Military

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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Veteran Affairs
12:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

U.S. House Approves VA Bill, Which Now Awaits Senate Vote

It took weeks of debate between the House and Senate, but the House Wednesday passed the negotiated version of a bill to reform the Veterans Administration.

The final version of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act passed on a 420-5 vote in House late Wednesday.

The bill is Congress’ response to a bureaucracy so bogged down that staffers were found to be falsifying records to conceal delays in delivering services to veterans.

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Military
8:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Fort Hood Soldier Dies At BAMC

The Department of Defense has released the name of a Fort Hood soldier who died in San Antonio last week.

The Army says Private First Class Donnell Antwain Hamilton, Jr., died Thursday, July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, from an illness that was diagnosed in Afghanistan.

Hamilton, who the Army says was from Kenosha, Wisconsin, had served on active duty as an M-1 armor crewman since October, 2012. He had been assigned to Fort Hood since April of 2013 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July of 2013.

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Military Veterans
2:20 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Soldier Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime With H-E-B Smart Home

Onlookers hold flags before Michael Crawford arrived to the surprise of his life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Because he gave of himself in service to his country, H-E-B and Operation Finally Home are giving something back.

23-year-old Army Specialist Michael Crawford found out at a special surprise ceremony that he and his fiancé will receive a mortgage-free smart home to accommodate his needs as a wounded warrior.

The anticipation brewed before he arrived with workers busy putting the finishing touches on the event. H-E-B partners passed out American flags while sound checks were done.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:22 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Still Facing Army Investigation, Bergdahl Hires Attorney

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired an attorney to represent him through the Army’s investigation of his actions in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reports that attorney Eugene Fidell has been in conversation with the Army officer handling Bergdahl’s case.  

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JBSA Services
1:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

BiblioTech Opens Location At JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

Lynette Barrera, BiblioTech technology assistant, helps Nhut Nyguen of Boston, MA, with registering for a BiblioTech card.
Joey Palacios TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital public library, is opening it’s second satellite location today, this time at Fort Sam Houston. The first satellite is at the Bexar County Courthouse.

Military personell recovering at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio now have access to all of BiblioTech.

“With San Antonio being Military City, U.S.A., it’s so appropriate that we would come here and offer these services,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

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Joint Base San Antonio
11:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Air Force Trimming More Than 400 AETC Jobs At JBSA-Randolph

The Air Force Monday announced a cutback of 429 positions at Joint Base San Antonio. The reductions are part of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s orders a year ago for a 20% reduction in management across the Department of Defense by the year 2019.

U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen at the Pentagon said the jobs are being eliminated from the Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph.

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Military Memorials
10:42 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Medal Of Honor Portal Given Prominent Place Near Tobin Center

Visitors exploring the grounds near the soon-to-be-opened Tobin Performing Arts Center may have come across a new military memorial added last week.

The brainchild of former Mayor Phil Hardberger, the Medal of Honor River Portal was finally realized when officials unveiled the monument the day before Independence Day.

“You know, it really is unique,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. 

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