About America - Celebrate, Honor & Serve
We are a public service organization founded to honor and support those who serve and sacrifice for our community and country. We proudly support our Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders in our community, the state of Texas and our country.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our community and country can never be repaid.
They have earned our undying gratitude and support.
America should never forget their service and sacrifice.”
Board of Directors
Jack R. Barnes, President
Jack was born and raised in Perryton, TX, graduating from Perryton High School, May 1968. He enlisted into the US Navy, August 1971, and eventually retired from the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in 1995. A very special highlight of his Navy career was his selection as National Recruiter of the Year while stationed in Amarillo, Texas. After retirement, Jack continued serving, as a High School Math Teacher at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Texas, retiring in 2012. He was the Co-Founder of the America Supports You – Texas, a citizen support organization in Amarillo, TX, with a mission of pro active support to the military and veterans across the Texas Panhandle, and the state of Texas. After 9/11, his organization honored our military, veterans, and the families of the fallen by hosting an annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Banquet. This event grew and was easily the largest event in the state of Texas on Armed Forces Day. This special event has continued each year since the start of the War on Terror. With the completion of the WW2 Memorial, in 2004, he led the initiative in organizing Honor Flights to Washington DC, honoring our WW2, Korea and Viet Nam veterans. He was also Director and Founder of Honor Flights in Lubbock, San Antonio, Midland-Odessa and supported the Honor Flight program in El Paso, Texas. Under his leadership, the 2012 Texas Panhandle Honor Flight was selected as the “premiere” Honor Flight in America. In 2013, Jack joined the Board of Directors of the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation, AFWMF. The mission of the AFWMF is to build the National War on Terror Memorial & Museum, in Kansas City, Kansas, honoring the 8,000 casualties of the War on Terror. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Texas Navy Association and led the Amarillo, Texas Loop 335 Highway Project, designating Loop 335 as “Veterans Highway.” He is proactive in supporting the military and veteran community of Amarillo, Texas Panhandle and the state of Texas.
Douglas D. Messer, Vice President
As a native of Amarillo and a retired Army Officer, Doug has the passion to reach-out to his fellow Veterans in the Panhandle of Texas and be there for them. American Patriots have a duty to take care of the millions of Veterans who have taken care of us from the beginning of this great country and Doug is certainly an American Patriot! In addition, he looks out for the best interest and leadership potential of young people, as a John Maxwell Team (JMT) Speaking Coach and Speaker. Doug has the passion to reach-out to the young people of Amarillo through the Global Initiatives of the JMT Program. Adding to his list of service he is also a Philanthropist and an Entrepreneur.
Alicia "Aly" Harmon, Treasurer
Alicia “Aly” Harmon is a native of Amarillo. She is a social studies teacher for Amarillo ISD and is married to retired U.S. Army Colonel Fred Harmon.
Aly was one of the Family Readiness Group volunteers for the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion to attend the first Yellow Ribbon trainings for the Army in 2007, when the Department of Defense found that soldiers and families were experiencing an extremely challenging time transitioning from the new and very social war we were now fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Aly was the Family Readiness volunteer for the 974th QM CO from 2009 through 2015 helping to prepare families for deployments and serving during and after deployments.
Aly has served on the Board of Directors for America Supports You Texas and has been a vital part of the Operation Homefront collections and distributions in the Panhandle for the Back to School Brigade and Operation Santa. Aly has been a volunteer for the American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation, Socks for Soldiers, and gives her time to help family groups in the MEPS and NOSC units in Amarillo. Aly was the recipient of the Great American Patriot Award in 2016 and has received civilian commendations from the 974th QM CO for her many hours of work.
Aly has volunteered countless hours helping military families not only prepare for deployments, but maneuver life during deployments and then managing and sometimes coping with the readjustment of life after the servicemember has returned home. Aly has been the Blue Star Wife during Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2003 to April 2004, Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2006 to April 2007, and October 2007 to May 2008, Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2008 to November 2009; and most recently Operation Enduring Freedom and the Warrior Transition Unit, Fort Hood, TX; November 2011 to August 2013.
Aly and Fred have 4 children still at home. Alexandra is a Freshman at West Texas A&M University this year; Ashleigh who is a Junior at Amarillo High School; and twins, William and Luke, who are in the 6th grade at Crockett. Fred is now serving us as a Lieutenant with the Amarillo Police Department serving as the Fleet Manager. He is in his twenty-third year with the department.