The National Defense welcomes 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 continue their discussion with Hale Bradt about the trio of books he has written about his father, a decorated WWII veteran. To learn more about the books and to purchase them, check out the website for Wilber's War.
Jerry and Randy talk about the VFW National National Convention and some of the work done by the VFW members to advance the causes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their service for those who have served. The evolution of the VFW Auxillary, visiting dignitaries and politicians, as well as the swearing in of the new VFW National Commander, John Biedrzycki.
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 116th VFW National Convention has wrapped up in the Steel City, and The National Defense was on locataion in Pittsburgh to speak to various people attending and being honored at the convention. In this segment, Randy catches up with members of the Minnesota Warriors ice hockey team, and discusses the finer points of custom lapel pins on the floor of the exhibitor's hall.
Randy checks in with a previous guest of the show, and a great friend to the VFW, Prasad Reddy, President and CEO of Twisted X boots. Prasad was honored at the National convention for his efforts to not only financially support veterans and the VFW, but to also put copies of the US Constitution in the hands of customers. Stay tuned for more information on the wonderful partnership between Twisted X Boots and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Randy continues his work on the floor of the 116th VFW National Convention in Pittsburgh as he speaks with Paul Turevon from Time Warner Cable about TWC's efforts to locate and hire veterans across the country. Randy then looks forward to 2016 and the 117th VFW National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The National Defense relishes the opportunity to speak with any veteran from WWII, especially when they're as full of stories as this show's special guest, Col. Charles Booth Jr., who has released, at age 95, a book compiling some of his favorite internet jokes. You can find his book on Amazon, or wherever awesome books are sold.
Randy continues his discussion with WWII Veteran Col. Charles Booth Jr. as he relates his experiences serving as a pilot and flight instructor following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and how he came to publish his own book of Internet jokes.
The National Defense speaks with Luke Zamperini, the son of the star of the Laura Hillenbrand book and subsequent film "Unbroken," Louis Zamperini. Luke speaks with Randy about his late father, and his life following his amazing run from Olympic athlete to military plane crash survivor to WWII P.O.W..
The National Defense welcomes back a friend of the program and any active duty service member that has a hankering for pizza, Mark Evans. Randy talks about the origins of the Pizza 4 Patriots program, the pizzas themselves, and where the program is going from here.
Randy continues his discussion with Sgt. Mark Evans about the Pizza 4 Patriots program, now in it's eighth year delivering pizza to soldiers serving overseas. The most recent shipment of pizza shipped thousands of pizzas to hungry active duty soldiers. Check out the Pizza 4 Patriots website for more information on how you can help Mark in his continuing mission to serve our troops.
Jerry and Randy welcome Ryan "Birdman" Parrott to the program to discuss his service, and the resulting IED explosion that resulted in him becoming seriously burned and thrown from his vehicle. Ryan has started an organization called "Sons of the Flag" to support victims of burn injuries around the United States, as well as seeking out new treatments for burn victims. Ryan has also released a book with the same name as his organization, "Sons of the Flag: Real Accounts from the last 100 Years of American Service." To find more information on his organization and book, visit Birdman's website at SonsoftheFlag.org.
The National Defense opens up this week by speaking with Marty Brounstein to talk about his book "Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust." Marty talks to Jerry and Randy about the nature of the Holocaust, and the people he highlights in his new book. For the millions affected by the Holocaust, there are stories of regular people drawn to heroic acts, and Marty's book highlights just a few of those. Check it out wherever books are sold.
Randy and Jerry welcome Tim Loney, from the Minnesota Warriors Hockey team, to talk about his special team of wounded, injured, or otherwise disabled military servicemembers that works to use hockey to help wounded veterans reintegrate into daily civilian life. For more information, check out the Minnesota Warriors website.
Jerry and Randy talk with USAA's Scott Halliwell about how to sit down with your kids and motivate them to use their summertime hours to make a buck or two, and to educate them about the costs associated with all the facets of life they may take for granted.