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Pasco WWII vet mustard gassed by U.S. experiments still waiting on VA benefits listen

06/26/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: military, Bill Nelson, Navy, mustard gas, veteran, VA, Florida, npr, World War, benefits


American service members who were exposed to toxic mustard gas during secret testing by the U.S. military during World War II have developed severe physiological ailments. An NPR investigation found the Department of Veterans Affairs has not lived up to a promise to compensate the 4,000 men subjected to the most extreme tests. Here is the story of a Pasco County man who says he was exposed and is not getting medical treatment from the government.

John Tedesco and his wife share a home in S...

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President Obama tells MacDill troops no US ground combat in Iraq or Syria listen

09/17/14 Samuel Johnson and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Barak Obama, POTUS, Iraq, ISIL, ISIS, MacDill, Central Command, military, Troops


Wednesday in Tampa President Barack Obama reiterated that American troops would not have a combat role in the fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. This comes after the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested Tuesday that there could be U.S. “boots on the ground” if the situation warranted.

After meeting with advisers at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Air Force Base, the president told about 1,200 members of the military they won’t be sent to Iraq for a ground war.

After th...

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The secret world of drones: how pilots learn to fly them listen

07/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: drones, UAV, unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance, military


Whether they’re used for dropping bombs, spying on suspected criminals or deliver packages, drones are a controversial topic. So, who flies them? Mike Sobkowski is the director of training and simulation for Corsair engineering. He says just about anyone can learn and a growing number of universities are offering classes. Sobkowski gave WMNF a behind-the-scenes look at the secret world of flying drones.

“What’s lift? What’s drag? What’s weight? What’s thrust? And then from there, to tea...

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Tampa turns into mock war zone for Mayor's "rescue" listen

05/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: military, special forces, special operations, War, militarization, Bob Buckhorn, Macdill AFB


Hundreds of spectators lined the Harbor Island Bridge in downtown Tampa to watch a full scale military demo. Wednesday afternoon, an international group made up of special ops experts from 16 countries including the U.S. had one mission – rescue Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn.

“They just let me shoot the guns.”

Matt Allen is a Lt. Commander with Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force base.

“Part of the exercise is to have somebody to be a hostage, some bad actors. In this cas...

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Veterans get hiring boost from national group listen

05/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: veterans, military, Hiring our Heroes, Chamber of Commerce, jobs


Military veterans and their spouses looking for a job had a chance to get face to face with Tampa Bay area employers Tuesday at a job fair in Temple Terrace.

“Their agreement basically reads that they’re expected to bring 3-4 jobs per employer.”

That’s Ernie Lombardi, Southeast regional associate for the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that hosts Hiring our Heroes job fairs in cities across the U.S.

“Nationally, we’re seeing anywhere from 12-15% of some type of hires ...

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Helen Benedict talks about the Pentagon lifting the ban on women serving in combat

01/31/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University who won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice in 2008. Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent non-fiction book THE LONELY SOLDIER: THE PRIVATE WAR OF WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press) won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and was the inspiration for the award winning and Oscar nominate...

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Reaction to long segment of unearthed Mitt Romney fundraiser speech listen

09/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A lot of the national campaign news this week has focused on recently surfaced video of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser in Boca Raton.

In the video Romney characterized 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who don’t pay federal income taxes, will vote for Barack Obama, and expect the government to take care of them.

We’ve heard some of the clips from this fundraiser. But today we’re going to try something a bit unconventional on Last Call. Instead of taking phone calls right away,...

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Some military veterans oppose Mitt Romney's plan for benefits listen

08/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of Veterans from across the state and country spoke out for the first time against the presumptive Republican nominee at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration building in St. Petersburg this morning. About a dozen people waved flags and signs to let passing motorists know that Mitt Romney wants to change the way past and current service members get care. Ken Woods, president of the Tampa Bay area Teamsters union said the plan to make veterans use vouchers to get medical care will...

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Rebecca tells of her brutal rape in the U. S. Army

06/14/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rebecca tells the story of her brutal rape by a fellow soldier at the Army Base. She then tells of the consequences to her and her violator. Rebecca suffered a traumatic brain injury and years of bad health-The perpetrator was charged with intoxication -no mention of the sexual assault.. His military career continues today uninterrupted. Rebecca has gone on to be an active co-coordinator in the Walk Against Rape and is involved in getting help for victims of these assaults in the military...

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In Temple Terrace, opponents of Assad regime differ on intervention needed for Syria listen

02/20/12 Alvaro Montealegre
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to broker a humanitarian cease-fire in Syria. ICRC spokesperson Carla Haddad says the group is discussing several possibilities with all those concerned and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas.

More than 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the 11-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.

On Saturday in Temple Terrace, about 45 people demonstrated against the Assad reg...

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