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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

WDRC

07:50 min | 2 weeks ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

"And whether you're an innie or outie when large talks diversity, it's about what happens between your ears and south of your mouth. Welcome back to the Lars Larson joining Monday. Always glad to get your phone calls a sad day for America. The final Airplane has now left the airport Hamid Karzai airport, which is the main airport, the only airport actually in Kabul, Afghanistan, one runway and the final US plane has now left and general Kenneth Mackenzie, commander of US Central Command. Centcom has confirmed that Americans who quote could not make it to the airport were left behind in Afghanistan. We don't know how many. The number is said to be in the hundreds. It may be two or 300. I guess we'll know when they count. The bodies after the Taliban is done seems to be the Biden administration approach to this doctor, Paul Lawrence was president Trump's undersecretary for veterans affairs, Dr Lawrence Welcome back to the program. Thanks for having me back large. But I agree. I wish it was under much better circumstances. So do I. So do I. Because I want to. I wonder how the people who served there and served America proudly over all those years. I mean, it's not their job to make political decisions or decide, you know, Should we be doing this? It's simply their job to answer the nation's call and go and do the job. How are they going to react to this? From your position. Your your point of view as the former undersecretary for veterans affairs. Well, as you can imagine the last three weeks. I've talked to a lot of Afghan veterans, and if we had talked a couple weeks ago, I would have said they are shocked about how badly this unraveled that there was no plan. There appeared to be no execution and just a colossal leadership failure. More recently, though, it's turned to betrayal. Because, as you know, folks in the military or trained all the time to leave nobody behind and that's very comforting. Knowing if something were to happen to them, they wouldn't be left behind. And as you just pointed out, we're leaving people behind. And the present team in charge seems to have no problem with that. So I think everyone just very, very upset about this well and not only that, but our military takes its orders from the commander in chief, right or wrong. We have civilian leadership of our military. But this time around, is there some sense among the veterans you've talked to the president of the United States is literally saying he was at the mercy of the Taliban that they were calling the shots. And when he kept being asked, Are you going to extend the deadline? Have you asked about extending the deadline? His answer was well, but we're thinking about it. But they never actually did any of that They simply AC. We asked to the Taliban saying Be out by the 31st. Yes, they're very surprised because as you know the veterans who are there, they beat the Taliban. They're not scared of them. They took them on and one and they don't understand why our leaders are so fearful. They're just perplexed to say the least. Well, and the other piece to this is I know Joe Biden's main argument has been There was no way to do this without chaos, which I've had other military leaders from our countries say that's not true. You know, Every plan gets changed at first contact with the enemy, but you can have a plan, at least for doing it without chaos. This plan didn't seem to to be one that was even aimed at trying to avoid chaos. If anything, I mean, I'm sorry to say this doctor Lawrence, but an awful lot of my audience and I have have looked at this and said How could you screw this up so badly? It almost seems so bad that you couldn't have done it unless you intended for it to end this way. Now, that may be a bridge too far, but I thought I'd ask your take on it anyway. I'm kind of coming around to your point of view large because the whole thing is backwards, right? I mean, you first get everybody out. Then you get the equipment out, and then you get the military out, and it's all been done backwards. You're just wondering what in the world where they thinking? And you just really. I mean, I think we need to move system accountability. You know, we have a system of checks and balances. And I think we should get everybody to, you know. Call our Congress people and say, Where are the hearings? Where is the accountability? Where is the checks and balances you're supposed to be doing for us? I'm talking to Dr Paul Lawrence, who was the undersecretary for veterans affairs under President Trump. And yet, even there, Dr Lawrence, I don't have much confidence. It's going to happen, The U. S Constitution says to the Congress. It's your job to perform oversight on everything the federal government does. And I would say, most importantly, what it does in name of national security. And yet I look at the current Congress. Say, is Nancy Pelosi likely to say I'm going to stand up a special committee or assign this to the Military Armed Armed Services Committee to do a full investigation of why they decided why the president and why the Pentagon decided to do it this way. Do you have any confidence that the Democrats in the House of Representatives or the Democrats in the Senate, where they have a bare majority are going to ask for that kind of investigation? I'd like to think they will. But you're right. It doesn't seem logical, given sort of. You know what their national agenda is and who's on their team and the like. So sadly, it won't be in this. Congress isn't to say that it won't be eventually when things change, but it probably won't be right away. But it doesn't. It shouldn't result you know less than are resolved to want to hold people accountable. So what happens at this point to your veterans? I mean, because are you anticipating that we're going to see a lot of veterans. We're going to go through some real heartache and maybe even heartache of the kind that would take them to the point where they might might do something terrible. I don't mean violently. I mean that they might be despondent literally over us ending things this way. Well, it is And here's what I'd ask everybody to do, and it isn't just you know the WVA. It's everybody. We need to reach out to veterans and service members and talk to them connect with them. That's very important. Until then, we know what they're going through. I mean, any, you know, halfway decent American could feel disheartened by the whole thing and be able to understand and we know what you're going through. The other thing, too, is remind them. You know, we value your service and sacrifice. We sent you there to do a mission, which was defeat our enemies and keep us safe. And you did that and we value. The things you did, and finally, let's also remember someone's in crisis. Here's the crisis hotline. Let me give it to you, Lars. It's 802 738255 so veterans or family members or folks in crisis can call this line and talk to a bill person 24 hours a day, you know, seven days a week, so that's what I do. The connectivity is really the most important thing we can all be doing with veterans and their families. Now This goes a little outside your lane in terms of Undersecretary events affairs, But I worry about our ability to get men and women to sign up for military service. I have been told by and I can't recall whether you told me to start to Lawrence, but I think it was a different gender. It was a lieutenant colonel who told me only 27%. The young men and women coming out of high school right now, or even qualified for military service because of all because of drugs because of fitness because of a bunch of different things. They're choosing from a very small pool. And I'm wondering how many of the people in that pool will look at that. And they'll go to the adage. I've heard from a lot of vets, which is we haven't really won a war since World War two. You know that that Korea Ended less than you know, spectacularly. Vietnam was certainly a you know it was a It was a tough spot for for veterans who came home to no thanks a lot of ridicule and a lot of abuse. And then we had the two Gulf wars and now we've had this and after 20 years, seeing it end this way, Is it going to make it even tougher for our military services?.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

AM 970 The Answer

07:39 min | Last month

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

"Bird like Alison Steele. W E wfm That was like underground radio back in the day, you know? When we used to listen to other rock and roll on something called FM Woo, you know, so maybe we here at Salem and talking the truth like we're talking It is. It's like underground radio, and I feel I'm calm. I feel such a feeling of satisfaction through all this chaos because you are right. You you are right in what you thought would happen in this presidency is happening. Now, Now you gotta go back and I got to watch what I say. Because here you can't speak the truth. Now there is no the First Amendment has been taken away whether you know it or not. Over the course of the last 454 or five years, the First Amendment's been taken away. Because layer back and how Biden got into office. Track it. Look at it. In the old days, you would have had John Chancellor do a story on it. You would have had I I always say Eric Severeid as somebody Andy Rooney would have covered Do you ever notice how they steal an election? Given notice that the guy that the president you never voted for why is that? Why you? You know, I could never understand why people are so dumb and politics Maybe because we didn't elect them. You know, I mean, it's like, Yeah, I tell you, Andy, Rudy was a character. You remember 60 minutes. It was a great reporter. He was a great reported a great wartime correspondent. Edward R. Marrow, You know, he would have the wood and I only know that some study and I wasn't I don't even remember watching those guys. I was probably alive, but I don't remember. But you know I would start we would study these great reporters, you know, And these great journalists actually And then they would speak the truth. So what did how did Biden end up? You got to go back memory. You know, it's what I always try to be solution based. How did he get there? And now? I'm going to stop right there. Because if I say anything else will be shut down because you can't question certain things. You can't question the virus. You can't question the election. You can't question it. I don't know what country we're living in anymore. I don't know. And I would think the FCC goes No. Your freedom of speech. You can say what you want. And apparently not. So I feel on this National radio day. Sense of responsibility to speak the truth to you have too much respect for you to lie to have too much respect to say. Well, you know what a die hard left wing liberal and I'm going to tell you how bad Donald Trump was, You know, I mean, well, you know, you don't have a right to do that. I will tell you I'm just I'm I don't even know what I am anymore. Because I think, um, you know, I have no identity. I'd like I don't identify with the way right wing. I don't identify with the way left wing. I guess I'm right of center. They call Joe. You're a conservative. I guess I'm an American. We when I say we we have to take the house back. I don't mean we, the Republicans because Republicans are not doing anything. I got news for. You know, there's some Republicans doing something that some great Republicans We like when Marsha Blackburn comes on the show, Steve Scalise comes on the show. You know, we appreciate some of the Republican seven of year Tom Cotton going up against this this old White House but me. I'm just I just want to do what's best for the country, and I don't care if you're a Democrat or a few Republicans still going to talk to you. And a member. Josh got him running the show doing a great job. Now you can't say that Joe because he's he's running in the fifth. He's going to run in the fifth. You're gonna lose Joe. You can you are you a Republican? I'm going to do what's best for certainly the state of New Jersey. It certainly was best for the United States of America that were on the radio. I'm going to be objective about it. So Josh is going to be on the show. We're gonna be talking about what's going on with the congestion tax. There's a Democrat that doesn't like the congestion tact. There's a Democratic works with Republicans as it should be. As tip O Neill work with Ronald Reagan. You know what we're going to speak to keep speaking the truth. Also honored to have Jack Car with his 20 year. Navy SEAL Veteran New York Times Best selling author Jackson Good guy. And we're going to see this. This this absolute Horror that's happening in Afghanistan. I don't even know where to start. And I don't even know how to tell you. It's this is we left a billion dollars maybe $2 billion worth of equipment. They This is a ragtag army of vicious killers. You could see the news media again. The mainstream media is not going to They're not going to report exactly what's happening. Afghan Afghanistan Look at that. Now, you have the Brits parachuting in because America is too weak to save its own, not to mention its allies. And this is impeachable, and but what's happening at the border, allowing people limit the virus? Strategically placing these illegal aliens in different cities and I feel for the folks are coming in on the grandson of immigrants are crying out loud. You know, but we had to learn. But my my grandparents had to learn the language. Learn the laws. They were spit on. They were gay goes they were what they were Guineas out. You greaseball you garlic eater looking look at disrespectful. We never complain. We never write it. We never went into form legislation. We never We never just wined and moaned and use that as a crutch. We just fought and we became American and to think about the racism that my grandparents had to go through. And then they have a son. And that son joins United States military and fights in Italy against Mussolini and Hitler. That's that's America. That's what it's about. Not coming. You're complaining. Oh, we didn't get this. We didn't get that. We didn't get Oh, no, you we We You're you're at your racist now and and then telling us how bad America is so I couldn't stand it. I can't stand when we get this professorial lectures. How bad we are. I know how great we are, because I'm living it. I'm living in and I had I have parents and I have grandparents who lived it who helped build this great country. I say it's it's and and so I will continue to speak the truth. And we appreciate you being there more than we can tell you, John, you know, rallies on a Former police officer retired FBI We're going to see about this library, Congress bomb threat That seems awfully suspicious to me. All of a sudden they tried to do a diversion. Maybe we'll get into it. With Mr Yeah. Morelli John McLaughlin, CEO of McLaughlin and Associates. The is the pollster. We're going to see winds approval rating. After this Afghanistan crisis. You You're going to want to hear that Dr. Paul Lawrence was President Trump's undersecretary for veterans affairs, and we're going to see what's going on with the troops. What's going on in within Afghanistan again, Josh Gad heimer on the show that Congressman Good enough to join us. Mike Gallagher is going to join us. Look at the show. Lou Dobbs jumps on in the nine o'clock hour. The great Lou Dobbs, my buddy and Tom Homan, former acting director of the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. You want to talk about the border. You must listen to Mr Holman. Go on the radio on Am 9 70 the answer. Great to have you with us. We've got a lot to get into, and Susie Ceren is in. It's gonna let me just do this caveat. Before we go out. There's a lot a lot going on was taken off three days because he has a lot of beer to drink. So he's got that's next week. Yeah, that and then I'm I'm off next Friday, we go to as cash, baby and Sheboygan. And so I'm traveling. We're doing shows and so all day Friday and that Monday also, But who's here? Joseph Billions. Gonna keep their holding down the fort with Paul Lynde and Porky Pig and all the rest. So Porky Pig takes us to traffic. Take us the traffic Porky. And now for and now with the track and then have the train. And now.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Courage to Fight Again

