Veterans http://tpr.org en Soldier Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime With H-E-B Smart Home http://tpr.org/post/soldier-gets-surprise-lifetime-h-e-b-smart-home <p>Because he gave of himself in service to his country, H-E-B and Operation Finally Home are giving something back.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:20:31 +0000 Ryan Loyd 35244 at http://tpr.org Soldier Gets Surprise Of A Lifetime With H-E-B Smart Home Medal Of Honor Portal Given Prominent Place Near Tobin Center http://tpr.org/post/medal-honor-portal-given-prominent-place-near-tobin-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The brainchild of former Mayor Phil </span>Hardberger<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Medal of Honor River Portal was finally realized when officials unveiled the monument the day before Independence Day.</span></p><p>“You know, it really is unique,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:42:10 +0000 Eileen Pace 34657 at http://tpr.org Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times http://tpr.org/post/perry-puts-forward-plan-expedite-veterans-health-care-cut-wait-times <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking outside the opening of a new medical center at Fort Hood, Gov. Rick Perry announced a plan that uses groups of hospitals to provide speedier medical services to military veterans who have waited months to be seen by a doctor at U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs medical clinics. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>That plan includes hospitals throughout the state willing to work with the federal government to speed up the time it takes for a veteran to be seen by a doctor.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:41:33 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33383 at http://tpr.org Perry Puts Forward Plan To Expedite Veterans Health Care, Cut Wait Times Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny http://tpr.org/post/management-shakeup-following-border-patrol-use-force-scrutiny <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>U.S. Customs and Border Protection is undergoing a shakeup following intense scrutiny over the Border Patrol’s use of force. Waves of unaccompanied Latino minors continue to make their way to Texas. What happens after they get here? The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing Texas, claiming the state has violated the civil rights of English language learners.</p><p><strong>Management Shake-Up at Customs and Border Protection Following Use of Force Controversies</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Crystal Chavez 33362 at http://tpr.org Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic http://tpr.org/post/south-texas-veterans-group-details-big-problems-harlingen-va-clinic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Staffing issues, longer wait times for doctor’s appointments and lack of medical vouchers are just some of the problems at veteran medical clinics in the U.S. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One South Texas veterans support group has seen firsthand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Harlingen, which has the country’s </span>second <span style="line-height: 1.5;">longest average wait time according to a federal audit. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:12:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 33225 at http://tpr.org South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic Van De Putte Says State Should Focus On Current Veteran Health Care Needs http://tpr.org/post/van-de-putte-says-state-should-focus-current-veteran-health-care-needs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the state need not focus on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric </span>Shinseki<span style="line-height: 1.5;">'s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> resignation. She said</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the state’s role in the VA backlog will be getting veterans to doctors while the federal system is being fixed.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:04:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32611 at http://tpr.org Van De Putte Says State Should Focus On Current Veteran Health Care Needs River Walk Armed Forces Parade Saturday Will Be Broadcast Across The Country http://tpr.org/post/river-walk-armed-forces-parade-saturday-will-be-broadcast-across-country <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You may have noticed an increasing number of yellow ribbons along the River Walk in the past couple of weeks.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">People have been buying sponsorship ribbons to honor loved ones in advance of the </span>third a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nnual Armed Forces River Parade on Saturday evening, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;parade that is considered unique in the country. </span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:45:36 +0000 Eileen Pace 31831 at http://tpr.org River Walk Armed Forces Parade Saturday Will Be Broadcast Across The Country The Source: Scandal At The VA http://tpr.org/post/source-scandal-va <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been inundated with criticism and calls for its head, Eric Shinseki, to resign after the disclosure by a retired doctor at the Arizona VA hospital. That doctor said wait times were manipulated to show that patients were seen in order to make the hospital look better.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:02:08 +0000 Paul Flahive 31676 at http://tpr.org The Source: Scandal At The VA Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation http://tpr.org/post/van-de-putte-calls-veterans-affairs-wait-time-investigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A whistleblower </span>alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 16:16:31 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31613 at http://tpr.org Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation Army Army Chief Of Staff Odierno Visits San Antonio Military Posts, Awards Purple Heart http://tpr.org/post/army-army-chief-staff-odierno-visits-san-antonio-military-posts-awards-purple-heart <p>U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came to San Antonio Wednesday to visit wounded troops at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Warrior and Family Support Center.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:27:34 +0000 Eileen Pace 30563 at http://tpr.org Army Army Chief Of Staff Odierno Visits San Antonio Military Posts, Awards Purple Heart