Randy and Jerry continue their talk with John Raughter from the American Legion on topics important to Veterans, including Veteran suicide rates, employment issues, and resisting the push to privatize the V.A. Best of luck to our comrades at the American Legion on their 98th National Convention in Cincinnati!
Jerry and Randy speak with Jono Anzalone from the American Red Cross live from Baton Rouge, LA to talk about the historically devestating flooding that took place in the South over the last week and the work that the Red Cross has undertaken, like they always do, to support those affected by it. TRILLIONS of gallons of water overtook areas around Baton Rogue and the Red Cross has worked tirelessly to supply food, medical supplies, and emotional support. To support the Red Cross' efforts in Louisiana, please visit their website for more details. You can also text the word "LAFLOODS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross to support those affected by these horrible floods.
The National Defense welcomes United Airlines' Greg Jones, Navy Veteran and Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion, to the program to talk about his service time, and the process he went through to get a job with United once he returned home from his military service time. For more information on United Airlines' hiring initiatives for pilots, ground crews, flight attendants, and more, check out their specially designed website.
Jerry and Randy discuss a new pilot program from the VA that is going to provide service dogs to veterans dealing with mental health disorders and more. The guys talk about the importance of these service animals and Jerry's dog Boy-Boy.
Randy and Jerry welcome retired Lt. Col David Gilkeson to the program to discuss his positionas Director for Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build program. This program, supported by The Home Depot Foundation, works to assist veterans that are aging in homes that they own that need some repair and upkeep issues. David discusses the typcial type of work that Veterans Build does and how you can find more informaiton.
Jerry and Randy welcome Navy Veteran Fred Gardner to the program to talk about his transition from military service to owner of two Subway franchise through some really impressive programs offered by Subway exclusively to our military veterans. Fred describes how easy the process is to get set up, and what life at a Subway resturaunt on a government installation is like.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by speaking the the CEO of PenFed Credit Union, James Schenck, to the show to discuss the work of PenFed to support our military and Veterans; specifically, the work of the PenFed Foundation. Jerry and Randy discuss various programs of the PenFed Foundation, including the "Military Heroes Fund" and the "Dream Makers" program. "Dream Makers" help make home buying for veterans easier when they return from active duty. Mr. Schenck talks about the danger of payday lenders and the aggressive steps that PenFed is taking to prevent these vultures from taking advantage of our Veterans.
Randy and Jerry talk with PenFed CEO James Schenck about the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto, CA, that is supported by the PenFed Foundation. PenFed's support of the Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge has provided free hotel lodging for ALL Veterans and their families receiving out-patient treatment at the nearby V.A. clinic.
The National Defense is thrilled to welcome both a supporter for our Veterans as well as an incredibly accomplished actor, Gary Sinise, to the program! Randy talks with Gary about his work through the Gary Sinise Foundation to build accessible, smart homes for Veterans who have been wounded while serving our country. Gary travels around the world playing bass guitar with the "Lt. Dan Band" entertaining our active duty troops overseas as well as bases around the country. For more information on Gary and his foundation visit garysinisefoundation.org.
Jerry and Randy welcome back Project Healing Waters to the show to give us an update on their guarantee that they could teach Jerry and Randy to fly fish! Project Healing Waters serves Veterans with PTSD to take them out on the water, to learn about fly fishing and to relax in nature. Randy and Jerry work with KC Assistant Program Dir. Jim Kissane and talk with Jim about the program and how you can find out more information.
The National Defense opens up this weeks show, and the first week of Jerry being retired (!), by speaking with the co-founder of Purple Heart Homes, Dale Beatty. Dale is the co-founder of Purple Heart Homes and shares his story of losing his legs in the Iraq, his recovery process, and how he came to found this great organization that the Home Depot Foundation introduced to the program.
Jerry and Randy continue their interview with Dale Beatty as he shares a story about Purple Heart Homes helping out a wounded veteran nicknamed "I-Hop" in making his home accessible after having his legs amputated. Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation for hooking Dale and Purple Heart Homes with the program.
Randy and Jerry welcome Sherman Gillums, Marine Corps veteran and Executive Director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America to discuss his experience as a paralyzed veteran and how he came to be introduced to the PVA. Jerry discusses some of the issues just recently being discussed about the VA and asks Sherman about his opinions on V.A. care vs Private Sector healthcare for veterans. For more information on PVA and to see how you can assist, check out the website for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Randy has a chance to speak with a friend of the show and a great friend of VFW members, Prasad Reddy, founder of Twisted X Boots. Twisted X donated $50,000 to the VFW last year, and brought a check for $75,000 to the VFW this year! Check out their site at TwistedXboots.com
The National Defense kicks off this week by speaking with SPC Rachel Caylor who served as a roadie for a day at the KISS concert in Kansas City. Then, the show highlights more great work being done by The Home Depot's "Team Depot," an associate led volunteer group that serves veterans. Randy welcomes one of those responsible for serving veterans , John Cruz, Team Depot captain and District Manager for The Home Depot in California.
Randy continues his talk with John Cruz, a Coast Guard veteran, about Team Depot's work to house Veterans and their families around the country. In this segment, John highlight's Team Depot's work with non-profits all over the country including Habitat for Humanity. Check out their website for more information on how the Home Depot Foundation is helping our Veterans.
Randy welcomes Jack Norton from Hiring Our Heroes to talk about the "Roadie for a Day" Program that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has undertaken with the rock band, KISS. Jack talks about the history of the partnership with KISS, and the work being done by them to salute our active duty military and Veterans. For more information on Hiring our Heroes, check out their website.