Texas State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. recently visited the GEO Reentry Services staff at Reality House and commended them for their commitment to “Red Shirt Fridays.” Lucio presented five veteran staff members with a Texas flag in honor and appreciation for the service they provided to the country.
“Red Shirt Fridays” is based on a national trend developed for the civilian population to acknowledge those currently serving in the military. Red signifies “Remember Everyone Deployed.” Since five Reality House staff members are current or former military personnel, the group brandishes bright red uniforms every Friday to honor and appreciate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice soldiers and veterans have provided.
“We are very honored to have our veterans be acknowledged by Senator Lucio for their service to our country,“ said Tencha Mancha, Director of Reality House. “We began ‘Red Shirt Fridays’ at Reality House several years ago as a way to honor all active duty soldiers who are currently deployed overseas, as well as our veterans who play a major role in shaping our community.”
To celebrate Lucio’s visit, all of the staff were dressed in their red shirts, since the visit and ceremony took place on a Friday. It was an exciting for everyone who participated.
Reality House is a residential reentry facility in Brownsville, that provides housing, monitoring and transitional reentry services to 90 males and females referred from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation Office.