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TPR/NPR's coverage of Military and Veterans' issues. The Military Desk at Texas Public Radio is made possible in part by Champions A/C, Wayland, & Witte Museum's Portraits of Courage Exhibition.

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The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie visited San Antonio Monday for a tour of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. The trip was part of a pledge he made during his confirmation hearings to “walk the post” assessing different VA campuses.


The VA has opened more call centers and hired hundreds of additional responders after complaints that some callers experienced long hold times or were sent to voicemail.

Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

Updated Wednesday at 5:35 p.m.

An Air Force plane that crashed Tuesday in a field off Nacogdoches Road, north of Loop 1604, experienced engine failure, officials said in a news release Wednesday.

The plane is a T-6 Texan II training plane from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, said Randy Martin, spokesman for the 12th Flying Training Wing.

The number of veterans in the VA healthcare system who are 70 or older is expected to grow 30 percent in the next eight years.

Families hope advances in DNA technology and thawing U.S./North Korean relations will help the government recover and identify long-missing remains of service members.

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