July 2012

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The following shows aired in July 2012. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
7/7/12 STOLEN VALOR ACT. “As a result of the recent Supreme Court decision it is no longer a crime to misrepresent yourself as a Medal of Honor recipient. Coupled with a heightened awareness and appreciation for our military the wannabee heroes will proliferate like never before”. This came from the POW network.
Join Dale and Gary for a replay of our program April 7, 2007 (also available on our archives) as they interview the authors of the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 and learn about some of these outrageous impostors. Be informed.
Bob Gould and Dwight Jon Zimmerman, author of Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq, will be offering their opinions on this emotional topic.
7/14/12 AIR FORCE BOMBER FLEET: B-52, B-1 & B-2 Bombers. Join Veterans Radio host Bob Gould and his guest Dr. Rebecca Grant, President of IRIS Independent Research an independent Air Force think tank and U.S. public policy organization. Dr. Grant will explain her calling for investment in a new stealth bomber what Dr. Grant termed a “long-range strike” plane and cover B52,B1, B2 history. Of course we welcome all questions and comments while on the air.
7/21/12 A Thousand Letters Home. After the death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, in 2006, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her Dad’s nearly 1,000 handwritten letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from November 1942 to December 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents and to the sweetheart who would become his wife, Elaine Corbat. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith, and true love.
This firsthand account through the eyes, heart, and words of one soldier mirrors the journeys of many who served in WWII – millions of young Americans abruptly pulled from civilian life and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a military at war. At every opportunity, Bud poured out his thoughts and feelings in these letters, all amidst reassuring words to loved ones a world away. The transition from boy to man is apparent in the passing of the weeks, months and years. A selection of these poignant letters and accompanying photographs are contained in the newly published, A Thousand Letters Home. This book is for the children, grandchildren and future descendants of all veterans. This book is for all Americans…lest we forget.
7/28/12 AT EASE with Dwight Jon Zimmerman. Join us for a special edition of AT EASE that promises to be a not to be missed highlight of the year!
Former Navy SEAL Sniper Head Instructor Brandon Webb, the author of The Red Circle, talks about his unusual—if not unique—childhood and many experiences as a SEAL and a head instructor of the SEAL sniper course. His is a fascinating story and his book is an important addition to the history of the SEALs.
Award-winning author Del Staecker talks about his recent experience as a participant in the Navy’s “Author on Deck” program. Del visited Navy bases in Italy, Sicily, and Spain and had many extraordinary and moving encounters. He’ll also talk about his life as a writer and make an important announcement about his next project.
And, “At Ease” is proud to feature what has become one of Veterans Radio Network’s most popular annual events: the announcement of the candidates for the Military Writers Society of America prestigious book awards. 2011 Founder’s Award-winner Mike “Moon” Mullens once again does the honors, announcing the candidates for 2012. Categories include fiction and non-fiction and a wide range of children’s and adult books are recognized, making the MWSA book awards the most comprehensive military-themed book awards program in the world.