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.
This week, the National Defense speaks with Don Gromit, whose son, Brent, served and was wounded while serving in Afghanistan who through lost paperwork, miscommunication, etc., had a service German Shepard adopted out from under them. Don has put in countless hours trying to reach a solution to his problem, and Jerry and Randy throw their weight behind the fight for an American veteran trying to be reunited with his partner.
Randy and Jerry talk with USAA's Scott Halliwell about his recent attempts to give college students some good, sound, financial advice as they head back to school. Jerry and Randy applaud Scott's attempts, and see what specific actions students can take to put themselves on firm financial ground.
Jerry and Randy welcome the President and CEO of the American Humane Association, Dr. Robin Ganzert, to talk about military animal adoptions, and the issues that directly affect American servicemembers who attempt to adopt dogs that they served with overseas. The American Humane Association has been working on Capitol Hill to make it easier to keep US soldiers and their service buddies together even after they return home from combat.
Randy and Jerry give their thoughts on the VFW National Convention in St. Louis, the delegates that attended, and the issues addressed. The VFW National Convention continues to showcase not only the organization, but the people who have served in the military under the US flag in all corners of the earth.
The National Defense continues their reporting from the 115th VFW National Convention in St. Louis, MO. In this segment, Randy speaks with retired Air Force and American Forces Network veteran, Sean Lehman from Heroes with Hearing Loss. Sean fills Randy in on the plight of veterans with hearing loss and tinitus, the top two conditions of those seeking help within the VA system.
Ed Sandrick of Humana joins Randy on the program from the VFW National Convention in St. Louis. Humana, a sponsor of the 115th National Convention is working to assist veterans that are Medicare eligible with getting the products and assistance that they need. Randy speaks with Ed about various educational programs Humana is sponsoring to help those that served our country. For more information on the some of the programs mentioned in this segment, visit the Humana Link from Syracuse University.
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.
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 to Ricky LeBlanc of Sokolove Law, a presenting sponsor at the VFW's 115th Annual National Convention in St. Louis. Sokolove Law offered seminars at the St. Louis convention to veterans that may have been exposed to asbestos while serving in the military. Sokolove Law is urging those suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related 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 earlier 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.