war http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-war-dog-memorial-honors-4-legged-heroes <p></p><p>When you think of a war hero, what image comes to your mind?</p><p>Most likely, you think of a man or a woman dressed in desert camouflage, or a wounded warrior learning to walk again after being wounded in battle.</p><p>But there is another group of war heroes: the four-legged heroes. War dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Their history in the U.S. military is long and proud. They were used as messenger dogs, scout or patrol dogs, and in the cases of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have been used as explosive detection dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Unbeknownst to many of the locals, Michigan has one of the few war dog memorials in the nation, located between Milford and South Lyon in Oakland County.&nbsp;</p><p>Phil Weitlauf&nbsp;is a U.S. Army veteran, as well as a champion of the Michigan War Dog Memorial. He joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:30:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17562 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes After Afghanistan, one unit's new mission: cope as civilians http://michiganradio.org/post/after-afghanistan-one-units-new-mission-cope-civilians <p>After a year's deployment in Afghanistan, 600 members of Michigan's National Guard are coming home. They'll join the ranks of 19,00 local Guardsmen and women who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>But this particular unit will soon embark on a new mission. And this time, they're bringing their families.</p><p>For 3 years, the veterans, their spouses, and children will be part of a Michigan State University study on how families cope with life after combat.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:13:26 +0000 Kate Wells 9236 at http://michiganradio.org After Afghanistan, one unit's new mission: cope as civilians Stateside: It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-its-200th-anniversary-war-1812 <p>There's a huge party happening right now on Detroit's Riverfront!</p><p>It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.</p><p>The War of 1812 was when Great Britain and the new United States of America slugged it out over trade, over the British habit of grabbing American ships and sailors and forcing them to serve King George (yes, THAT same King George we beat in the Revolutionary War!!)</p><p>The War of 1812 Bicentennial and Navy Week are being celebrated this week with events happening from downtown Detroit to Lake St Clair.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:10:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 8971 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 Navy Week sails into Detroit to celebrate War of 1812 bicentennial http://michiganradio.org/post/navy-week-sails-detroit-celebrate-war-1812-bicentennial <p>The US Navy’s past and present is on display in Detroit this week.</p><p>Detroit is just one “Navy Week” stop on a <a href="http://www.ourflagwasstillthere.org/">Great Lakes tour commemorating the War of 1812</a>.</p><p>The war pitting the newly-independent US against Great Britain was more or less a draw—though it’s seen very differently<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/155308632/teaching-the-war-of-1812-different-in-u-s-canada"> just across the border in Windsor, Ontario</a>.</p><p>But everyone agrees that the war gave birth to the modern US Navy.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 04:04:15 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8966 at http://michiganradio.org Navy Week sails into Detroit to celebrate War of 1812 bicentennial Flags lowered for Jackie Diener II, a Boyne City High School grad http://michiganradio.org/post/flags-lowered-jackie-diener-ii-boyne-city-high-school-grad A young Army soldier from Boyne City died in Afghanistan last month (November 21) - just two months into his deployment. U.S. Army Pvt. 2nd Class Jack Lee Diener was 20 when he was killed by small arms fire in Kandahar province. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:37:36 +0000 Mark Brush 5316 at http://michiganradio.org Flags lowered for Jackie Diener II, a Boyne City High School grad The "unfinished business" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/unfinished-business-wars-iraq-and-afghanistan <p>Earlier today I posted the stories of two young veterans who had served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>Multiple tours overseas is common in today&#39;s military. Re-enlistments helped keep these wars supplied with soldiers over the last ten years.</p><p>The problem, as <a href="http://www.rand.org/about/people/r/rostker_bernard_d.html">Bernard Rostker</a> of the Rand Corporation put it, &quot;the more you go the more you&rsquo;re exposed, the more likely you will eventually have some adverse psychological reactions.&quot;</p><p>Rostker is a former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and a former senior policy advisor on recruitment for the Secretary of Defense.</p><p>He said the propensity to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is cumulative. And with soldiers serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, they&#39;re more at risk than a soldier serving a single tour.</p><p>PTSD can show up much later in life.</p><p>&quot;This is going to be a huge concern for the military,&quot; said Rostker.</p><p>&quot;Rand did a study, it was a random telephone interview of large numbers of vets using screening techniques for PTSD, and came to the conclusion that there was a huge number of unreported cases. It was controversial with the Department of Defense who looked at the number of people being treated versus those identified with PTSD and noticed lots were going untreated,&quot; said Rostker.</p><p>In 2010, <a href="http://www.channel4.com/news/combat-stress-iraq-shock-hits-us-troops">Britain&#39;s Channel 4 News</a> did an excellent piece on the challenges facing today&#39;s military.