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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1991
When President Bush ordered the activation of certain reservists, my life was changed. My fiance was called to serve his country. In the beginning I did not understand any of this. But as the Persian Gulf dilemma grew, my awareness of the situation and the sacrifices that had to be made became apparent. I was proud of my man, my country, my President and proud to be an American. However, now that the situation is somewhat under control, I am left in a state of confusion and somewhat resentful that my fiance is still in Okinawa.
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NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Suicides among soldiers on active duty dropped steeply last year but went up among those in the National Guard and reserves, according to Army data, suggesting discrepancies in efforts to stem the epidemic of soldiers taking their own lives. About 150 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, down from 185 in 2012, the highest annual number on record, according to statistics provided Friday by the Army. But 151 members of the National Guard and Army Reserves not on active duty also took their own lives in 2013, up from 140 the previous year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The Internal Revenue Service has filed charges against 28 Marine reservists in what has been described as a travel voucher scheme in which the government was fraudulently billed for hotel stays and other expenses. The members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve were assigned to the Third Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company at Terminal Island, according to Special Agent Linda Lowery, an IRS spokeswoman. A 50-count indictment filed in September alleges that between August 2007 and September 2009, seven Marine reservists conspired to defraud the Department of Defense by receiving payments for fraudulent travel and hotel expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Two men were arrested in connection with the identity theft of U.S. Army Reserve officers who were on active duty in Afghanistan, authorities said. Mauro Cortez, 25, and Rigoberto Cortez, 29, were arrested Wednesday after the Los Angeles County Identity Theft Task Force served a search warrant at a home in Pomona, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The men were allegedly provided the identity information of more than five U.S. Army Reserve officers who were serving overseas in Afghanistan and then used it to establish lines of credit and buy cars. Deputies found evidence at the home allegedly linking the Cortez men to the identity theft.  The loss is estimated to be more than $100,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1994
Re "Another Perk for the Military, Forevermore," Column Left, May 17: As Colman McCarthy sits comfortably in his home tonight, he would do well to thank the National Guard and Reserve personnel who have put their lives on the line so that he can do so. Amazement. That was my reaction, and I suspect the reaction of most others who read McCarthy's column begrudging those who have served their country in uniform for 20 or more years a dignified burial in one of our 114 national cemeteries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1987 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes, life seems like one disaster after another for Wally Murphy. For the last decade, he's witnessed the aftermath of some of the nation's nastiest natural calamities, from hurricanes in Kauai to earthquakes in Idaho, from floods in West Virginia to a volcanic eruption in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990
I was interested in your Nov. 20 editorial "Give Her the Benefit of a Doubt," which concerned Debra M. Simpson's efforts to return to her job after serving on active duty in the National Guard. While I am aware that Simpson and her employer have reached an agreement regarding this situation, I am concerned that it escalated to a point that required the initiation of a wrongful-termination lawsuit. With the vast number of reservists who are being activated now, I feel the issue may again surface as they attempt to return to their jobs.
NEWS
December 31, 1987 | United Press International
More than 150 Israeli reservists mutinied against the military today and said they will refuse to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to protest the army's "brutal suppression" of Arab unrest in the occupied territories. At least 22 Palestinians were killed by army gunfire and about 1,000 Arabs were jailed in two weeks of bloody anti-Israeli rioting that began Dec. 9 and swept through the lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.
