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Advocates are calling attention to statistics that show Black airmen are brought up for punishment more often than their white counterparts. The Air Force says it's trying to figure out why.

Some doctors and nurses with the Air Force Reserves are warning the public not to underestimate the continued threat posed by the coronavirus. They were among thousands of military personnel who deployed to New York City during the height of its pandemic.

The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advocates.

U.S Army critical care nurses 1st Lt. Charles Gilcrist and 1st Lt. Lauryn Hudgins from Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 work to provide medical care to a COVID-19 patient alongside Baptist Hospital medical staff in San Antonio, July 10, 2020.
Luis A. Deya | U.S. Army

As Bexar County’s coronavirus caseload continues its rapid ascent, Army medical and support personnel are arriving in San Antonio to assist five local hospitals.


Photo courtesy BAMC Public Affairs

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.


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

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.


Photo courtesy of South Texas Veterans Healthcare System

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.

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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.

Soldiers gather for a 2019 awards ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. The base is one of 10 that Pentagon leaders say they are open to renaming.
JOSHUA COWDEN | U.S. ARMY

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington — and outside of it — of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.


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