military service http://michiganradio.org en MSU student produces documentary dedicated to casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-student-produces-documentary-dedicated-casualties-operation-enduring-freedom <p>In October 2010, the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines deployed to Afghanistan. They were sent to relieve the British Royal Marines in the southern Helmand Province, a hotbed of insurgent fighters and IEDs.</p><p>Twenty-five Marines in the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines did not come home.</p><p>One of those who did come home went on to become a student at Michigan State University. Former Marine sniper Logan Stark is now a senior in MSU's Professional Writing Program.</p><p>As a class project, Logan formed a three-member team that produced a documentary called "For the 25" dedicated to his fallen brothers in the "Dark Horse" battalion, which suffered the highest number of casualties in 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom.</p><p>Logan Stark joined us in the studio today.</p><p>You can watch "For the 25" below.</p><p>http://youtu.be/GkpNZWf8lw0</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:06:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 13447 at http://michiganradio.org MSU student produces documentary dedicated to casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom Michigan veterans' disability claims continue to pile up http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-veterans-disability-claims-continue-pile <p>Sen. Carl Levin,&nbsp;D-Mich., says we are failing when it comes to providing health care to those who have served in the military:</p><blockquote><p>"Our nation has a moral obligation to provide quality health care to the men and women who put on our nations uniform and are injured and wounded fighting our nations wars… Our responsibility ends only when the wounds are healed…I am sad to say that we as a nation are not meeting this obligation."</p></blockquote><p>He made these remarks in early April during an <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/speeches/speech/opening-statement-of-senator-carl-levin-chairman-senate-armed-services-committee-joint-hearing-on-dod-and-va-disability-rating-systems-and-transition-of-service-members-from-dod-to-the-va">opening statement </a>to the Senate Armed Services Committee Joint Hearing on Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs.</p><p>Back in August of 2012, we <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/veterans-disability-claims-limbo-michigan-va-office-share-your-story">reported on the long wait time </a>for veterans filing disability claims.</p><p>At the time of our report, veterans in our area were waiting an average of 319 days for a decision from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on their disability claims. The national average was 257 days.</p><p>Unfortunately, there have been few improvements.</p><p>Today, the average wait time in our area is 321 days, a slight increase since 2011. And according to a <a href="http://watchdog.org/82465/va-disability-backlog-a-national-embarrassment/">Missouri Watchdog report</a> published last week, the national average has increased to 290 days.</p><p>This map shows the number of backlogged VA claims around the country. The Center for Investigative Reporting updates the map every Monday to show changes in each office's pending claims.</p><p></p><p><iframe height="438px" src="http://vivid-leaf-2293.herokuapp.com/pending-claims/timeline/130000000/michigan-public-radio" width="600"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 16:19:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12477 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan veterans' disability claims continue to pile up Group raising money to build Michigan's World War II memorial http://michiganradio.org/post/group-raising-money-build-michigans-world-war-ii-memorial <p class="art_para" id="1">Organizers are hoping to build a World War II memorial in Michigan.</p><p class="art_para">The <a href="http://www.michiganww2memorial.org/">Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial</a> would be built in Royal Oak's Memorial Park along Woodward Avenue.</p><p class="art_para">The memorial would honor Michigan's role in building what FDR called the "Arsenal of Democracy" and the men and women who served. From the group's website:</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:21:48 +0000 Mark Brush 11595 at http://michiganradio.org Group raising money to build Michigan's World War II memorial Stateside: Military spouses march in today's inaugural parade http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-military-spouses-march-todays-inaugural-parade <p></p><p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Among the groups that represented Michigan in today's inaugural parade was the <a href="http://www.milspousemichigan.org/">Military Spouses of Michigan</a>.</p><p>Jocelyn Benson, who also serves as dean of Wayne State University's Law School, is the president of the group.</p><p>The group is about a year old and provides support for spouses of service members throughout the state.</p><p>Benson spoke with Cyndy from the parade.</p><p>"It's so exciting because we honor our veterans but too often our military families are on the sidelines. To be able to recognize their sacrifices today is incredible," said Benson.</p><p>Every child marching with the group seemed to have enjoyed the experience, she noted.</p><p>"Instead of feeling isolated, we're able to provide that camaraderie for each other," said Benson.