NEWS
February 24, 1991 | MICHELLE LOCKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In April, 58-year-old Charles Fusco retired from his civilian job at Westover Air Force Base. In December, he found out the military wasn't quite finished with him. "I knew they didn't want me to be a commando," joked Fusco, a chief master sergeant. "They don't need a commando here, they need someone who can fix an airplane." With an all-volunteer military that sets 60 as the maximum age limit, Fusco is only one of dozens of men on the brink of retirement who have been called to active duty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 | Tony Perry
In an unusually direct way, the Marine Corps is warning reservists and their families about the alienation and psychological pain that Marines can feel when returning to civilian life after duty in a war zone. A video titled "Worlds Apart" made by a San Diego production company warns that even well-meaning civilians cannot be expected to understand what it is like to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan. The story has actors portraying a returning enlisted Marine named Jeff; his wife, Eileen; and their friends and family members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The Internal Revenue Service has filed charges against 28 Marine reservists in what has been described as a travel voucher scheme in which the government was fraudulently billed for hotel stays and other expenses. The members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve were assigned to the Third Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company at Terminal Island, according to Special Agent Linda Lowery, an IRS spokeswoman. A 50-count indictment filed in September alleges that between August 2007 and September 2009, seven Marine reservists conspired to defraud the Department of Defense by receiving payments for fraudulent travel and hotel expenses.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
In data compiled by the Defense Department on military suicides, perhaps the most surprising statistic is that between 2008 and 2011, 52% of service members who took their own lives had never been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. That figure, which challenges the popular belief that exposure to war is the primary driver of a surge in suicides, became the basis for an L.A. Times story Sunday. But another statistic in the story also deserves attention: 524. That is the number of suicides in the military last year.
SPORTS
January 25, 2013 | T.J. Simers
The national anthem is just about to conclude Friday night before the Lakers' game. Corrie Cox is standing with her hand over her heart with four of her six children by her side, and what a glorious moment. The anticipation of those watching and knowing what is going to happen next is chilling. Corrie has no idea, but her maroon beret Airborne husband, Capt. Douglas Cox, who just returned from duty in Afghanistan, is behind her and about to throw a man-size hug around his family.
OPINION
November 30, 2012
Re "A jobless crisis for National Guard soldiers," Nov. 24 Your article was very informative. We also must not forget those citizen-soldiers who were wounded during their deployments and can no longer perform the duties of the civilian jobs they left behind. This is a tragedy that Congress has dragged its feet to address. For proof of how fast our elected leaders forget about our National Guard troops and reservists, one need only go back to September, when Senate Republicans blocked the Veterans Job Corps bill.
FOOD
February 24, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Combat veteran, burglar buster, certified grower and farmers market manager - not many people can claim such a résumé. But 35-year-old Brian Weiss, who runs the Palos Verdes farmers market, juggles all these identities and more as the scion of the South Bay's first family of farmers markets. Only a fierce sense of duty ties together the diverse strands of his career. Farmers markets are in his blood. His mother, Mary Lou Weiss, is the longtime manager of the large and successful Torrance farmers markets and founded, ran or consulted for a dozen venues over the last two decades, including Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Carson, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale and Palos Verdes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Documentarian Heather Courtney admits she had "no clear idea" what her story would be while mulling what would become "Where Soldiers Come From," an intimate look at three young Army reservists — and two of their families — from her rural hometown on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Despite the film's unvarnished emotionality and even-handed messaging, Courtney never seems to have found an appropriate focus, resulting in a work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
OPINION
February 19, 2003
Why does the federal government make everything seem so complicated ("Buildup Strains Public Safety," Feb. 17)? All the Pentagon had to do was exempt reservists who were firefighters and police officers. Joyce Westbrooks Altadena
REAL ESTATE
March 26, 2000
While the advice given in March 19's "Real Estate Q&A" column by Robert J. Bruss was accurate, it could create some confusion. Federal law trumps California law and it does allow persons called to active duty and relocated, either reservists mobilized or new recruits, to break a lease that was signed before the activation. TROY X. KELLEY Via e-mail The writer is a real estate attorney and Army reservist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Army reservists from an Encino-based battalion are deploying to tumultuous eastern Afghanistan to take on a task central to the U.S. counterinsurgency mission: persuading Afghans to turn away from the Taliban and support the nascent provincial and national governments. Some 28 soldiers from Delta Company of the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion are assigned to Kunar province, a mountainous region near the Pakistan border that has seen some of the most intense combat between U.S.-led forces and Taliban fighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
He was only two days away from being reassigned to a base camp administrative job after spending six months in Afghanistan disarming roadside bombs. "Wouldn't it suck if something happens in the next few days?" Marine Corps Reserve Staff Sgt. Joshua Cullins e-mailed his 16-year-old brother, Donovan, two weekends ago. Cullins, a 28-year-old officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, was killed Oct. 18 when a secondary bomb exploded while he was investigating an earlier blast near Marja, in Afghanistan's dangerous Helmand province.
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