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Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11 – and this year the Veterans Administration is asking us to do something different on that day. They want to make it a day to record an interview with a veteran in your life and send that interview to be saved at the Library of Congress.  The Veterans History Project will collect, preserve and make accessible the oral and written histories of those who served in America’s conflicts. Bob Patrick is the director of the Veterans History Project.

The concept of injured veterans as a group has only been around for 150 years, and has grown exponentially from the technological advances in life-saving battlefield medical attention.

From the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan, a new documentary analyzes the stories of wounded warriors and the changing understanding of what is owed to our wounded. Beyond burns and amputations, the dramatic psychological scars have led to soaring suicide rates and the need for increased mental health care. 

How do we ensure our veterans get the care they need? 

Ryan E. Poppe

At a meeting on Monday with veterans in the Rio Grande Valley, Governor Greg Abbott, along with U.S. Veteran’s Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Texas Senator John Cornyn, announced decreasing wait times for veterans trying to see a doctor.

A 2014 government report showed veterans waited an average of 85 days to be seen by a doctor at the VA Texas Coastal Bend Center in Harlingen.

Governor Abbott, Senator Cornyn, and Secretary McDonald met with hundreds of veterans in South Texas to discuss ideas that would expand healthcare access in the Rio Grande Valley.


A new program has started in San Antonio that provides free rides to military veterans and their spouses.  It’s called “Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets” and is run by the Alamo Area Council of Governments through a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission.

All veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible.

“The great thing about the program is it’s available to anyone who served in the military of any age. They don’t have to be disabled and they don’t have to have some income limit or something like that,” said AACOG Special Projects Manager Siena Lindemann.

Friday, at Texas’ oldest VFW post in San Antonio, Abbott signed six bills that were part of his veterans’ initiative.   The bills, carried mainly by Bexar County lawmakers, improve access to mental healthcare and make it easier for veterans and their families to acquire occupational licenses.