Courage to Fight Again

30:48 min | 8 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Courage to Fight Again

"Welcome to we serve now. What were we seek to answer. The questions. veterans and their families are already asking that stays question is about a relatively new. Va program called va solid. Start and on today's show. We'll be answering all your questions about this program. What is it. who's it four. What's the goal of the program who's eligible and perhaps most importantly the actions that you need to take to not only take advantage of this program but also to take advantage of ball. The va benefits that you've earned through your military service. And i thought who better to answer this question than the person who came up with the program. So some of you may have heard of dr paul lawrence who is the head of the veterans benefits administration. Well his second. Command is a lady by the name of margarita devlin and she is an absolute well of knowledge. Not just from the. Va solid start program. But about so much more as well hello. My name is aaron perkins. I'm a. Us army combat veteran husband to a beautiful wife. Father to two amazing kiddos on the author of resolve a step by step guide. That takes you the veteran through the journey of rediscovering purpose. Meaning and passion in your life after you've left the military and if you hadn't guessed on the host of this podcast and when we come back my special guest will be here so sit back. Relax and enjoy my conversation with margarita. Devlin who am i. Why am i still here. How can i uncover who. I was meant to be during my own transition from the. Us army the wounds of war especially those not visible continued to plague my through the pain of job loss of ptsd diagnosis at crippling anxiety by finally discovered the reason. I'm here on the earth. And i knew i couldn't keep it to myself so i wrote a book. Simply titled result. Resolved is a book that has one apologetically faith-based a step by step guide designed for maximum effectiveness in the context of a small group of other veterans resolve provides veterans everywhere with the tool to help you step into your new life a life full hope purpose and vision for the future to pick up your copy of resolve head over to courage to fight again dot com. That's courage to fight again dot com. Well i am here with margarita. Devlin and i just want to take a minute to thank you margarita for being here on the show. This is going to be so so great. I'm super excited about it. But i want to take a minute just to kind of introduce you. And i don't want to steal your thunder because i'm going to give you a chance to introduce yourself as well but margarita devlin. She is the principal secretary for benefits in the department of veterans affairs. She's held that position since may of two thousand eighteen. Now that title in itself obviously a mouthful right. But i will let you. Margarita explained what your role is and all of that and kind of dive into a little bit more for listeners. Basically she second in command at veterans benefits administration so veterans benefits administration. Va that's your va. Va home loan disability compensation of oak rehab life insurance transition assistance and speaking of transition assistance marguerita has a lot of different advancements in military to civilian transition and also suicide prevention to include. What we're talking about today and that is the. Va solid start program so margarita. It is so good to have you. I just want you to want you to take a few minutes and introduce yourself but is so great to have you here. Welcome to we served now. What inky so much. It's really my pleasure to be here. Thank you for inviting me to be on this podcast And i guess what. I areas like to tell people as i've been in the va for twenty five years It's my passion to serve veterans in in various different roles throughout my career. i'm also mom of inactivity serving marine And also the mom of a college student Dad was a navy veteran brother served in the army so Military family close very close to my heart this mission so really happy to be here and talk about the solid start program haas of also weived definitely excited to have you and again on this show. We do our best to answer the questions that veterans and their family members are already asking and one of those questions is what is the. Va solid start programming. And that's question. Maybe we can just lead off with that. What is the. Va solid start program. Absolutely i'm happy to just dive right into that. so solid. The solid start program is really part of the military to civilian transition journey. That really looks at the fact. That transition does not end when you get the d. to fourteen at the end of your military service in fact those of you who have served you know this right. That's really when everything starts to actually happen and no amount of preparation With the military can really prepare you for what what your situation is gonna be like after we heard this from veterans so this program really seeks to connect with veterans in that first year after separation starting at about three months and then we follow up beginning six months in a year and it really is an opportunity for us to start out with. How is it going for you. How's your transition going. How're you doing what's going on in your life. What are you worrying about. And really letting the veteran drive the conversation about what he or she needs the moment how it's going and then our agents are very well trained to pick up on those cues from that conversation and provide that veteran with specific resources in guidance on how to continue their transition in the most successful manner. Possible that is that is huge. I remember. I remember when i got out at the end of two thousand fourteen. It was a kind of a drinking from the fire hose. Except i didn't even know what i was supposed to be drinking. You know it's like hey here's a bunch of benefits you might be eligible for good luck and so it's funny so we started this podcast in the summer of two thousand eighteen and it wasn't until i started this podcast and started doing some research that i learned about more benefits. I could've taken advantage of when i first got out. You know four years prior and so the fact that this this solid start program is tackling that specific issue. I think is great. So what what. Problems specifically is the program trying to solve will it is really a suicide prevention initiative and it came from the fact that we heard from veterans. That sort of felt like all the services and support sorta stopped When they separated from the military and because it was like drinking from a fire hose. They really didn't know where to go to do And who to connect to and it was really difficult for. Va to connect with veterans who were not engaging with our with our systems already so we entered into this agreement with department of defense and homeland. Security is coastguard is under homeland security to get data feet of all the military members when they were separating so that we can start those phone calls so that we can call everybody and by the way we do call everybody that we have information for that includes regardless of character discharge We will call these veterans and we will make sure that they get connected to services and resources that are that are specific to their needs so again suicide prevention. We recognize that. There is a a real. There's a reality about transition stress Which is very different than what you might think about with clinical rate with post traumatic stress disorder. Which is a clinical diagnoses Comes with its own required treatment in the mental health arena. But this is just It's stress around. All the life changes that happened with transition. And what you said you know sometimes they. You're hearing so much about so many benefits while you're in the process of separating that when you get out you might not realize that you didn't take advantage of all of them right right. That is so true. That is so true. So so the the tap program transition assistance program or the army's version i think is a cap or something. It is this part of that is essential that the tap program still exist. How does it factor into all that. They're they're connected. They're two separate things but connectors so the transition. Assistance program does still exist Dod really owns and operates. Don on any of the military services of course puts their own branding on their part of the program via has an entire day where we come in and we teach about. Va benefits was really great. We were able to get it to a full day. Always didn't always look like that but even in that full day where we teach it's really It's a classroom experience right so you're Before covid you were in a room with twenty twenty five other service members and as much as we try to make it engaging and make sure that the servicemember can tie all the benefits to their own personal situation using interactive workbook. All of those things. It still was a classroom experience. A not individual not one on one We do still have benefit visor. Available for one on one support with and they. They advertise that during the class. Now when we went into the code environment we go to virtual So we we are still pretty much in the virtual environment. We've we've started working on getting a little bit more in person presence with tap classes but of course as you can imagine Safety is the number one concern And so we think about this way. Transition assistance program is about teaching. You what you might need to know and getting you prepared in the right mindset for transition. Solid start is like okay. Now we're gonna talk to you after this happened after you got out of the military to see. How are you doing ended. All that stuff makes sense. What questions do you still have. And it's one on one so rather than having to listen to what everybody has to listen to if you already have a job and that's not your concern or you're already in college and using your education benefits that's not your concern but maybe you need to get into a medical appointment. You don't know how to navigate. That will work with you on justice. If that's what you need is maybe you have issues with your children. You need some some other resources. We have access to information about state department of veterans affairs benefits that can sometimes filling gaps were. Va can't Provide a service to really is personalized the comments we hear from veterans. I know you've been seeking feedback from veterans. As well is that they're surprised that va's calling and they're so thankful for it because they were maybe not sure who to call her how to ask about a particular benefit so it's been really interesting seeing the positive reaction from our veteran community. Absolutely and you know. I think that you know this is my opinion. You based on my own experience and the experience of know friends and other veterans who gone through the transition systems program. There are getting ready to get that to you to fourteen right. So all of those briefings. I shouldn't say all but a lot of those briefings are at least in the transitioning servicemembers. Mind it's it's a check the block it's like all right. Let me just get through this thing. So i can go home. Take off this uniform for the final time and get on with my life so the fact that you're contacting them throughout that first year i think they're going to be a whole lot more receptive to hearing. What the benefits are. Because it's not like you're not keeping them from you know from going home you know. You're not you're not saying. Hey you have to be here. This is your place of duty right now. So you mentioned covid nineteen and a lot of things have gone. virtual has there been any other impacts to the program. I know the program still pretty new but have there been any other impacts of the program as a result of the pandemic like are you behind or ahead or anything like that. A solid start actually was in a great position to react effectively to the covid nineteen situation. All of our agents were telework ready and all of our equipment works from telework standpoint. So they haven't skipped a beat they are not behind. They are on target When we first created the program we weren't sure what kind of response we were gonna get so when we created the program We we have to have a performance measure right so we said well. How many people do we really going to answer. The phone won't va calls. You know think about yourself right if your cell phone rings and you don't recognize the number what's the chance you're gonna answer it. Probably not your let it. Go to voicemail right. And if that person's important deli new message so we kinda thought we might get that sort of a reaction so we kinda started. Set the bar low. We said fifteen percent our goal was fifteen one. Five fifteen percent of veterans we reached out to we would be able to actually engage with. They would answer the phone and engage with our with our representatives. It's been just phenomenal. The actual result actually have your with me the december twenty twenty report since we began the program. We have reached over. Eighty seven thousand veterans and the fiscal year. Twenty twenty today fifty seven point. Five percent have responded and engaged. Yeah i know it's it's been just an incredible Response and we also prioritize veterans. Who we know from the information from dod if a veteran had mental health appointment In that last year of service before they left the military prioritize them and we also know that for that population. We need to make sure we get them connected into. Va healthcare and with that sub population. The percents even higher seventy three point. Six percent have responded to our agents and our end have engaged with them on the phone. Wow that is really really great. How surprised were you at the at the numbers when he finally saw them. In the beginning. I was very surprised. And then you know we had a town hall with are Representatives the ones who are actually making the call and it was really interesting. Many of them are veterans themselves. Some of them are you were military spouses. And some of them even used to work in the tap program and and they're so passionate about their work and they're always submitting new ideas about how to improve the program here in the anecdotes That they shared with me about what some of these veterans were telling them and how grateful they were for this phone call. One thing we do is we did put it on the caller. Id so in most with most cellular services You you'll it'll save veterans affairs on your phone so you kind of notes the. Va calling so kind of helps to increase the the response rate but yeah. It's it's been an amazing response for veteran for so happy that this program is reaching them in making impact. Yeah definitely that's great. That's great so. Va solid start. It's for those who are basically brand new to the civilian world right so for those of us like myself and a lot of our listeners who are not newly separated what resources are available for us for helping us understand available that that we can take advantage of so a couple things you're right. Solid start is for those that are recently separated so for veterans of any era. Were here for you as well. And you know i always. I'm always very sensitive to that that you know if you Or vietnam era veteran. We care about you. We want you to call us if you if you never got connected to your benefits. Please call us and we will walk you through. There's a main toll free number which is one eight hundred eight two seven one thousand and that is our main call centre. Those agents are trained across the entire portfolio benefits as well and they will help you identify. What eligibilities you might have In the benefit side and they can even connect you to healthcare If you if you haven't signed up for your healthcare so they can. They can kind of connect you regardless of when you got out of the military And if you are a veteran that just got out in the last year and you haven't gotten your solid start call. I say the information we get from dod his last information we had about the servicemember. Sometimes people change their phone number They changed their email address. We do try and reach out by email First before we make that first phone call so call us. And if you're in that last in the first year after separation just asked to be transferred to the solid start program very cool very cool and you just taught me something with this eight hundred numbers at eight hundred eighty two seven one thousand right cracked. Okay so i could you know after we finish this conversation i could off here. I could call that number and find out the benefits that i'm eligible for. Maybe i'm not taking advantage of. Yes and really. What what they're gonna do is they're going to ask you some questions. What type of benefit are you thinking about. you know. and because we haven't education call center so if you said hey. I'm really wondering if i'm if i'm eligible for the gi bill. They'll transferred to gi bill experts. Right if you say well. i'm really kind of thinking. What kind of employment types of benefits or what about disability benefits So you know they'll help you with those benefits. It's a little bit different than solid. Start in that There are more got react to what you're needing in the moment whereas are solid start agents are trained to sort of prompt And get information out of the veteran to help navigate the whole suite of benefits they might be entitled to and i also wanna say your state department of veterans affairs. They have offices in in different states. We have regional offices. One day hopefully will be able to meet in person again. But in addition there's the veterans service organizations in. They're out there to help. There's a lot of resources but yes feel free to call us. Anybody listening to podcasts. Give us a call one. Eight hundred eighty two seven one thousand and we'll try and get you connected to your benefits above love it and so speaking of benefits and this is it's kind of a curiosity question. I guess what is the most overlooked benefit that veterans typically. Don't take advantage. There's a couple and we actually make it a point to focus on these in the beginning They're time sensitive so one thing for example is life insurance benefits. There is a time limit on when you can convert your service group. Life insurance to veteran group life insurance. And if you don't do in that timeline you kind of miss the opportunity It's about a year and a half out from from when you leave the military so We tell them always about life insurance and that's always kind of a tricky thing right. Nobody ever wants to think about end of life. Especially you know you. A young twenty five year old veteran and twenty six year old. And they're thinking while life insurance okay. You know if they're single and they don't have a a spouse children they might not be thinking about it so we want to make sure they understand the value of having that life insurance policy and so that they make an informed decision potentially to take advantage of it another one is dental care the eligibility for dental care which is time limited in a lot of veterans miss out on that because they don't fully understand it so there's a couple of the ones that we know are are critical sensitive And honestly we've heard some some of our veterans who say they didn't file for disability benefits. Because they didn't feel like they should take that benefit away from another veteran so we do spend some time explaining that they don't take benefit from another veteran. It's a it's a mandatory benefit. Were any veteran. Who's eligible for the benefit and it also opens up the door for healthcare. And you know if you're young and strong now but but you know that you had injuries orthopedic injuries for example. But you're okay and you can kind of deal with the pain right now. Well one day you're going to need healthcare it might worsen You know this is. This is not a handout. It is an investment in that veteran. Making sure that they can stay strong and half the care that they need to to For the rest of their life if needed sure sure so that is some really really great information. But it's not every day that i get to to the principal. Deputy undersecretary for benefits at the veterans benefits administration or being translated. Second command right. So i have a couple of questions that they're they're along the lines of transition but not solid start specific right sure all right so one thing that i'm incredibly passionate about is helping veterans rediscovery since of purpose and meaning after the military and so finding that sense of purpose in that sense of meaning after military service is. It's really the single most challenging part of a chat challenging part of the transition and so one question. I wanted to ask you is how does the. Va help with this aspect of post military life. It's interesting that you bring that up because our research also validates that is one of the biggest challenges. In fact we did. We just started last year. A post-separation study of veterans. Who went through the top programme while they were in uniform to kind of see the retrospective look right. Because it's one thing we can really high marks in the classroom right there. The ninety six percent are highly satisfied with our tap class. But what we wanna do is wait to your veteran in the naski. Look back on and say okay now. How well prepared did you feel you were and we also bounce that against data to see are they employed you know are they using our benefits and we ask them for information about how they're doing so in that study we found the open comments that we got from veterans were very much around that loss of sense of camaraderie. That loss of sort of feeling that you're part of a community unit cohesion that you had the military you don't have that in communities today And just that that loss of sense of purpose and mission so we're just now starting to lean in to explore how the can help with that. We can't solve the problem ourselves right because we're not going to be that sense of community for them but we can connect them and we've been engaging with a lot of organizations nonprofits and via so organizations that provide that connectivity that sense of community in that sense of mission And we're starting those conversations to say. How do we infuse that into the solid. Start program so that we can start connecting veterans in a different way to give them that sense of community. they're looking for. It's really going to involve have to involve a partnership model via. Can't do this alone. Sure sure on love the fact that that the va is realizing this and is like you said leaning into that so now this is a this next question for you is potentially a touchy question. But i don't need to tell you that. A lot of veterans are like. I don't like the va about experience for those veterans who have had that experience or they're just like man. I've heard so many bad things. I don't even wanna try it you know. It's probably not worth the hassle. What what would you say to them if they were if they were asking like. Okay what should i do. Should i do anything. What would you say to them right now. A couple of things first of all. I wanna say avenues. Cells and good news typically unfortunately does not get the same kind of traction. There are so many good news stories out there. And if you look for them you'll see them. I would say comback triumphs again. It's not the same. va that. It was a few years ago. We have come such a long way in the healthcare system with the hospitals in the end the outpatient clinics in our regional offices are outreach is is so much different and we understand better how to improve the experience for our veterans. So i would say it's been a couple of years maybe had a bad experience comeback to us get another chance and if your experience is not absolutely stellar fabulous edit. It doesn't make you turn around your opinion of va. Reach out to us. And i would say in the healthcare system. We have Advocates in every medical center. Go talk to the patient advocate. Tell them about your experience. Let us change something. If there's something specific that's not quite right. Sitting in our via regional office asked to speak to the leadership team. We have lead dan so hard on getting feedback from veterans and making changes across the entire enterprise. It's it's just not the same. Please try again in comeback. That's what i would say. Sure sure so of just just anecdotally right so my family. And i we live in alabama and so my closest a regional center is in birmingham. And so you know i. I've been there a lot over the past few years. And when i compare the service and the facilities and everything like that to a to a more local hospital more local medical facility. It is night and day difference. I mean bring. Va clinic is just top of the line. So it it is really an and again. I know everyone is different but it even from. When i used to go to the va we lived in texas to go into the va. Here it is. There's so many positive changes that have been made in at so honestly i'm really really happy with with the facilities and the care receive and everything like that so glad to hear that. Yeah absolutely absolutely so what's a big takeaway here right. So what does something. All veterans and newly separated veterans or. Otherwise what should they really remember from our conversation. Today i would say remember that. Va is here for you We probably have a benefit or a service that you might not have been aware of And we wanna be there. We want to be partners in your military civilian transition. We want to be partners in your life and help you with any issues that you might have. We're not the answer for everything But we also have connections with community resources and just reach out to us if if you need anything don't try and go it alone and again if if you had a bad experience in the past comeback to us i promise you it should be a much better experience now and like i said if there's anything you encounter that that you have an issue with let us know we're here to be part of it. I mean my personal story. My brother who is an army veteran wouldn't go to the. Va for the longest time. I finally got him to go and he's been so thrilled he was. He calls me up and he's like says they're offering me services that i didn't even ask for. They're they're doing this. They're doing that. And i said yes. That's what we call wraparound services when you come into a va. We are not just looking at the problem that you presented with. We're gonna ask you how else we can help you. And he's been so impressed with that. He wishes he would start in the. Va system a long time ago. It really is We've really made some great advances. So please come see as awesome awesome so here on the show. We like to give our listeners. Some practical next step. So when this podcast finishes playing what should they. Do you know the context of our conversation today. What should they do because today's question is. Hey what's the. Va solid start program. And obviously you've answered that more than we could ever imagine and in so having you on the show has been just absolutely outstanding but what should their next steps be right after listening to this podcast. I would say if you're curious about the benefits and services we offer You might try to going to our website. Www dot va dot gov easy to remember And when you go to. Va dot gov. You'll see sort of things grouped into logical sort of life domain issue. So you'll be able to kind of navigating see. Wow you know what is what does the. Va half for me. And then you can actually apply for many of our programs online. Some of them Were still working on getting online. But you get the application online so that would be one thing and then if you just don't wanna talk to somebody some full more comfortable calling on the phone and talking to somebody call that number i gave earlier one eight hundred eight two seven. One thousand You know we're here for you. Take that step. Check us out If you're already enrolled in one of our programs you know good on you but there might be something else that he don't know about so check us out. Sure well margarita. Devlin this has been so so rate again. You have answered the question. What is the a solid star program. Frankly answered a whole lot more questions as well. So thank you so so so much for coming on serve now. What really enjoyed having him my pleasure and thank you for what you're doing to. It's really important work. I hope you've enjoyed my conversation with margarita devlin. So what are your questions recorded voice memo on your phone and send it to podcast at courage to fight again dot com or joined the post nine eleven veterans and families facebook group. And post your question there. We all have a lot of questions but the most important question we can ask ourselves is this have. I accepted the forgiveness of sins. That only comes through faith in jesus. Christ we'll i'll see you right back here. Two weeks from day and the nixed veteran question. We'll be asking is this. How do i use my post nine. Eleven gi bill. Well until next time. Thanks for listening. We serve now. What is a production of courage to fight again.

