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Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Today:    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is getting ready to introduce its new disability appeals procedure, one of the most significant changes in decades to affect the VA and the veterans it serves.  The new process includes three decision review lanes that veterans can choose from, all aimed at eliminating what has been, for some, an average wait of between three and seven years for an appeal to be resolved.  Cheryl Mason, the chairperson of the VA's Board of Veterans Appeals, is on the program to explain the changes and their impact on veterans everywhere.

Reporter Frank Morris' two-part series on efforts to fill the national truck driver shortage concludes today with a look at how trucking companies are recruiting younger people -- and women truckers.  And we also have two conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University, along with a conversation with the Welcome Project's co-director Allison Schuette  on their latest initiative called "Flight Paths" and the NEH grant that will support its expansion.