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Monday, February 27th, 2017

‘Memories From My Duffel Bag’ exhibit honors veterans at Alkek

An exhibit featuring war memorabilia collected by the veteran population at Texas State University has been put on show on the first floor of the Alkek Library.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Court OKs limits to Hazlewood tuition program for military veterans

Texas universities can deny free tuition to veterans who gained state residency only after enlisting in the military, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, a decision that could ease concerns about a prominent benefit program’s spiraling costs.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Veterans health care strike force takes shape

VIDEO | While Congress hashes out reforms to the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs treats those who served in the military, Texas officials are trying to help veterans who live here get medical care.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Letter: Rep. Smith says ‘America’s veterans deserve the best care possible, as soon as possible’

U.S. Rep. LAMAR SMITH writes that acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson assured him in a meeting last week that he is committed to correcting problems that have plagued VA hospitals and clinics in San Antonio...

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The List: Memorial Day 2014 in Hays County

Hays County communities will observe Memorial Day weekend with a number of ceremonies and events. A rundown of what’s planned across the county.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Efforts to boost veterans’ job prospects praised

When Texas National Guardsman Brandon Schraub returned home four years ago after serving in Iraq, he found himself knee-deep in a tough job search. New programs are helping veterans like him.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Texas voters approve nine constitutional amendments

Texas voters approved a $2 billion draft from the state's Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects in the fast-growing, drought-plagued state Tuesday night, along with eight other amendments to the state's constitution.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Texans will decide on property tax breaks for veterans

Two of the nine constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot could benefit many of the 1.6 million veterans in Texas. Propositions 1 and 4 would offer property tax breaks to soldiers and their families.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Audio: Property tax relief for military families on ballot

Two of the nine constitutional propositions on the ballot in Texas this November will lower property taxes for disabled veterans or a surviving spouse.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Without a budget deal, veterans bracing for November

Many of the more than 11,000 military veterans who live in Hays County will be affected by the U.S. Veterans Administration’s announcement that benefits checks may stop Nov. 1 along with claims processing and rehabilitation programs.

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