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March 7, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis
For years, they have cringed at Hollywood's portrayals of the Iraq and Afghan wars. And don't get them started on the inaccuracies in the Oscar-nominated film "The Hurt Locker." Now, five veterans have been offered a chance to make their own documentaries about the consequences of the wars for them and for those around them. Commissioned by Brave New Foundation, they will produce and direct short films on topics including the Muslim experience in the U.S. military and veterans making the transition from the battlefield to the college campus.
November 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun its investigation into the crash at a railroad crossing in Midland, Texas, where a freight train hit a parade float carrying veterans, killing four, officials said Friday. The crash turned what had been expected to be a celebration of veteran pride into a scene of destruction. Two flatbed tractor-trailers were carrying wounded veterans and their families to a banquet during a local veterans support group's parade on Thursday afternoon when a Union Pacific train hit one of the vehicles as the parade was crossing the tracks, according to officials.
February 22, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
With thousands of service members returning home to California after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new push is underway to help disabled veterans get more work -- especially those who own or are launching small businesses. "These guys coming back need a start," said Robert Brown, a disabled veteran who owns a business in San Clemente and is president of the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance. U.S. veterans -- particularly disabled ones -- are eligible for a wide variety of government benefits for medical care, housing and education.
November 14, 2007 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The stress and depression caused by combat in Iraq often don't appear until a few months after a soldier has returned home, researchers reported today. Six months after their deployment ended, the number of soldiers referred for mental health care was nearly three times as high as when they first returned, and the number reporting relationship problems with their families and others had quadrupled, according to results from a new screening tool used by the military to assess the troops' mental health.
October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1 in 8 veterans under age 65 is uninsured, a finding that contradicts a common assumption that all vets qualify for free healthcare through the Veterans Affairs Department, researchers found. The researchers at Harvard Medical School projected that about 1.8 million veterans overall lack health coverage. That's an increase of 290,000 since 2000. The researchers said most uninsured veterans were in the middle class and were ineligible for VA care because of their incomes.
January 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Wal-Mart has been coming under a lot of fire lately. Two of its suppliers were found to have been making goods in a factory where 112 people died in Bangladesh , and employees throughout the country walked out of the store on one of the busiest retail days of the year to protest bad working conditions. But the company, never a crowd favorite at worker-solidarity gatherings, may be trying to improve its image. In a speech to the National Retail Federation in New York on Tuesday, Chief Executive Bill Simon said the company would hire any returning veteran who wanted a job. He also said the company would buy more products from the U.S. and help more employees become full time.
June 18, 2011 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
On Dec. 16, 1944, 21-year-old Army Cpl. Gordon Hearne found himself in an hours-long gun battle with German soldiers in the Belgium countryside — one of countless such stories that marked the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, Germany's last major offensive and a turning point in World War II. On Saturday, Hearne, now 87, was formally thanked by King Albert II of Belgium for his service. In a ceremony at Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park, Hearne was awarded the Knight of the Order of the Crown by Belgium's consul general in Los Angeles.
May 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Vandals burned 33 American flags that decorated veterans' graves for Memorial Day and replaced some of them with scrawled swastikas, authorities said in Orcas Island. The swastikas appeared where 14 of the flags had been. "This is not an act of free speech. This is a crime," Sheriff Bill Cumming said.
March 20, 1997
A daylong creative arts festival at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center in North Hills drew the participation of dozens of veterans Wednesday, including four who dropped out of the sky to join the event. The four-man skydiving crew, all of them veterans, provided the midday entertainment at the event that featured the creativity of local veterans, which ranged from abstract paintings to piano recitals.
December 7, 1996 | DADE HAYES
A memorial to veterans promised by the city nearly 50 years ago will finally be dedicated today at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park. City Councilman Mike Feuer will join veterans from American Legion Post 193 and their families for a 10 a.m. ceremony at the park at 14201 Huston St. "I hope it makes everyone realize what's been going on with the veterans," said Bob Meyer, an American Legion member who had lobbied for years for the memorial. "Not many people give a hoot about veterans anymore."
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