Alamo Chapter Immediate Past President, E. Richard (Dick) Weitzel, II was born in El Campo, Texas on July 2, 1941 & graduated from Victoria High School in 1959. Dick attended The University of Texas (UT) & was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Dick met his wife of 51 years Carol Ann, while studying at UT. Mr. Weitzel graduated in 1964, Carol Ann in 1966 & after soon married.
Dick is President of his company, SSTS, Inc. - a “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business” as a result of the disabilities (70% disabled) incurred during military service. SSTS focusses on Information Technology; and, bids and wins Government Contracts with many Federal Agencies. For example, installed the Security System at 23 Embassies/Consulates, worldwide, for the Department of State; and recently installed the security system at the Texas Army National Guard in San Antonio.
Mr. Weitzel is a proud ancestor of Dilue Rose Harris, whose family came to Texas in 1833. Mrs. Harris was the first woman to cross the San Jacinto Battlefield after the surrender of Santa Anna. Dick’s love of Texas history has made him very active with The Alamo Chapter along with other organizations across the state. He was President from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016, a two-year tour of duty where he was the lead for the highly successful “Flag-400“ donation drive. Currently Dick is the “Marketing Officer” for the Alamo Chapter & District Representative for the “Heart of Texas” District, serving the following Chapters: Fredericksburg, Gonzales, New Braunfels, and the two SRT Chapters in San Antonio. Dick is also Immediate Past President of the DeWitt County Chapter 1029 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), having served as President from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. He is also an “Admiral” in the Texas Navy – effective in March, 2017.
Dick and Carol Ann have three children & nine grandchildren. Richard their oldest, graduated from “National War College” at Fort McNair, and is now assigned to a Joint Command, NORAD, in Colorado Springs, as a Navy Captain. Laura their second child is married to Chris, a Software Manager for Hewlett Packard. Robert their third child is a lawyer & graduated from SMU Law School.