VFW's premiere talk radio show, The National Defense, is the only nationally syndicated talk radio show that focuses exclusively on topics concerning today's active-duty military, veterans and those who support them.
This week, the National Defense welcomes WWII veteran Col. Chuck Booth Jr. to share his stories from his time as a pilot and flight trainer during the 1940s, and the new Internet joke book he has just released at the age of 95! Randy speaks with the son of Louis Zamperini, Luke, about his father's "Unbroken" story and subsequent Laura Hillenbrand book and Angelina Jolie film. Scott Halliwell of USAA talks about the importance of budgeting, and how to actually do it.
John W. Stroud of Nevada was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW’s 115th National Convention, held in St. Louis, MO.
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Meet Your Hosts:
Jerry Newberry joined the staff at VFW National Headquarters as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in January 2001, and currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General of the VFW. Previous to this, he was employed by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a speechwriter for a former secretary of the VA.
His military service began in 1968 when he entered the Army serving with the 101st Airborne and MACV in Vietnam.
Following military service, Newberry earned a degree in business and political science from Wayne State in Detroit, Mich. As a former newspaper reporter and columnist, Newberry stayed active in veterans’ affairs during this time.
Newberry currently resides in Kansas City, Mo.
Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Randy is the president of Brainstorm Media, as well as the executive producer and The National Defense co-host. He is a 25 year broadcast veteran and has hosted morning shows on radio stations in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Diego, Cincinnati and Kansas City, Mo.
Randy is the recipient of several broadcasting awards, including "Air Personality of the Year" from Billboard Magazine and the Radio Music Awards.
Randy, who resides in Springhill, Kan., also is the creator and host of a Kansas City dating-game show.