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Transgender Veteran Fights For Equality In U.S. Military

July 6
Midday Edition
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Retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski wants to change a military ban that stops openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

Sailor Who Died On San Diego-Based USS Essex Identified

July 1
By City News Service
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Jason May, of Chesterfield complained of chest pains and collapsed during routine operations Monday.

Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

June 30
By Tarryn Mento
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The event comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal, but an organizer said she worked for years to get it approved.

Sailor Aboard San Diego-Based USS Essex Dies

June 30
By City News Service
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The unidentified sailor collapsed and died Monday while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Middle East.

Jury Rules No Extra Prison For Marine Who Killed Iraqi

June 19
By Associated Press
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A jury of six Marines decided Lawrence Hutchins III, 31, should get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years and two months he already served for murdering an Iraqi civilian.

Marine Faces Returning To Brig For Iraq War Crime

June 18
By Associated Press
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A jury of three enlisted men and three officers returned a guilty verdict Wednesday against Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III for a second time for the killing of the 52-year-old Iraqi policeman in the village of Hamdania.

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

June 17
Midday Edition
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Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

UC San Diego Cyber Archeologist Salvaging Destroyed Iraqi Artifacts

June 16
By Susan Murphy
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A UC San Diego graduate student in archeology is building a virtual museum of Iraqi artifacts that were recently destroyed by terrorists.

Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

June 10
By Susan Murphy
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The yearlong experiment to determine whether women can serve in ground combat is wrapping up. "I think for the males they kind of expected us to be ... the moms, the sisters — kind of take care of us. But now they’re like, ‘OK, we’re a Marine, you’re a Marine. Let’s just get the job done,’" said Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming.

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

June 11
Midday Edition
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analyzed a decade of suicide data and found female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.

Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

June 8
By Tom Fudge
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The family of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted their late son's Navy Cross Monday, even though they would have preferred the Medal of Honor.

Nepal Families Of US Copter Crash Victims Seek Compensation

June 8
By Associated Press
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The families of five Nepalese civilians killed in the crash of a Camp Pendleton-based helicopter on an earthquake relief mission last month demanded compensation Monday, saying it took weeks to get confirmation of their relatives' deaths.

Third Trial For Marine Accused Of Killing Iraqi Citizen Begins Monday

June 8
By City News Service
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Authorities said Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III took part in a plan to kidnap and kill suspected insurgent Saleh Gowad near Hamdania but grabbed disabled 52-year-old war veteran Hashim Awad instead when Gowad's family foiled the plan.

Ships, Sailors Of Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Return To San Diego

June 4
By City News Service
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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyers Dewey, Gridley and Sterett left San Diego in August to support strikes on Islamic State targets in the Middle East.

Camp Pendleton Remembers Marines Killed In Nepal

June 3
By City News Service
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Family members and military colleagues of six U.S. Marines killed in a helicopter crash last month in earthquake-ravaged Nepal gathered for a memorial service at Camp Pendleton.