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November 29, 2016

I’ll begin my last blog of 2016 with the month of June, a busy month for me.  I’d flown up to Nebraska already feeling bone-weary before I even left Austin. Travel includes hectic airports and, of course, the prop plane. I well remember my first time on the prop plane: I sat up front, close to the pilot (in case he needed me, you know) … and he stepped out and asked me to move more to the middle so I could help “balance out the plane”!! 

November 22, 2016

This deadline is right around the corner - get those applications together:

Date: Nov. 21, 2016

Contact: Carrie Williams, 512-424-6951

 AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is reaching out to community organizations to announce the availability of up to $10 million in grants to help veterans and their families manage mental health issues. The deadline to apply is Dec. 6.

November 21, 2016

From the Governor's Office :

November 16, 2016

Today is National I&R Day (Information and Referral) and it looks like one of the biggest Veteran challenges for referrals is being addressed.

November 15, 2016

From a press release by Governor Abbott (Veteran graf at the end):

Governor's Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative Issues Report On Education And Workforce Integration

Thursday, November 10, 2016  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

November 15, 2016

Recently I ran across some notes scribbled during a conference, the session's subject focused on time management. I hope it will be profitable for you, if I share some of my jottings.

In essence, all of us have all the time there is.  Time is a perishable commodity and a non-renewable resource. What does that mean? Once you let time fly through your fingers, it is gone. That means that we have to take ownership of the way we use our time.

November 14, 2016

Dr. Richard Seim, from the Waco CoE's dissemination core (read:  outreach) shared this good news with us:

November 14, 2016

Shared by Mental Health America - Houston:

In the military you have a mission, a purpose and a sense of direction that you share with a feeling of camaraderie that is incomparable to any other life experience. 

November 10, 2016

Is that title click-bait?  I hope so.  The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance releases a report this week detailing the fund, revenue sources, and where, since 2009, over 73 million dollars have gone to support Texas Veterans.  The FVA collects money through the sales of lottery tickets, voluntary contributions especially while registering your car or for a license to carry, and various donations.  

November 10, 2016

I've been learning some very important concepts ... some that I'd put off addressing until beginning Week #7 of the Naturally Slim program, offered to me from Texas A&M, via Blue Cross Blue Shield.  As I shared a couple of weeks ago, my manager Perry Jefferies suggested that I share my journey here on TexVet. So here's the second blog on my Naturally Slim journey.  

November 15, 2016

A message from Navy Capt. Roland Fahie,
Armed Services Blood Program Director


On Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation and proclaimed: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory …”

November 8, 2016

On November 2, the Harris County Veterans Treatment Court graduated four more veterans from its two-year intensive program.  Veterans Treatment Courts and all who work and volunteer with them are forever changing the way this nation treats veterans. The Harris County Veterans Treatment Court continues work to meet the needs of veteran service men and women by making certain our veterans are cared for when they need it most.

November 7, 2016

11 US WWII Veterans to receive the medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor from the hands of Consul General of France, Sujiro SEAM on the South steps of the Texas Capitol: Roberto GUERRA, Blaine HUFNAGLE, George KARM, Oliver MORRIS, Alvin NEWTON, William RITTENBERRY, Walter SCHATTEL, Charles SCREWS, Mortimer SHEFFLOE, William THACKER, Harry WHISLER.

November 4, 2016

Two summers ago in 2014, I was fortunate enough to visit my grandfather's brother, my great uncle Tex Troutman, a few weeks before he passed away. I always had a connection with Tex, he was so much like my grandfather and truly wanted to visit when I came around. I was able to ask him a few questions concerning my grandfather's service, and to my surprise also learned about his service in WWII as part of the US occupying force in Germany.

October 27, 2016

Because the A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine asked me to write a monthly "wellness" article for their newsletter, my infamous TexVet Manager, Perry Jefferies, suggested that I share the journey with you. I questioned that, because this is not military/veteran related. 

I mulled over the possibility of sharing my personal saga with you, waffled, then decided -- why not?  Good health is something we all should be concerned about ... yes, even Veterans and their family members!