Comedian and Long-time Supporter of America's Military, Lewis Black on The National Defense (10/17/20)

We're very excited to welcome one of our favorite comedians to the program, Mr. Lewis Black!  Lewis and Randy talk about Lewis' multi-year support of the USO Christmas shows to troops stationed overseas as well as how performing near the front lines of warzones has felt "like doing acid."  Lewis has a brand new special Thanks for Risking Your Life available now on Amazon Prime and Apple TV.  To check it and any of Lewis' other material, visit his website at

Founder of Brass & Unity Kelsi Sheren on The National Defense (10/17/20)

The National Defense welcomes a veteran from the front lines of Afghanistan, Kelsi Sheren, to the show to talk about her line of jewelry supporting both veteran employment and recovery services.  Kelsi, a proud Canadian, started B&U to help save her fellow soldiers lives, or at least try to give them a second chance. After serving on the front lines in Afghanistan (Infantry & Artillery) at 18 years old and losing many of my friends during battle, she came home with severe PTSD. After 7 years of anger and pain she decided to use my struggle for good, and try to help others through their struggle.  She makes some REALLY great looking pieces from brass bullet casings upcycled into Brass & Unity jewelry.

Michelle Baldanza, VP of Communications for Fisher House (10/17/20)

The National Defense welcomes back one of our favorite VSOs, Fisher House!  Michelle Baldanza, Vice President of Communications for Fisher House joins Randy to give us an update on all of the new construction being completed on new Fisher House locations across the country.  Even during a pandemic, Fisher House has expanded their network of places for families of servicemembers at VA facilities to stay while their loved one seeks treatment.  Thanks to Fisher House for their continued support of the men and women of the US Military and their families!

SEAL Team 7 Member Ryan "Birdman" Parrott & Sons of the Flag (10/17/20)

Randy welcomes former SEAL Team 7 member, Ryan "Birdman" Parrott, to the show to discuss his fantastic organization: Sons of the Flag.  Ryan and Randy talk about Ryan's time in SEAL Team 7 and how making the transition to civilian life led him to found Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize burn care and quality of life for Veterans, First Responders, and their families. 

VSP Vision Care Eye Insights With Dr. Amanda Rights on The National Defense (10/17/20)

The National Defense welcomes back the VSP Vision Care Eye Insights segment as we welcome Dr. Amanda Rights to the show for more great vision tips from VSP Vision Care.  In this week's show, Dr. Rights talks about eye health care for seniors, and all that it entails.  Thanks to Dr. Amanda Rights and VSP!

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