military http://wkar.org en Michigan National Guard fights to keep its share of funding http://wkar.org/post/michigan-national-guard-fights-keep-its-share-funding <p></p><p></p><p>This month, the U-S House will begin debating, amending and re-writing President Obama’s proposed <a href="http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0314_budget/">2015 defense budget</a>. Over the next five years, the administration proposes spending $115-billion above the cap Congress enacted as part of the budget sequestration process. The plan could set up a showdown between Congress and the White House, and that could affect funding for the Michigan National Guard. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:56:42 +0000 Kevin Lavery 52567 at http://wkar.org Michigan National Guard fights to keep its share of funding Father and son make World War II memorial trip http://wkar.org/post/father-and-son-make-world-war-ii-memorial-trip <p>U.S. Army Private Grover Plaunt died in Germany, a month before the end of World War II. &nbsp;That was April 12, 1945. &nbsp;He was laid to rest in a military cemetery in The Netherlands.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, two of Private Plaunt’s descendants:&nbsp; his son Joe of Muskegon, and Joe’s son Randy, became the first relatives ever to visit his grave in a military cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:56:06 +0000 Current State 40703 at http://wkar.org Father and son make World War II memorial trip Battlefield medics look to bring their skills back home http://wkar.org/post/battlefield-medics-look-bring-their-skills-back-home <P>The <A href="http://www.lcc.edu/nursing/militarymedic/">Lansing Community College’s Military Medic to Paramedic Program</A> is designed help former military medic’s find employment. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Current State 38833 at http://wkar.org Battlefield medics look to bring their skills back home Different wars, similar motivations: the history of foreign fighters http://wkar.org/post/different-wars-similar-motivations-history-foreign-fighters <p>Last week, the rather startling news broke of a Flint woman who was killed while fighting in Syria. According to Syrian state television, 33-year-old Nicole Mansfield was killed by government forces on May 29 while fighting alongside anti-government rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:17:44 +0000 Current State 36899 at http://wkar.org Different wars, similar motivations: the history of foreign fighters Guardsmen Conduct Hazardous Materials Training in East Lansing http://wkar.org/post/guardsmen-conduct-hazardous-materials-training-east-lansing <p>The streets of East Lansing near Michigan State University became a military command post Thursday morning.&nbsp; Soldiers from the Michigan Army National Guard rolled into town a couple of blocks from Grand River Avenue to test their response to a simulated environmental hazard.&nbsp; The exercise was part of the Guard&rsquo;s required training, and evaluators were on hand to judge how well they handled a potentially life-threatening situation.&nbsp;</p><p>WKAR&rsquo;s Kevin Lavery spent some time with the troops. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:39:01 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15350 at http://wkar.org Guardsmen Conduct Hazardous Materials Training in East Lansing reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers http://wkar.org/post/reworking-michigan-unemployed-veterans-need-help-transitioning-civilian-careers <p>The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.&nbsp; Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.&nbsp; A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to&nbsp;bring warriors to the workplace.&nbsp; Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 13096 at http://wkar.org reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers