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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald testifies before a Senate committee in January 2016 on the VA's efforts to streamline the disability appeals process.
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Veterans with denied disability claims wait an average of four to five years for appeals hearings. The VA predicts the delay will get worse if Congress doesn't streamline the process.

Cpl. Fabian Purvis is leaving the Marines, and he's looking to land a job with the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Traditionally, the military did little for departing troops except hand them discharge papers. But in recent years, it has enacted a mandatory program to help service members prepare for civilian jobs or go back to school.

When asked in a room full of military veterans Monday whether he'd support a more holistic approach to mental health care for vets, Donald Trump said "yes." And then he made a comment that stirred outrage on social media.

"When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over. And you’re strong and you can handle it," Trump told a gathering of the Retired American Warriors PAC in Herndon, Virginia.

Despite what the sign on the fenceline says, hundreds of cars belonging to Santa Monica Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram sit on veterans' land in Westwood.
John Ismay / American Homefront

More than three years after a Federal judge said leasing land to for-profit companies on the West Los Angeles V.A. campus violated the rules under which the land was donated, a car dealership and school bus company continue to park hundreds of vehicles on three lots at the 388-acre campus.

Veterans Bobby McGee, Michael Horsley, and David Lee Murphy Jr. were forced to find new schools when ITT Tech shut down.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

Military veterans were among the people most affected by this month's shutdown of ITT Technical Institutes. More than six-thousand former service members were enrolled at the for-profit college chain.

Eric Fleming served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. He fought in the first Gulf War, and is still suffering ill effects from combat.
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Eric Fleming served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. He fought in the first Gulf War, and is still suffering ill effects from combat. John Ismay/KPCC

Starting Wednesday morning, military veterans began walking back and forth across Pasadena's scenic Colorado Street Bridge. Their goal: raise public awareness about the fact that 20 vets kill themselves in the U.S. every day.

The Colorado Street Bridge is a tragic icon - over the years, so many people have leaped from it to their deaths that it's earned the nickname "The Suicide Bridge."

Clinton, Trump fail to impress LA vets in forum

Sep 8, 2016
Josue Guerrero served as a Marine mortarman and saw combat in Iraq. After the "Commander in Chief Forum" showcasing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Mr. Guerrero said he's still open to hearing from a third-party candidate.
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Josue Guerrero served as a Marine mortarman and saw combat in Iraq. After the "Commander in Chief Forum" showcasing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Mr. Guerrero said he's still open to hearing from a third-party candidate. John Ismay/KPCC

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's appearance on a nationally televised forum on national security and veterans' issues Wednesday night left some military veterans in Los Angeles wishing they could hear more from third-party candidates.

Navy Nurse Anesthetist Christine Maclan hangs an intravenous drip while preparing the operating room for surgery. While nurse anesthetists can work independently in the military, they must work under a doctor's supervision at the V.A.
James R. Evans / U.S. Navy

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to allow specially trained nurses to do some things that doctors do now. That might reduce wait times for patients, but some doctors say it would worsen care for veterans.

Trump Promises VA Reforms in VFW Speech

Jul 26, 2016
Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence address the VFW convention in Charlotte.
Jay Price / American Homefront

A day after Hillary Clinton addressed the same group, Donald Trump received an enthusiastic response at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Clinton Pledges to Support Troops, Veterans In Speech to VFW

Jul 25, 2016
Attendees at the VFW convention take pictures of Hillary Clinton, whose image was displayed on a large video screen as she spoke.
Jay Price / American Homefront

Though she never mentioned him by name, Hillary Clinton repeatedly attacked Donald Trump's positions during her speech to the VFW. Trump will speak to the group Tuesday.

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