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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...


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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Event raises $10K for shelter for female war vets listen

08/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Early Saturday night in Ybor City, Romeo’s Art Gallery was the place to be in Tampa. Nearly 30 local artists were donating their art to help raise funds for a new shelter being constructed for 16 female Iraq war veterans from the Tampa Bay \area.

The name of the event was “Faces of Athena,” and it was the brainchild of former state legislator Sara Romeo. Romeo said she got the idea from her role as executive director for Tampa Crossroads.

Romeo said she then began researching the...

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Liberty Manor gets a makeover listen

07/28/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers gathered to begin renovations on Liberty Manor, a home for disabled and homeless military veterans located in Tampa. After becoming subject to costly code violations in May, the Pepsi Bottling Group Foundation and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, both nonprofit outreach groups, became partners and coordinated the repair services for Liberty Manor.

Nearly 15 months after being established in March 2006, Liberty Manor I was targeted by the Fire Marshall for ...


Castor on funding for veterans’ health care listen

02/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When the Defense Authorization Act passed two weeks ago, it included $450-million for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) of veterans.

A press conference today publicized this new funding which could be used to treat veterans with TBI at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Medical Center.

Traumatic Brain Injury is considered the signature injury of the U.S. war on Iraq because of the shocking number of returning veterans who have positive screening tests for TBI. That could be as many...

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