"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?
Veterans who have burn injuries can now ask their utility companies for discounts, no matter where in Texas they reside now that the Burned Veterans Bill has passed in the Legislature.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte sought to expand the benefits of a bill passed in the last session to the statewide population of burned veterans.
The bill allows investor-owned utilities, municipal co-ops and retail electric providers to establish discount programs similar to the one that has proven so successful in San Antonio the last couple of years.
Paseo del Rio has announced its plan for the second America’s Armed Forces River Parade to salute veterans and members of the country’s military following last year's first event that attracted thousand of visitors.
Paseo del Rio Association Executive Director Nancy Hunt said 25 professionally decorated floats will include one for each branch of military and businesses that serve veterans and the military.
On the day after Easter, Petty Officer Kevin Bruehler arrived at the San Antonio Airport at 11:15 a.m. from Afghanistan, and was greeted by American flags, banners, and the waiting arms of about 50 people, including 25 of his shipmates.
"I did expect something, but this is, this is incredible and inspiring. I appreciate it very much. It’s good, it’s good to know that you’re appreciated. I mean, you always know what you do is appreciated, but to see it shown so visibly, it’s just amazing. Just amazing," Bruehler said.
A set of bills in both the Texas House and Senate are there to ensure that the state’s veterans are able to use military training to obtain jobs.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte authored the bill that ensures training and certifications obtained by veterans and their spouses while serving in the military immediately transfer with them into civilian life.