veterans http://kut.org en Photos: ABIA Celebrates the Fourth of July with a Showcase of WWII Bombers http://kut.org/post/photos-abia-celebrates-fourth-july-showcase-wwii-bombers <p>The Texas Raiders have descended upon Austin. No, it's not a football team. It's the codename for a group of &nbsp;B-17 pilots who have brought four renovated World War II-era planes to&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The exhibition of rare planes including the P-51, a C-47 and a B-25. Tours and low-altitude flights over Austin are open to the public all weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.at <a href="https://www.atlanticaviation.com/location/AUS">Atlantic Aviation</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Check out our gallery above for a view from KUT's flight on the "Flying Fortress."</span><br /> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:31:59 +0000 Andrew Weber & Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 10731 at http://kut.org Photos: ABIA Celebrates the Fourth of July with a Showcase of WWII Bombers Listen: Texas Veterans on ISIS and the Future of Iraq http://kut.org/post/listen-texas-veterans-isis-and-future-iraq <p>Last week, the Obama administration announced their response to the unraveling situation in Iraq. The U.S. is sending 300 military advisors to help government forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The Al-Qaeda augmented militants have recently taken control of much of northern Iraq.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House has not ruled out </span>air strikes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the possibility of further military action is the talk of Washington. But what about the men and women who served in Iraq? The Texas Standard's David Brown recently sat down with three veterans for a roundtable discussion of recent&nbsp;events.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155714043&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:01:41 +0000 David Brown, Rhonda Fanning & Alain Stephens 10660 at http://kut.org Listen: Texas Veterans on ISIS and the Future of Iraq Why Veterans Could Influence Texas Medical Marijuana Laws http://kut.org/post/why-veterans-could-influence-texas-medical-marijuana-laws <p>Can more than 1.5 million Texas veterans change the minds of state lawmakers opposed to legalizing medical marijuana?</p><p><a href="http://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=138">William Martin</a>, director of the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, poses that question in the June issue of <em>Texas Monthly</em>. In his article <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/fighting-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-with-marijuana">“War Without End,”</a>&nbsp;Martin talks with veterans using pot to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>"The story that’s most illustrative is a woman who uses the name&nbsp;Myst," Martin says.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152628860&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:08:48 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10534 at http://kut.org Why Veterans Could Influence Texas Medical Marijuana Laws VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces http://kut.org/post/va-chief-eric-shinseki-resigns-post-obama-announces Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.<p>President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/16/312978077/shinseki-pressed-by-senate-panel-on-va-hospital-delays">wide-ranging problems</a>.<p>The agency will be led on an interim basis by Sloan Gibson, its deputy secretary who was confirmed by the Senate in February. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:52:52 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10518 at http://kut.org VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital http://kut.org/post/report-finds-evidence-secret-wait-lists-va-hospital The inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has affirmed that some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.<p>In an interim report released Wednesday, the inspector general's office reported it had "substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care" at Phoenix HCS.<p>"To date, our work has substantiated serious conditions at the Phoenix HCS. Wed, 28 May 2014 18:51:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 10507 at http://kut.org Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital Central Texas Courts Help Veterans Tested by War Stay Out of Jail http://kut.org/post/central-texas-courts-help-veterans-tested-war-stay-out-jail <p>Across the country and here in Texas, counties have been setting up special courts specifically for veterans in recent years.</p><p>Those veterans that go through the court have to stick with a series of commitments to avoid jail time.</p><p>Travis County has had a veterans court since 2010. Two more Central Texas counties will open their own courts in the coming months.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150910016&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:24:55 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10483 at http://kut.org Central Texas Courts Help Veterans Tested by War Stay Out of Jail Texas Hearing to Address Claims of Doctored Wait Times at VA Clinics http://kut.org/post/texas-hearing-address-claims-doctored-wait-times-va-clinics <p>On the heels of allegations that VA clinics across the country manipulated wait times, a state senate hearing will ask veterans whether they've struggled to get a timely doctor’s appointment.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor candidate and state Sen. Leticia Van de&nbsp;Putte,&nbsp;D-San Antonio, says she’s especially troubled by allegations of misrepresented wait times at clinics in San Antonio and Austin. The chair of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/commit/c650/c650.htm">Senate Veteran Affairs Committee</a>, Van de&nbsp;Putte&nbsp;says an independent investigation should take place.</p><p>"People responsible need to be held accountable," she says. "These scheduling clerks didn’t just decide to falsify reports all over the country at the same time."