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“Veterans Voice”

Record date: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:00 AM

Air date: Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00AM

Retired US Army Colonel Steve Miska & Director of First

Amendment Voice

Good Morning, everyone! This is “Veterans Voice,” the region’s broadcast media source for Veterans, about Veterans, and those who support Veterans, on WFYL radio, 1180AM at the top of the hour. I’m Jim Hulton, your host and a US Air Force Veteran. I’m honored to introduce today’s guest, retired US Army Colonel Steve Miska, now Director of a national organization known as First Amendment Voice.

Welcome, Steve, to “Veterans Voice.” It’s a sincere pleasure and privilege to have you here with us today!

Before we begin talking about First Amendment Voice, and how that relates to Veterans, tell us briefly about your career as a US Army Officer. 

Why did you join the Army? Where and how did you get your commission as an officer? Where did you serve,and what was one of your more interesting assignments? When we spoke a few months ago, you mentioned an “underground railroad operation” in Baghdad, Iraq. What was that about? Was it successful? Did it accomplish its mission?

1. Tell our listeners about First Amendment Voice (FAV).What should this mean to US citizens? Why this emphasis on the First Amendment of the US Constitution?

2. How many members are there in FAV and where do they come from? How is FAV funded?

3. You say that the First Amendment Voice is not a spectator sport. What do you mean by that?

4. First Amendment rights seem to be more protected nowadays than we might assume. Researchers are divided on this issue, but most common survey findings suggest American citizens support freedom of speech now more than ever. Is this a true statement?

5. What are some of the major national and controversial issues you deal with today in FAV?

6. In particular, what is FAV’s concern on the mass shooting incident that occurred in a newspaper office in Annapolis, MD on this past June 28? Wasn’t that a “War” on the First Amendment?

7. Three years ago the State of Utah passed controversial legislation known as the “Utah Compromise” as it relates to freedom of speech and the LGBT community. Tell our listeners what this was all about and how that impacts First Amendment rights today?

Note: Our US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has spent his 12-plus years at the helm of the high court quietly carving out a space as a prolific and decisive arbiter of free speech law. Supporters and critics both agree that during his tenure, the court has dramatically expanded the reach of the First Amendment by striking down a wide range of statutes for encroaching on free speech rights. And Roberts has authored more majority opinions on free speech than any other justice during his tenure, signaling that this is an area where he wants to create his own legacy.

8. Why would First Amendment Voice be a cause that attracts Veterans?

9. FAV is a nation-wide organization. What are your greatest organizational needs as we speak today?

10. In your training program to become an advocate, there is a presentation called: “A Clear and Present Danger,” bringing forth the many attacks against religious liberties across our nation and in particular against people of faith because they have spoken out or written about religious standards. What have people of faith done to protect themselves from this “clear and present danger?”

11. You are a Veteran now. Tell us about the types of activities you’re involved in as a Veteran. How did you discover these?

This is a major problem for Veterans as they try to assimilate into the US society after being discharged from active duty in the military.

12. What other experiences shaped your perspective from your time in military service?


13. What brings you to Philadelphia each and every year?

14. Who are some of your local business partners here in the Philadelphia region? What would be their interest in partnering with FAV?

15. When is this year’s third annual First Amendment  Voice National Symposium, a high level town hall forum? Who are your scheduled speakers? What will be some of  the topics or issues to be discussed there? Is the public invited? What is the cost to attend? Where and how can people register for this?

16. What’s next for FAV in the next 2 – 5 years?

17. Where are you living now? Why there?

18. Any closing comments? Other special events going on (coffee talks?) Concerns/issues about “Fake News?”

  • If any of our listeners are interested in learning more about First Amendment Voice, what is your contact information, website address, email address, and/or phone number?

Col. Steve Miska, thanks for being our guest today and providing very crucial information about your work with First Amendment Voice. It’s been an honor to chat with you here at WFYL. On behalf of “Veterans Voice,” I wish you the best of luck in your continued endeavors with First Amendment Voice.

And to all our listeners, our station website is

On behalf of all of us here at WFYL, I’m Air Force Veteran Jim Hulton, saying thanks for listening. Until next Saturday morning at the top of the hour, we’ll be back with another edition of “Veterans Voice.” 

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