Veterans

The Insider Report: Upcoming Activities and Events for August 26 – 28, 2016 … And Beyond

Bruce’s voice has finally recovered from this year’s Pirate Festival and he is ready to give a shout-out to the latest updates on upcoming activities and events in Brookings-Harbor, Curry County, and beyond.

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Bruce begins with his weekly update on the local music scene before sitting down with special guest Jim Newman, who has the lowdown on this weekend’s Second Annual Vet Fest at Azalea Park. This year’s event includes a special “Sheroes” service at the Capella honoring our female veterans, as well as live music performances by Grammy Award-winner Eric Tingstad and Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of renowned country artist Loretta Lynn.

From there, Bruce dives into the community’s upcoming events, including signups for a boot camp with the North Coast Roller Derby, the ninth annual Brew and Art Festival in Gold Beach, the Curry County Fair… and much, much more!

So sit back and – as Bruce put it – let your ears do the walking.

Host: Bruce Ellis; Producer: Justin Only; Recording Tech: Justin Only; Sound Editor: Justin Only; Writer and Copy Editor: Katlyn Temple


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Background and after-show music includes When You’re Gone from Free Stock Music, used in accordance with their Terms and Conditions; Brazilian Seashore and Fun Times Aheadlicensed from audioblocks.com; Carnival Intrigue and Mister Exposition by Kevin MacLeod, from incomptec.com, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License; Little Ape by Longzium, used in accordance with their terms of use; Acoustic Sun, composed and performed by Chris Martin and Geof Harvey, from Purple Planet Royalty Free Music, used in accordance with their Standard License; A View from Earth and Pink’s Glass, from audionautix.com, Creative Common Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
End music is Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, recorded by Kevin MacLeod, from freemusicarchive.org, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license; and Be Anything That You Want, licensed from audioblocks.com.
Promotional announcement music is Guts and Bourbon by Kevin MacLeod, from incomptec.com, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Community Conversations – Wild Rivers Veterans: Fun and Fellowship in the Veterans Community

VVA Chapter 757 LogoIn this edition of Community Conversations, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 757 President Bill Farrell shares the latest chapter news with Associate VVA Head Jim Newman and military/veteran family member Connie Hunter. Find out more about the chapter’s veteran-supportive community building efforts and its members’ dedication to service.

Vietnam Veterans of America is a national nonprofit corporation founded in 1978 that is committed to serve the needs of all veterans. VVA is the only such organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to Vietnam veterans and their families. Its founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.

Find out how Chapter 757 is helping veterans, communities, and the greater good in Curry and Del Norte counties.

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording Tech: Jim Newman


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Music is Never Ending Optimism, licensed from audioblocks.com.

Community Conversations: Veterans Services in Curry County

This edition of Community Conversations is a very special veterans edition with Curry County Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Anthony “Tony” Voudy and Vietnam veteran Richard Donald discussing current veterans issues with show host Connie Hunter. All involved with this interview truly honor veterans and their families through their community service.

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Curry County Veterans Service Officer Tony Voudy

Tony is responsible for providing services to the veteran community and their families in Gold Beach, Port Orford, and Brookings, Oregon. Commissioner Susan Brown is the supervisor over the County VSO position.

An Iraq War veteran who understands the complex issues associated with being a veteran, VSO Tony ensures a caring compassionate and safe environment for veterans and their families. Tony is credited with building trust to meet the individual needs of veterans from all conflict areas. Quoting the Winter Edition of the Curry County Newsletter, “Regardless, if a veteran is 80 years old and served in WWII, or a newly discharged veteran, Anthony is always ready and willing to help.”

Richard works with Curry Coast Community Radio’s programming committee developing the new veterans advocacy series called the Wild Rivers Veterans Program. He belongs to a number of veterans groups including the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In addition, Richard sits on the working committee for the “green building” that is developing a business plan to fill gaps in care for our veterans through a variety of programs, including vocational rehabilitation. Richard was previously an employee of the Veterans Administration healthcare system and is always willing to speak on behalf of veterans.

PRODUCERS’ NOTES: Special thanks to Jim Newman, tech guy extraordinaire, for co-producing this show. As an Associate of Vietnam Veterans of America,  Jim is a staunch supporter of veterans. Jim also drives veterans to medical appointments on behalf of the VA. We can’t wait until the Wild Rivers Veterans show is “on the air”!

Much appreciation to our donors, sponsors, and founding members for helping us serve those who have served us.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Connie Hunter, Jim Newman, Richard Donald; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Brookings-Harbor Vietnam Veterans of America President Bill Farrell

KCIW Community Conversations is grateful to have this special interview with Bill Farrell, President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 757. Chapter President Bill shares information about our local chapter’s 2015 highlights and 2016 projects, and gives a special invitation to veterans of all conflict eras and their supporters to join the fun and be part of the effort support our veterans and families.

Bill Farrell

Bill Farrell

In full disclosure, both show host Connie Hunter and tech guy extraordinaire Jim Newman are AVVA members – associate members of VVA. With that in mind, please enjoy the chapter’s uplifting end of the year report and the spirited interaction between Chapter President Bill and Connie. The respect, joy, passion, and deep commitment of the leaders and members of our local VVA/AVVA chapter are shared through the efforts of veterans and veterans’ supporters who are there for each other.