</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:47:22 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10404 at http://kut.org Texas Hearing to Address Claims of Doctored Wait Times at VA Clinics Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit http://kut.org/post/fighting-stigma-mental-illness-goal-new-texas-nonprofit <p>Improving mental health practices for Texas and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness is the goal of a new statewide institute. Its focus will be on children, veterans and criminal justice policies.</p><p>The <a href="http://mfi.org/MFI2012_MentalHealthInstituteSurvey.pdf" target="_blank">Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute</a> opened its doors today. Tom Luce, its chief executive officer, says the nonprofit will do research to improve access to mental health care in Texas –&nbsp;and not just after emergencies like the recent Fort Hood shooting.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:32 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10232 at http://kut.org Fighting Stigma of Mental Illness Goal of New Texas Nonprofit Study: Texas Cities Lead the Nation For Careers After Military http://kut.org/post/study-texas-cities-lead-nation-careers-after-military <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stripes.com/best-in-texas-list-spotlights-cities-with-jobs-for-veterans-1.249856">new study reported</a>&nbsp;by the military news outlet&nbsp;Stars and Stripes ranks Houston as the number one city in the country for job-seeking veterans. Dallas and Austin rank second and fifth among major metropolitan cities.</p><p>The rankings, put together by the USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are the sunnier side of an issue affecting many veterans: finding employment after service ends.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:13:27 +0000 Emily Mathis 9155 at http://kut.org Study: Texas Cities Lead the Nation For Careers After Military America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Gets Standing Ovation from Obama http://kut.org/post/americas-oldest-veteran-richard-overton-gets-standing-ovation-obama <p>America’s oldest living World War II veteran lives in Austin. And today, he was the guest of honor for a very notable host: President Barack Obama.</p><p>Today wasn’t the first time 107-year-old Richard Overton made the trek to Washington D.C. For this May’s Armed Forces Day, Overton was part of <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">an Honor Flight to the nation’s capital</a>. Nonprofit group <a href="http://www.honorflightaustin.org/">Honor Flight Austin</a> flies World War II veterans to D.C. to show them the national memorial built in their honor.</p><p>As <em><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/10/richard-overton-world-war-ii-vet-obama/3489473/">USA Today reports</a></em>, when Overton visited the capital this spring, he expressed a wish to meet President Barack Obama. “The president was out of town that day,” the paper writes, but Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office facilitated a return visit to D.C. this weekend. And this time, Overton’s request came true.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:56:01 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9154 at http://kut.org America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Gets Standing Ovation from Obama Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On http://kut.org/post/veterans-day-2013-whats-open-whats-closed-and-whats-going <p><strong>Veterans Day Parade:</strong></p><p>Travis County and the City of Austin are holding the annual<a href="http://www.nov11.org/"> Veterans Day Parade </a>on Monday to honor service men and women.</p><p>The Grand Marshal of this year’s commemoration and parade is <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">Austinite Richard Arvine Overton</a>, who, at age 107, <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">is the oldest living World War II veteran </a>in the United States.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:47:52 +0000 Emily Mathis 9141 at http://kut.org Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers http://kut.org/post/texas-veterans-stepping-fill-boots-aging-agricultural-workers <p>Agriculture is big business in Texas. Statewide, it has a <a href="http://texasagriculture.gov/About/TexasAgStats.aspx" target="_blank">$100 billion dollar economic impact</a>.</p><p>But the industry may be at risk. The average age of a Texas farmer or rancher is 59. And fewer young people are taking over the labor-intensive work.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set up a program to <a href="http://txagrability.tamu.edu/about-us.php" target="_blank">assist aging agricultural workers</a> in Texas. They’ve also identified a population that may be well-suited for taking over the work – veterans.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119209998%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-WSAnA" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9143 at http://kut.org Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers Interactive: Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic Among U.S. Veterans http://kut.org/post/interactive-hearing-prescription-drug-epidemic-among-us-veterans <p>According to a new report, the number of prescriptions veterans received for powerful opiates has surged since the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.</p><p>Central Texas veterans&#39; prescriptions have<a href="http://va-opiates.apps.cironline.org/#/region/15"> jumped by nearly 340 percent</a>, leading to increased risk of abuse, drug overdose and death, according to a report from the <a href="http://cironline.org/reports/va%E2%80%99s-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans%E2%80%99-addictions-overdose-deaths-5261">Center for Investigative Reporting</a>.</p><blockquote><p>Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans recover from war [the Department of Veterans Affairs]instead masks their pain with potent drugs, feeding addictions and contributing to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients that is nearly double the national average.