates as low as 6.0 and 6.5 percent interest. “The Texas veterans home loan program is far and away the best deal in today’s home buying market,” Mauro said. “And Texas veterans are responding in record numbers to rates*that are way below the current market. These programs can offer you substantial savings on a 15 and 30-year mortgage and allow you to get more home for your money.” Mauro said there are more than 16.000 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 state’s three outstanding low-interest programs for Texas veterans,” Mauro said. “Recent legislation which increased the maximum amount of a VLB home loan to $45,000 greatly improved Texas veterans benefits,” Mauro said. “But Texans are not limited to homes costing $45,000 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 rate,” Mauro said. “No other state has anything that compares with these special benefits,” Commissioner Mauro added. “It’s a special Texas way of saying ’thanks’ to our veterans for the sacrifices they’ve made in the service of our country.”Buffalo soldiers return to the Texas Hill Country for demonstration JOHNSON CITY — Witness a unique portrayal of the frontier U.S. Army Cavalry when a detachment of “Buffalo Soldiers” encamps at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Part in Johnson City from IO am. until 4 p.m. on Aug. 2. Ken Pollard, a noted “Buffalo Soldier” and Community Outreach Specialist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will join other re-enactors at the Johnson Settlement in Johnson City. Visitors can meet at TWC offers relief for flooded 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 officer’s wife to her husband’s 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. Johnson’s great uncle md grandparents established a ranch following the Civil War. In addition to the cavalry detachment, National Park Service rangers in period clothing will complement the non-military 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 close-cropped, curly hair of the African-American soldiers resembled the hide of a buffalo, formed a vital part of the United States military presence on the western frontier. All-black 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 IO a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. Admission to the park and program is free. The Johnson Settlement is accessible by walking the short trail from the Visitor Center or riding the shuttle bus. For information, call (830)868-7128, 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. Rebuilding rules may force couple from home JONESTOWN, Texas (AP) — like to simply repair his home could repay a disaster loan. n,|iiiij Jfrggm win nu ii fariay tenelf, a IttfkHitaerne.    A    FEMA personal assistance 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 FEMA-1179-DR, 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 the 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, W-2s, income tax statements or other proof of income for 1996 to determine whether they qualify for DUA benefits. This assistance is also applicable to self-employed individuals who have lost all or part of their livelihood as a result of this disaster. Self-employed 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. doesn't want the government to help him rebuild the 900-square-foot 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 — wouldn't turn “my all American-dream into a nightmare Stueve, whose roof was topped by three feet of water in recent flooding, faces regulations that weren’t in place when he started constructing his home 25 years ago. Back then, there weren’t federal rules saying that once a home receives 50-percent flood damage, it must be elevated one foot above the 100-year flood level. The requirements threaten to take Stueve’s home away from him, the Austin Amen can-Statesman reported Wednesday. “I’m not going to bother Jonestown, and I’m not asking for a dime from the government. Why can’t 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 it’s 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 don’t know.” The foundation of Stueve’s blue-with-white-trim cabin is made of railroad ties and telephone poles hammered together with 16-penny nails. The roof is covered with tar paper and shingle roll — “and it’s nailed down dam well, I’ll guarantee it,** Stueve says. The only things on their property that weren’t 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 $18,000 by Jonestown’s building code inspector, over the government’s 50 percent benchmark. If anyone is going lo 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 $1,000 a month, has no idea how he would pay the six-figure cost of elevating the home. He would 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. Bin Stueve said the couple couldn’t afford $300 annually in insurance premiums. He doesn’t see how he grant, meanwhile, has a maximum value of $13,100 — far short of what’s needed to elevate his house or buy a new one. “Do you know where we can buy a $13,000 home?’’ Stueve asked. “And I can’t pay a $700 month mortgage payment. I might try, but they’d have to evict me in 30 days.” Centex p YOUR OFFICE SUPERSTORE 900 South Seguin Ave. (by the underpass) 629-3979 Get It Now • Get It Done • Get A Deal HOT SAVINGS! PAINT WALLPAPER All In-Stock Wallpaper $4.99-$8.99 P€R SMGLE HOU Wallpaper packaged in chobie rolls Our beet setting points with e 13-year warranty. A-IOO'.^ Classic 99 EXTOUOft MMT MTiRIOR MMT No peeling, no fading! Excellent durability Washable, great coverage! Smooth, rich finish. $15.49 Per Gallon Flot Rag $20 49 limiter savings en ether Knishes! WeatherPerfect EXTIIUOR PANT A great value with a 6-year warranty •low price guarantee applies to retail wallpaper sales only. Competitor's price must be verifiable See store for details ON SALE NOW! 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