</p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em></a></li></ul><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:51:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10872 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Military spouses march in today's inaugural parade Possible Petraeus replacements? Michigan's Mike Rogers on the list http://michiganradio.org/post/possible-petraeus-replacements-michigans-mike-rogers-list <p>While <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83718.html">politicians argue over who knew what and when</a> with regard to the FBI's investigation into CIA Director David Petraeus' extra-marital affair, many insiders are speculating over who his replacement will be.</p><p>Today, the chief Washington correspondent for the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/us/politics/petraeus-replacement-search-is-under-way.html?_r=1&amp;">New York Times David Sanger wrote about</a> possible replacements.</p><p>And way down at the bottom of his article, Sanger lists Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers (R-8th District) as a possible replacement:</p><blockquote><p>Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a former F.B.I. official and could sail through confirmation hearings and give a bipartisan air to the administration’s efforts, as Mr. Petraeus did.</p></blockquote><p itemprop="articleBody">A Rogers appointment seems less likely next to names like Michael J. Morell, Mr. Petraeus' deputy, and retired C.I.A. operative John O. Brennan.</p><p itemprop="articleBody"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2012/11/report_us_rep_mike_rogers_of_m.html#incart_river">MLive said</a> Rogers' office had no immediate comment.</p><p itemprop="articleBody">In the meantime, Congressman Mike Rogers is one of those on the Capitol working to find out why members were not briefed on the FBI's investigation. From the<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/us/fbi-said-to-have-stumbled-into-news-of-david-petraeus-affair.html?pagewanted=all"> NYTimes</a>:</p><blockquote><p itemprop="articleBody">A spokesman for Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee, said the lawmaker had summoned Sean Joyce, the F.B.I.’s deputy director, and Michael J. Morrell, the deputy C.I.A. director, for closed briefings on Wednesday about the investigation. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:15:17 +0000 Mark Brush 9874 at http://michiganradio.org Possible Petraeus replacements? Michigan's Mike Rogers on the list Access to vote for military http://michiganradio.org/post/access-vote-military <p>This election year, the right to vote and access to the ballot have been hot topics this election year in states across the nation. But one group of sometimes disenfranchised voters is getting attention.</p><p>Last week, an <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/aug/12/vwopino2-stop-disenfranchising-military-voters-ar-460795/">op-ed</a> piece hit many newspapers across the nation, including the Tampa Bay area. It was written by Hans von Spakovsky. He was in the George W. Bush administration and is now with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:48:29 +0000 Lester Graham 8919 at http://michiganradio.org Access to vote for military More time home for Army units after a deployment http://michiganradio.org/post/more-time-home-army-units-after-deployment <p>After soldiers in the Army return home, they&#39;re given time to recuperate&nbsp; before being asked to deploy again.</p><p>It&#39;s called &quot;dwell time.&quot;</p><p>Earlier this month, the Army announced they&#39;ll extend the dwell time for units that deploy starting in October.</p><p>It&#39;s welcome news for military families who saw loved ones return to service after a year home, or less.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2011/09/army-dwell-time-increases-to-2-years-090411w/">Military Times</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Army units that deploy starting next month should enjoy two years of dwell time when they come home. That&rsquo;s the Army&rsquo;s plan for its war-weary troops even as it transitions from 12-month deployments to nine-month tours, a senior Army planner said.</p><p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re a deploying unit for this coming quarter, when you return, can we tell you you&rsquo;re on a two-year dwell cycle? The answer is yes for most Army units,&rdquo; said Col. John Hort, a senior planner at Forces Command. &ldquo;Our goal is to be able to provide a unit two years of dwell minimum when they return.</p></blockquote><p>In addition to longer dwell times, Army officials say they&#39;re also transitioning away from 12-month deployments to nine-month deployments in fiscal 2012. Also welcome news to those who once experienced 15-month tours.</p><p>The changes are dependent on continued troop draw downs in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>In an editorial, the <a href="http://www.armytimes.com/community/opinion/army-editorial-2-years-of-dwell-time-for-soldiers-long-overdue-090511w/">Army Times</a> said the changes are &quot;long overdue&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>It&rsquo;s been a long time coming. The deployment rotations took a heavy toll on the morale of the troops and family members who made great personal, financial and emotional sacrifices to support their loved ones and the mission. The long separations often hurt marriages and caused great pain for deployed parents who missed birthdays and ballgames, graduations and anniversaries, and all those moments when it means so much to just be there.</p><p>Back home, the deployments in many cases contributed to an epidemic suicide rate among soldiers. Moreover, a Military Times investigation reveals, the number of military children killed through abuse and neglect doubled from 2003 to 2008, an increase &ldquo;very clearly tied to specific events of the large-scale deployments,&rdquo; said researcher Deborah Gibbs, who has studied child abuse under a Defense Department contract. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:42:36 +0000 Mark Brush 4284 at http://michiganradio.org More time home for Army units after a deployment