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Veterans

Carson Frame | Texas Public Radio

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.  

Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

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.

Heide Couch / 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Starting this October, the Defense Health Agency will take control of all San Antonio-area military medical facilities, including Brooke Army Medical Center, from each of their respective commands.

LIBBY DENKMANN / AMERICAN HOMEFRONT

The VA Mission Act hopes to improve upon the Choice program, which ran over budget and didn't do much to reduce wait times for many veterans.

 

As often as she can, Judi Robinson raises an American flag outside her rambler-style house in Long Beach, Cal. She doesn't keep it up overnight, and she's careful about storage and handling of the national emblem.

"I'm a real stickler for flag etiquette," she said as she unfurled the stars and stripes. "I was a Girl Scout, I was a Marine, and now I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution."

Julianne Showalter | U.S. Air Force

The Texas Senate passed a bill Thursday to create a statewide registry of veterans who were exposed to burn pit smoke. Open burn pits were a common method of waste disposal used by the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Photo by Senior Airman Tristin English / 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Hundreds gathered for a memorial service to celebrate the life of retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on Thursday. Cole was the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, a daring group of World War II airmen who bombed Tokyo only months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He passed away in San Antonio on April 9 at age 103.

Ted Eytan / Wikimedia

The policy bans transgender recruits and prevents current troops from transitioning to another sex unless they were diagnosed with gender dysphoria before April 12.

The Defense Department has implemented a Trump administration policy that bars transgender recruits from joining the military. The policy took effect April 12, though several lawsuits challenging it are pending in federal courts.

Encouraged by a Library of Congress initiative, volunteers and non-profit groups around the country are recording and preserving veterans' voices.

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