8:24 am
Mon October 27, 2014

DOD Ebola Team Trained at Fort Sam Houston Ready For Duty

Ebola team member training at Brooke Army Medical Center tests mask seal for leaks around mouth and nose
Eileen Pace

Thirty members of a specialized infectious disease team have completed a round of training at Fort Sam Houston. The military team, organized by the Department of Defense to assist in domestic Ebola cases, trained in the specifics of using hazmat-style suits, which will protect them from exposure to the virus.

A technician sprays a saccharin-based solution toward the face mask of a member of the Ebola go team to make sure the seal on the mask is properly seated. Other members of the team practice drawing blood while wearing three pairs of rubber gloves.

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6:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Military Ebola Team Training At Joint Base San Antonio

U.S. Army Northern Command ebola containment team receive specialized training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio
Credit U.S. Army


A team of military medical specialists is in San Antonio to begin Ebola containment training today at Fort Sam Houston.

The team, whose creation was ordered over the weekend by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will prepare to assist civilian medical professionals in case of another report of Ebola in the U.S.

U.S. Northern Command brought together 20 nurses, five doctors, and five trainers from installations around the country to become the military’s first domestic support team for quick response in Ebola cases.

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6:10 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

UTHSC Appoints Top Air Force Physician to Lead Military Health Institute

Major General Byron Hepburn, who retired in April, 2014, as the Commander of the 59th Air Force Medical Wing
Credit USAF


The UT Health Science Center has established a special institute within the research center to integrate military and civilian studies for the benefit of members of the military as well as the local civilian community.

The Military Health Institute will lead innovative medical research, health education and clinical care – working with the military toward improving the health of active duty military personnel, veterans and their families.

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10:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Wounded Warriors Find New Normal Through Valor Games in San Antonio

Wounded warriors compete in wheelchair basketball at 2013 Valor Games
Credit San Antonio Sports

On a mid-afternoon at Mission Concepción Sports Park, about 50 wounded warriors gathered in the gymnasium to compete in an air rifle competition that is part of this year's Valor Games.

Some traveled hundreds of miles to get to this year’s Valor Games, like Edward Afanador, who lives in New Jersey.

“The camaraderie here is just incredible. It’s a great time. There are guys here that we met at the VA Wheelchair Games last August in Philadelphia. You get a chance to really bond and make lifetime friendships," Afandaor said.

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Author Interviews
5:39 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 7:51 pm

Over 5,000 Americans have died fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, over the past 12 years, more than 2,000 soldiers have committed suicide.

One military family experienced both of those horrors — losing one son in combat and one to suicide. Journalist Yochi Dreazen's new book, The Invisible Front: Love And Loss In An Era of Endless War, tells the true story of the Graham family and two events that would forever change the very fabric of their world.

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11:01 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Veterans Share Their Stories In "The Telling Project"

Salina Loriaux
KLRN Public Television

This week, KLRN Public Television and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts present “The Telling Project,” a unique theatrical experience that gives veterans the opportunity to tell their own story in front of a live audience.

“The Telling Project” began life in 2007 when playwright Jonathan Wei began to notice a striking disconnect between the civilian and military population. Or to put it another way, it's unlikely the average person knows what it's really like on the inside for members of the armed forces and their families.

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1:59 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Astronaut Brings Items Flown On International Space Station To Center For The Intrepid

The Center for the Intrepid (left) at the Brooke Army Medical Center, where dozens of soldiers each day attend physical therapy sessions to help recover from wounds suffered in theater
Credit U.S. Army

Soldiers at the Center for the Intrepid took a few minutes away from their physical therapy sessions on Monday to visit with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.

Cassidy brought some items for the soldiers back from his recent duty aboard the International Space Station.

Staff Sgt., retired, Ben Eberle says he’s always been a space junkie, so when the astronaut walked through the hospital ward at BAM-C and asked if anybody wanted to send any items into space, he was on board.

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Military Veterans
3:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

USAA And Disney Collaborate To Help Employers Hire More Veterans

Spring 2014 cohort of USAA's Veterans for IT (VetFIT®), a group of veterans in a 22-week program in which they received 12 weeks of Java Developing education and training, followed by a 10-week internship.
Credit USAA

USAA is hosting a “best practices summit” on Tuesday for companies that want to learn more about hiring veterans.

The day-long event pairs dozens of local employers and hiring consultants with Disney’s Veterans Institute course for employers.

The Disney course is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own, and to solve the disconnect between job descriptions and the veterans’ experience.

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Military Veterans
3:39 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

At Purple Heart Memorial, Veteran Says He Doesn't Cry Much, But...

Officials from Bexar County join Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836 and U.S. Army officials to commemorate new names added to the county's Purple Heart Memorial.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County officials joined veterans in downtown San Antonio Thursday to honor the community's war heroes.

More than 100 people attended a ceremony to add 51 names to the Purple Heart memorial at the Cadena Reeves Justice Center.

August 7 was Purple Heart Day, and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Alamo Chapter 1836, gathered in front of the Cadena Reeves Justice Center on Dolorosa to pay their respects to 51 war heroes whose names were added to the memorial this year.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Army Finishes Questioning Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl answers questions from an Army investigator at Fort Sam Houston.
Credit Eugene Fidell

An Army investigator has completed two days of initial questioning of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston.

Investigators are trying to determine if Bergdahl broke any military laws when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan and what went on while he was a Taliban captive.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl spent all of Wednesday and two hours Thursday morning responding to questions from Army investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl at a location on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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