Veterans

Veteran Employment
11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Senate Committee Looks At Rising Veteran Unemployment Rate

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Texas veterans is on the rise. In 2012 the unemployment rate for Texas vets was 8.3 percent, but that number has risen in 2013 to 8.7 percent, the national average is at 9 percent.

The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations is focusing on what state agencies can do to improve these rates.  

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The Source - April 10, 2014
11:16 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Source: The Unsung Military Caregivers

The caregivers of today's veterans differ from those of wars past.
RAND Corporation

5.5 million people are caring for the injured and returned military veterans across the U.S. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen a dramatic rise in the need for caregivers.

Since 2001, 2.5 million troops were deployed. Many died and tens of thousands returned and are now living with a disability--relying on friends and family for day-to-day assistance. 

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Fort Hood Shooting
9:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Blaming PTSD Could Affect Other Soldiers Returning From War

At an April 7 press conference, Col. Paul Reese, III Corps and Fort Hood chief of operations, gave further details of the investigation into the April 2 shooting incident.
Fort Hood Press Office

As everyone searches for answers to the Fort Hood shooting, the psychiatric community explores the reasons for the shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded at Fort Hood. Psychiatrists worry that blaming post-traumatic stress disorder will have long-lasting effects on the returning veterans who will be looking for jobs.

Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio psychiatrist who works to integrate mental health tools into the workplace for returning troops, said violent behavior toward others is not usually a symptom of PTSD alone.

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2014 Election
10:51 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Van De Putte And Dewhurst Face Off Over Senate Committee Comments

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

 State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.

A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.

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Bexar County
1:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Bexar Commissioner Calls For Increased Funding For Veteran Services

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson calls for extended funding for veterans services in Bexar County.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is calling for increased local spending for veteran programs and services.

According to a chart prepared by Adkisson based on an Austin-American Statesman survey, Bexar County lags far behind other Texas counties in funding its veteran services, despite the county’s strong active military presence.

"You can see we’re next to dead last on percent of veterans in spending per vet," Adkisson said. "And also the percent that is coming out of our general fund here in Bexar County."

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Shots - Health News
2:40 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

There's data to support the notion that pot, or a drug based on its active ingredient, could help ease the fears of PTSD.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 10:50 am

Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.

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Texas Veterans
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Texas Universities & Colleges Some Of The Best For Veterans

St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Flickr user Dee Kincke (Texas to Mexico) cc

Texas schools placed well in the first U.S. News and World "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings. San Antonio's St. Mary’s University ranked eighth in the West region.

Texas colleges and universities placed in two of the top five nationwide spots and five out of the top 15 in the West region.

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Veteran Employment
9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Veterans Find More Than 100 Companies Eager To Hire At Job Fair

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hundreds of veterans and military members turned out for a big job fair at the Live Oak Civic Center Thursday. 

A packed parking lot sent applicants to find spots in the grassy areas around the Live Oak Civic Center, where dozens of companies competed to get first shot at the best veteran candidates.

Master Sgt. Terry Ceasor will leave the Army in two years and is looking for a position where he can use skills he has gained as a recruiter.  

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Veteran Employment
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Honors USAA For Hiring Veterans

USAA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bestowed an award on San Antonio-based insurance giant USAA and several other local companies for their strength in hiring veterans. 

The third annual Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award recognizes the global insurance company for its proven dedication to recruiting and helping to transition veterans and exiting military service members.

The award also honors the company for hiring spouses of military members.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

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