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Stories by Steve Walsh

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Veterans Urging Congress And VA To Take Another Look At Hazards Of Burn Pits

June 13
By Steve Walsh

For U.S. service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, "taking out the trash" often meant burning it. Veterans' groups say those trash fires are now creating health problems for vets.

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San Diego VA Studies The Role Of Guilt In PTSD Treatment

June 11
By Steve Walsh

The San Diego Veterans Affairs Hospital is looking at the role guilt and shame play in the treatment of PTSD.

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Coastal Commission Rejects Navy's Plan For Marine Life

June 7
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is coming to the end of a five-year plan to protect the ocean waters between California and Hawaii.

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Study Shows Troops At High Risk For Skin Cancer

June 4
By Steve Walsh

A new study pulls together the research into the elevated risk of skin cancer among military populations, from World War II veterans to those who served in Iraq.

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California National Guard Keeping A Low Profile In Border Mission

May 31
By Steve Walsh

Operation Guardian Support is the latest in a long, and sometimes troubled, history of cooperation between the Pentagon and Homeland Security.

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San Diego Peace Protest Memorializes The Cost Of War

May 29
By Steve Walsh

For the last 15 years, Hometown Arlington West has called attention to service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Navy's New Ad Campaign Wants To Overcome Misconceptions About Serving

May 28
By Steve Walsh

On the 45th anniversary of the all-volunteer military, the Navy looks to convince a new generation of sailors that service is their best option.

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Pentagon Hints At Major Changes To Navy Deployments

May 10
By Steve Walsh

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers that he would like to see shorter, less predictable deployments — a move potentially popular with sailors.

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California National Guard Troops Arrive In San Diego Ahead Of Border Duty

May 4
By Steve Walsh

The California National Guard arrived at the Kearny Mesa Armory before deploying to work the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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US Border Patrol Maps Out Limited Role For California Guard

April 27
By Steve Walsh

A small planning team is already on the ground in San Diego. They will be reinforced by more than 160 troops over the next several weeks, under what is being called Operation Guardian Support.

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California Guard Expected To Roll-Out For Border Duty

April 26
By Steve Walsh

Guard troops expected to perform a number of secondary roles with the U.S. Border Patrol.

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San Diego Part Of Effort To Honor Chinese American WWII Veterans

April 20
By Steve Walsh

Advocates want to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American veterans of World War II who fought aggression overseas while facing discrimination at home.

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California And Pentagon Still At Odds Over Guard Deployment

April 16
By Steve Walsh

Despite a rare moment of agreement between California and the Trump Administration, the two sides have so far not reached an agreement to call up the California National Guard as part of a multi-state effort.

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Marine Who Won Court Hazing Decision Faces Discharge

April 13
By Steve Walsh

Sgt. Jamie Ortiz remains restricted on board Camp Pendleton, even after a ruling that threw out his case in a major crackdown on hazing ordered by the commander of the 1st Marine Division.

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It's Not The First Time California Deploys National Guard To Border Missions

April 11
By Steve Walsh

Gov. Jerry Brown's decision follows up on missions in 2006 and 2010 where California sent troops to support border operations.

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Navy Working To Keep Sailors In The Service As Fleet Expands

April 3
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is canceling retirement incentives, replacing those programs with new programs to retain sailors and officers ahead of an expansion in the number of ships.

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Navy SEALs To Be Tested Prior To Training, Monitored For Brain Injuries

March 30
By Steve Walsh

The program is part of a Navy effort to more closely track traumatic brain injuries among special operators and other sailors.

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After Congressional Protest, Navy Rejects Humanist Chaplain

March 27
By Steve Walsh

The Navy won't allow the military's first secular humanist chaplain to serve after members of Congress protest the move.

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My Lai Exhibit Highlights Dark Anniversary Of Vietnam War

March 14
By Steve Walsh

The incident called attention to the deaths of unarmed civilians and became a turning point for public support of the Vietnam War.

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In Cost-Cutting Move, Navy Shutting Down Combat Camera Units

March 13
By Steve Walsh

The storied unit shot through the depths of World War II and Vietnam but will not survive the digital age, according to the Navy.

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Navy Cancels Plan For Hybrid Engines On Destroyers

March 12
By Steve Walsh

The Great Green Fleet, launched in San Diego in 2016, touted many of the Navy's efforts to lessen reliance on fossil fuel. Those programs are now under scrutiny in the Trump Administration.

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Navy's 'Golden Ticket' Gives Career Sailors A Chance To Test Civilian Life

March 6
By Steve Walsh

The program announced by Navy Personnel Command is for top performing sailors who are already considering leaving the Navy, and designed to allow sailors to taste civilian life and still continue their Navy careers.

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VA Needs More Women To Participate In Head Trauma Research

March 1
By Steve Walsh

A nonprofit is trying to encourage more women veterans to participate in brain research since much of the existing research concentrates on men.

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Navy May Move 'Fat Leonard' Court-Martial To San Diego

Feb. 27
By Steve Walsh

The federal courthouse in San Diego has been ground zero for the Navy corruption scandal since the Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis was taken into custody in 2013.

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Trump Policy Spotlights San Diego's Nuclear Past

Feb. 16
By Steve Walsh

The latest Nuclear Posture Review seeks to bring back types of weapons mothballed after the Cold War, raising speculation over whether that ultimately means a return of nuclear weapons to San Diego.

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La Jolla Playhouse Highlights The Needs Of Military Families

Feb. 14
By Steve Walsh

"Home of the Brave" uses the real experiences of military children to tell their stories, in a production now touring San Diego County schools as part of the La Jolla Playhouse's annual Performance Outreach Program.

