We have a busy program this week on Veterans Radio. Our guests include LTC (R) Melvin Bauman, Chair of the Michigan ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve). He is a 40-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve and has been a member of the Michigan Committee for ESGR since 1987. LTC Bauman will be talking with us about The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
America is not the only country whose veterans are recovering from their combat experiences. Live from Australia we welcome Simon Sauer, CEO of Mates 4 Mates. Mates 4 Mates is similar to our own Buddy to Buddy or Vet to Vet programs. According to their website “ Our “Mates” are the wounded, injured and ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Our Mates deserve support as they continue the journey of rebuilding their lives. Many have physical and psychological injuries as a result of their service within the ADF.”
And joining us from Tasmania, the most southerly state in Australia, (next stop south from there is Antarctica) is Allan Wood an Aussie Vietnam Veteran, a 2 year conscript having served in an Australian Infantry unit during 1968-9 with tracker-dog & recon teams in III Corps, SE of Saigon. Now aged 69 & receiving a disability pension for diagnosed PTSD from the Australian Govt. Veteran’s Dept
Late last year, he joined an Australian organization for ‘war-damaged’ veterans called Mates4Mates, & soon found himself trekking the infamous & grueling 60 mile WWII (1942) KOKODA Trail in Papua New Guinea with a small group of other Aussie veterans last August, on a path to partial recovery.
All Gave Some. Some Gave All.