Director of Media and Communications with the American Legion, Jeff Stoffer spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 19 about the American Legion COVID-19 survey, a World War II soldier’s post-traumatic stress disorder portrayed in his artwork and a paralyzed bobsledder.
Stoffer spoke about the featured stories in the July edition of the American Legion magazine. The first story he spoke about is a COVID-19 survey administered by the American Legion to track the impact on veterans and their families throughout the pandemic. After the survey, they can be connected to representatives from the American Legion for assistance with VA benefits, employment, emotional wellness and personal contact for support. Another featured story is about a paralyzed bobsled athlete of Team USA. Her story is about not giving up when she was injured and becoming paralyzed. She then rehabbed her way back from a horrible injury and became an olympic bobsled athlete for Team USA.
Stoffer then spoke about Ugo Gianni, a World War II veteran who sketched pieces of art during his tour of duty. Years after Gianni passed away, his wife found all of his sketches. They detailed what would now be considered someone suffering PTSD with no treatment. His wife said that as his sketches went deeper into his tour, they got darker, and more twisted; the people would not have faces and the imagery was haunting. Stoffer said his paintings show how PTSD from the horrors of combat can follow a person for the rest of their lives, especially without treatment.
Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), Rich Fiesta spoke about the Alliance’s vote by mail lawsuits working through the state courts. He said the ARA filed lawsuits to protect vote by mail and absentee voting. Fiesta explained why these methods of voting will be extremely important for the upcoming election. It may be dangerous for elderly people or anyone, as they head to the polls this November. He also spoke about ensuring seniors are educated on the rules and processes of voting in their states. Finally, he spoke about how absentee and mail-in votes are being suppressed and how there is legislation to help fix those issues.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Target raising the minimum wage for their employees by $2 and giving them a one time bonus of $200.