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Veterans Corner Radio focuses on what those who have served in the military, and their families need to know to maximize the services and benefits due to them. No matter if you are currently serving or got out 50 years ago, this program will give you answers to questions you didn’t even know you should be asking. Among those who have been and will be sharing their knowledge are those from the Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, Natio ...
 
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Dr. Patricia Hayes is the Chief Consultant for VHA Women’s Health services and is in the forefront of the development of programs necessary to keep our female veterans healthy both physically and mentally. As you listen in you will hear of the improvements they have already made in the area of specialty clinics and the plans for expansion of women’…
 
On March 31, 2020, we started this program as a way to get information out to our veterans and their families during what looked like and turned out to be a very dark time. The pandemic isolated a lot of people and this program strived to help them connect and stay current on the benefits they were earned and were entitled to. We had no idea it wou…
 
Dr. Slonim heads up the James A Haley VA Hospital Optical Center and explains the variety of services available to our Veterans. With 14 + specialties at the clinic and the resources of the University of Southern Florida Medical school across the street, this facility is a powerhouse in the field of Optical care. Listen in to hear just how they may…
 
The U.S. Army has agreed to reconsider the cases of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars era with mental health conditions who received other-than-honorable discharges. The decision is part of a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit brought by two Connecticut veterans. Scott Hope, Deputy Director of Legislative Services f…
 
Julie Borgen, Social Work Service Section Chief, Caregiver Support Program Manager Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has a lot of experience in helping Caregivers. Listen in to hear more. The VA Healthcare system has a variety of resources for Veterans and Caregivers that may vary from facility to facility. There are two programs that are at every VA.…
 
Dr. Elizabeth Brill, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Community Care, U.S. Veterans Administration, Washington DC. What happens if you find yourself in a hospital far from a VA facility, or in need of specialized care that your VA Hospital does not offer? That is when the Office of Community Care steps in and helps with the cost. Listen in to see h…
 
Joe Marino, Executive Director of Veterans Florida has a great story to tell. Veterans Florida is an initiative started by the State of Florida to tap into the huge gold mine of trained workers, emanating from the various military bases here in the state and also to draw qualified individuals from other military bases to Florida. Hear how they can …
 
Colonel DJ Reyes, US Army retired is an interesting man and one who works tirelessly for his fellow veterans. He was mentor number one in our Veterans Treatment Court and was very instrumental in helping to pass the Federal level bills that now establish this court all over the country. Tune in to hear Colonel Reyes talk about the early days of the…
 
Originally opened in 1933, Bay Pines is a major VA hospital. The main medical center is located on 337 acres situated on the Gulf of Mexico approximately eight miles northwest of downtown Saint Petersburg, FL. Director Paul Russo is rightly proud of the many services offered by the hospital and its satellite clinics. Listen in to hear what services…
 
Part 2 of 2 A discussion of VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance with Sarah Bursey, Pension and Fiduciary and Cleveland Karren, Compensation Services VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you need help with daily a…
 
Part 1 pf 2 A discussion of VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance with Sarah Bursey, Pension and Fiduciary and Cleveland Karren, Compensation Services VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. If you need help with daily a…
 
My Warriors Place (MYP) is a wonderful respite center for Veterans and their families. It was founded by Gold Star Mother Kelly Kowall after her son was killed by enemy action. Her story of how it got started is covered in previous episodes and can be found in the Veterans Corner Radio podcast library. In today's podcast, we concentrate on how MWP …
 
If you want to get something done in Congress then the Military Affairs Committee is the place to go. Congressman Greg Steube shares an insight into the operation of the Veterans Affairs Committee and what is planned in the future for our veterans.By William N Hodges
 
Congressman Vern Buchanan discusses with Bill the ever-increasing problem of training accidents claiming military lives. Congressman Buchanan’s amendment requires the Department of Defense to examine emergency response capabilities and services available at all U.S. bases around the world. They will be required to address the potential benefits and…
 
Corona19 Virus vaccination update. Chief of Staff, Dr. Colleen Jakey for the James A Haley Veterans Hospital shares with our listeners the plan that has been worked out to ensure that the Corona19 Virus vaccinations are carried out in a fair and medically sound manner. The James A Haley VA Hospital is one of the largest in the 170 VA Medical Center…
 
In recent years some of the VA Health Services money has been judiciously applied to defeating illness by helping VA patients to make healthy choices and now the program has been extended to the entire family. Mr. Roy Sevalia Whole Health Services, James A Haley VA Hospital. Mr. Sevalia discusses the VA’s push to keep us healthy rather than reactin…
 
