Military

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Officials in the South Texas Veterans Affairs health care system say patient wait times have improved, but could be better.  

Eleven percent of South Texas patients are currently waiting more than 30 days for an appointment. The VA says that’s down from 21 percent in November—the second highest rate of any VA in the country.

A group that counsels veterans with PTSD now has a permanent home in San Antonio. At the new Veterans Center, vets are learning from other vets how to heal.

For the past year, the San Antonio chapter of the PTSD Foundation of America has been meeting in borrowed space. Now thanks almost entirely to donations, they have a home in north central San Antonio.

Tom Clutts, the managing director, knows the importance of vet to vet counseling returning military will receive here. He served in Iraq and was diagnosed with PTSD nine years ago.

Eileen Pace

A new study indicates Texas receives greater economic benefits from San Antonio’s military installations than those in any other Texas community. 

The joint study by the Texas Comptroller and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission indicates Joint Base San Antonio’s three military installations provide more than $49 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Additionally, San Antonio benefits from 283,000 jobs – either direct or indirect employment – from Joint Base San Antonio -Fort Sam Houston, Lackland  and Randolph.

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The 433rd Airlift Wing celebrated the receipt of its first C-5M Super Galaxy Aircraft, the military’s largest airplane, in a transfer ceremony on Friday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The C-5A was first used in the 1960s and in San Antonio since the 1980s.

Lackland is one of only a few airports in the world large enough to land the giant cargo ships. The Air Force says the C-5A’s bones are still good, and its vast cargo compartment is still in demand. So the enormous jet is being brought into the 21st Century with the new C-5M model.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week wrote a letter affirming the Dept artment of Defense support of the LGBT community. 

This is Pride Month, and Carter wrote that as the gay community gathers with its family, friends and allies, the DOD recognizes the service by brave LGBT soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines who have fought for their country.

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