Veterans News Service Los Angeles since 2012

Comprehensive News and Benefits Information for Veterans and their Family Members.

Terry Richards, Founder.

If Freedom doesn’t ring for Veterans, then for whom shall it ring?

Closeup Veterans For Obama News Conference 2012

Veterans For Obama News Conference 2012

Terry Richards has spent 26-years – 10,000 + hours – $10,000 + of his own money (Less than $1,000 in donations received) as a Nationally Recognized Veterans Rights Advocate, and 19-years as a Veterans Affairs Journalist.

  • Writing letters to VA Medical Directors on behalf of Veterans who were not being given proper medical attention or care.
  • Directly and indirectly helping homeless and otherwise financially disadvantaged Veterans apply for HUD Permanent Housing for Veterans or VA Temporary Housing Programs.
  • Representing Disabled Veterans or their Disabled Family Members at Paratransit Transportation Hearings after they were denied service.
  • Finding Veterans jobs.
  • Conducting Fundraisers and Recruiting Corporate Sponsors to help homeless Veterans.
  • Writing 300+ original stories and informational articles on VA Benefits, VA Misconduct, the plight of homeless Veterans, and other articles of interest to Veterans and Members of their Families since 1997,
  • Researching on the Internet and Law Libraries 38 United States CodeVeterans Benefits and Pensions, Social Security Laws, and other Laws and “Case Law” to write Briefs for Veterans for their Service-Connected Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance Claims.
  • Why Terry Richards Dedicated His Life to Helping Homeless and Disabled Veterans. https://vnsla.com/2013/02/18/whyidedicated/

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Veterans News Service Los Angeles www.vnsla.com and Columnist Terry Richards is to provide Veterans and their families an array of information on Veterans Affairs that is not ordinarily found on other Veterans sites on the Internet, especially information about VA Misconduct, and certain Claims and Benefits that the VA does not widely advertise nor really want Veterans and their Family Members to know about.

A further mission of  Veterans News Service Los Angeles and Columnist Terry Richards will be to write and post  articles with information about things of interest in the Greater Los Angeles area to Veterans and Members of their Family living in public or private housing or who may be homeless in the Greater Los Angeles area including but not limited to:

1. “Stand-downs”, VA and VA Funded Grant Per Diem Homeless Programs which including Transitional Housing,  HUD-VASH (VA Supported Housing) Voucher availability and other affordable housing availability and locations.

2. Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Foods.

3. Free food, free furniture, free security deposits for housing.

4. Federal Tort Claims and a list of Federal Tort Claim Attorneys to sue the VA for Damages due to Medical and other kinds of Negligence at VA Medical Centers by VA Employees or Agents for such Wrongful Actions and Omissions occurring in VA Hospitals, VA Domiciliaries, VA Nursing Homes and VA Grant Per Diems, including but not limited to Physical and Emotional Patient Abuse, and mistakes made during surgery and in the administration of medications which causes a Veteran-Patient pain and suffering and mental anguish or Wrongful Death.

5. Businesses that offer Discounts to Veterans.

6. Holiday Celebrations for Veterans and their Families…

Terry Richards

Above Photo is Terry Richards covering an IAVA event on “The Future of Veterans Affairs” for this Veterans Blog on December 14, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. https://vnsla.com/2015/12/17/iavafutureofva/

Because of all the research I have done, to help Veterans and write stories, as well as my multi-faceted Military and Civilian jobs and business experience, many Veterans and other people who know me say that:  I am The Go-To-Guy for information and how to get things done on just about anything.

 Terry is a Vietnam Era Veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 and who received a fully Honorable Discharge and the “Good Conduct Medal”.

Below is Terry Richards 46-minute “Life of a Veteran” Video recorded for the Library of Congress through the Veterans Life Video National High School Project… Terry is also an aspiring Voice-Over Actor and Member of Veterans in Film & Television since 2012. http://www.vftla.org

Terry Richards: Veterans Project

Terry has been an active non-compensated Veterans Rights Advocate since 1990. And in addition to writing and publishing informational articles and articles exposing VA misconduct, Terry has assisted Veterans with their VA and Social Security Disability claims, written letters to VA Medical Directors on behalf of Veterans who were not being given proper medical attention or care, and directly and indirectly helped homeless and otherwise financially disadvantaged Veterans apply and receive all the Benefits to which they are entitled, as well as to help them find housing and jobs.

