Veterans

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A unique, privately-funded mental health care agency to serve veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury officially opened its doors today.

Family Endeavors, Inc., has provided mental health care in San Antonio for 45 years.

Family Endeavors CEO Travis Pearson says it’s a unique new mission to make it easier for military families to get the care they all need – all free of charge.

Ryan E. Poppe

This week thousands of Vietnam War veterans gathered at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.  They’re there for a three-day conference that takes a look back at a war where young men were drafted to defend a cause they didn’t always support and college campuses boiled over with anti-war protests.  More than 40 years after the end of the war, the memories are still painful.

Midway through Matt Keil's second deployment in Iraq, he came home and married his fiancee, Tracy, in 2007.

He had two weeks R&R; no time for a honeymoon.

Before he went back to war the couple had the sort of conversation unique to newlyweds in the military. "I told her if you get a phone call that I'm injured, I'm probably fine," Matt says. "But if they come to the apartment or to your work in person, then I'm dead."

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The unemployment rate for veterans in the U.S. recently reached an all-time low - below five percent. But in Texas, that number is higher. A job fair was held Wednesday in the Military City specifically for service members and their spouses.

More than 80 employers tabled at the AT&T Center to recruit employees. These organizations from Starbucks to the Border Patrol, are looking specifically for veterans.

Clay Hull has a stubborn sense of justice.

After an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq ended his time in the military, he fought the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs over the amount of compensation they awarded him for his injuries.

"If I'm in the wrong, I'll admit it. But I'm not going to let somebody just push me around, especially the VA," he says.

It was complicated and drawn out, but Hull now gets the maximum the VA pays for disability.

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