Veterans Life Radio 11-12-17

Veterans Life Radio
Sunday, November 12th

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Issues that might be going on you need to contact somebody that's what we have question your heroes in here legal financial advice and the UN BA all those things are very very important match for joining me here from important airports in your heroes thank you again the only seem so happy I try. You have to be yours as well you gotta be getting to become like a lot of people and know that. That might be a tough for you but I think you put did things in perspective because of all the things you know others are going to. Now adopt the veterans and huge program for the years counselor about that what was the impetus for about the matter how they'll start you know. Well when Chris started the organization here ever wanna have to tell his children know he'd seen other veterans that were struggling as well especially at Christmas time where. The children don't quite understand is that mom and dad earn just mom or just data are struggling. And so we wanted to make sure to help. With that effort and it to be able to make sure that there Christmas presents under that tree or whatever whenever you celebrate whatever it doesn't have to be strictly Christmas we have. People with every different belief I just that time of the year's big focus and we made sure that our veterans world taking care of at that time. So what exactly does adopt a better induced walk through the process the steps and what what the result is for people. This two ways of looking at is whether you won two adoptive and her family or if you are a veteran in need in need to be adopted her. Two adoptive modern family you have to fill out an application and it's just a short one page. Application you can get raid on our web sites at www. Debbie and my heroes dot org and and the application is right there for you and you fill it out and signed in you can exits military means stop by drop off. And you choose what you wanna hope single by earned a veteran with a family if you wanna help. Ten families whatever it is you choose we have businesses that come on board the casino for instance the adopt ten families. Are we have veterans that come in and say you know we don't wanna give a gift to each other this year we wanna adopt a family and stat and that's their way of giving. And again it's based on which your family can afford beetle ever once the you do go without as well. In a time you know in a time when let's let's face it price right crazy and and it tactic it's hectic these days. I'm so we do have a deadline for sponsors after they'd. Are select it select a family and are paired up with a family to drop off their gifts by December 11 okay. We also have the option appear veteran in need to do you know the family do this or is it Mora would be too he's actually physically meet them or anything like that. We don't meet every single one of the anomalies on some of the payments or reach referred to us by the V game by a that the TV senator. A lot of different avenues that they are referred to us and they're working muscles and work or what is the what if I was to adopt him into I meet the family I see the feeling into I just know that there is a clearly hoping that is a very good question him because I'm on the inside I don't ever think about all these questions when you're on the outside looking and right so I think you for asking that. There are families that want to remain anonymous I would honestly it's very hard to ask for help yes and it's even harder to see. The person that helping sometime right. So we do have veterans that want to remain anonymous and those are the ones that I can usher. Our community that we are vetting we are making sure that there need. We are making sure that if we him personally meet them that they were referred to us by and other veterans organization or another organization that. They are working with the social work or. Caseworker when Everett maybe we understand with some of the veterans are. Are welcome to that they'll allow them to come to their homes they'll welcome them. Deceive that they really aren't need to to personal choice a sport that works both ways right to okay. And what you are veteran and you wanna be enough if you are veteran wanna be adopted you it's the same thing it's a little more extensive application. And you also have to with that application needs to prevent your pattern so we ask that you submit a DD 214. If you're still serving you can submit a copy of your ID card that your active military. And we do screen all the veterans we do screen all the applications in we do ask that you can physically do that they are an interview process or is it. If there applying for financial grant they do come in for an interview the past that is definitely a process they have to go room. Which that adoptive modern family application is attached we figure you're looking for finance program. In your hardship in your behind in your rent mortgage utilities or other things that are yours and you might be struggling with chances are come. In two months from now you are going to be struggling and anxious time as well. So so. But you don't have to listen to meet with them with imagery for the vetting process right again depending on what level it is what they're asking for what they what they might get things like that. You could do the screening process without ever having to physically it right again if their referred by another agent got exactly what we rely on them to do about it and OK okay and then I'm so it in and then if you are veteran and you