Tribpedia: Texas Veterans Commission

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The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Services Office to assist veterans of Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. The agency is run by a five-member board, which appoints the commission's executive director. The current board includes Chairwoman Karen S. Rankin, of San Antonio; Vice Chairman T.P. O'Mahoney, of Dallas; Secretary ...

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Hope Jackson, who retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, is shown on the future site of her HOPE (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans, on July 29, 2014, in El Paso. The shelter will start providing services to women in the area this fall, Jackson says.
Hope Jackson, who retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, is shown on the future site of her HOPE (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans, on July 29, 2014, in El Paso. The shelter will start providing services to women in the area this fall, Jackson says.

El Paso Homeless Shelter to Focus on Female Veterans

“God spoke to me," Hope Jackson said about her plan to start a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso. Jackson, 49, is relying on her own money and community support to convert a three-bedroom house into a facility that would serve up to 12 veterans. She says the facility should be ready this fall.

A World War II veteran from central Texas leaves the lobby area during grand opening festivities of a new Veteran's Administration VA Outpatient Clinic in southeast Austin.  At 184,000 square feet, it's the largest free standing VA outpatient clinic in the nation, replacing another aging Austin facility.
A World War II veteran from central Texas leaves the lobby area during grand opening festivities of a new Veteran's Administration VA Outpatient Clinic in southeast Austin. At 184,000 square feet, it's the largest free standing VA outpatient clinic in the nation, replacing another aging Austin facility.

Long Waits at Texas VA Clinics Dismay State Lawmakers

Reports that put several Texas facilities for veterans on the worst lists for wait times will fuel a state Senate hearing this week, as lawmakers look for ways to reduce wait times and advocate for Texas veterans who need health care. 

Bonnie D'Amico holds a photograph of her son Nicholas D'Amico, who committed suicide after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Bonnie D'Amico holds a photograph of her son Nicholas D'Amico, who committed suicide after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

O'Rourke: El Paso VA Wrong About Wait Times

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Wednesday that according to a study commissioned by his office, it takes El Paso veterans seeking mental health care more than two months to see a provider, and as many as a third go without treatment completely.

Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.
Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.

Efforts to Boost Veterans' Job Prospects Praised

As the nation honors its veterans Monday, many of them are having difficulty finding a job. In Texas, businesses, advocacy groups and higher ed institutions are working to address that issue, and their efforts have earned national attention and praise. But several challenges remain for such efforts.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.

Bills Aim to Help Universities Fund Veteran Program

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Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, filed companion bills to allocate state funding for education programs that exempt veterans or their dependents from tuition payments. University chancellors testified in favor of financial support in a hearing last week. 

Veterans salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 112th annual VFW Convention in San Antonio on August 29, 2011.
Veterans salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 112th annual VFW Convention in San Antonio on August 29, 2011.

Dewhurst Tells Committee to Study Veterans' Issues

With Veteran's Day approaching, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Thursday asked the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee to consider several issues, including the status of mental health services for veterans and ways to improve employment services .

Sam Houston, Texas Secession — and Robert E. Lee

No secession ball will mark the day. Nor, it appears, are any other commemorative events planned by Texas. But 150 years ago today, on Feb.  1, 1861, a state convention voted overwhelmingly to secede from the Union, against the fervent wishes of Gov. Sam Houston. Caught in the mess was one Robert E. Lee, a federal officer in what had become a rebel state.

Bill Neiman, owner of Native American Seed, at his seed-cleaning facility in Junction, TX, Jan. 18, 2011.
Bill Neiman, owner of Native American Seed, at his seed-cleaning facility in Junction, TX, Jan. 18, 2011.

Native Grasses Take Root (Again) in Texas

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From the highways of Texas to the San Jacinto Battleground, state agencies now aim to maximize the use of native grasses rather than opting for whatever was cheapest or fastest-growing, as they did decades ago.

Preserving WWII Internment Sites in Texas

Sixty-nine years ago, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor compelled the U.S. to join World War II — and led to the internment of thousands of Japanese, German and Italian Americans. As Matt Largey of KUT News reports, researchers are now trying to preserve and memorialize those sites in Texas.

Courthouse Fixers Scramble for Funds

Since 1999, dozens of county courthouses — some dating to the 19th century — have been spruced up with the help of state funding, and workers have uncovered old artwork or other historic features. But advocates fear that the renovation program will be yet another casualty of the coming biennial budget shortfall.

Texas Troops Head to Iraq As Draw-down Begins

President Obama is in El Paso today, visiting Fort Bliss before tonight's White House address on the draw-down in Iraq. Against that backdrop, about 800 men and women of 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard will ship out for Fort Lewis, Washington, to prepare for a nine-month tour in Iraq and the role they'll play in bringing the U.S. presence there to a close by December 2011. Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports.

Texas Textbooks' National Influence Is a Myth

Despite all the handwringing about Texas' influence on the textbook market nationally, it's just not so, publishing insiders say. The state's clout has been on the wane and will diminish more as technological advances and political shifts transform the industry.

Latino Count in Census Lacks Along the Border

More than 373,000 Texans went uncounted by the 2000 census, resulting in a loss of $1 billion in federal funds. With eight of the nation's 50 hardest-to-count counties right here in our state, the coming 2010 census is a cause for concern — and an apparent lack of attention by elected officials is making matters worse.