One of San Antonio’s oldest companies, Holt Cat’s main shop was built in 1957 and was due for a replacement. Howard Hicks, vice president of public affairs, said the new $11 million facility will make work more comfortable for its employees, 17 percent of whom are veterans.
Two associations tied to federal agencies say the government shutdown could jeopardize the lives of millions of Texas military families.
According to federal government, active military personnel will continued to be paid during the government shutdown, but Ray Linder with the National Guard Association of Texas said that doesn’t include the National Guard.
Chartered in 1917, VFW Post 76 , the oldest VFW post in Texas, has served hundreds of veterans over the years, and its website says thousands have passed under the arches to the post along the San Antonio River.
Charles Zambrano, the golf tournament chairman, said more veterans who need services are returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and the economic downturn is affecting veterans. The post decided to start a golf tournament to increase its coffers for emergency relief for veterans.
San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.
In a statement, Medina wrote:
"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been chosen by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to lead post traumatic stress disorder studies of military members and veterans.
The STRONG STAR Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) grant was announced by the White House along with DOD and VA officials over the weekend. It is a unified, worldwide effort to defeat combat-related PTSD.
Texas currently leads the nation the number of backlogged Veteran Affairs disability claims and Sen. John Cornyn heard firsthand from Veterans about the problems they’ve seen related to the backlog when comes to awarding VA benefits.
But according the Texas Veterans Administration’s Tom Palladino, a new system here in Texas is also leading the way for reducing the backlog.
"So as of this month, July, the total number of claims is at 75,000 and the total number of backlogged claims is at 50,000. So we have helped reduce that," Palladino said.
People across the political spectrum are critical of the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate this week. We examine how the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will impact immigration rights. Voting rights advocates are worried about the effects the high court's decision on part of the Voting Rights Act will have on minority voters. Finally, Native American veterans have had an especially difficult time navigating the federal claim system.
"Comedy Warriors," one of the most meaningful movies in this year’s San Antonio Film Festival, presents the stories of our nation’s war heroes in a comedy, a method that has been the key to healing for more than one wounded warrior.
After his experiences in Iraq, narrow grocery-store aisles cause Bobby Henline to freeze up. He can’t think and he starts looking for a way out, but the former 82nd Airborne soldier has no trouble on a wide-open stage telling humorous stories to audiences.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among veterans is much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. The rate fell below 10 percent last year and hovers in the 9 percent range, more than 2 points higher than the national average.
Lack of job training, rough transitions from the military, and stereotypes on the effects of military service plague this population. What will it take to bring these numbers down? What are the real experiences of employers with their veteran employees?