On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Michael M. Phillips, a staff reporter at the Washington, D.C., bureau of The Wall Street Journal. Phillips has reported on the U.S. ground war in Afghanistan since 2001, and he went to Iraq to cover a certain American battalion several times between 2003 and 2006. He writes often about the aftermath of these wars, including post-traumatic stress, suicide, and other issues facing veterans and their families.
Good crowds for Tulsa’s 95th annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Children and Senior Citizens waving American flags line the parade route in downtown Tulsa on a pleasant fall day. Several WWll Vets are riding in the parade, but there are fewer every year. Particular attention is being paid to them, in their 80’s and 90’s now, they’re dying at the rate of nearly 2,000 a day. In the Tulsa parade is Jim Alsbaugh, a decorated soldier who fought in Germany.
Closing Comments of Committee Chair Frank Simpson (R)-Ardmore
On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs held its fourth and final meeting studying the state’s seven veterans’ centers. Sen. Frank Simpson, who requested the study, said he was pleased by the insight gained from veterans, their families, center staff and members of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the War Veterans Commission and the many others who testified at the meetings.
State Senators resume an interim study reviewing Veterans Affairs, in particular, the quality of care at Oklahoma’s Veterans Centers.
Glenda Davenport is the interim director at the Claremore Center. She says they have a huge problem retaining qualified staff, especially in the low skill areas. She told senators that low paid staff often have poor work ethics. She says that leads to a frequent turnover of staff.
Yesterday’s meeting was the third for the committee.
The senate review started after media reports of abuse and neglect at some of the Oklahoma Centers.
On today's show, we speak with Thomas Skinner, a US Army veteran who's been battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) for more than two decades. Over the years, ever since he was honourably discharged from Fort Eustis in Virginia, Skinner has worked as a truck driver, a wildlife photographer, and at a few other jobs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three housing agencies in Oklahoma will split $381,311 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funding to supply permanent housing and case management for 90 homeless veterans. HUD officials said Tuesday's award brings to 345 the number of vouchers awarded to Oklahoma.