Shortly after U.S. Army Scout Steve Blackman retired from the service, he says he slipped into depression. After seven years in the military, Blackman has PTSD. Then Blackman says it took the Veterans Administration (VA) more than two years to pay him full disability benefits.
Two members of Congress said their public oversight visit to the VA North Texas System Friday, only came after extensive work trying to quietly handle complaints behind closed doors.
The flags outside the house on Diceman Drive in Dallas declared it proudly: “This is the home of a United States veteran.” That brand new, mortgage-free home is one the Zachary family saw Friday for the very first time.
The town of Celina has come to the aid of a soldier who sustained horrifying burns but survived a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The wounded veteran was even able to help break ground on the new home being built for him.
Veterans say that one of the toughest things they encounter when they return home is getting back into the swing of things after war. Now the University of Texas at Arlington is helping them do it. UTA is offering programs which provide more counselors to help the returning veterans.
How Texas veterans apply for benefits and the quality of mental health care they receive will be under the microscope in the state Senate.
Texas voters approved seven constitutional amendments on Tuesday, which will allow new cooperation between cities and counties.
A proposed Texas law would give businesses owned by disabled veterans a boost when it comes to winning state contracts.