VPR Evening News June 23rd, 2008

Military veterans got a chance to bring their concerns directly to the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs; The Attorney General’s office has issued a key Constitutional ruling regarding hemp legislation passed by lawmakers this year; First Lady Laura Bush came to Woodstock today to celebrate a grant for Vermont’s only national park; and commentator Charlie Nardozzi shows how East meets West when you plant bamboo.

Vermont Edition interview: traumatic brain injury among Iraq veterans

Just a under a year ago, the Vermont National Guard started a new effort to help identify whether veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq were suffering from traumatic brain injury. Over the first year of the program, its mandate and staffing have increased to deal with the large numbers of veterans who need assistance in readjusting to civilian life.

Vermont’s Economic Stability

What does all turbulence in the national economy and on Wall Street mean for Vermont? State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding examines the health of the state’s investment accounts, and Vermont’s economic outlook. Also, Staff Sergeant Alaria O’Brien shares her story of helping help other Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get medical and psychological services after deployment. And the Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival is underway – we get a peek a few of the films.