May 2013

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The following shows aired in May 2013. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
5/4/13 Syria. There isn’t much else to say. The name says it all. Conflict, Hizballah, Al Qaida, rebels, Assad, intervention, military action, quagmire, Iran….who or what are we supporting if any of these issues. Veterans Radio will focus on the civil war in Syria with guest host J. Robert DuBois, former Navy Seal and author. Don’t miss it.
5/11/13 What is Going On?. Have you been reading the news over the last 10 days? You will not believe what is going on. Here are just two stories to get us started:
1. According to new numbers released last week by the Department of Defense, there were 26,000 cases of military sexual assault in 2012, a 34.5 percent increase from 2011; the number of victims believed not to be reporting their attacks skyrocketed to 92 percent. Beyond the raw sex assault statistics, the military’s system of justice is also under great scrutiny for how it deals with cases. Current regulations allow commanding officers to reverse criminal convictions, which critics argue present enormous potential conflicts of interest. Guests are New York Times Congressional Correspondant Jennifer Steinhauer and Michigan National Guard Col Christine Cook.

2. A Pentagon ban on proselytizing has left some conservative activists fearful that Christian troops—and even military chaplains—could face court martial for sharing their faith. Our guest is Col. Robert Certain Executive Director of the Military Chaplins Association Join hosts Bob Gould and Dale Throneberry and their guests this week on Veterans Radio.

5/18/13 Beyond Survival. In February of 1966, while flying combat missions over North Vietnam, his RA5-C reconnaissance jet was downed by enemy fire. He parachuted safely but was captured immediately. For the next seven years he was held as a POW in the Communist prisons of North Vietnam. After his repatriation in February, 1973, Jerry returned to operational duties. He retired from active duty in the Navy after 28 years of service.
In BEYOND SURVIVAL, Captain Coffee gives a moving account of his incredible experience from capture to ultimate release. His faith—in himself, others, his country, and his God—was the key to turning an unbelievably difficult, potentially devastating experience into an opportunity for personal growth. Captain Gerald Coffee is an inspiring example of the power of the human spirit to survive and triumph over the most adverse circumstances. His story conveys a positive message that we each have the potential to survive any ordeal, overcome any obstacle, achieve any goal.
5/25/13 AT EASE. Host and bestselling author Dwight Jon Zimmerman welcomes a star-studded roster of guests.
Historian Rick Atkinson’s bestselling Liberation Trilogy tells the story of the American military’s role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. The trilogy began in North Africa with An Army at Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and continued with the invasion of Sicily and the Italian campaign in The Day of Battle. This month his epic concludes with The Guns at Last Light, a sweeping account of the final year of the war in Europe. From bloody battles on the front lines to the war of words between senior commanders, The Guns at Last Light vividly and authoritatively tells the story of the Greatest Generation.
Robert Edsel’s ground-breaking bestseller, The Monuments Men, was a blockbuster story of the hunt for the world’s greatest masterpieces during and after World War II. In his new book, SAVING ITALY: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis Edsel tells the heroic efforts to save the priceless cultural patrimony of Italy from looting by the enemy and destruction by both the Germans and the Allies. Greatest Generation author and journalist Tom Brokaw called SAVING ITALY “an astonishing account.”
Lee Woodruff is a critically-acclaimed bestselling author, and wife of ABC journalist Robert “Bob” Woodruff. In January 2006, Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt were seriously injured by an IED in Iraq. That experience, and Bob’s long recovery inspired them to establish the Bob Woodruff Foundation that provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families. Lee will be talking about the event that changed their lives and their work with the foundation.