March 2015

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The following shows aired in March 2015. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
3/1/15 Laser Warfare. Sam LaGrone of the U.S. Naval Institute will be our guest to talk about the Navy’s Laser Weapon System that was tested shipboard in the Persian Gulf in 2014.  Dan Gettinger of the Center for the Study of the Drone will join us to talk about China’s new laser system to defend against remote piloted aircraft.

Join host Jim Fausone and his guests.

3/8/15 Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In “Redeployment”, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people “who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.” In “After Action Report”, a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn’t commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic “Money as a Weapons System”, a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.

Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

3/15/15 Vietnam Stories. Veterans Radio goes back to its’ roots for this program.  In the studio with host Bob Gould will be a panel of three Vietnam combat Veterans.

You live their experiences as they tell, not always serious, recollections of events gone past.  So take a trip back about 45 years and catch these guys and their own “Vietnam War”.

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3/22/15 Women in Service. Join Lt. Col. Mindy Herrmann and Brig. General Carol Ann Fausone (ret) as we discuss women in service in acknowledgement of Women’s History Month. Historian Hill Goodspeed of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida will join us to discuss the museum and its past exhibits on Women in Naval Aviation.
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3/29/15 Pets for Vets.. Sunday’s Veterans Radio program will tie up some “loose ends” of short features. Throughout the year, Veterans Radio receives many interview requests but the subject may be a short feature. We will visit with a “Pets For Vets” rep/trainer, discuss Veteran hiring opportunities at Conway Truckload, and have a town hall meeting overview, subject: Agent Orange Legacy, and its’ effect on future generations.