Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Overtime, new computer system put sizable dent in VA benefits backlog

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The number of veterans facing delays for a year or longer has fallen to 34,000, and the average time veterans have been waiting has dropped by nearly four months. Continue reading

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Detained in North Korea, veteran Merrill Newman shares name with war hero

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The call to return to the battlefield is one heeded by many veterans through the ages. Continue reading

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Social media support lifts injured veteran who helped wounded at Fort Hood

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Three years ago, Ryan Walton stood on the dais at Fort Hood, Texas, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for running in when others ran out during the 2009 massacre there. Now, though, he mostly lies in bed, struggling to overcome PTSD and injuries suffered in Iraq. But he has gotten some unexpected support from people on social media after a story was published about him. Continue reading

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A vet’s journey from combat hell to healing

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Like millions of veterans before and since, Clarence Scott Riley, 68, brought his demons back from combat and watched his life unravel. Continue reading

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Formerly homeless vet says ignoring VA services led to downfall

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Ronald Harrington says West Haven, Conn. VA system gave him a “hand up.” Continue reading

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Time for new approach to stop sexual assault in the military (column)

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing a bill to move military sexual assault cases outside the chain of command. Continue reading

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California town builds house for wounded GI

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Blueprints have been drawn up for the new dwelling and the students plan to break ground next month. Continue reading

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UCLA Medical Center, military hospitals form partnership to help veterans

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In the past, such collaborations rarely existed, but the wounds of war veterans have changed the health care landscape of servicemen and women. Continue reading

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Retired Marine Ernie ‘Gunny’ Napper adds life to Disneyland’s flag retreat

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In his role as security officer, Ernie Napper is a big attraction in the park. Continue reading

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Wildcats to don military uniform Saturday against Michigan

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College football is well into the patriotic era first evoked by the camouflage uniforms that debuted in the Army-Navy game five years ago. Some game fans aren’t thrilled. Continue reading

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