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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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San Diego VA Says It's Taking Steps To Reduce New Patient Wait Times

Nationwide, tens of thousands of veterans have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment.

The long delays have prompted widespread outrage, triggering audits of dozens of VA medical centers and leading Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign on May 30.

The uproar began earlier this year amid news reports of veterans dying while they waited to get medical appointments and of possible cover-ups ...

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Independence Day Freebies For Military And Veterans

Eateries across the country are saying "thank you" to members of the military and veterans this Independence Day by offering them freebies and discounts.

Activity duty, reservists, and veterans will receive a complimentary meal of their choice at Iron Skillet, Country Pride, and any full-service, home-style restaurant within TravelCenters of America. All that's needed is proof of military service.

Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters, added that ...

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Air Force Sgt. Charged With Stealing Credit Card Info From Service Members

Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 42, was charged Monday with wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft - after allegedly stealing credit card information from fellow service members in the San Diego area.

According to NBCSanDiego.com, the indictment against Underwood claims he used his military identification to use on-base gyms, then pilfered credit card info he found in service members' belongings that were unattended during workouts ...

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Study: Brain Injury In Veterans Linked To Alzheimer's Disease

Older veterans who suffered traumatic brain injury earlier in their military careers have a 60 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to a new study, published in the medical journal Neurology.

Researchers from U.C. San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center examined the medical records of almost 200,000 veterans who were aged 55 or older, according to ...

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Elderly Veteran Dies Near Wife's Grave At Arlington National Cemetery

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert E. Terrill, 92, was found dead at Arlington National Cemetery — apparently by his own hand — in Section 64, the same area where his late wife is buried.

Authorities at Arlington say there has never been a suicide by gunshot in the cemetery's 150-year history. Chris Grey of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command said of the fatality:

"Although we have not completely ...

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USS Peleliu Honors Deceased Veterans With Burials At Sea

The USS Peleliu begins its participation in RIMPAC later this week. But before the ship arrives in Hawaii for the multinational naval exercises, the Peleliu crew conducted burials at sea to honor 22 deceased veterans and military family members.

According to USS Peleliu Public Affairs, you're eligible for burial at sea honors if you're active-duty or retired military, or the family member of someone who's serving. And ...

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Medal Of Honor Recipient Kyle Carpenter Throws Padres Pitch, Visits Camp Pendleton (Video)

Marine Corps veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor last week, is in town. Among his stops - throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's San Diego Padres game, and meeting with fellow Marines at Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar.

On Sunday, Carpenter stopped by Petco Park. Carpenter Tweeted:

"Bringing the heat ... Threw the first pitch at today's @padres game!"

U-T San Diego described ...

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Injured San Diego Marine Dog Handler Reunited With Canine Friend

Jose Armenta was serving as a Marine dog handler in Afghanistan in 2011 when while searching for IEDs with his dog, Zenit, one exploded. Armenta was severely wounded. He later had to have both legs amputated above the knee. Zenit was uninjured.

Armenta and Zenit’s story is featured in the June issue of National Geographic. Armenta also told their story to Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s Fresh ...

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TV Host Wes Moore Holds Conversation With Returning Veterans

Wes Moore, an Army combat veteran and television host, will have a conversation Tuesday aboard the USS Midway with service members returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Moore will talk to local veterans about the challenges they and their families face now that they are home and as U.S. military involvement in those two countries winds down.

The event, sponsored by KPBS, is free and open to ...

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Vietnam Veterans Not Fonda UCLA's Choice For Graduation Speaker

A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television.

The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes. According to National Review Online, was created by Nick Callas, president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

The protesting vets ...

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