The National Defense is on location in St. Louis, Missouri at the 115th VFW National Convention. The next few weeks, The National Defense will bring you interviews from Veterans, special guests, and vendors that attended the National Convention in St. Louis. In this segment, Randy speaks with Drew Reilly, the Co-founder of Defense Mobile, a new mobile communications service tailor made for active duty military and veterans who have served. Drew outlines just a few of the valuable services that Defense Mobile is going to be providing in the coming months.
It didn't take Randy long to hunt down Mike from Cigar Ink to check out the new VFW branded cigars from Mike's company, Cigar Ink. Randy talks with Mike, a few cigar lovers, and one of Cigar Ink's singing Staff Sergeant, all on the floor of the VFW National Convention in St. Louis.
Randy speaks Ricky LeBlanc of Sokolove Law, a presenting sponsor of the VFW's 115th Annual National Convention in St. Louis. Sokolove Law offered seminars at the St. Louis convention to veterans that feel that they may have been exsposed to harmful chemicals while serving in the military. Sokolove Law is urging those suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other conditions to seek assistance in the legal process regarding their own personal cases.
Randy is then reunited with Veterans Village's Al Lugo. The National Defense visited with Al in Florida eariler this year and catches up with him and Pam Lotman on the recent activity at this great center for veterans in Fort McCoy, Florida.
Randy wraps up this week's show from St. Louis by visiting one of the most popular booths at the VFW National Convention: Salute American Vodka. Pete Kelly of Salute American talks with Randy about the official launch of the product, and the support that the VFW recieves for every bottle sold in stores and bars across the country.
The National Defense speaks with retired Admiral Robert Wray, who is now leading the charge in his civilian life to give older veterans more flexibility in their daily lives with the Blue Star Veterans Network. The Blue Star Veterans Network uses technology to allow veterans to remain in their own homes by providing push-button emergency services, and remote health diagnostics to children of veterans.
Jerry Newberry is on the road this week setting up for the VFW's 115th National Convention in St. Louis, MO, and speaks with Randy about the preparations under way, some of the awards that will be given away, and what attendees can expect when they meet the VFW in St. Louie.
Randy welcomes friend of the program and GREAT FRIEND of veterans, Ron Cherry, to the program to discuss his position with the VFW, the recent town hall meetings the VFW held on the VA, and how veterans can contact the VFW to help in recovering benefits they may have thought they'd never have a chance to see.
USAA's Scott Halliwell joins the program to discuss the purchase of recreational vehicles and all the factors one needs to consider before shelling out a bunch of cash on the initial purchase, and then continuing to spend money on taxes, upkeep, storage, etc. down the road.
The National Defense features some great stories this week from those that served in the Vietnam era, and begins with Leo Flory, the author of "Transition to Duty: A Combat Medic's Tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles." Leo talks with Jerry and Randy about the process of writing the book, as well as relating the personal experiences he put into the book. Check out the book on Leo's website; a great read.
Randy Miller interviews a champion for homeless veterans in the midwest, Art Fillmore, about the St. Micheal's Veterans Center in Kansas City. The St. Micheal's Center just opened up and currently houses 58 homeless Vietnam-era veterans who needed a hand-up. Art runs the Kansas City "Operation Stand Down" and the completion of the Veterans Center is really the culmination of decades of Art's efforts to help homeless veterans.
Randy continues his talk with Art Fillmore of the St. Micheal's Veterans Center in Kansas City, MO. Art fills us in on the requirements and expectations to be met by those who move into the Center, as well as what the future holds for the the Center. Randy then interviews two veterans who had just moved into the center earlier that week.
USAA's Scott Halliwell joins the program with stories from his own vacation he and his family took in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Scott applies his own financial advice to his own family's vacations, and shares just a few in this segment.
For the Fourth of July weekend, the National Defense looks back on a show favorite from the 22nd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In this segment, Randy and Jerry interviewed a survivor of the actual Bataan Death March, William Eldridge, who at the age of 90, took part in nine miles of the Memorial March!
The look back at the National Defense's 2011 trip to the Bataan Memorial Death March continues as Jerry and Randy talk more about the activities of the march, as well as speak to a future National Commander of the VFW, Richard DeNoyer about the VFW, and the importance of keeping the history of veterans alive for future generations.
The National Defense opens up with yet another story of local business owners around the country going out of their way to support the VFW and veterans. Greg Crowley from Crowley Furniture operates three stores in the Kansas City area, and recently pledged to donate a portion of sales from their Memorial Day period to the VFW. Crowley Furniture donated over $10,000 from what appears to be a great Memorial Day program for years to come.
Randy talks to Bill Deutsch of "Hiring America" the ONLY television program to highlight companies and organizations that are focused on hiring American veterans. The program has just concluded it's second season and can be found on the Pentagon Channel as well as in many local markets around the United States. Bill talks about his recent experience with Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint as well as "Hiring America's Youtube channel.
Scott Halliwell continues his thoughts about kids, summer jobs, and budgeting that needs to be done by parents, and what kind of frank conversations can be had with your children to insure they are building a sense of what it takes to pay your bills and live a happy life.