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 brings you some much needed good news this week as we announce some happy developments in the attempts to reunite a wounded American Serviceman, Spc. Brent Grommet, and his combat partner, Matty the dog. Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association, talks with Jerry and Randy about the reunion, as well as Don Grommet, Brent's father. Dr. Andrew Lubin fills us in on the activities of ISIS/ISIL, and the 10th anniversary of the second Battle of Fallujah. To round out this week's show, USAA's Scott Halliwell advises us all to just R.E.L.A.X. when it comes to our holiday shopping.
John W. Stroud of Nevada was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW’s 115th National Convention, held in St. Louis, MO.
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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.