wanna be that is just not just future Finley's walk right right absolutely so any any dependents on legal dependents if you have a spouse. If children. You have to show percent of tickets mayors licenses. And car. Now there's another program going on and by the way when a man destroys here this is questioner here as veterans like radius out of touch you with the funniest in 1520 thanks for joining us today. We can go down the rabbit hole about. This because you tell me the story I didn't realize the story John Minko today but we we can you can kind of set up. Operation automotive and why it's become even a little bit more special here going forward with the carnival. So jumping coach Hayes was in. In the military and he then got out and went in as a civilian contract western new Yorker in the military yes from Williamstown. And his family still lives here and we definitely. Like have them. Common talk about his story and more and now he was kidnapped and ultimately was killed racquet in Iraq. And tell us about operation automotive and then at the end can Italian how Jonathan Cote today fits in this great. So we have had several people call our office saying their cars broken found it out car. The need a car to work they need a car it's you'd just transport their family the party get to doctors' appointments. That was never something we can do. Until we had a couple people saying hey we would like to donate a car. So we are able to pare their car with a pattern and then another one he we have a part of doing Tim Leary of an apparent act are up. Well then that we decided. Why not have a program where weekend. Parrot for veterans with these Tony's cars and why not have veteran. Organizations. Are veteran companies that are in the business to. Work on cars and their veterans themselves and give these cars are once over and give them the blessing too weak to had a pair that up or maybe we should junket. So we partnered with Anton auto and we partnered with is veterans automotive and a couple of others that have graciously come on board. To donate their time and donate parts and look for donations as well they don't carry them to fix these cars. And then we what took off before our very eyes meeting there realize it was operation I motive. So you just isn't we have the proof that your veteran you have to be a licensed driver you'd have to have new convictions. In history. And a vehicle convictions. Okay and they see what happens and someone donates a car right over what I what do I have something I wanna. What I wanna donate how does that work right so says we don't really have the space to write a car and our profits writer guess eight threat to sit down. We will send cards to one of our. Partners and able take a look at the car and then they will determine whether or not it's fits. All right so and you guys are giving away a car the first time coming up in November act and is a truck right it is to track and is going. To a failing to tell somehow tied to our traffic coaching here in turn out why I brought him out to for this so Chris. Oh Tay is something coach his brother and he is the one that will be donating his Brothers try to me and so this will be Jonathan go to struck it will be jumping that does that very personally you know absolutely. And what we found out in this process and I was flooded with emails an aid car and you attract any of vehicle. I a hand selected because it is a standard and it is to cedars so the family of five I'm sorry this isn't gonna work. So we had to go through that we have a look and we had to that and we've been we've found a married couple that we felt. We're the best fit they are borrowing a vehicle at this time while their Brothers deployed. And once he returns. They have to get the car pack. So this fit perfectly well won't be hold after finding outs. Who the family was and getting hold them and telling them a little bit of background of the story. The tears started sure they realize that they went to school which can think oh my gosh. In limits as well so. It wasn't planned it and others not at all I had no idea I absolutely had no idea. That's amazing just amazing and dominoes parents or are still around the area and there they have to. And as much as they are grieving and in a disease such a tragic story I'm sure that they're in no way they're they're obviously happy at their room to help out. At some other veteran somebody in need to cancel the Jonathan's legacy can be to help others and somewhat. Absolutely and and it's going to be. An emotional exchange overall but I think it's also going to be healing. Assuming the first one of many it is the end of Stan and to back up a little bit this is the dates that to Jonathan was captured that we are going to be turning the scar over. To this family so in November 16 it's gonna happen in it's going to be at our office. So anybody is welcome to the common. And support. Thank you very much for coming in today Q. 