To ease financial difficulties during the pandemic, the VA Debt Management Center (DMC) suspended issuing debt notification letters and suspended collection action on debts established after April 3, 2020, through January 1, 2021. DMC also offered suspensions or extended repayment plans for debts established prior to April 3, 2020. WHAT WILL HAPPEN…
 
VA has a variety of resources for you as a VA patient to help you in urgent care or emergency situations. You can call and talk with a nurse or make arrangements to go to an urgent care center that is privately operated but in the VA network. Listen in to get the phone number to call to talk with a VA nurse who may be able to help you without your …
 
For this Veterans Corner Radio podcast, Bill dips back into our archives and shares with you a program we played on the air prior to the birth of the podcasts. His guest is the Honorable Judge Gregory P. Holder 13th Judicial Circuit Civil Division. Judge Holder will discuss the origins and current operations of the Hillsborough Veterans' Court. He …
 
The key to getting all veteran's benefits is to first procure a copy of your service record and it is on the DD214 form. There are a number of companies that are willing for a fee to get that form for you but there is literally no reason to pay the fee. You can get it yourself by completing the request form and either sending it in electronically o…
 
One of the nicest presents I have ever received is my brick in the Veterans Memorial walk. There are many reasons I am happy to be there, too many to list but most of all I just love walking along the path and seeing how many good men and women I am with. Walt Cawein had a passion to see the projected construction and once he gets something in his …
 
Ann E Doran Ex. Dir of the Office of Patient Advocacy VHA Washington DC Director Doran served her country in the US Navy and now continues to serve by heading up the Office of Patient Advocacy in Washington DC. If you are finding the VA services difficult to negotiate or need someone to help you get a problem solved, this is the office that can ass…
 
Dr. Colleen Jakey, Chief of Staff for the James A Haley VA hospital discusses where the hospital is in connection to returning serves or modifying services as the result of the Corona Virus pandemic. The good news is that hospital operations are returning albeit slowly to pre-Corona virus levels, with certain procedures instituted to ensure the pat…
 
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and Aspire Health Partners is a fabulous addition to the mental healthcare resources for our service members and veterans, along with their families. There has long been a need for counseling for not only the vet, which the VA will provide but also for the Family which for the most part the VA does not pro…
 
Mona Dexter is Chief of Staff for Hiring our Heroes an outreach of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. Hiring our Heroes actually starts helping active-duty members well prior to their transition to civilian life. They provide classes in a variety of necessary skills needed to make that transition smooth along with going so far as to arran…
 
| If you are a VA patient and not yet using the MyHealtheVet program for contacting your doctor you are missing a bet. Robert “Goose” Gosline, shares with us how the program works and how you can sign up for a free VA account. That account will give you access to your medical team, your health visit records, your prescription orders, and ordering. …
 
Dr. Jason Watts founder of the Watts Dental Clinic in Apollo Beach Fl, has again this year gathered up a group of volunteer Dentists and Hygienists to provide a day of free dental care as a thankyou to our veterans. Last year his office provided over $100,000 dollars of services on that day in November and he hopes to exceed that amount this year. …
 
LT. Gen Dana Atkins, is President and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America. If you are one of 23.3 million service members, past or present, from all branches of the military and the three uniformed services, MOAA exists to protect your earned benefits and to offer you resources you can't find anywhere else. But most importantly, we'…
 
Dr. Paul Lawrence is the Under Secretary for the Veterans Benefits Administration and he is located at the VA headquarters in Washington. Need a free bank account? Wondering what the VBA is doing with your disability claim? How many VA home loans can you have? What phone numbers can be called to get information? Dr. Lawrence answers those and many …
 
Brigadier General Frederick Lopez is the Commander In Chief of one of the premier Veterans' Service Organization (VSO) whose motto is, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” MOWW was founded at the suggestion of General of the Armies John J. "Blackjack" Pershing in 1919 to promote good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public s…
 
Would it surprise you to learn that not all veterans get VA medical coverage? Thomas Hines is an expert working at the VA who knows what it takes to get coverage. It can depend on years of service, where you served, how you served, when you were deployed, how much money you make as a family, and 100 other variables. The takeaway from this interview…
 
Randy Ross, Assistant State Coordinator, Operation Outdoor Freedom has a great deal for you. So you love to hunt and fish but find it too difficult any more to get out in the streams and fields to enjoy your sport, then we may have an answer for you. Some years ago in conjunction with the Florida Forest Service, Operation Outdoor Freedom was starte…
 
Dr. Elizabeth Brill, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Community Care, U.S. Veterans Administration, Washington DC. What happens if you find yourself in a hospital far from a VA facility, or in need of specialized care that your VA Hospital does not offer? That is when the Office of Community Care steps in and helps with the cost. Listen in to see h…
 
