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Returning to civilian live is no easy task for members of the military; a difficult transition can land a veteran in trouble. North Texas Judge John Roach has come up with a one-of-a-kind way to reach those vets: He’s taking his court on the road.

The Senate voted 100-0 on Monday to confirm President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin.

The unanimous vote makes Shulkin the first-ever nonveteran to lead the VA, but that didn't stop him from winning endorsements from most of the major veterans service organizations. He also won bipartisan, unanimous support from the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs — a political double rainbow in Washington's current polarized atmosphere.

Lawmakers to Examine Ballooning Cost Of Tuition Program For Texas Veterans Tuesday

Sep 12, 2016
The Texas Tribune

State university leaders have long complained about what they call an underfunded mandate to provide an increasing number of veterans and their dependents a free college education under the Hazlewood Act

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In 2004, Steve Papania was patrolling Kirkuk, Iraq, as a rifleman in the U.S. Army. He’d enlisted immediately after 9/11.

Transportation Issues Hinder DFW Veterans, Report Says

Mar 29, 2016
Lain Yandahi / Texas Tribune

For many North Texas veterans, lack of transportation is one of the main impediments to accessing services, getting medical care or holding jobs, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday by a coalition of nonprofits that serve veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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It’s common to train service dogs to help veterans with physical disabilities. But how about helping them with post traumatic stress disorder? The Veterans Administration is launching a major study to find out what effect specially-trained service dogs can have on a veterans ability to cope with life after service. Veterans who already rely on service dogs say the research should have been done years ago.

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World War II was a massive undertaking, a war fought on many fronts across half the world. Even with the draft, the government needed more soldiers. So every branch of the American military launched women’s units to aid in the effort.

Veteran Unemployment Improving, But Unequally

Nov 10, 2015
Kim Adams

Unemployment rates for veterans have improved since last year, and they remain better than overall unemployment. The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show unemployment for veterans is nearly a full percentage point better than non-veterans the same age.

But some groups of vets are having better luck finding jobs than others.

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Two North Texas nonprofits are teaming up to make the dream of home ownership a reality for a local veteran.

For this 55-year-old and his young daughter, a new house is the high point in a decade that’s been marked with despair.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Veterans face many challenges when looking for work after leaving the military.

Dallas is one of the cities the Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen for a new program engineered to improve veteran hiring. North Texas companies are already on the job.

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Hundreds of military veterans have taken over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for the National Wheelchair Games this week. Some are novices just out of rehab; others are Paralympians.

And at this competition, it’s all about the wheels.

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Saturday is the 71st anniversary of D-Day. That’s when Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy, in a turning point battle that claimed almost 20,000 lives on both sides.

Two veterans now living in Fort Worth weren’t on that bloody beach in France, but their memories of World War II are indelible.

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United States Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was in Dallas Monday to launch the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, a nationwide effort aimed at increasing education, employment and other re-entry opportunities for veterans.

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Seventy years after escaping death, a group of holocaust survivors got together over the weekend in Dallas with military veterans. The Daughters of World War II, an organization dedicated to honoring World War II Veterans, brought together these men and women for the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. and Allied Armed Forces victory over Nazi Germany.

Photos: Jeff Whittington/KERA Staff

WASHINGTON - Twenty two veterans take their own lives each day. That’s according to a study conducted by the Office of Veterans Affairs. Over the weekend, a small group of veterans hoped to shine a spotlight on the problem with a walk around the National Mall in Washington called Walk for the Voiceless.

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The state moves forward today on a project to improve mental health services for veterans.

Tarrant County Legal Clinic Helps Veterans

Nov 25, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

For the last four years, thousands of volunteer attorneys in Texas have provided free legal services to more than 13,000 low-income veterans and their spouses.

The Tarrant County chapter of the non-profit Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans has served more than 1500 veterans. And the demand has increased by 25 percent since it started in 2010.  

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Strong winds and cold temperatures didn't keep thousands of people from marching in downtown Fort Worth at the annual Veterans Day Parade.

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This story is the second in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

In Tarrant County's Criminal Court No. 9, Fort Worth Judge Brent Carr runs what's known as the “veterans court.”

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

This story is the third in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

This isn't your typical courtroom. People are laughing, smiling, even joking around. Dressed in suits and buttoned-up shirts, dozens of veterans squeeze into the wooden benches. There’s a sense of camaraderie in Tarrant County’s Veterans' Court.  

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A new, $1-million state initiative is seeking to bolster mental health programs for military veterans.

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This story is the first in KERA's series on veterans, part of the public media initiative "Veterans Coming Home."

One of the first things Dr. Stephen Burgher had to get used to as an emergency physician in Afghanistan was treating blast injuries.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that a million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in college in the last four years. That means a very different college experience for students, professors and administrators.

Rob Rennaker has seen all of those perspectives – he’s a Marine who went back to school after serving in Kuwait, Yugoslavia and Liberia, and he now heads the bioengineering department at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

In Texas, four medical centers serving veterans have some of the nation’s worst wait times for new patients. In Dallas, it takes an average of forty days to schedule an appointment with a VA doctor.*

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World War II veterans from around the country gathered in Gainesville for a Memorial Day ceremony. Some of the aging soldiers trained at Camp Howze there seven decades ago. The men from the 103rd Infantry Division helped to liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp. 

Caydee Daniel / KERA News

As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, there’s been a sharp jump in the number of women returning from front-line duty. Kim Olson, a veteran herself, runs a North Texas nonprofit that focuses on these women – it’s called Grace After Fire. She sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for today’s Friday Conversation.

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A half-dozen Texans were among the 24 veterans who received belated Medals of Honor today at the White House. President Obama presented the honors to three living recipients and 21 who have died. All were veterans of World War II or the Korean or Vietnam wars who were passed over earlier because of their Jewish or Hispanic heritage.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Get ready for Coco; military veterans are in the spotlight today at the George W. Bush Institute; so long, Summer Adventures in Fair Park; and more.

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Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his institute will be "relentless" in helping military veterans return to civilian life.

He appeared at a summit at the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also spoke at the event, which focused on ways to help military veterans and their families.

“Over the next five years, more than a million Americans will complete their military experience,” Bush said at the event, called Empowering Our Nations' Warriors. “And like those before them, they’ll face challenges as they readjust to civilian life. At the Bush Center, we believe after everything they’ve done for us we have a duty to help make their transition as successful as possible.”

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