The National Defense kicks off the Thanksgiving weekend by speaking with author Julia Taylor Kennedy about her book "Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce." Julia's book deals with topic of veterans who have returned home, been hired for work in a civilian field, and what happens next. Research for the book has shown that veterans can find themselves in several different camps when it comes to seeking advancement in their new jobs.
Randy and Jerry continue their discussion with Julia Taylor Kennedy about what companies can expect when hiring a veteran, both from their workforce, their customers, and their bottom line. To check out Julia's book, head to Amazon.com for a copy.
Jerry and Randy are very excited to welcome the owner of Yuengling beers, Dick Yuengling, to talk about the new partnership between the VFW and D.G. Yuengling & Sons; the oldest brewery in The United States. Dick, who served in the Vietnam war, talks about his service as well as his father's WWII service, as well as how he accquired the company and the direction it has taken under his leadership. Keep an eye open for "Lagers for Heroes" coming up next summer where Yuengling will be donating a portion of sales to the VFW. For more information on OUR favorite beer, head over to Yuengling.com.
Randy wraps up this week's show by speaking with USAA certified financial planner Bob Wiedower about the pitfalls of holiday spending. Check out this segment prior to melting down your credit card during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any other day leading up to December 25th.
An exciting week for The National Defense as Randy speaks with our new moneyman from USAA, Bob Wiedower. Bob is a retired Marine Corps veteran who serves as a certified financial planner for USAA and will join the show each week to give our listeners some straight talk on their finances. To kick off his first appearance on the show Bob and Randy discuss veteran hiring initiatives around the country, and what positives companies can expect when they hire one of our Nation's veterans.
The National Defense welcomes the author of "Reporting For Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs," Tracy Libby, to the program to discuss her new book about the special bond between American servicemembers and their canine battle buddies.
The National Defense is excited to talk about the U.S. Library of Congress' great initiative: Veterans History Project. Bob talks to Randy about the importance of talking with all of our veterans about their experiences in both war and peacetime, and shares just a couple of the stories that he has discovered through either his own interviews or the interviews of others. For more information visit the Veterans History Project's website at the Library of Congress.
The National Defense welcomes the director of the fantastic film "Kilo Two Bravo." Paul Katis, to the program to discuss his new film and the process of accurately telling this gripping story. "Kilo Two Bravo" is the story of a company of British soldiers who found themselves pinned down in a minefield in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2006. The film is available in many theaters across the country, as well as online. For more information, check out the webiste for "Kilo Two Bravo."
Randy speaks with Patrick Benson, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, about the program he co-founded and serves as director of, War Horses for Veterans. War Horses for Veterans is based in the Kansas City area and is a program designed to unite combat veterans in an equine enviroment to assist in the transition from combat to civilian life. Randy and Patrick talk about his experience coming back from active duty and how he came to help found this great program. For more information on Patrick and his group's mission check out the War Horses for Veterans website.
The National Defense is proud to welcome Nashville recording artist Amber Hayes to the program to discuss her single "Hero's Heart." Amber's song was originally created as a tribute to her uncle, Command Sgt. Major Bennie G. Adkins, who was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the Special Forces in the Vietnam War. Amber has recently released an EP entitled "Running Out of Memories" and is currently touring the country with Ronnie McDowell. For more information on Amber Hayes, and to hear her song "Hero's Heart," check out her website at amberhayesmusic.com.
Randy speaks with Author Theresa Anzaldua about her book "We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served," in thi segment. Theresea recounts how to came to heavily research and write these first person accounts from those WWII veterans who were thankfully willing to share their personal stories. Theresa spoke with veterans who participated in everything from the controverisal firebombing of Tokyo to a secret military base outside Washington D.C. called "P.O. Box 1142." For more information on her book and to purchase it, check out her website at theresaanzaldua.com.
The National Defense welcomes the creator of the Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel, Glenn Towery, to the program to discuss the inspiration for his channel, what exactly his program offers up for programming, and where he sees the Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel going in the future.
Randy and Jerry speak with Ken Falke, who started the Boulder Crest Retreat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of combat veterans and their families. Ken served as a Master Chief in the Navy working in Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and has brought the Boulder Crest Retreat to where it it today in just two short years.
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with Ken Falke from the Boulder Crest Retreat in Virginia and talk with him about the realities of supporting the program in both the scope of it's work and keeping it funded through charitable donations. For more information on Boulder Crest Retreat, check out their website.
The National Defense welcomes back the President and CEO of the American Humane Association, Dr. Robin Ganzert, to the program to talk about the recent bill passed in both houses on Capitol Hill and awaiting signature from the President to retire American service dogs ON American Soil. The VFW and the American Humane Association paired up after hearing the story of Army Specialist Brent Grommet and his service dog Matty.
Jerry and Randy talk about a few issues in this segment, including the upcoming Veterans Day Holiday, and the benefits for those that have served their country. The guys point out that discounts and freebies aren't guaranteed by ANY private companies and call out a certain group of veterans who attempt to coerce special treatment out of people based on their "patriotism." Randy and Jerry discuss the "Help a Hero" scholarship program sponsored by Sport Clips, and begins their talk with VFW Assistant Adjutant General of Programs, Kevin Jones, about various events coming up on the VFW calendar.
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with Kevin Jones about the VFW's virtual career fair coming up on October 21st from 10am - 3pm CDT. Veterans will use virtual portals to talk with recruiters and HR representatives from many companies as well as exchange resumes and more. Check out the great virutal career fair website at www.vfwvirtual.com.