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Eric Maldonado / Bexar County

Local, state, and federal officials held the grand opening Monday for the New Military and Veterans Services Center on the city's East Side.

Carson Frame / Texas Public Radio

For veterans who need things like wheelchairs, walkers, and artificial limbs, getting them from the Department of Veterans Affairs can be a difficult, lengthy process. According to the agency’s own numbers, thousands have waited longer than 30 days for their requests to be fulfilled.


Approximately 5 million veterans live in rural America, and almost sixty percent of them rely on VA healthcare. But accessing that care can be a challenge.

Last year, the VA began offering mental health treatment to vets who don't normally qualify for V-A care. Since then, fewer than 200 people have used the program.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded just over $1 million Wednesday to a program that tries to tackle veteran homelessness.

Ryan Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott shared his views on marijuana use in Texas during Friday night's gubernatorial debate. He mentioned one idea that may have surprised marijuana advocates.


Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

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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.

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.

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