Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal in 2009 of ending chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015.

That’s just a few days away, and the goal hasn’t been achieved. But progress has occurred, with the number of homeless veterans in the U.S. cut by 33 percent since 2009, according to veteran service providers who presented the figures last week to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Phil ...

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San Diego-Based USS Carl Vinson's Role In ISIS Fight Profiled In New York Times (Video)

The USS Carl Vinson, called "five acres of sovereign U.S. territory" in the Persian Gulf by one Navy admiral, plays a staring role in a New York Times article about the irony of fighting a "desert war" from the floating city that is an aircraft carrier.

Reporter Eric Schmitt is currently aboard the Carl Vinson. He interviewed Navy pilots about the specifics (without getting TOO specific) of their flights ...

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Why Is A Chinese Military Helicopter Landing On A US Navy Ship? (Video)

It might be a bit unsettling to watch a Chinese military helicopter land on a U.S. Navy ship - the San Diego-based USS Sterett to be exact. But it's all part of a planned counter-piracy exercise taking place in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa.

(The video up top shows a Chinese Harbin Z-9E helicopter practicing its landing techniques aboard the Sterett.)

As the Navy describes ...

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Philippine Government Charges US Marine With Murder Of Transgender Woman (Video)

Prosecutors have charged U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, with murder in connection with the Oct. 11 drowning death of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude, 26, in a motel bathroom.

As Home Post reported in late October, at issue within the Philippines' justice system was whether to charge Pemberton with murder, or the lesser charge of homicide.

According to The Associated Press, Olongapo City Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos ...

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2 US Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Two U.S. soldiers died Dec. 12 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.

Both men were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Morris was from New York, New York.

Martin called Mesa, Arizona ...

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USS Vandergrift Returns Home To San Diego

Rain and heavy seas didn't prevent the frigate USS Vandegrift from returning home to San Diego Friday after a seven-month deployment.

The 30-year-old vessel, which will now be prepared for decommissioning, left San Diego May 9 for anti-drug smuggling missions off Central America.

The sailors and a U.S. Coast Guard detachment intercepted nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine and disrupted numerous other illegal drug shipments, according to the ...

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USS Makin Island, Camp Pendleton Marines Prep For CIA Report Release (Video)

The San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, and the Marines aboard from Camp Pendleton's 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have been put on high alert to protect American interests overseas ahead of Tuesday's release of a controversial report on CIA torture.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are currently deployed in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden, according to the Makin Island Facebook ...

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Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

The former commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

The fatal accident took place on Sept. 22, 2013, when a wave hit the Lawrence, causing an ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (+Video)

A U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 3, according to the Department of Defense. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, died in Zabul Province when he was hit with small arms fire while taking part in a clearing operation.

Ammerman was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Lt. Col. Tommy Stoner, Commander of the ...

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WW II Airman Buried At Arlington National Cemetery 70 Years After He Went Missing

Army Air Forces Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, Calif., will be buried with full military honors Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gardner, along with 11 of his fellow crew members, went missing on April 10, 1944, after his B-24D Liberator aircraft was shot down over New Guinea.

According to the Department of Defense, three of the crew members' remains were recovered in 1949.

It wasn't until 2001 ...

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Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

According to a Navy news release:

The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment.

It was Mabus ...

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Judge Orders Body Of Slain Marine Wife Erin Corwin Released To Her Family

In a San Bernardino County courtroom this week, Judge Rod Cortez ruled that the body of slain Marine wife Erin Corwin could be released to her family - almost four months after searchers recovered her remains in a remote desert mine shaft.

KESQ.com reports Cortez rescinded a previous court order to keep Corwin's remains for further testing.

Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee has been charged with Corwin's murder ...

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Trial Starts For Camp Pendleton Marine Charged With 3 DUI Deaths

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Jared R. Hale was behind the wheel on Feb. 14, 2012 when his Dodge Stratus slammed into a tree in Dana Point, killing his three passengers - all fellow Pendleton Marines.

Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23; Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22; and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21 lost their lives in the early morning hours of that rainy Valentine's Day.

Hale was intoxicated at the time of the crash ...

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San Diego-Based USS Anchorage To Recover NASA Space Capsule Orion (Video)

The USS Anchorage departed San Diego on Monday to participate in a groundbreaking project by NASA.

Space.com reports NASA is depending on the San Diego-based ship to recover the Orion space capsule from the Pacific Ocean after its first test launch into space on Dec. 4.

As Slate.com explains, the Orion spacecraft is NASA's biggest step towards putting a human being into space in 40 years:

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Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

Maria Goodavage, the author of the bestseller Soldier Dogs, also penned Top Dog.

Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca's first handler and current owner, says the canine Purple Heart recipient saved countless lives during her 400 patrols while deployed to Iraq twice and once to ...

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NORAD Santa Claus Tracker Website Up And Running (Video)

Santa Claus won't start his journey around the globe for at least another three weeks. But NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has its Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddos busy until the big day arrives.

The website is for Santa fans the world over. It's available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese ...

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U.S. Air Force Pilot Killed In Middle East ID'ed As Capt. William Dubois

The Department of Defense has identified the U.S. Air Force pilot killed Dec. 1 as Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado.

Dubois lost his life when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed "near a coalition air base" in the Middle East.

According to the Air Force Times:

The jet was tasked to bomb targets in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the campaign against the Islamic State group ...

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Native American Navy Veteran Paved Way for Women Sailors

Native American Navy Veteran Paved Way for Women Sailors

SOUTH GATE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014 – The head woman dancer at a recent Native American Veterans Association pow wow is a retired sailor who helped blaze the path for women in the Navy.

Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Old Horn-Purdy, from the Crow tribe, took part in the annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow here on Nov. 8-9, 2014 ...

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Military Jet Crash Kills Air Force Pilot In Middle East

A pilot with the U.S. Air Force died when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Sunday night while conducting a mission for Operation Inherent Resolve, according to Stars and Stripes.

Military officials would not say which country in the Middle East the crash took place, only to say it was not in Iraq or Syria.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters the plane when down when it was returning ...

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