Deep in the Heart of Texas
A Personal Blog of Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott
Thursday, February 19, 2015
We have so much to thank our military members and veterans for – but as my husband, Governor Greg Abbott, said Tuesday in his State of the State address, saying thank you is not enough.
Greg outlined several proposals during his State of the State that will make positive impacts in the lives of our veterans once they return to civilian life. His proposals will strengthen our state’s economy by expanding and improving business and job opportunities for veterans. Greg also wants to provide access to mental health screenings for veterans, and last month he expressed his support for a new VA hospital in the Valley. We owe it to our veterans to make sure they have the resources they need to live strong, healthy lives, considering all they have done for us.
I was honored to meet a very special veteran – Mr. Richard Overton – at the State of the State on Tuesday. Mr. Overton is our nation’s oldest World War II veteran. He lives right here in Austin and is 108 years young. Greg’s proposals will go a long way in expressing our thanks to Mr. Overton and to all of our veterans, and I hope you will support him. To learn more about these proposals, visit www.gov.texas.gov
Friday, February 13, 2015
Greg and I are so honored to serve the people of Texas, and we are so privileged to be the 40th family to live in the beautiful Texas Governor’s Mansion. While there are still boxes to be unpacked, it is so exciting to have the opportunity to live here. The Texas Governor’s Mansion has served as the official residence of Texas governors and their families since 1856. Though it is now our home, the mansion does not belong to us - we are its stewards, preserving its past and its future. I hope you have the opportunity one day to see the incredible treasures housed here from our state’s storied history, and the painstaking restoration work that brought this national landmark back to its full majesty.
I’m especially glad that our daughter, Audrey, is sharing in this privilege. I know she will cherish the memories created here…the first of which is ringing in her 18th birthday! I can’t believe how fast time flies! We’ve already had some fun celebrating Audrey’s birthday, starting with a surprise on the front lawn. We’ve got more exciting things planned to celebrate Audrey…but first, I need to get back to unpacking a few more boxes!