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Combat Paper: Veterans Make Paper Using their Old Uniforms

Posted on · We learn about Combat Paper, a project where veterans engage in the ancient art of making paper — oftentimes using the fabric of their old military uniforms. Co-founder and Army veteran Drew Cameron describes the program. Combat Paper held workshops at The Museum of Printing History in Houston in February 2015.

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Is the Issue of Veteran Homelessness in Houston Really Over?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez all gathered Monday to announce that chronic veteran homelessness in Houston is effectively over! But is that actually true? What does “effectively” mean? What are the caveats? We ask Mandy Chapman Semple from the mayor’s office and Tom […]

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Revisiting Some of Our Favorite Recent Conversations: Monday’s Show (May 25, 2015)

Posted on · On this Memorial Day, we’re going to listen back to some of our favorite Houston Matters conversations and reports of recent months, including a few that seemed particularly appropriate on this holiday — and some that would be worthwhile to hear again on any day.

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Houston Veterans Talk About Changing Opinions Regarding Military Service

Posted on · In 2011, Pew Research Center found that “only one half of one percent of the U.S. population has been on active military duty at any given time during the past decade of sustained warfare.” This is most noticeable when you start looking at the generational breakdown of our population. In March, Pew released their most […]

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School Funding, Military Declines, and Comicpalooza: Friday’s show (May 22, 2015)

Posted on · In 2011, the Texas Legislature cut $5 billion from the public education budget. More than two-thirds of Texas public school districts filed lawsuits. Then in 2013, lawmakers restored the majority of the funding cut two years earlier. Nevertheless, a court challenge over how the state funds schools has gone forward, with arguments expected in the […]

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Should Tuition Benefits for Texas Vets Extend to Those Who Lived Elsewhere When They Enlisted?

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted before […]

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How Rural Retreats Near Houston are Helping Wounded Veterans

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor  tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle.  It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 11, 2013

Posted on · Ah, applying to college. The SATs and ACTs, the application forms, the essays, the waiting…and waiting…and waiting. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn what Houston’s high schoolers and parents need to know about how to get into college, from a Houston-based university admissions officer, and a Greater Houston-based college consultant, who helps students find, […]