'To the Point' radio interviews focus
on veterans during November....WITH
By IRENE NOLAN
"To the Point," the
Radio Hatteras interview show hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene
Nolan, focused on veterans during the month of November with interviews
on two different island vets groups.
On Sunday, Nov. 15, the interview was on the Hatteras Island Wounded
Warriors Vacation Project.
The guest was Kevin McCabe of Buxton who, along with John McGee of
Frisco, started the program in 2011 to give wounded veterans an
opportunity to vacation with their families on Hatteras.
The program is run on donations of cash and services. Local property
owners donate cottages. Motel owners donate rooms.
Restaurants donate meals and other stores help with groceries or
fishing tackle or souvenirs. Recreation, such as fishing or
parasailing, is also arranged for the visiting vets.
All cash donations are handled through the Cape LeJeune chapter of the
Military Order of the Purple Heart. The vacation project group sponsors
at least one fundraiser each year -- a barbecue over Memorial Day
McGee and McCabe, both the sons of Marines, have managed to keep the
project going by themselves for five years now -- with the help of
their many donors -- and have hosted 15 wounded veterans and their
families, about three a year.
This interview will be broadcast again on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 5
p.m. Or you can go to the end of the article and click on the
icon to listen to the audio.
For more information on the program, call Kevin McCabe at
252-995-4788. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can be sent
via a check made to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box.
431, Frisco NC 27936. Please note WW-Hatteras Vacation Fund in the
The first interview on veterans' issues, which was aired on two Sunday
evenings, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, was with Frank Miller of Hatteras Village.
Miller retired from the U.S. Army as a major after a career of 20-plus
years and now runs a private consulting company -- in addition to
working in the family business, the Hatterasman Drive-In.
He is also the founder of the Hatteras Island Veterans Support Group,
which meets monthly at the Drive-In.
In the interview, Miller talks about how an area of the restaurant has
been given over to veterans. It's called "Veteran's Hall" and
serves as a meeting place, a place to get information, to reach out to
others and get support. Outside the restaurant, there is a memorial to
Hatteras veterans, which is a work in progress.
Miller stresses that the Hatteras Island Veterans Support Group is not
"a closed organization, by any stretch of the imagination." It is
open to all veterans, their families and friends, and anyone else
interested in veterans issue.
If you are interested, you can attend the next meeting. The group meets
on the third Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Hatterasman Drive-In. Or
you can call Miller at 571-218-5837 or e-mail him at [email protected].
"To the Point" airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5,
at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. It is
repeated on the second and fourth Sunday. Those who don't live on
Hatteras can listen to the show on Sundays through live streaming at
Scroll down and click on the appropriate "To the Point" logo to listen
to the audio of the interviews.
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