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When weather comes to navigate the VA health and wellness business career opportunities things like that. All that was available through Western New York years of my heroes dot org. We love having Chris Gregory here as always. Christian high in case you missed that we talked a lot about the issues going on with the and none of the protests and things like that and I Portugal is that I think to be educating for a lot of people and I think it's good day. Have a healthy discussion about that a small side that national everything we talk about Chris really mean that's really what this is all about. Absolutely and you know it sell like we said before I will never sit and claimed that the whenever I say it is is right amount of one sided man I will never had it even tried to make people think and I. Always know everything I'm all about education and the late show you completely educated well. While I presume that I don't either and I get educated every day and I think the key for me as I learned a lot of things over the last few days. And the key for me is when I don't know something I admit I go look Britain has a lunar people need to do that just digging your heels and insane. You know that you think you know so I think that's good that we should have that when it comes time for anybody in any issue that we discussed the meantime. Lynn mass rallies here and she is gonna talk about some different things going on including. The terrific operation boots that we touched on a couple episodes ago but we really didn't get into and so thank you very much up to glad to have you here and down. It's been actually we for all of us I know that. It has been very interesting and on a more upbeat you know guys like to bring into operation dudes I'm. To the forefront here it's been taking off greatly we started operation boots the beginning of the year. And it exploded a lot bigger than I had anticipated people reaching out highly involved title sponsor of the program highlight participate in the program. If I'm not a veteran it what can I do to help this program grow. We've had a great feedback and last month we were able to do scuba diving and what an awesome experience that one's. I a used to be in the navy as and the amino and I have this horrible fear of being underwater. It absolutely makes no sense at all imaged incidents in my mind and anybody else's mind but I went incidents in a pod that was illegal. Did you hear the incident but still I thought how image as an I'm such a hypocrite and pushing out this awesome program and I'm not participate. I thought hey someone's got to take pictures and my camera doesn't go underwater so I will be picture taker. But somehow they convince me otherwise and got me in the water. And I'll tell you they were fantastic they worked with everyone or most people with any take special needs if they. Needed and in my case the fear of being underwater and it was a great success. We have a lot of families saying that this is our date night which it was during the day but. The third date they're coming together. Both veterans and spouses that are non veterans as well came mountain had a blast with that. So going for we know a lot of great great opportunities going with operation that and we're always welcoming any feedback for the program and ideas and people that want to sponsor a program as well this this year I'm sorry this month we're going to be doing the great pumpkin farms so we're pretty excited about that. We have just partnered with them for the first time this year and the two in a military weekend. And that was a huge success we had some of our veterans come out in parts and at two of the bars that are there which I didn't even know that they had bars. At the great pumpkin farms that I didn't know either they have little to list they have everything from pumpkin beer on these are a lot more business. It was great and I couldn't believe the amount of people that are participating. In the bar area as well as they have a live band going through there. And a lot of other great events going on rate around that area as well. Early ages. And so coming up next we're gonna have some snow issuing once that snow hits lord knows that's going to be how many gas nuclear gonna have a couple other bands that we are working on at this time that we don't have specific dates for. In the as Christmas it's coaching things yes absolutely and that's why on a roll right into that as well are backpack program was huge success this year and that just got wrapped up. We still have supplies laps of anybody does need them we can we can on earth those. At any given time. We were able to give a 101 backpacks this year. And two years ago when I started for west your heroes we had eight in please come through for backpacks. So that program has tremendously ground things to use our sponsors and social media and word of mouth. Throughout the education system. So that was great with that coming too and we're kicking off the adoptive that are mainly for Christmas time. Pretty quick here last year we are able to help 162. Which was phenomenal. We were really excited to see that we help that many and issue are looking at potentially doubling its with. The word mound and with social media with our sponsors on board. And everybody are ready reaching out to us looking to adopt a pattern and clean or to participate in the receiving gifts for their families. Telling how is the operation automotive which is called operational mowers that. He had a rumor that exact game yet operation automotive business is what we're gonna and decided to go last week that the that the board meeting but. No it just this program just actually started and flew right now over the last couple years we had three or four cars donated. And we took these donated carriers and we can give them once over tune ups things like that and just give them away to veterans who. Needed care and and over the last couple weeks we had four more are donated and actually got a phone call on the way here this morning. From someone else in the community so that they would like to donate the suburban. Comes. In on and that's what we do so we have our mechanics there's three different. Mechanic shops in west miracle will go pick up the vehicles. Bring them