</p><p>You can view it here:</p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="302" id="flashObj" width="430"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=617341154001&amp;playerID=69900095001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEabvr4~,Wtd2HT-p_VhJQ6tgdykx3j23oh1YN-2U&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=617341154001&amp;playerID=69900095001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAEabvr4~,Wtd2HT-p_VhJQ6tgdykx3j23oh1YN-2U&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="302" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="430"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Bernard Rostker said the military has come a long way in its understanding of the psychological effects of war.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;re much more aware of it today, but it&rsquo;s still the unfinished business of this war,&quot; said Rostker. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 22:17:03 +0000 Mark Brush 4956 at http://michiganradio.org The "unfinished business" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Michigan Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-marine-1-2-killed-afghanistan <p>A Marine from Genesee County has been reported killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The military says Friday that 28-year-old staff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff of Davison and 27-year-old Sgt. Christopher Diaz of Albuquerque died Wednesday in Helmand Province.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 17:29:12 +0000 Kyle Norris 4401 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan Saving GM - inside the company's "War Room." http://michiganradio.org/post/saving-gm-inside-companys-war-room <p>When a massive quake struck Japan on Friday, March 11th, Bill Hurles was up north with his sons on a snowmobiling trip.&nbsp; Hurles is head of supply chain for General Motors.&nbsp;</p><p>After he saw the first footage of the tsunami slamming into the northern coast, Hurles cut his trip short and returned to Warren.&nbsp; &nbsp;By early Sunday morning, he and his team were in the War Room, desperately trying to get information.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:30:06 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2867 at http://michiganradio.org Saving GM - inside the company's "War Room." Michigan Senator Carl Levin defends president's handling of Libya http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senator-carl-levin-defends-presidents-handling-libya <p><a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin</a> is defending President Obama&rsquo;s decision to get involved in <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/22/134762513/if-this-is-not-war-against-libya-what-is-it">the war</a> in Libya. Critics have complained the president waited too long to act or should have kept the U.S out of the conflict. Levin says the president has chosen the right course.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;He has proceeded in a way which is cautious and thoughtful.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Levin &nbsp;says the president has worked well with <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/23/134785630/gadhafi-snipers-tanks-terrorize-coastal-libyan-city">European and Arab allies</a> to put pressure on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/19/134682364/Gaddafi-Who-Gave-You-The-Right-To-Intervene">Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The long term goal is to keep the pressure on to have him be removed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Levin expects the Congress will ask the president to comply with the War Powers Act next week. The president will then have three months to respond to Congress&rsquo; request for information about the decision to bomb Libya.</p><p>Levin is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 19:26:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 1762 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senator Carl Levin defends president's handling of Libya Marine from Midland survives sniper's shot in Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/marine-midland-survives-snipers-shot-afghanistan <p>We&#39;re coming up on the tenth anniversary of the U.S. led war in Afghanistan.</p><p>So far, there have been 1,429 U.S. deaths from Operation Enduring Freedom, according to <a href="http://icasualties.org/oef/">icasualties.org</a>.</p><p>Marine Sgt. Paul Boothroyd III of Midland is lucky not to be one of those.</p><p>Andrew Dodson of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/midland/index.ssf/2011/03/midland_marine_healthy_after_helmet_saves_him_from_snipers_bullet.html">Booth Mid-Michigan</a> has a piece on Boothroyd&#39;s remarkable story.</p><p>A sniper&#39;s bullet hit Boothroyd&#39;s Kevlar helmet while on patrol in southern Afghanistan.</p><p>Boothroyd thought the helmet stopped the bullet, but the bullet was later found lodged behind his right ear - millimeters away from a main artery and his spinal cord.</p><p>From the article:</p><blockquote><p>Boothroyd III travels back to Midland this week with his wife Ashley Boothroyd from Maryland. Their 2-year-old son, Paul Boothroyd IV, is with his grandparents waiting for his parent&rsquo;s return to Michigan.</p><p>He enlisted in the Marines following high school. After acing a linguistics test, the Marines sent him to school, where he learned to speak modern and traditional dialects of Arabic, including Iraqi.</p><p>After his time off in Midland, Boothroyd III plans to return to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina awaiting his next tour of duty. He says he appreciates his time off, but wants to return to the Middle East.</p></blockquote><p>Boothroyd says he looks forward to &quot;get back to the fight.&quot; Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:47:26 +0000 Mark Brush 1741 at http://michiganradio.org Marine from Midland survives sniper's shot in Afghanistan Senator Carl Levin cautiously optimistic about success in Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/senator-carl-levin-cautiously-optimistic-about-success-afghanistan <p>U.S. Senator Carl Levin says success depends on two factors. The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Obama administration should stick to the July deadline to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and make sure the country can continue to build up its own security forces.