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August 26, 2016

Guest article by By Lori Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas

August 26, 2016

As I’ve been working at TexVet this beautiful Thursday morning, I’ve listened to an online caregiver session offered from Caregiver Teleconnection.  I discovered that you do not have to log in or listen in to live presentations … I actually listened to one offered back in July.

Newcomers to caregiving really don’t want to think of themselves as “caregivers” … it makes them actually have to admit aloud (and to themselves) that the one they love is unable to function as the one the caregiver once fell in love with.

August 24, 2016

I follow Humans of New York. For those of you who don’t know what this is, let me explain. It is a website, and on FaceBook, where a photographer takes pictures of people in New York and shares a story about the person. Over the years he has been doing this, he has gone to other countries and looked locally to shed light on the issues people face. Recently, he did a series on children with rare pediatric cancers who are receiving treatment at Sloan-Kettering. He talked to doctors, mothers, fathers, and of course the children themselves.

August 18, 2016

Last Thursday I accepted an invitation, from 96-year old Veteran Ernie Columbus, to attend a special presentation from the Waco Blind Rehabilitation Service (WBRC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. The topic of discussion covered the wide range of help offered to Veterans with low to no vision. Ernie is one of those Veterans, and is a special friend to everyone he meets.

August 8, 2016

At TexVet we are privileged to be supported by the Texas A&M Health Science Center and that offers us a chance to see some of Texas’ best and brightest learn to save and improve lives in this great state.  Medical and Nursing school are challenging mentally and physically and for many, fiscally as well.  The US Navy visited today and shared information about their medical recruiting and scholarship programs with TexVet.  We are proud to have met the College of Medicine’s amazing Tillman Scholar and former Army major

August 1, 2016

Jonathan and I spent Friday at Fort Hood supporting the 13th Expeditionary & Sustainment Command’s health fair.  Colonel McBride and Sergeant First Class Solis put on a great show, with dozens of healthcare and support organizations on hand for hundreds of Soldiers.  One of the most impressive aspects to me was the great involvement by the leaders, including senior leaders of this hybrid unit.  The 13th ESC provides logistical support to III Corps and is one of

July 28, 2016

The VA sent this out today - 

July 26, 2016

Good morning readers!  TexVet has a treat for you in publishing the full but informal version of the paper prepared by TexVet ally and Houston hero John Boerstler (and others) describing the research that led to the implementation of the Combined Arms facility and ideas in Houston.  This is world-class stuff and we are privileged to be able to share it with you:

 

by - John W. Boerstler, Nathan L. Cook, and Matthew J. Frederick

Executive Summary

July 26, 2016

This was sent from the Governor's office but I think it may be of interest to many of our Vets:

07/25/2016  Accessible Parking Public Hearing

July 25, 2016

Carl Salazar, from the Houston Veterans Office, sent this out in a newsletter recently.  As he says, it is good information for all.  Today in Killeen, the Veterans Land Board is helping to bury a homeless Veteran.  No matter how we get there, we will all arrive at a cemetery at some point:

While this post is intended for Veterans, although anyone could benefit from considering the following.

July 21, 2016

As I continue to research and piece together my Papo's, Sgt. Sterling "Pat" Troutman, Journey; I have been going through items in my possession which were his during service in WW2.  A particular set of items brings back vivid memories for me of Papo and a comment he once made which has stayed in my memory for almost 21 years.

July 20, 2016

I wanted to pass along this opportunity to participate in a fun and worthwhile study - 

 

 

We are looking for military families who will soon or have recently gotten out of the military. Researchers at the

University of Minnesota are evaluating a new, fun, interactive, 6-week online resource created by Sesame Workshop. This free series of short videos and worksheets teaches families how to work through challenging times.

You will receive:

July 19, 2016

I’ve worked with clients by phone for over six years now. You hear a lot of emotion in that time, sadness, anger and frustration. If you’ve ever heard someone give up on life, you know what it sounds like, and it rattles your belief in your own work to its core. I heard that sound this week.

July 21, 2016

Below, you'll find a valuable message from Carl Salazar, Director, City of Houston Office of Veterans Affairs. It touched me personally, and I wanted to share it with you.  Why?

July 7, 2016

The news today will be full of the new VA-DoD report about Veteran suicide. This is a much more detailed study than the 2012 study so many like to quote that includes the "22-a-day" notes.   A less-noticed paper points out some details that we as Veteran advocates may want to consider:

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