LCARW honors female veteran trailblazers

Not only did the recent Lake Conroe District Women’s Republican Meeting feature some very special people, veteran pioneers and organizations in Montgomery County, but it was also held at a very special venue, owned and operated by veteran Honor Cafe.

After pledges to the US and Texas flags, LCARW Vice President Brandi Lopez presented the evening’s first honoree, Marcy Phillips, a US Army veteran who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom with mastery in secure and unsecured communications. Since completing her service, Marcy has found her passion to continue to serve her community through volunteering.

Although she is involved in 10 organizations, her passion is serving veterans through veterans of foreign wars. Since joining VFW in 2006, Marcy has served in 18 elected and appointed positions and is currently the new Deputy Commandant at Texas VFW Post 4709 in Conroy. Marcy is also an ardent supporter of service dogs that are used to help veterans find their new nature, and she actually has one that is Beignet. Marcy is also married to Scott, who is a veteran, who also has a service dog.

Marcy shared with us that Veterans of Foreign Wars, originally founded in 1899 as US Foreign Service veterans, continues to be a voice for veterans, currently deployed in our armed forces, and their families. VFW’s mission is to promote camaraderie among U.S. veterans of foreign conflicts, serve veterans, the military, and our communities, and advocate on behalf of all veterans. For more information, contact VFW Post 4709 at 936-703-3316 or go to

Retired Brigadier General Connie McNabb, who served in the United States Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard in various roles, was then honored. Medical planner, Chief of Staff, Commanding General of the Texas Military Department and Commander of the Medical Battalion/Texas State Guard to name a few. Kony also has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University and a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from the Bush School of Texas A&M.

Connie then spoke about her favorite nonprofit, the Lone Survivor Foundation whose mission is to provide veterans and families with a path to healing from their unseen wounds. According to Marcus Luttrell, “We must make sure that the hell that veterans return from is not the hell they return to. That’s what he promised and that’s what he deserves. Period.” For more information, call 936-755-6075 or go to

The next veteran was Captain Sherry Hammer who served in the United States Marine Corps and is currently the Co-Chairman of the Military / Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – Lone Star College. Sherry supports many community and service organizations and among them is the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation, a national organization. But one of her favorites is the Texas Marines Medal of Honor and Combined Arms.

According to the Texas Marine Medal of Honor, “Service was their duty. The memory is our mission.” Here in Montgomery County (Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands) is the Texas Marine of Honor Memorial. For more information, go to Mission Statement: Texas Medal of Honor Fund The Navy is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on commemorating sixteen Texas Marines and a Marine who received the Medal of Honor.

Next Brandi introduced Maureen Friedley, a US Marine Corps veteran and current member of Sunny Creek Equine Healing Ranch that provides treatment and counseling by certified, certified professionals at no cost to US Veterans.

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