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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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VA Overturns Veteran Enrollment Ban On University Of Phoenix Programs

UPDATE, Aug. 6, 2014: This story updates to include more information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about how it reached its decision.

Within days of news that California regulators had blocked enrollment of additional veterans in seven programs at the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has stepped in and lifted the ban.

The VA said Monday that the about-face ...

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WWII Veteran Recalls Surviving 1945 Shipwreck, Shark Attacks

This week marks the 69th anniversary of one of the most devastating and gruesome naval sea disasters of World War II: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. One Southern California man was among the survivors, and he has a harrowing tale to tell of sharks, hallucinations and rescue.

Verlin Fortin, who goes by Buzz, was on the USS Indianapolis when it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1945. The ship ...

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House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.

The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.

The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make firing senior executives at the VA ...

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University Of Phoenix Barred From Enrolling Veterans In 7 Programs On San Diego Campus

California regulators have barred the University of Phoenix from enrolling veterans in seven popular programs at its San Diego campus.

The action came after auditors found the for-profit college had violated a decades-old rule to prevent the improper targeting of veterans. The state order covers four undergraduate programs and three master’s programs, including those in management, Web development and criminology.

A copy of the state inspectors’ report, obtained by ...

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Marine Veteran First Paraplegic To Row From California To Hawaii (Video)

Marine veteran Angela Madsen, 54, became the first paraplegic to successfully row the epic 2,500 mile journey from California to Hawaii.

Madsen and her rowing partner, New Zealander Tara Remington, departed Long Beach on May 20 and arrived in Honolulu on July 19.

Madsen told Hawaii News Now after arriving at her destination:

"Basically that people shouldn't set limits on themselves and they should just challenge themselves and ...

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Marine Veteran And Mixed Martial Arts Pro Enters Beauty Pageant (Video)

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 to the country:

“Ever since I ...

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US Sends Draft Notices To 14,000 Men Born In The 19th Century

Dead men may tell no tales, but they apparently do get draft notices from the United States Selective Service System.

The agency accidentally sent out draft notices to 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, according to The Associated Press.

World War I veteran Bert Huey was once of the recipients. He died in 1995 at age 100. His grandson, 73-year-old Chuck Huey, told The A.P. he ...

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Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Village Theater, Coronado

SOLD OUT

Actor, musician and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado.

The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.

After the screening, audience members can participate in a ...

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Defamation Trial Against 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's Widow Starts Tuesday

Jury selection begins Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit Jesse Ventura filed against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

Ventura claims Chris Kyle defamed him in his memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.

According to a May 2013 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

In a section of his book called “Punching Out Scruff Face,” Kyle describes a confrontation with ...

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