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July 13, 1988 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
The Senate, in an election-year bow to the nation's 28 million veterans, voted overwhelmingly Monday to make the Veterans Administration the 14th Cabinet department. The 84-11 vote virtually assures that the Department of Veterans' Affairs will be created in 1989, ending a 35-year struggle to raise the status of the independent agency. The legislation first must go to a conference to reconcile minor differences with a parallel House bill, which was passed 399 to 17 in November.
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November 11, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama pledged Monday to honor the nation's debt to its military veterans by improving healthcare, job support and educational opportunities for those who have served. In his annual Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama declared that the war in Afghanistan is coming to a close but vowed that the commitment of the U.S. government to the men and women in uniform will continue. “Even as we make difficult fiscal choices as a nation, we're going to keep making vital investments in our veterans,” Obama told a group of veterans, joined by their friends and family members.
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NEWS
May 3, 1987
A federal judge in San Francisco reaffirmed a $120,000 fine assessed the Veterans Administration for destroying evidence related to veterans' claims they were exposed to radiation during nuclear tests during and after World War II. The sharply worded order issued by U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel requires the Veterans Administration to reimburse the National Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Vacant beds at the Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles will be filled by homeless vets on state waiting lists for nursing home care, authorities said Thursday. The arrangement is part of stepped-up federal assistance, including expanded rental housing vouchers and medical outreach teams, that the Veterans Administration is promising the 6,000 veterans who live on the streets of Los Angeles County. The joint announcement from California's senior senator, Democrat Diane Feinstein; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills)
NEWS
March 24, 1988
Federal employees are not immune from lawsuits charging that they have ridiculed or harassed the women they supervise, a federal judge in Newark, N. J., ruled in refusing to dismiss sexual harassment charges against three supervisors at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in East Orange. "To participate in or condone sexual harassment and scoff at its victims is not within the scope of any employee's official duties," U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1989
A dozen members of a new group called Vietnam Veterans in Recovery gathered outside the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Los Angeles on Thursday to protest cuts in special treatment for people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Their complaint centered on a 2-year-old program that is being discontinued at the 600-acre West Los Angeles facility. The program has provided one full-time psychiatrist and a part-time social worker to aid those with the disease.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1988 | From Reuters
The Veterans Administration Friday cut its maximum interest rate for guaranteed home loans to 9.5% from 10.5% as the housing industry was showing signs of weakness. The rate, the lowest since last April, when it was also 9.5%, will take effect on Monday. VA home loans may be used to purchase, improve or refinance a house or condominium and to purchase or refinance a manufactured home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Vacant beds at the Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles will be filled by homeless vets on state waiting lists for nursing home care, authorities said Thursday. The arrangement is part of stepped-up federal assistance, including expanded rental housing vouchers and medical outreach teams, that the Veterans Administration is promising the 6,000 veterans who live on the streets of Los Angeles County. The joint announcement from California's senior senator, Democrat Diane Feinstein; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Fifteen years ago former Pfc. and military police officer Jerry Whiteside had two masks tattooed on his left bicep, one smiling, one frowning. Inspired by the woman he was dating, an interest in theater and an assortment of substances in his system, Whiteside felt the tattoo was the logical step. "I read from Shakespeare, and I always had the dream of being in theater," Whiteside said. "I wear a comedy and tragedy tattoo on my arm, and most people will call it 'Smile now, cry later,' and I tell them, 'No, that's not what it stands for.'" Little did he know that more than a decade later, he would be symbolically reunited with the images imprinted on his skin.
OPINION
June 2, 2012
Priority for the limited space allocated among the 60 to 70 letters that run each week is given to readers responding to news stories, editorials or Op-Ed articles. So although letters responding to other letters do come in, they seldom run. Sometimes, however, a group of letters on a single Times article touches a nerve with readers and provokes numerous responses. This week, one group of letters in particular - Wednesday's responses to Bobby Shriver's Memorial Day Op-Ed article on housing homeless veterans, most of them indignant over what Shriver called an unkept promise by the Obama administration - drew more than a dozen responses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Twenty-six combat veterans launched academic careers Saturday with a weekend excursion to the San Jacinto Mountains. They were members of the Veterans' Learning Collaborative at Pasadena City College, a new program designed to help veterans adjust to the challenges of higher education and overcome the physical injuries and lingering anxieties of battlefield service. "The move from military to college is a natural transition, but a difficult one," said Harold Martin, an associate professor of psychology at the college and a member of the program.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2009 | David Lazarus
As the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that bills itself as "the nation's largest public health plan," Howard Kahn knows a thing or two about public options for health insurance. And he gives cautious approval to the compromise plan unveiled in the Senate last week to break the logjam on healthcare reform and steer negotiations into the homestretch. The Senate proposal, which is still a work in progress, would forgo a purely public insurance plan in favor of a government-administered program offered by private insurers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Two women, one a noted cancer researcher and the other an electrical engineering expert and veteran academic administrator, were nominated Friday to become chancellors at UC San Francisco and UC Davis, respectively. Currently, only one woman, Marye Anne Fox at UC San Diego, heads any of the system's 10 campuses.
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March 28, 2007 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
As the director of the veterans' facility explains it, he was simply complying with a request from national headquarters for a "comprehensive self-report" on any maintenance problems at the World War II-era complex near Medford, Ore. There was a periodic problem with bats and the occasional leaky roof, the assessment noted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2004 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
When Samuel Edwards left San Francisco for Ventura County in 1971, the young doctor had plans to open the intensive care unit at tiny Santa Paula Memorial Hospital -- and to sink roots into the fertile farming valley his ancestors had helped settle a century before. Now Edwards, whose gentlemanly style is a throwback to a bygone era, is helping to reestablish the bankrupt Santa Paula hospital as the emergency lifeline of the Santa Clara River Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The city manager in Twentynine Palms for the last 10 years was hired Thursday for that post in Rancho Santa Margarita. James Hart, 49, has spent more than 25 years in city government. He succeeds William Talley, interim city manager, who helped start the new city's government two years ago. Hart will be paid $151,000 a year and will start May 6.
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