back to the shop in the once over and really if it's if it's worth us. Taking them and and being able to fix them up at a pretty cheap costs and give mowing. And that's what we're doing but we're actually trying to pull everybody in together for lunch on collier. The three automotive shops. And much to see if you know how we can expand the program tonight to needs tires may be done tired. Look at putting a brand new set of tires usher help keep the cost down and you know we have veterans automotive we have and times and we have. Traveling to his last name but is cliff owns a garage and back in Niagara Falls. And what we wanna do is also pull in adult son I didn't realize a timeout with them without the sonic actually ramps vehicles. So maybe we can get dealt a sonic to rent each vehicle with Western New York euros and throw all the sponsors who had their hands on that vehicle to make it happen for her that's. And you know now we have how many moving billboards up my community didn't. He took me rise of the eagle summit was either hold that greatly impacted us yet absolutely I mean that and done tires that can be yeah country no doubt about it. There's so much going on and you guys have just recently from the complete your moving all how's all that going hazard if you all settled in is there more to come. We definitely are settled for the most part all of our offices are pretty full we have also added to me. Job search area has been a huge hit with our programs on imagines in our program also an army veteran. Is running their programming he's helping reach out to different local organizations and whoever's in Justin hiring veterans in different types of educational backgrounds and what not in training skills and pairing them up with the jobs that they need to sustain themselves. We also partnered with the lawyers project which has been a huge success. We are to be doing workshops with them starting. This month acts I'm sorry and October were Ernie. Rarity in October and still think and whereabouts could take complete halfway through September where we're rolling this October pretty quick. We're gonna have a wills clinic setup mid October with the lawyers standing by to help. With work worksheets tickets through the program and and get chewed that you will also add up if you need one. Also they're gonna have powered attorney clinic setup and then more more. Seminars and sessions coming up shortly after that to help our patterns. Sounds really great around when things don't we tell all events going on us also but remember that there's a lot of help or people just need some help with something going on as a veteran. If they have to call us I just about all these events that we wanna get people out to draw attention to human health an outlet if you just a veteran says like and actually some help with I don't know. I get a problem with the VA and it probably financially. But there's people there you guys as we do back. Yes absolutely now when it comes down to the veterans who call us because they need their benefits right. We know where boundaries and I and I feel that strongly important we're not gonna try to. Taken a task that we know very little if anything at all. That's not fair to the veteran gamer herself so we do however have different connections in the community. With people who actually seasons and point in the direction yet they will. Like ours is in Williams fell. And main street. In the tone down the veterans service applicant so we will take the vets who will refer them there to rob. And and let him do it that's his job that's what he does every day and that's what he does best. That's matters on an even wanna try to pretend that we know what we're doing when it comes to them. And with the aids so that we talked about last time with the intimate stuff like that. Mean media event and indeed you tell us or somebody of interest in this have regular citizens called you just event. I'm really citizens actually veterans and veterans' college event or have regular citizens even for that matter I I don't media you're getting and anybody amortization. You know it's funny because like you made mention that you sent out a tweet and it got crazy yeah you retracted it believed it. Just because I didn't wanna deal with a cherry picker I didn't retract like the words between Ashton wanna deal with what went along with. Yes and people misconstrue. Yeah absolutely so I did the same thing you know I I posted something and social media and it just kind of blew up and I mean blew up well. The foul language with everything people come and am mean I'm like canola x.s and wanna deal with it either. Magistrate trekked to the whole thing and deleted it and you know. Now went on and and and life goes on but that's ahead on social media can be effective and powerful tool for what you guys do. Asia by discouraging me from it from being but. I think it. In his teenage a lot of education being using it responsibly you know and not that you learned or I wasn't. But you know you see other people don't and you say I don't wanna get down that Randall Wright and what it is important for you guys to use it effectively for your organization share. And you know what I will admit usually when something happens. I'm sure you feel and do the same thing that your blood pressure instantly goes through the roof. And I know it's me there's a lot of things that echoes through the roof and I can't think straight and I just a wrecked an impulse and then after a doing them like. Well you know there's a speech is a great speech that former. Former coach. Herman Edwards gave to a bunch of rookies. Believes that the rookie symposium for a while it was all about that it is his three ridiculous thing was. Don't send. A think enough delegates that I try to make it a rule that I would wait at least 24 to try and I right now and see if I start again today we actually do a segment on the beach here in the morning now it's hilarious it's here anyway there's a thing called. Tweets I didn't say. I'm an artist go head to her sport where they say I was gonna send this I thought about issue they're needed in the lap of right rental light incessant kind of funny and obviously that's it's in the sports room but listen I mean I think we all can agree here that you know. We all just need to kind of respect everybody's. Point of view their place in society what they're trying to do here and be nice to actually do and if you don't. 