Our morning program focused on the drawdown in Iraq, potential cuts to veterans health programs, mental health and suicide prevention, and a look at the demographics of the military.
Here's the rundown for the show:
GUEST: Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, director of strategic effects for U.S. forces in Iraq --From Baghdad
TOPIC: status of the U.S. troop & equipment drawdown process in Iraq and the pending transfer of power to the Iraqi government
GUEST: VFW Legislative Director and Iraq war vet Ray Kelley
TOPIC: Federal program to encourage the hiring of recent veterans, potential cuts to veterans’ health care programs
GUEST: Margaret Harrell, Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow and Director of the Joining Forces Initiative and co-author of study, "Losing the Battle: The Challenge of Military Suicide"
TOPIC: military suicides & mental health programs available to veterans
GUEST: Andrew Tilghman, Military Times bureau chief (pronounced: TILL-min)
TOPIC: America by the Numbers: Who Serves in our Armed Forces?