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Jake Mitchell, a 22-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, is reportedly fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in San Antonio after his lung collapsed on May 27, San Antonio’s KENS5 reports.

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The Army has selected San Antonio, Texas, as the location for  an one-stop transition center for separating service members. Set to open in 2018, the facility will offer assistance to veterans on a number of fronts, including employment, housing, and health care. If the center successfully increases veteran employment in the San Antonio area, the Army may open others across the country to help ensure all veterans have job and housing opportunities when they transition out of the military.

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Having grown up as a Navy brat with a dad who deployed for most of my childhood, I get teary-eyed whenever I see it happen to other kids. It brings back all the sadness of watching my dad climb the steps of whatever ship and disappear over the horizon for months at time, missing every life event from the loss of my first tooth to my last father-daughter dance. Every time I hear a story about a kid who misses his or her parent when they are deployed, it cuts me deep.

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When you separate from the military and are looking to move to a new state, you should consider putting Texas on your short list of places to live. Whether you want to start a business or find a second career, Texas has something for everyone. In fact, it’s been ranked number one in the nation in terms of economic climate and the sixth best state for business. And, as of 2015, the annual median household income across the state is $53,254.

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