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Segment I: Intro
Good Friday Morning to you and welcome to Front & Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers.
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The best, heck the only, 60 minutes of military and defense news found anywhere in Southern California is right here every Friday from 11 to noon.
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I’m calling today’s show, “Taking the Pulse” because it offers a rare glimpse — an insider’s look if you will — at our military and our military families.
We’ll hear from a National Guardsman who’s been deployed four times since 2004 to find out about the employment challenges facing our citizen-soldiers.
Then I’ll interview the state ombudsman coordinator for Employer Support for Guard and Reserve – better known as the ESGR — to learn how business owners are coping with 10 years of non-stop deployments.
He’ll also tell you about a new program being rolled to help Guardsmen and Reservists find jobs.
In the second half of the show, folks from University of Southern California’s school of military social work – the first program of its kind in the country – will tell us what they’re learning about the military here in San Diego County.
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Before we get to the National Guard story, let’s take a quick look at items of local interest on the Morning Report.
The Morning Report is brought to you by the American Combat Veterans of War with offices in La Jolla, Camp Pendleton and Oceanside.
The San Diego Veterans Coalition, building a better tomorrow for San Diego County veterans today.
And of course the California Department of Veterans Affairs, serving the state’s 2 million veterans.
Big, big day coming up for the American Combat Veterans of War.
The grand opening of their new headquarters and national training center at 3508 Seagate Way, Suite 160 in Oceanside — across the parking lot from the Oceanside Vet Clinic — is set for May 21.
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ACVOW also offers a Safe Warrior Outreach Program, where combat veterans discuss the challenges of their transition from combat.
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As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often. Voting ends May 1.
Time to take break, but please remain seated for interviews with a California National Guardsman coming off duty on the U.S. Mexico border and a California ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Believe me, you wont to miss what they have to say.
You are listening to Front&Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers heard here every Friday 11 to noon on the home of the military in San Diego and Southern California on AM 1000 KCEO.
I attended the National Guard summit held Wednesday in National City for members of Joint Task Force Sierra, who were activated by the state to patrol the Mexico border in the El Cajon Brown Field areas.
Here are those interviews.
RUN TAPED INTERVIEW WITH Sgt. 1st Class Garner and Sam Giovinazzi, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Time to take a break, but when we come back I’ll be talk to two former Marine playing pivotal roles in USC’s military social work program that’s aiding the region’s military population.
You are listening to Front&Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers heard right here every Friday 11 to noon on the home of the military in San Diego and Southern California on AM 1000 KCEO.
Welcome back to Front&Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers.
I’m joined now by Jose Coll and Kristen Kavanaugh.
Dr. Coll is the director of the USC San Diego Academic Center’s Military Social Work Program. The center is located in Rancho Bernardino. He also served as a reconnaissance Marine at Camp Pendleton.
The military social work started two years ago has grown from 45 students to 130 students today of whom 35 percent are veterans.
He also co-authored the book: A Civilian Counselor’s Primer For Counseling Veterans.
The book offers an overview of military culture and issues facing troops returning from combat. It’s been a called a must-have book for those in the field and is available on Amazon.Com
Also joining me is Kristen Kavanaugh. She is a Naval Academy graduate and former Marine Corps officer.
Kristen is pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work at USC and plans to use her education and military experience to support the mental health needs of active duty and reserve service members.
She is also involved in the Military Acceptance Project (MAP), an organization established to promote social justice, equality and fair treatment for all service members.
Welcome to you both.
Jose, let me start with you.
Tell our listeners a little about USC’s Military School of Social work here in San Diego. When was it started why was it started and, most importantly, what are the needs that it hopes to address?
Can you tell me a little about the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families http://cir.usc.edu/about/
I’ve read a little about the groundbreaking work USC is doing with 7 San Diego School Districts on the impact of multiple deployments on children from military families.
What do we know?
I understand that this might lead to lead to graduate training specialization in school social work with military families.
Jose, you’ve said that there are a lot of services for individuals in the military, but a growing realization that more needs to be done for families. What do we know about that?
You’ve mentioned that there is a changing additional focus to create support for not only individuals but families. What are the needs in this area?
Is this all about funding or are there other ways to address this?
Kristen Kavanaugh tell me about the Military Acceptance Project. What is it and what are its goals?
Is anyone other school doing this kind of work?
My understanding is that you are something of the new face of military social work. That more and more former officers are getting into the field. Why is that?
What have you found concerning the needs of active duty, veterans and their families in San Diego and how their needs are or are not being met?
From your perspective, Kristen, is the system that set up to help vets and their families working the way it should? Do you see any holes, and if so, how might they be darned?
Thank both of you for all you do.
Right after this brief pause, I’ll be talking to two USC graduate students serving the needs of our military families and veterans every day.
You are listening to Front&Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers heard Friday 11 to noon on the home of the military in San Diego and Southern California on AM 1000 KCEO.
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Joining me now are Charisma (KER-IS-MA) Delos Reyes, she is a graduate student at University of Southern California, San Diego Academic Center. Charisma has been an advocate and community organizer in San Diego for the last 10 years on issues concerning women and children.
She has also worked with Congressman Bob Filner, ranking member on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, to design a blueprint for providing services for homeless female veterans.
Also joining me is Vernyta (VER-NE-TA) Moore is also graduate student at the USC. She is currently interning with the Wounded Warrior Battalion at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Welcome to Front&Center.
Charimsa, the last time we talked you are a USC student analyzing policies and programs affecting female veterans here in San Diego County.
By the way, the number of women in the military has doubled in the last 30 years and now stands at 14 percent of the active-duty force; 17.5 percent of the reserves and 20 percent of new recruits.
Those numbers are expected to double in the next decade, according to VA estimates.
What did you find? Are things changing for the better?
What were USC’s findings in the military and vet populations here in San Diego County?
Vernyta Moore, what is it like to work with combat vets and what are their needs?
What are some of the difficulties encountered by women veterans when transitioning from military to civilian life?
, such as: limited resources available to women veterans and their families, and the traumatic experiences they face, Vernyta and her classmates worked together to present Congressman Filner with a proposal advocating for housing and services for homeless women veterans.
I’d like to thank my guests, National Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Perry Garner and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve ombudsman Sam Giovinazzi; and Jose Coll and Kristin Kavanaugh from the USC School of Military Social Work and Charisma Del .. . and Veyntra Moore….
You’ve listened to Front&Center: Military Talk Radio with Rick Rogers heard here every Friday 11 to noon on the home of the military in San Diego and Southern California on AM 1000 KCEO.
Guests scheduled for next week’s show include Maurice Wilson, executive director or REBOOT and Tom Richards, Chairman, San Diego County United Veterans’ Council. Have a great weekend.