Warrior Connection - 12.14.14

December 15, 2014
We began our discussion with an update from co-host Denise Nichols, RN, Major,  USAF retired on last week's IOM meetings and new VA taskings to IOM on medical care.  We then shifted our focus to a discussion on DUCRETE with road construction crewmember and now DUCRETE affected Becky K. who has confirmed adverse  health effects from DU EXPOSURES from road construction use of DUCRETE and DUAG. BECKY IS NOW LEADING THE FIGHT FOR HER OWN MEDICAL CARE AND DUCRETE EDUCATION AND MEDICAL CARE FOR ALL OTHER ROAD CONSTRUCTION CREWMEMBERS AFFECTED BY USE OF DUCRETE-DUAG. We learned- confirmed  that health effects are the same and simply horrible for all forms of civilian or military DU exposures.  In review:  The Pentagon briefing given by Colonel J. Edgar Wakayama, Director of the Operational Test and Evaluation Command (http://www.traprockpeace.org/du_dtic_wakayama_Aug2002.html) confirms not only lung cancer but other serious medical problems such as respiratory, eye, skin, genetic abnormalities, and specific warnings about food, water, air, and soil contamination. It is critical to understand that Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Walker ordered the Director of the United States Army Environmental Policy Institute to determine how to reduce the toxicity of uranium munitions and the reported conclusion was that quote “Ways to Reduce DU Toxicity No available technology can significantly change the inherent chemical and radiological toxicity of DU. These are intrinsic properties of uranium.  “ end quote.  The United States Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 11 has distributed a booklet “Some things you need to know about veterans- A Clinicians Guide to Veteran’s Specific Issues” in which they state quote:“Some of the physical symptoms which may occur as a result of exposure to depleted uranium are: sleep problems, mood swings, symptoms in upper or lower respiratory system, neuropsychological symptoms (including memory loss), chronic fatigue and immune system dysfunction (CFDIS), skin rashes and unusual hair loss, aching joints, headaches, abdominal pain, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms (recurrent diarrhea), nervous disorders (such as numbness in a limb), multiple chemical sensitivity, birth defects in children whose parents were exposed.”  End quote. Becky has many of these medical problems same as other DU casualties including both Denise and I. .
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Warrior Connection - 12.07.14

December 8, 2014
The December 7 Warrior Connection was a exceptional discussion with Pastor Steve Stanley (us army retired), of Grace Baptist Church in Urbana, Illinois on a wide range of religious concepts / ideas support as related to millitary life,  military operations, and medical care.
As Pastor Steve said GOD is right there for us we just need to let him in.  I ask all to remember the events and consequences of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 In reflection this poem / thought from an unknown source may provide some comfort.
 

My quilt

 

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.  Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.  But

as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile,  I noticed how ragged and empty each of  my squares were. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. 

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.  My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.  Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth.  The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.  My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my  world as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who

Unfairly judged me.  And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you." 

 

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

 

Please share this with someone you love, care about or even someone who needs Jesus in their heart. They may scoff, but at least the seed has been planted, and God will do the rest. May God bless you  today and Forever.

 

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How to Sue The VA - 11.30.14

December 1, 2014

Chicago based attorney Kevin O'Connor and his client Terrell Green joined hosts Doug Rokke and Patricia Axelrod to discuss how to sue the VA as well as the pitfalls one encounters from filing the lawsuit to the time the court decides a ruling.  Terrel Green spoke of his father, Vietnam Veteran- Purple Heart Recipient, Lawrence Sinnin,  who was denied  timely medical attention and subsequently  " died like an unloved dog" in the parking lot of the North Chicago (Il.)  VA facility.  Kevin O'Connor, who is suing the VA on behalf of Terrell and his family, spoke of the actual process of suing the VA under the Federal Tort Claims Act; which is the only means and ways of litigating against the VA. While O'Connor emphasized the difficulty of the process he encouraged Veterans and their families to seek justice through the courts and stands by ready to serve their legal needs. Kevin O'Connor of the O'Connor Law Firm can be reached at blank.gif312-906-7602 or  KOConnor@koconnorlaw.com.

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Warrior Connection - 11.23.14

November 24, 2014

Will Hopkins, veteran of Iraq and the Fallujah offensive, on how US policy and warfare is fueling and encouraging ISIS, and why we have to get out of Iraq. 

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Warrior Connection - 11/16/14

November 17, 2014

We continued our discussion on VA problems and solutions.  Given the extent of the problems co-host Patricia Axelrod, Director Desert Storm Think Tank advocates abolishment of the VA and issuing medical access cards for civilian care at veterans choice similar to MEDICARE and TRICARE while co-hosts Denise Nichols and Doug Rokke advocate revamping the VA due to limitations in civilian care for military type injuries and illnesses. Upon reflection, given the extent of the problems that are far greater than resource management and prompt appointments and given the reluctance of VA officials to resolve the eternal problems Patricia just might be right. Denise had offered a path to resolve VA problems in 1999 during an IOM - NIH hearing in DC. They were ignored then as they are now. Either way something must be done as the imbedded problems are far worse than can be corrected through resource management.  Essentially, evidences indicates that the VA is a vets adversary rather than an advocate. We will continue this discussion and invite participation. Upcoming programs are on Falujah and then on the last Sunday in November critical issue of legal aspects- suing the VA.

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Warrior Connection - 11/09/14

November 11, 2014
This Veteran's Day 2014 edition co-hosted by Major Denise Nichols, RN, USAF retired and Dr./ Major Doug Rokke, US Army, retired  was a discussion with WW2 Army Air Corps- USAF retired LTC/ Professor/Dr.  Tom Yancey- (92 years old) on his experiences as a bombadier on B 24 aircraft flying bombing missions out of Italy during 1944-1945 and his career after WW2 thanks to the GI bill. After WW 2 ended Tom used the new GI bill  to earn his B.S., MS, and Ph.D. in accounting going on to a distinguished joint military-university career retiring from the US Air Force Reserve in 1982 and then retiring as a professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.   
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Warrior Connection - 11/02/14

November 2, 2014
Nov 2 edition was continuation of our discussion with Bob Koehler on peace war military veterans issues as related to news -  journalists etc.
 
This program is dedicated to Bill McNeeley who died abandoned by the Army he loved.
 
co - host SSG Paul Lyons 101st AB retired discussed his plans for a new web site loaded with essential information.
 
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Warrior Connection - 10/26/14

October 26, 2014

Warrior Connection for October 26 was the next segment of our planned ongoing discussion with Charles Atkins on pain management techniques beyond prescribed medications

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Warrior Connection - 10/18/14

October 22, 2014
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Warrior Connection - 10/12/14

October 12, 2014
The October 12 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with children's author and Vietnam era Navy reserve veteran Ron Hoffman (rehoffman@mchsi.com)  ) who read his children's book "Mr. Lucky"  about a cat and talked about his upcoming children's book  "The Neighborhood" featuring squirrels.  Holly Thompson, Rantoul (Illinois) Public library director (hollysrpl@gmail.com) also joined us as we  discussed reading, writing, and various library programs for families and veterans.  
Ron's books are available through Tate Publishing www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore telephone 888 361 9473.
 
November is national write a novel in a month. PRN listeners might take this golden opportunity, have some fun,  and sure could make some unique contributions
 
THE RANTOUL PUBLIC LIBRARY web site is www.rantoul.lib.il.us.
 
Warrior Connection will continue as in the past to invite authors to join us and discuss their work as reading and writing can be extremely beneficial to all. Previous author discussions are archived for your enjoyment at prn.fm. If you would like to join us a guest on future programs please contact us via prn.fm.
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