11/07/17 RTIR E-zine: Helping Our Heroes, Black Sunday, Uber Safety

November 07, 2017

01. No Mr. Trump, It Is Time to Talk about Guns
02. Great Veterans Day Show – Helping Our Heroes
03. Veteran Blasts ‘Kneelers’ as Selfish
04. Is Peaceful Protest a Citizen’s Duty?
05. Journalist Martha Raddatz on ‘Black Sunday’
06. Are We Stuck in ‘Bad News Hell?’
07. Open Enrollment for What?
08. Manafort & Gates’ Offshore Antics
09. Psst: Christians Have a Problem with Domestic Violence
10. How Sexual Harassment Affects Your Health
11. Hidden Dangers of Smooching Your Pooch
12. Are We Raising Mass Murderers?
13. Yoga & Meditation Can Trigger What?
14. Taking a Lyft or Uber? Exert Shares Safety Tips
15. Financial Help for Special-Needs Families

1. ==> No Mr. Trump, It Is Time to Talk about Guns

President Donald Trump responded to the deadliest mass
shooting in Texas history by saying the attack was a
result of “a mental health problem” and not due to lax
gun control laws and that it was “a little bit soon” to
get into a discussion about gun control. But Shannon
Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in
America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, says the
talk is long overdue. “If more guns and fewer gun laws
made us safer, we’d be the safest nation on earth;
instead we have a gun homicide rate that’s 25 times
higher than our peers in other developed nations. It is
time for every single American to get off the sidelines
and demand our lawmakers reject the NRA, which has far
too much influence over our gun laws. In addition,
Americans must commit to voting on the issue of gun
violence prevention. It doesn’t have to be this way –
gun violence is preventable.” Research by Everytown for
Gun Safety shows this is at least the 165th mass
shooting since January 2009, and the ninth mass
shooting this year, including the third in Texas. Since
January 2009, Texas has seen more mass shootings – 18 –
than any other state in the country. Contact Shannon
Watts at (404) 580-3500; swatts@momsdemandaction.org.

2. ==> Great Veterans Day Show – Helping Our Heroes

Every day in the U.S. 50,000 military veterans
experience homelessness and 21 vets commit suicide.
These are men and women who have given their all for
their country and deserve a better, smoother process
when they transition from the armed forces to civilian
life. To help them (and their families) take advantage
of all the services that are available to them
interview Jennifer Hammond. She wrote “101+ Resources
for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide” with
participation from the nonprofit group A Hero
Foundation. Jennifer is passionate about helping
veterans, having been adopted as a teenager by a
military family. A SiriusXM radio host, Jennifer has
brought veterans issues to light while interviewing
seven congressmen on Capitol Hill for the Veterans
Legislative Forum, the Veterans Homelessness Forum, and
the Military Family Housing Forum. She can discuss
organizations all military families should know about
and what we need to do to end homelessness among
veterans. Reach her at (202) 345-2343;

3. ==> Veteran Blasts ‘Kneelers’ as Selfish

Much has been made of the fans who have tuned out the
NFL – or threatened to — because of the protests
during the national anthem. Thousands now pledge to
boycott football over Veterans Day weekend. Veteran
Chris Galluccio calls the NFL kneelers the most selfish
men in America. “Most of America is well aware that the
kneelers are not protesting the flag or the military,
but that’s not the point. For a lot of Americans,
watching football is their weekly escape from the day
to day. You want to protest then fine, but do it on
your own time, not mine!” He adds, “Lost revenue from
NFL sponsors, merchandise manufacturers and sales,
sports bars and the like will only equate to one thing
long term; people laid off, losing hours, losing
income. Innocent people have lost because of this.”
Christopher Galluccio, Retired military of 21 years,
Iraq & Afghanistan vet, is the founder of
ThoughtsWordsActions.com where he focuses on helping
vets transition to the civilian and entrepreneurial
world. Contact him at (732) 567-5411;

4. ==> Is Peaceful Protest a Citizen’s Duty?

Candlelight vigils, pro and student athletes kneeling,
student rallies…in a time of political uneasiness, are
peaceful citizen protests a viable way for the average
citizen to share their voice and show either support or
non-support for our leader’s actions? Is it a citizen’s
responsibility to speak, stand or show up? Bill Moyer
has been showing non-profits, community action groups
and students around the world how to show governments,
corporations and the media how common citizens feel
about the actions that affect them but always in a
peaceful – and often quite amusing and novel – way.
Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign, has
emerged as a leader in the theory and practice of
“artful activism.” He designs and produces creative
political actions and provides trainings in grand
strategy and creative tactics around the country.
Contact the Zephyr Group at (505) 466-2770;

5. ==> Journalist Martha Raddatz on ‘Black Sunday’

Tonight, National Geographic will premiere “The Long
Road Home,” an eight-part series. It’s based on the New
York Times best-selling book by Martha Raddatz and
tells the story of April 4, 2004, when a small platoon
of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort
Hood, Texas, was ambushed in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr
City — a day that would come to be known in military
annals as “Black Sunday.” Invite Raddatz to discuss the
series, why she wrote the book, and what it was like to
see the story become a scripted series. Martha Raddatz
is ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent and co-
anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She
has covered national security, foreign policy and
politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the
State Department, the White House and conflict zones
around the world. Contact Johanna Ramos-Boyer at (703)
646-5137; (703) 400-1099 (cell) or Megan Bonomo at
(703) 646-5188

6. ==> Are We Stuck in ‘Bad News Hell?’

