The National Defense kicks off this weekend's show by speaking with friend of the program and friend to Veterans everywhere, Bill Deutsch. Bill's T.V. program "Hiring America" is putting Vets to work around the country, and in this segment, Bill highlights just some of the companies around the US that are working to provide not only jobs but support to our Veterans and their families.
Randy and Jerry talk with USAA's Bob Wiedower about everyone's favorite topic: Wills. Bob fills us in on living wills, letters of instructions, and what people can do to make certain that their assests are passed on to the people and places they choose.
Randy and Jerry wrap up this week's show by continuing their discussion with Ray Kelley, Legislative Director for the VFW, about the Veterans Administration, and the direction the VA is headed under the leadership of the new Secretary, Bob McDonald.
Jerry and Randy welcome New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez to the program to discuss the history of military service dogs and their handlers over the last century of conflicts around the world. Senator Menendez is putting forward legislation to honor these heroic canines and their handlers for the incredibly important and heroic efforts they have shown in war zones.
The National Defense welcomes back retired MIT Pyshics professor, Hale Bradt, to talk about his father, Wilber, and his decorated service in WWII. Hale came across some lost letters from and to his father and learned a lot of the nuance from his father who sadly took his own life just weeks after returning from the War. The resultant research has produced a trio of books entitled "Wilber's War: An American Family's Journey through World War II."
Randy and Jerry talk mortgages and all they entail with USAA's Bob Wiedower. Bob discusses PITI, minimum mortgage payments, and various other factors that should go into any decision when you're considering buying a home or refinancing it.
The National Defense opens up this week's show with a great piece on Patriot Features and patriotfeatures.org . Sean Winn joins the show to talk about the work of his nonprofit to document the service history of America's veterans. With WWII and Korean War veterans numbers decreasing, Sean's work with Patriot Features is becoming increasingly important to remember the history of our veterans. For more information on how you can support Patriot Features or suggest a veteran to feature, visit patriotfeatures.org
Jerry and Randy speak with USAA's Bob Wiedower about some very important facets of the car insurance industry and what you should consider when checking out your own insurance policy. Bob discusses State minimums, liability coverage, full coverages, as well as why it's better to hit a car with zero people in it, as opposed to a minivan full of soccer players.
Randy and Jerry welcome VFW Veterans Service Officer Ron Cherry back to the program to highlight a monumental story of the VFW serving veterans who believed they would never recieve benefits that they were entitled to. This is a must listen not only from the amount of work that went into the story, but the total amount of the claim.
Randy and Jerry look towards Charlotte, NC for the upcoming VFW National Convention and the musical headliner, The Oak Ridge Boys. Jerry and Randy talk about the history of Presidential candidates appearing at the VFW National Convention over the years, and Jerry continues to incorrectly guess the discography of the Oakridge Boys.
The National Defense follows up Memorial Day by speaking with Gold Star Mother, Cindy Kruger, to the program. Cindy's son, Sgt. Michael C. Hardegree, died in September 2007 in Iraq, and she talks about her son, as well as her service with American Gold Star Mothers Inc..
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with the Board President of the American Gold Star Mothers, Cindy Kruger, and talk with her about some of the inner workings of her organization and the application process. For more information, visit the website for American Gold Star Mothers Inc.
The National Defense welcomes Dr. Matt Naylor to the program to discuss the World War One Museum in Kansas City and it's programs, including special Memorial Day weekend ceremonies. Randy talks with Matt about this incredible, world-class, facility and just some of the never before seen artifacts that are being displayed for the first time. Check out the World War I Museum website for more information.