The National Defense welcomes back a longtime friend of the program, Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns, to hear about what he's been up to since we last spoke with him. Anthony, among other activities, has recently performed for Pope Francis, the New York Mets, as well as participating in an event to raise funds for homeless female veterans.
Jerry and Randy take a moment to talk about a recent visit from the good people at Yuengling Brewing in Pottsville, PA to the VFW headquarters in Kansas City, as well as the exciting news about what America's oldest brewery will be doing to support veterans in the coming months.
Randy and Jerry welcome back Gordon Logan, CEO of Sport Clips, to talk about Sport Clips most recent support of the "Help a Hero" scholarship fund, where Gordon and the franchisees of Sport Clips have just donated nearly ONE MILLION dollars to help out our Nation's veterans. Sport Clips, led by Gordon, have continually led the charge to support the VFW and their programs directly assisting veterans, and we heartily thank them for it.
Jerry and Randy hook up with USAA's Bob Wiedower to discuss just a few of the steps you can take to ensure that your personal finances remain in good shape while you are deployed overseas. Bob recommends many practical actions to make it easier to manage your finances while abroad, as well as things you should consider before deployment.
The National Defense spends this week highlighting a great book, "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories," and opens up the show with Claire Starnes, co-founder of the Women Vietnam Veterans organization, to talk about her service in Vietnam and how she came to be a part of this great book.
Jerry and Randy welcome the VFW Dept. Adjutant Quartermaster for the state of Louisiana and Vietnam Veteran, Priscilla Wilkewitz, to talk about her experience serving in the Vietnam War as well as her work on the book "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." To find a copy of the book, simply search for it online or head to Amazon.com.
The National Defense welcomes financial guru, Bob Wiedower, from USAA to discuss military retirements, and how a newer system is changing the relationship, for both the good and the bad, between your military service and your retirement savings.
This week, The National Defense welcomes Dr. Gary Morsch, the founder of a great organization, Heart to Heart International. Randy interviews Dr. Morsch about his history of military service in the Vietnam War, Heart to Heart International's history, and his views on hiring veterans in today's labor enviroment.
Randy continues his discussion with the retired Colonel, Dr. Gary Morsch, about the current relationship between active duty military members, the National Gaurd, and the Reserves. Dr. Morsch speaks to his organization's partnership with the Guard and Reserve that allows them to hire the best possible individuals for the job while keeping the Nation's defense strong.
The National Defense continues with Dr. Gary Morsch as the Colonel describes the first ever International mission for Heart to Heart as the Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Government, and Heart to Heart International took part in the first ever touchdown of a U.S. C-5 plane in Moscow, Russia to deliver aid to Russian people. For more information on the Heart to Heart International organization, please take time to check out their website, hearttoheart.org
Jerry and Randy discuss the role that your personal debt/credit, and the actions you can take in paying down your own debt, can have on your credit rating, and what you need to do to get your finances under control and to IMPROVE your credit score.
Jerry and Randy speak with Bryan Gibb, Director of Public Education at the National Council for Behavioral Health, about a new concept in mental health training: mental health first aid. Bryan and the National Council on Behavioral Health have a goal to train a million individuals on how to identify someone that is suffering from a mental health issue and get them the help that they need. For more information on the Council and their mental health first aid program, check out the National Council on Behavorial Health's website.
The National Defense recovers from their New Year's celebrations by grabbing a slice of pizza with an old friend of the program, Mark Evans, from Pizza 4 Patriots. Mark and his son cooked up an idea to provide pizza for troops on active duty overseas. With the Super Bowl coming up, Mark fills us in on his plans for 2016, including the big game, Veterans Day, and more. For more information check out the Pizza 4 Patriots website.
Jerry and Randy welcome USAA's moneyman Bob Wiedower to discuss everyone's favorite activity, planning and filing your taxes. Bob suggests running a mock tax return before New Year's Eve rolls around so you can better anticipate what your tax picture looks like prior to April 15th.
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with Antonio Elmaleh about his fantastic new Civil War novel "The Ones They Left Behind." Antonio compares the types of battles and injuries, both physical and mental, of today's wars and the Civil War. Check out Antonio's book wherever they are sold.
The National Defense takes a few minutes to speak with USAA financial guru, Bob Wiedower, about the Fed raising interest rates as well as everyone's favorite holiday dinner topic: LIFE INSURANCE. Jerry, Randy, Andy, and Nate wish you and yours a very happy, safe, and relaxing holiday season.