Terry is also the former non-compensated Managing Editor of the Veterans Free Press Internet Newspaper (1998-2001 –“archived”), and Columnist, copyrighter, and Publisher of Veterans Corner by Terry Richards an ongoing Published Column since 1997 both on and off the Internet which has been Archived since Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, and the Inaugural of his New Blog Veterans News Service Los Angeles www.vnsla.com/about

*Archived VETERANS FREE PRESS by Terry Richards, Former Managing Editor, 1998-2001.  http://www.vfvs.com/TheVetsFreePressArchives1998_2001.html

BACKUP LINK                                                                                   After clicking onto link hit the “IMPATIENT BUTTON” to access the Archived Website quicker. http://web.archive.org/web/20010412180633/http://www.veteransfreepress.com/

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Below is information and links to just some of Terry Richards’ Post-Military Veterans’ Rights Advocacy.

Terry is also an Investigative Journalist, Columnist, and a Veterans Charities and Americans with Disabilities Compliance Watchdog, and Expert Consultant on Veteran Homelessness.     

Terry Richards’ Credentials as a Journalist and Veterans Rights Advocate

Jim Belushi interview at the 20th Annual Veterans Holiday Celebration in West Los Angeles December 02, 2012 of which was Belushi's 16th year of Volunteering to entertain Veterans and their Families with his "Sacred Hearts Band". Veterans News Service Los Angeles' Columnist Terry Richards was the only News Media to gain access for an interview with Belushi.

Jim Belushi interview at the 20th Annual Veterans Holiday Celebration in West Los Angeles December 02, 2012 of which was Belushi’s 16th year of Volunteering to entertain Veterans and their Families with his “Sacred Hearts Band”. Veterans News Service Los Angeles’ Columnist Terry Richards was the only News Media to gain access for an interview with Belushi.

https://vnsla.com/2012/12/04/jimbelushivhc/

______________________________________*News Media stories & Letters about Veterans Rights Advocate Terry Richards http://www.vfvs.com/pdffiles/VeteransRightsAdvocateFile_01.pdf

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*An initial VA Misconduct investigation by Veterans Rights Advocate Terry Richards prompts Investigative Reporter Noah Pransky of Tampa Bays’ 10-News to seek further investigation. There are 3-related stories. Click  here to read first full investigative report and to view video. 2nd related story:

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Veterans’ benefits in limbo after 10 News Investigators uncover another mistake http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/231644/250/Investigators-advocate-for-vets-after-another-VA-mistake

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Backup link to VA Mistake http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=231644 3rd related story:

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*The Lorraine Noddin Story:  https://vnsla.com/2013/07/31/lorrainenoddinstory/

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*Archived “VETERANS FREE PRESS” Terry Richards, Former Managing Editor, 1998-2001. After clicking onto link hit the “IMPATIENT BUTTON” to access the Archived Website quicker.    http://web.archive.org/web/20010412180633/http://www.veteransfreepress.com/

 

 • MILITARY SERVICE – While in the Service Terry took Basic Training and AIT Military Police School at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia and was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 95B – Military Policeman… Terry’s first tour of duty was with the Berlin Brigade in West Berlin, Germany for 15-months assigned to the 287th Military Police Company where he worked patrol and at the famous Checkpoint “Charlie,” and then later at the less famous Checkpoint “Alpha” in Helmstedt, West Germany as a Military Police Desk Sergeant E-5 which Terry was Awarded after only 16-months of Service… Although Terry had Orders to be re-assigned to Vietnam in October of 1969, when Terry reported to Ft. Lewis Washington because they needed an MP Desk Sergeant with a Secret Clearance, Terry was diverted to the 4th Missile Command’s “Camp Page” in Chunchon, Korea for 13-months where he worked as a Military Police Desk Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant. In November of 1970, Terry was Honorably Discharged from Service and also awarded the “Good-Conduct Medal.” Terry’s Rank at Discharge was Sergeant E-5.

