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August 30, 2012 | By Shannon P. Meehan
July saw a record number of suicides in the Army and among recent veterans. I was nearly one of them. I suffer from both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the two most common conditions of suicidal veterans. Sometimes life becomes overwhelming. This summer, as has happened often before, I experienced severe depression, which leads to isolation. Then, when I was feeling most hopeless, I also started feeling tremendously reckless. I found myself feeling aggressive and impulsive, feelings that fuel erratic behavior.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
In a victory for veterans and preservationists, a former World War II-era barracks at the Orange County Fairgrounds will be spared the wrecking ball after all. The Orange County Fair Board agreed Monday to examine relocating the historic Memorial Gardens Building, first to a temporary site and then to a yet-to-be determined, permanent location on the 150-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "This is just a tremendous and exciting effort," said Nick Berardino, a fair board member and a Vietnam veteran.
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.
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