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La Vernia family takes pride in military service

La Vernia family takes pride in military service
While on leave recently in La Vernia, Adam Alcorta, U.S. Navy, joins his mom, Sylvia, and brother Ernesto “Ernie” Vela, U.S. Air Force, for a photo Nov. 9, before leaving for his duty station in Virginia.

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Although we just celebrated Veterans Day and Thanksgiving is still weeks away, the holiday has come early for La Vernia Independent School District bus driver Sylvia Alcorta.

Her children gathered early, giving thanks not only for their family, but for their dedication and service to our country. Of her six children, three serve in the military.

She and her husband, Robert, enjoyed time with their family, even though everyone’s schedules didn’t exactly coordinate. They got together for a mini Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 6, since her children wouldn’t be able to make it home for Thanksgiving day.

The baby of the family, Adam Alcorta, is a U.S. Navy sailor. A 2013 La Vernia High School graduate, he graduated from basic training May 30 at Great Lakes Naval Academy in Chicago and then left for Pensacola, Fla., for advanced training. Adam visited with his family in La Vernia recently for two weeks, and left Sunday for his duty station in Norfolk, Va.

Ernesto “Ernie” Vela, a 2012 La Vernia graduate, is an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated basic at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio and has served almost two years. He attended technical school in Wichita Falls and works as a munitions tech, based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico.

“They are the babies of the house,” Sylvia said.

Daughter Virginia Garcia served in the U.S. Navy from 2004-09. She has since completed a degree in science at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio and is continuing her education, Sylvia said.

Their proud family also includes son Jesse Perez and his wife, Jackie; son Felix Vela, and son Robert Alcorta III.

“My husband and I are now empty nesters,” Sylvia said. “It sure does feel good when the boys are home. I have missed them so much. But we are all so proud!”

With two serving in the military and all the kids building lives of their own, it’s getting harder to gather everyone together, said this proud mom.

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