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  • LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    LTG Milley Moves On To Fort Bragg, Fort Hood To Get New Commanding General

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:25:58 GMT
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
    Fort Hood, TX -- Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, was confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 24.Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was also confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general on July 24.The III Corps change of command between M...More >>
  • Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:51:30 GMT
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
  • "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:20:09 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
  • VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:10:49 GMT
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
  • Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:59:05 GMT
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
  • Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:13:02 GMT
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.
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  • Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:13:03 GMT
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
  • USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:51:19 GMT
    Photo Courtesy NBC NewsPhoto Courtesy NBC News
    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
  • Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:13:21 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.
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  • Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:01:18 GMT
    Ft. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouseFt. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouse
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
  • New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:28:00 GMT
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...More >>
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...More >>
  • Ground Broken for Ft. Hood Shooting Memorial

    Ground Broken for Ft. Hood Shooting Memorial

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:35:22 GMT
    Photo Courtesy Sophia Stamas, KCEN NewsPhoto Courtesy Sophia Stamas, KCEN News
    The ground has been broken for a memorial to the victims of the Nov 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. 13 people were killed, one of them with child, making 14.32 others were wounded Stillll more money is needed to complete the project just outside of the Killeen Civic Center, which will stand as a reminder of their sacrifice.The widow of the sole civilian killed spoke at the ceremony before joining city leaders and those who are working to make the memorial possible.13 sculptures include ...More >>
    The ground has been broken for a memorial to the victims of the Nov 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. 13 people were killed, one of them with child, making 14.32 others were wounded Stillll more money is needed to complete the project just outside of the Killeen Civic Center, which will stand as a reminder of their sacrifice.The widow of the sole civilian killed spoke at the ceremony before joining city leaders and those who are working to make the memorial possible.13 sculptures include ...More >>
  • Army Veteran Could Lose His 14 Therapeutic Pet Ducks

    Army Veteran Could Lose His 14 Therapeutic Pet Ducks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-20 21:44:58 GMT
    Photo Courtesy NBC NewsPhoto Courtesy NBC News
    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker said officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of the ducks in May and cited him for a minor misdemeanor on June 23 for failing to comply. Walker is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday and could face a $150 fine. Welker, 36, says the ducks help him with depress...More >>
    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker said officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of the ducks in May and cited him for a minor misdemeanor on June 23 for failing to comply. Walker is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday and could face a $150 fine. Welker, 36, says the ducks help him with depress...More >>
  • Army Studies New Way To Test Ability To Perform Jobs

    Army Studies New Way To Test Ability To Perform Jobs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:00:48 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers are the subject of a study that will soon change Army standards. Once the research is complete, the force will be able to measure and test the specific, physical demands of each job for the first time. This comes as women are integrated into some combat roles formerly only open to male soldiers. “So long as their competent, it doesn't matter to me what gender they are,” says Sergeant 1st Class Mario Gonzales, an engineer who volunteered for the study. Sergeant As...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers are the subject of a study that will soon change Army standards. Once the research is complete, the force will be able to measure and test the specific, physical demands of each job for the first time. This comes as women are integrated into some combat roles formerly only open to male soldiers. “So long as their competent, it doesn't matter to me what gender they are,” says Sergeant 1st Class Mario Gonzales, an engineer who volunteered for the study. Sergeant As...More >>
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Ready to Return to Active Duty, Can Leave Base

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Ready to Return to Active Duty, Can Leave Base

    Monday, July 14 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-14 16:36:50 GMT
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is ready to return to active duty, military sources told NBC News on Monday. He will probably be assigned a desk job at Fort Sam Houston in Texas while the Army investigates his 2009 disappearance from an outpost in Afghanistan. Off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave base and go where he wants without a military or medical escort. Army officials stressed that there are no plans for the military to assign media officers to him or take interview requests for h...More >>
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is ready to return to active duty, military sources told NBC News on Monday. He will probably be assigned a desk job at Fort Sam Houston in Texas while the Army investigates his 2009 disappearance from an outpost in Afghanistan. Off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave base and go where he wants without a military or medical escort. Army officials stressed that there are no plans for the military to assign media officers to him or take interview requests for h...More >>
  • Benefit Concert Supports Families Affected by April 2 Fort Hood Shooting

