Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services', Francisco Urena, joins Jenny Johnson to discuss benefits and services provided by DVS including Veteran Service Officers, program to end homelessness, Soldiers' Home, Gold Star Families." />
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Secretary Francisco Urena
Posted Dec 16, 2016
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Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services', Francisco Urena, joins Jenny Johnson to discuss benefits and services provided by DVS including Veteran Service Officers, program to end homelessness, Soldiers' Home, Gold Star Families.
Many veterans come home from conflicts suffering from depression or PTSD; and too many find themselves without a home. Soldier On works with veterans to secure homes and mental health. Soldier On, CEO, Jack Downing, discusses the challenge on Newsmakers.
A reported 27 million Americans use prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 105 people in the U.S. die every day from drug overdoses. Kriss Blevens founder of Amber's Place is the guest.
America's political landscape continues to change. With the Asian American and Pacific Islander community expected to reach more than 20 million people by the end of this year, overcoming voting barriers is critical for this population. With Christine Chen, Executive Director of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Vote.
In discussing voting barriers, Chen stated, "As we're celebrating the 50th Anniversary... of the Voting Rights Act, we understand that piece of legislation also eventually allowed language assistance."
Visit Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote on the web at www.APIAVote.org or www.Facebook.com/APIAVote or follow at www.Twitter.com/APIAVote.
It's been 50 years since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Spencer Overton, President of The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies discusses the state of the minority vote a half century later, and its impact on the future of race, politics and voting rights.
Overton commented, "Voting is more racially polarized now than it was back in the 1960's... in terms of party voting and then also if you look into local elections... race is the most significant factor."
Visit the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies at www.JointCenter.org or on Facebook or follow Spencer Overton on twitter www.twitter.com/SpencerOverton.