Helping Our Heroes

Team Rubicon Gives Veterans A New Mission

Posted on · In the latest installment of our military series Helping our Heroes, we look at Team Rubicon, a group of mostly Iraq and Afghanistan veterans whose goal is to help those stuck in a disaster. Most recently, they came to League City to do some emergency response training.

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Helping Our Heroes: What It’s Like Waiting In The VA Benefits Line

Posted on · Veteran's disability claim issues are growing. In the past, it the issue might have been an injured knee or back but now veterans are dealing with many more medical issues, like traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. So if the nearly 1.7 million veterans living in Texas submitted an average of ten disability claims each, well, that’s a lot of claims and a long waiting list. As part of our ongoing military series "Helping Our Heroes," Edel Howlin asks, what's it like for a local veteran to be on that list?

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Part One: Local Marine Vet Didn’t Plan On Going To War

Posted on · Houston has the largest post 911 veteran population in the country. With so many returning vets, KUHF wanted to highlight their challenges in an ongoing series called "Helping our Heroes." We begin with Oskar Gonzalez-Yetzirah, an Iraq veteran. In part one of this three part conversation, Oskar discusses why he chose to be a Marine.

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Houston Fast Becoming A Hot Spot For Helping VAs

Posted on · Over 22,000 war veterans call Houston home, the second largest vet population in the United States. And the largest number of post 9/11 vets. So as local soldiers return in their droves from Iraq and Afghanistan, Houston veterans' programs are making sure their sometimes difficult re-entry into civilian life goes as smoothly as possible.

This I Believe

KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Adam Peña

Posted on · Adam is a native Texan, born and raised in Corpus Christi. Adam is attending the University of St. Thomas as a graduate student. His passion for learning has given rise to the desire to serve his home community in Corpus Christi. On this path, Adam has discovered the importance and value of gathering knowledge along the way...learning about himself and his world as he explains in his essay for KUHF's This I Believe.

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KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Dr. Robert Borneman

Posted on · Dr. Borneman is an educator. It's his life, it's what he loves to do and it's what brought him to Houston in 1984. With a freshly minted degree in Education from Indiana University, He was recruited by Houston I.S.D. After a year, he moved to Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D., where's been ever since. He's furthered his own education at the University of Houston, where he received a Masters and a Ed.D. Dr. Borneman says his passion for education was first realized as a child as he describes in his essay for KUHF's This I Believe.

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KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Grant Shafer

Posted on · Grant claims Texas and Louisiana as home, but currently, he's living and working in the Washington D. C. area. While living in Houston, he attended and graduated from the University of Houston. Grant says that's where he grew to appreciate the importance of service to others. Grant says serving others helps give his own life a deeper meaning, as he explains in his essay for KUHF's This I Believe.

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KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Wayne Gardiner

Posted on · Wayne was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in the northeast, but once he became a geologist, he moved to Texas to work in oil exploration. Wayne did graduate work at Texas A & M University and has lived in Houston since 1986. Wayne and his wife have two daughters and his role as a parent is the focus of his essay for Houston Public Radio's This I Believe.

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KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Peyman Pakzaban, M.D.

Posted on · Peyman Pakzaban is a Neurosurgeon practicing in the Houston area. Peyman and his wife moved to Houston ten years ago and they have two daughters. Dr. Pakzaban says being a physician and a father, he encounters a lot tears. He believes those tears represent much more than pain or joy. He says human tears are proof to him of a human soul.

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KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Paul Nevels

Posted on · Paul Nevels remembers visiting his Grandparents home in Louisiana and looking out their second story window. What he saw was a beautifully landscaped neighborhood filled with trees, dotted with flowers and highlighted with small town life. To this day, Paul appreciates a room with a view and describes his belief in his essay for Houston Public Radio's, "This I Believe."