This Sunday on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek was joined by two special guests in honor of Veterans Day.
Marine Corps veteran Kent Reeves, who served in Vietnam, and Jane Babcock, who is the Manitowoc County Veterans Service Officer and served in the Army Reserves, appeared on the program.
The two talked about some of the benefits available to veterans.
They also discussed how their experiences with the VA have changed over the years. Reeves was originally notified in the 1970s to go to the VA due to possible exposure to Agent Orange.
"When I went to the veterans' hospital it was kind of like, 'We don't recognize you. We don't like you.' It was just a negative feeling," he said. "When I went back years later, I found people saying, 'Thank you for your service. I'm a Marine, too.' Or, 'I served in the Army.' All of the sudden people could kind of relate more to what you were going through and your feelings. The whole thing became, 'Okay, now they get it.'"
Babcock shared specific information on some of the programs and benefits available to veterans. She also talked about how helping her fellow veterans has impacted her life.
"As a former platoon sergeant, I always tell the guys, 'My job is easy. I'm just taking care of my boys.' At the same time, I've had veterans trust me with memories and things they've said or done or been around in their service that they couldn't even tell their own family. The honor of that trust is amazing," Babcock said.
CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
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