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A highlight from S6 E3 - What is VA Solid Start?

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A highlight from S6 E3 - What is VA Solid Start?

"Welcome to we serve now. What were we seek to answer. The questions. veterans and their families are already asking that stays question is about a relatively new. Va program called va solid. Start and on today's show. We'll be answering all your questions about this program. What is it. who's it four. What's the goal of the program who's eligible and perhaps most importantly the actions that you need to take to not only take advantage of this program but also to take advantage of ball. The va benefits that you've earned through your military service. And i thought who better to answer this question than the person who came up with the program. So some of you may have heard of dr paul lawrence who is the head of the veterans benefits administration. Well his second. Command is a lady by the name of margarita devlin and she is an absolute well of knowledge. Not just from the. Va solid start program. But about so much more as well hello. My name is aaron perkins. I'm a. Us army combat veteran husband to a beautiful wife. Father to two amazing kiddos on the author of resolve a step by step guide. That takes you the veteran through the journey of rediscovering purpose. Meaning and passion in your life after you've left the military and if you hadn't guessed on the host of this podcast and when we come back my special guest will be here so sit back. Relax and enjoy my conversation with margarita. Devlin who am i. Why am i still here. How can i uncover who. I was meant to be during my own transition from the. Us army the wounds of war especially those not visible continued to plague my through the pain of job loss of ptsd diagnosis at crippling anxiety by finally discovered the reason. I'm here on the earth. And i knew i couldn't keep it to myself so i wrote a book. Simply titled result. Resolved is a book that has one apologetically faith-based a step by step guide designed for maximum effectiveness in the context of a small group of other veterans resolve provides veterans everywhere with the tool to help you step into your new life a life full hope purpose and vision for the future to pick up your copy of resolve head over to courage to fight again dot com. That's courage to fight again dot com. Well i am here with margarita. Devlin and i just want to take a minute to thank you margarita for being here on the show. This is going to be so so great. I'm super excited about it. But i want to take a minute just to kind of introduce you. And i don't want to steal your thunder because i'm going to give you a chance to introduce yourself as well but margarita devlin. She is the principal secretary for benefits in the department of veterans affairs. She's held that position since may of two thousand eighteen. Now that title in itself obviously a mouthful right. But i will let you. Margarita explained what your role is and all of that and kind of dive into a little bit more for listeners. Basically she second in command at veterans benefits administration so veterans benefits administration. Va that's your va. Va home loan disability compensation of oak rehab life insurance transition assistance and speaking of transition assistance marguerita has a lot of different advancements in military to civilian transition and also suicide prevention to include. What we're talking about today and that is the. Va solid start program so margarita. It is so good to have you. I just want you to want you to take a few minutes and introduce yourself but is so great to have you here. Welcome to we served now. What inky so much. It's really my pleasure to be here. Thank you for inviting me to be on this podcast And i guess what. I areas like to tell people as i've been in the va for twenty five years It's my passion to serve veterans in in various different roles throughout my career. i'm also mom of inactivity serving marine And also the mom of a college student Dad was a navy veteran brother served in the army so Military family close very close to my heart this mission so really happy to be here and talk about the solid start program haas of also weived definitely excited to have you and again on this show. We do our best to answer the questions that veterans and their family members are already asking and one of those questions is what is the. Va solid start programming. And that's question. Maybe we can just lead off with that. What is the. Va solid start program. Absolutely i'm happy to just dive right into that. so solid. The solid start program is really part of the military to civilian transition journey. That really looks at the fact. That transition does not end when you get the d. to fourteen at the end of your military service in fact those of you who have served you know this right. That's really when everything starts to actually happen and no amount of preparation With the military can really prepare you for what what your situation is gonna be like after we heard this from veterans so this program really seeks to connect with veterans in that first year after separation starting at about three months and then we follow up beginning six months in a year and it really is an opportunity for us to start out with. How is it going for you. How's your transition going. How're you doing what's going on in your life. What are you worrying about. And really letting the veteran drive the conversation about what he or she needs the moment how it's going and then our agents are very well trained to pick up on those cues from that conversation and provide that veteran with specific resources in guidance on how to continue their transition in the most successful manner. Possible that is that is huge. I remember. I remember when i got out at the end of two thousand fourteen. It was a kind of a drinking from the fire hose. Except i didn't even know what i was supposed to be drinking. You know it's like hey here's a bunch of benefits you might be eligible for good luck and so it's funny so we started this podcast in the summer of two thousand eighteen and it wasn't until i started this podcast and started doing some research that i learned about more benefits. I could've taken advantage of when i first got out. You know four years prior and so the fact that this this solid start program is tackling that specific issue. I think is great. So what what. Problems specifically is the program trying to solve will it is really a suicide prevention initiative and it came from the fact that we heard from veterans. That sort of felt like all the services and support sorta stopped When they separated from the military and because it was like drinking from a fire hose. They really didn't know where to go to do And who to connect to and it was really difficult for. Va to connect with veterans who were not engaging with our with our systems already so we entered into this agreement with department of defense and homeland. Security is coastguard is under homeland security to get data feet of all the military members when they were separating so that we can start those phone calls so that we can call everybody and by the way we do call everybody that we have information for that includes regardless of character discharge We will call these veterans and we will make sure that they get connected to services and resources that are that are specific to their needs so again suicide prevention. We recognize that. There is a a real. There's a reality about transition stress Which is very different than what you might think about with clinical rate with post traumatic stress disorder. Which is a clinical diagnoses Comes with its own required treatment in the mental health arena. But this is just It's stress around. All the life changes that happened with transition. And what you said you know sometimes they. You're hearing so much about so many benefits while you're in the process of separating that when you get out you might not realize that you didn't take advantage of all of them right right. That is so true. That is so true. So so the the tap program transition assistance program or the army's version i think is a cap or something. It is this part of that is essential that the tap program still exist. How does it factor into all that. They're they're connected. They're two separate things but connectors so the transition. Assistance program does still exist Dod really owns and operates. Don on any of the military services of course puts their own branding on their part of the program via has an entire day where we come in and we teach about. Va benefits was really great. We were able to get it to a full day. Always didn't always look like that but even in that full day where we teach it's really It's a classroom experience right so you're Before covid you were in a room with twenty twenty five other service members and as much as we try to make it engaging and make sure that the servicemember can tie all the benefits to their own personal situation using interactive workbook. All of those things. It still was a classroom experience. A not individual not one on one We do still have benefit visor. Available for one on one support with and they. They advertise that during the class. Now when we went into the code environment we go to virtual So we we are still pretty much in the virtual environment. We've we've started working on getting a little bit more in person presence with tap classes but of course as you can imagine Safety is the number one concern And so we think about this way. Transition assistance program is about teaching. You what you might need to know and getting you prepared in the right mindset for transition. Solid start is like okay. Now we're gonna talk to you after this happened after you got out of the military to see. How are you doing ended. All that stuff makes sense. What questions do you still have. And it's one on one so rather than having to listen to what everybody has to listen to if you already have a job and that's not your concern or you're already in college and using your education benefits that's not your concern but maybe you need to get into a medical appointment. You don't know how to navigate. That will work with you on justice. If that's what you need is maybe you have issues with your children. You need some some other resources. We have access to information about state department of veterans affairs benefits that can sometimes filling gaps were. Va can't Provide a service to really is personalized the comments we hear from veterans. I know you've been seeking feedback from veterans. As well is that they're surprised that va's calling and they're so thankful for it because they were maybe not sure who to call her how to ask about a particular benefit so it's been really interesting seeing the positive reaction from our veteran community. Absolutely and you know. I think that you know this is my opinion. You based on my own experience and the experience of know friends and other veterans who gone through the transition systems program. There are getting ready to get that to you to fourteen right. So all of those briefings. I shouldn't say all but a lot of those briefings are at least in the transitioning servicemembers. Mind it's it's a check the block it's like all right. Let me just get through this thing. So i can go home. Take off this uniform for the final time and get on with my life so the fact that you're contacting them throughout that first year i think they're going to be a whole lot more receptive to hearing. What the benefits are. Because it's not like you're not keeping them from you know from going home you know. You're not you're not saying. Hey you have to be here. This is your place of duty right now. So you mentioned covid nineteen and a lot of things have gone. virtual has there been any other impacts to the program. I know the program still pretty new but have there been any other impacts of the program as a result of the pandemic like are you behind or ahead or anything like that. A solid start actually was in a great position to react effectively to the covid nineteen situation. All of our agents were telework ready and all of our equipment works from telework standpoint. So they haven't skipped a beat they are not behind. They are on target When we first created the program we weren't sure what kind of response we were gonna get so when we created the program We we have to have a performance measure right so we said well. How many people do we really going to answer. The phone won't va calls. You know think about yourself right if your cell phone rings and you don't recognize the number what's the chance you're gonna answer it. Probably not your let it. Go to voicemail right. And if that person's important deli new message so we kinda thought we might get that sort of a reaction so we kinda started. Set the bar low. We said fifteen percent our goal was fifteen one. Five fifteen percent of veterans we reached out to we would be able to actually engage with. They would answer the phone and engage with our with our representatives. It's been just phenomenal. The actual result actually have your with me the december twenty twenty report since we began the program. We have reached over. Eighty seven thousand veterans and the fiscal year. Twenty twenty today fifty seven point. Five percent have responded and engaged. Yeah i know it's it's been just an incredible Response and we also prioritize veterans. Who we know from the information from dod if a veteran had mental health appointment In that last year of service before they left the military prioritize them and we also know that for that population. We need to make sure we get them connected into. Va healthcare and with that sub population. The percents even higher seventy three point. Six percent have responded to our agents and our end have engaged with them on the phone. Wow that is really really great. How surprised were you at the at the numbers when he finally saw them. In the beginning. I was very surprised. And then you know we had a town hall with are Representatives the ones who are actually making the call and it was really interesting. Many of them are veterans themselves. Some of them are you were military spouses. And some of them even used to work in the tap program and and they're so passionate about their work and they're always submitting new ideas about how to improve the program here in the anecdotes That they shared with me about what some of these veterans were telling them and how grateful they were for this phone call. One thing we do is we did put it on the caller. Id so in most with most cellular services You you'll it'll save veterans affairs on your phone so you kind of notes