The National Defense rings up one of our all time favorites, the oldest living WWII veteran, Richard Overton. Randy and Jerry get to talk to the 108 year old, and wish him a happy 109th birthday in the beginning of May. Richard talks about his birthday plans, his service, and what it's like to be the oldest remaining WWII vet.
Another fantastic story of the VFW's Veterans Service Office helping a Vietnam Veteran recoup over a half a million dollars in benefits for conditions he sustained during his service to our country. This award was a retroactive awarding of benefits that he had given up on, but Rachel Powell of the VFW did some digging and was able to help him, AND bring us this great story.
The National Defense discusses two of their favorite subjects in one segment: golf and veterans. Randy and Jerry talk with the President and CEO of the Veteran Golfers Association, Josh Peyton, about his military service, and the genesis of this new organization. The VGA already has a load of support from the PGA and the LPGA, so keep an eye out for them at your local courses.
The National Defense opens up this week by talking about the formal desertion charges against Bowe Bergdahl. Jerry discusses his status as a P.O.W., the efforts to recover him from his captors, and the continuing twists and turns this story continues to take.
Jerry and Randy with a returning friend of the program, Al Lugo, from the VFW Veterans Village in Florida. Near Gainesville, FL, and one of the VFW's best kept secrets, Al talks about Jerry's recent trip to Veterans Village, and his participation in their recent golf tournament.
Randy welcomes journalist, critic, and author, Aaron Barnhart, to the program to discuss the American Civil War and his new book "The Big Divide." Aaron's book highlights one of the regional hotbeds of activity during the Civil War; the Missouri/Kansas border.
The National Defense welcomes the Adjutant General of the VFW, John Hamilton, to the program to discuss the most recent VFW Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., as well as some of the members of Congress who are helping veterans by keeping an eye on the Veterans Administration and staving off sequestration.
Randy and Jerry wrap up their talk with the VFW's Adjutant General, John Hamilton, as they get the details on his upcoming trips overseas to continue the work of the VFW's MIA/POW initiative. Since WWII, 83,000 soldiers are still unaccounted for, and the VFW continues the process of bringing ALL of our soldiers home.