Military

Same-Sex Benefits
12:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Same-Sex Military Couple Denied Federal Benefits By Texas National Guard

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

This week the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of sections of the Defense Of Marriage Act kicked in for same-sex federal employees and military personnel, which allows gay and lesbian couples to register for federal benefits.

So Austin attorney Alicia Butler and her wife, who is an Army nurse that served during the Iraq War, set out to register at the Army National Guard post at Camp Mabry.

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Military
11:20 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Fort Hood Massacre Victims To Recieve Texas Veteran Land Board Benefits

The Texas General Land Office says it rejects the notion that soldiers killed by a Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood are victims of workplace violence, and the state will offer full Texas Veteran benefits to the survivors of those killed in the massacre on Texas soil.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Friday that all of the casualties of the mass-shooting at Fort Hood in 2009 were on active duty at their posts when they were shot and killed and should be considered KIA – or Killed in action.

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Army North
4:50 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

5th Army Returns To San Antonio After Vibrant Response Catastrophic Event Training

Catastrophic event exercise at Fork Polk, La.
Eileen Pace TPR News

From evacuation helicopters taking victims to the nearest hospital to dog rescues and on-site decontamination procedures, the training has to be as real as possible.

More than 5,700 people participated in this year's Vibrant Response near Indiana's Camp Atterbury, the nation's largest exercise in mass-casualty response to catastrophic events on U.S. soil.

This exercise is one of many conducted around the country each year led by the Fort Sam 5th Army Command.

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Veteran Healthcare
5:11 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

DOD Awards UT Health Science Center $45 Million For Global PTSD Study

UT Health Science Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been chosen by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to lead post traumatic stress disorder studies of military members and veterans.

The STRONG STAR Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) grant was announced by the White House along with DOD and VA officials over the weekend. It is a unified, worldwide effort to defeat combat-related PTSD.

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Fort Hood
3:48 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Even If Hasan’s Convicted, a Long Road to Death Row Awaits

Brigitte Woosley

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 12:44 pm

In the opening statement at his court-martial, Maj. Nidal Hasan said, “The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”

While the case against Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, appears simple, punishment may not be swift.

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Veteran Healthcare
4:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Cornyn Presses President Obama On Backlogged VA Claims

United States Congress

Texas currently leads the nation the number of backlogged Veteran Affairs disability claims and Sen. John Cornyn heard firsthand from Veterans about the problems they’ve seen related to the backlog when comes to awarding VA benefits.

But according the Texas Veterans Administration’s Tom Palladino, a new system here in Texas is also leading the way for reducing the backlog.

"So as of this month, July, the total number of claims is at 75,000 and the total number of backlogged claims is at 50,000. So we have helped reduce that," Palladino said.

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Military
1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Military Families Get Health Boost From Greater San Antonio YMCA

YMCA

The Greater San Antonio YMCA is offering complimentary memberships to military families living in the metro area as part of their Military Outreach Initiative.

The YMCA has gyms and programs for all ages, and is offering the free memberships at locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne.

The complimentary memberships are available to:

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Lackland Reform
4:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

AETC Commander Says Fixes Are Working To Stop Assaults At JBSA-Lackland

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
USAF

The Air Force has put into place most of the institutional safeguards recommended to end the sexual assault problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Education and Training Command, said the remaining changes are more long-term, and will be added over the next two years.

The 45 recommendations came out of the commander’s investigation last fall, and Rice said 35 safeguards have been put into place over the past nine months that are already proving successful.

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U.S. Army
5:51 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Army Looking For A Few Good Singers In Vocal Competition

2012 Operation Rising Star finalists at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre.
U.S. Army

Army Entertainment is launching the ninth season of "Operation Rising Star," a singing competition based on the "American Idol" format. The program is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their adult family members.

The Army Installation Management Command is encouraging garrisons to collaborate with their food and beverage facilities, recreation programs, marketing teams and Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers programs to get a program going for local contestants.

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Military
10:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Fort Sam Virtually Shuts Down To Complete Sexual Assault/Harassment Training

Maj. Jose Collado asks a question at ARMY NORTH's recent SHARP training at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army North PAO

Military orders from top brass in Washington D.C. are being carried out for sexual harassment and assault training at Joint Base San Antonio.

Local military officials say the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP)  was ordered by General Ray Odiernio, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, around the time the Senate Armed Services Committee held their heated, marathon hearing on sexual assault in June.

More than 600 Fort Sam Houston personnel, both military and civilian, turned out for the SHARP training. Other branches conducted their own programs. 

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