"US Veterans Unplugged" Comes To LA Talk Radio on the Internet

Top Quote "US Veterans Unplugged," a radio show about military veterans, will debut on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am (PST) on LA Talk Radio, an Internet radio network based in Los Angeles. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 09, 2013 - "US Veterans Unplugged," a show about issues confronting military veterans and their families today, will debut on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am (PST) on LA Talk Radio, an Internet radio network based in Los Angeles.

    "Since the elimination of the draft in 1973, there has really been no shared sacrifice during our military conflicts," said host Jim Goyjer, a Vietnam era veteran. "In the post-9/11 world all the conflicts have been fought exclusively by a professional military and enlisted volunteers. During this sustained warfare, only about 0.5% of the American public has been on active duty at any given time. Most Americans have no idea the human and economic costs of these wars for generations to come."

    US Vets Unplugged is co-hosted by Vietnam veteran Floyd "Shad" Meshad, LCSW, CTS, TFTdx, founder and president of the National Veterans Foundation. For more than 40 years he has worked as a therapist for veterans and an advocate for veterans' rights. Mr. Meshad was among the first to focus on the disorder now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. In 1982, he published his Vietnam memoir, Captain for Dark Mornings.

    US Vets Unplugged will not only report on and help veterans, such as navigating the complex bureaucratic system, which can often deter them from obtaining their benefits, but also educate the public about the real cost of unjust . A 2011Pew Research survey finds that 84% of modern-era veterans say that the American public has little or no understanding of the problems that those in the military face. According to a companion Pew Research survey conducted among a nationally representative sample of 2,003 American adults ages 18 and older, 71%, of the public shares in that assessment.

    Although our society holds those who serve in uniform in high esteem, returning veterans are at greater risk for unemployment, homelessness and suicide. In too many cases, their American dreams have become nightmares. Compared to pre-9/11 veterans, those who serve in the modern military are fewer, older, better educated and more likely to be married. A greater share is women and minorities.

    More than 6,749 American troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade, and more than 50,450 have been wounded. Of the post-9/11 veterans who served in a combat zone, 49% say they have suffered from post-traumatic stress. Among post-9/11 veterans who were married during the time they served, 48% say their deployments had a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse. In addition, the unemployment rate among these veterans is 12% compared to the national average of 8.2%, and the suicide statistics may be most startling of all. In 2010, the VA estimated that 20 percent of suicide victims in America are former service members, which is 22 per day, not to mention the suicide rate in the military, which is at one a day.

    According to the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation, homeless veterans comprise 25 percent of the 73,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County. If not homeless, many veterans live in cheap hotels and over-crowded or sub-standard housing, despite the wealth of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The multitude of issues surrounding our military veterans will only be heard on US Vets Unplugged on LA Talk Radio. For more information visit http://usvetsunplugged.wordpress.com.

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