Veterans

Despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, this is not just an election year, but also a very important year for everyone to participate and be counted as part of the 2020 U.S. Census. Due to the pandemic, both of these civic duties have become more complicated. Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks in the first half hour with Tommy Gong, San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder, and Michael Latner, Ph.D., Cal Poly political science professor and Kendall Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as they discuss the integrity of the 2020 election and plans to make voting safe and accessible to everyone. In the second half hour, Kris speaks with representatives from local organizations, who amid COVID-19, are working to prevent an undercount in the 2020 Census within 'hard-to-reach' communities. Guests include Devon McQuade, development and communications coordinator with the 5Cities Homeless Coalition; Brandy Graham, veteran support programs manager with CAPSLO; and Micki Wright, a senior volunteer services representative.

Many might not know it, but among homeless veterans, women are the fastest growing group. A 2017  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report showed the number of homeless female veterans increased by 7% from 2016 to 2017, compared to only a 1% increase for male veterans and estimated that more than 3,500 female veterans were homeless on a single night in January of that year. So why are so many women vets now homeless, or facing homelessness? And what can be done to help?

The Veterans’ Voices art initiative provides an opportunity for those who have served in the armed forces to express themselves through the artistic medium. They ask them to share reflections on their lifetimes, playtimes and pastimes.  What has their service meant to them?  What did they take away from their experience through service?   How have they suffered?  How have they healed?  How do they feel?  How can we help? The programs goal is to provide veterans’ a voice through art.

According to the 2017 American Community Survey more than 17,000 veteran’s live in San Luis Obispo County. This week in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday we will visit with members of the San Luis Obispo Veterans Service Collaborative (SVSC) about how we can honor the sacrifice of Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, by supporting these veterans, as well as the many active military and their families in our community.

Midterms 2018: Proposition 1

Oct 29, 2018
Amanda Bicknell/Wiki Commons

Proposition 1 is called the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, but only a quarter of the money goes to housing programs for vets.

Broadcast date: 5/24/2018 

This week on Central Coast Voices in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday we will visit with members of the San Luis Obispo Veterans Service Collaborative (SVSC) about how we can honor the sacrifice of Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, by supporting veterans and active military and their families in our community.

F.E.E.D.

Aug 9, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/10/2017

As the USDA reports the average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States continues to rise, many fear that there are few if any young people ready to take their place and provide the food this country will need to sustain itself long-term.

AmpSurf

Jul 24, 2017

Broadcast date: 7/27/2017

Nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have been wounded while serving our country, and are searching for ways to feel whole again. One in five Americans struggle with a life-long disability. Whether someone is a disabled vet, an autistic child, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique rehabilitation program that lets all people with disabilities experience the freedom of adaptive sports without limitations.

Veterans find an affordable home at new SLO complex

Jun 28, 2017
Megan Schelllong/KCBX

This week San Luis Obispo’s public housing department celebrated the opening of a new apartment complex for veterans. The affordable housing consists of 20 brand new apartments, half of which are reserved for homeless veterans. 

Broadcast date: 5/25/17

The Honor Flight Network, is an organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service, by transporting our heroes to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials and recognize the ultimate sacrifices of their friends who never made it home. They transported 20,558 veterans in 2016 alone to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. More than 27,272 more are still on a waiting list.

Broadcast date: 10/1/15

Reins of H.O.P.E. empowers clients to improve communication and problem solving skills, build confidence and trust in self and relationships and decrease mental health issues with the help of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Stand Down

May 6, 2015

Broadcast date: 5/07/2015

San Luis Obispo County has a growing number of homeless. In January 2014, HUD reported that San Luis Obispo County had the 3rd largest unsheltered homeless population in the country. At the last point in time count there were over 200 homeless veterans in our community, with hundreds more at risk.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A new Veterans Success Center was officially dedicated Thursday on the Cal Poly campus. It's designed to help veterans and their dependents become successful students, and move on into their careers.

The number of vets and their dependents attending Cal Poly is on the rise with more than 300 enrolled in the 2014/2015 school year.

Nature and Human Health

Nov 25, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/17/2014

Veterans heal themselves by working with nature.  That’s the finding of researcher, Stephanie Westlund.  Her recent studies have revealed the deep connection between nature and human health.  She’ll share what she’s learned with host, Guy Rathbun.

Veterans Day

Nov 14, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/11/2014

Why do we set aside an entire day to celebrate and remember our Veterans?  Tune for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, to sing the praises of those who have put their lives on the line to defend and protect our country.  Are we doing our part to care for our Veteran’s? Caring talk for the Central Coast - The Reluctant Therapist - on your public radio station, KCBX.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Aug 29, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

Veterans can get help from an unlikely source by spending time with horses.  Donna Cheek learns about the process from equine assisted psychotherapist Patrice Wichmann and a veteran who shares a heartfelt experience with this form of therapy that changed her life forever.

Nationwide there are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Luis Obispo County alone, ACTION estimates veterans make up close to 10% of the population.  Reports suggest that some 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or Depression.  It’s believed that 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. PTSD can have potentially lethal consequences. Asking for help is extremely shaming, especially for combat arms soldiers.