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Oakland VA Office Makes Veterans Wait 618 Days for Disability Pay

March 13, 2013 | 9:19 am

Oakland VA Office Makes Veterans Wait 618 Days for Disability Pay

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by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide key information to Congress and the public that shows the agency’s ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under President Barack Obama. Infographic: Veterans waiting longer Internal VA documents, obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated […]

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February 13, 2013 | 5:04 pm

Navy SEAL Involved in bin Laden Killing Finds Support in Washington

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By Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden was on Capitol Hill attending a series of private conversations Tuesday with congressional leaders. The meetings came a day after a story in Esquire revealed that the man who killed the al-Qaida leader was unemployed and waiting for […]

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February 11, 2013 | 11:45 am

Navy Seal Who Killed Osama bin Laden Unemployed, Waiting For Disability Benefits

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By Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting The Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden is unemployed and waiting for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an exclusive story for Esquire by Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Shooter adds many details to what already is known […]

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Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

February 8, 2013 | 10:59 am

Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait For Benefits

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by Aaron Glantz, Shane Shifflett, Center For Investigative Reporting Under fire for its growing backlog of disability benefits claims, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs last July set itself a goal: By year’s end, 40 percent of veterans would wait no more than four months for an answer on compensation claims for conditions as serious […]

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Hearing Probes Drone Strikes Against Americans

February 7, 2013 | 11:33 am

Hearing Probes Drone Strikes Against Americans

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominated to head the CIA, John Brennan told a protest-disrupted Senate confirmation hearing Thursday the United States employs drone strikes only as a deterrent against imminent terrorist threats, not as punishment for previous actions, firmly defending the controversial attacks that have killed three Americans and an unknown number of foreigners. “Nothing could […]

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News Pix: Oakland Shootings Humanized, LGBT Band at Inauguration, Richmond Basketball Win

January 25, 2013 | 12:03 pm

News Pix: Oakland Shootings Humanized, LGBT Band at Inauguration, Richmond Basketball Win

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Richmond Oilers head coach Rob Collins dances with his team in the locker room after they defeated the Kennedy Eagles Friday night. “Winning is very addictive,” he told his players. “Right now you’re starting to get a taste of it. We’re hitting our stride.” (Tyler Orsburn/Richmond Confidential) A miner with Sutter Gold Mining searches the […]

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Transcript: Glenn Greenwald, Mark Bowden Debate ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Depiction of Torture

January 11, 2013 | 3:21 pm

Transcript: Glenn Greenwald, Mark Bowden Debate ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Depiction of Torture

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The film Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But the movie has also drawn a substantial amount of criticism, including from senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, for promoting what they say is the idea that torture played a role in […]

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Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

December 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

Number of Veterans Who Die Waiting for Benefits Claims Skyrockets

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by Aaron Glantz, The Bay Citizen After seven months of delay, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally approved World War II veteran James Alderson’s pension benefits last week. But it was not a cause for celebration or relief for Alderson, whose life’s work was the farm supply store he founded near Chico after returning home […]

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SF Lawsuit Demands Combat Roles for Women

November 27, 2012 | 3:26 pm

SF Lawsuit Demands Combat Roles for Women

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They get shot at. They get bombed. The risk death for their country. Now some military women are fighting for the right to official combat positions. On Tuesday, four women represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in San Francisco challenging a 1994 ban on women in combat roles. The women argue […]

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News Pix: Cap-and-Trade Auctions; Scanning the Skies; Richmond Football!

November 16, 2012 | 12:48 pm

News Pix: Cap-and-Trade Auctions; Scanning the Skies; Richmond Football!

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Six-year-old Aubrey Bown places a red carnation to honor her uncle, James Suh, a U.S. Navy SEAL, who was shot down in Korangal Valley, Afghanistan. Cupertino hosted the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Park.  (Anna Li/Peninsula Press) California held its first cap-and-trade auction this Wednesday, where companies will pay for permission to emit greenhouse […]

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