August 30, 2017

Twenty VA North Texas nursing professionals are heading to Houston on August 30th to relieve their peers in Veteran patient care. The team will join a 25-member team from the Austin-based Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, and 15 professionals from San Antonio-based South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

August 21, 2017

From the Governor's Office on 08/18/2017

August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

August 16, 2017

From Texas A&M's "Vital Record"  Subscribe Here:


Texas A&M psychiatry professor helps lead VA study that finds benefit of adding to antidepressant regimen

August 9, 2017

August 15, 2017


I simply love to receive phone calls like the one I got this morning!

Rick Ward, Vice Commander of The American Legion George Johns Post #447 in Round Rock called to tell me what their Post is up to right now. 

For the third year in a row, the Post has purchased back packs (this year, there are 70 of them!) ... filled them with the school supplies that children receiving assistance at Bluebonnet Trails Community Service will need for the new school year ... and on Friday, will deliver them to the excited children at Bluebonnet.

August 14, 2017

As after so many weeks here at TexVet I am a) trying to catch my breath after a whirlwind of events; b) behind in making notes about all the great things going on for Veterans in Texas; and c) in awe of the great folks doing amazing things for Texas Military, Veterans, and Family right here in our state.  I owe some more detailed reports about the Governor's Senior Enlisted Summit, the Waco One-Stop TBI Symposium, and more.  

August 12, 2017

The Journey of John Gurley: Submerged Salvation

February 5, 2019

Good afternoon,Patriot Guard Riders

I got a call yesterday from Gen. Carter Ham, CEO of the Association of the United States Army.

August 9, 2017

I might (possibly) know now where the word “hardcore” comes from, though I really don’t plan to look it up to confirm my newly acquired knowledge. Today, I completed eight and a half months of physical therapy … actually ten and a half if you count before and after two rotator cuff surgeries. 

June 2016, a few weeks after I had the honor, but strenuous job, of being my WWII father’s “guardian” on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., I flew to the far northwest corner of Nebraska to enjoy five (of my 10) grandchildren.

August 8, 2017

Last week, I attended the joint DoD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference in Denver, Colorado.

August 7, 2017

It would appear that I owe Dr. Suzana Gratia Hupp, the Associate Commissioner for Veterans Services to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission an apology.  Or, at least an acknowledgment that she was ahead of me in the approval of a treatment known as EMDR for PTSD in Veterans. 

Specifically, new Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) shared between VA and DoD, say:

July 28, 2017

We are always on the alert for scams. Targeting the most vulnerable people, they make bad situations so much worse.  One good place to check, when you are not sure who you are dealing with is the Federal Trade Commission.

Check out:  www.consumer.ftc.gov/search/site/veterans

July 27, 2017

Lt. Col. Pete Kilner, writing in this month’s Army magazine, from AUSA,  posits that there is a connection between dehumanizing the enemy and moral injury.  He sees hatred almost as a disease and says it injures those that hate.

July 20, 2017

Yesterday Micah and I traveled to Waco to the state-of-the-art but terribly named Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, which I’ve bragged about before.  It is truly a jewel in the Central Texas crown.  Each quarter the researchers present ongoing or proposed projects to a Veterans Council and give us the chance to ask questions, shape research, and learn about their ongoing efforts.  A lot of amazing research is taking place there including the nation’s only Desert Storm Syndrome stud

July 19, 2017


Governor Abbott Proclaims Disability Voter Registration Week

The week of June 17th is Disability Voter Registration Week in Texas. TheGovernor’s Committee on People with Disabilities encourages all Texans with disabilities to make sure you are registered to vote so your voice can be heard.