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Lawsuit Seeks to Return Irvine Veterans Cemetery to Core of Former El Toro Marine Basehttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Lawsuit-Seeks-to-Return-Irvine-Veterans-Cemetery-to-Core-of-Former-El-Toro-Marine-Base.aspx11/17/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleLawsuit Seeks to Return Irvine Veterans Cemetery to Core of Former El Toro Marine BaseThe location of Orange County’s first veterans cemetery may be decided in Superior Court as the result of a lawsuit filed by former Irvine Mayor Larry Agran. Agran’s suit against the city.
VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagonhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/VA-exploring-idea-of-merging-health-system-with-Pentagon.aspx11/17/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVA exploring idea of merging health system with PentagonAs part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability.
Don’t forget the VA’s role in emergency preparednesshttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Don’t-forget-the-VA’s-role-in-emergency-preparedness.aspx11/17/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleDon’t forget the VA’s role in emergency preparednessCongress is considering numerous bills that would defund and ultimately privatize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
Volunteers help repair veteran's home after it was vandalized while he was hospitalizedhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Volunteers-help-repair-veteran's-home-after-it-was-vandalized-while-he-was-hospitalized.aspx11/17/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleVolunteers help repair veteran's home after it was vandalized while he was hospitalized--- In the South Valley, a Korean War veteran's home was vandalized while a Visalia man was in the hospital.
Army to give medical care to vets involved in chemical, biological testinghttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Army-to-give-medical-care-to-vets-involved-in-chemical,-biological-testing.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleArmy to give medical care to vets involved in chemical, biological testingThe Army is required to provide medical care to veterans who took part in classified Army testing of chemical and biological substances decades ago, officials say.
Political Notebook: Napa wildfires tested state's gay veterans affairs secretaryhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Political-Notebook-Napa-wildfires-tested-state's-gay-veterans-affairs-secretary.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticlePolitical Notebook: Napa wildfires tested state's gay veterans affairs secretaryAs the Nuns and Atlas wildfires bore down on Napa County in early October, Dr. Vito Imbasciani received word that the Veterans Home of California-Yountville was in the path of the blazes.
More than 64,000 veterans apply for veteran designation on California driver licenseshttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/More-than-64,000-veterans-apply-for-veteran-designation-on-California-driver-licenses.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleMore than 64,000 veterans apply for veteran designation on California driver licensesIn the two years since Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed legislation authorizing a veteran designation on California driver licenses and identification cards, more than 64,000 veterans have visited their county Veterans Service Office to apply.
Lawmakers: Stop deporting noncitizen veteranshttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Lawmakers-Stop-deporting-noncitizen-veterans.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleLawmakers: Stop deporting noncitizen veteransAfter months of little response from the departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other lawmakers renewed efforts Thursday to stop the deportation of veterans from the U.S.
L.A. County leaders make a plea to feds in push to keep funds for homeless veteranshttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/L-A--County-leaders-make-a-plea-to-feds-in-push-to-keep-funds-for-homeless-veterans.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleL.A. County leaders make a plea to feds in push to keep funds for homeless veteransOfficials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decided in September to put local VA officials in charge of $264 million that had previously been set aside for specific programs to help homeless veterans.
Over 70,000 military sexual assaults took place last year -- Congress must take actionhttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/Pages/Over-70,000-military-sexual-assaults-took-place-last-year----Congress-must-take-action.aspx11/16/2017 8:00:00 AMtext/html; charset=utf-8 News ArticleOver 70,000 military sexual assaults took place last year -- Congress must take actionCongress should act swiftly to approve long overdue legislation introduced Thursday to strengthen the prosecution of sexual assault in the military. The Defense Department estimates that about 8,600 women and 6,300 men were sexually assaulted.

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