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May 29, 1989 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
In a 2-hour toast to patriotism and heroes, a tiny Anaheim church on Sunday pulled together a tender tribute to America's fallen soldiers at an afternoon ceremony that drew four major generals, an admiral and 10 Medal of Honor winners. Despite the allure of blue skies and big games for the Los Angeles Lakers and California Angels, about 700 veterans, their relatives and members of the five military branches filled Anaheim's Pearson Park Theater for the event, organized by the 67-member Lighthouse Baptist Church.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
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NEWS
January 30, 1988 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
When Herbert Iske returned to California after nine grueling months in the Pacific theater in World War II, he assumed the veterans parades and salutes and bands were meant for him too. He was wrong: As a member of the U.S. merchant marine, Iske soon discovered that, in the eyes of his country, he was not a "veteran" of the war at all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A man believed to be armed with a shotgun barricaded himself inside of a disabled veterans facility in Woodland Hills on Friday and has threatened to kill himself, authorities said. Los Angeles police responded to reports of a barricaded gunman in the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue around 7:30 a.m., said Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andy Smith. Helicopters and a  SWAT team were dispatched to the scene and authorities have evacuated the surrounding areas, Smith added. The man is not believed to be a veteran, but he worked in the military for six months, said LAPD Cpt. Charles Hearn, who did not specify which branch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of Japanese American veterans of the Korean War gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday for the unveiling of a memorial wall honoring their fallen comrades, who died more than four decades ago in what has become known as this country's "forgotten war." "If heroism is measured by the sacrifice of life, then our true heroes are the ones who have their names etched on the memorial wall we're dedicating today," said Bob Wada, president of the Japanese American Korean War Veterans.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
Re "Vets struggle to go from war to work," April 26 Veterans are a minority group representing about 8% of our nation's population, selflessly serving on behalf of the other 92%. They pledged their lives to defend our Constitution, which protects the many freedoms we take for granted. Some delivered on that pledge, while many are disabled for life from their military injuries. AMVETS, a national veterans organization, proposed a federal law to include veterans as a protected class against employment discrimination that currently includes race, age, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Trishna Patel
Using his Nikon D7000, Michael Ares snapped this haunting photo at The Arlington West Memorial   next to the Santa Monica Pier. Each Sunday from sunrise to sunset, the temporary memorial is set up by Veterans For Peace , a non-governmental organization committed to "raising public awareness of the true costs and consequences of military and war. " Follow Trishna Patel on  Twitter. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
SPORTS
July 24, 2010
Teams can get burned hanging onto expendable veterans too long. The Royals likely lost David DeJesus for the season with a torn ligament in his thumb when he crashed into the wall at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, and saw Jose Guillen hurt his value when he cost the Royals a run by not hustling in the same game. The Giants were scouting Guillen when he failed to get across the plate from second before Wilson Betemit was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. … Don Mattingly has been considered a manager in waiting by the Dodgers.
OPINION
September 23, 2012
Re "Senate GOP blocks veterans jobs measure," Sept. 20 I see the "party of no" is at it again. The Republicans in Congress don't care who they hurt, even the brave warriors who lay their lives on the line for our country. The recent jobs bill for veterans was blocked by Senate Republicans last week. It was designed to help veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks. It was being paid for, as The Times writes, by "imposing penalties on Medicare providers and suppliers who are delinquent on taxes and by collecting back taxes on others.
OPINION
September 29, 2012
Re "Shoddy care for veterans becomes campaign issue," Column, Sept. 26 I'm not in Rep. Henry Waxman's district, so I have no dog in his political fight over healthcare for veterans. But I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran who has received treatment at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs hospital. Nurses and doctors there have saved my life. I have had my eyesight restored and a life-threatening condition caused by Agent Orange treated on an ongoing basis. During this time, the repair and rehabilitation of old clinics has continued.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books. "I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is turning to Neil Eggleston, a veteran of the Whitewater and Iran-Contra confrontations between Capitol Hill and the White House, to help guide his administration through what could be stormy years ahead with Congress. Obama on Monday named Eggleston, a Washington lawyer who specializes in representing high-profile public figures in government investigations, as the next White House counsel. He replaces Kathryn Ruemmler, who has been seeking to vacate the White House hot seat for months.
SPORTS
April 20, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, with a man on third base and first base open. The Diamondbacks intentionally walked the left-handed Adrian Gonzalez, so right-hander Josh Collmenter could face the right-handed Yasiel Puig. "I think you have to," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "with the way Adrian's been swinging, and with what he did to them last week in Arizona. " Puig hit a three-run home run, estimated at 422 feet. AT THE PLATE: Gonzalez doubled, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Toa Lobendahn has practiced only 14 times at USC, but the freshman's performance during spring workouts has put him on track for a possible starting role on the offensive line in the fall. With senior Aundrey Walker and third-year sophomore Jordan Simmons sidelined while recovering from ankle and knee surgeries, respectively, Lobendahn took full advantage of the long look he received at guard. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Lobendahn has worked daily against veterans such as junior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods and senior linebacker Hayes Pullard . "It's not easy when you're supposed to still be a senior in high school," USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place.  Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas.  PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Stars Earn Stripes," NBC's military-themed reality competition show in which celebrities compete in a series of physical challenges, debuted Monday to a modest audience of 5.1 million viewers. But based on the number of people voicing their displeasure with it, it could be the most controversial show of the summer. The show, which features former Delta Force, Navy SEALS, Green Berets and Marines training celebrities such as Nick Lachey, Todd Palin and WWE wrestler Eve Torres in everything from helicopter drops to long-range weapons firing, has received heavy criticism from veterans groups, Nobel Peace Prize winners and Sharon Osbourne.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014
Patrick Seale Patrick Seale, 83, a veteran British journalist whose books established him as the leading expert on modern Syria, died Friday in London, according to family and friends. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Seale is best known for his authoritative biography of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East. " Published in 1988, the book is considered the definitive work on Assad, the father of Syria's current leader.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren remained unbeaten with the Dodgers. Haren gave up nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings but limited the damage to three runs. All three were scored in the third inning, which was capped by a solo home run by Eric Chavez. Haren departed from the game with the Dodgers leading, 7-3. "It was a war," Haren said. "It was one of those days. I kind of describe it like I was throwing under water. " Jamey Wright let the Diamondbacks back in the game in the seventh inning, when he gave up a three-run home run to Mark Trumbo that cut the Dodgers' lead to 8-6. Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save.
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