For the 200 guests of the Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation's annual gala, headliner Sarah Palin was a sparkly distraction from the stark statistics of soaring depression, suicide and homelessness among veterans -- problems the charity aims to defeat. The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presiden ... More >>
Just what veterans of Texas caught up in the records falsification scandal have been waiting for: a hotline. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, this week proposed a recommendation to create a special hotline to help veterans deal ... More >>
Paul Delacerda's seen it all. From traveling the road living the rocker life and having it all tumble down in the mid 1990s. He was homeless for six months, living under a bridge near Interstate 610 --- then picked himself back up--- and joined the Army. He's been back in Houston since 2010, but wi ... More >>
When health problems forced U.S. Air Force veteran to retire from his post-military job, he was unable to afford repairs to his home, which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But on Thursday, volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation will renovate the interior and exterior of the home, which Brit ... More >>
The 4th annual Valentines for Soldiers event is coming up on Monday, January 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., once again held at the Saint Arnold Brewery at 2000 Lyons -- and it's certainly come a long way since a few people gathered at the request of local food blogger Nishta Mehra to make cards and stuff care ... More >>
Just before his trial was set to start in federal court yesterday, Houstonian Joe B. Phillips, 73, faced up to the truth: He's a pretty despicable guy. How despicable? He entered a guilty plea to ripping off mentally incompetent veterans to the tune of more than $2 million. That's right: Phillips ... More >>
where's the military when the chips are down?
Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
Tough-talking, Texas-bred Carroll McInroe was the Iraq / Afghanistan coordinator in the Veterans Administration's Spokane, Washington office from 2003 to 2008. It was his job to interview returnees from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and help them readjust to civilian life. ... More >>
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No excuses now.If you've been eagerly awaiting a chance to volunteer but couldn't figure out how, you've just lost that excuse. Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a new program and Web site today called Houston SERVICE which highlights opportunities and makes it easier to get info on them. The We ... More >>
Dave Collins is a Vietnam veteran, and he wants to abolish Veteran's Day. "I would also like to see yellow-ribbon stickers outlawed along with 'We Support the Troops' signs in business and all the other feel good BS of that ilk," he adds in a personal commentary he e-mailed to his mailing list.Ha ... More >>
City Hall plays host to Houstons most needy
The candidate's fame is based on his POW status, but he has abandoned his fellow veterans time and time again
Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs
Watch out where you park at the Veterans Administration hospital. You never know, you might just get trounced by security. At least that’s the lesson Jimmy Claude Williams claims he learned one morning. Williams, a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair, filed a lawsuit in federal court last wee ... More >>
Jason Franco now struggling in civilian life
Paul Miles returned from Iraq needing help with the death in his head. He got prison.
Never mind the mentally ill soldiers enjoying their second and third tours in the sandbox, the astute doctors at the DeBakey VA Medical Center are tackling the most malignant crisis veterans have to deal with: whether they want to talk to a boy doctor or a girl doctor about their inability to get it ... More >>
And now for today's bizarre story: UPI reports that Army 2nd Lieutenant Brian Smith, killed in Iraq in 2004, is the proud father of a seven-month-old boy. Smith was from McKinney and opened a law practice in Austin before he joined the Army in 2003. His son, Benton Drew Smith, is one of the first ... More >>
Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.
VA nurses say a new rule that they be able to physically subdue unruly mental patients was just an excuse to get rid of them
Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War