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:00:49 +0000 Andrew Weber 8906 at http://kut.org Interactive: Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic Among U.S. Veterans America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile http://kut.org/post/americas-oldest-veteran-lives-austin-what-happened-him-yesterday-will-make-you-smile <p>A diverse group of volunteers braved the heat Thursday to upgrade the residence of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">107-year-old World War II veteran</a> Richard Overton &ndash; the country&rsquo;s oldest living World War II veteran.</p><p>The East Austin house has been&nbsp;Overton&#39;s&nbsp;home since he built it in 1945, when he returned from war. And though he&rsquo;s done some upgrades over the years, it was beginning to have some serious issues: broken windows, a failing refrigerator and more.</p><p>But then a team of several dozen volunteers came to fix it all.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:28:11 +0000 Mark Gwin 8855 at http://kut.org America's Oldest Veteran Lives in Austin. What Happened to Him Yesterday Will Make You Smile South Vietnamese Figure Removed from Texas' Vietnam War Memorial http://kut.org/post/south-vietnamese-figure-removed-texas-vietnam-war-memorial <p>The Texas State Preservation Board voted Friday to move forward with a proposed Vietnam War veterans' monument at the Texas Capitol. The final design features American combat troops – and not a South Vietnamese solider as initially proposed.</p><p>In 2005, the Texas Legislature authorized <a href="http://buildthemonument.org/about-the-monument">a Vietnam War memorial</a> for the Texas Capitol grounds. The proposed design featured several combat-weary soldiers – one of them a South Vietnamese solider. But the backers of the memorial, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Monument Committee,&nbsp;chose to remove that figure. The&nbsp;preservation board approved the final design Friday.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:55:34 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 8743 at http://kut.org South Vietnamese Figure Removed from Texas' Vietnam War Memorial Austin's New Outpatient VA Clinic is the Largest in the Country http://kut.org/post/austins-new-outpatient-va-clinic-largest-country <p>Austin’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centraltexas.va.gov/locations/Austin.asp">new VA clinic&nbsp;</a>opened this week, becoming the largest free-standing VA outpatient clinic in the U.S. The new, state-of-the-art clinic will to help accommodate Central Texas’s fast growing veteran population across 39 counties.</p><p>The clinic currently serves 23,000 veterans. The VA hopes to increase that number to 30,000 by 2025 with the expanded facilities, according to Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System spokeswoman Deborah Meyer.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:53:37 +0000 Natalie Krebs 8321 at http://kut.org Austin's New Outpatient VA Clinic is the Largest in the Country Military Service for College Credit? Texas Plan Gets $1.5 Million Boost http://kut.org/post/military-service-college-credit-texas-plan-gets-15-million-boost <p></p><p>The Texas Workforce Commission is awarding Austin Community College over $90,000 as part of its <a href="https://www.collegecreditforheroes.org/">College Credit for Heroes</a> program.</p><p>ACC is one of six colleges joining the program, which is designed to translate veterans’ military experience into college credit hours.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:43:45 +0000 Roy Varney 8207 at http://kut.org Military Service for College Credit? Texas Plan Gets $1.5 Million Boost Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs http://kut.org/post/texas-receives-750000-federal-grant-help-veterans-find-jobs <p>Texas was given a $750,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help U.S. veterans find jobs when they come home.</p><p>Along with Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina, the grant will reach out to active-duty soldiers within 90 days of their return from the Army, Texas Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:37:23 +0000 Mone Miller 8108 at http://kut.org Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs Honor Flight Austin Departs Today With Texas' Oldest Living Vet Aboard http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard <p>35 Central Texas World War II veterans, including Texas’ oldest living veteran, are flying to Washington D.C. today as part of the Honor Flight program.</p><p>The flight leaves <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/term/abia">Austin Bergstrom&nbsp;International Airport</a> at 12:30 p.m. after a ceremonial send off from Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. <a href="http://www.honorflightaustin.org">Honor Flight Austin</a> Chairman Allen Bergeron, a flight nurse and one guardian per veteran will also be on the flight. The trip is just one day, but the itinerary is packed with <a href="http://www.wwiimemorial.com">memorial</a> visits and a trip to <a href="http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil">Arlington National Cemetery</a>.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:32:51 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7779 at http://kut.org Honor Flight Austin Departs Today With Texas' Oldest Living Vet Aboard Bill Would Give Unclaimed Ashes of Veterans Final Resting Place http://kut.org/post/bill-would-give-unclaimed-ashes-veterans-final-resting-place <p>Funeral homes across the country face a challenge that might surprise you. They’re storing thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of unclaimed cremated human remains.</p><p>A bill before the Texas Senate today would address part of the problem – at least for deceased veterans.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:35:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7772 at http://kut.org Bill Would Give Unclaimed Ashes of Veterans Final Resting Place