Disastrous weather. Attacks by madmen in churches and
on bicycle paths. Technologies that influence
elections. Global economic earthquakes. If you feel
like things are unraveling around you, you’re not
alone. Dr. Robin Burk says this unraveling is real
because the sophisticated systems (the infrastructure
and technology) that we enjoy make us more vulnerable
to events that threaten to disrupt our lives. We can’t
always prevent threats from emerging, but Burk says we
CAN take steps now to plan for potential attacks and
disasters—and even take advantage of new possibilities
for good that are hidden in the whirlwind of change.
Burk’s message is all the more powerful because of who
she is: She was in charge of the Defense Threat
Reduction Agency’s interdependent networks research and
is an expert on network science as well as artificial
intelligence. The DTRA is an organization tasked with
safeguarding national infrastructure against weapons of
mass destruction. Burk has been featured in Wired, on
MSNBC and on dozens of radio shows. She is the author
“How to Thrive in an Uncertain World.” Contact her at
(703) 346-4448; robin.kowalchuk.burk@gmail.com.

7. ==> Open Enrollment for What?

What’s going on with the Affordable Care Act, aka
Obamacare? Who knows? But the 2018 health insurance
Open Enrollment Period – the time when Americans can
change Obamacare health insurance plans or a join a new
plan for the upcoming year – began November 1st, and
there are six major changes listeners need to
understand. Howard Yeh, cofounder of HealthCare.com,
can explain the changes. He says, “The federal
government has slashed funding for different
initiatives intended to encourage and support people
enrolling in Marketplace coverage. Notably, there will
be less help available from ‘navigators’, and
government spending on Obamacare outreach and
advertising is now virtually nonexistent. This means
it’s up to consumers to actively seek out help when
signing up.” Compounding the problem, the Trump
administration cut the enrollment period from 90 to 45
days, giving consumers less time to research and make
their choices. HealthCare.com is a privately-owned
search-and-compare health insurance shopping platform
that connects consumers with its network of licensed
insurance brokers and insurance carriers. Contact
Ronald Barba at rbarba@healthcare.com

8. ==> Manafort & Gates’ Offshore Antics

President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort
and Manafort’s assistant, Rick Gates, have been
indicted and are under house arrest awaiting trial on
charges that include using unreported offshore accounts
to hide millions of dollars from the IRS while Manafort
led an over-the-top lifestyle. Using laundered money,
Manafort treated himself by buying three homes, four
Range Rovers and showering his favorite landscaper with
$820,000 in billings. Tax and financial expert Abby
Eisenkraft can speak about ways the duo allegedly broke
the law, what they should have done and what regular
people who may have foreign accounts—there’s more of
them than you’d think—need to do to avoid IRS problems.
Eisenkraft is the author of “101 Ways to Stay Off the
IRS Radar.” Frequently quoted by the press (Money,
Newsday, The Street), she is one of the leading experts
on IRS problems and how to avoid them. Contact her at
(347) 598-0111; abby@RealLifeTaxAdvice.com

9. ==> Psst: Christians Have a Problem with Domestic

Christians don’t beat their wives or verbally abuse
them, right? Unfortunately, domestic violence is a
problem in many Christian homes. In fact, as Darla
Colinet will tell you, it has reached epidemic
proportions; she is making it her mission to help
churches address the problem so that both victim and
abusers can be healed. Darla can reveal the four core
aspects that fuel abusive Christian marriages and share
her own horrifying story of living with an abusive
husband for 13 years. She’ll also discuss why abuse in
marriages tends to worsen during the holiday season and
offer help and support to powerless women who need it
most. Darla completed domestic violence training and
served as domestic abuse response team member for
Crossroads Safehouse, in Fort Collins, Colo. A member
of the core team of the Women’s Ministry at Timberline
Church in Colorado for six years, she has helped and
inspired hundreds of women through Bible studies,
workshops, retreats, and her blog. Contact her at (970)
631-2529; darla@godstransforminggrace.com