the. Va calling so kind of helps to increase the the response rate but yeah. It's it's been an amazing response for veteran for so happy that this program is reaching them in making impact. Yeah definitely that's great. That's great so. Va solid start. It's for those who are basically brand new to the civilian world right so for those of us like myself and a lot of our listeners who are not newly separated what resources are available for us for helping us understand available that that we can take advantage of so a couple things you're right. Solid start is for those that are recently separated so for veterans of any era. Were here for you as well. And you know i always. I'm always very sensitive to that that you know if you Or vietnam era veteran. We care about you. We want you to call us if you if you never got connected to your benefits. Please call us and we will walk you through. There's a main toll free number which is one eight hundred eight two seven one thousand and that is our main call centre. Those agents are trained across the entire portfolio benefits as well and they will help you identify. What eligibilities you might have In the benefit side and they can even connect you to healthcare If you if you haven't signed up for your healthcare so they can. They can kind of connect you regardless of when you got out of the military And if you are a veteran that just got out in the last year and you haven't gotten your solid start call. I say the information we get from dod his last information we had about the servicemember. Sometimes people change their phone number They changed their email address. We do try and reach out by email First before we make that first phone call so call us. And if you're in that last in the first year after separation just asked to be transferred to the solid start program very cool very cool and you just taught me something with this eight hundred numbers at eight hundred eighty two seven one thousand right cracked. Okay so i could you know after we finish this conversation i could off here. I could call that number and find out the benefits that i'm eligible for. Maybe i'm not taking advantage of. Yes and really. What what they're gonna do is they're going to ask you some questions. What type of benefit are you thinking about. you know. and because we haven't education call center so if you said hey. I'm really wondering if i'm if i'm eligible for the gi bill. They'll transferred to gi bill experts. Right if you say well. i'm really kind of thinking. What kind of employment types of benefits or what about disability benefits So you know they'll help you with those benefits. It's a little bit different than solid. Start in that There are more got react to what you're needing in the moment whereas are solid start agents are trained to sort of prompt And get information out of the veteran to help navigate the whole suite of benefits they might be entitled to and i also wanna say your state department of veterans affairs. They have offices in in different states. We have regional offices. One day hopefully will be able to meet in person again. But in addition there's the veterans service organizations in. They're out there to help. There's a lot of resources but yes feel free to call us. Anybody listening to podcasts. Give us a call one. Eight hundred eighty two seven one thousand and we'll try and get you connected to your benefits above love it and so speaking of benefits and this is it's kind of a curiosity question. I guess what is the most overlooked benefit that veterans typically. Don't take advantage. There's a couple and we actually make it a point to focus on these in the beginning They're time sensitive so one thing for example is life insurance benefits. There is a time limit on when you can convert your service group. Life insurance to veteran group life insurance. And if you don't do in that timeline you kind of miss the opportunity It's about a year and a half out from from when you leave the military so We tell them always about life insurance and that's always kind of a tricky thing right. Nobody ever wants to think about end of life. Especially you know you. A young twenty five year old veteran and twenty six year old. And they're thinking while life insurance okay. You know if they're single and they don't have a a spouse children they might not be thinking about it so we want to make sure they understand the value of having that life insurance policy and so that they make an informed decision potentially to take advantage of it another one is dental care the eligibility for dental care which is time limited in a lot of veterans miss out on that because they don't fully understand it so there's a couple of the ones that we know are are critical sensitive And honestly we've heard some some of our veterans who say they didn't file for disability benefits. Because they didn't feel like they should take that benefit away from another veteran so we do spend some time explaining that they don't take benefit from another veteran. It's a it's a mandatory benefit. Were any veteran. Who's eligible for the benefit and it also opens up the door for healthcare. And you know if you're young and strong now but but you know that you had injuries orthopedic injuries for example. But you're okay and you can kind of deal with the pain right now. Well one day you're going to need healthcare it might worsen You know this is. This is not a handout. It is an investment in that veteran. Making sure that they can stay strong and half the care that they need to to For the rest of their life if needed sure sure so that is some really really great information. But it's not every day that i get to to the principal. Deputy undersecretary for benefits at the veterans benefits administration or being translated. Second command right. So i have a couple of questions that they're they're along the lines of transition but not solid start specific right sure all right so one thing that i'm incredibly passionate about is helping veterans rediscovery since of purpose and meaning after the military and so finding that sense of purpose in that sense of meaning after military service is. It's really the single most challenging part of a chat challenging part of the transition and so one question. I wanted to ask you is how does the. Va help with this aspect of post military life. It's interesting that you bring that up because our research also validates that is one of the biggest challenges. In fact we did. We just started last year. A post-separation study of veterans. Who went through the top programme while they were in uniform to kind of see the retrospective look right. Because it's one thing we can really high marks in the classroom right there. The ninety six percent are highly satisfied with our tap class. But what we wanna do is wait to your veteran in the naski. Look back on and say okay now. How well prepared did you feel you were and we also bounce that against data to see are they employed you know are they using our benefits and we ask them for information about how they're doing so in that study we found the open comments that we got from veterans were very much around that loss of sense of camaraderie. That loss of sort of feeling that you're part of a community unit cohesion that you had the military you don't have that in communities today And just that that loss of sense of purpose and mission so we're just now starting to lean in to explore how the can help with that. We can't solve the problem ourselves right because we're not going to be that sense of community for them but we can connect them and we've been engaging with a lot of organizations nonprofits and via so organizations that provide that connectivity that sense of community in that sense of mission And we're starting those conversations to say. How do we infuse that into the solid. Start program so that we can start connecting veterans in a different way to give them that sense of community. they're looking for. It's really going to involve have to involve a partnership model via. Can't do this alone. Sure sure on love the fact that that the va is realizing this and is like you said leaning into that so now this is a this next question for you is potentially a touchy question. But i don't need to tell you that. A lot of veterans are like. I don't like the va about experience for those veterans who have had that experience or they're just like man. I've heard so many bad things. I don't even wanna try it you know. It's probably not worth the hassle. What what would you say to them if they were if they were asking like. Okay what should i do. Should i do anything. What would you say to them right now. A couple of things first of all. I wanna say avenues. Cells and good news typically unfortunately does not get the same kind of traction. There are so many good news stories out there. And if you look for them you'll see them. I would say comback triumphs again. It's not the same. va that. It was a few years ago. We have come such a long way in the healthcare system with the hospitals in the end the outpatient clinics in our regional offices are outreach is is so much different and we understand better how to improve the experience for our veterans. So i would say it's been a couple of years maybe had a bad experience comeback to us get another chance and if your experience is not absolutely stellar fabulous edit. It doesn't make you turn around your opinion of va. Reach out to us. And i would say in the healthcare system. We have Advocates in every medical center. Go talk to the patient advocate. Tell them about your experience. Let us change something. If there's something specific that's not quite right. Sitting in our via regional office asked to speak to the leadership team. We have lead dan so hard on getting feedback from veterans and making changes across the entire enterprise. It's it's just not the same. Please try again in comeback. That's what i would say. Sure sure so of just just anecdotally right so my family. And i we live in alabama and so my closest a regional center is in birmingham. And so you know i. I've been there a lot over the past few years. And when i compare the service and the facilities and everything like that to a to a more local hospital more local medical facility. It is night and day difference. I mean bring. Va clinic is just top of the line. So it it is really an and again. I know everyone is different but it even from. When i used to go to the va we lived in texas to go into the va. Here it is. There's so many positive changes that have been made in at so honestly i'm really really happy with with the facilities and the care receive and everything like that so glad to hear that. Yeah absolutely absolutely so what's a big takeaway here right. So what does something. All veterans and newly separated veterans or. Otherwise what should they really remember from our conversation. Today i would say remember that. Va is here for you We probably have a benefit or a service that you might not have been aware of And we wanna be there. We want to be partners in your military civilian transition. We want to be partners in your life and help you with any issues that you might have. We're not the answer for everything But we also have connections with community resources and just reach out to us if if you need anything don't try and go it alone and again if if you had a bad experience in the past comeback to us i promise you it should be a much better experience now and like i said if there's anything you encounter that that you have an issue with let us know we're here to be part of it. I mean my personal story. My brother who is an army veteran wouldn't go to the. Va for the longest time. I finally got him to go and he's been so thrilled he was. He calls me up and he's like says they're offering me services that i didn't even ask for. They're they're doing this. They're doing that. And i said yes. That's what we call wraparound services when you come into a va. We are not just looking at the problem that you presented with. We're gonna ask you how else we can help you. And he's been so impressed with that. He wishes he would start in the. Va system a long time ago. It really is We've really made some great advances. So please come see as awesome awesome so here on the show. We like to give our listeners. Some practical next step. So when this podcast finishes playing what should they. Do you know the context of our conversation today. What should they do because today's question is. Hey what's the. Va solid start program. And obviously you've answered that more than we could ever imagine and in so having you on the show has been just absolutely outstanding but what should their next steps be right after listening to this podcast. I would say if you're curious about the benefits and services we offer You might try to going to our website. Www dot va dot gov easy to remember And when you go to. Va dot gov. You'll see sort of things grouped into logical sort of life domain issue. So you'll be able to kind of navigating see. Wow you know what is what does the. Va half for me. And then you can actually apply for many of our programs online. Some of them Were still working on getting online. But you get the application online so that would be one thing and then if you just don't wanna talk to somebody some full more comfortable calling on the phone and talking to somebody call that number i gave earlier one eight hundred eight two seven. One thousand You know we're here for you. Take that step. Check us out If you're already enrolled in one of our programs you know good on you but there might be something else that he don't know about so check us out. Sure well margarita. Devlin this has been so so rate again. You have answered the question. What is the a solid star program. Frankly answered a whole lot more questions as well. So thank you so so so much for coming on serve now. What really enjoyed having him my pleasure and thank you for what you're doing to. It's really important work. I hope you've enjoyed my conversation with margarita devlin. So what are your questions recorded voice memo on your phone and send it to podcast at courage to fight again dot com or joined the post nine eleven veterans and families facebook group. And post your question there. We all have a lot of questions but the most important question we can ask ourselves is this have. I accepted the forgiveness of sins. That only comes through faith in jesus. Christ we'll i'll see you right back here. Two weeks from day and the nixed veteran question. We'll be asking is this. How do i use my post nine. Eleven gi bill. Well until next time. Thanks for listening. We serve now. What is a production of courage to fight again.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDUN AM550