    Benefit Concert Supports Families Affected by April 2 Fort Hood Shooting

    Sunday, July 13 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-13 19:55:03 GMT
    Bands of musicians came together over the weekend to support a band of brothers.Six different groups played in Killeen Saturday to raise money for the families affected by the April 2 shooting on Fort Hood.More >>
    Bands of musicians came together over the weekend to support a band of brothers.Six different groups played in Killeen Saturday to raise money for the families affected by the April 2 shooting on Fort Hood.More >>
  • Veteran Meets Widow Of Man Who Died For Him After 40 Yrs

    Veteran Meets Widow Of Man Who Died For Him After 40 Yrs

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:27:13 GMT
    (KCEN) – A Vietnam veteran finally met the widow of the soldier who died in his place after a decades-long wait on Wednesday “This is his name right here,” says Russell Widener, as he points to an inscription of Roy McLennan’s name on the Waco Vietnam Memorial. “That's the gentleman who took my place on that ill-fated mission." Widener was headed out on a mission in Vietnam in 1969, but after a last minute decision, leadership sent McLennan instead. “He indicated he didn't have any gear, ...More >>
    (KCEN) – A Vietnam veteran finally met the widow of the soldier who died in his place after a decades-long wait on Wednesday “This is his name right here,” says Russell Widener, as he points to an inscription of Roy McLennan’s name on the Waco Vietnam Memorial. “That's the gentleman who took my place on that ill-fated mission." Widener was headed out on a mission in Vietnam in 1969, but after a last minute decision, leadership sent McLennan instead. “He indicated he didn't have any gear, ...More >>
  • Outrage Over Housing Illegal Immigrants And Not Homeless Vets

    Outrage Over Housing Illegal Immigrants And Not Homeless Vets

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:43:09 GMT
    (KCEN) -- While tens of thousands of children who are in the United States illegally are tucked in at night on the government's dime, many who fought for their country are out on the streets. Now anger over the way America’s tight budget is being spent is welling up across the nation. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 40 percent of America’s homeless men are veterans. Air Force Veteran Bob Stone is one of a growing number of people nationwide who are calling for change i...More >>
    (KCEN) -- While tens of thousands of children who are in the United States illegally are tucked in at night on the government's dime, many who fought for their country are out on the streets. Now anger over the way America’s tight budget is being spent is welling up across the nation. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 40 percent of America’s homeless men are veterans. Air Force Veteran Bob Stone is one of a growing number of people nationwide who are calling for change i...More >>
  • Bowe Bergdahl Could Leave Texas Military Base Within Days

    Bowe Bergdahl Could Leave Texas Military Base Within Days

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-10 15:39:14 GMT
    (NBC News) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held five years by the Taliban, is almost finished with his medical reintegration and could leave Fort Sam Houston in Texas within days, an Army source told NBC News on Thursday.Bergdahl will be sent to another military station, though Army officials have said they don’t yet know where. The military investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 will continue. Bergdahl will be the last perso...More >>
    (NBC News) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held five years by the Taliban, is almost finished with his medical reintegration and could leave Fort Sam Houston in Texas within days, an Army source told NBC News on Thursday.Bergdahl will be sent to another military station, though Army officials have said they don’t yet know where. The military investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 will continue. Bergdahl will be the last perso...More >>
  • VA Patients Resort To Desperate Measures

    VA Patients Resort To Desperate Measures

    Monday, July 7 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-07-07 23:51:58 GMT
    (KCEN) – While local VA leadership admits it's struggling to meet the needs of local veterans, many of them are turning to other veteran organizations for help. Others are driving hundreds of miles for medical and mental health care. Vietnam Veteran Hank Haun, (Army Ret.), knows what it's like to wait on the VA for years. “It took me a long time before I even got an X-Ray on my back,” Haun says. He thinks about the massive influx of post-9/11 veterans, many of them with deep emotional, p...More >>
    (KCEN) – While local VA leadership admits it's struggling to meet the needs of local veterans, many of them are turning to other veteran organizations for help. Others are driving hundreds of miles for medical and mental health care. Vietnam Veteran Hank Haun, (Army Ret.), knows what it's like to wait on the VA for years. “It took me a long time before I even got an X-Ray on my back,” Haun says. He thinks about the massive influx of post-9/11 veterans, many of them with deep emotional, p...More >>
  • New Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Hewitt