</p><p>The committee&rsquo;s ranking republican Senator John McCain opposes the deadline.</p><p>Levin told a gathering in West Michigan Monday the deadline has helped the Afghanistan police and army exceed recruitment goals. He called a large, effective home-grown security force in Afghanistan &ldquo;the Taliban&rsquo;s worst nightmare.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Because it would demonstrate that contrary to their propaganda the war against the Taliban is not a war of foreign occupiers seeking control, that it is instead a war that the Afgan people believe in.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Levin told a crowd in Grand Rapids that President Obama&#39;s deadline in July to begin transferring power to the government of Afghanistan has put pressure on the situation in a good way. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:23:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1370 at http://michiganradio.org Senator Carl Levin cautiously optimistic about success in Afghanistan Funeral Friday for 2 MIA Michigan airmen http://michiganradio.org/post/funeral-friday-2-mia-michigan-airmen <p>Officials at the <a href="http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/">Defense Department's POW/Missing Personnel Office</a> say they've identified the remains of two U.S. airmen from the Vietnam War. The airmen were reportedly shot down in 1969 and have been missing ever since.</p><p>The government says the remains belong to 34-year-old Col. James E. Dennany of Kalamazoo and 27-year-old Maj. Robert L. Tucci of Detroit.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/2011/release_dennany_tucci.pdf">press release</a>, the Defense Department explains how Dennany and Tucci's plane went down: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:29:11 +0000 Mark Brush 874 at http://michiganradio.org Funeral Friday for 2 MIA Michigan airmen In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-33 <p><strong>Unemployment benefits deal reached</strong></p><p>President Obama says he has reached a deal with Republican lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits. 180,000 Michiganders were going to see their benefits expire by April if a deal was not reached. In exchange for the benefit extensions, Obama agreed to extend the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels, including the wealthy. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/us/politics/07cong.html?_r=1&amp;hp">The New York Times</a> reports that Obama said the deal is "not perfect, but this compromise is an essential step on the road to recovery." But a battle may still remain, congressional democrats say they have not agreed to any deal yet.</p><p><strong>City bans medical marijuana</strong></p><p>A fourth city has banned medical marijuana. Wyoming, a suburb of Grand Rapids, passed the ban last night in a unanimous city council vote. <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/despite-potential-legal-case-recall-effort-city-approves-medical-marijuana-ban">Michigan Radio's</a> Lindsey Smith reports that Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll says the ban is not a rebuke of medical marijuana rather "<span class="article-content"><span>this is a vote against the way it is being dispensed."</span></span>&nbsp; Medical marijuana dispensaries have been popping up in different parts of the state after voters approved the medical marijuana law in 2008. The dispensaries are often in nondescript storefronts. <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101207/NEWS06/101207008/1001/news">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Mayor Poll, a pharmacist himself, says medical marijuana should be dispensed like other legal drugs, presumably at mainstream pharmacies.</p><p><strong>State to honor Pearl Harbor Day</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168--248065--,00.html">Governor Granholm</a> is asking Michigan residents to lower flags to half staff today to honor Pearl Harbor Day.&nbsp; <font><font size="-1" color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Sixty-nine years ago this morning, Japan attacked U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen were killed. 1,143 were wounded. </font></font>Granholm says the action also honors current&nbsp; service men and women:</p><blockquote><p><font><font size="-1" color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">"We also salute the brave men and women currently stationed around the world, including those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are defending and protecting the freedom our nation holds so dear."&nbsp;</font></font></p></blockquote><p> Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:07:31 +0000 Mark Brush 482 at http://michiganradio.org Honoring veterans of war today http://michiganradio.org/post/honoring-veterans-war-today <p>It's Veterans Day and there are a many articles around the state about those who have made significant sacrifices for our country. Men and women who fought in wars for the U.S. Here's a snapshot of the articles this morning: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:50:14 +0000 Mark Brush 308 at http://michiganradio.org Honoring veterans of war today CMU students listen to and protest lecture of fundamental church members http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-students-listen-and-protest-lecture-fundamental-church-members <p>Members of the controversial <a href="http://www.godhatesfags.com/">Westboro Baptist Church</a> spoke to journalism students at <a href="http://www.cmich.edu/x22.xml">Central Michigan University</a> Monday. The church is known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers. <span class="article-content"><span>The group was invited to speak to journalism law students about how far free speech is protected by the first amendment.<br /> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 01:54:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 218 at http://michiganradio.org CMU students listen to and protest lecture of fundamental church members