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Nearly $100K Raised For Marine From Ramona Who Lost His Legs In IED Blast

Ramona native Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson suffered devastating injuries in an IED blast on Aug. 9 in Afghanistan. A webpage created to help ease financial stress on Dodson's wife and toddler son has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Wednesday morning.

Dodson's Marine Corps buddy Dave Smith set up the webpage at GoFundMe.com soon after Dodson was wounded. In ten days, about 1,000 ...

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UPDATE: The Evidence That Led To Marine Vet's Arrest In Erin Corwin Case (Video)

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos filed murder charges Tuesday against Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, in connection with the death of Erin Corwin.

Ramos said in a news release that the special circumstance of "lying in wait" was attached to the murder charge, making Lee eligible for the death penalty or life without parole:

"The decision regarding which penalty will be sought will be made after a ...

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Erin Corwin's Body Discovered, Alleged Lover Arrested In Her Death

Searchers discovered the body of missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot mine shaft on Bureau of Land Management land in the Mojave Desert, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

Dental records were needed to confirm Corwin's identity. An autopsy conducted Monday morning concluded the manner of death to be homicide, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

Christopher Lee, the Marine veteran who ...

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Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

The Hunger in America 2014 study was conducted by Feeding America, the largest hunger relief charity in the United States.

This is the first year researchers surveyed military families. They discovered Feeding America's network of 200 food banks provides assistance to 620,000 families with at ...

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USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam."

The CFPB announced Thursday that USA Discounters must also pay a $50,000 civil penalty:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray explained the scam:

“USA Discounters charged servicemembers for legal protections they ...

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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Found Dead (Video)

Marine veteran Cpl. Robert Richards, one of four Marines videotaped in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban, was found dead at his home Wednesday night.

Richards' attorney told the Marine Corps Times his death does not appear to be self-inflicted:

A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking.

The former Marine sniper was still plagued by the wounds he suffered during his second deployment ...

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College Football Star Turned Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, was killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Aug. 12, when he was hit by small-arms fire during combat, according to the Department of Defense.

KPRC-TV reports Hairston attended the University of Houston, and was a defensive lineman for the school's football team from 1997 to 2000.

He joined the Army in 2003.

Hairston was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry ...

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams:

"The entire of Department of Defense community mourns the loss of Robin Williams. Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops. From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was ...

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USS Carl Vinson Could Become Part Of Iraq Air Campaign

The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is slated for a 10-month deployment at the end of August. But the Vinson is on standby to depart earlier, if the Navy needs the aircraft carrier for the military's Iraq air campaign.

Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld told the Military Times that the Vinson "is on ready standby as the surge carrier."

Rand defines a surge carrier as one that ...

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Zoo Fundraiser Held For Family Of Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin (Video)

The family of Erin Corwin has had to endure more than six weeks of not knowing what happened to the missing pregnant Marine wife. Friends of Corwin, 20, held a fundraiser at a zoo near her Tennessee hometown to boost her family's spirits.

WATE-TV reports friends and supporters from Erin's hometown of Oak Ridge hosted the fundraiser at Little Ponderosa Zoo to raise money the family can use ...

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Children From Military Families Get To Be Padres For A Day

A group of children from military families got to experience a day in the life of a San Diego Padre on Friday.

Eight-year-old Joe Rivera was one of the 36 kids ages 7 to 12 who participated in the private baseball clinic put on by the USO and Bank of America. He and the other children got to take turns pitching, fielding, base running and batting — just like the big ...

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The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a report obtained by the Navy Times.

The woman, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, became the "acting commanding officer:"

Savage, a junior officer who was not fully qualified to ...

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Army Investigators Grill Bowe Bergdahl About His Taliban Capture (Video)

Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl began his formal questioning of former POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and that questioning is expected to continue into Thursday.

Dahl's grilling of Bergdahl is part of the Army's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the soldier's capture by the Taliban in 2009. According to the Associated Press:

The investigation's findings will help determine whether ...

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Maj. Gen. Harold Greene ID'ed As Officer Killed In Afghan Insider Attack (Video)

The U.S. Army has identified the two-star general killed in Tuesday's insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.

The Army Times reports a man dressed in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University outside of Kabul, killing Greene and injuring at least eight other U.S. troops.

Greene, 55, is the highest ranking U.S. Army officer to be ...

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U.S. Army General Killed In Afghanistan 'Insider Attack' (Video)

A U.S. Army two-star major general was killed Tuesday in a shooting at a training facility in Afghanistan, according to ABC News.

The killing of such a high ranking official is virtually unprecedented, writes the New York Times:

The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.

In what looks to be a case of "green ...

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