Friday, September 4, 2009

Blinded Veterans Association/Outstanding Post 3452

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-To start off this week, we talk about health care reform, reflect on the VFW National Convention, and discuss the new VFW National Commander, Tommy Tradewell's trip to China.
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-Next, we talk to Dr. Tom Zampieri, the Director of Government Relations for the Blinded Veterans Association, which was established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. We also have Army Staff Sergeant Sean Johnson, a blinded veteran who lost his vision as a result of traumatic brain injury from an explosion in Iraq. Army Major A.J. Tong also joins us, who lost his vision due to an explosively formed penetrator blast.
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-To finish up, we have Dale Potts, spokesman for VFW Post 3452, talking to us about the reinvention of their Post in Tualatin, Oregon. They re-opened their Post, naming it after a local high school football player, Marine Cpl. Matthew Lembke, who recently died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan. The Post hopes the reinvention will change the image of the Post, making it more family friendly and appealing to younger veterans.
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