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Tune in at 9 AM on ESPN 1520 for just Bruins just we were hosted by Jeremy White advertisers from Niagara tradition home brew. Tune in Saturdays at 9 AM on ESPN 1520 could just fruition. I want to welcome back to question are heroes veterans like radios out about you hear any ESPN 1520 Chris Krieger. Joins me as well and obviously a Chris is a big part of Western New York here is that a big part of this radio program west are curious veterans like radio. For quite some time now I welcome him back in I'm gonna give a proper introduction Chris toll magistrate to because they didn't last time yeah that's a must c'mon have to give her props election. And how are you glad to have you back thinking so much for having me Taiwanese in your welcome. We left off last time you and I spoke just the two of us about how people can get involved we talked about. The important financial component of Western New York hero's it's not just about. You know money of course but money obviously helps the machine run hitter you need to relieve. Kind of push for a lot of the things you're doing to help our veterans community. So now we have a little more time with the content and me walk you through how they can help financially and otherwise what's your hero. Them people are asking us all the time you know way. Arduous Baikonur as I saw that you are out at this event and in the dog cop mind and what can I do hope I am an animal lover I love veterans but I'm going to be able to give back. You know we discussed before that the money is what truly makes the tour rebels with us. But there's so much more to this than just the money we need the volunteers we need people who are gonna give their hurt. And come out and help the events be a success. Help our programs. It's all the boats. Donating that just the money but donating your time in and your love to the veterans here in western here as well. No doubt about it if people just want to walk in and say you know. Here's a check for twenty bucks or looks they can do that if they want to. The the major sponsor of something they can do that as well I don't know his right yeah we tell people all the time that. No donation is too small and you know we've had people want connect on site area I wish I could do market. Twenty dollars is all I can afford. We don't tell anybody how much you have to don't you donate which you can afford if you wanna donate. That twenty dollars can go and help a million different ways when they're veterans so we don't really put a dollar price on your donation. What about. Material goods and things like that people that maybe there's a lot of events that recently that lately and it's not just about the money it's about things that people can also help to donate. What he needs space for something or actual goods for something there's always events going on we can use things like that he may be gives an example or something like that. Some of the donations we do except at this time are anything for a backpack program which it's anywhere ranging from backpacks to gift cards. To a box of pencils. We we don't have a large storage area. So anything bigger such as furniture or a lot of people donate. Lifts if you will for wheelchair lifts in those are all excellent but we don't have the storage for that. So we can put that up on social media you're willing to donate something along those lines are we also do a lot of partnering with and that's. Where we will. Tell people to bring their items there and let them know what's where what's your careless and they will in turn. When we have a veteran in need come tar op as they will give them vouchers to. Quote unquote purchase these guys to be well and in receive these items for free. What about. On people who might wanna help an event volunteering and doing that can people get involved that way of saying it like at a time when maybe help out with John Minko tea runner something like that the micron. If there's any events going on the summit an assailant KV need my help I'm available that day. Absolutely we have an application online or you come into our office and fill it out. We have our events for the most part listed. On our website we we just put the whole website through. A beautiful transition and is so it's still in the works as well. And if you look at our website you don't see in their please feel free to come in or call our office and will be ale to help you out on filling out the volunteer application and let you know how you work. A lot of times even people wanna have their children getting involved. Let's on the side what that experience in the web site and knew what that means to kind of going forward this is 2017 you always have to stay up technology wise. We're always promoting a social media FaceBook of course