Beth Ford Roth
Stories by Beth Ford
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) suffered by active-duty Marines deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan is greatest indicator of whether the Marines will later be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study by UC San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.
Chuck Hagel is now the third Secretary of Defense to consider whether fallen San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserves the Medal of Honor. Rep. Duncan Hunter sent Hagel a letter in October asking him to reconsider the evidence of Peralta's bravery, and a Hunter spokesman says the secretary is "looking at it seriously."
When President Barack Obama named Christine H. Fox to be Acting Deputy Defense Secretary this week, she became the highest-ranking female in the Department of Defense's history. Cool side note: Fox was also the inspiration for the Kelly McGillis character "Charlie" in the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun."
For little ones awaiting Christmas, it may seem like FOREVER until Santa Claus begins his journey around the globe. But the folks at NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) have their Santa Tracker website up and running - with lots of games, music, and movies to keep the kiddies busy until the big day arrives.
A 61-year-old Marine veteran is being called a hero, after trying catching a distraught woman who jumped from the upper deck of the Raiders Collesium after the team lost. The veteran broke the woman's fall, getting injured in the process. The jumper survived, but suffered critical injuries from her fall.
The USS Cowpens - homeport Naval Base San Diego - will head to the Philippines immediately to provide humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of Typhoon Haiyan victims. The Cowpens is on patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, and is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit.