This monumental structure honoring our Nation's veterans will add value to the city of Houston, the state of Texas, our Nation, and the world.
This museum will encompass the best-of-the-best in commercial architecture, have dynamic features and showcases, adapt the use of advanced technology, with live and participatory exhibits, and will be adaptive to the local community at-large with commerce and living spaces to augment our master plan and design by a leading commercial developer and veteran.
You are among the select few to view the initial design concept which includes up to 10,000 parking spaces, over 540,000 square feet of exhibit area, maximum grounds and facilities utilization, condominiums for lifestyle seekers in the city and international residents, and business locations for new and existing commerce.
This endeavor is comprised of veterans (active, inactive and retired), civil servants and politicians, and interested citizens alike - people who have a desire and passion to create and build something spectacular.
As we have socialized this vision, we have encountered such support an interest, and leaders who want to be a part of this story.
If you are interested in participating, follow-us, call us, and/or come to one of our meetings.
We are currently working on our communications and will have representatives available to come speak to your organization(s).
Meet the Board and Task Force
Our Board began meeting in the summer of 2017 and formed the not-for-profit Texas Veterans Museum and later created the vision and action-plan for the American Veterans Museum.
The American Veterans Museum was established in May of 2018 and we are ramping up our communications to make it a world-class, international exhibit for the U.S. Military and our allies - via our stellar team of board members, task force of advisers, and you.
Colonel Jimmy Mitchell, USMC Retired
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Mitchell is a corporate level leader, distinguished service U.S. Marine Corps Officer, and community volunteer.
He retired from American General Life Insurance Company as Supervisor Image Services after 25 years in 2002.
His international military service spans three decades from Viet Nam War to the War on Terror. He retired from the United States Marine Corps at the rank of Colonel in 2003.
Presently, he serves as Chairman-Board of Directors, Marine Corps Coordinating Council and Texas Veterans Museum, Inc, Commander-American Legion Post 77, also holds the office of Commander 22nd District Department of Texas, American Legion, Correspondent - 40&8 Voiture 163, secretary for the Seigmund Fund a scholarship awarding fund for JROTC recipients, reader for “Real Men Read”, Houston Independent School District Volunteers Program, and a member of Fresno Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church.
Colonel Mitchell’s decorations include: Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/bronze star in lieu of second award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, War on Terror Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
He holds a Baccalaureate of Science degree majoring in Industrial Technology from Prairie View A&M College.
Colonel Mitchell is married to Bonnie M. Jones and have one son Brandon (deceased) and one daughter DeAnderia.
Master Sergeant Johnny Salinas, USMC Retired
Colonel Paul Brennan, USMC Retired
Strategic Planning - Board
Paul Brennan is a senior level Strategic Planner, Executive Officer, and a Marine Veteran, former Pilot. He helped start IIR (Industrial Information Resources) based in Houston that is today the world leader in reporting industrial activity with 18 offices worldwide.
He was born in Texas, raised in West Virginia; graduating from UCSB in 1954 and later received an MBA from NYU in New York. His military career was OCS Quantico, VA. Flight school in Pensacola, FL to the Pacific and later in California, New York, Florida, and Texas. He retired as a Colonel and served as Commanding Officer of the 21st Staff Group, 4th Marines in New Orleans after 2 NATO and 1 SEATO exercises.
He married Dolores in 1956 and together their daughter Terri Lammers, son Chris, three grand children and 2 great-grandchildren.
Sheryll Jones, U.S. Army (retired)
Secretary and Treasurer - Board
Sheryll has over 4 decades of corporate, community, and military service and leadership, with a focus on customer and client attention.
She organizes and promotes a team-oriented environment that is conducive for a successful staff, business and clients. She has an extensive background in recruitment and retention, mediation and records management. Sheryll collaborates with executives to translate business strategies, planning and ensures legal compliance.
She has achieved her Paralegal Certification, Masters Certificate HR Management / Mediation Certification and Arbitrator Certification.
You can read more at LinkedIn.
Manny Satarain, U.S. Navy Veteran
Manny is an incredible servant and leader within the veteran community.
Born in San Antonio, he honored the memory of his father who was killed in the Korean War and left him fatherless at age 3. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970 when he turned 18 and promised his grandfather that he would complete his service and served in the 5th Fleet in the Atlantic and transferred to the 7th Fleet in the Pacific where he served on Destroyer Escorts in Task Forces along with some of the best Carriers during the Viet Nam War.
When his tour ended in 1974, he returned to the states and was employed in the utility industry for 22 years.
Mr. Satarain always wanted to receive a college education and the age of 66 he did so, receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Services.
He is currently employed at the Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and assigned to the Substance Disorder Treatment Program where he helps Veterans to navigate their recovery.
He has volunteered in tending to Veterans at the V. A. Hospital as a Peer Support Specialist in the Mental Health Care Line. Under the Mental Health of America umbrella, he is a senior Mentor with the Harris County Veterans Felony Court # 228, where he helps Veterans to get their Life’s and their dignity back. He has worked with several platoons with The Mission Continues Organization where they go out into the community and volunteer their services to assist clean-up efforts in neighborhoods and building accesses for our Disabled Veteran Homes.
He is also a Certified First-responder with the Precinct 1 C.E.R.T. Team in Harris County.
He has been a part of this Committee since it came together over a year ago. “I find myself honored to be in the presence of such great colleagues, all armed with the awesome determination to make this project work in honor of Veterans throughout the past campaigns of this great Nation.”
Andy Valadez, USMC Veteran
Marketing Director - Board
Andy Valadez is the Founder and President of Marketing Dynamics based in Houston and is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA degree in Marketing with a
minor in Public Relations and received an Applied Business Certificate from the prestigious Tulane University in New Orleans.
He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps during Desert Storm/Desert Shield and has received numerous letters of appreciation, certificates of commendation and is the recipient of the
honored “Semper Fi Award” aboard the USS Texas Battleship in Houston and The Kingdom Assignment “Well Done Awards” among other honors and endorsements.
Andy has worked with major companies, people and brands like Dillard Department Stores, Toshiba International Corporation, The Home Depot, Pavestone Corporation, “Machine Gun Preacher” Sam Childers, Movie Actress Mayra Leal of “Machete”, “Price of Business” radio show with Kevin Price, Open Carry Texas, Self Defense Fund, World Champion Bull Rider Scott Mendes, and many others to advance opportunities for their business and interests.
He has produced radio and TV commercials and advertising and promotion campaigns, worked in motion picture and music entertainment with major shifts happening in Texas now, led national conversations about personal responsibility and self-defense (attaining a blue belt in Go Kan Ryu Karate), brought attention to human trafficking and rescue, and recently spoke to over 5,000 attendees at a recent political rally.
Through his marketing practice he has advised many thought-leaders to initiate positive change in the marketplace and volunteered to mentor the youth, the homeless, and professionals aike.
His most significant life accomplishment is his marriage to his wife Tina (30 years) and raising two teenage girls Kayla (18) and Kenna (15).
Andy is a strong believer in “If it is to be, it is up to me!” and he is always “On mission.”