Fairfax Radio 5/25/2021 8:00 AM

Our  first guest today is National Commander of the American Legion Bill Oxford. Today he will discuss National Poppy Day, Oxford wants to ensure time-honored traditions continue. He is encouraging all patriotic Americans to wear a red poppy on May 28, which is National Poppy Day. 

“The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope,” Oxford said. “Memorial Day is another important observance on May 31.  The entire American Legion Family believes that our country must never forget the fallen heroes who have made our way of life possible. Even if we must maintain social distance, gather outdoors or attend a virtual service, it is important to honor the men and women who lost their lives in defense of this great country that we call ‘America.’”

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans’ service organization with nearly two million members and more than 12,000 posts worldwide. Legionnaires are involved in community-based support of veterans, service members, and their families. The American Legion is strongly committed to helping veterans and military families with its outreach programs and lobbying efforts, as a new generation of returning veterans reintegrate into the community.   For more information go to: www.legion.org

Mark HeathcoOur second guest is Mark Heathco, is the author of bothCall Sign, Purple Three Books, Call Sign, Purple Three, and Defcon 4. Mark discusses his books and his experiences in Korea at the DMZ.

Mark was born in North Hollywood California and went to North Hollywood High School where he played Football when the North Hollywood Huskies were East Valley Champions. He joined the Army in April 1978 on the delayed entry program went to basic training at Fort Benning GA. MOS 11B but was changed in the advanced Infantry course (AIT) to 11H. defcon 4Then he arrived in South Korea on November 3rd, 1978 where I was assigned to the 2nd Infantry division and assign to various Infantry Battalions within the 2nd Infantry Division. I had nine rotations up to the DMZ mission and 385-day recons and night ambush inside the DMZ. I left South Korea and the 2nd Infantry Division in November 1991 and was assigned to Fort Drum where I finished my military career. I now live in Xenia Ohio with my kids 2 boys and 1 daughter and nine grandkids for the last 26 years. I am currently working on a third book.  Go to his website for more information http://callsignpurplethree.com/

Our last guest today is Doug Olson, MD; Chief Medical Officer Medicaid/CHIP, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dr. Olson will discuss the importance of mental health services and how CMS is helping eligible children and teens up to age 19 to obtain health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, CMS wants to remind parents that Medicaid and CHIP help support children through access to and by providing early intervention of essential mental health services, both in-person and virtually. As the public health emergency continues and children grapple with ongoing changes in their lives, it’s more important than ever to make sure children have access to – and use – mental health services offered through Medicaid and CHIP. These programs also provide access to routine and emergency care, eye exams, dental visits, prescriptions, and more. Dr. Olson works to advance value, quality, and equity in Medicaid and CHIP, supporting CMCS’ mission to improve the health of the programs’ more than 77 million beneficiaries. To get more information, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669) or visit the “Find Coverage for Your Family” section on InsureKidsNow.gov

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