As Mental Health Concerns Grow, Veterans Help Veterans

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David Rockwell, 64, a Navy Vet who served in the Vietnam War, laughs with friends while other participants in the family night gathering dance in the background. The family night was put on by the Military Veteran Peer Network and held in Palestine, TX, Aug. 3, 2013.
David Rockwell, 64, a Navy Vet who served in the Vietnam War, laughs with friends while other participants in the family night gathering dance in the background. The family night was put on by the Military Veteran Peer Network and held in Palestine, TX, Aug. 3, 2013.

About 1,000 Texans work as volunteers for the state-funded Military Veteran Peer Network. The 83rd Legislature recognized their work and is helping the organization grow its ranks. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Wallace Hall's Lawyer: "Not a Basis for Impeachment"

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

In a letter obtained by the Tribune late Thursday, a lawyer for embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall clarifies some of the motivations behind Hall's ongoing investigation into the system's flagship university.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Aug. 15, 2013

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met in Austin with leaders from the health care industry to discuss the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 8, 2013.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met in Austin with leaders from the health care industry to discuss the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 8, 2013.

Your evening reading: federal government awards $10.8 million to help Texans find health coverage; Cruz barnstorming Texas next week; Pauken slams Abbott for opposing airline merger

Feds Award $10.8 Million to Help Texans Find Coverage

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met in Austin with leaders from the health care industry to discuss the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 8, 2013.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met in Austin with leaders from the health care industry to discuss the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 8, 2013.

With the rollout of many Affordable Care Act provisions approaching, the federal government announced Thursday that eight Texas organizations will receive a combined $10.8 million to hire and train “navigators” to help the uninsured find coverage. 

As Tank Cars Roll Through, Texas Towns Prepare for Accidents

Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.
Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.

Railroads in Texas have been moving increasing amounts of crude oil to keep pace with the state's drilling boom. But new findings and recent accidents have raised safety concerns in some towns.

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