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In late May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to help veterans exposed to open-air burn pits. It would create a state registry of health and exposure information and use it for outreach purposes. Now, advocates and state officials are wondering how — if at all — they’ll share that information with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Congress is considering legislation to encourage "outdoor therapy" for veterans with injuries or post-traumatic stress. Volunteer groups are already running similar programs in national parks.

 

Raul Guerra was adopted, so his DNA couldn't be matched to blood relatives. Scientists instead turned to an emerging technique that linked his bones to the drinking water in the places he grew up.

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Next summer, San Antonio will host the Warrior Games, an international competition for military members and veterans who are wounded, injured or ill. Hundreds of athletes from around the world are expected to compete in the Olympic-style games, sponsored by the Department of Defense.

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The U.S. Army issued a tweet ahead of Memorial Day weekend with a question for service members and veterans: "How has serving impacted you?"

Among the thousands of responses: harrowing tales of trauma, depression and sexual assault.

In a thread, an Army tweet that preceded the question featured a video by Pfc. Nathan Spencer, a scout with the Army's First Infantry Division.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas is expanding its reach into San Antonio’s military community thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission.

Bexar County

Thanks to an anonymous donation, a bench honoring homeless and unaccompanied veterans was unveiled Wednesday morning at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.  

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Similiar debates have played out elsewhere, as sports stadiums that were originally built as memorials to veterans take on new corporate names.

To help fund a $300 million makeover of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the University of Southern California and the NFL's Rams play, USC announced last year it would rename the stadium "The United Airlines Memorial Coliseum."

But not everyone is happy about the name change, which has drawn increasing public attention in recent weeks.

South Texas Veterans Health Care System

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is celebrating its 20th annual Women’s Health Week, with a focus on getting women to utilize the services available to them at VA.

A San Antonio aerospace company that focuses on building rooms and seating for cargo planes triples in space and looks to double in size.

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