    New Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Hewitt

    Saturday, July 5 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-05 21:35:34 GMT
    The City of Hewitt unveiled a new veteran's memorial in Hewitt park this morning.VFW Post 6,008 funded the monument.It includes the post's logo as well as an American flag engraving with a tribute to our military heroes.It's a good reminder on our Nation's birthday."It's kind of nice to see that they show a little pride in the country and everything, bringing it out here," said veteran Cody De La Rosa. "Cause this isn't actually a huge community, but it's a nice smaller community ...More >>
    The City of Hewitt unveiled a new veteran's memorial in Hewitt park this morning.VFW Post 6,008 funded the monument.It includes the post's logo as well as an American flag engraving with a tribute to our military heroes.It's a good reminder on our Nation's birthday."It's kind of nice to see that they show a little pride in the country and everything, bringing it out here," said veteran Cody De La Rosa. "Cause this isn't actually a huge community, but it's a nice smaller community ...More >>
  • Temple VA Employee, Lawmakers Want More Answers After Leadership Speaks Out

    Temple VA Employee, Lawmakers Want More Answers After Leadership Speaks Out

    Saturday, July 5 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-05 20:08:03 GMT
    The Temple VA continues to struggle against accusations of scheduling misconduct more than a month after allegations first surfaced. Thursday the facility’s leadership held an off-camera news conference, and Friday, lawmakers and an employee with the VA gave us their thoughts.More >>
    The Temple VA continues to struggle against accusations of scheduling misconduct more than a month after allegations first surfaced. Thursday the facility’s leadership held an off-camera news conference, and Friday, lawmakers and an employee with the VA gave us their thoughts.More >>
  • How A Service Dog Helped This Veteran Keep His Family

    How A Service Dog Helped This Veteran Keep His Family

    Friday, July 4 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-04 19:25:17 GMT
    Captain Jason Haag served three tours of combat duty, leading Marine Corps troops in fighting across Iraq and Afghanistan. But his toughest battle, the one that nearly killed the Purple Heart winner, was simply coming back home.Haag, who turns 34 on the Fourth of July, credits a specially trained service dog named Axel for helping him recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which afflicts an estimated 30 percent of America’s war veterans. The symptoms include severe dep...More >>
    Captain Jason Haag served three tours of combat duty, leading Marine Corps troops in fighting across Iraq and Afghanistan. But his toughest battle, the one that nearly killed the Purple Heart winner, was simply coming back home.Haag, who turns 34 on the Fourth of July, credits a specially trained service dog named Axel for helping him recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which afflicts an estimated 30 percent of America’s war veterans. The symptoms include severe dep...More >>
  • Two With Norovirus at Waco VA

    Two With Norovirus at Waco VA

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:23:08 GMT
     Bobby Zimmerman with the Waco VA confirms they have two people with the Norovirus.More >>
     Bobby Zimmerman with the Waco VA confirms they have two people with the Norovirus.More >>
  • FBI To Investigate Temple VA Medical Center

    FBI To Investigate Temple VA Medical Center

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-02 20:55:18 GMT
    The FBI will investigate criminal allegations at the Temple VA Medical Center facility.“We must demand quality care for our Central Texas veterans from the Temple Veterans Affairs (VA) facility,” was the message of Congressman John Carter’s conversation with Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.This story is developing. More >>
    The FBI will investigate criminal allegations at the Temple VA Medical Center facility.“We must demand quality care for our Central Texas veterans from the Temple Veterans Affairs (VA) facility,” was the message of Congressman John Carter’s conversation with Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.This story is developing. More >>
  • Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:55 GMT
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
  • Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:26 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
  • World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-11-11 23:03:52 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
  • Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Monday, November 11 2013 5:16 PM EST2013-11-11 22:16:29 GMT
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
  • Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Monday, November 11 2013 11:40 AM EST2013-11-11 16:40:36 GMT
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
  • Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Saturday, November 9 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-11-10 03:45:20 GMT
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
  • UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    Saturday, November 9 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-11-10 01:58:47 GMT
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium. The afternoon was filled with football, funMore >>
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium.More >>
  • More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    Thursday, November 7 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-11-07 22:31:42 GMT
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
  • Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:24 PM EST2013-11-07 00:24:59 GMT
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning. Many veterans attended the event to tell their stories and try to influenceMore >>
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning.More >>
  • Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:16 PM EST2013-11-07 00:16:34 GMT
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
  • Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-11-05 21:42:15 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
  • Veteran Hikes Across America

