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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. As  12 year old in 1995, I was playing in my grandparents' basement having a hay day exploring all the old and forgotten items when I came across some photos of Japanese soldiers. Knowing he fought in WW2, though at the time I was fairly oblivious, I asked Papo who one particular soldier was. As I handed him the picture of the Japanese soldier, he looked at it and gently yet resouletly said, "I need to send those back". The conversation ended with me walking back down to the basement, looking at the rest...
July 21, 2016
07/21/2016 02:18 PM EDT     Secretary Takes Action to Ensure Project ARCH Veterans Continue to Receive Care Closer to Home Coverage Continues Through Exemption in Choice Program   Augusta, Maine – As the Project ARCH pilot program comes to an end next month, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald today announced that Veterans enrolled in the program will be able to continue receiving care closer to home. Taking advantage of options available under the Veterans Choice Program, such as the “unusual or excessive burden provision” and Provider Agreements, Veterans receiving care under Project ARCH will continue care without interruption when the pilot program ends August 7. “There is nothing more important to us than serving the Veterans who served our country,” said Secretary McDonald. “My commitment to those Veterans under Project ARCH...
July 21, 2016
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: A weekly email for 6 weeks containing links to fun videos and worksheets that we hope will help you and your child better cope with the changes during this transition time An Elmo puppet and activity sheets The opportunity to earn up to $65 in Target gift cards   Our study is available to families: Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months...
July 19, 2016
One-Stop-Shop for veterans in the Houston area
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. I wasn’t this veteran’s 1st call, maybe his 15th. It was something simple- a one-time need. It shouldn’t have been hard, but the system isn’t perfect, and for his situation it was difficult. I rattled off some agencies that should be able to help, he sounded enthused. No problem- a normal day at TexVet. Then I got a second call thirty minutes later- no help had come for him. His frustration turned to resignation, despondence, then a crack in his voice and a dead phone line. What could I do? How could I...
July 18, 2016
SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST                The Texas A&M University System Offices is accepting applications for SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST                Special Instructions to applicants: To review the full position announcements and apply, go to 
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? I'm approaching my four-year anniversary. On the morning of August 31, 2012, my husband of 42 years, a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, walked out to the car to kiss me good-bye. I was leaving for work at TexVet; he was leaving for a middle school campus to substitute teach. It was such a beautiful and happy day!   Not only was it a Friday, but it was Labor Day Weekend, and we were looking forward to three days of rest!!  We'd already picked out the movie we wanted to see.  Less than two hours later, law enforcement was knocking on my neighbors' doors,...
July 17, 2016
FREE Marriage Class for Veterans and Military Members.  Real tools for Real Relationships.
July 15, 2016
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