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 wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday and brings you a show on three topics many partake in during the Thanksgiving Holiday: Reading, drinking beer, and shopping. Randy and Jerry speak with Julia Taylor Kennedy about her new book on Veteran Hiring initiatives and what environments veterans may find themselves in during their civilian career: "Mission Critical." Then, the guys speak with Dick Yuengling, the owner of D.G. Yuengling & Sons, the oldest brewery in the United States, about the new partnership between the VFW and Yuengling! USAA's Bob Wiedower wraps up the show with tips on how to keep from melting your credit cards during the holiday shopping season.
John Biedrzycki was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW’s 116th National Convention, held in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
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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, and currently serves as the Assistant Adjutant General of the VFW. 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.