The National Defense opens up this week with an incredibly interesting look at the "Hello Girls"the nickname for American bilingual female switchboard operators in World War I, formally known as the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit, and a book about their history by Professor Elizabeth Cobbs: "The Hello Girls."
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with Prof. Elizabeth Cobbs about the "Hello Girls" from World War I, and the pivotal role they played in the success of the Allies in the Great War, their relationship with Gen. Pershing, and their shift back to civilian life after serving on the front lines in the European Theater.
The National Defense is thrilled to welcome their newest partner to the show, Hilton Hotels! Jerry and Randy speak with Melissa Hilton, Sr. Director, U.S. Military, Campus and Youth Programs for Hilton Worldwide, to discuss the long running support of Veterans and their families through the history of Hilton, dating back to their founder, Conrad Hilton, a World War I Veteran. Melissa discusses the fantastic tradition of serving Veterans that Hilton has, and some very exciting news about how Veterans and their families can benefit from starting their hospitality career with Hilton Worldwide through a brand new initative! Thanks to Melissa and Hilton for joining our program and for their long running support of our Veterans.
Jerry and Randy talk about your heart and heart health and how the CVS Minute Clinic can help you stay heart healthy. Through smoking cessation programs, cholesterol management, and weight loss work, CVS Minute Clinic's 1100 locations across the country can keep your heart pumping.
The National Defense is at attention as we welcome retired four-star General and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army as well as a defense analyst currently serving as chairman of the board for the Institute for the Study of War, General Jack Keane. Jerry and Randy discuss Gen. Keane's past work under the George W. Bush administration, including some really fascinating insights into the most recent military actions in Iraq.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with General Keane and in this segment shift their focus to fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, including both the highly effective decisions as well as mistakes made there. General Keane discusses the requirement to "put Afghanistan on a diet" once official military actions were underway in Iraq.
Jerry and Randy wrap up their fascinating discussion with retired four-star General Jack Keane, and in this segment discusses his own military history in Vietnam, as well as turning our attention to the current situation in North Korea. Jerry and General Keane debate NATO, the Trump administration, and more in this great interview. Thanks to General Keane for appearing on The National Defense!
The National Defense is proud to welcome the President and CEO of the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Dr. Matt Naylor, to the program to discuss the Centennial celebration of America's entry into World War I. Dr. Naylor brings us the news of the fantastic displays from April 6th, as well as some background of this National Museum and Memorial.
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with Dr. Matt Naylor from the National World War One Museum about the nature of curating such a large collection of artifacts from the Great War, and the types of materials, documents, and objects on display. Thanks to Dr. Naylor and his staff for the work being done to keep the history of WWI alive.
Randy and Jerry speak with the President and CEO of U.S. Vets, Steve Peck, about his work as a leader in the national movement to eliminate homelessness among American Veterans. He served as a lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division in the Vietnam War, near Da Nang, from 1969 to 1970. Steve is the son of famous actor Gregory Peck, and he speaks with the guys about his father and family dynamics as he served in the Vietnam War. U.S. Vets have partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to combat Veteran homelessness.
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with Steve Peck about U.S. Vets mission to provide transitional and permanant housing to Veterans across the country, as well as the assistance that the Home Depot Foundation has provided to support U.S. Vets.
The National Defense has a Facebook page and our first guest this week contacted us through it to share his story. Brad Hoopes has taken the task of interviewing veterans of ALL wars, but most recently World War II Veterans for his book "Reflections of our Gentle Warriors." Brad video tapes Veterans in his area for their families records as well as sharing their recollections with museums from their corresponding conflicts. Check out Brad's website for more information on his work as well as his book.
Randy speaks with a Navy Veteran, Steve McGee, from South Carolina about his experience owning multiple Subway stores in S.C. and how they came to be. Steve talks about how much he enjoys owning his own business as well as what his current favorite sandwiches are.
Randy welcomes John Kelly, Senior Vice President, Payment Process and Services for PenFed, about the work that he has done in the financial sector and his switch to PenFed which allows him to help serve Veterans. John and Randy discuss a new credit card from PenFed, the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature Card and it's exemplary ratings for Veterans that are eligible. For more information on this new cash-back card and how PenFed can help you do more with your money, make sure to check out their website.
Randy and Jerry wrap up this week's show by speaking with Army Veteran and CVS Minute Clinic Guru about making appointsment online for their walk-in clinics, and a story from one of Randy's friends who was diagnosed with a possibly life threatening condition simply by walking into a Minute Clinic.
It's no April Fools! The National Defense brings you a fantastic show today as we feature the work being done for Veterans and our active duty military members by the George W. Bush Institute. Randy speaks with Lt. Col. Matt Amidon, the Deputy Director for Military Service Initiatives at the Bush Institute, about the work of helping soldiers transition to civilian life, and even more pressing, to support those who have suffered both visible and nonvisible injuries from their time in combat.
Randy continues his discussion with Colonel Matt Amidon about the work of the George W. Bush Institute about the work being done to support not only our wounded warriors, but also the heroes that have stepped up to serve as their caregivers and support in civilian life. The Colonel speaks to the actions of President Bush on his ranch with our Veterans and the President's new book "Portraits of Courage."
The National Defense is proud to welcome the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, to the show to discuss the Bush Institute, his new book "Portraits of Courage", and his activities as a former President to support Veterans. President Bush talks about Sgt. Chris Self, wounded Veterans, his mountain biking, and barbecue. Thanks to President Bush and the Bush Institute for joining our program.