VFW's premiere talk radio show, The National Defense, is the only nationally syndicated talk radio show that focuses exclusively on topics concerning today's active-duty military, veterans and those who support them.
The National Defense welcomes retired Admiral Robert Wray to the program to discuss his work with Blue Star Veterans Network, an organization using technology to give older veterans more mobility and freedom in their daily lives. Jerry Newberry drops us a line from the setup of the VFW's 115th National Convention in St. Louis, MO, and VFW Service Officer Ron Cherry talks with Randy about the outcomes of just some of the stories we heard at the various VFW Town Hall meetings around the country. To wrap up, USAA's Scott Halliwell joins Jerry in talking Randy out of buying a boat in this week's financial tips segment.
Bill Thien of Indiana, was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW’s 113th National Convention, held in Louisville, KY.
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Meet Your Hosts:
Jerry Newberry joined the staff at VFW National Headquarters as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in January 2001. Previous to this, he was employed by a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a speechwriter for a former secretary of the VA.
His military service began in 1968 when he entered the Army serving with the 101st Airborne and MACV in Vietnam.
Following military service, Newberry earned a degree in business and political science from Wayne State in Detroit, Mich. As a former newspaper reporter and columnist, Newberry stayed active in veterans’ affairs during this time.
Newberry currently resides in Kansas City, Mo.
Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Randy is the president of Brainstorm Media, as well as the executive producer and The National Defense co-host. He is a 25 year broadcast veteran and has hosted morning shows on radio stations in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Diego, Cincinnati and Kansas City, Mo.
Randy is the recipient of several broadcasting awards, including "Air Personality of the Year" from Billboard Magazine and the Radio Music Awards.
Randy, who resides in Springhill, Kan., also is the creator and host of a Kansas City dating-game show.