The National Defense opens up this week's show by highlighting a company offering incentives to veterans for starting their own small business. Scott Neuberger lives in the Kansas City area, and is a 20 year military veteran who now owns three stores in the KC area. Randy and Jerry discuss the stores, and the franchise's new "Ownership with Honor" program for military veterans; part of the VetFran program.
Jerry and Randy speak with a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic and crew chief combat veteran of Iraq and Kosovo who is also the newest Post Commander of VFW Post 2889 in Rock Hill, SC, Amber Clark. In addition to being a new Post Commander, Amber is student. Randy and Jerry congratulate Amber on her new position, and hears about her plans for her Post's future.
Jerry and Randy discuss the most recent disgusting news from the VA, this week a story on higher ups at the VA creating special jobs with less work for more money. Jerry notes the changes made at the top of the VA food chain, but the necessity to remove the trash that still lingers in the lower levels of this important organization. Randy also has Jerry explain to him the most recent news about Prudential making a profit on the backs of families who have lost a loved one.
The National Defense speaks with Dr. Brandon Coleman, an addiction counselor for the VA, who took it upon himself to make massive wrongs within the Phoenix VA system public, and has been persecuted for it since. Brandon just testified before Congress about his experience with the VA, and the retribution that wrongdoers in Phoenix sought to take out against him for blowing the whistle.
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with Dr. Brandon Coleman about his expereinces as an addiction counselor at the Phoenix VA. Brandon had developed an intensive program to treat veterans with suicidal thoughts and drug addictions, a program which was shut down shortly after actions were taken against him for blowing the whistle on wrongs being carried out in the Phoenix VA.
Randy and Jerry wrap up their talk with Dr. Brandon Coleman, discussing his recent appearance before the Senate, his experiences in the VA system, and the role that the local and national media has played in Brandon's case, and all those with issues surrounding the VA.
Jerry and Randy speak with former Navy SEAL, Chris Heben, about his thoughts on the current Syrian refugee crisis taking place, and his theory of this activity being carried out by design. Chris has a new book "Undaunted" available for sale wherever books are sold.
The National Defense is on the road this week as they return to the World Headquarters of USAA in San Antonio, TX. To kick off this week's show, Randy and Jerry speak with Eric Engquist, Vice President of USAA's Military Transitions Team, about his background, his work with USAA, and what USAA does to ease transitions for veterans and their families.
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with Eric Engquist and talk about the work of USAA in getting veterans and their family members HIRED all across the country. Eric and his team work with companies that may have a desire to hire veterans, but don't exactly know how to do so, and make those important connections.
The National Defense sits down with the CEO of USAA, Stuart Parker, to discuss his role as Chief Executive with USAA, his military service in the Air Force, and the steps he took from working in a cubicle as a financial adviser to his present day position. Mr. Parker rose through the ranks of USAA to become the Chief Executive Officer in early 2015, and discusses USAA's mission to serve active duty military, veterans, and their families.
Jerry and Randy continue speaking with the CEO of USAA, Stuart Parker, and talk about his experience giving a member financial advice over the phone at the exact same moment of the attacks on the U.S. on September 11th. Mr. Parker discusses the importance that USAA places on both Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and how they recognize those special dates.
Randy and Jerry speak with Sonja Matthews, Vice President of Member Insights for USAA, about what exactly someone in her position does for both USAA and their members. Sonja talks about the challenges that USAA members may face in their lives, and how she and her staff works to anticipate and solve those problems. Jerry has "millenials," "soft stalking," and more terms identified and sorted out for him as well.
The National Defense opens up the show by speaking with the Koby Langley, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross, about the support that his organization has given to American soldiers and veterans through their long history. Jerry and Randy talk with Koby about the partnership that has always existed with the Armed Forces, as well as rolling out an online vehicle to help better serve veterans and their families.
The National Defense looks back this Labor Day weekend on the story and events surrounding the the film "American Sniper" and the life and death of Chris Kyle. Randy and Jerry talk about the unique position that American soldiers find themselves in both on the front lines and the homefront.
The National Defense welcomes author Robert Vera from Arizona to discuss his book "A Warrior's Faith" that highlights the life and service of Ryan Job, a brother in arms to sniper Chris Kyle. Robert talks about the relationship between Ryan and Chris, and his life following being blinded by an enemy sniper in 2006.