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Inspector General Criticizes San Diego VA Handling Of Suicide

Aug. 8
By Steve Walsh

The report points to the lack of a consistent nationwide policy on when to label a veteran at high risk for suicide. A patient died in 2018, months after the flag was removed from his file at the San Diego VA.

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Navy Drops Afghanistan War Crime Charges Against 4 SEALs

Aug. 7
By Steve Walsh

The Navy SEALs were accused assaulting prisoners in Afghanistan in 2012, firing a weapon near the head of a prisoner, dropping a rock on their chest, then covering up the abuse.

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Chief Of Naval Operations Takes Over Gallagher SEAL Case

Aug. 6
By Steve Walsh

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will decide whether to uphold the four month sentence and reduction in rank handed down by a military jury in San Diego in the case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher.

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Rep. Hunter Ordered To Remove Marine Logo From Islamophobic Mailers

July 18
By Steve Walsh

The U.S. Marine Corps is demanding Hunter remove a Marine logo from Islamophobic flyers targeting his opponent and two other members of Congress who were also recently targeted by President Trump.

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Troops Keep A Low Profile Along The US-Mexico Border

June 13
By Steve Walsh

There have been a handful of incidents where troops have contact with migrants, but mainly soldiers and Marines have stayed away from close contact, according to the Army.

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VA's New Program Helps Vets Seek Care From Outside Doctors

June 6
By Steve Walsh

The new program replaces the sometimes troubled Choice program, passed in the wake of the wait time scandal, where veterans were waited months for basic care at the VA.

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Rabbi Says Poway Shooting Victim's Funeral Will Be Most Difficult Of His Career

April 29
By Steve Walsh

The congregants of a synagogue attacked Saturday vowed to move on a day after a gunman tore through their tight-knit community.

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Veteran Student Loans Subject Of Congressional Hearing In San Diego

April 25
By Steve Walsh

Two House committees held a hearing at Grossmont College to look at the problems with how some private, for-profit colleges use VA benefits, leaving some students in debt without a degree.

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Navy Works Through Deadlines To Address Problems With Military Housing

April 23
By Steve Walsh

After Congress began holding hearings, the Navy and other branches of the military began reaching out to families in private military housing.

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SEAL Charged With War Crimes To Remain In Custody

April 18
By Steve Walsh

SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher was taken into custody September 11, 2018. He was moved to the naval hospital in San Diego after the president issued a Tweet supporting his removal from the brig.

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Marine Raider Killed in Training At Pendleton Identified

April 16
By Steve Walsh

Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, 29, joined the Marine Corps in 2010. He died Sunday after being injured in a training accident at Camp Pendleton.

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Military Mission To Lay Wire On The Border Wrapped Up With Mixed Results

April 3
By Steve Walsh

The military mission to reinforce the border with concertina wire wrapped up Sunday. Homeland Security has not released the plan to show why some portions of the wall are covered in razor wire while other nearby sections have none.

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Concerns Over Private Military Housing Touch Camp Pendleton

March 29
By Steve Walsh

Congress is debating whether to give tenants of private military housing additional rights after a receiving complaints from military families around the country.

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Naval Reservist Wins Discrimination Appeal Against DEA

March 20
By Steve Walsh

A retired DEA agent said the agency discriminated against him, because he was a reserve officer in the Navy.

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Bill Introduced To Tackle Problems With Privately-Run Military Housing

March 14
By Steve Walsh

US Rep. Mike Levin's bill mirrors a bill introduced in the Senate that supporters say would increase oversight of the privately run housing.

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San Diego Part Of VA Effort To Become A High Reliability Organization

March 14
By Steve Walsh

The announcement comes at the same time the General Accounting Office again cites the VA as a "high risk agency" for issues such as long wait times nationwide.

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Wounded Warriors Compete At Camp Pendleton

March 1
By Steve Walsh

The Marine Corps Trials: Adaptive Sports Invitational enables wounded Marines to compete as part of their rehabilitation.

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Veterans Hope New VA System Will Speed Up Their Disability Appeals

Feb. 28
By Steve Walsh

Under the old system, a veteran could wait 3 to 7 years for their claim to work its way through the appeals process.

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Aspire Center In San Diego Looks At Five Years Of Treating Iraq And Afghan Vets

Feb. 26
By Steve Walsh

Aspire remains the only center of its kind in the VA system, dedicated to working with the issues faced by veterans of the most recent conflicts.

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Marines Investigate Blackface Incident Circulating On Social Media

Feb. 25
By Steve Walsh

The images appear to show San Diego area Marines posing in blackface and using a racial slur. One of the Marines says the incident is overblown.

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Trump's Emergency Declaration Could Stall Construction Projects At San Diego Military Bases

Feb. 18
By Steve Walsh

Military communities around the country are looking at the potential impact of President Trump’s state of emergency declaration.

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Troops Along The California Border Packed Up Last Week

Feb. 11
By Steve Walsh

Most of the local Marines went home after their original mission to the border ended, though more troops are expected as the Trump Administration shifts focus to laying barriers between the ports of entries.

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Military Medical Teams Aided Migrants On Border After Deaths In CBP Custody

Feb. 5
By Steve Walsh

Active duty medical teams evaluated a couple hundred migrants in California and Arizona through most of January, at the request of the Customs and Border Protection.

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Details Emerge In SEAL Case Set For Court Martial

Jan. 30
By Steve Walsh

A Navy SEAL is set to go on trial in San Diego for war crimes, beginning in February.

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San Diego Facility Part Of Pentagon's Global Consolidation Of Military Medicine

Jan. 25
By Steve Walsh

Medical centers run by each branch of the military will be combined under the Defense Health Agency. Sailors and Marines may by treated by an Army doctor as the Pentagon tries to cut costs and improve outcomes.

