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January 3, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
PATRIOTIC--A letter from "Miami Vice's" Don Johnson has let the word out. A massive patriotic celebration is being planned for May 25 here--the Freedom Festival Incorporated--with the proceeds going to the Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation. The day will include, according to producer James Vail, a rodeo, a car and bike show, a concert, a parade and a food fair.
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January 3, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
PATRIOTIC--A letter from "Miami Vice's" Don Johnson has let the word out. A massive patriotic celebration is being planned for May 25 here--the Freedom Festival Incorporated--with the proceeds going to the Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation. The day will include, according to producer James Vail, a rodeo, a car and bike show, a concert, a parade and a food fair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Vietnam veteran John Otte did his best to forget the war. He got married, raised two sons and made a career working at credit unions. But as Otte neared retirement, memories of combat flooded back. Starting in 2005, he filed a series of claims with Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, contending that many of his health problems stemmed from the war. The VA agreed, and now the 65-year-old with two Purple Hearts receives $1,900 a month for post-traumatic stress disorder and diabetes - and for having shrapnel scars on his arms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Out near LAX, a dozen military veterans man a war room, strategizing day and night. Their mission is to bring other vets in off the ledge, to gather them up from the streets and shake the dust off them. With a budget of just half a million dollars a year, the team of "wild cowboys" is intent on saving lives, says the general of the nonprofit National Veterans Foundation -- an Alabama-raised, Lebanese Catholic Vietnam vet named Floyd "Shad" Meshad. Meshad used to have a big job at the West L.A. Veterans Affairs complex, but he's a guy with no patience for bureaucracy, so he had to get out, way back in the 1980s, and start his own thing.
NATIONAL
September 14, 2011 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
He killed her, Joshua Stepp admitted. He slammed the face of his 10-month-old stepdaughter into a carpeted floor, roughed her up as he changed her diaper, stuffed wet toilet paper down her throat, and soon she was dead. But Stepp, a 28-year-old former Army infantryman who saw combat in Iraq, insists that he is not guilty of first-degree murder. His post-traumatic stress disorder left him incapable of premeditating the killing of tiny Cheyenne Yarley in November 2009, he and his lawyers say. Because of his severe PTSD, Stepp was not able to "form the specific intent to kill," his attorney Thomas Manning said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another veteran had called for help, and John Keaveney was on his way to see him. The man was just out of prison, off drugs and afraid of backsliding. "I've got to get him housing, and a job," the determined 42-year-old Vietnam veteran said, "or his chances of staying clean and sober are very limited. And he'll be homeless." Keaveney's interest was not casual--he had been there himself.
NEWS
October 18, 1988 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Until he met Shad Meshad, Alexander Kalandarishvili thought nobody would ever understand the horror of what he had gone through as a Soviet soldier in Afghanistan. Friends had been killed before his eyes. Ambushes, land mines and rocket bombardments made fear of his own death constant. There was always the terror of being taken prisoner, of a death that Soviet soldiers were told would be slow and full of torture at the hands of Afghanistan's Muslim rebels, the moujahedeen.
NEWS
August 23, 1988 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
Nineteen Americans who are skilled in the counseling and physical rehabilitation of Vietnam War veterans have been invited to the Soviet Union to address the problems of Soviet soldiers returning from Afghanistan, the head of a Seattle peace organization said Monday. Diana Glasgow, director of citizen diplomacy projects for the Earth Stewards Network, said the trip had been approved by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and by the Soviet military leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Before you get out the checkbook or credit card and make a donation to your favorite charity, you might want to read this. Last Sunday I wrote about a Los Angeles nonprofit that's been working for years to help troubled veterans. The National Veterans Foundation, founded by Vietnam War medic Shad Meshad, has been doing good work since the 1980s. Meshad and a staff of a dozen have made it their mission to help vets and their families. They coax homeless vets off the streets and help them jump Veterans Administration hurdles to get their benefits and healthcare.
NEWS
November 28, 1990 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scene along the Strand at Hermosa Beach Sunday afternoon was one of America at its most carefree--people basking in the brilliant sun, spiking a volleyball over a net, skateboarding, strolling. The Pacific Rim looked peaceful and thoughts of war seemed very far away. In fact, they were not. The crowd milling around June Pulccini's patio and living room--which opens onto the Strand--seemed to expect something momentous.
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