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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:

July 1, 2016

This info was provided to me by the Armed Services Blood Program  - there are three military blood donor centers in Texas - at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and in San Antonio - best way you can really save a Soldiers' life (or make her or her family's life better): 

June 28, 2016

This past weekend I had the opportunity to explore a B-17 and learn from those who maintain it. The CAF Texas Raiders, located North of Houston, maintain this airplane as a tribute to all B-17 crewmen who fought in both theaters of WW2. ​The bravery of the men who flew the B-17 was exemplified during my exploration. The sheer size and firepower of the B-17 had to give these men courage and confidence as they flew and fought the Flying Fortress over Europe and the Pacific.

June 20, 2016

I had the privilege to explore inside a B-25 which was converted to represent a Marine PBJ Medium Bomber and visit with Jim, a former Army helicopter pilot, who gave me the complete rundown on the WWII era plane. To give readers a historical base, the B model of the Marine Medium Bomber, was the airplane used in the Doolittle Raid. 

June 15, 2016

Coping strategies help us deal with a lot in our lives, not the least of which are our limitations.  We can’t do X, so we cope by doing Y instead to keep moving forward, for example.  While I am usually able to shake things off, there are some experiences that force me to come to grips with my significant limitations, and it’s depressing...     

June 14, 2016

The following blog article is from my website WW2Journeys.com, where I post veteran interviews, research blogs, and information from my travels to WW2 sites. This particular article honors my grandfather's WW2 Journey.

May 25, 2016

I’ve been at war with myself for the past few weeks, ever since I purposefully attended an AUSA (Association of the United States Army) meeting at Camp Mabry to hear Roxana Delgado and Victor Medina present their story.

May 17, 2016

I was having lunch with a colleague when the conversation turned toward the stigma around receiving mental health care. Everyone knows this is the elephant in the room when it comes to needing or wanting mental health services. People want help, but they don’t want to get it because of the concern it will impact their security clearance, job, or how others see them.