The National Defense welcomes Dr. Timothy O'Leary to the program to discuss Type II Diabetes, and the effect it has on the veterans population. The VA is working to tackle this problem, an affliction TWICE as likely to affect veterans than the normal American population!
Randy gets Jerry Newberry on the horn from the Nation's Capitol to discuss the time he has spent in D.C., and all the great work being done for veterans in our national legislature. Jerry talks about the VFW turnout, and the testimony on Capitol Hill by VFW National Commander, Bill Thien.
Randy talks with the star of Budweiser's "A Hero's Welcome" Super Bowl ad, Lt. Chuck Nadd, of Winter Park, FL. Lt. Nadd talks about the process by which he made it back to Florida from Afghanistan, and the role that the VFW played in orchestrating this 10 month project. Lt. Nadd talks about the parade route, and his thoughts on all the work put together to honor ALL those that have served.
The National Defense opens this week by talking with veteran and award winning photographer, Stacy Perasall. Stacy shares her combat service history, and the process that led her to seek out those that have served our country, and to take the time to take their portrait. Check out Stacy's great work at her website.
Randy welcomes Mike Lee from Stateside Mangoods (statesidemangoods.com) to discuss his company's continuing mission to provide high quality and unique care packages to our servicemembers overseas. Check out their website for many unique gift ideas to those serving all over the world.
The official Irish Tenor of The National Defense joins the program to discuss his more recent efforts to support veterans, alongside former steeplechase jockey, Sean Clancy. Randy talks to both men about their partnership, and delves into what makes a person want to be a steeplechase jockey. The two are appearing together at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Virginia this weekend.
Randy and the Adjutant General, John Hamilton, are on the road this week and visit the headquarters of USAA in San Antonio, TX. In our first segment, Randy and John interview the President of USAA Property and Casuality Insurance, Retired Army General Kevin Bergner. Gen Bergner talks about the what drives USAA in their service of those that have served our country, and their families. Then, The National Defense brings in Carl Liebert, head of USAA's Capitoal Corporation to echo the General's sentiments.
Randy and John welcome Mike Christy, spokesperson of togetherweserved.com, a website devoted to reconnecting military servicemembers and giving them an outlet to share thoughts, photos, and more.
The National Defense talks with Mike Lopushinsky of Cigar Ink about his company's new patented cigar engraving process, allowing Cigar Ink to customize cigars for nearly any group, charity, or event. Stay tuned for a special VFW themed line of cigars from Mike and the people of Cigar Ink!
Jerry and Randy welcome Oliver, the new son of Nate Herron, Producer of The National Defense. Oliver is already nearly as tall as Jerry at 22 inches, but has quite a few pounds to gain before he reaches his dear old dad. Randy and Jerry also spend some time talking about recent support given to Veterans by the legislative action of the VFW.
Randy and Jerry shift from cigars and newborns to wine and Aggies in this segment as the program welcomes Drew Stephen of Terlato Wine Company to highlight a new partnership between the Illinois based vineyard and the VFW. Col Jerry Smith, Director of the Veterans Resource and Support Center at Texas A&M to talk about the military history of the University and the work being done to support veteran Aggies in Texas.