WDUN AM550

02:33 min | 10 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDUN AM550

"Speaking of taking a toll thinking about, um, your your job that you do, it's in the news we hearing it. How that If you're talking about using different courts, different places for it to have court, I guess they because of the caseloads or whatnot, and then the covert thing. What's going on. The court system has done pretty well. All in all, they have basically switched the courthouse to a zoom facility. In fact, I had to take something to the judge yesterday. Personally signed and I went in the courtroom. I have not been in this courtroom for nine months, and it is set up completely differently. They have like a plexiglass box now for the witness, okay, and they have the tables are turned the wrong way. Like normally there Horizontal there. Now they're vertical so that you can have 6 ft. A distance. They have a huge TV screen in front of the judge, and everybody has Plexi glass, so and then they have the place where people sit You know the the audience for lack of a better term they have. Don't sit here. Sit here. Don't sit here. Leave this row vacant, so they have everybody. Spread out, and apparently they're getting ready to start having jury trials because each of the seats had juror number one juror number two, and I think they're starting to crank up some some jury trials, which has been the The absolute worst thing about this pandemic to me is the treatment of people who are incarcerated or in the criminal justice system. They're they're they're having to wait and sit. I mean, constitutional principles have been thrown out the window. There is a right to speedy trial in this state and in the country that has been obliterated. There's no way to file a right to it. You know that. A demand for trial is what it's known as because you have to do it when I grand jury is in session or when a jury trial is in session. So you know there's no jury trials in session so you can't file it, so that means that people are just being indefinitely held. It's it's a crime. Wow that you know, I never thought about it. Uh, Wow. That's something, guys. Thank you so much for being with us this morning this morning. Talk with Martha Zoller, man. We got a great show for you. We're getting ready to have Dr Paul Lawrence, The undersecretary of benefits at the Department of Veteran Affairs is gonna be with us. So excited guys, make sure you come back. We're gonna take a quick break. Make sure you come back at some great information for you. Waking up with Bill Main can really pay.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

03:07 min | 10 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"That help right now and again worse than the Average population for that matter, But Dr Paul Lawrence, thanks for joining us on a M Tampa Bay this morning, Thanks for your continued help and happy Nadal day. Thank you. Thank you via undersecretary benefits here and it's via dot Gove slash homeless slash for homeless veterans. Yesterday. But you get the information that numbers the important thing. He was even on my block. He was even on board with Nadal Day about that. It's Natalie. That was awesome. Well, I didn't hear that. You say happy now, but he did say happy, legislate Good. Love it anyway. Again, That number's 8333800417. They are whether we got some cold weather coming through here. We're in the midst of the big chill. Now I'm just gonna go all the way through to the weekend. I think But temperatures today only going to about 60 enjoy it while you got it. It'll be gone soon. The chill it's 7 16. We go to the newsroom and Chris treatment. President elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning to nominate retired Army General Lloyd Austin to lead the Pentagon. If confirmed, Austin would be the first black defense secretary in U. S history. Boston previously was head of U. S Central Command in Tampa. Biden could formally make the announcement as early as today. President Trump's holding a Corona virus vaccine summit at the White House today, the president will praise Operation Warp Speed is administration's effort to clear bureaucratic hurdles and speed development of a vaccine. Trump's expected to sign an executive order that would prioritize the delivery of vaccines for Americans before the U. S. Starts assisting other countries. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress can't wait to pass a stimulus as millions of Americans they're still suffering from the economic impacts of the Corona virus. Negotiations over a new package have been deadlocked over levels of funding in the new stimulus. Both sides are now talking about a $900 billion package that they hope to approve before Christmas. On Chris Drink Man NEWS radio. W F L A Now let's check Sports w F L A sports that 35 from the 95. Www d A. N A. M. 6 20 Sports Center. I'm Erin Jacobson. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made an interesting roster move yesterday as the team came back from their bye week. The Buccaneers are releasing wide receiver Jaden Chickens. Who also served as their main kick returner. Last night. Monday night Football. The Washington football team beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and handed the sealers their first loss of the season. Washington won 23 to 17 Later on in the night, The Buffalo Bills took care of the San Francisco 40 Niners 34 to 24 for more on these stories That's in the Tampa Bay Sports Radio 95 www d A N A. M 6 20 where you can check out the patent Erin show starting at noon. Next.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

02:46 min | 10 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"There's a big event taking place for the Tampa Bay area today. Um, benefiting people all across the country, but it's to help homeless veterans. And of course, we have a lot more veterans around here in the Tampa Bay area than most people do, because we're most Metro's do because MacDill Air Force Base right here, and Dr Paul Lawrence via undersecretary benefits Joins us right now on a Tampa Bay and Dr Lawrence tell us what's happening today. Well, based on the success of the town halls I did throughout the pandemic, I'm focusing on a particular areas that are veterans asked a lot of questions about so today We're talking about housing and homelessness, and we're having experts from across via on the phone with us to answer questions, but also talk about the resource is available. So I particularly want help with our veterans who see people who might be homeless and encouraged them to call our homeless hotline so someone can via from BA taken, Go there, figure out their veteran and see if they're interested in some assistance, and maybe they're eligible for benefits as well. What kind of response do you expect on this again? Given the number of veterans around here? Hoping a lot of you were great last time helping get the word out, and I personally have been to Tampa and what's called the point in time Count where we go in early morning and count homeless veterans and figure out, you know, are they eligible for benefits, so I understand the unique challenges. We're very worried about him. You know Tampa's a pretty unique in terms of the weather, but elsewhere where the weather is turning harsher, we want to find them and get them access to re sources. And, quite frankly, many of them are eligible for benefits. So we also want to figure out what benefits and health care they might be eligible for now. Is this happening all across the country? That's correct. This Tele Town Hall will be on nationwide so anyone can call in and hear the information and ask a question. So all you have to do is dial the number at five o'clock and probably a little before five o'clock tonight, just to make sure and you'll be good to go. That's exactly right. I know our folks that sent you the information of post it and that's exactly right. And I think what's important is you know you can't pose a question here in the experts from the D, A. Describing all the benefits and resource is that are available will just be. You know new information for our veterans, and of course, veterans have been hurt. Just like everybody else, and perhaps even more so, as a result of the covert 19. I'm guessing that's exactly right. Everyone is going through the journey together. We are very worried about our veterans. You know the isolation and the like, So we really want them to know that Baze here and they can connect with us on the other thing will also tell them about is the home loan guarantee with interest rates so low it's a great time for our veterans to purchase a home.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

WDRC

01:33 min | 11 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

"I'm talking to you via Undersecretary Dr Paul Lawrence. Doctor. I'm not a veteran. As I said, my mom and dad were, but But when those veterans asked for that kind of help is there is there much of a question of well this. This may have been part of problems you already had when you came to the military, or we don't we want some, You know, we have to ascertain that this actually is service connected. Is there much of that or or or can they get the hell pretty much questions? Without questions. Mental mental health care is provided virtually without questions will come back and Lupin on that, but some of the access to other benefits. We do have to make sure you're qualified to Hearn. So there is some of that. But our processing time is greatly reduced from back in the day. You know, four years ago or more would take you more than a year to get those questions answered. Now we doing on average about three months. But again, we have to go through this just because we have got to enforce the law makes you really veterans are accessing these benefits, not everybody else. And of course, if if somebody is saying I lost some hearing because I did my military service, and they found out that the person was working more of a desk job or a job, not around munitions and ammunition, and they don't like to go hunting and run power tools. I'm sure that that some of those questions come up. Where we say is this service connected But on mental health? It sounds like it's not Dr Lawrence. Where and how can they connected this Tele Town hall coming up? Sure they call 8333800417 pushed our three and you can ask the question. It'll be a few minutes of me mostly answering questions. Sounds good, Dr Lawrence. Thanks very much. We'll put that number up on the website as.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

