Last night, anti-Trump protesting continued in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City. The landmark building stands as a constant reminder of the irrefutable commercial and political influence the business mogul has had on this city for decades. As President-elect, that influence is going national, but how will Trump’s victory and his proposed policies directly impact the lives of folks right here in his hometown and the tri-state area? Jeff Mays, a political reporter for DNA Info New York, recently published an in-depth article attempting to answer this question that many New Yorkers are now grappling with, and tonight, he joins us to discuss his perspective on the issue.
Last veterans day, Metrofocus introduced you to Toba Potosky, a Brooklyn resident who has spent the last 6 years raising public interest and funds to restore a nearly forgotten treasure- a World War II memorial in his neighborhood. The Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park was dedicated in 1951 as a monument to the nearly 12,000 Brooklynites who gave their lives fighting for our freedom in the second world war. The vision for the memorial was never realized and soon fell into disrepair… that is until Toba took up the cause of honoring our veterans. So what progress has been made since we last checked in? Toba joins us tonight.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives in 2014, which accounted for 18 percent of all suicides in America. That number is staggering but reveals the harsh reality that our nation’s veterans return to when they leave the battleground. Thankfully, there is someone in their corner. Dr. John Draper, the project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, works tirelessly to prevent the tragedy of losing these servicemen who fought so hard to protect our freedoms. Tonight, Dr. Draper joins us with Will Beckenhaupt, an Iraqi War veteran who served in the 82nd infantry from 2005 to 2010. Together, they provide a vital look into how we can eradicate this tragic loss of life.
Country crooner Lee Greenwood’s 1984 flag-waving song “God Bless the USA” has stood the test of time, transcended our culture, and served as a bright beacon of hope for Americans following the attacks on 9/11. But this music legend is more than his classic patriotic tune. In fact, he’s made it his mission to bring attention to the troops who fought to protect America in his new role as an ambassador for Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit charity that provides support for America’s soldiers. This year for Veterans Day, the organization has a new initiative called “Keep the Promise” to remind Americans to give back to our veterans who so desperately need our support. Tonight, the country king himself joins us to discuss Disabled American Veterans, their new initiative, and his amazing career.