August 2015

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The following shows aired in August 2015. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
8/2/15 United States Coast Guard—”Semper Paratus” (Always Ready). On Aug. 4, 1790, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, one of five federal services that would eventually make up the Coast Guard, was established under the control of the Treasury Department. Over the next century, four more distinct and separate federal services would be joined together to become the U.S. Coast Guard. While the service’s missions have grown and evolved over the 225 years of its history, today the Coast Guard remains concentrated on ensuring the safety, security, and prosperity of the nation and its citizens.

Join host Dale Throneberry and his guests including Scott Price who currently serves as the Acting Chief Historian of the U.S. Coast Guard.  His primary areas of interest are the Coast Guard’s role during the 1920s, 1930s & World War II, the history of the Revenue Cutter Service after the Civil War, the history of women in the Coast Guard and Coast Guard aviation.  And a representative from the National Coast Guard Association Museum.

8/9/15 This Week in American History. On 6 August 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 were injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. What was the plan if we had not dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Join host Dale Throneberry and his guest, award winning author Dwight Jon Zimmerman, as they discuss the possibilities. And a replay of Gary Lillie’s August 2005 interview with Major Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, navigator on the Enola Gay.

Our program on the Gulf of Tonkin will be done on a later date.

8/16/15 For Groovin’ Veterans on the Move. Join us this week on Veterans Radio with our guests: Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall and Lynn O’Brien, Director, District Affairs with updates on the October 8th Vietnam Era Veteran’s, ‘Michigan Says Thanks’ event; Civil War Historian/Author David Ingall tells about  writing and publishing of his new book Michigan Civil War Landmarks;  Donna Yost from ‘The Life Chest’ keeping your military keepsakes safe; Tom Wright Activist/Fundraiser for a 24 suite “Heroes House” for Veterans seeking care and their families.
8/23/15 Gravity is the story of a small group of Army National Guardsmen from the Volunteer State of Tennessee—otherwise simple men, who spent a year of their lives in the “Triangle of Death,” one of Iraq’s most hostile areas of operation. But their daily patrols and combat missions weren’t featured on the nightly news. Instead, they operated as silent professionals—ordinary men facing extraordinary circumstances, who carried out their jobs to the best of their abilities and prayed they’d stay alive. Continuing the legacy of citizen-soldiers throughout the ages, they stepped forward to protect their families, their neighbors, their countrymen—and their fellow warriors, even in the face of death. Theirs is a story that will live for generations to come.

Join us this week on Veterans Radio with our guests, author Beth Underwood, and some members of  K Troop, 3/278th ACR, Tennessee Army National Guard.
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8/30/15 Veterans Matter. When Veterans Matter founder Ken Leslie was told a $750 deposit was all that was preventing four local chronically homeless veterans from being housed, with 31 more vouchers in the pipeline. Ken realized it was a simple problem with a simple solution: find money and pay the deposit to the landlord, pushing them over the threshold into that ready housing.

The next morning Ken called Barb Petee, an executive at ProMedica Health System, to get the $26,250 pilot funding from the Toledo Community Foundation’s ProMedica Advocacy Fund. With veterans waiting, he also asked her to waive the normal three month foundation due diligence process.

Seven days later, on Valentine’s Day at 5:36 pm, Barb called with full funding. Veterans Matter’s first veteran family was housed out of the family shelter three days later. Eleven days from idea to implementation.

Tune in this Sunday to hear Veterans Radio’s  Jim Fausone interview  Ken Leslie, founder of Veterans Matter. Ken tells us more about the program and how they help to keep homeless veterans off the streets and into homes. And much much more. Don’t miss this very important program.