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STARS AND STRIPES/LA TIMES — The last memory Charles McDaniel had of his father was as a 3-year-old boy living on an U.S. Army base in Tokyo in 1950. His dad, coming home from work, picked him up and playfully swung him around in the air. For decades, that was pretty much all there was. Sometimes, he would look in the mirror and see a faint resemblance — though he thought his younger brother, Larry, inherited more of their dad’s features. Charles McDaniel thought about this Saturday morning as he stood and saluted before the flag-draped casket that held his father’s remains.
MILITARY TIMES | REBOOT CAMP – Over the past few weeks, the VFW has heard directly from too many veterans who have yet to receive their tuition and housing payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs for this fall semester, which student veterans rely on to pay rent and other living costs. Unfortunately, VA was not straightforward with student veterans affected by these financial hardships until the VFW called attention to it earlier this month.
MILITARY TIMES | REBOOT CAMP – As a combat veteran, I know firsthand how important it is to work together as a team. The same teamwork mentality has led to many great successes on Capitol Hill. As the legislative director of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), I have worked hard to establish a reputation as a consensus builder. I strive to be the type of person who wants to understand both sides of a situation. Recently, EANGUS has been trying to collaborate with the Department of Education (ED) to create an environment of transparency for student veterans to access information about higher education. We firmly believe that information empowers student veterans to make better decisions about their future.
INLAND EMPIRE U.S. — Moreno Valley College (MVC) was selected as one of 208 higher education institutions from across the nation as Best for Vets by the Military Times, an independent source for news and information for military members and their families. While this is the ninth year for the rankings, it marks the first time that MVC has been ranked. Norco College (NC), a sister college in the Riverside Community College District, has been ranked previously. MVC was ranked 25th among community colleges across the nation. NC was 12th and the highest ranked community college in California. In all, only four California community colleges were ranked by the Military Times; Pasadena (13th) and Southwestern (28th) in Chula Vista were the only other colleges ranked from California. Central Community College-Nebraska was the overall No. 1-ranked community college.
MILITARY TIMES — When asked how he was doing in a recent interview, Henry Owens didn’t hesitate to answer: “Blessed.” Until recently, the 32-year-old Navy veteran was living on the streets of Kansas City, Missouri, struggling to keep a job and lacking close family members or friends who could lend him a bed to sleep on, or even a couch. “My PTSD just kind of kicked in wholeheartedly,” he said. “I was struggling and dealing with that, and that just kept me in a cycle of not being independent and taking care of myself.”
TIMES OF SAN DIEGO — Far too many of our military vets, who put their lives on the line for our country, find that when they return their lives are again at risk because they can’t afford a safe and stable home. Many are even forced to live on the street. Is this really how we show our appreciation for all they’ve sacrificed? Many vets also return home and struggle to re-integrate to civilian life. According to the California Department of Veteran Affairs, 55 percent of homeless veterans suffer from mental health issues and 70 percent have substance or alcohol abuse problems.
MILITARY TIMES — In the market for a good school where you can use your education benefits? We surveyed hundreds of colleges across the country and used their answers, combined with federal data, to rank them in the areas of university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support and costs and financial aid. Read about our top finishers below and check out the full list of schools in the charts to help inform your decision.
PALM SPRINGS DESERT SUN – The transgender woman depicted on 8th District congressional candidate Tim Donnelly’s campaign billboard in Twentynine Palms did not consent to Donnelly using her image and the photographer has found an attorney to pursue legal recourse.
REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHT – The 13th annual North Valley Stand Down kicked into high gear Friday as homeless and at-risk veterans sought a variety of free care at the Shasta District Fair grounds in Anderson.
KCAL9 – The Veterans Business Network is helping Southern California veterans with after-service career development and business networking. Find more information on VIBNETWORK.ORG.
THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN – The needs of veterans and their families are vast and complex. Government departments such as Defense and Veterans Affairs, while providing a tremendous amount of support to veterans and their families, have been challenged in recent years by the enormous increasing needs of this sector. More than 2.7 million U.S. military personnel have been deployed since 2001, the year the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. California is estimated to have the second-largest population of veterans (1.7 million) in the nation with more than 40,000 veterans calling Kern County home.