The military/veteran community is a unified family where healing, sharing, fun, and hard work are part of the safety net of a supportive community. The VVA’s efforts save lives and provide reintegration support through the chapter’s veterans outreach program. A special fund provides direct financial aid for our veterans and family members most in need.

This program includes exciting news for 2016, such a second Vet Fest and VVA Chapter 757’s celebration of its 20th Anniversary with food, fun, and dancing!

VVA chapter general meetings will continue to be at the Brookings Elks Lodge on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Members bring a dish to share and the chapter provides the main entrée.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producers: Jim Newman, Connie Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn Endorses Veterans’ Healthcare Stakeholders Meeting

In this edition of Community Conversations, Port Orford’s Mayor Jim Auborn and host Connie Hunter discuss the upcoming meeting concerning veterans’ healthcare needs.

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn

Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn

On Friday, January 15, stakeholders in the Veterans Administration (VA) Roseburg Healthcare System will meet at Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus to explore ways to close the many gaps in Curry County veterans’ healthcare. Mayor Auborn is a community leader on veterans’ issues, especially in the areas of mental health, transportation, and housing, and he endorses community-based programs to address these needs. As a veteran himself, he is in a good position to understand the needs of fellow veterans.

The January 15 Veterans’ Healthcare Stakeholders Meeting is an important step in efforts to build partnerships between the Roseburg VA Healthcare System and community-based providers, placing Curry County veterans in position to benefit from improved services. Sign-in for the meeting is at 9:30 AM.


Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Community Conversations: Senator Jeff Kruse Discusses Veterans’ Healthcare Needs in Curry County and Oregon

State Senator Jeff Kruse meets with Community Conversations’ host Connie Hunter during his time off from the State Legislature to urge Curry County stakeholders to work together with the Roseburg Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System to build community partnerships for the benefit of Curry County veterans and their families in the areas of medical and mental healthcare. Senator Kruse praises VA Roseburg Healthcare System’s Director for his leadership implementing the VA’s new direction to fill gaps in care for our rural veterans.

Senator Jeff Kruse

Senator Jeff Kruse

Listeners will learn more about the VA’s new push to eliminate gaps in care. The strategy consists of building community partnerships with local service providers in order to better serve our local veterans’ health and mental healthcare needs. Senator Jeff Kruse endorses the efforts of KCIW Outreach and Community Conversations for providing the necessary call to action and coordination of the January 15, 2016, VA Roseburg’s Healthcare System and community stakeholders’ meeting. Senator Kruse praises Community Conversations’ vision and acknowledges the importance of growing KCIW to be a vital and community-building tool.

As the interview progresses, Hunter and Senator Kruse spotlight the issue of the State of Oregon’s unwillingness to provide sufficient mental health funding for its citizens. With the State of Oregon being ranked in the lowest position for mental health care funding (number 51!) – below all others states – Kruse makes “no bones about” acknowledging that there is a mental healthcare crisis in Oregon. Curry Community Health (CCH) has done much in a short period of time to build new programming, but funding shortages systemically create a shortage of resources and gaps in care. Hunter acknowledges CCH’s efforts and that more needs to be done.

During this in-depth interview, Senator Kruse crafts a high-level means to create the much needed funding solution. Senator Kruse reveals plans to initiate a state top level work group. The mission of the group will be to develop new resources and funding for the State of Oregon to build a mental healthcare system that supports its citizens’ needs and has an interoperable relationship with law enforcement to benefit public safety. Senator Kruse invites and Hunter agrees to participate in this newly conceived work group.


PRODUCER’S NOTES:

A very heart-felt thank you to Jim Newman and Skip Hunter for their efforts to make this interview successful when a technical glitch caused communication problems. In addition, I’d like to acknowledge that Senator Kruse spent over four hours exchanging ideas and strategies about healthcare and mental healthcare solutions, with this recorded interview as the concluding portion of this in-depth discussion.

This episode of Community Conversations is truly breaking news! – Connie Hunter

Host: Connie Hunter; Producer: Connie Hunter; Assisting Producers: Jim Newman, Skip Hunter; Recording tech: Jim Newman


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Our Community: Community Activist and Veterans Advocate Connie Hunter

Connie Hunter

Connie Hunter

In this latest installment of Our Community, host Candice Michel brings her gifts as an interviewer and a community collaborator to this conversation with her KCIW cohort, Connie Hunter.

If you don’t know Connie Hunter, you’re missing something. Connie is one of the most energetic, altruistic, goal driven, people in Curry County. As a community activist and veterans advocate, as well as Board member of Curry Coast Community Radio and host of the Community Conversations program, she works tirelessly to improve the lives of county residents and veterans across America.

In this program Connie shares sprinkles of her background, community vision, and her love for her KCIW family. As a nonprofit radio station, Connie believes KCIW is helping to grow community competencies such as civility, unconditional respect and honor of diversity — all key to the future of Curry County’s success. In addition, this interview serves as a reminder that women community leaders are essential to Curry County’s growth.

Stay tuned for more collaborations as KCIW leads the way in building a common sense of community, even where divides exist.


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Our Community: Agent Orange

Candice Michel talks with Bill Farrell and Jim Newman of the Brookings-Harbor Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America about the long-term harmful effects of exposure to the widely used defoliant Agent Orange while in Vietnam.


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