what's your heroes on FaceBook how we're doing things like that all the time why is that important tells what the new website will allow you to do with people. We wanted the website to be easy to navigate that was the biggest part of of us learning the ins and outs of computers and whatnot so we have. Dan Rossi in our operas who is a Lancaster high school teacher that has spent the learning the programs themselves and as a researching it ins and outs and he has been doing a fantastic job and updating the web sites with the assistance of our. It's Saturday RIT guy that's like ending BIT guys. So let them in it's it's come along way and it's pretty easy to navigate but again there's something you don't see on there you see a date that's blank chances are there some open. Potentially going on that danger was at home they'll help you out. I saw how did they call you how to think in touch with the let's talk about the contacts how we get in touch a westerner heroes website wise. Contact number wise obviously we those of all the really important details. Where people begin to what's your hero. Yeah obviously you just go to WNY heroes dot org I'm gonna hold of us through the web site. You are able to email us through there or you can just caller number it's 6305020. Our office email if it's even easier it is just heroes and W and white heroes dot org. Heroes at WNY heroes actually dot org and then if you only intelligent you guys they can do that through that avenue as well write these. Sent an email there they wanna touch with talk with you about something like you'll see those emails that come through some we'll get them to you got. Yet and any email comes directly to our office assistant. And then she will basically. Distributed from there if you will but you can also find everyone who works in the future confine their individual emails on the website as well. OK he's Chris Krieger she's when magistrate I would talk with them today about. What's your here's veterans like radio the resource center tell me about the resource center why it's important and what's happening with it. Or you hear of so many veterans coming back home getting out of the military. Basically getting out and having a job and having that paycheck coming in anymore that they had coming. You know twice a month while they were in the military and what do they do you know so the unemployment. Amongst veterans. Session. We should be out there pushing and striving to hire these guys and these women today getting out of the military making sure that. You know they're not going from. Being employed. And protecting a server in our country to being unemployed in Lebanon street. And that's that's a big goal of ours as well we do deal with a lot of homeless vets are. That we work it get them off the street and a lot of these men women who come in for the financial assistance. Don't have a job. You know and so for us to give them financial assistance today come next month or in the same predicament so we try to really. Resolve all that for them and we'll give you the financial assistance and while we're and it. But electrical employers 12 and three because an older looking to hire veterans. It's amazing the summit of that you guys do we touched on throughout the months we've been together the paws program do you guys have is amusing. The you know hop out with homes and you know getting people you know in someplace in working with different lenders and things like that to give them. Good rates to almost everything that I don't think you'll realize all the different programs but they're all your router go take a lot. Actually absolute iron. In order airmen and women are serving and protecting our country every day all year round right so our services to them our everyday hero. And now I know you're very very proud of your program with the dogs and helping him out the pause for heroes. How programs they have on the talk about that a little bit again they can remind everybody what that's all about. Yet the positive for heroes. Started in 2013. As opposed to put together. And on the veterans administration cut out the funding in October of 2013 that's when I went to my imported directors and said you know. Let's just picking up where they left off because and believe in this I know can work and know it will work and we will make this work. And today we have. We have 32 veteran and service dies in the program five brand new veterans for starting this weekend that's awesome good for you guys get for you guys. And others about a lot of things. That it happened lately with the on openly crisis and has been a lot of veterans that people really want to reach out open that's obviously very sad situation but. There's a lot of things being done in the community to maybe reach out help and he has been involved with that too when you've been reaching out of the organization these are reaching out to you to help out any veteran who's in that scenario and I say that you're bringing up now because. It might not be the veteran is listening and maybe some who loves that action needs to get that person. Yeah you do hear about these veterans that. Well a lot of the veterans that are committing suicide right and a lot of them maybe accidently committing suicide. By the opiate use and we have partnered now for awhile with horizon health culling and hackworth horizon therapy dogs. And we've teamed up Lennon dying taking a service dogs with Colleen in their therapy dogs and go and in actually two. A lot of the schools were invited in to talk about the difference between therapy and service and and the use opiates and these students today