WDRC

05:36 min | 11 months ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

"And I have a great concern that we not overwhelm the hospitals or have so many cases that we actually drive the real damage. This does to people up by not having enough medical resources available to actually make a difference. But, of course, one of the concerns we've got about the China virus lockdowns and the state home orders and all the rest of that is that this is going away in some cases, much more heavily. On some people than it does on others. So there is going to be a tele Town hall with Oregon veterans of Military Service to help them well work against the idea that veterans might commit suicide or take their own lives. Dr Paul Lawrence joins me. Now who's under secretary for the Via Dr Lawrence? Welcome back to the program. Thanks for taking the time. Hey, thanks for having me back. And thanks for getting the word out about the Tele Town hall. That's right. It seems I got done with your show. I'll be on it two o'clock your time trying to talk to his many organ veterans as I can. All right, well, we're going to make sure they have the info of the back of the interview. But tell me this is your way of characterizing. We know that suicide among American military veterans is a serious problem not only for senior vets but also perhaps for recent vets as well is their way of characterizing just how much these lockdowns and stay homes have accentuated that problem. We're not asserted actually has because what's taking place with our hospitals and an explosion in telemedicine around mental health appointments? It's gone up by a factor of 15 as we leaned in to try to address that. In addition, we're actually doing a serious of calls out to veterans to connect them with the Via. So So far, the numbers are showing it in part because we were so worried about exactly what you're describing. So I mean, in some ways, Dr Lawrence I I'm one of those optimistic, Happy warriors that wakes up every day Looking forward to what I do every day on Bizet possible that one of the silver linings of the China virus has been that it's actually caused the V A and other institutions to go out and say we should reach out and make sure we do even more right now to make sure we don't see Dramatic increase in suicide. So far, That's exactly what we're seeing. Now, again. The data roles as you know, over periods of time. But that's exactly what we're seeing are calls where we can actually reach out to veterans. In their first year when they become veterans were connecting at an awful high rate. They're asking about things you alluded you. How do I get health care? How do I get benefits? So far? There have been very few connects with the crisis line. I'm in. I'm in a mental state where I need help. And your funding that they're welcoming this help because I mean the worst case, of course. So the folks out there who know a veteran, My mom and dad were both veterans, but they've been gone a long time. But the veteran who either doesn't know how to ask for help, or is worried about asking for it. Maybe even was worried during his act or his or her military service because they were worried it would have other consequences for their career. You're finding a welcoming crowd of people asking about what's available to them. Oh, yes, absolutely. In fact, first, as you know, it's not true. You can ask for help with very little consequences now because we just are so much smarter about what's going on in second. What I'm finding on the Tele Town Hall. Lars is, people say, I've served 20 interview years ago. I didn't know I was eligible for benefits. That's the heartbreaking thing. I didn't know I was a veteran, so we immediately want to connect them with us or the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Let them realize No. You earned these benefits these air, not entitlements. You earn these and you're welcome to access them. Well, tell me this, though, because I know that my stepsons been out of the Marines for some time. Now he's been working in the civilian sector. But when he left when they call it dropping your pack the last sort of six months after you say I'm gonna be leaving the service, they get you ready for an exit, and they don't just you know, Butch out the door with a final check. They tell. I assume that they're telling all these folks is they're going out the door. You've got all this available to you. Is that not being is that not very effective, or is it not being done the right way or what? Well, our study shows effective. You're referring to the transition assistance program. You get 40 hours in your last six months about the different things What we noticed those that need follow up. You're learning a lot. You're transitioning into a new world, right? So we have two days to teach you out benefits, But inevitably, it all doesn't make much sense is one day when you realize you need to access them And you said, Oh, I remember this a while ago. So we're doing much more follow up and reinforcing and providing access to information. It's more available when you need it. How much? How much worse is the suicide problem within American veterans than it is, say among the general? I mean, I'd love to see the suicide rate go to zero in both groups, but I'm told that it's worse among veterans. How much worse is Yeah, I don't know the answer to that. I don't. But I will tell you. The anecdote is the secretary talks about all the time, which is suicide amongst teenagers is now rising. So I don't know where they cross. But I don't think it's veterans at the top of the list. Okay, then, And that's good to know. But it's good. And what kind of what kind of help is available? Would you mind sketching that? I know you're gonna do this again in an hour until veterans on this live Tele Town hall, but but what is available? Certainly well, so as a veteran, you've earned access to a whole host of benefits, which range from G I bill free college home loan guarantee no money down home access to what's called vocational rehabilitation. If you get injured, and we need to counsel you to perhaps a different career, and of course compensation. You've been injured in injured in service.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

WDRC

01:51 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WDRC

"Not available, So you really eligible to quite a bit of things that can You know, Help you realize the American dream? A job, a home or better conditions for yourself Mentally And physically. I'm talking to VA Undersecretary Dr Paul Lawrence. Doctor. I'm not a veteran. As I said, my mom and dad work, But when those veterans asked for that kind of help is there is there much of a question of well this. This may have been part of problems you already had when you came to the military, or we don't we want some, You know, we have to ascertain that this actually is service connected. Is there much of that? Or can they get the help? Pretty much questions without questions. Mental mental health care is provided virtually without questions will come back and loop in on that, but some of the access to other benefits we do have to make sure you're qualified to earn. So there is some of that. But our processing time new greatly reduced from back in the day. You know, four years ago or more. We take you more than a year to get those questions answered. Now we do on average about three months. But again, we have to go through this because we have got enforce. The law makes you really veterans are accessing these benefits, not anybody else. And of course, if somebody's saying I lost some hearing because I did my military service, and they found out that the person was working more of a desk job or a job, not around munitions and an ammunition, and they and they like to go hunting and run power tools, I'm sure that that some of those questions come out where we say is this service connected But on on mental health, it sounds like it's not Dr Lawrence. Where and how can they connected this tele townhall coming up? Sure they call 8333800417 pushed our three and you can ask a question. It'll be a few minutes with me. Mostly answering question. Sounds good, Dr Lawrence. Thanks very much. We'll put that number up on the website as well. That's Dr Paul Lawrence, the under secretary of the VA..

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM

KTLK 1130 AM

07:55 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM

"You and your team do for veterans thank you Sir it's so great to be able to talk to the undersecretary of benefits but before we get into some of those issues I understand you served in the United States Army let's ride I grew up in a military family my father was a career army officer I'm guessing he's a little bit he's a little bit older than you he served in Korea and Vietnam and he passed back in two thousand in Arlington cemetery and so the two boys two boys two girls and two boys I joined the army through ROTC so I was commissioned when I graduated from the university of Massachusetts bot I delayed my commitment to go to graduate school so I served in the early eighties when president Reagan was expanding the military and then you know choice between continuing on or getting out and and the woman who artificially Merritt said I don't think I want to be you know a military spouse so I decided that was a good time to leave so you know the great three years I was in I look fondly back on that experience and I draw on many of the lessons I learned in the army in a lot of the things I've decision I have to make and the leadership roles I find myself and Dr Lawrence I understand you served about thirty years in business and working closely with a lot of federal leaders that's right after I they actually got out got married I became a consultant here in Washington and and I ended up working with federal agencies are generally helping them work on things like improving the efficiency of how the organization's Ron what they spend their money on how they provide especially benefits the American citizen ten doctor can you share with us the story how did you get to become the seventh undersecretary of benefits well it's it's it's it's sort of an unusual story is not unusual is not well known so often people thank you know you become a political appointee your friend of the president or you know somebody or a big contributor I was none of the above when the department became an apartment if you recall you know under integrity then President Bush to make it an apartment the top position of the undersecretaries were designed so they'd be you know bipartisan to go through a commission processes which is really just an interview process so you actually submit your resume you apply to a job opening and then you get interviewed through a series of things our friend of mine to hate this job would like you know a lot of year experience would match once you send in your resume he was good friends I said sure thinking there be thousands of people send in resumes I can only say I did that I was called to interview I explain you know Sir my vision what I would do my history and then I was eventually selected and then confirmed by the Senate as you pointed out though it's a little unusual journey because it only happens like that within the on the VA for the top three positions for the undersecretaries of the different administrations answer I imagine once that all came to pass your you had to pause for a moment and say oh my I got it now what am I gonna do well actually actually is pretty funny Tom because in the interview I actually had a plan for that question so probably four months before I had the moment where you gonna go interview and you're gonna really consume people's time to consider you have to make sure your real serious I have a plan for what you're going to do but at the same moment only four months earlier very good Sir were speaking to Dr Paul Lawrence was the seventh undersecretary for benefits of the veterans benefits administration on Minnesota military radio doctor understand that before Colbert nineteen you started on a series of town hall meetings I'm assuming that was to reach out to veterans and find out to get some input from them on some of the issues exactly just before I the prior to cope with it I would do regular traveling twice three times a month I would go visit our regional offices like the one in Saint Paul visit with our team and then also in the non work hours go to like an American Legion post and hold town halls with veterans to really you know help them with their issues understand what's on their mind and just engage directly we stop traveling in early March began to do a series of telltale halls with veterans by state to do essentially the same thing take their questions try to work their issues and quite frankly listen to veterans to understand what they need from us in terms of communication or they often call and describes the situation that's gone wrong in our process is still the leader I need to hear about those and figure out how we fix that so it's been a great experience so far I'm done nineteen eighties talk to talk with over six hundred thousand veterans so yes it's been a really engaging and quite frankly energizing Dr Lawrence for our veterans those are sensitive very personal and very emotional the topics that you're talking about hope you're working or in a flak vest and a helmet no well it's it's funny because of ironic I guess because you know that you take questions live and I do interact with veterans directly and so I do have members of our team on the online listening so when someone says Hey you know my claim seems to have some problems I talked generally about it but I don't want them exchanging personal information over the phone so we follow up and try to understand you know why is it why is the stock and what we need you're right about half the time you know I get folks who are on happy with the situation and rightly so they're waiting too long they're confused by our communication you know regularly we get compliments about the great service from our hospital or the efficient interaction they had and a lot of quite frankly just questions about what are the benefits available to veterans how are they earned and generally sadly Tom pope closer to your age you know we're told when they came out you're not a battery don't get benefits so they're just confused by the whole thing so really it's it's it's it's the gamut of different interactions well doctor learns things were a lot different almost fifty years ago when we got back from Vietnam and the most veterans most of us just want to get out of uniform and get on with it and it wasn't a very good time and and now of course we've got to the Vietnam veterans have more people suffering from the presumptive diseases from Agent Orange than the end end unfortunately dying quickly from those things and times have changed and and we hope that we can take care of many of those Vietnam veterans as possible before slate right and I think you're aware that the president signed the blue water navy act last year so we started granting on you know benefits and health care to the the Vietnam veterans who served within twelve nautical miles and had that certain conditions covered by the presumptive so at least we're trying to make an effort to close that loop and get that one right there we got all the ship's logs of on all the ships that served in the navy at that time began to men so we can find your ship of those in the twelve miles so I'm hoping I'm trusting that you're encouraging navy veterans in this period of time that they have those conditions to apply for benefits Dr Lawrence we were telling me to do that a year ago and all last year when there was a delay in I think a lot of Amir in Minnesota a lot of our navy brothers and sisters put their claims in and we were cheering the fact that they were processing them the first of the year this year and and long past due we were taking care of the brown water navy before and and we're thrilled to see that they were finally taking care of the blue water navy that were impacted by Agent Orange as well yeah the president's been pretty clear to us in terms of you know all about what we like to call for filling this last promise to our Vietnam veterans stucco aren't safe take a short break we come back and like talk to you about a few other items we're speaking with Paul Lawrence the undersecretary benefits for the veterans benefits administration on.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW

Newsradio 700 WLW

02:34 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW

"Week the governor adding that snap recipients will soon be able to pick up pre packaged boxes of food from area food banks ready for the latest traffic and weather together this early Wednesday morning no problems on the freeways and side streets however if you do see an accident when you're out and about give us a call for two one six three nine seven A. K. A. news welcome to this forecast from the advanced dentistry weather center during this challenging time advanced dentistry would like to say thank you to all the health care workers and folks on the front lines out there you are appreciated we're looking at a chance of severe storms as we head to the overnight low sixty one now coming up on Wednesday gradual clearing and windy high is seventy five at night rain likely your chance of storms hello forty five from your severe weather station of nine first warning chief meteorologist Steve Raleigh news radio seven hundred WLW heavy rain continues well north of Cincinnati this early Wednesday morning and I'm telling you this system very strong has moved into areas like what the kid netted near Lima into Shelby County east of Bellefontaine in Logan county northeast of upper Sandusky and Bucyrus continuing to the north east with no breaks into canton and Youngstown again no problems here in the tri state radar is clear sixty nine news service of progressive insurance let's get an update on the cover nineteen numbers in Kentucky with governor ended this year and seven hundred Suzanne Duval in his daily briefing Tuesday Bashir also announced seven additional deaths in Kentucky bringing the state's total to sixty five he says there's good news bad news in Tuesday's numbers while this is a very large number and it is we still don't see the numbers going the same way in Kentucky as in so many other places this year says Kentucky has fifty five residents in twenty one long term care facilities who have tested positive for covert nineteen he says eleven of those fifty five residents have died team coverage on the covert nineteen continues with seven hundreds Matt Rees were open for business and we want to hear from them if you're a veteran and you live in Ohio the VA wants you to take part in a special toll free tele town hall at four o'clock this afternoon Dr Paul Lawrence who is undersecretary for benefits at the VA wants veterans to know they're ready to help so we're getting a lot of questions of G. are you going to pay my benefits are you going to process my claim in the.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

