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Navy SEALs Seek Out High-Tech Jobs

They are highly trained to lead, innovate and be self-sufficient. So why would it be difficult for elite fighters like Navy SEALs to transition to the pioneering ranks of Silicon Valley?

Tech executives say they are increasingly looking to recruit special operations forces veterans who typically move on to law enforcement or private security. But while SEALs know how to build teams in stressful situations, many aren't accustomed to ...

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Wives Of Wounded Veterans Share Their Experiences In New Book

For the last eight years, Barbara McNally has been sponsoring an event for the wives of wounded veterans.

She's turned the stories of those wives into a book — "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving."

"They are our biggest link to our wounded warriors," McNally said. "We all know that love heals, so I want to give these women the resources, the tools so that they can ...

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Plight Of Deported U.S. Vets Raised In Legislation

The American Civil Liberties Union is promoting legislation geared to helping non-citizen veterans facing deportation.

Military service can be a fast track to becoming a U.S. citizen. But some immigrant veterans don’t realize that citizenship is not automatic.

Over the past year, the ACLU found over 200 cases where honorably discharged veterans were deported over the years, some for minor offenses.

Retired Marine Jack Harkins is part of ...

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Navy Warship To Be Named For WWII Hero Basilone

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Tuesday at Camp Pendleton that a future warship will be named after Marine Corps World War II hero John Basilone, who already has a roadway named after him at the sprawling base in northern San Diego County.

"It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of John Basilone," Mabus said. "I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry ...

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MiraCosta College's Security Training Proves Popular With Vets

MiraCosta College offers a high-threat security training course that’s proving popular among veterans and others looking for a high-adrenaline career.

Students of the 35-day course graduated this week with an intense simulation exercise that tested their ability to stay calm under pressure.

Smoke billowed and gunfire echoed over the Carlsbad Safety Center as a pair of students carried out a simulated mission: rescuing a high-level executive from gang members ...

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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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Officials Say Program Housed More Than 200 Vets Four Months After Launch

More than 200 once-homeless veterans and their families have moved off San Diego's streets since the Housing Our Heroes program was adopted four months ago, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.

The $12.5 million program, funded with a mix of federal and local monies, provides incentives to landlords who rent to homeless veterans. The program has benefited 18 families encompassing 34 children, according to the mayor's office ...

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San Diego VA Reports Progress In Veterans' Care

San Diego County veterans aren’t waiting as long for disability and health care, according to San Diego’s top VA officials, who held a news conference on Thursday to give a status update.

Disability benefits now take about three months, compared to 10 months in 2013. The wait for mental health care has been cut in half compared to last year, with the wait in May about five days ...

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ACLU Report Documents Struggle Of Deported Veterans

Enrique Salas, who served four years in the Marines and was eligible for citizenship, was deported to Mexico about a decade ago.

His mistake? After his brother was killed in a military training accident, Salas began to use drugs. He served a six-month sentence for possession of a controlled substance. In 2006, his criminal record led to his deportation.

Salas is one of 84 foreign-born veterans featured in a report ...

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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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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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Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times At VA San Diego

The VA San Diego is trying to cope with the longest wait times for patients seeking mental health care of any Veterans Affairs office in the country.

For one physician, it feels like the problem has been getting worse.

Dr. Hoang Nguyen has worked as a psychiatrist for the VA San Diego for nearly 19 years. San Diego has seen the demand for mental health appointments increase 9 percent a ...

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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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VA Report: Vet Attempted Suicide Waiting For Mental Health Care In San Diego

A new report from the inspector general for Veterans Affairs accuses staffers at the VA San Diego of falsifying the time it took veterans to see a mental health specialist in 2014. Investigators found one veteran attempted suicide after his doctor canceled several appointments.

The report released last week said the unnamed veteran’s provider canceled four appointments in a row. The local VA concedes the report is true.

“We ...

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