VROC Serving All Veterans
On Friday, March 29 a large crowd consisting of city and state dignitaries gathered in front of the new VROC facility for its grand opening. Located at 4210 Industrial St. in Rowlett, this new resource for all veterans is the newest branch of Life Message. VROC Director, Chris Bunkoff greeted the crowd and was the first amongst several speakers on the program including Cindy Burkett, Pete Sessions, and Rowlett Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian was represented by Mayor Pro Tem Martha Brown. Chris Kizziar founder of Life Message, addressed the mission statement of VROC:
“The Life Message Veterans Resource & Outreach Center exists to meet the rising needs of veterans and their families through a variety of onsite programs and referral services that bring real solutions to those who have served our great nation.”
Life Message has been serving needy families for over a decade. We first met Chris and Tina Kizziar in their former headquarters in an office building on Forest Lane in Garland 10 years ago. They eventually moved to their present location 4501 Rowlett Rd, Rowlett, TX 75088 and have continued to expand with an operation that now includes a very popular thrift shop. Over 35 thousand families in need were provided with 3.8 million lbs of food through Life Message in 2018. For more information visit the Life Message website: www.lifemessage.org
The ceremony was concluded with an invitation to gather in front of the VROC sign or a ribbon cutting. The celebration then moved inside for refreshments and socializing. This event took place on March 29 a day that was declared National Vietnam War Veterans Day by President Trump in 2017. Many Vietnam Vets were present to celebrate the grand opening of this much needed resource.