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Lawyers were back in court at Fort Bragg on Tuesday, for a second day of pre-trial motions in the desertion case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The case, which landed Bergdahl in San Antonio for reintegration training after his release from the Taliban in 2014, is scheduled for court-martial Feb. 6, 2017.

Bergdahl is facing a general court-martial on charges resulting from his 2009 capture by the Taliban after Bergdahl left his barracks in the middle of the night in Afghanistan.

There’s a new commander at Joint Base San Antonio. 

Brigadier General Bob LaBrutta passed command of the 502nd Air Base Wing and largest military joint base in the country to Brigadier General Heather Pringle in an emotional ceremony Friday.

“What a great day for the 502nd Air Base Wing Joint Base San Antonio,” LaBrutta told the crowd, “But a melancholy day for me and my family.”

From Texas Standard:

The parents of Army Captain Humayun Khan have spent the last few days in the national spotlight, clashing with Donald Trump. The Khans are just one couple among the millions of parents whose children have gone to war. But the spotlight has illuminated the agonies and anxiety that military parents struggle with but seldom talk about openly.

Alex Horton, a Texan who served 15 months in Iraq as an army infantryman, is now a national reporter for Stars and Stripes. He recently wrote about his parents' experience while he was gone.

 

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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.

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