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IRS Employees Worried About Delays During Fast-Approaching Tax Season

Jan. 21
By Steve Walsh

The union representing local U.S. Treasury Department workers saw its 211 members furloughed as part of the government shutdown.

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VA Defends Efforts As San Diego Tops List For Veteran Suicides In California

Jan. 18
By Steve Walsh

The VA San Diego has revamped its efforts over the last five years in an attempt to bring down the number of suicides among veterans.

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Retired Admiral Worries About Long-Term Impact Of Government Shutdown

Jan. 17
By Steve Walsh

Scott Swift told an audience at UC San Diego that the U.S. needs a grand strategy in the Pacific to assure allies concerned about America's role in the region.

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U.S. Troop Deployment To Border Extended Until Fall

Jan. 15
By Steve Walsh

The role of U.S. troops along the border with Mexico continues to change as they await potential reinforcements.

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Iraq Vet Jailed For Angry Voicemails Will Remain Locked Up

Jan. 14
By Steve Walsh

Erik Benson was medically retired in 2010 for injuries he suffered in Iraq. He has been locked up since late November when the VA pressed charges after he allegedly left angry voicemails for his provider.

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San Diego Airport Touts 2018 A Good Year For Major Projects

Dec. 27, 2018
By Steve Walsh

A new water filtration plant recycles rainwater, part of a parking expansion at Terminal 2 this year.

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Troops Continue Deployment At Border Over Holidays

Dec. 27, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The number of troops deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border has been shrinking since the high point after the midterm elections in November.

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Iraq War Veteran Will Spend Holidays Behind Bars

Dec. 24, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The VA in San Diego is pressing charges against Erik Benson, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because he left threatening voicemail messages for his doctor.

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San Diego Tops The State For Veteran Suicides

Dec. 14, 2018
By Steve Walsh

San Diego had the highest number of suicides, higher than Los Angeles County, which has more veterans. Experts struggle to say why.

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VA Struggles To Unlock The Reasons Behind High Risk Of Suicide Among Older Veterans

Dec. 14, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Trauma from decades earlier linked to older veterans who take their own lives at a rate higher than their peers.

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Military Shifts More Troops To San Diego-Mexico Border

Nov. 26, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Unarmed military police in full riot gear backed up Border Patrol Agents as they shutdown the busy San Ysidro Port of Entry over the weekend.

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Consumer Advocates Expect A Big Holiday Season For Cyber Scams

Nov. 26, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Fake coupons among the most common scams expected as more shopping shifts to online retailers this holiday season.

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Marines Lay Miles Of Concertina Wire Along Southern Border In San Diego

Nov. 19, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7 is mainly made up of engineers who are now hardening border fences and adding barriers.

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Marines Keep Their Distance From Migrants Coming Into Tijuana

Nov. 20, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The roughly 1,300 troops at the U.S.-Mexico border are expected to stay in place during the Thanksgiving holiday, as they work to fortify the ports of entry around San Diego.

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Camp Pendleton Marines Deploy Along US-Mexico Border In San Diego

Nov. 9, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The Pentagon now says 1,300 troops are schedule to deploy in California. The number includes a contingent of military police from Fort Hood.

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SPAWAR Looking For Partners To Replace Aging Old Town Facility

Nov. 5, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The Navy's high-tech hub was cited by the Navy Inspector General for poor conditions in the older parts of its complex. Leadership is seeking a creative solution to redevelop the site.

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VA San Diego Homeless Program Puts Vets Back To Work

Nov. 2, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The VA San Diego's Career Assisted Therapy is designed to bring veterans back into the workforce after they have a grappled with a disability or mental illness.

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Border Patrol Offers First Look At California National Guard Troops In Field

Oct. 26, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The California National Guard has been working in a support role since April, in response to a call from the Trump Administration.

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Emails Show Governor's Office Wanted Guard To Keep Low Profile While Deployed To Border

Oct. 16, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Unlike past border operations, California National Guard has kept a low profile since agreeing to participate in Operation Guardian Support.

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Report Shows Navy Ships Have High Rates Of Sexual Harassment, Assault

Oct. 2, 2018
By Steve Walsh

A Pentagon study looked at risk factors for every command in the U.S. military. Researchers found the Navy's high rate of sexual assault and harassment can be traced back to sea duty among some commands.

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Suicide Rate Among Younger Vets Jumps In Latest VA Report

Sept. 28, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The VA says that while the overall suicide rate among veterans dipped slightly in 2016, it jumped by 10 percent for younger veterans.

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Ceremony On Coronado Marks End Of Navy's Combat Camera

Sept. 21, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Pacific Fleet Combat Camera held its disestablishment ceremony on Coronado Friday, three hours after the East Coast unit held a similar ceremony, officially ending Navy Combat Camera.

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Documentary Tells Little-Known Story Of Vietnam War Squadron

Sept. 18, 2018
By Brooke Ruth, Steve Walsh

A documentary airing Tuesday night on KPBS-TV tells the story of a little-known Navy squadron, the Seawolves. That's despite them being the most decorated in naval aviation history.

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Head Marine Faces Questions About The Impact Of Deployments On Families

Sept. 12, 2018
By Steve Walsh

Gen. Robert Neller expressed sympathy but few solutions to a Marine spouse concerned about the pace of deployment that remains high 17 years after Sept. 11, 2001.

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Top Gun II Set To Film Around San Diego Including North Island

Sept. 11, 2018
By Steve Walsh

The Navy has worked out an agreement to film on North Island and other bases along the West Coast. Filming is set to get underway in September.

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