Libby Denkmann

Veterans and Military Reporter

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More military veterans live in Southern California than anywhere else in the nation. I tell their stories -- from those who excel after discharge to those who falter. How is America supporting its commitment to veterans and their families? How are we falling short?

Stories by Libby Denkmann

Freshmen Democrats Talk Impeachment At Anaheim Fundraiser

Orange County Democrats took a moment on Saturday to pat themselves on the back for flipping a longtime Republican stronghold blue. 

Voters Test Drive New Balloting System At Mock Elections

Officials unveiled new ballot-marking machines that will be installed at vote centers throughout the county starting with the March 2020 primary election.

CA Is Fighting The Trump Admin Over GI Bill Payments

A weird legal loophole called the 90-10 Rule makes GI Bill payments vital to the growth of the for-profit college industry. That's made veterans targets for recruiters who may convince them to enroll in dubious programs -- only to leave them buried in debt with junk diplomas.

A First For An Army Infantry Division: A Female Commander

The Army’s 40th Infantry Division welcomed a new commander at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos on Saturday.

GAO Says Pentagon Should Do More To Prep For Climate Change

For close to a decade, the Department of Defense has recognized the growing threat of climate change for military installations.

My Job Is To Make Sure LA Veterans’ Stories Get Told. What Do You Want To Know?

I want our listeners to understand the role vets play in our lives and the struggles they face, but I need your help.

Fallen Vietnam Sailor Raul Guerra Returns Home

Over half a century ago, a young sailor from Montebello, CA died in a plane crash in a remote, mountainous area of Vietnam.

'United Airlines Memorial Coliseum?' Veterans protest USC's $69M renaming plan

Los Angeles veterans say the facility should stay true to its origin as a World War I memorial.

SoCal military construction may be delayed for border wall

President Trump wants to pull up to 3.6 billion dollars from the the Pentagon's military construction budget to pay for his long-promised border wall.

Military helicopters over Los Angeles, explained

If you heard or saw military helicopters flying in formation over Southern California on Tuesday, you weren't alone.

Irvine law students go without federal aid and loans

Southern California college students who attend classes at Argosy University, Art Institute, or Western State College of Law have been going without financial aid and money from federal loans for weeks while their schools’ parent organization moves along the road to bankruptcy.

Audit finds CalVet is mismanaging state vets homes

California's Department of Veterans Affairs, or CalVet, maintains 8 homes for disabled and elderly veterans. A new audit says the state is mismanaging this land and under-charging for rent, ultimately hurting veterans.

A camp for military veterans offers healing and friendship

Wounds caused by military service can stay with troops long after they leave the armed forces.

Man arrested after Pasadena police detonate suspicious device found near KPCC headquarters

The device that authorities said Monday appeared to be a real explosive was not. “All it was a plastic container used to ship drugs,” said Jason Clawson, a lieutenant for the Pasadena police.

Judge denies bail for white supremacists arrested in CA

For a second time this month, federal authorities have arrested members of a Southern California-based white nationalist group with a short but violent history.