Veterans

Jay Porter / U.S. Office of Personnel Management

The federal government has been steadily increasing the number of veterans it employs since President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2009 to do so. Yesterday, local veterans actively seeking federal employment gathered in San Antonio to learn about opportunities. 

When Anthony McCann opened a thick manila envelope from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, he expected to find his own medical records inside.

Instead, he found over 250 pages of deeply revealing personal information on another veteran's mental health.

"It had everything about him, and I could have done anything with it," McCann said in an interview.

The Obama administration says it wants to end veterans homelessness by the end of this year — but it's not going to happen. That's partly because, despite government support, many landlords remain reluctant to rent to homeless individuals.

At the end of October, almost 6,200 homeless military veterans had government vouchers to cover their rent, but they had yet to find landlords willing to accept them. Among those vets is Joseph Coles of Washington, D.C., where you're lucky to get a one-bedroom apartment for less than $1,400 a month.

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Dallas English Learners Score Well On Nation’s Report Card

In Dallas, public schools have a high percentage of students who are learning English and are economically disadvantaged.  Given these challenges, school officials might not have expected these students to do well taking tests for the Nation's Report Card.  But, in fact, they outscored other districts in reading and math.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 12. TWC’s fourth annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.

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