• "Fort Polk is vital to the area. We hope to unite

    the installation and the surrounding communities

    to care for its soldiers and their families. It's our


    -Michael Reese, Fort Polk Progress President

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  • We love our military neighbors and welcome them to our communities and events. We have many annual family-style festivals, parades and celebrations that are open to any and everyone. 

  • Education

    Fort Polk Progress recognizes the special difficulties faced by military students, who frequently must enter new schools with different cultures, curricula, standards, course offerings and graduation requirements. 


    The Education Initiative, an award-winning collaborative partnership between the Vernon Parish School District, Fort Polk and Fort Polk Progress, represents the efforts of local, regional, state and federal stakeholders to improve the educational system for all students in Vernon Parish and to address the special needs of our 36% military-connected students.


    In April-May 2021 Fort Polk Progress presented a grant for $97,000 to the Vernon Parish School Board and another to the Beauregard Parish School Board for $18,000. The amounts for the grants were based upon the percentage of military students attending each school district.


    The acquisition of the Lamar Salter Technical College campus by SOWELA Technical Community College in May, 2021 has made higher education readily accessible to citizens of the Fort Polk area beginning in January, 2022.