Stories by Beth Ford Roth
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison. The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian prison for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.
A Twentynine Palms resident has come forward to say he saw missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on the day she disappeared. Michael Beasley has told several media outlets he witnessed Corwin willingly get into a car with an unidentified man. Law enforcement officials will not confirm if they've spoken with Beasley.
Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball in 2011. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America. And doing it pregnant.
Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family. A group of strangers who learned of Gabbert's plight on Facebook have now successfully negotiated Baxter's return to his original home.
The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving Mississippi for its new home port of San Diego. Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, a group of Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton has deployed to keep the ship safe as it transits around South America.
Actor, musician, and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado. The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.
Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes suffers from PTSD and found the firecrackers and other pyrotechnics used by his neighbors last year on the Fourth of July left him feeling like he was back in combat. Earlier this week, Dykes posted a request on Facebook for "fireworks courtesy" from his neighbors. His Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared more than 280,000 times.
The Defense Department has identified the three U.S. Marines killed on June 20 (along with a military working dog) by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. They were: Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34; Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19; and Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25. All three were based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Active-duty soldier Pfc. Paul Ieti, 21, recently completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. While in the war-ravaged country, he used music to soothe his soul and entertain his fellow soldiers. His incredible singing voice landed him an audition on "America's Got Talent," and his performance on the show this week earned him a standing ovation and a spot in the final competition.
Taylor St. Cyr was crushed when she learned her brother, Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne St. Cyr, wouldn't be able to make it to her high school graduation in Essex, Vt. But Shayne, and Taylor's parents, had a major surprise in store for the graduate when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma.
About 100 U.S. Marines are en route to the American embassy in Baghdad as the militant group ISAS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seizes more territory in Iraq. In addition, the USS Mesa Verde will join aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf "to protect American citizens and interests in Iraq."