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County Speeds Up Rent Checks For Homeless Vets

Jun 9, 2016

L.A. County housing officials are crediting a new incentive program with getting previously reticent landlords to lease to homeless veterans in an incredibly tight rental market.

Emilio Salas, L.A. County Housing Authority's deputy executive director, said Wednesday the agency has successfully used up all of its 1,500 federal housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

The U.S. Senate passed a bill which included a provision to help injured veterans conceive children. It would cover the cost of fertility treatment under their VA benefits.    

US. Senator Patty Murray’s amendment would allow veterans with service-connected injuries that prevent them from conceiving naturally to pursue procedures like in vitro fertilization. The procedure combines harvested eggs and sperm outside the body.

Laura Herzog stands in front of a newly stuccoed wall that will soon become a memorial to all the Americans killed in action since 9/11.
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Laura Herzog stands in front of a newly stuccoed wall that will soon become a memorial to all the Americans killed in action since 9/11. KPCC/John Ismay

For two years, Laura Herzog has been on a mission to honor the nearly 7,000 military service members who've been killed in America's wars since 9/11.

A National Guard soldier from Seattle has died in Iraq. The Department of Defense says the officer's death was not combat related.

The Army says 1st Lt. David A. Bauders died Friday on Iraq's Al Asad Airbase.  He’d been deployed since April to Iraq and Kuwait with the 176th Engineer Company of Snohomish.

Homelessness in Los Angeles County rose by nearly 6 percent to 46,874 people over the past year, according to the results of a new homeless census released Wednesday morning.

Max Uriarte, who created  Terminal Lance, a web comic wildly popular among military service members, is now enjoying mainstream success with his first graphic novel.

A military veteran cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening UCLA's new Intensive Treatment Program, which aims to help vets and their families cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
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Retired Army General Pete Chiarelli speaks at the opening of UCLA's new Intensive Treatment Program, which aims to help vets and their families cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Chiarelli himself served multiple tours in Iraq. John Ismay/KPCC

A new clinic at UCLA aimed at treating military veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress will also extend treatment to patients' families.

North Carolina’s Congressional delegation is vowing to continue its two-year fight to save Fort Bragg's 440th Airlift Wing.

Ribbon cutting at VA complex
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The U.S. Senate has  authorized $35 million to create new housing for homeless military veterans on the Department of Veterans Affairs' campus in Westwood, California.

Chinese soldiers have landed in Washington – but don’t be alarmed.

Eighty members of the People’s Liberation Army are in the state this week learning about disaster response. They’re working alongside troops from Joint Base Lewis McChord as well as personnel from the National Guard and state and federal agencies.

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