This week on Veterans Radio: Sandy Hudson, Executive Director/CEO of the Wins For Warriors Foundation, Brigadier General Allison Hickey USAF (ret).
Wins for Warriors Foundation advocates for and invests in resources that engage veterans and their families to live a resilient life.
In August 2013, Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander announced a commitment of $1 million to launch Wins for Warriors. Wins for Warriors united with other philanthropic leaders in April 2014 when the organization participated in the launch of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative Impact Pledge.
“I launched Wins for Warriors with a mission to empower those returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan who stand ready to continue to serve on behalf of all of us. By supporting their well-being and overall behavioral health, we can impact not just their lives but the lives of their family and work to build a healthier community for all.” Justin Verlander.”
And…Retired Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey was part of the first class of female cadets to graduate from the Air Force Academy in 1980, and rose through ranks to become a brigadier general during her 27-year military career. She worked for several years in private-sector technology and customer service work before returning to federal service with the VA in 2011.
In October 2015 Allison Hickey, the Veterans Affairs Department’s top benefits official and arguably the most polarizing figure in the VA leadership ranks in recent years, stepped down from her post amid praise from her colleagues and renewed attacks from her critics. As under secretary for benefits, Hickey oversaw more than 20,000 VA employees and the delivery of benefits to more than 12 million veterans and their families. She was one of the last holdovers from former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s tenure, frequently praised by top officials for her efforts to modernize the department and her dedication to veterans.
“She has been an exceptional colleague and an even better friend to me,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald said in a statement. “Her commitment to excellence and service to our country is unquestioned.”
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Join MG (ret) Frank Schober who has helped establish a very special program for Veterans in Santa Fe, NM…Called Vets for Pets( Not to be confused with the national Vets for Pets program) in which animal shelters donate dogs or cats to Veterans…primarily to provide a companion and a reason for Vets to want to live. The Santa Fe New Mexico Animal Shelter has recently began a free adoption service for veterans looking for a pet dog or cat. Contact them for more information.
and WASPs Betrayed
(Women Airforce Service Pilots)
During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time in history. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, where over one thousand women flyers ferried aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the United States from 1942 to 1944. The WASP operated from 110 facilities and flew more than sixty million miles in seventy-eight different types of aircraft, from the smallest trainers to the fastest fighters and the largest bombers. The WASP performed every duty inside the cockpit as their male counterparts, except combat, and thirty-eight women pilots gave their lives in the service of their country. Yet, notwithstanding their outward appearance as official members of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the WASP were considered civil servants during the war. Despite a highly publicized attempt to militarize in 1944, the women pilots would not be granted veteran status until 1977.
And now they have changed the rules again and are not allowing WASPs to be buried at Arlington, Join our guest, author Amy Goodpaster Strebe, to learn more about this outrageous betrayal of these amazing women. Read here
All Gave Some. Some Gave All.
Women in Service
Join Lt. Col. Mindy Herrmann and Brig. General Carol Ann Fausone (ret) as we discuss women in service in acknowledgement of Women’s History Month. Historian Hill Goodspeed of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida will join us to discuss the museum and its past exhibits on Women in Naval Aviation.
Join host Jim Fausone this Sunday.
Throughout American history many of our military men and women have not been home for the holidays. This week Veterans Radio wants to know where and how you celebrated Christmas while you were in the service.
If you served anytime between World War II and Iraq/Afghanistan we want to hear from you. And what was it like at home while your loved one was gone. We want to hear from all of you too.
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All Gave Some. Some Gave All