MILITARY COMMENDATIONS: In 1970, while stationed at the above captioned Camp Page, Chunchon, Korea, myself and my partner Sergeant Ronald Hulsey of Bakersfield, California, received Commendations for rescuing a homeless and orphaned 10-year old Korean girl named Sung Hee from living in a garbage dump infested with lice and rats in the while on routine patrol of the city, and then finding her temporary housing at a nearby Catholic Convent. I then persuaded an American couple I knew, Mark and Evelyn Sterner from Santa Monica, California who were civilians living in the city to adopt Sung Hee and take her back to America to live. They in fact did adopt her and took back to the U.S. I last spoke to Sung Hee in 1976 at which time she was living in the Los Angeles area.  However, in late 2010, I did in fact contact Mark Sterner who sadly, advised me that Sung Hee was now living in Connecticut and working at one of the Indian Reservation Casinos but was no longer in touch with her due to personal family business matters.

VACATION TRAVEL WHILE IN THE MILITARY: While stationed in Germany Terry took Leaves and traveled to England, Holland, Belgium, France, Monaco, Spain, and Denmark… And while stationed in Korea, took a Leave to travel to Japan for “Expo 70”.

CIVILIAN JOBS: In 1971 Terry went back to college on the G.I. Bill and also worked part-time as a taxi driver, bell-hop, and condominium security. Then in about 1972 while a Police Science student at Miami-Dade Community College, Terry was offered a part-time job for Airport Security at Miami International Airport under the auspices of the U.S. Customs “Skyjack Program” and then also worked part-time as a clerk for U.S. Customs. Eventually, Terry was offered a full-time position with U.S. Customs but he respectfully declined as he preferred working in the private sector…

Then in  December of 1973 Terry earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Miami-Dade Community College.

In about April of 1974 Terry was hired by National Airlines as a Reservations Sales Agent in their Miami office… Then after a couple of years, Terry was one of 5-Agents who were appointed as System-Wide Sales and Service Training Supervisors to Train new Sales Agents from time to time. Terry also spent six-months in Los Angeles working for National during that period. While working for National Airlines Terry flew virtually free to Foreign and Domestic resort destinations such as Australia, Belize, Guatemala, Israel, and Hawaii…

In late 1978, Terry resigned from National Airlines to open Airline Travel Schools of America, a Licensed Private Vocational School for Travel and Tourism Training headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which Terry operated as co-owner, Director, and as an Instructor for from 1979-1982. After bad publicity from Airlines going out of business and furloughs of its employees, and Terry getting divorced, Terry had to close the school in 1982 and accepted a job offer from a long-time family friend for a sales position and eventually a sales management position with other companies in the home improvement business in Columbus, Ohio where he relocated and lived until 1997. During this same period in Ohio Terry also worked part-time as a Licensed Ohio Real Estate Sales Agent; purchased, managed and sold several rental properties of his own; and was also an Options Market “Day-Trader” and a Telemarketing Manager for a Mortgage Company… 

Then in March of 1997 after spending 15-years in Columbus, Ohio, Terry relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where he worked part-time mostly for temporary employment agencies and also where Terry started the Veterans Free Press Internet Newspaper in February of 1998 of which Terry was the non-compensated Managing Editor.

Unfortunately, in approximately October of 1998, due to a 12-year history of Major Depressive Disorder, and a 30-year history of Cluster Headaches, the most painful Headaches known to Mankind, Terry was no longer able to perform substantial gainful employment or activity and applied for Social Security Disability Insurance. In approximately January of 2000, Terry was awarded Social Security Disability Insurance (retroactive to 1998) and a Non-Service Connected VA Disability Pension. But Terry still Advocated and continues to Advocate for Veterans without compensation by setting his own limited hours to perform these services for Veterans.

