San Diego County Veterans Expo Strives To Handle Volume

San Diego County on Monday sponsored a Veterans, Military and Families Benefit Expo at the War Memorial in Balboa Park.

Educating 1.2 million veterans about their benefits can be challenging, especially since the number of veterans grows so rapidly, organizers said.

"We get between 300 and 500 transitioning service members per month, coming out of the big major military bases here," said Timothy Mathues, senior human resources analyst for ...

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Veterans Affairs Officials Say Improvements Made In San Diego System

San Diego Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they've made improvements for patients.

The VA San Diego Healthcare System has seven clinics throughout San Diego County and changes have been made since criticism arose of the health care for veterans.

In the past six months, the local agency said it has converted 100 staff parking spaces to patient parking.

"We know we have to ensure that veterans who come ...

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USS San Diego Gets New Commander

The Navy announced Friday that Capt. Carl Meuser assumed command of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, which is based at its namesake city.

Meuser succeeded Capt. John Menoni in a ceremony Thursday aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Menoni, who commanded the San Diego during its maiden deployment, was skipper for about a year and a half.

Meuser, an Oklahoma native, previously commanded the destroyer USS ...

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Oil Leak Caused Marine Jet Crash In Imperial

An oil leak caused a Marine fighter jet to crash in an Imperial neighborhood last year, setting several homes on fire and destroying the aircraft, it was reported Monday.

The AV-8B Harrier went down on June 4, 2014, after a crack in an oil drain tank caused a leak that sparked a fire, engine failure and total loss of flight control, according to a Marine investigative report.

The document was ...

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Navy Announces New Commander For U.S. Third Fleet

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson Friday became the first female commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, succeeding Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd at a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Tyson was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Previously, the Memphis native commanded the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ...

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Last Frigate On West Coast Decommissioned

The last frigate on the West Coast was decommissioned Thursday at Naval Base San Diego at a ceremony attended by former commanders and crew.

The USS Gary returned to San Diego in April from its final deployment, in which it patrolled for drug smugglers off Central America.

The Navy is retiring its frigate fleet in favor of more modern littoral combat ships, which are designed for combat in coastal waters ...

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Navy SEAL, Sailors Injured In Nevada Plane Crash

A small plane crashed near Henderson Executive Airport in Nevada on Sunday, leaving two people critically hurt and two others with minor injuries.

Authorities say the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed around 1:20 p.m. about 3 miles south of the airport.

A fire ignited after the crash, and the plane is a total loss, said Clark County Department of Aviation spokesman Paul Bobson.

All four occupants were transported ...

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975 Homeless Veterans Get Help At San Diego's Stand Down

Volunteers at the 28th annual National Stand Down provided services to 975 homeless veterans, according to Veterans Village of San Diego, which organized the three-day event.

This year also saw higher numbers of women and dependent children in need of help, according to the VVSD.

"Nearly 50 percent of the active-duty military has dependent spouses or children," said VVSD President and CEO Phil Landis. "It is disappointing, but not surprising ...

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Stand Down Event Kicks Off Weekend Of Helping Homeless Veterans

Homeless veterans received food, clothing, medical and dental care as the 28th Stand Down — an annual event to help indigent vets in San Diego — got underway Friday at San Diego High School.

The campus' athletic field transforms into a giant, temporary MASH unit where homeless veterans can securely house their personal possessions and even some of their most precious cargo.

"Currently we have seven cats and 13 dogs in our ...

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San Diego's Stand Down Event For Veterans To Begin Friday

Stand Down, an annual event that provides shelter and services for homeless veterans in San Diego, is scheduled to begin Friday.

Homeless veterans at the 28th Stand Down will receive food, clothing, showers, medical and dental care over the next three days on the upper athletic fields at San Diego High School.

They will also be able to take advantage of a special court for the homeless, recovery services, employment ...

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Official: 4 Marines Killed In Military Attacks In Tennessee

A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Federal authorities said they were investigating the possibility it was an act of terrorism.

A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the gunman as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson ...

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Medal Of Honor Soldier Receives Long-Overdue Military Burial In San Diego

A Medal of Honor hero once forgotten, is remembered.

Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter was a cavalryman from the Civil War era. Thursday, he was given the war hero recognition he earned nearly 150 years ago.

Hundreds paid their respects to Schroeter at the Miramar National Cemetery, including two Medal of Honor recipients, veterans young and old, and three-dozen Army members from Forthood Texas and Fort Irwin California.

"Today we bring ...

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Remains Of Civil War Soldier Brought To Miramar National Cemetery

The cremated remains of an Army Medal of Honor winner that had been in an unmarked crypt in San Diego since 1921 were delivered to the Miramar National Cemetery Wednesday in preparation for burial with full military honors Thursday.

Sgt. Charles Schroeter will become the first person with the military's highest award to be laid to rest at the newer of San Diego's military cemeteries. A brief ceremony ...

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USS Higgins Leaves San Diego For Western Pacific Ocean

The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins left San Diego today on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Middle East.

The Navy reported that the Higgins and its crew of more than 300 sailors will maintain the Navy's presence in the region and conduct goodwill activities with partner nations.

The Higgins provides anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities and can operate independently or with an associated ...

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Sailor Who Died On San Diego-Based USS Essex Identified

A sailor who died aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex was a 38-year-old senior chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Jason May, of Chesterfield, Michigan, complained of chest pains and collapsed during routine operations Monday, according to the Navy. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

The amphibious assault ship left San Diego in May and is deployed in the Middle East, along with the amphibious dock landing ship ...

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Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

At Naval Air Station North Island on Tuesday, there was live music, colorful cupcakes and portraits of gay, lesbian, and transgender veterans who served under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

The entertainment, treats and display were part of the base's first LGBT Pride event. A Navy Fleet Readiness Center Southwest spokesman said the Navy celebration is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

The ...

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Sailor Aboard San Diego-Based USS Essex Dies

A sailor aboard the deployed San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Essex died shortly after reporting chest pains, the Navy's Fifth Fleet reported Tuesday.

The unidentified sailor collapsed and died Monday while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Middle East, according to the Navy.

Medical personnel aboard the ship were unable to revive the sailor. The cause of death is undetermined.

The Essex, amphibious dock landing ship ...

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Jury Rules No Extra Prison For Marine Who Killed Iraqi

A Marine staff sergeant told military jurors that everyone looked up to Lawrence Hutchins III, his squad leader. Hutchins' 11-year-old daughter said it was "sheer terror" to live without her father.

After hours of emotional stories from the battlefield and the home front, a jury of six Marines decided Lawrence Hutchins III, 31, should get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years and two months he already served ...

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Marine Faces Returning To Brig For Iraq War Crime

Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III is facing being locked up yet again for the 2006 murder of an Iraqi civilian in one of the military justice system's most long-running war crime cases.

Hutchins had thought he'd won his freedom after two military courts threw out his murder conviction from a 2007 trial because of legal errors, but under the military justice system the Navy was allowed to retry ...

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Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury may find support and resources at a Liberty Station event in Point Loma Saturday.

Organizers of the event, Operation Engage America, hope to bring together veterans who need help and their families with the resources available from health and military organizations in San Diego County.

Jean and Howard Somers founded the event after their son Daniel, an Iraq war veteran, committed ...

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