John Rowan was re-elected to an eighth term as the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization’s 19th National Convention in Spokane, Washington. During this interview, he spoke of how, when our vets came back from Vietnam, there were no ticker-tape parades and even some of the mainline veterans' organizations turned…
 
Mr. Roy Sevalia Whole Health Services, James A Haley VA Hospital. Mr. Sevalia discusses the VA’s push to keep us healthy rather than reacting to illnesses. In recent years some of the VA Health Services money has been judiciously applied to defeating illness by helping VA patients to make healthy choices and now the program has been extended to the…
 
Stephen “Butch” Whitehead National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in this interview with Bill Hodges speaks to the value-added this organization is providing to those who served their country. For those not familiar with The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) it is one of the premier veterans organizations that has taken on the tas…
 
During this Coronavirus pandemic, The Medical Director for the James A Haley VA Hospital. Dr. Colleen Jakey will be coming on regularly to keep you informed as to what steps the VA is taking to protect you and provide essential services to the Veterans Community. This broadcast contains contact procedures and phone numbers you will need should a me…
 
Bruce Murphy, PhD is a retired LC from the US Army and is now the President of Centenary University in Hackettstown NJ. The program centers on four points, thinking about going in the military right out of high school and the options. Once graduating from College using the military to pay off loans. What one can do education-wise while in the milit…
 
Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief. William J. “Doc” Schmitz takes office during a time of great momentum for the organization, it reached a milestone achievement of more than $8.3 billion in benefits and compensation collected from the VA on behalf of veterans, and fought for the successful passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Vet…
 
Clara Reynolds, CEO of the Crisis Line describes to you what you would get if you dialed 211 on the phone. What would you say if I told you that many crisis involving veterans and their families could be averted by this simple action, dial 211? Most people stare at me blankly when I ask that question. 211 is where you call if your life is in turmoi…
 
Sheriff Chronister is a trailblazer in the repair of lives corrupted by war. He is deeply committed to helping veterans who come into contact with the law return to being useful citizens. Listen while he shares information on the new veteran’s section of the jail and how it is centered on helping the vet, in conjunction with other agencies, to retu…
 
Troy Howell. MD, heads up the Suicide Prevention efforts in the Psychiatric Dept of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Howell works every day to stop suicides in our veteran population. I asked him to concentrate on the mental health effects of living with the Corona Virus not only on our vets but also on their families. Even with all of the…
 
Kelly Kowall is a Gold Star mother and when she lost her son in combat, she took it upon herself to create a safe place for returning veterans and their families. Hear how she got started and how you can help with this mission. There are a lot of veterans help organizations but few like My Warriors Place. Not one person gets paid for working there;…
 
Director Danny Burgess is a man who never stops working for veterans. He allowed me to intrude on his Memorial Day family time to record this program. He outlines the new initiatives that his department has instituted and explained how others have been updated. Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in the USA and if you will listen in, you wil…
 
Congressman Gus Bilirakis gets things done in Congress because he knows how to build alliances and work across the aisle. His efforts for veterans’ issues are legendary. In this broadcast, we discuss among other issues funding of HR886 National Veterans Treatment Courts, HR4086 the Burn Pit bill which is so important to the many veterans afflicted …
 
Commander James Oxford or Bill as he prefers to be called talked about the start of this second hundred years for the American Legion. He also talked a little about the golden past of the American Legion but focuses on the bright future he sees for its members. You are going to like this man and enjoy what he has to say. Learn from its leader how t…
 
Andrew Sekela Special Agent Private Sector Coordinator Federal Bureau of Investigation. Andy as he prefers to be called is the FBI Special Agent in Charge for the Tampa area White Collar Crimes section. Scams directed at active duty, retired military, other veterans and their families are on the rise and are getting special attention from our FBI. …
 
Andrew Sekela Special Agent Private Sector Coordinator Federal Bureau of Investigation. Andy as he prefers to be called is the FBI Special Agent in Charge for the Tampa area White Collar Crimes section. Scams directed at active duty, retired military, other veterans, and their families are on the rise and are getting special attention from our FBI.…
 
My guest is Suzette Maynard Supervisory Medical Administration Specialist Health Admin. Service James A Haley VA Hospital. Ms. Maynard discusses the readiness of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and the ways one can still access their services. The corona19 virus has been like the 100 year flood that everyone knows might happen at any time but …
 
If your spouse is a male over 40 this a program that both husband and wife should listen to together. Dr. Cesar Ercole is a member of the James A Haley VA hospital staff and a surgeon specializing in Urology. In this program he discussed prostate problems, warning signs and treatment options. This highly trained and very capable physician will tell…
 
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