Veterans Day

Ryan E. Poppe

  As the sound from the parade leading up to the South Steps of the State Capitol fades away, veterans like former Army Capt. Sabino Rubio have time to reflect on what it means to be a veteran in Texas, where many soldiers still wait months to see a doctor at a VA clinic.

“I would like to see a little more improvement.  A little more staffing at the VA hospitals and medical systems and it would be nice if we could speed that up," Rubio said.

The B-17 has been called the plane that won World War II. Thousands upon thousands of these planes blackened the skies over Germany and France during the war, and thousands of young men risked their lives in the planes to drop bombs that obliterated whole towns in Nazi-controlled Europe.

Ashley Ahearn’s grandfather was one of those men. Her family is from the Boston area, but she’s now a reporter for Here & Now contributor KUOW in Seattle, which, it turns out, is where her grandfather’s B17 was built.

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the service, sacrifice and achievements of Americans who served our nation in uniform.  While you may know veterans from Vietnam and the most recent wars, there is a vanishing breed.  Texas Public Radio recently spoke with two veterans of the "Greatest Generation."

Ninety-two-year-old Fred Chapal still works every day for the Army at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.  But on June 6, 1944, D-Day, he was on a ship headed for Normandy and Utah Beach in the European Theater.

San Antonians Will Honor Military Veterans Across the City

Nov 10, 2015
Eileen Pace

Fort Sam National Cemetery

Veterans and other military personnel will be honored at a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the assembly area of the Fort Sam National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach. The keynote speaker will be James Cunningham, president of the Alamo chapter of the Military Officer’s of Association of America. 

Vietnam Wall Traveling Memorial

Courtesy Photo

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11 – and this year the Veterans Administration is asking us to do something different on that day. They want to make it a day to record an interview with a veteran in your life and send that interview to be saved at the Library of Congress.  The Veterans History Project will collect, preserve and make accessible the oral and written histories of those who served in America’s conflicts. Bob Patrick is the director of the Veterans History Project.