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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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Amid VA Scandal, Audit Finds San Diego Healthcare System In Compliance

An audit of the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System found it is operating in compliance with agency standards for patient scheduling, VA officials said Thursday.

The findings came from a review conducted last week amid an uproar over allegations that as many as 40 veterans in Phoenix died while awaiting care. Representatives from other VA medical centers performed the audit, according to VA San Diego spokeswoman Cynthia Butler.

A ...

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Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor at a June 19 White House ceremony for heroic actions during a Nov. 21, 2010 battle in Afghanistan - actions that cost him his right eye and most of his jaw.

Carpenter was an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). On that ...

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Marine Veteran Locked Up In Mexico Moved To 'Safer' Jail (Video)

Marine Corps combat veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been locked up in a Mexican jail since March 31. His mother told a San Diego television station that thanks to the public outcry in the United States, her son has been moved to a safer jail in Tecate.

Jill Tahmooressi explained to NBC7 that her 25-year-old son was transferred from a Tijuana jail to the El Hongo II penitentiary, where he ...

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Watch Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Army Sgt. Kyle White (Video)

President Barack Obama will award former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White the Medal of Honor today at the White House. Home Post will live stream the ceremony, which begins at 3:00 PM EDT.

White will become only the seventh living service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.

White's courageous actions in combat at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2007 ...

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Scandal Over Alleged VA 'Waiting List' Not Easing

Problems continued to mount this week for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including a call Thursday in San Diego by the leader of a national veterans group for more accountability by President Barack Obama of the VA.

The department came under scrutiny last month after a whistle-blower claimed that a VA hospital in Phoenix kept a secret list of veterans waiting for care to show the facility was ...

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Marine Veteran Jailed In Mexico Gives First Interview (Video)

U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi found himself in Tijuana accidentally after missing the last freeway exit before entering Mexico. After Mexican guards at the border found firearms in his truck, The Associated Press reports, Tahmooressi was thrown in jail on weapons charges.

Now, Tahmooressi is giving his first interview from Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary since getting locked up March 31. He told U-T TV reporter Sandra Dibble his ...

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Former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer Nabs Job As Carson City Manager

Retired Marine Corps Col. Nick Marano has made a unique transition from the military to the civilian world. The former commanding officer of Camp Pendleton will soon become the city manager of Carson City - Nevada's state capital.

The Nevada Appeal reports Carson City's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to hire Marano, who was among 70 candidates to apply for the job.

Marano served as commanding officer ...

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Ex-Navy SEALs Who Died On 'Captain Phillips' Ship OD'ed On Heroin

Two former Navy SEALs who were found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship in February died from a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol, according to autopsies conducted by Seychelles authorities.

The New York Times reports the autopsies showed Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, died from heart attacks, and police said the pathologist determined those fatal events were triggered...

“...[by] a combination of heroin and alcohol consumption ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Accused Of Killing Navy Vet Gets Trial Date

The trial of Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Kevin Coset, charged with killing 24-year-old Navy veteran and Army reservist Alvin Bulaoro, will begin Sep. 10, according to Camp Pendleton Patch.

The murder charges filed against Coset have special circumstances attached to them, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Bulaoro was last seen alive on Dec. 21, 2012. His family reported him missing shortly thereafter.

On Jan. 3, 2013, Bulaoro's ...

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New Website Links Veterans, Military Spouses With Jobs

A new website created by the federal government aims to make it easier for veterans - and their spouses - to find jobs in the civilian world.

The Associated Press touted the virtues of ebenefits.va.gov:

The website... is the first online resource that combines information provided by a variety of agencies and employers. It will help veterans and military spouses build resumes, translate military skills into private-sector aptitudes and provide ...

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