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Even The Devil Can't Fool A Dog - Prologue

“A man, well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the devil can't fool a dog.” -Earl Hamner, Jr.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have been called the hallmark wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a 2008 Rand study, one in five American service members who’ve been deployed in the post-9/11 wars suffer from ...

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Blind Camp Pendleton Marine Vet Competing In Marathon Via Wheelchair (Video)

Staff Sgt. James Carey enlisted in the Marines when he was just 20-years-old. He served in Afghanistan. His future in the Marine Corps looked bright, until July 2009, according to the Patriot Guard Riders website:

[J]ust prior to his next deployment, he was training for Special Recon group for Navy Seals when he [almost] drowned in a pool among 40 marines.

He was brought back to life but unfortunately ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Killed In Libya Hotel Attack (Video)

The only American killed in Tuesday's attack on a luxury hotel in Libya was a Marine Corps veteran who'd served at Camp Pendleton.

According to CNN, David Berry was one of ten people killed when gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Five of dead were Libyans, four French, and Berry the sole American who lost his life.

Cliff Taylor, who is CEO of Crucible (a private security ...

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'Smart Homes' Will Make Life A Little Easier For Severely Wounded Veterans

Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross lost both his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011.

But life will become a little easier for him thanks to a custom built “smart home” that broke ground Tuesday in Fallbrook.

The Gary Sinise Foundation raised the money to build a smart home for Ross, who is now in a wheelchair.

It will include features that make activities ...

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Military Commissaries Facing Budget Axe Once Again?

Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times.

The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016:

[T]he Defense Commissary Agency [must]... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline ...

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Therapy Dogs Would Help Veterans With PTSD Under New Bill

Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder could help train therapy dogs for other veterans under a pilot program being considered by Congress.

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act, introduced by Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, would put in place a pilot program at several VA medical facilities. These VA facilities would then connect veterans suffering from PTSD with organizations that train therapy dogs for physically disabled vets.

Stivers said in a ...

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World War II POWs In San Diego Attend Private 'Unbroken' Screening

More than a dozen World War II POWs in San Diego were treated on Wednesday at Ultrastar Cinema in Mission Valley to a private screening of the movie "Unbroken."

The film is based on the life of the late Louis Zamperini, an Olympian and a war hero who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean after his bomber crashed before being captured by the Japanese. He endured ...

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Three-Legged Marine Corps Dog Subject Of New Book (Video)

A retired Marine Corps bomb-sniffing dog with a local connection is the subject of a new book, Top Dog: The Story of Marine Hero Lucca.

Maria Goodavage, the author of the bestseller Soldier Dogs, also penned Top Dog.

Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham, Lucca's first handler and current owner, says the canine Purple Heart recipient saved countless lives during her 400 patrols while deployed to Iraq twice and once to ...

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Native American Navy Veteran Paved Way for Women Sailors

Native American Navy Veteran Paved Way for Women Sailors

SOUTH GATE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2014 – The head woman dancer at a recent Native American Veterans Association pow wow is a retired sailor who helped blaze the path for women in the Navy.

Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Old Horn-Purdy, from the Crow tribe, took part in the annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow here on Nov. 8-9, 2014 ...

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Billionaire Marine Veteran Wants To Raise $10 Million For Semper Fi Fund

GoDaddy founder and Marine Corps veteran Bob Parsons wants to raise $10 million for the Camp Pendleton-based Semper Fi Fund.

If donors can raise $5 million by Dec. 31, Parsons will match it with $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

Parsons explained to the Phoenix Business Journal:

"It doesn't matter whether someone was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps – we want to ...

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7-11 Giving Away Franchise To A Qualifying Veteran (Video)

The convenience store chain best know for Slurpees and Big Gulps wants you - if you're a "qualifying" veteran.

7-11 is giving away a franchise in a contest called "Operation: Take Command."

The winner of the contest will get a $190,000 credit towards the chain's franchise fee, according to Tribune News Service.

To enter the contest, you need to be a veteran with an honorable discharge, be at ...

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List Of Top 4-Year Colleges For Veterans Includes Several San Diego Universities

The Military Times has released its list of the 100 top four-year universities for veterans.

Local schools making the cut include California State University San Marcos (#20), San Diego State University (#38), and the University of San Diego (#84).

The Military Times complied the list based on several factors:

Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

The Military ...

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San Diego's Wartime Women Vets Still Serving Their County Decades Later

Evelyn Coy remembers it was 72 years ago when she answered the call to serve.

“Because I wanted to do for my country,” Coy said. "I couldn’t believe what was being done to our country.”

She enlisted in the Navy in 1942 during World War II.

“When I went into the Navy our uniforms were still on the drawing board,” Ellis recalled.

Coy was in the WAVES division, which ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part Two

It's Veterans Day, and it may surprise you to learn that these ten famous rock stars, actors, and politicians all served in the military. Here are the remaining five:

Bob Ross

No word if Bob Ross considered serving in the military a happy accident, but “The Joy of Painting” star spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Ice-T

Before Ice-T became Ice-T, he was Tracy Marrow, a ...

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Famous Folks You Didn't Know Were Military Veterans, Part One

It's Veterans Day, but it may surprise you to learn that some of your favorite rock stars, actors, and politicians served in the military. Here are the first five:

Ron Paul

Fans of Libertarian icon Ron Paul may be surprised to learn he served in both the U.S. Air Force and the United States Air National Guard. After all, as part of his economic plan during his 2012 ...

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