2012/11/11 Veteran’s Day

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Tonight’s guests:
From 8-9pm LTG Michael Rochelle

LTG Michael Rochelle is the former G-1 of the United States Army; it’s Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO). Perhaps more than any officer since LTG Timothy J. Maude, the G-1, and senior-most officer we lost in the attacks of September 11th, LTG Mike Rochelle was the most well qualified Army office to fill that vital post.
After serving as the Special Assistant to the late LTG Tim Maude in 2000, General Rochelle assumed the role of Commanding General of the US Army Soldier Support Institute at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. There he oversaw the development of human resource doctrine for the active, Guard and Army Reserve in support of the total Army.
Approximately 100 days after the attacks of September 11th, he assumed command of US Army Recruiting Command for an All-Volunteer Army soon to be engaged simultaneously in two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq).
In 2006, the senior leadership of the United States Army selected LTG Mike Rochelle as the G-1, Chief Human Capital Officer for the United States Army at war. He retired from that position in 2009.
LTG Rochelle now heads MDR Strategies, LLC (the strategic human capital consulting company he co-founded with his wife of over 40 years). In addition to offering strategic human capital consulting services to public and private clients, General Rochelle also operates a thriving executive coaching practice headquartered in Northern Virginia. Coincidentally, I happen to know at his executive coaching practice provides the spark that ignites the spark in my friend Mike Rochelle’s eye.
Yes! Since assuming command of USAREC, in January 2002, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Mike Rochelle, his lovely wife Grace, my wife Patty and I have been the closest of friends!
Join me in welcoming to our Veterans Day broadcast, LTG Michael Rochelle, as our guest.
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JD Sparks –  9-10pm

JD Sparks is a Marine Veteran and national committee member for the Marine Corps League. He is also on the Veteran’s Memorial Park of Kentucky located in Oldham County and an elected official as Magistrate on Oldham’s Fiscal Court for the 5th District.

Will that work?

10 Questions about what Veteran’s day means to me? Do you mean 10 questions I want answered or do you mean 10 points I think are important?

1. As a Marine I like to think of the legacy of Marines that have come before and those who will come in the future. I am the proud God Father of a Marine currently serving and I am proud to say that he is keeping the tradition alive. I hope my two sons will do the same when they are old enough.

2. I recall the words of Ronald Reagan: Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem. Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

3. Of course I find the Marine Corps and military in general is a key to what America is. This quote says a lot: The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997

4. I joined for many reasons, but I think this quote clearly states why people need to consider national service: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

5. As a politician I often think of how people should govern once elected… and I feel this is a good way to gauge our elected official’s view of the citizens: “How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.” ~Texas legislator Dr. Suzanne Gratia-Hupp

6. Veteran’s day is a day to remember those who gave the last full measure to serve the country and their buddies! All gave some, but some gave all they had.

7. Veteran’s day is a day to teach kids why America is the shining city on the hill… and why they may someday need to stand and protect it.

8. Veteran’s day is a day to also teach those who didn’t grow up in America why we are great.

9. On this day we remember that no one wants war less than those who serve… because we pay the biggest price in war.

10. Remember “Freedom isn’t free, but don’t worry the Marines will pay most of your share for you!”

11. Definition of a Veteran

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

-Author unknown.


JD Sparks, esq

Magistrate Oldham County District 5

Oldham County Fiscal Court

We are also having Colonel  Donald C. Wolfe.Special Forces in studio along with JD Sparks for the second hour from 9-10pm


Facts for Features

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Veterans Day 2012: Nov. 11

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


21.5 million

The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

1.6 million

The number of female veterans in 2011.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

2.3 million

The number of black veterans in 2011. Additionally, 1.2 million veterans were Hispanic; 264,695 were Asian; 153,223 were American Indian or Alaska Native; 27,469 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 17.2 million were non-Hispanic white. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and non-Hispanic whites cover only those reporting a single race.)
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

9.2 million

The number of veterans 65 and older in 2011. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.8 million were younger than 35.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

When They Served

7.5 million

Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2011: 5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 1.8 million in World War II (1941-1945); 2.4 million in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 5.4 million in peacetime only.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey


Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period. Other living veterans in 2011 who served during three wars:

  • 43,942 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.

Living veterans in 2011 who served during two wars and no other period:

  • 876,663 served during both Gulf War eras.
  • 205,205 served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
  • 129,972 served during both World War II and the Korean War.

Source: 2011 American Community Survey

Where They Live


Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2011. These states were California (1.9 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.6 million).
Source: 2011 American Community Survey


Percent of people 18 and older in Alaska who were veterans in 2011. The percent of the 18-and- older population who were veterans was 12 percent or more in Maine, Montana, Virginia and Wyoming.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey



Percent of veterans 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree in 2011. In comparison, 28.5 percent of the total population had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey


Percent of veterans 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher in 2011, compared with 86 percent of the population as a whole.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey



Annual median income of veterans, in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars, compared with $25,811 for the population as a whole.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey

On the Job

9.1 million

Number of veterans 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2011.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey


3.5 million

Number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating. Of this number, 810,245 have a rating of 70 percent or higher. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey


15.8 million

Number of veterans who voted in the 2008 presidential election. Seventy-one percent of veterans cast a ballot in the presidential election.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008

12.4 million

Number of veterans who voted in the 2010 congressional election. Fifty-seven percent of veterans voted in the 2010 congressional election.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2010

Business Owners


Percentage of all U.S. nonfarm firms that are majority owned by veterans. Veteran-owned firms comprised an estimated 2.4 million of the 27.1 million nonfarm businesses nationwide in 2007.
Source: Survey of Business Owners: 2007 <http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo>


Percentage of veteran owners of respondent firms who were 55 or older in 2007. This compares with 37 percent of all owners of respondent firms. Similarly, in 2007, 56 percent of veteran-owned respondent firms with employees reported that their businesses were originally established before 1990. This compares with 39 percent of all employer respondent firms.
Source: Survey of Business Owners: 2007 <http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo>


Percentage of veteran owners of respondent firms who were disabled as the result of injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.
Source: Survey of Business Owners: 2007 <http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo>



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