09:45 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on KTOK

"Plus the live video feed you can scroll down and sign up for the newsletter make sure you do that check out the store AT shirts and mugs and all sorts of March over there glad to have you here want to get with with doctor Paul Lawrence he's a guy that you're gonna want to hear from you got a military member in your life a veteran if you're a veteran because he is the guy who is in charge of the veterans benefits administration the Under Secretary for benefits in the head veterans benefits administration Dr Paul Paul Lawrence I wanna get with Charlie and I talked about this last are when he called in but I want to get with it because there are major changes that this president is made to have the VA works in a veterans are taking care of Dr I appreciate how are you thank you very much and thanks for caring about veterans day you're very welcome I certainly do my dad was in the Air Force I've got many relatives who have been friends and neighbors and of course being in San Antonio military city USA we know we know a lot of veterans and and they're just great people anybody would sign their name on the line and say I'll die for the constitution is okay in my book right absolutely thank you for pointing that out you're very welcome all right so with the president gets in and the VA was in shambles and I really mean that people were dying and if there were some administrative will purpose purposeful ma'ale administration writing that they had appointments when they didn't people were dying waiting to just see a doctor visited the veterans they know where they get their benefits do I have benefits going out of benefits right to strike here think that something else it was all very very confusing and the technology you know we pay billions to support it was horrible things got a lot better having the doctor absolutely I mean one of the great things the president has done is put the military and veterans at the center of his administration that is meant more emphasis the emphasis includes strong leaders to do the things you point out as well as resources to give us the tools to do those things so for example the president talks all the time in the speeches are passing a law to actually call the accountability act so that we can add to the people from the VA he says no I now fire people who just work our focus on serving veterans thank you again interject he literally was not allowed to do that he could not do that absolutely that's exactly right you well you went through a process that it took time it took energy and you could imagine some people will be discouraged and not want to do that but all the while those people would be on the pay roll serving veterans so you're right is really expedites our commitment and that's an example of what he's gone it is our doctor Paul Lawrence Under Secretary for benefits and head of the veterans benefits administration so the changes that that have been made I know that a lot of people have been launch I think it was six hundred people pretty early on were fired because he just sucked they just weren't very good at the job and they weren't serving veterans way they deserve to be to to be served let me ask you a question I get all the time it and hopefully you can shed some light on this you all veterans because they served this country have benefits because the survey and it's very simple medical benefits yes or no do they have them or not actually this is funny it actually depends upon the situation when they leave practical benefits okay but they do have access to the other benefit program the GI bill for example for the home loan guarantee to benefit the came in the original GI bill so those are there regardless so that's why we tell people come to the VVA the veterans benefits administration and let us help you figure out what you have earned there was some question about veterans who served in and go off the off shore in the waters of the Republic of Vietnam at they weren't sure where they stood who is far as being Vietnam veterans war veterans not veterans were getting their benefits someone called blue water navy what is this is this this started this year just earlier this month that's right president signed into law on June twenty fifth law called blue water navy Vietnam veterans act which extends the benefits that you would expect if you've been exposed to Agent Orange while you're in the blue water navy twelve miles off the shores yet non that had previously not been done veterans are waiting a long time the law requires that we start granting claims on January first you can imagine a lot of angst will you be ready we were ready we actually started a day earlier because we have an office in Manila so on December thirty first in Washington DC is actually January first there we started granting claims so we tell everybody do you think you were exposed apply common let us help you and figure this one out back we even wrote letters almost eighty thousand letters to folks who were previously denied because this law wasn't in fact encouraging them to re apply what was in the fact that I guess I don't understand why we haven't been taking care of veterans consistently at the present again he ran on this I mean he donated a bunch of his own personal money to veterans why why was this so so easy for him to do yet it wasn't done for decades do you know well it's over yeah I was a little bit inside baseball here the law that was originally passed refer to the Republic of Vietnam and it was not clear that Congress's intent was the twelve miles off the shores yet non their ministers interpretation say no we didn't say that explicitly Congress clarified in the law he signed into effect so it's frustrating it all makes little sense in retrospect but it's all been resolved and we're anxious to let me a non veterans now as well as any survivors you know we're open for business and we're all in on getting this done a big deal as part of a blue water navy and again it is doctor Paul Lawrence Under Secretary for benefits and head of the veterans benefits administration it really really big deal in as part of a blue water navy is that you get zero percent financing to buy a home hi is this something that was all always in there that was added an added benefit for those who served yeah just a little accuracy is not zero percent financing is no money down okay on your home loan okay so that was always that affect the what this law change was the cap on what you could get so for example in places like San Antonio North Carolina other places are very popular for veterans this benefit was actually not well use because home prices were slightly higher than the cap this takes the cap off making these homes now more available to veterans of this was also a really big deal yeah I miss read it at zero percent down which is a very big deal that's a great benefit for short I love that there's a website because people often ask me Joe who can I email who can I it what website gonna go to its benefits dot VA dot gov and that's very easy benefits dot VA dot gov going see if you're eligible and you can apply right there solid start suicide prevention efforts not this when when the president took office he was it it was nineteen or twenty or twenty one veterans committing suicide every day I don't know that the number is going down unless you got an updated number I'd love to hear it what are you doing this to prevent LA a a and we don't do identify why it's happening yeah well the answer is a lot but it's also the secretary points out it's a national problem so he's in charge these the president appointed the VA secretary to for cross government effort to rally all the resources to deal with this much like we dealt with veteran homelessness is actively been eliminated because all the organizations one of the things the president did this is an executive order to start what you refer to call solid start three calls in the first year after you left the military within ninety days one eighty three sixty days to get folks connected to the VA to begin to establish the relationship between being a veteran and the VA the organization is here to help you with your benefits we think that's pretty important says you know people feel disconnected that can often lead to the journey we don't want to talk about right so we're here to begin to establish the relationship to field questions the killing connected to resource and or benefits so far it's going really well started early in December Dr Paul Lawrence Under Secretary for benefits head of the veterans benefits administration what one of the most poignant calls I got the last five years doctor was from a veteran who said I I deal with PTSD and I'll be honest I was in the military I don't have PTSD I don't know what that really means I've I've noted stands for and I know an idea of what it means and this man spent probably a good seven eight minutes on my show telling me that it's real for them they actually are back in the war theater they actually hear bullets actually see you their friends dying again this is a major issue PTSD and I think we blow it off as an acronym that we all know or to an abbreviation that we all know but we don't really know what to do about it as part of this suicide prevention that's got to be a big component what do you do to help somebody who is suffering from PTSD to re establish him or herself in a society yeah well first of course identify you need help to this great at the person indicated you know this is the journey they were thinking about we encourage them to come to the VA for mental health resources and the kind of help that's available the president's budget has nine billion dollars for mental health review no support in the VA budget we are hiring as many mental health professionals as we can find for exactly this you know we're bracing it again please come to the VA and let us figure out the support that's most appropriate the phone call or the email that I get every time that I talk about veterans benefits the VA about PTSD about all of that issues yet we would none of that's true I can't get a hold of anybody I'm not getting service I don't have I don't have health care I don't know and they're frustrated and I want to take away the frustration but I've never really had like a website or email or or the ability to say this is what you do doctor did tell the people listening right now who are veterans who are in that position to be yelling at their their radio or there's their TV screen tonight saying pads is just not true I'm not getting the benefits it is or what should they do okay well tell them first benefits dot VA dot gov is the place to go to learn all about the benefits on the left hand side it says disability claims it shows you how to apply for a claim we have a number one eight hundred eight two seven one thousand you could talk to a VGA employee about.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WTVN

WTVN

04:42 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on WTVN

"Great to have you here on the weekend with Joe Pakistan's lover stop by appreciate Dr Paul Lawrence I appreciate you being patient the phone lines one eight hundred five zero one seventy eighty job had dot com adult is very involved in the hour some world news sort of Peter news and and beyond to make sure you stick around for that line for is gonna be Scott in Florida Scott what's going on yes yeah man I live in between the state of Florida and love what you do thank you I just got a I just got a about this this is all the voters are man made and certainly up against trump for three years since he became president this is all a diversion I don't know what their connection and the you know all the money they make a motion to an image you know party don't make no mistake it in just a Democrat if you go to see the big picture that's my opinion I've never heard of the you know party with that was a that Russian the people for thirty years and making money off laundry list explore stroller with other countries doing to their family members will develop an American greatness conservative treehouse websites like that if this fall some women reports it I heard John Solomon's reports have never heard the term you know party but I'll look it up certainly yeah a new set up if you will I believe you are used to they just never heard of it yeah you're right Sir with all my red or blue I'm not a conservative but this is my religion and my Bible was one of the constitution and I I see the big picture what chart but good news to one's merits will course it is it's nasty filthy in McCall never should let it happen I appreciated thank you Scott open line now one eight hundred five zero one seventy eighty Joe packs dot com gonna be early Kentucky oral what's going on high or the other good afternoon I wondered about the veterans I've dealt with the V. A.'s for over forty years of my father let me just say this is you have a decent Congress by the most of this new now that there's a a person who works in every congressional office is a great guy to get all the facts very business card for my grandson Congress member whose purpose is hard to be a okay well a lot of help there will be a government the vice but a what about it of our our speaker house Nancy Pelosi yes we are call their office and I I asked her to resign as speaker see socks you had a chance she she blow it up for the good of the nation she's just stepped down as speaker see if there's a congressperson but she no longer should she held the office the speaker was the reaction from our office when you said or did you leave a message there really were while the study she's failed horribly here this is a very stupid thing she did the others will follow them also we're gonna lose our job is to go back to being a wrecker congressperson up but your residence in the the rice by he resigned but so put the country through the deaf people also should do the same bye even even trucks server I think he should step down through so we die I wouldn't I would not hold your breath my friend because neither one of those things are gonna happen but I think you make a very good point about where you think she should let them do I think blows he should be the speaker of the house no but we can solve that very simply by voting in Republicans this coming November I appreciate your all thank you I mean it you get her out of the speaker's chair easily Republicans take majority in the house is it's pretty simple got about a minute for you make it happen John I our girl Hey I want to make a comment about John Bolton you know I have always admired John Bolton going back even before he served in the Iran under bush fast this whole change of direction and singer direction he's gone against the president apparently and in this case I'm just so disappointed I mean it's really a sad thing and I I was thinking about other people that have had a conflict with this president like Ted Cruz you know you remember back at the during the election that like you know Cruisin trunk really locked horns in a big way includes wisely joined the team because he knows it was we was best for the country now that brings three crucial trial for.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

