Veterans

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy – and 19 local veterans who served in France during those perilous times received international recognition today.

Houston’s French Consul General came to San Antonio to present the former military members with France’s highest honor.

The French Order of the Legion of Honor is France’s highest decoration for bravery in military service.

Col. Scott Bleichwell of Army North says Consul General Sujiro Seam is in San Antonio to honor the veterans who fought in France during World War Two.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base," and this is the second installment of the ongoing series.

It was 2005, and Gary Walters had served a year in Iraq. Then, one day, a bomb went off near him, and he suffered severe wounds.

San Antonio Sports

On a mid-afternoon at Mission Concepción Sports Park, about 50 wounded warriors gathered in the gymnasium to compete in an air rifle competition that is part of this year's Valor Games.

Some traveled hundreds of miles to get to this year’s Valor Games, like Edward Afanador, who lives in New Jersey.

“The camaraderie here is just incredible. It’s a great time. There are guys here that we met at the VA Wheelchair Games last August in Philadelphia. You get a chance to really bond and make lifetime friendships," Afandaor said.

KLRN Public Television

This week, KLRN Public Television and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts present “The Telling Project,” a unique theatrical experience that gives veterans the opportunity to tell their own story in front of a live audience.

“The Telling Project” began life in 2007 when playwright Jonathan Wei began to notice a striking disconnect between the civilian and military population. Or to put it another way, it's unlikely the average person knows what it's really like on the inside for members of the armed forces and their families.

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The U-T Health Science Center at San Antonio has been selected to participate in a multi-level, national research program to explore non-medication options for chronic pain.

The $21 million dollar program seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of alternatives for pain management that can help combat the overuse of prescription opioids.

There’s plenty of evidence of the need for alternatives to pain meds.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine [CAM], which is funding the studies, calls it an “urgent public health imperative.”

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