Jeremy Schwartz

Investigative reporter

Jeremy Schwartz is a member of the Austin American-Statesman's investigative team and focuses on military, veteran and border security issues. He previously served as the Statesman's correspondent in Mexico City from 2005 to 2009 covering politics, drug violence and immigration issues. Schwartz won the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors first place awards in 2015 for Best Online Project for a story about a failed Department of Veterans Affairs brain research program and Deadline Writing for his work on the 2014 SXSW crash. He also took 3rd Place in the Reporter of the Year category and Honorable Mention in the Freedom of Information category for a story on interior Border Patrol traffic stops. 

Latest from Jeremy Schwartz

VA won’t release final report on Temple abuse and corruption probe
 The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday refused to release documents that might explain why at least one high-ranking VA official was exonerated after agency investigators initially named him as participating in a wide-ranging scheme at its Temple campus to defraud the VA and take advantage of vulnerable veterans. Two weeks ago, an...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday refused to release documents that might explain why at least one high-ranking VA official was exonerated after agency investigators initially named him as participating in a wide-ranging scheme at its Temple campus to defraud the VA and take advantage of vulnerable veterans. Two weeks ago, an...
‘Volatile’ Starr County is ground zero in Texas border wall debate
 Border Patrol officials call the 70-mile stretch of the Rio Grande in Starr County the most volatile segment of the entire southern border. The area has the second-most immigration arrests, trailing only the neighboring McAllen station, and the second-most narcotics seizures, just behind a station in Arizona, according to station chief Ryan...

Posted: 11 days ago

Border Patrol officials call the 70-mile stretch of the Rio Grande in Starr County the most volatile segment of the entire southern border. The area has the second-most immigration arrests, trailing only the neighboring McAllen station, and the second-most narcotics seizures, just behind a station in Arizona, according to station chief Ryan...
Congressman ‘shocked, outraged’ by Statesman report on Temple VA abuses
 U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and possible financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...

Posted: 20 days ago

U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and possible financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...
Carter ‘shocked, outraged’ after Statesman report on Temple VA abuses
 U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and potential financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...

Posted: 20 days ago

U.S. Rep. John Carter sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Shulkin on Monday demanding answers regarding findings of abuse of veterans, equipment theft, abuse of power and potential financial crimes at the VA’s Temple campus. On Sunday, the American-Statesman detailed the results of an internal investigation...
Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
 Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...

Posted: 23 days ago

Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...
Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
 Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...

Posted: 23 days ago

Veterans in the work program at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Temple campus had complained about being assigned to the motor pool for years. The complaints, made by veterans undergoing drug and alcohol treatment as they tried to get their lives back on track, alleged the unit’s boss— who was in charge of the grounds...
LEGAL HELP FOR VETERANS: Texas program is model for other states
 The Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program has provided free legal help to more than 28,000 veterans since it was launched in 2010. Now, Texas bar officials are aiming to take the program nationwide and offering their expertise to counterparts in other states. For more about how veterans in Texas and other states can get free legal help...

5:59 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program has provided free legal help to more than 28,000 veterans since it was launched in 2010. Now, Texas bar officials are aiming to take the program nationwide and offering their expertise to counterparts in other states. For more about how veterans in Texas and other states can get free legal help...
Texas program to provide legal help to veterans goes national
 Austin attorney Nikki Maples remembers the first time she walked into the Austin Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of a new program to give free legal services to veterans. Maples came from a military family — her ex-husband had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — and she felt a powerful need to volunteer her time at...

5:52 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Austin attorney Nikki Maples remembers the first time she walked into the Austin Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of a new program to give free legal services to veterans. Maples came from a military family — her ex-husband had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan — and she felt a powerful need to volunteer her time at...
Devin Patrick Kelley’s violent history didn’t stop him from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley — the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident who on Sunday perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — should not have been able to buy the assault-style rifle he used to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, according to gun and military experts. In 2012, a military...
Why federal law should have stopped Devin Kelley from buying guns
 Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...

12:52 AM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed at least 26 people Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. His history of violent crime should have prevented him from being able to purchase an assault-style rifle. Here’s what we know about how the 26-year-old New Braunfels resident was able to purchase the rifle...
What to know about Devin Patrick Kelley and gun laws
 On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...

4:24 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old New Braunfels resident, shot and killed at least 26 people during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Here’s what we know about Kelley and how he was able to purchase the assault rifle used in the attack: 1.) The family of one of Kelley’s...