The National Defense welcomes Commerce Bank's Adewale' Soluade and Mike Moore to discuss their company's new veteran hiring initiative, "Mission: Hire." Adewale' serves as the Inclusion and Diversity Program Manager for Commerce, and heads up the program to bring more military servicemembers and veterans to work for the midwestern bank. Mike Moore, an Army Veteran and current VP of Commerce Bank's I.T. Business Office also joins the conversation. For more information, check out the Mission: Hire portion of the Commerce Bank webiste.
Jerry and Randy welcome a friend of the program, Sebastian Junger, back to the program to discuss his most recent activities overseas covering Americans in armed conflict. Sebastian partnered with the late Tim Hetherington on the amazing Afghan documentary "Restrepo" and has now eady released his new documentary "Korengal" about further American military action in the infamous Korengal Valley.
The National Defense welcomes Laurie Neff, Director of the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers, joins the program to discuss the new directives handed down by the DoD regarding PTSD, discharges, and medical benefits that once might have been denied. Beyond simply being compensated for military service after up to even 30 years time, honor is also being restored to those who served.
Jerry and Randy welcome Emil Micheal, the Senior Vice President of Uber Taxi to talk about what Uber is, what it is becoming, and some fantastic news regarding the future of their company. Uber has assembled a who's who list of former military leaders to support Uber's goal of hiring 50,000 veterans or their family members. Check out the Uber website for more information on the company and this incredibly positive initiative.
The National Defense speaks with one of the most recent Champion of Change honorees, Jim Allen. One of Jim's first jobs was as a parking lot attendant at the VFW National Headquarters, prior to him serving in the U.S. Navy as a J.A.G.. Jim was honored for his work in supporting post 9/11 veterans through his company Honor Capital.
Randy speaks with Dave Brown and Joe Houle from the Museum of the Marine, located in Jacksonville, NC. The Museum of the Marine is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the United States Marine Corps and features exhibits highlighting just some of the stories of the Marines. Check out their website at Museum of the Marine
The National Defense goes straight to the source on all things life insurance with USAA's Scott Halliwell. September is National Life Insurance Month, and Scott gives us some information on current life insurance trends and what to expect in the next month.
The National Defense opens up this week's show with some bad news for wounded Afghanistan war veteran Brent Grommet and his families exstensive attempts to reunite him with the military service dog he was partnered with in Afghanistan, Matty. Randy and Jerry also discuss the retirement of the USS Missouri, and talk about what "The Mighty Mo" is headed to go do now.
Randy and Jerry welcome Ed Walters and Chris Norton of Defense Mobile to discuss their companies new mission to supply veterans with a high quality and CHEAPER mobile phone service. Defense Mobile is also offering a suite of products and services that will be unique to those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by highlighting another unmet need from an American reserves member that was fulfilled by the VFW "Unmet Needs" program. Richard Sanders of Pittsburgh was injured while participating in a training exercise in California, and found himself not being able to make ends meet in the wake of that injury.
Randy is joined by Jerry Newberry on location from the VFW National Home in Michigan to report on this fantastic program to support the families of American veterans. The role of the village has changed over the years, and may even change it's name soon to the "VFW National Home for Families."
The National Defense welcomes Dr. Robin Ganzert from the American Humane Association back to the program for an update on the efforts to reunite Specialist Brent Grommet with his working military dog, Matty. The AHA has offered up a $5,000 reward, as well as another military service dog to the family that has adopted Matty. In this segment Jerry announces that the VFW will match the $5,000 total for the reunion of Brent and his combat buddy, Matty.
Randy and Jerry then speak with Joyce Raezer, the Executive Director of the National Military Family Association, about a recent study revealing that one in four military families require the services of food banks to make ends meet.