Texas board removes name of bogus Tuskegee airman from state veterans home

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 4:57pm

The Texas Land Board has ordered the removal of one man's name honored at the Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler.

Back in November 2011, veterans and those who support them witnessed the dedication of the veterans home on the 11,000 block of Honor Lane.

The home was named after two Medal of Honor recipients and a Tuskegee airman, Samuel M. Garrison. The pilot died in 2011 and was honored, however, state officials launched an investigation and no records of his service claims as a Tuskegee member were found.

Based on the investigations findings, state officials voted Wednesday to change the name of the home. The home will now be called the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home, according to the Texas Land Board.

Veterans homes offer a broad spectrum of health care services, comprehensive rehabilitation programs, special diets, recreational activities, social services, libraries, and certified, secured Alzheimer's units, each with its own secured outdoor courtyard.


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