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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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Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust

New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory problems.

Dr. Anthony Szema of Stony Brook School of Medicine told USA Today that the sick veterans originally came into his VA-run allergy clinic because they were suffering from shortness of breath:

"We biopsied several patients and found titanium in every ...

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San Diegans React To VA Chief's Resignation

Soon after embattled Department of Veterans Affairs chief Eric Shinseki tendered his resignation Friday the reaction from San Diego County military veterans and politicians was swift and mixed.

A Veterans Affairs audit cites a failure of VA leadership for widespread problems with the health care system for veterans and the apparent cover-up of scheduling delays. Shinseki presented those findings to President Barack Obama on Friday along with his resignation. Obama ...

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US Marine Vet Jailed In Mexico Fires Lawyer Before First Court Hearing (Video)

U.S. Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi fired his attorney prior to his first hearing before a judge in a Tijuana courthouse Wednesday, according to U-T San Diego.

That attorney, Alejandro Osuna, told reporters after the hearing he believes his former client is innocent of the charges against him:

“We had some disagreements about how information was presented...

“He shouldn't be here.”

Tahmooressi's mother, Jill, told Fox News ...

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A Father Remembers His Son On Memorial Day

Unlike Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the military, Memorial Day specifically pays tribute to fallen service members.

On this day, the father of Navy Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Second Class Matthew Bergman, a 21-year-old sailor from the USS Boxer who was lost at sea in 2011, posted an essay on his Facebook page he wrote for Home Post shortly after his son's death.

Since I took ...

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Memorial Day Freebies And Discounts For Military Families

Many nationwide restaurant and retail chains are honoring the military this Memorial Day by offering discounts - and in some cases freebies - to active duty service members and veterans.

If you're hungry, you can head over to Hooters (for the food, of course). The restaurant chain is offering 10 free chicken wings to all active duty troops and veterans with the purchase of a beverage. This is the first time ...

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