Blue Skies of Texas resident, Lt Col Tom Carter Lt. Col. Tom Carter Blue Skies of Texas resident Retired Lt. Col. Thomas Carter is a man in motion. His sense of purpose originates from his 28 years in the United States Air Force where he oversaw aircraft maintenance training and aircraft maintainers in combat flying units.

A love of aircraft—and flyers

Growing up in Portsmouth, VA, Tom was familiar with the Navy life. His father served in the Navy, and his hometown of Cradock was a planned community developed in 1918 to support the work force at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. But Tom’s love of aircraft and his cousin’s influence led him to the Air Force. “I was in my high school’s marching band and liked the discipline,” Tom shared. So, he chose to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the VA Tech Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC program.

Though Blue Skies of Texas has historically served former military members, a military background is not required to call our community “home.” There are many residents at Blue Skies of Texas with non-military backgrounds, like resident Jill Garza, who was initially attracted to the community for its strong reputation and non-profit status, along with the availability of on-site healthcare, should she ever need it. Jill has called Blue Skies of Texas “home” since early 2017, and she’s enjoying every minute of it. Jill Garza “I don’t have to cook and I don’t have to clean. I don’t even have to change a lightbulb. I feel like a kid again. I let someone else do all the important stuff and I just play with my friends!” Jill exclaimed.

One day, you may be outside at your house doing tedious yard work in the Texas heat: clipping branches, yanking weeds and watering plants. Or perhaps you’ll be inside feeling frustrated with another appliance malfunction, cleaning rooms you don’t use, or rotating recipes that have...

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