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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Prosthetics

Friday, September 28, 2012

Alena Grabowski, Assistant Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, and research scientists at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, and Mike McLoughlin, Research and Exploratory Development at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory describe the latest prosthetic design and technologies and how they allow amputees to regain mobility.

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Soundcheck

Vijay Iyer: Turning Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd and and Iraq War veteran Maurice Decaul join us for a live performance and discussion about the Harlem Stage-commissioned work Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project.

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WNYC News

Man’s Best Friend Helps Soldiers in the Battlefield and at Home

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Long Island-based animal rescue group is one of a handful that help bring back animals saved by soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as the military draws down its presence. But unlike others, this group has been focusing on pairing veterans or their families with the stray animals.

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WNYC News

Jobs Bill for Vets Bogs Down in Senate

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.

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Soundcheck

Vijay Iyer: Transforming Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

The latest collaboration between pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd delves deep into the psyche of modern-day veterans. "Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project" transforms dreams experienced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans into poetry and music. 

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WNYC News

Apps Contest Aims to Help Homeless Vets

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Two local app developers are finalists in a Department of Veterans Affairs contest to help reduce Veteran homelessness.

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WNYC News

For Disabled Veterans Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If you’re a New York veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time.

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WNYC News

NYC Opens Employment Center for Veterans

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York City wants to move beyond bumper sticker slogans to help returning vets find employment.

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The Takeaway

Facing Post Traumatic Stress in the Courtroom

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

While President Obama has officially ended the War on Iraq and is in the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, for many veterans the war is far from over. An estimated 350,000 veterans will return home with PTSD, making it difficult for them to readjust to civilian life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Military Suicides

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While only 1 percent of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan—they account for 20 percent of U.S. suicides; an active duty soldier commits suicide every day on average, about as many as are dying on the battlefield. Mark Thompson, Time Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, and Nancy Gibbs, Time Deputy Managing Editor, discuss the situation, which they call the military's "ultimate asymmetrical war," and one it is losing.  Thompson and Gibbs spoke with two widows of soldiers who killed themselves a continent apart on the same day—March 21, 2012. The army had clear warning signs that these men were at risk. Their article “The War on Suicide” appears in the July 23 issue of Time.

 

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WNYC News

Home from War, Reservists Struggle to Find Support

Friday, July 13, 2012

Forty percent of the service members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard and the Reserves. Deploying these weekend warriors abroad -- and sometimes in combat -- is a new development that's just a decade old, and it's exposed a weak link in the training and support offered the service members and their families.

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The Takeaway

Healing the Wounds of Iraq Through Opera

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

When Marine Sergeant Christian Ellis returned home from Iraq, he joined the 2.2 million Americans living with post traumatic stress disorder. He suffered for years until a friend challenged him to transform his experiences into a work of art that might heal his wounds, and maybe others’ as well.

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Transportation Nation

US DOT To Spend $29 Million On Improving Transportation Options For Vets

Monday, July 02, 2012

Wounded veterans ride bicycles and hand bikes on the South lawn of the White House during the kicking off the 2010 Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride. (Flckr / William D. Moss)

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced 64 grants to help vets get around once they're back in the United States. Most of the money will go toward making it easier for veterans and their families to get transportation information by using smartphones and computers.

A typical grant was the $50,000 going to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to help vets "connect to transit services through a single call or a single visit to a web page. Services include support organizations, social service agencies, car and van pools, volunteer driver programs, bicycles, walking, and taxis."

In all, 33 states and the Northern Mariana Islands will receive the awards. One of the largest went to the San Diego Association of Governments, which will receive $2 million to create a free mobile transportation app and 20 interactive transportation kiosks at military facilities and other veterans sites.

LaHood said vets need the assistance because of injuries suffered during service and because "the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is more than 12 percent, more than four percentage points above the national average."

He gave the example of The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority in Dayton, Ohio, which is home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and more than 80,000 veterans. "The $450,000 grant announced today will make it easier for returning and retired veterans and those who have disabilities to arrange for rides by phone, smart phone or on the web," LaHood said.

Peter Rogoff, Administrator of the Federal Transportation Authority, which will administer the grants, said, “America’s war heroes deserve a chance to support their families, participate in their communities, receive job training and get to work. It’s vitally important that we remove barriers to success by making transportation available wherever our veterans choose to live, work and receive care.”

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Overturns Stolen Valor Act

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Affordable Health Care Act wasn’t the only decision that the Supreme Court passed yesterday. By a 6-3 vote, the 2005 Federal Stolen Valor Act was struck down. The Act, which made it a crime to lie about having served in the military, was declared invalid under the First Amendment.

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WNYC News

Racing Brings Out Competiveness and Camaraderie in Vets

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Thousands of people are expected to run the Achilles Hope & Possibility race on Sunday, which supports athletes with disabilities. Among the participants will be a group of wounded warriors – many of whom traveled from Walter Reed to participate in their first race.

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WNYC News

Message to Vets: Wall Street Wants You

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Military men and women leaving service are working their military skills into resumes and cover letters as they search for work. Several dozen attended a job fair on Wall Street Thursday, sponsored by financial firms, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Features

Vets Find Camaraderie in the Written Word

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A writing workshop for servicemen and women is helping veterans recall their military duty ― and share it with others. 

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WNYC News

On Path to Healing, Military Sexual Assault Victims Meet, Advocate for Change

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Soldier-perpetrated sex crimes are under-reported, but the Defense Department estimates about 19,000 assaults occurred last year. Veterans who are victims of sexual assault recently convened for the first-ever summit on military sexual violence.

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WNYC News

Memorial Day Around New York

Monday, May 28, 2012

New York City's Memorial Day observances included both parades and solemn ceremonies. And with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, thousands of people spent their Memorial Day holiday at New York's parks and beaches.

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The Takeaway

Record Number of Veterans Applying for Disability

Monday, May 28, 2012

Of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly half are applying for disability benefits. New numbers show that 45 percent of vets are claiming service-related psychological and physical injuries. That's far more than ever before. So why now? Greg Jacob is a combat veteran and the policy director for Service Women's Action Network.

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