not realizing that. You know that simple Motrin bill is really no different and that line cocaine. Right it's it's amazing my wife works in the field and I know you're absolutely right about that. Look we got about a minute and a half left and wanna cut short of some events because we'll we'll definitely touch and then as we go on and our other and we'll let you know what there are some of the things club August that we can. You know let people know about some real quickly we listen and run through maybe a little bit a caller's some things coming up. Yeah August 16 win of the celebrity by attending event and it lackeys OK and Niagara Falls on military road also August 16. We have the buffalo metro federal credit union golf tournament at chestnut country so. And then August 12 we have the PG annual golf tournament. At Colin hills country club and then of course we have the big injury county fair kimono and we always need volunteers to help us with. Yeah absolutely that's usually go to some of my best memories as a young boy were every year on the Erie county fair my father and in my family and it was great and it's a great time out there and they're always open out and do things I know for a lot of different organizations so. Chris and land thank you very much as always it's my honor to speak with you and I appreciate you being on the program again as always and love working with. Likewise things right thank you very much the very nationalistic too. What's New York euros veterans like radio today here and ESPN fifteenth when he my name's out about Joseph. Well we talked to the Christian when a lot more it was a very special guests headed your way here a westerner here instructions for. 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Seeking out the help they need because social pride Fuller they're taught to kind of do things on their own this is one of those things where if you think you have you need to go talk to somebody. Absolutely I would certainly you know what actually airing this I think I'm gonna go to the VA area this week and let's go check that out good for you I mean he's he's. Oca last thing is with us about people walking around for 35 years maybe even having. Hepatitis not even realizing it now I think this is why we need to what you know. If you take your at risk of the symptoms in any way you should need to see your doctor you need to go to the VA and doctor Thomas maul joins us again. To tell us all about it doc thank you very much again the chief of gastroenterology. At the B of what's New York professor could professor of clinical medicine at UB really appreciate you joining us or what's your cure is veterans like radio. Might put yourself and or thanks for having me back. Let's start off where we ended the last time we spoke with the U. I asked you what our veterans community needs to know. And down you know he really gave us some good information about them and going to get tested and things like that the our streets of symptoms and you gotta go over that getter at any more pieces of the puzzle to that particular situation for any of our veterans listening. Short in public sector for hepatitis B. Have been pretty well mostly well now we know anyone who ever. Shared a needle. You know. It. These and so these ball so. Sherry and what kind of a popular but it certainly at that particular. Other positions that. That impact factor at a position wants who told me that when he argued. He was an effort Cisco living under that tree in Golden Gate Park that was. Of a slight and so he he did some things that experimentation. That. I'd say so anyone that ever used. Share needles and it's a transfusion. Particularly. Of any kind of blood product or any blood. Four I'm 1990. In the book supply it would. Much higher. Those people definitely need to be tested the channel. Kerry and so of course some ways that people get it that we don't know. On sexual transmission it turns out not a big thing but there are. Lots of ways I'm getting at and we kind of decided and I certainly decided in might. A professional practice is to Castro brought that. And then there's some. One of the things we do wish screen every day people. Anyone born from the out mid forties through electing its 1963. Or sixty or that the definition. Just greet him because they they'll they could have at the sea and not have any symptoms and we want to pick those people. So I really firmly believe that just curious if any at any risk factors in the perhaps. Anyone that it's a big. Talks with their next routine when their cholesterol checked. And target their prostate. Check. Well. Tennessee. It I got a quick question might be a little off the wall but is this hepatitis is a painful. So it and Arizona. Got. Typically it's not people are so. There's really very very cute nerve endings and then. And so that's closest. Call miserable problems and hepatitis that also but that's not typically. Painful. These and that. One of the conundrum is no one walks in the Arctic dock and a terrible pain it might belly. And they are discovered epic but the discovered too late so it's cast a broad net and took relief. Four people even without them. Doctor Thomas maul joining us here and washing your euros veterans late radius out about you Chris Krieger along with UN ESP at 1520 what about the treatment is that. Painful what does that entail tells a little bit about the treatment kind of the how long it lasts and what people go through. Well we. As 87 laps program we've entered a miraculous phase in the treatment. A hepatitis C a few years ago at four. All twenty years all we that was the world's worst drug. Called