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Veterans Reintegration

10/06/09 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The University of South Florida held a forum on the issues surrounding the integration of veterans back into society this morning. Retired U.S. Marine Corps General Martin Steele presented his views on the challenges facing returning veterans.

General Steele started his military career as a private in Vietnam, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General, and subsequently served as President and CEO of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. Steele said that Iraq and Afghanis...

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Veteran' Benefits Fair held at USF Sundome listen

03/16/09 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Second Annual Welcome Home Celebration for Florida’s active duty military members and veterans who have returned after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan was held at the USF Sundome on Saturday.

The Welcome Home Celebration was hosted by the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital. Guest speakers included Congressional representatives of Kathy Castor and Gus Bilirakis; they thanked the veterans for their service and dedication. In addition, more than 100 organizations and businesses were a...

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Event to celebrate veterans is Saturday at USF listen

03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reside in the Tampa Bay area, and this Saturday at the USF Sundome, there will be an event that will provide a variety of services for them.

Nolan Henson is a program director at the James Haley Hospital, the host of Saturday’s event.

The hospital will be hosting a “Welcome Home Celebration for Florida’s active-duty military members and veterans” who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan this Saturday, beginning at 1...

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Sarasota-Manatee group gets grant to help returning war vets listen

02/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee a grant of $300,000 over the next two years to assist families experiencing negative effects from military service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Research shows that one in every five veterans who have served in either of those countries suffers from depression or a stress disorder.

Rose Chapman, president and CEO of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS), said the grant will...

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Washington's battle against America's veterans

02/18/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: we’ll look at the way returning veterans from Iraq are being treated by our government.

But first several listener comments about yesterday’s debate over the Employee Free Choice Act between a spokesperson for the Florida AFL-CIO and the President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Our guest today is Aaron Glantz, he is the author of the new book *The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America...

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Discussion on criminalization of the mentally ill

01/15/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me while I was away. Our guest today is Florida Southern College Professor Risdon Slate who has co-written a new book with Wesley Johnson called The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Florida.

According to our guest: "In 1955, there were over 559,000 residents in state (mental) hospitals in the United States. Today there are less than 60,000 residents…… Where has some of ...

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Vietnam vet overcomes addiction and homelessness

11/11/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up: an interview with a Vietnam veteran who survived post traumatic stress, homelessness and drug addiction to turn his life around.

But first some comments about last week’s program both online and on the phones there were several complaints about last Thursday’s interview regarding the hydrogen assisted power for cars and trucks. You can see the discussion online at wmnf.org/news.

Today this country marks Ve...

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Courts could help vets caught in criminal justice system listen

10/31/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hundreds of thousands of combat-tested veterans are adjusting to civilian life after returning from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of them commit crimes. A new court program is assisting veterans who have become entangled in the criminal justice system.

Judge Robert Russell is an Erie County judge in Buffalo, New York; he presides over the country’s first Veterans Treatment Court. Like the more common drug courts and mental health courts, Judge Russell’s veteran’s court u...

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Protesters rally against veterans fair listen

08/11/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Rain did not stop hundreds from gathering at East Lake High School on Saturday for the second annual Military Day and Veterans Resources Fair held by Rep. Gus Bilirakis. While most of the crowd was there to enjoy the festivities, about 50 protesters rallied on the edge of the school property.

Rep. Bilirakis said the purpose of the fair was to raise public awareness of the services and benefits available to veterans and their families in Pinellas County. Organizations such as Disabled Amer...

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Bay Pines treatment program is a model in Florida listen

08/05/08 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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According the Alzheimer’s Association, 5 million people in the country have some form of dementia, and that number will only grow as the population ages. Though there is no cure for cognitive impairments, research has shown mental stimulation offered at dementia day treatment centers prolongs the time a patient can live functionally outside of a long term care facility. Pinellas County’s Bay Pines VA center offers such a program, and may be a model for the state - and nation - to follow....

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