05:10 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"Great interviews for you today I will have doctor Lawrence on he is the administrator Dr Paul Lawrence he's the ministry of the VA benefits and and there really are some incredible updates for veterans but we do that we run the program also Bob Barr former congressman former CIA analysts also he was one of those in charge of bringing the charges of impeaching your little piece front against Bill Clinton in the day his talk to the people up till now adult is very in a great reporter somebody who's a media person who is international and knows a lot about Iran there's a lot about the China trade deal knows a lot about a P. critters would talk to her about that emerges ones as well got a lot going on today make sure you stick around to get the full line could be line for and mark is in Florida I'm mark good morning hi which out of I had to write two thoughts in one question sure it it's it's fairly obvious that the impeachment favors Biden because it keeps the for contenders locked up in in the Senate while he is yeah well button is out campaigning to win Iowa and New Hampshire if I may I wonder what the people listening you know what you just said and what would that means you've got four senators who are still running for president in clover shar and and Warren Sanders and Bennett who have to be in the Senate so those four off the campaign trail and you're right that literally gives Joe Biden and people like people to judge a an operand got right right I think part of that is to us that the the the negativity associated with Biden don't playfully unit in the collection between you clean and and China worries hands are dirty so I think that that the Posey improbably Hillary trying to push buying the get into the the the contender to be the nominee the other thing I don't know the answer to and I we Kerrey says how many Republican and democratic senators are up for reelection in this cycle is that the reason they cut this thing short little is certain because they all I get on the campaign trail this is the perfect collection yeah I don't know the answer to that but I'll look it up I I don't know it but it's a good question and certainly everything comes back to politics thanks man appreciate your mark everything comes back to politics a load off top of my head lucir senators up for reelection just use the word among yourselves by twenty twenty let's see let's see here dude Senate seats up for election with and Republicans of any twenty three seats Democrats values twelve so we're looking at thirty five C. thirty thirty five Senate seats are up for grabs generally speaking those seats are pretty safe if people running for reelection but just like last time we saw the Republicans gave this lady was two seats which will work with him before was two seats and so forty five are up for reelection twelve Democrats so I mean if it if it were twenty three Democrats and and twelve Republicans that I think your point is even made better but because it's fewer Democrats maybe not I'm not sure who's Democrat seats are up in states that from one that would be a shame to find out but it's a good question I think it was a it was the and associated question too why impeachment why now because one thing I can't figure out is why Colosio waters and shifted Nadler these idiots and Schumer always people they wanted impeachment to happen other than to say in the election he was impeached for good reason he lied he this he that they cannot make a campaign ads by saying that the third president in history to be impeached those things are true has been impeached I mean if it's just for ads that's that's horrible horrible reason to tear the country apart horrible reason does make sense if there's some other reason I gotta tell ya as irrational guy I don't understand the reason could be back to the full lines line five Michael York what's happening Hey thank you Joe I'm a pretty read said these people going on here saying Hey anyone of fair process you need new witnesses and trump was not allowed to process and I'm surprised none of the senators don't throw this impeachment now because this is America even a mass murderer is given due process so the president got nothing even close the due process you're absolutely right with knowing that Mitt Romney Susan Collins jumped to the Democrat side basically in voting Mitchell calling should have known he still have fifty one votes he could have shut this down day one he could have thrown it out as frivolous day one he didn't and I think that the thought process behind not doing that is that he didn't want the Democrats to be able to say see they were so scared they don't even do a proper trials so he actually did a proper trial but you're right the house leaders have no say whatsoever what happens in the Senate and all this stuff is for the media all the servers were cameras and for microphones saying it's unfair all that you're right this is a list you tactic again the Democrats allowed for no fairness in their in their hearings in their committees in the house yet now they're accusing the Senate.

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"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

01:37 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"It still packs go to the very latest on the impeachment hoax and scam looks like it'll be wrapping up soon that was campus reform was a merry this on campuses and Dr Paul Lawrence about the VA and how it's getting better for veterans on the Joe pack show today at five news radio twelve hundred W. O. A. I. politician this is the Sean Hannity show I think we've got to be clear they put this forward in an aggressive and fast paced way and now they're saying we now we need witnesses after thirty one or thirty two times you said you prove every aspect of your case that's what is that what you did is they did you say you did well then I don't think we need any witnesses check mate Jay Sekulow lead attorney for the president I mean they met masterful the entire team but the president has assembled here in every single solitary way and you know all the whining and complaining about fairness and due process and on and on and droning on and on there's never been any due process given the president of the United States in any of this I've never seen anything like this in my entire life you know now Bolton tape comes out no I he sat bolt is description of the president's conversations with Lewinsky and talk about corruption is exactly the point we've been making hi meeting presence Lansky he and president.

Dr Paul Lawrence Sean Hannity attorney president United States Bolton tape Lewinsky Lansky W. O. A. Jay Sekulow
"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

04:56 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"Go to the very latest on the impeachment hoax in scam looks like it'll be wrapping up soon that was campers reform was to marry this on campuses and Dr Paul Lawrence about the VA and how it's getting better for veterans on the Joe pack show today at five news radio twelve hundred W. O. A. I. listen to the show one time and your hand it to ice John handed he is back on the radio we'll be meeting presents a Lansky he and president trump of already spoken twice the president called to congratulate presence once you on this election and then on to his success in the parliamentary election they were very warm and cordial coals we're hoping that they'll be able to meet in Warsaw and have a few minutes together because the success of Ukraine of maintaining its freedom its system of representative government a free market economy free of corruption and dealing with the problems of the Donbass in the Crimea are high priorities here obviously but high priorities for the United States as well all right that was the recently discovered tape September remember the call is July twenty fifth John Bolton I mean it's almost listening it's almost like listening what what was it August twenty seventh I'm sorry August lots of their August twenty seventh it's almost like listening to the president's description of the calls with Lewinsky you know and yeah corruption is a big issue and it's important thing and I thought the com is can be a perfect description call in not nothing on toward it anyway that's white for those of you saying well of what of what what if what if John Bolton says in his manuscript let's assume for a second it does save his manuscript that well I heard the president say he's gonna withhold aid but unless they do a B. C. and days venting is fed up I'm sick of it because the president did mention the corruption and I see a cell surrounding yourself with some of the same corrupt people as you're predecessor that's a bad idea the president said on that call okay so that was a real concern about corruption and by the way what all I can say is everything surrounding Ukraine seems to be corrupted this point up but the question is what did the president do remember the only one fact witness that asked directly what he's going to twenty one some tips for the aid to be released nothing I remember there was never any talk of aid in five subsequent meetings after the July twenty fifth call with the let's get out one time was aid ever brought up or connected in any way to actions or promises of actions by a president someone ski I mean this is Pompeii when pens and and all of these ambassadors that seem to think they run farm policy even they all said the same thing and it goes back to okay well we will have the transcript of the call they never mentioned eight on the call certainly there was no quid pro quo in the transcripts the president of Ukraine and foreign minister said over and over again no we never felt any pressure we never had any pushing we never had any linkage between any security assistance dollars in any type of announcement investigation or doing investigations they don't even know that the aid was held up for a period of time they took and in the end well let's say the president said the ball not gonna make them do this so then I get the money well they got the money they got every bit of it some of it early they did nothing they took no action zero they never started an investigation they never promised to start an investigation they never announced an investigation and they got all of the money so it's like saying well I'm going to I'm just gonna slap that guy right across his head bowed that's what I want to do and I say it in a room full of people you are guilty of stopping the guy across let Mike know what you mean because I sent it because I thought it I mean that's that's where they want this to go our senator John Breaux Russell telling reporters today it was possible this trial will end tomorrow with Democrats without Democrats achieving their goal of extra witnesses the momentum is clearly in the direction of moving to a final judgment on Friday that but will be Friday Subbaraj so we have a couple of members who said they still want to listen to the answers and questions but there that's where the momentum is center Lindsey Graham saying that he expects the president will be acquitted by the week's end it'll be this week Nancy Pelosi though well she's having a bit of a meltdown here insisting that the president will not be acquitted becoming so one hinged at one point that you kinda lapsed into a state of denial repeating over and over again you will not be acquitted he will not be acquitted if you don't have a trial if you don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation I mean this is how not to the left is what he will not be acquitted who cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial we don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation and and the house I would hope that the the senators if it comes to a tie or.

Dr Paul Lawrence
"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

Newsradio 1200 WOAI

08:46 min | 1 year ago

"dr paul lawrence" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI

"Ten Hey it's still packs go to the very latest on the impeachment hoax in scam looks like it'll be wrapping up soon that was campers reform was a merry this on campuses and Dr Paul Lawrence about the VA and how it's getting better for veterans on the Joe pack show today at five news ready my number nine I want to no one demonstrate for you the the logical nature of Adam ship the lead to house manager my friend is the people follow waiting all of this now full well that the route to impeachment involved Sean Mezco and Eric Charlotte Eric Sharm el the whistle blower informed by we're pretty sure lieutenant colonel Veneman all whole say can you please about this shocking shocking the mobile phone call the president trump was a whiskey twenty people on the call phone call happens in the summer and I get around to whistle blowing on until October well actually not August the process begin the way the process happen was that miss goal is hired by chef and put on a staff then Shara mellow after being informed of the phone call this time nobody thinks the trump is going to release the transcripts so they can say what ever they want about it and I know that many of the people on the phone caller allies of them and not trumps all they think they've got a clear road to lie about what happened on this phone call because they don't think trouble ever released a transcript that president just don't give up that kind of private communication they do it to protect themselves I don't to protect the presidency separation of powers they just don't do it so they were very confident the trump could be mis characterized in lied about it and nobody can do anything about it because the transcript of never be really sell charmelot it's supposed to go to the inspector general and whistle blow he didn't he went to Adam Schiff staff were shown miss go already was they're both National Security Council staffer solo version of mama the ship staff then helped Sharm el a right the complaint everybody looked at that complacent this is the product of some really damn good lawyers writing this thing up the characterization of the phone call in the frightening terrifying scary things and then after that happened then Sharmila took that to the IG and at that point the inspector general made a ruling on the fly that wouldn't for the first time ever permits secondhand knowledge buy a whistle blower to count prior to that was a large hand to have first hand knowledge or whatever they were blowing the whistle on and everybody knows this now it's been reported widely all over the drive bys have not reported it but they know what they're proud of it this is the kind of chicanery this is the kind of abuse of the system in order to get drunk but they protect and privately applaud that think ship is brilliant the point is Shivalli staff for in on this so they directed it and may steered it well here is a chef on the Senate floor during the trial answering questions last night about this I don't know who the whistleblower is I haven't met them or communicate with them in any way the committee staff did not write the complaint or coach the whistleblower what to put in the complaint the committee staff did not see the complaint before was submitted to the inspector general the conspiracy theory which I think was outlined earlier that the whistle blower colluded with the Intel committee staff to hatch an impeachment inquiry is a complete and total fiction that right there is why there aren't going to be witnesses because if that is ever exposed for what it is a pathological liar then it yet it has so many problems for sure for M. for pelo C. and his staff that they that they don't want to deal with that so all his huffing and puffing about witnesses a simply posturing it's for sound bites on the news he has to send signals to the drive bys to want to hear what the hammer trumps a Fred trump doesn't want what it's these guys that not one of the witnesses if you doubt this let me take you back to a couple of instances during the televised hearings this is after chef has conducted his private hearings were Republicans were not allowed to call witnesses in that basement room in the capitol took depositions from all these ambassadors and may assist stands and all this and I took the best comments from all of them and that's what they characterized or planned and wrote as the testimony of the questions during the televised public hearings the name is shala mellow was mentioned remember and chef interest interject I don't we're not going to allow that name to be mentioned wait a minute people so if you don't know who the whistle blower is what is that name body remember this why this happened the name was Charlotte Miller was mentioned by somebody either a Republican asking a question or some witness and it was a long wait that's right lonely Gorman and ship jumps in yes we're not going to permit the name and everything how do you if you don't know the whistle blower if you know who it is and you never met him the why does that name because you to jump out of your chair that's right it was lonely that expo this whole thing that statement that is if you have wondered what a pathological liar is that it and just as everybody in that Senate chamber no is the answer rand Paul's question that the Chief Justice is suppressing everybody knows what shift did with the whistle blower and with Sean miss go the the differences on the Democrat side that's the kind of stuff they applaud that's the kind of stuff the pelo she would admire that kind of strategic warfare with the enemy you kind of operation and thinking and I'm telling it none of that can happen without the knowledge shift in policy that the media is going to cover it up for the Democrats are getting away with more and more scandals because they're being covered up and ignored while phony scandals are being attached to trump made up like a cabin thing was about him trump Russia collusion trunk trader all that it's it's it's incredible how we have a media that is fully now part of the Democrat party left wing activist agenda and maybe even though the leadership of it back to the founding of Tim in Saint Joseph Michigan your next hello Sir good afternoon then great state of Michigan where president is going to be in the truck today at the Dana corporation I am talking about the impact of the trade agreement I've been wondered if I'm Bernie Sanders and I'm sitting there looking at the fact that this is probably my last campaign for president that I got one slug it out of the nomination the last time and there's a chance that three Republicans may vote in favor of questioning which would maybe throw to a tie the chief justice within after make the the tie breaking vote I just wanted a burning might pull something like voting present that way you're not voting for it or against it but president which would then allow him then the next book which is a fort quit all wet vote against the quick I'm just what what you think about that all eat it Bernie wants to end this so I can get out on the campaign trail is that why you think you might do all this absolutely I think you sit near speeding because he can't be on the campaign trail and local delays pulled back the had by data than in Iowa and what if they go to witnesses the things going to be drug out for months when this is there but but I I have a different take a crazy money.

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