In March of 2012, after spending 15-years in St. Petersburg, Florida, Terry relocated to Los Angeles to, among other things, pursue a belated Voice-Over and Radio Broadcasting career under the Social Security Disability Insurance “Ticket To Work” Progam, and Terry has been a Member of Veterans in Film & Television since 2012.

Please also visit my Independent Researcher page on Academia.Edu http://independent.academia.edu/TerryRichards

****CONTACT INFORMATION****

You can contact Veterans News Service Los Angeles and Founder-Columnist Terry Richards by E-mail @: vnsla@yahoo.com

Miscellaneous Photos of Terry at Events to which Terry was invited as a Member and/or was a Volunteer and/or covered for his Veterans Blog.

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Posing with friends Rick and Anthony on Christmas Day 2015 as volunteers for the Jewish War Veterans “Gift For Yanks” Program and passing out gifts for hospitalized Veterans at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

(L-R) Former 20th Century Fox CEO Chuck Ashman, Columnist Terry Richards, Hall of Fame Baseball Pitcher Tommy Lasorda, Kojak Co-Star Kevin Dobson at Jewish War Veterans Tribute to Medal of Honor recipient/Korean War Veteran Tibor Rubin who died on December 05, 2015 at age 86. It was held on December 20, 2015 at the CalVet Home West Los Angeles.

(L-R) Former 20th Century Fox CEO Chuck Ashman, Columnist Terry Richards, Hall of Fame Baseball Pitcher Tommy Lasorda, Kojak Co-Star Kevin Dobson at Jewish War Veterans Tribute to Medal of Honor recipient/Korean War Veteran Tibor Rubin who died on December 05, 2015 at age 86. It was held on December 20, 2015 at the CalVet Home West Los Angeles.

A day of Veteran camaraderie and friendship on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, El Segundo.

A day of Veteran camaraderie and friendship on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, El Segundo.

Veterans News Service Los Angeles Columnist Terry Richards at 23rd Annual Veterans Holiday Celebration December 06, 2015.

Terry Richards covering the 2015 Veterans Holiday Celebration at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

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Terry Richards/Me and Mike Farrell at the April 15, 2015 Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Mike is the President of Death Penalty Focus.

Terry Richards/Me and Mike Farrell at the April 15, 2015 Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Mike is the President of Death Penalty Focus.

Terry Richards/Me and Loreeta Swit at the April 2014 Annual Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Terry Richards/Me and Loretta Swit at the April 2014 Annual Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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My 66th Birthday, January 14, 2015 celebrated in Bretnwood West Los Angeles.

My 66th Birthday, January 14, 2015 celebrated in Bretnwood West Los Angeles.

Terry Richards at West Los Angeles VA Main Gate posing for fun for photo on right with cigarette in mouth like he is in Jail taken shortly after arriving in Los Angeles.

Photo on right is Me joking around and acting like I am in Jail at the inside fence of the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center at Wilshire and San Vicente intersections about the third week in March of 2012 just about 10-days after arriving in Los Angeles…

Me selling Obama Campaign Fundraising Memorabilia at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica Summer of 2012.

Me selling Obama Campaign Fundraising Memorabilia at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica Summer of 2012.

Me with Pink wrist band from Celebrity Event I was covering at West LA VA Medical Center before volunteering to Demonstrate with the Robert Rosebrock Veterans Home Advocate Group at their weekly Demonstration event.

Me with Pink wrist band provided by the Disney Aids Celebrity Fundraising Event I was covering at West LA VA Medical Center before volunteering to Demonstrate with the Robert Rosebrock Veterans Home Advocate Group at their weekly Demonstration.

Me/Terry Richards discussing the Homeless Veterans dilemma in Greater Los Angeles with Legendary Singer, Actor, and Song-Writer Pat Boone at the Nov 2012 annual "New Directions for Veterans" Charity Fundraising Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Me/Terry Richards discussing the Homeless Veterans dilemma in Greater Los Angeles with Legendary Singer, Actor, and Song-Writer Pat Boone at the Nov 2012 annual “New Directions for Veterans” Charity Fundraising Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

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