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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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: