military

Michael Stonecypher

The United States military launched a ballistic missile Thursday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc. It’s the second U.S. test of a missile type banned under a Soviet-era treaty President Trump withdrew from earlier this year.

(Clockwise) Michael Kienitz; Douglas Lochner; Greta Mart

On this week’s Issues & Ideas: Truth in Recruitment is a student advocacy group working to reduce the presence of military recruiters on high school campuses. We hear the group's concerns and what they are doing to expand access to information about post-high school options for teens. We also hear the perspectives of a Santa Maria Joint Unified School District administrator, and the U.S. Army captain in charge of military recruitment on the Central Coast.

Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guest, veteran Brandon Demchak, about his journey toward healing after his military service. His path to recovery included writing and producing a film, Firecracker, based off his own experiences and the experiences of friends dealing with post-military life, especially their struggles with PTSD, depression and alcohol and drug abuse. His film has wrapped is now making the film festival round. Demchak is back to work on a new project and still advocating for others struggling to find their way.

Cynthia McIntyre, Fort Hunter Liggett

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Monterey County's Fort Hunter Liggett, where he visits with Augusta Vargas, wife of Sergeant Garcia. Vargas talks about the rewarding aspects of life as an Army spouse and raising a family on a remote base.  

Brandon Demchak enlisted in the U.S. Army at 21 and was deployed twice before being honorably discharged in 2015. Demchak returned home, like many veterans, with a "noise in his head" that haunted his days and nights. He was soon diagnosed as PTSD. His journey to healing led to discovering a gift for film and storytelling. Today, Brandon is dedicated to bringing a message of hope and awareness to fellow veterans and civilians through the big screen.

Bree Zender

Local activists took to the front lawn of the San Luis Obispo Veteran’s Hall Monday afternoon to protest President Trump’s tweet suggesting a ban on transgender people serving in the military. 

Soldier Girls

Aug 15, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/11/14

More women served in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other war, yet their role has been hotly debated.  In her book, “Soldier Girls,” writer Helen Thorpe details what really happened to three women who served in the military during the last decade.