Saturday, May 23, 2009
OUR MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM ... RETURNING VETERANS
Today we're going to have two segments. In the first hour we're scheduled to have Bakersfield Californian columnist Lois Henry with us. She'll be with us around 2:30 pm.
In the second hour we're going to celebrate our Memorial Day weekend with a discussion of how our injured and stress afflicted soldiers are doing when they come home from battle. We will interview United States Naval Reserve Commander (retired) Bill Manofsky. As a reservist Commander Manofsky volunteered to go on active duty to deploy to new targeting technologies for China Lake at the start of the war in Iraq, and was inserted into Special Forces Intelligence where he was subsequently injured in combat in 2003. Commander Manofsky was instrumental in helping to expose the problems of neglect at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Commander Manofsky is also a member of a the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America, the American Legion, and the VFW.
Also in the studio with us today will be Russ Sempell, who heads up FRONTLINE, which is a creation of Kern county's National Alliance of Mental Illness. FRONTLINE networks with individuals throughout the county and is committed to assisting Veterans and their families in the FAITH Community, in housing, obtaining benefits, educational training, accessing medical and behavioral health services, and other areas necessary for helping our returning soldiers make the transition from the battlefield.
You'll hear from Commander Manofsky and Mr. Sempell after the 3 o'clock hour.