10. ==> How Sexual Harassment Affects Your Health

One in four women have experienced sexual assault and
seventy-five percent of women have been the target of
harassment. The health impact of these events is life-
long. For example, three out of four obese women have
experienced inappropriate sexual attention at some
point in life. Invite Dr. Katherine Kelly, to address
the “whole health” effect of such events. Katherine
Kelly, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. is a licensed holistic
psychologist in her own psychotherapy and consulting
practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She’s the
author of “Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for
Radiant Living.” Contact her at (336) 406-8431;
kkelly@drkatherinetkelly.com or

11. ==> Hidden Dangers of Smooching Your Pooch

People love their dogs and often kiss them on the
mouth. But did you know that smooching your pooch could
lead to you getting gum disease if your dog has it?
It’s true. Gum disease may not seem like a sexy topic,
but there’s still a lot your audience does not know
about this silent disease including how communicable it
is, notes Jeanne Dockins, who appears in the
documentary “Say Ah: The Cavity in the Health Care
System.” Jeanne will explain how gum disease lowers the
body’s immune system and makes diabetes, heart disease,
Alzheimer’s, and cancer worse. What is more, people
with gum disease who undergo knee or hip replacement
surgery or receive an organ transplant are at increased
risk for postoperative infection. Jeanne, RN, BSN,
spent more than three decades as a surgical nurse at a
level I trauma center. She can share how to prevent
developing gum problems. Contact her at (419) 960-5460;

12. ==> Are We Raising Mass Murderers?

President Donald Trump blamed “mental health” for a
shooting rampage at a Texas church and said the shooter
appeared to be a “very deranged individual.” While we
don’t yet have a clear picture of the shooter’s mental
condition, Emily Slingluff says many of the recent
horrific attacks across the country involved people who
were depressed and unhappy. She suggests a different
approach. “Whether lawmakers pass stricter gun laws or
not, another way to attack the problem is to teach
better parenting skills. The formative years are called
that because they’re formative. Parents are the main
influence, directly or indirectly, on their kids and
play a huge role in whether children grow up depressed
or happy with life.” Emily Slingluff is the author of
“Peace”, “Parenting without Punishment” and “A Present
to the Newborn.” Contact her at (757) 428-6167;

13. ==> Yoga & Meditation Can Trigger What?

More than 30 million adults in the United States have
tried yoga. Many turn to the ancient practice to relax,
thinking it will help them manage stress. Yet the
public and many doctors are unaware that yoga and
meditation can actually cause stress by triggering
painful memories and more. Dr. Dorena Rode began
meditative and yogic practices over 20 years ago.
Although she had chronic depression and anxiety, she
was unaware that locked in her mind and body were
repressed memories of severe childhood ritual abuse. In
yoga class, she found herself getting more and more
agitated for apparently no reason. Dr. Rode will
discuss what can come up during yoga and meditation
practice, how to determine if you are at risk and what
to do if you have a reaction. Dr. Rode has a Ph.D. in
physiology, a degree in behavioral health counseling
and more than 20 years’ experience helping people get
unstuck using unconventional methods. She hosts the
Positive Change with Dorena podcast and has been
featured in Newsweek and on Starcom Radio Network and
other media outlets. Contact her at (415) 830-3777
(CA), dorenarode@gmail.com

14. ==> Taking a Lyft or Uber? Exert Shares Safety Tips

The holiday travel season is creeping up on us and
millions will leave home over the next several weeks to
spend time with family and friends. These days,
travelling often involves taking a Lyft or Uber, but
many people don’t have a clue how to use these services
and it may actually put them in danger. Invite
Uber/Lyft expert Mukon Ngoyi to share tips on how to
navigate city streets safely. You’ll learn why you
should always look in the vehicle before getting
inside, what you should never do while in a Lyft, and
common etiquette including whether it’s ok to eat and
drink during your ride. Listeners can even call in with
their own questions about Uber and Lyft. A highly
commended former Uber and Lyft driver, Mukon Ngoyi is
the author of the upcoming book “Hustlin’ Hummingbird.”
Contact her at (385) 201-8447; mn.honors@gmail.com

15. ==> Financial Help for Special-Needs Families

Families with special-needs members live with constant
stress. They worry about taking care of their family
member with a disability, getting out of debt, saving
for retirement, and providing a secure future for their
family members. Rob Wrubel, a Certified Financial
Planning professional and a father of a daughter with
Down syndrome, can explain how families can create
financial stability and the steps they need to take to
create a trust to care for their family member with
special needs. Rob’s latest book, “Financial Freedom
for Special Needs Families: 9 Building Blocks to Reduce
Stress, Preserve Benefits, and Create a Fulfilling
Life,” aims to help families who have a member with
autism, Down syndrome, a brain injury, cerebral palsy
or some other cause of an intellectual or developmental
disability remove as much financial stress as possible.
Rob Wrubel is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary
and a partner at Cascade Investment Group. Contact him
at (719) 632-0818 (CO); rwrubel@ciginc.net

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