    Veteran Hikes Across America

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-11-04 19:04:24 GMT
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. Lance Robinson is hiking his way throughMore >>
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11More >>
  • Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Monday, November 4 2013 11:57 AM EST2013-11-04 16:57:40 GMT
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>

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  • Gatesville Rodeo Welcomes Troops Scheduled To Deploy

    Gatesville Rodeo Welcomes Troops Scheduled To Deploy

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:17:46 GMT
    (KCEN)-- It's been going on for 77-years, so it's a big deal when the Gatesville Riding Club Rodeo is in action. Thursdaynight was extra special though. 200 National Guard members for Oregon, training at North Fort Hood for a deployment to Afghanistan, were in attendance. Among them, 22-year-old Specialist Kyle Lipscomb from Medford, OR, who saystonight's rodeo is just another example of warmth he's felt since arriving in Central Texas. “I've gone to other military installations and the publi...More >>
    (KCEN)-- It's been going on for 77-years, so it's a big deal when the Gatesville Riding Club Rodeo is in action. Thursdaynight was extra special though. 200 National Guard members for Oregon, training at North Fort Hood for a deployment to Afghanistan, were in attendance. Among them, 22-year-old Specialist Kyle Lipscomb from Medford, OR, who saystonight's rodeo is just another example of warmth he's felt since arriving in Central Texas. “I've gone to other military installations and the publi...More >>
  • New Tailgating Area Outside Of McLane Stadium

    New Tailgating Area Outside Of McLane Stadium

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:55:37 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Are you ready for some football? Baylor Nation certainly is. Not only will this season be about defending the Big 12 Championship, potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but the opening of the new McLane Stadium and local businesses are trying to create the ultimate tailgating experience.It's called the Brazos Parking and it's going to have food, drinks, and live music, just a stone's throw from the stadium. Parking spaces, 112 tailgate spaces and 32 RV spaces. But the biggest draw is ...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Are you ready for some football? Baylor Nation certainly is. Not only will this season be about defending the Big 12 Championship, potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but the opening of the new McLane Stadium and local businesses are trying to create the ultimate tailgating experience.It's called the Brazos Parking and it's going to have food, drinks, and live music, just a stone's throw from the stadium. Parking spaces, 112 tailgate spaces and 32 RV spaces. But the biggest draw is ...More >>
  • Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Google Helps Nab Child Porn Suspect in Houston

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:07:42 GMT
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
    Google helped police catch a man suspected of having child pornography.Investigators in Houston say Google detected explicit images of a young girl in an e-mail that John Henry Skillern was sending to a friend. The internet giant then alerted authorities. Detectives say without that alert they would not have had access to what was inside the e-mail. Skillern has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of promotion of child pornography. His bond w...More >>
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  • Stuck On Immigration, House GOP Delays August Recess

    Stuck On Immigration, House GOP Delays August Recess

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:07:44 GMT
    Washington (CNN) -- On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress. House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do. That sparked a revolt in their caucus over doing nothing, which forced GOP leaders to delay the start of August break to discuss the matter further on Friday mo...More >>
    Washington (CNN) -- On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress. House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do. That sparked a revolt in their caucus over doing nothing, which forced GOP leaders to delay the start of August break to discuss the matter further on Friday mo...More >>
  • COUPLE DIE HOURS APART - EMOTIONAL STORY

    COUPLE DIE HOURS APART - EMOTIONAL STORY

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:11:07 GMT
    A California couple married for 62 years died just the way they lived, together.More >>
    A California couple married for 62 years died just the way they lived, together.More >>
  • TRUCK CRASHES INTO CAR (CAUGHT ON CAMERA)

    TRUCK CRASHES INTO CAR (CAUGHT ON CAMERA)

