WWII Veteran Recalls Surviving 1945 Shipwreck, Shark Attacks

This week marks the 69th anniversary of one of the most devastating and gruesome naval sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. One Southern California man was among the survivors, and he has a harrowing tale to tell of sharks, hallucinations and rescue.

Verlin Fortin, who goes by Buzz, was on the USS Indianapolis when it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945. The ship ...

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San Diego Veterans Advocates Demand Answers From University Of Phoenix

“The auditors in California have given University of Phoenix positive marks in the audit—especially on how we serve veteran students – with the sole exception being the 85/15 issue.

“But as to the 85/15 student ratio rule: there are facts conspicuously missing from the writings of Mr. Aaron Glantz, namely that the University has provided data to the auditors demonstrating that their 85/15 conclusions were incorrect for ...

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House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.

The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.

The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make firing senior executives at the VA ...

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University Of Phoenix Barred From Enrolling Veterans In 7 Programs On San Diego Campus

California regulators have barred the University of Phoenix from enrolling veterans in seven popular programs at its San Diego campus.

The action came after auditors found the for-profit college had violated a decades-old rule to prevent the improper targeting of veterans. The state order covers four undergraduate programs and three master’s programs, including those in management, Web development and criminology.

A copy of the state inspectors’ report, obtained by ...

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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a defamation suit against a deceased author.

The jury on Tuesday determined that Ventura was the figure described as a "celebrity" Navy SEAL in Chris Kyle's 2012 book American Sniper.

The SEAL was called "Scruff Face" in the book, but Kyle later identified him as Ventura, who became a professional wrestler and one-term independent governor after ...

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Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

Lawmakers in Washington have reached a deal to overhaul the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, multiple news organizations are reporting.

The Washington Post reports the deal struck by the chiefs of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees would "provide funding to hire more doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals." The New York Times reports the deal calls for new facilities, upgrading the scheduling system and allowing "veterans who live ...

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Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif. was killed July 24 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense reports Williams died of injuries he sustained from when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Also killed in the blast was Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.

Williams and Prange were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat ...

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US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

In announcing Hamilton's death, the Department of Defense did not give any information as to the nature of his illness.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hamilton's deployment to Afghanistan lasted from July 2013 to March 2014.

Hamilton was from Kenosha ...

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Female MCAS Miramar Marine Named To 2015 Blue Angels Team

Women are breaking new ground — in the air — making history on the newly chosen 2015 Blue Angels team.

Blue Angels Public Affairs Officer Navy Lt. j.g. Amber Lynn Daniel, 33, of Ramona, Calif., told the Baltimore Sun that for the first time in the team's storied past, two female Marine Corps officers have been selected to be members of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron at the ...

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Anchors Aweigh: USS San Diego Sets Off On Maiden Deployment

Previous vessels to carry the name included:

• the original, a cruiser launched in 1907, was renamed San Diego in 1914, and sunk in 1918 in the Atlantic Ocean following explosions believed to have been caused by German mines or torpedoes from an enemy submarine — making it the only major U.S. warship lost in World War I;

• a light cruiser commissioned in 1942 that became the first major allied ship ...

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Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals.

For the program's judgement week, Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song "Bless the Broken Road." I've posted video of his performance up top.

As Home Post previously reported, Ieti recently completed a nine-month deployment to ...

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No California National Guard Troops Headed To Border With Mexico

Texas Gov. Rick Perry may be making headlines for sending National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, but California won't be following suit.

California National Guard spokesman Capt. Will Martin explained to The Associated Press:

“The border shared by Texas and Mexico presents a significantly different set of considerations than those presented by the border shared by California and Mexico.”

More than 50,000 immigrant children ...

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UPDATE: Detectives 'Looking For A Crime Scene' In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

Detectives with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division are "looking for a crime scene" in the disappearance of pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin, according to a department press release.

Several media outlets have obtained a probable-cause affidavit filed by Detective Cory Emon that indicates Corwin was involved in a romantic relationship with a married Marine veteran named Christopher Lee, whom she met at White Rock Horse Rescue.

According ...

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Military Commissaries Get Temporary Reprieve From Budget Ax

The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to restore $200 million in cuts to the taxpayer subsidies that help fund military commissaries, according to CNN Money.

Back in February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced taxpayer subsidies to stateside commissaries would be slashed by $200 million a year for the next five years, as Home Post previously reported.

The proposed cut in subsidies would have reduced the discount service members get at ...

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Marine Veteran First Paraplegic To Row From California To Hawaii (Video)

Marine veteran Angela Madsen, 54, became the first paraplegic to successfully row the epic 2,500 mile journey from California to Hawaii.

Madsen and her rowing partner, New Zealander Tara Remington, departed Long Beach on May 20 and arrived in Honolulu on July 19.

Madsen told Hawaii News Now after arriving at her destination:

"Basically that people shouldn't set limits on themselves and they should just challenge themselves and ...

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NCIS Involved In Erin Corwin Case; Search Warrants Info Revealed (Video)

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has confirmed its investigators are involved in the search for Erin Corwin.

The pregnant 20-year-old was last seen three weeks ago at her home on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

Spokesman Ed Buice told The Desert Sun that NCIS is helping the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department with their probe into Corwin's disappearance:

"We're assisting them as far ...

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James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Garner, an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, died July 19 in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

Parade.com reports Garner's military career began when he was just ...

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Chelsea Manning To Start Treatment For Gender Dysphoria In Army Prison

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison, according to The Associated Press.

The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian correctional facility for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.

Two senior U.S. defense officials told NBC News:

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel approved the ...

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Accused Killer Of Navy Broadcaster Gets Preliminary Hearing

An Article 32 hearing is being held Friday in the case of the strangulation death of Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov, a broadcaster with American Forces Network-Europe.

Article 32 is the military version of a civilian preliminary hearing. Stars and Stripes reports the officer in charge of the Article 32 will decide if there is enough evidence against Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, who has been ...

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Erin Corwin Case Update: 'Witness' Comes Forward, Search Warrants Executed (Video)

A Twentynine Palms resident has come forward to say he saw missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on the day she disappeared.

Michael Beasley has told several media outlets he witnessed Corwin willingly get into a red car with an unidentified man, leaving her blue Toyota Corolla behind:

“They were just sitting and chatting. If she wanted to get out of the car and say, ‘I don't want to ...

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