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Coast Guard Band Goes Hollywood

Jan 25, 2016

Members of the United States Coast Guard band, based in New London, Connecticut, are in California today. As Lori Mack from Here & Now contributor WNPR reports, they plan to march up the red carpet for the premiere of film “The Finest Hours.”

The Disney movie is based on a true story about a harrowing rescue by the Coast Guard in 1952 when two oil tankers were broken in half by a nor’easter off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Challenge Of Housing Homeless Vets

Jan 25, 2016

Last year a number of cities, including New Orleans and Houston, made a huge effort to end homelessness among their population of veterans. Portland, Oregon, also took up the challenge to find housing for its estimated 690 homeless vets. Amelia Templeton from Here & Now contributor Oregon Public Broadcasting reports on the outcome.

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The city of San Antonio says it’s on track to end veteran homelessness by March 31. The biggest push for the year-long effort came from USAA today.

In January 2015, Mayor Ivy Taylor joined the national mayor’s challenge to end veterans homelessness. She says San Antonio is to reach a ‘functional zero’ within the next two and a half months.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 12. TWC’s fourth annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.

A local group organized to help veterans overcome immediate, urgent needs as they leave active duty, celebrates its annual “Bridging the Gap” festival this Saturday.

San Antonio Coalition for Veterans and Families founder, Retired Lt. Col. Hector Villarreal, said the services provided by the group sometimes literally bridge a gap between military and civilian paychecks.