Veterans

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Hundreds of battles were fought and thousands of lives lost in the war in Iraq. But the clash many remember is the Battle of An Nasiriyah. This weekend marks its 10th anniversary, and an Arlington veteran who fought in that battle is organizing a major reunion.

When Spc. Brad Gotschall returned from Iraq to Breckenridge, west of Fort Worth, he had been blown up by an IED and suffered broken limbs, but he says it was problems with his teeth that left him in pain. WFAA reports oral deterioration could be related to stresses soldiers face in combat. Problem is, the VA only pays for dental care under certain circumstances.

No criminal charges have been filed since a train plowed through a parade float in November, killing four veterans. But a Midland County prosecutor says a grand jury will hear the case next week.

Midland Police say they will not file charges against the 50 year old driver of the truck hit by a Union Pacific train last month. The truck as carrying wounded veterans in a parade. Four people died. The Midland Reporter-Telegram has more.

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Stark choices await Texas voters in Tuesday's runoff elections as tea party-backed candidates face establishment Republicans while new leaders emerge among Democrats.

The celebration was boisterous but bittersweet, on the last day of DFW Airport’s Welcome Home A Hero program. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports that after eight years, the program is ending because fewer troops are returning to the states for some R&R.

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