March 2016

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The following shows aired in March 2016. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
3/6/16 Veterans Matter. Join MG (ret) Frank Schober who has helped establish a very special program for Veterans in Santa Fe, NM…Called Vets for Pets( Not to be confused with the national Vets for Pets program) in which animal shelters donate dogs or cats to Veterans…primarily to provide a companion and a reason for Vets to want to live. The Santa Fe New Mexico Animal Shelter has recently began a free adoption service for veterans looking for a pet dog or cat. Contact them for more information.
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WASPs Betrayed (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time in history. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, where over one thousand women flyers ferried aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the United States from 1942 to 1944. The WASP operated from 110 facilities and flew more than sixty million miles in seventy-eight different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. The WASP performed every duty inside the cockpit as their male counterparts, except combat, and thirty-eight women pilots gave their lives in the service of their country. Yet, notwithstanding their outward appearance as official members of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the WASP were considered civil servants during the war. Despite a highly publicized attempt to militarize in 1944, the women pilots would not be granted veteran status until 1977.

And now they have changed the rules again and are not allowing WASPs to be buried at Arlington, Join our guest, author Amy Goodpaster Strebe, to learn more about this outrageous betrayal of these amazing women.

3/13/16 It’s a Scandal! It’s An Outrage! This week on Veterans Radio we take a look at two stories we broke last week and much more…

In September 2012, Army veteran Daniel, (not his real name because he is still on active duty) and about 18 other soldiers boarded a flight back to North Carolina; their deployment was over.

Within moments of deplaning, the handlers got to pat their dogs on the head, say their goodbyes, then watch as the dogs—and all their equipment, down to their shredded leashes — were boarded on a truck and driven away. The only solace these soldiers had was the knowledge that they could apply to adopt their dogs, and that the passage of Robby’s Law in November 2000 would protect that right. But more than three years later, Daniel still doesn’t have Oogie. The dog has vanished. He is one of at least 200 military handlers whose dogs were secretly dumped out to civilians by K2 Solutions in February 2014, a New York Post investigation has found.
Join us with our guest New York Post writer Maureen Callahan who broke the original story.
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Shortly after Elaine D. Harmon died last April at the age of 95, her family found a letter in a fireproof box with explicit instructions: She wanted her ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Even if there are no ashes left, I would like an empty urn placed at Arlington,” wrote Mrs. Harmon, who had been part of a 1,000-women unit during World War II that transported military planes and bombers, and trained men to fly them.

But 10 months later, Mrs. Harmon has not had a funeral, memorial service or burial. A large black box of her ashes sits on a shelf above some blouses and sweaters in her daughter’s bedroom closet in a condominium in this Washington suburb.Mrs. Harmon’s family has delayed laying her to rest because the Army, which oversees Arlington National Cemetery, says her wartime unit—known as the WASPs, shorthand for Women Airforce Service Pilots—was not technically part of the military. Thus, the Army ruled, her ashes cannot be placed in a columbarium there. (The Army also argues that the cemetery—where more than 400,000 veterans, their spouses and others are buried, is running out of space for graves and urns.) Read here. Elaine Harmon’s granddaughter Erin Miller will be giving us an update on this outrage.

3/20/16 History Flight Join us this week with our own Jim Fausone of Legal Help for Veterans. He has just returned from theNational Organization of Veteran’s Advocatesconference in Las Vegas. Jim will update us all on what’s happening with that “infamous” backlog of disability claims. And…

Guest, Paul Schwimmer, has just returned home from Germany and will be reporting on the latest recovery of an American serviceman from WWII. He has been working with History Flight for many years. Don’t miss this great story.

History Flight is a non-governmental organization dedicated to finding, recovering and repatriating America’s war dead to American soil. Over the last ten years History Flight has sent over 100 search and recovery teams all over the world to locate loss sites of missing servicemen and to recover them. History Flight deployed cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary remote-sensing methodologies to find MIA loss sites where more than 500 American Servicemen are still missing.

3/27/16

Special Encore Program. First broadcast 6 April 2013

                                                      “SERVANT OF GOD,” Father Emil J. Kapaun, Chaplain, US Army
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In 1950, Father Emil J. Kapaun, Chaplain, US Army, a native of Pilsen, Kansas, was Chaplain of the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, Korea. He distinguished himself on the field of battle, both, as a soldier and a Chaplain. During the early days of the Korean War Father Kapaun, ministered both spiritually and physically to his fellow soldiers, particularly the sick, wounded and dying. Captured, 2 November 1950 by North Korean-Chinese Soldiers, Father Kapaun was confined at Prison Camp #5, Pyoktong, North Korea until his death, at the hands of his captors, 23 May 1951. Granted title of “Servant of God” by the Catholic Church Father Kapaun is the Most Decorated Chaplain in US military history. On April 11 President Obama will award the Congressional Medal of Honor for Father Kapaun.

Join Veterans Radio Host Bob Gould and guests: Father John Hotze, Priest and Judicial Vicar for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Roy Wenzl, national award winning reporter for the Wichita Eagle and co-author of The Miracle of Father Kapaun, William “Bill” Funchess, soldier and fellow POW who was THERE at camp 5 all together to honor a great humanitarian.