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San Diego Navy Officer Who Survived 50-Foot Freeway Fall Speaks Out (Video)

The Navy officer whose truck flew 50-feet off a San Diego freeway overpass is speaking out for the first time since the crash.

Navy First Class Petty Officer Kenneth Freudenvoll survived seven deployments, but he says he didn't think he'd make it out of his truck alive.

The 28-year-old husband and father told San Diego's 10News:

"I had hit the right side wall and it shot me ...

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Video Of Army Vet Throwing 'First Pitch' Like A Grenade Goes Viral

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Keaton is making headlines for the unprecedented way in which he threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Giants vs. Nationals game.

Keaton lobbed the baseball like a grenade, and video of his stunt is going viral.

Keaton wrote on his Facebook page about the experience:

"I wanted to say a big thank you to all who has supported the 'pitch ...

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New Veterans Center Opens At CSU San Marcos

Tuesday marked a ribbon-cutting for the new student veterans center at Cal State San Marcos, which was donated by engineering students in New Jersey.

"It's really going to be a place where students will be able to get assistance for transition from military to civilian life, support for their benefits, career guidance, and academic advising in a space for veteran's functions," said Scott Haag, vice president of enrollment ...

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Two Vietnam War Soldiers Awarded Medal Of Honor On Monday

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War soldiers at a White House ceremony Monday: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, 80, and Army Spc. Four Donald P. Sloat, who was killed in combat in 1970 at the age of 20.

Adkins and his wife of 58 years, Mary Adkins, made the trip from their home in Opelika, Alabama to attend Monday's ceremony.

According ...

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San Diego Vets Group Protests Obama's Plan To Defeat ISIS

When President Barack Obama announced increased military action in the Middle East on Wednesday night, a group of San Diego veterans rallied to voice their opposition.

The 35-member area chapter of Veterans for Peace displayed banners Thursday afternoon that read "End the wars" and "Vets for peace" along the Sixth Avenue bridge over Interstate 5 in San Diego. Chapter secretary David Barrows, an Army veteran who served in Korea during ...

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Chris Kyle's Widow Asks Judge To Toss Verdict In Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, is urging a judge to toss out a jury's verdict that awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against Kyle's estate.

According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Kyle wants the judge to either set the verdict aside, or to order a new trial.

Mrs. Kyle's attorneys filed paperwork Thursday that argues the evidence ...

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Fletcher Announces Creation Of Foundation For Veterans

Former Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday the creation of a foundation to help veterans make the transition to civilian life.

The Three Wise Men Foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems facing veterans returning from war, and provide direct support to organizations and programs that ease the changeover to civilian life.

The foundation is named for brothers Jeremy, Ben and Beau Wise, who are ...

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WWII Veteran From California Stars In TV Commercial (Video)

"Pretty damn exciting!" is how 89-year-old World War II veteran Bruce Campbell describes his experience appearing in a television commercial for the very first time.

The Watertown Daily Times reports Campbell was tapped to narrate the commercial for Tide detergent, called "Honor Uniforms."

He first got the call from the ad agency producing the commercial in February, but didn't shoot the ad until August.

Until his recent stint in ...

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Meet Kelsey DeSantis: Marine Vet, Mixed Martial Arts Pro, Pageant Contestant (Video)

(Original publication date: July 16, 2014)

Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America.

DeSantis told the Military Times she decided to participate in the competition as a way of continuing her service ...

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Navy Seal Veteran Nabs Role In Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' (Video)

(Original publication date: April 24, 2014)

With Clint Eastwood directing and Bradley Cooper playing the title role, casting directors of the Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper" were still looking for someone to play Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL teammate of Kyle's.

Just so happens Lacz was available to play the role.

Like Kyle, Lacz was a member of SEAL Team 3, based in Coronado. Lacz told The Middletown Press ...

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First Rule Of This San Diego Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran

About a dozen military veterans have locked themselves inside a caged boxing ring, in a rough part of San Diego, and they're starting to throw punches. It's therapeutic, they say.

"A lot of people say, 'You guys are punching each other in the face. How is that helpful?' " says Aaron Espinoza, a former Marine. "But it's a respect thing, it's mutual. I have to push him ...

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Veterans Home Of California In Chula Vista Gets New Administrator

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a new administrator to Chula Vista's Veterans Home of California, the California Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday.

Lael Hepworth was appointed as the new administrator by Brown on July 31, according to a statement by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, known as CalVet.

Hepworth, who lives in Orting, Washington, served in the Army National Guard for nine years, had been a health care ...

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