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At 2-Year Mark, San Diego's Vet Housing Program Alive, Not Necessarily Growing

Feb. 2
By Steve Walsh

Housing Our Heroes promised to get 1,000 homeless veterans off the street. With that goal accomplished, the San Diego Housing Commission isn't prepared to raise the stakes.

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Rep. Peters: Trump's State Of The Union Makes Compromise Less Likely

Feb. 1
By Steve Walsh

Congressional Democrat says the speech's darker tones make it harder for Congress to tackle the larger issues like immigration and trade.

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VA Expands Programs To Target Suicide Prevention

Jan. 30
By Steve Walsh

The White House gives the Department of Veterans Affairs 60 days to enroll nearly all veterans in mental health care as they leave the military. Critics worry the tight time frame will impact care at the VA.

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Agency Uncovering Lost Military Remains Updates San Diego Families

Jan. 18
By Steve Walsh

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency meeting with families within 300 miles of San Diego to discuss the progress being made to find their lost loved ones.

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San Diego Judge Disparaged By Trump Remarks Speaks On MLKs Legacy

Jan. 16
By Steve Walsh

As a candidate, President Donald Trump questioned Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage as part of the Trump University case, which was decided in San Diego.

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New 'Air Boss' Takes Charge Of Naval Aviation At Coronado

Jan. 11
By Steve Walsh

The change of command for naval aviation comes as the Navy faces key challenges including readiness and a looming pilot shortage.

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Marijuana Use Is A Likely Death Sentence For A Military Career, Even In California

Jan. 5
By Steve Walsh

Pot is legal in California and there have been a few cracks in the military's zero tolerance policy. But San Diego's sailors and Marines risk discharge if they are found with marijuana.

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San Diego-Based Navy Ship Involved In Collision Heads Back To Western Pacific

Jan. 4
By Steve Walsh

The USS Lake Champlain was involved in one of the four accidents that happened in 2017, which brought increased scrutiny to U.S. Naval operations in the western Pacific.

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San Diego Marijuana Outlets See Brisk Business

Jan. 2
By Steve Walsh

San Diego is the largest California city to allow the recreational sale of marijuana in the opening days of legalization.

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Military Families Can Expect A Pay Bump In New Year

Dec. 19, 2017
By Steve Walsh

A pay increase combined with an increase in housing allowance will help offset the expense of living in San Diego.

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Nurses Short Staffing Undercutting Morale At San Diego Veterans Hospital

Dec. 13, 2017
By Steve Walsh

National Nurses United protested what they say are poor working conditions at the San Diego veterans hospital.

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Report: Pendleton Marines Knew About Exposed Gas Main That Injured 15 In Fiery Explosion

Dec. 11, 2017
By Steve Walsh

KPBS obtained a copy of the command investigation which shows this was the second accident with the same gas main in two months.

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Fat Leonard Probe Continues To Implicate Naval Officers

Dec. 6, 2017
By Steve Walsh

The federal court in San Diego remains ground zero for the wide-ranging Navy corruption scandal, seen as the largest in naval history.

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Two Years After Congress Required It, The VA Now Is Offering Veterans An ID Card

Dec. 1, 2017
By Steve Walsh

The new veterans ID cards were mandated by a 2015 law. But some veterans groups are raising questions about the possibility that the cards will include corporate branding.

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Groups Plan To Defy El Cajon Homeless Feeding Ban For Second Week

Nov. 24, 2017
By Steve Walsh

A group called Food Not Bombs is planning to set up a feeding station for homeless people living in Wells Park on Saturday. Organizers say they want to call attention to a ban on feeding the homeless passed as a response to the hepatitis A outbreak.

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Defense Department Report: Military Sexual Assaults Remain Under-Reported

Nov. 20, 2017
By Steve Walsh

Department of Defense numbers show that the number of troops who report sexual assault is improving, but it is still far lower than what the military believes is the actual number.

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Report: Lack Of Experience, Poor Communication Led To Ditching Of USS Vinson Fighter

Nov. 14, 2017
By Steve Walsh

Navy investigation probes the cause of the spring crash involving an F-18 Super Hornet in the western Pacific.

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San Diegans Can Weigh In On Navy's Plan To Protect Marine Life Monday

Nov. 13, 2017
By Steve Walsh

A 2015 lawsuit required the Navy to add extra protections for whales and marine habitats between San Diego and Hawaii. The Navy's plan is up for public review.

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Marines' Beach Landing Exercise Keeps Amphibious Assaults Relevant

Nov. 7, 2017
By Steve Walsh

The military exercise Dawn Blitz is part of a larger attempt by the Marine Corps to preserve the military amphibious warfare techniques used in World War II at Normandy and in the Pacific.

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Marine Remains Hospitalized One Month After Camp Pendleton Training Accident

Oct. 27, 2017
By Steve Walsh

Fourteen Marines and one sailor were injured in what the Marines said was an accident during a training exercise.

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Marine, Navy Exercise Off San Diego Coast Debuts F-35

Oct. 24, 2017
By Steve Walsh

Dawn Blitz trains Marines for amphibious landings but it is also a chance for Navy and Marines to test new skills.

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Navy Veterans Look Beyond The Crews For Cause Of Collisions

Oct. 18, 2017
By Steve Walsh

The Navy is looking for lessons learned after 17 sailors were killed this summer when the destroyers USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald each collided with slow moving freighters in the Pacific.

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Camp Pendleton Deals With Fallout From Summertime Hazing Scandal

Oct. 11, 2017
By Steve Walsh

The First Marine Division takes action against a number of low-ranking Marines, while their attorneys question the process.

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Fire That Injured Troops At Camp Pendleton Still Under Review

Sept. 29, 2017
By Steve Walsh

Nearly two weeks after the accident, the Marines are saying little about what caused the accident that sent 14 Marines and a sailor to the hospital.

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