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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials are considering mandating that veterans make up a significant percentage of workers hired for most county construction projects. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the requirement, said it's a needed step to reduce unemployment and homelessness for veterans who live in the county. "The most potent antidote to homelessness, to mental illness, is a job and housing," he said. He said he had chosen veterans as the targeted group because the population includes people from across the spectrum in age, gender and ethnicity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Veterans' groups met to discuss plans for a veterans' cemetery in Shasta County, after reports that the state could not afford to help pay for the site. The state appears unable to pay for the cemetery's annual grounds maintenance, estimated to cost from $750,000 to $900,000 a year, said Willie Preston, district director for Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa (R-Biggs). Construction for the cemetery was tentatively set to begin April 1, but state officials said it could be delayed for about a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Athletes in wheelchairs who are from the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are expected to compete beginning Saturday in the 17th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in San Diego, event organizers announced this week. The local veterans will be among 600 athletes from 40 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Great Britain vying for medals at the games, which will continue through July 10.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
After completing military service, many veterans are being targeted by a new set of recruiters who, instead of pushing for another tour of duty, are touting small-business ownership. Attracted to the self-discipline, work ethic and perseverance needed to succeed in the military, dozens of U.S. franchise companies are increasingly looking to former military personnel in their efforts to sign up high-quality franchisees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
A memorial to recognize Huntington Beach veterans killed or missing from all conflicts dating back to World War I will be built at the Civic Center. Huntington Beach veterans groups will raise the $20,000 needed build the memorial, which will bear the names of about 90 people. "I believe these men need to be honored. They gave the ultimate sacrifice for the city and their country," said Vietnam veteran Bob Kakuk, a 25-year resident who is spearheading the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1998 | HOLLY EDWARDS
It's been circulated on the Internet and in church newsletters, but the rumor that veterans must register at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital by today or lose their health-care benefits for life is false. Since a private citizen posted the false information on the Internet in March, the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center has received more than 100 calls daily, said VA public affairs specialist Joe Davidson.
NEWS
August 3, 1995 | Associated Press
Prosecutors say more than a dozen veterans across the country have been duped out of their medals by a man who promised to frame the decorations for them but then replaced them with cheap imitations. Stephen Pyne, 35, a budget official for rural Carroll County north of Baltimore, was charged Wednesday with stealing military decorations from three retired military officers around Annapolis.
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