January 17, 2021
This week’s one hour radio broadcast begins as host Dale Throneberry introduces Bill Ivey, Executive Director of Homes for Our Troops. Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit organization that provides free housing for disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran.
In the second half of the program you will be listening to Bing West, a Vietnam marine, an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and an author of many books. His latest is a novel of military action in Iraq Afghanistan titled “The Last Platoon”.
Salute & Honor Program
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Alfred Mac Wilson (MCSN: 2421744), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 3 March 1969, while serving as a rifleman with Company M, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against hostile enemy forces in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam.
You can hear the Medal of Honor reading at 40 minutes into the program.
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Homes for Troops & Bing West "The Last Platoon"
Homes For Our Troops
Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a publicly funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents out of every dollar spent has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.
What Makes HFOT Different?
Our tag line is “Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives”. Rebuilding Lives is the most important aspect of our mission, therefore, we stay with our Veterans after home delivery. Homes For Our Troops provides a pro-bono financial planner for three years to assist in financial planning and household budgeting, in addition to homeownership education and warranty coverage to ensure that the Veteran is set up for long-term success as a homeowner. One staff section’s sole focus is following up with our Veterans, and we also have a peer mentoring program consisting of Veterans and spouses in the HFOT program. To improve our post home delivery support, we continue to expand our network of nonprofits, corporations, and government entities to provide assistance with employment, education, training, health, and other issues. We strive to provide the linkage between the Veteran and the assistance he or she needs. Other differences include our comprehensive selection process, we build where the Veteran wants to live, and nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to program services for our Veterans.
Learn More: www.hfotusa.org
Bing West – Marine, Asst Secretary of Defense and Author
Bing West’s novel, The Last Platoon, is the story of duty in savage, unwinnable combat. A platoon of Marines and CIA operatives clash in a fight to the death with the drug lords and the Taliban, while in Washington, the president seeks a way out.
West served in Marine infantry in Vietnam. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, he has served as both Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security.
Based on his own combat and dozens of embeds over the decades, he has written a dozen books about the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the co-author of General Jim Mattis’s memoir, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, that is on the Commandant’s Required Reading List.
He has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service medal, as well as numerous awards for his reporting on combat.
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