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Military & Veterans' Issues

TPR/NPR's coverage of Military and Veterans' issues. The Military Desk at Texas Public Radio is made possible in part by North Park Lincoln.

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As coronavirus cases surge in Bexar County and hospitals near capacity, U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro are urging Brooke Army Medical Center to do more to help.

The U.S. military is one of the many institutions facing the nation’s reckoning on racial injustice.

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ashton Empty)

The U.S. Army is sending about 50 personnel to San Antonio to help local hospitals manage a surge in coronavirus patients. The city recently surpassed 15,000 coronavirus cases, and local leaders warn that hospitals may reach capacity in the next week.

Women are the fastest growing subgroup among veterans. But many view the VA Health System as a place only for men.

Female veterans spoke out about witnessing rape culture within the military at a vigil for Vanessa Guillen over the weekend.
Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

The disappearance and death of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has sparked conversations about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military. And over the weekend, female veterans spoke out about witnessing rape culture within the military at vigils and marches in Guillen’s honor.


The Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

U.S. Air Force photo by Rich McFadden

Effective June 26, Joint Base San Antonio is increasing its health protection condition level to Charlie in response to the coronavirus surge underway in Bexar County.

That means more restrictions on who can enter the base — and which facilities will be open.

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A 20-year-old Army private's disappearance two months ago from one of the nation's largest military bases has lawmakers and actress Salma Hayek calling for a better investigation.

Vanessa Guillen, 20 was reported missing to Army officials at Fort Hood by Houston family members on April 22 after they noticed  calls and texts were not going through to her cellphone. Her mother, Gloria Guillen, has said her daughter complained of a sergeant sexually harassing her before the soldier went missing.

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The South Texas Veterans Healthcare System is trying to avoid a broad shutdown as the COVID-19 pandemic waxes and wanes.

With the advent of the novel coronavirus in March, the South Texas VA — along with other VA facilities around the country — postponed many face-to-face appointments to prevent the virus from spreading.
Benjamin Faske, U.S. Air Force

A new study by the Texas Comptroller estimates that military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019, and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state.