interferon. Which interferes with viruses. And that's how that name I'm. And that's what medicine that we used in combination some other medicines and you know all week out really good candidate we could even fewer maybe 50%. The problem most people were excluded believer could have been hurt as these are they other orbit illnesses. Few years ago. Companies developed. What we call direct. Acting anti. And so these compounds these medications act right the virus. On have. Almost no side Terry very few side effects it and pure. And I talking eradicate the virus or ever. In about 95% of people. Which is unbelievable. And it is certainly changed. You know I grew up when we didn't even in medicine when we do need an mundane for that we called the army humvee and now we're puritan. Just about it. And in. Is there a risk to you know have come back in a lot of times obviously people have cancer in. The arc cancer free and then years down the road months down the road doesn't matter sometimes you know cancer comes back is this is how what is the risk factor for that. It is almost never comes back with these would be the real. Came back but with these new drugs I'm pocket 95% of people cured the virus on never coming back no recruit. I mean your your read infected needle sharing something that's always a risk. And that is in I think it could become a brisk and now let me share something a little more popular. But no talk in that buyers now sell wanna beat. Clear that if you catch this early liberal go back to normal and hepatitis they have a seat will be a thing of the past four. But because. Patients don't have symptoms until it's too late if we catch them when they're truly. We were. And he. Let might be permanently damaged you know you can put on oaks and that's a great thing about how would he be brought down. And so we did these folks these veterans or better labor use Roland it it doesn't have a ability to regenerate. Liver does regenerate itself so there's not much cartridge in the liver and that sort sources are issue in the liver. We just you're an adult ball back to normal if it's too late and unfortunately it sometimes is too late and I have built cemeteries were people. With hepatitis C Utley in my career but definitely am. The cure. Debt commitment and a site at that there's a couple of drawbacks are primed to hepatitis C treatment on it costs. Now that BA has it on the outside it's at least a 100000. Dollars worth of drugs. Well weeks. 2000 dollars a pill. So it is twelve weeks some people need 24 weeks some people make me need eight weeks of treatment the treatment short extremely effective but very expensive and by. That BA has given us our money we've got this we've got step I got eight we can do about and so were cured people at the time it's the from that from polian for gene Stanford Dunkirk all by over elements in it. So I think if there's era veteran your driving around it now what you just said it's kind of scary with the cost and things like that so. Can you put them these and say like look known these are these are thing if you do this there's obviously. Avenues available for them to be able to afford this treatment right. Oh absolutely BS of course at that BA except for sometimes from Coca rates which are bigger ten dollars. I'm told that that the day. We cover your soup to nuts and I don't all financial. I admit but I know that there's not one veterans that we will because that. In our system in order bowl veteran because. They don't have enough money out of it except the feds have put. A lot of money behind this and we. I think get the ball will be if we short 80900. Veterans already I think cure rate is better then. Then you see in the literature about 98%. So it's Adam. Yeah businesses if you've got to see your doctor and you're golden gate here get rolled VA care I got Cuba Haiti will I got a team of the scorpion. And and pharmacists completely dedicated to eradicating the trees in the Patrick. We just called tortilla pat like we just got to direct line of them illegal online what are we doing here for a veteran. You know I think it goes through your primary care provider. But at the simple thing to do you might even have the CE. The the provider just call their officers say eight cent meet hepatitis C a clinic or two might might well offices and a whole team of trade knees and elbows and you know the whole group of attending that working on that hole. And of course we would like to see people's yeah. After the other routine testing done just a couple blood test can tell us if you have hepatitis C. Back your privacy is. The spiral old Gena types and other technical things we need to know. And then you get set and blew it might take you are a couple weeks to get a appointment but not too long and we'll get chip. Treated and cured. Well. We thank you very much for being with the stock Kamal very informative and now we hope that if anyone's out they're listening and community specially are veterans that they go to. See their primary care and get checked out today. Yeah absolutely were or. Our Thomas multi very much chief of gastroenterology. At the VA abortion York I had to say it again because I think I got it right it's a tough word but we got it. Also professor of clinical medicine at UB thank you very much in doubt we appreciate you coming out of the education lesson today. Thanks so much now thanks Chris or have me on. And we'll be back again next week right here I'm western York hero's veterans like radio and ESPN. 1520. Well there you have another great episode of veterans like radio. 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