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California Reaches Settlement Over Evictions Of Military Families In San Diego

California reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday.

Harris argued that the evictions violated the California Military and Veterans Code, the Service Members Civil Relief Act and other state debt collection laws that protect service members who are sued while ...

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Grief Camp In Julian Helps Kids 'Feel Normal Again'

Elliot Kim was about halfway through a hot and dusty hike in Julian when he decided he was done walking.

The 8-year-old climbed onto the back of Ty Barrion, his parents' friend. Elliot was tired — this was his first time at sleepaway camp and he hadn't slept well the night before.

When the hike ended, Elliot and Barrion sat down to rest and started playing a game with Elliot ...

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Boy Dies After Being Named Honorary Marine At Camp Pendleton

An 8-year-old boy with a rare, genetic disease has died a day after being made an honorary Marine, his father said.

Wyatt Gillette died Sunday with a developmental disorder that causes seizures and kidney failure, his father, Jeremiah Gillette, told The Marine Corps Times.

Wyatt was honored in a formal ceremony Saturday at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, where his father serves as a drill sergeant.

Video and photos of ...

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San Diego Schools Serving Military Families In Tierrasanta To Get Upgrades

Schools serving military families in Tierrasanta are in line for upgrades thanks to a Department of Defense grant, the San Diego Unified School District announced Thursday.

The project will result in the replacement of 30 aging portable classrooms at Hancock and Miller elementary schools, along with better air conditioning, upgrades to cafeteria facilities, new sidewalks and stairs, fire safety improvements and upgrades to technology infrastructure.

"We work every day to ...

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San Diego Veterans Group Works To Raise Awareness About PTSD

Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Some studies suggest suicide risk is higher in those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Monday is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and a local organization is launching a campaign urging struggling veterans to have the courage to ask for help.

The Three Wise Men Foundation, founded by former San Diego Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, is rolling out a public service ...

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Veterans Choice Medical Program Troubled From Start

Amanda Wirtz started her six-year Navy career in 1997. She served aboard a destroyer off Bosnia and during combat off Iraq in 1998.

When she developed a rare tumor, Wirtz, 37, was discharged in 2003 and began using the Department of Veterans Affairs Health System in San Diego. For the most part, she has been happy with her care.

Then last year, Wirtz began having headaches. When the VA couldn ...

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Navy Posthumously Promotes SEAL Killed In Iraq

The San Diego-based SEAL killed in Iraq last week will be posthumously promoted to chief petty officer, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Petty Officer First Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, was fatally shot in a May 3 battle with Islamic State forces in Tall Usquf, Iraq. According to the Navy, ISIS broke through the front lines north of the city of Mosul, and Keating's SEAL team and air support ...

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Navy Seal Killed In Iraq ID'd; US Vows To Strengthen Fight Against Islamic State

An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

A day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in small arms fire with Islamic State forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that as the war ...

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San Diego Nonprofit Trains Veterans For Manufacturing Jobs

More than three dozen San Diego military veterans graduated Friday from Workshops for Warriors, a Barrio Logan nonprofit that for free trains and certifies veterans in manufacturing jobs, including welding, machining and fabrication.

The school has graduated more than 200 veterans since 2011 using funding from grants and donations.

“It’s been amazing to be able to come here to the school for free and be able to be taught ...

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Women Marines Signing Up For Combat Duty

It’s been more than four months since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all ground combat jobs would be open to women who qualify. The Marines had asked for a partial exemption for areas that included infantry and machine gunner, but Carter said no. He wanted all four military branches treated the same.

A few women are now signing up for jobs in the war zone, including Marines at ...

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Miramar National Cemetery Has Room To Grow

San Diego is home to nearly a quarter million veterans. And as they age, they inevitably die.

Rex Kern, director of Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries, reassured veterans Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs is making room for their graves at Miramar.

Kern said there will be no more burials at Fort Rosecrans.

“Rosecrans as beautiful as it is, is completely buried out,” Kern said. “There is no ...

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Marine From Temecula Killed In Iraq

The U.S. Department of Defense said a coalition service member killed Saturday by enemy fire in northern Iraq was a Marine from Temecula.

Officials said in a news release Sunday that Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin died from wounds suffered when his unit was hit by rocket fire. The incident is under investigation.

A Pentagon official said several other Marines also were wounded in the attack and were being ...

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4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy With USS Boxer Group From San Diego

About 4,500 Marines and sailors left San Diego Friday morning aboard three combat ships that will take them to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

The combat-ready service members are assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. The force includes ground combat troops, helicopter squadrons and assault aircraft teams.

The routine deployment comes amid rising tensions across the globe ...

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Marines, Sailors Adjust To New Maternity Leave Policy

After years of giving women in the military six weeks of maternity leave, the Defense Department has changed the policy and will allow them to take off up to 12 weeks when they have a baby. The aim is to retain more women in the military.

For women in the Navy and Marines, 12 weeks is a step back. Last July, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, recognizing the retention problem, decided ...

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ATV Stolen From Wounded Vet

A wounded vet who just received his dream home is now coping with the theft of his modified ATV.

As a Marine in Afghanistan, Nick Kimmel lost two legs and an arm to an IED. His life recently took a major turn for the better when he received a fully-furnished, new home in Fallbrook, adapted to his needs. It was provided through the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Kimmel's excitement was ...

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