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Camp Pendleton Marine Hit With $2000 Phone Bill While Deployed (Video)

Camp Pendleton-based Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Johnstone wasn't even halfway through his deployment at sea aboard the USS America when he was hit with a $2000 phone bill.

Johnstone, a native of Arizona, told Phoenix television station Channel 12 he believed that prior to his deployment, he had negotiated with AT&T to get the proper plan for calling while overseas. But that wasn't the case:

"I pull ...

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List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

The Military Times has released its list of the 100 top four-year universities for veterans.

Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

The Military Times complied the list based on several factors:

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

The Military ...

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San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

Evelyn Coy remembers it was 72 years ago when she answered the call to serve.

“Because I wanted to do for my country,” Coy said. "I couldn’t believe what was being done to our country.”

She enlisted in the Navy in 1942 during World War II.

“When I went into the Navy our uniforms were still on the drawing board,” Ellis recalled.

Coy was in the WAVES division, which ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five:

Bob Ross

No word if Bob Ross considered serving in the military a happy accident, but “The Joy of Painting” star spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Ice-T

Before Ice-T became Ice-T, he was Tracy Marrow, a ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 ...

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Veterans To Be Honored At Events In San Diego County

Closed

• Most federal, state, county and municipal offices

• Tecolote Nature Center

• San Diego County offices, libraries and animal services

• Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley teen and community centers

Open

• Municipal golf courses

• Chollas Lake

• Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center

• Miramar Landfill (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

• San Diego County parks and campgrounds

Veterans Day will be observed Tuesday in downtown San Diego with a parade dedicated ...

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Military Dogs Honored During Veterans Day Parade (Video)

For the first time ever, six retired military working dogs and their handlers will get their own float during this year's America's Parade, billed as the biggest Veterans Day event in the whole U. S. of A.

Joining the doggie heroes on the float will be Army veteran Tracy Marrow (better known as actor and rapper Ice-T), his lovely wife Coco, veterans advocate Lois Pope, and American Humane ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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Student Veterans Center Opens Monday At MiraCosta College

A grand opening is scheduled for Monday for a larger information center for student veterans at MiraCosta College.

The new center, in the T100 building, is bigger than the office that's been in use over the past five years.

The military contingent at the community college in Oceanside has grown substantially in the past decade, from around 900 to the current figure of around 1,500 active-duty and veteran ...

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10 Years Later, Camp Pendleton Marines Remember The Battle For Fallujah

Hundreds of Iraq War veterans are gathering Friday morning at Camp Pendleton to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah. This was the fiercest combat of the Iraq War and the deadliest urban battle for the Marines since Vietnam.

Even today, 10 years later, it’s hard for Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Torain Kelley to talk about some things that happened during those six weeks in Fallujah ...

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Body Of Pilot From Missing F-16 FIghter Jet Recovered

Search crews have recovered the body of the airman whose F-16 military jet crashed Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. The aircraft was taking part in a routine training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when Tyndall Air Force Base lost contact with the pilot around 9:15 a.m.

Air Force officials announced the recovery of the ...

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Missing Military Jet, Pilot Believed To Have Crashed In Gulf of Mexico

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for a missing F-16 Fighting Falcon and its pilot. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida lost contact with the pilot at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Air Force officials have told the media they believe the military jet crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

The aircraft is assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Col. Scott Ward, commander of that group, said during ...

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Baskin-Robbins' Newest Flavor For Veterans Day? Camouflage Ice Cream

You had me at salty caramel, Baskin-Robbins. But the ice cream chain's newest flavor isn't just about taste. First Class Camouflage is meant to honor our military on Veterans Day.

According to People magazine, First Class Camouflage is a swirl of three flavors: salty caramel, chocolate, and vanilla cake.

Reviewed.com reports that not only will Baskin-Robbins give the USO a dime for every scoop of ice cream ...

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Watch Live Feed Of Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Civil War Soldier (Video)

San Diego resident Helen Loring Ensign will be on hand Thursday morning at the White House to accept the posthumous Medal of Honor for her ancestor, Civil War hero Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing.

Home Post will carry a live feed of the ceremony, which begins at 11:45 a.m. EST.

According to the Department of Defense, Cushing displayed "conspicuous gallantry" during the Confederacy's infamous battle assault ...

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Surgeries Suspended For Military Family Pets As Cost-Saving Measure

The cherished dogs and cats of military families are no longer able to get surgical procedures at military veterinary facilities, as these clinics have cut back on services to save money.

Lt. Col. Matt Takara of U.S. Army Public Health Command tells Star and Stripes virtually all on-base veterinary treatment facilities have "suspended procedures involving anesthetics" for family-owned pets.

Department of Defense-owned animals will still be able to get ...

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Camp Pendleton Brush Fire 100 Percent Contained

The brush fire that scorched a little more than seven acres on Camp Pendleton is now 100 percent contained, according to Camp Pendleton Scout:

The CP (Camp Pendleton) fire department will monitor the area through the evening.

The blaze ignited at 10:55 Tuesday morning in the Juliet impact area on the southeastern side of base.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for San Diego's inland ...

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US Marine Veteran Guards National War Memorial In Canada (Video)

The National War Memorial in Canada's capital city of Ottawa has been without an official guard since a gunman took the life of reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. But Marine Major “Fox” Sinke, a Vietnam veteran with dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, has taken it upon himself to stand watch at the memorial, paying tribute to his "comrade in arms."

Canada's GlobalNews.com reports Sinke took up his unofficial ...

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Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan Thursday (Video)

As the 13-year-long war in Afghanistan draws down, the last Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors to serve in that conflict are slated to return home Thursday.

The homecoming is planned for 1:30 p.m. PST.

The Washington Post reports the Marines' "formal mission" in Afghanistan ended with the transfer of Camp Leatherneck and Great Britain's Camp Bastion to the Afghan military on Oct. 26.

The final U.S ...

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Dietary Supplement Helps Veterans With Gulf War Illness

About one-third of the 700,000 U.S. troops who fought in the first Persian Gulf War have developed a set of chronic health issues. The symptoms of Gulf War illness include fatigue, muscle pain and breathing problems.

The UC San Diego study, published in the latest issue of Neural Computation, tested whether the supplement coenzyme Q10 could offer some relief.

Forty-six veterans, each of whom were diagnosed with Gulf ...

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Camp Pendleton's 1st Female Sergeant of the Guard Running For Congress

More female veterans are running for Congress this year than ever before, according to The Hill:

Only five female military veterans have ever served in Congress, including Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Army National Guard captain.

Both are expected to win reelection, and 11 other female military veterans are vying to join them.

That includes Marine Corps veteran ...

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