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:50:09 GMT
    If you think you're having a bad day, you haven't met Jacob Schreiner.Last month, he got pulled over on FM 3083 near Four Corners when another driver hit his car during the traffic stop and it was caught on dash cam.The 20-year-old admitted he cried."Oh I did, I absolutely did," he said. "I ain't gonna lie."Schreiner was driving his prized possession, a 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a brand new engine that cost nearly $15,000.Even before the crash, you can see him loving on...More >>
    If you think you're having a bad day, you haven't met Jacob Schreiner.Last month, he got pulled over on FM 3083 near Four Corners when another driver hit his car during the traffic stop and it was caught on dash cam.The 20-year-old admitted he cried."Oh I did, I absolutely did," he said. "I ain't gonna lie."Schreiner was driving his prized possession, a 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a brand new engine that cost nearly $15,000.Even before the crash, you can see him loving on...More >>
  • Giraffe Dies After Smashing Head on Low Highway Bridge in South Africa

    Giraffe Dies After Smashing Head on Low Highway Bridge in South Africa

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:49:30 GMT
    A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday. Several horrified witnesses tweeted pictures of the open-air truck carrying two giraffes with their necks jutting high out of the vehicle. "Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are," tweeted Pabi Moloi. "Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this." Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevent...More >>
    A giraffe has been killed after smashing its head on a bridge while being transported dangerously on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials said Thursday. Several horrified witnesses tweeted pictures of the open-air truck carrying two giraffes with their necks jutting high out of the vehicle. "Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are," tweeted Pabi Moloi. "Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this." Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevent...More >>
  • Mom Finds Gymnastics Coach in 13-Year-Old's Closet

    Mom Finds Gymnastics Coach in 13-Year-Old's Closet

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:09:03 GMT
    Police say a 21-year-old gymnastics coach has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student. The girl's mom says she found the coach hiding in her daughter's closet.More >>
    Police say a 21-year-old gymnastics coach has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student. The girl's mom says she found the coach hiding in her daughter's closet.More >>
  • Preseason Amway Coaches Poll: Florida State is No. 1, Baylor No. 10

    Preseason Amway Coaches Poll: Florida State is No. 1, Baylor No. 10

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:10:34 GMT
    (USA TODAY) -- The Florida State Seminoles will start this season exactly where they ended the last one: No. 1.The reigning national champions were an overwhelming No. 1 with 56 of 62 first-place votes in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday."We're very excited about being No. 1 and happy to be No. 1, but we understand that we have to play like No. 1 and play great football," Fisher told USA TODAY Sports. "That's going to be our objective. We're proud to start there and now we ...More >>
    (USA TODAY) -- The Florida State Seminoles will start this season exactly where they ended the last one: No. 1.The reigning national champions were an overwhelming No. 1 with 56 of 62 first-place votes in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday."We're very excited about being No. 1 and happy to be No. 1, but we understand that we have to play like No. 1 and play great football," Fisher told USA TODAY Sports. "That's going to be our objective. We're proud to start there and now we ...More >>
  • Police: Toddler Dies After Getting Trapped in Hot Car

    Police: Toddler Dies After Getting Trapped in Hot Car

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:58:42 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer's day and was trapped, police said.The toddler was playing alone in the front yard of his house in Sylmar while his parents were home when he got into the car and couldn't get out, said Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department.Police told CNN affiliate KABC that the boy's father woke up from a nap and found the boy unresponsive. It was unclear how long the...More >>
    A 3-year-old boy in Southern California died Wednesday after he climbed into an unlocked car on a hot summer's day and was trapped, police said.The toddler was playing alone in the front yard of his house in Sylmar while his parents were home when he got into the car and couldn't get out, said Officer Bruce Borihanh with the Los Angeles Police Department.Police told CNN affiliate KABC that the boy's father woke up from a nap and found the boy unresponsive. It was unclear how long the...More >>
  • STORE CLERK SHOT, THEN ATTACKS ROBBER

    STORE CLERK SHOT, THEN ATTACKS ROBBER

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:53:26 GMT
    A convenience store clerk fights back after being shot during a robbery.More >>
    A convenience store clerk fights back after being shot during a robbery.More >>
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