I had the experience recently of being a guest on the “Welcome Home Show” broadcast every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm on WIBG, 101.3 FM and 1020 AM on the radio dial. I call it an experience because I had the opportunity to watch Joe Griffies, who hosts the show with Ed Cubbage, in action. And he is something else.
He kept the ball rolling for two hours, handling calls from veterans and others who discussed problems being experienced by vets coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and upcoming programs and job fairs to help veterans find employment and medical care. In every instance Joe was right on point and passionate in his advocacy for veterans and their families.
Both Joe and Ed Cubbage are Vietnam veterans, as were the other guests, “Mike” Egan and Jack Fanous, who is the director of The G.I. Go Veterans Transition Center of Newark (NJ) and The G.I. Go Fund http://www.gigofund.org.
It’s easy to pay lip service to those who have served in the military and, in many instances, suffered injuries to both body and mind. It’s something else to be an advocate and work on a daily basis for those who have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country and its citizens.
I won’t try to capture all of the issues Joe has advocated on behalf of veterans, but I know he feels strongly that veterans should be treated at all hospitals rather than just VA hospitals or, at the very least, a VA medical facility should be located closer to southern New Jersey so that vets don’t have to travel 60 to 90 miles to facilities in the Philadelphia area or Delaware.
And, just so you know, the law that was passed in New Jersey this year providing free beach tags to veterans would not have happened without the efforts of Joe Griffies and State Senator Jeff Van Drew. Thank you, gentlemen.
Beau Weisman, Editor