The National Defense is happy to welcome the US Navy SEAL Foundation and their Director of Programs, Alison Messick, to the show to discuss this great Veterans service Organization to discuss their history, the nature of the work that a SEAL takes part in, and some examples of individuals that the Foundation has supported. Stay tuned for upcoming information in early Novemeber from the US Navy SEAL Foundation.
Randy Miller welcomes Kelly Miller (no relation!) to the program from his own Subway sandwhich franchise in Amarillo, TX to discuss his experience opening up his first small business utilizing Subway's Veterans incentive programs, including the ability of open up a store with ZERO Franchise fees on a military installation!
Randy speaks with PenFed Credit Union's Dianna Wilson, Manager of 2nd Trust Operations for Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Randy talks about what Veterans can do to get a great rate on equity loans. Veterans can go to the PenFed website or call 1-800-247-5626 to have a professional walk them through the entire process of equity products.
Jerry and Randy welcome back Project Healing Waters to the show to give us an update on their guarantee that they could teach Jerry and Randy to fly fish! Project Healing Waters serves Veterans with PTSD to take them out on the water, to learn about fly fishing and to relax in nature. Randy and Jerry work with KC Assistant Program Dir. Jim Kissane and talk with Jim about the program and how you can find out more information.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by speaking with Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross, Koby Langley, to discuss the brand new communications app for America's soldiers, Veterans, and their families identify and access both emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere in the world.
The Hero Care App is available to download for free in app stores, by texting ‘GETHEROCARE’ to 90999 or by clicking on the following link from a mobile device http://3cu.be/sharehc.
Thanks to the Red Cross for their continued support of America's military and Veterans.
Randy welcomes Baylee Crone, the executive director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, to discuss her group's work to decrease Veterans Homelessness. The NCHV works closely with the Home Depot Foundation to get Veterans into housing, and in this segment Baylee and Randy discuss the recent estimates showing a dip in Veteran homelessness, as well as some of the factors that contributed to those numbers. Make sure to visit the website for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans for more information.
Randy continues his talk with Baylee Crone from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans on topics including how to get help for a homeless Veteran, the shifting age range of America's homeless populations and more.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by speaking with the Paralyzed Veterans of America's Shelly Stewart, Director of the PVA's Operation PAVE. PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) is an initiative of the PVA designed to put our veterans to work. Shelly discusses the work that PAVE does to support Veterans, their families, their caregivers and more.
Randy continues his discussion with Shelly Stewart, the Director of Operation PAVE, and talks about the faciliation that PAVE offers to employers in order to make certain that not only our our Veterans being serviced, but that employers who are looking to hire a Veteran are best matched to their company culture.
Randy welcomes Sarah Elizabeth, event organizer for the EOD 131WOD Crossfit campaign to talk about the Explosive Ordnance Disposal field, and the 131 EOD specialists who have given their lives since 9/11. The EOD Warrior Foundation raises funds and awareness to support EOD technicians and their families. Listen to find out how you can get involved and get your hands on a grenade shaped kettle bell! Then, The National Defense is excited to bring you a new regular voice to the program, Army Veteran and Nurse Practitioner, Holly Kouts. Holly is the manager for MinuteClinic’s SE region Area Director and oversees about 275 clinics
The National Defense opens up this week by speaking with Jack Causa, Chairman of the Healing Heroes ride taking place to benefit Boulder Crest retreat. Boulder Crest Retreat is the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat Veterans and their families. Jack discusses the ride, his military service and some information on this really great sounding opportunity to support our Veterans.
Randy continues his talk with Jack Causa, Chairman for the Healing Heroes Ride benefitting Boulder Crest retreat. Randy speaks to Jack about his company, Causa Talent Source LLC to discuss Veteran hiring initiatives and his experience in both being a Veteran and a business owner. Check out a video that Jack has created for more information on the Healing Heroes Ride.
Randy speaks with the Executive Director of the Home Depot Foundation to hear of an absolutely incredible expansion of the Home Depot Foundation's dedication to the Veteran Community. The Home Depot Foundation is pledging to increase their investment in Veteran-related causes to a QUARTER OF A BILLION dollars by 2020! This week is also the kick off of the 6th annual "Celebration of Service" campaign. Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation for being a partner and friend to all of American's Veterans! Home Depot Customers can help with this "Celebration of Service" by taking a Service Selfie with the hashtag "#serviceselfie"
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with John Raughter from the American Legion on topics important to Veterans, including Veteran suicide rates, employment issues, and resisting the push to privatize the V.A. Best of luck to our comrades at the American Legion on their 98th National Convention in Cincinnati!
Jerry and Randy speak with Jono Anzalone from the American Red Cross live from Baton Rouge, LA to talk about the historically devestating flooding that took place in the South over the last week and the work that the Red Cross has undertaken, like they always do, to support those affected by it. TRILLIONS of gallons of water overtook areas around Baton Rogue and the Red Cross has worked tirelessly to supply food, medical supplies, and emotional support. To support the Red Cross' efforts in Louisiana, please visit their website for more details. You can also text the word "LAFLOODS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross to support those affected by these horrible floods.