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Libby Denkmann

Libby Denkmann is KPCC's veterans and military reporter. She focuses on stories about active duty service members, veterans, and their families in Southern California.

Libby joined KPCC in 2016 as a fill-in host for the talk show "Take Two," and she later served as interim host of KPCC's Morning Edition. She is a regular fill-in host for Larry Mantle's AirTalk on KPCC, and her reporting can be heard nationally on APM's Marketplace Morning Report.

Before joining KPCC, Libby was an anchor and a reporter on KFI-AM  in Los Angeles. She began her journalism career in her native Seattle with the CBS News affiliate KIRO Radio. 

Her work was part of the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the deadly Oso, Washington landslide. She is a graduate of The University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

The VA hopes to roll out a national "whole health" program for veterans, offering them acupuncture, tai chi, yoga,and other alternative mental health therapies.

For her new album, Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with veterans to write songs about war, service, and life after the military.

In the first program of its kind in the nation, the West Los Angeles VA has opened its campus to veterans who sleep in their cars. Officials say it's a less-than-ideal starting point to help homeless vets.

The Bureau of Land Management has partnered with Team Rubicon - a veterans group - to train former service members to fight wildfires.

About 1.7 million troops are eligible to switch from a traditional pension plan to a blended plan that works more like a 401(k). But some lack the financial skills to evaluate their options.

A new program in Los Angeles is trying to provide female veterans with health care outside the VA, which some consider a male dominated environment.