The National Defense speaks with one of the most recent Champion of Change honorees, Jim Allen. One of Jim's first jobs was as a parking lot attendant at the VFW National Headquarters, prior to him serving in the U.S. Navy as a J.A.G.. Jim was honored for his work in supporting post 9/11 veterans through his company Honor Capital.
Randy speaks with Dave Brown and Joe Houle from the Museum of the Marine, located in Jacksonville, NC. The Museum of the Marine is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the United States Marine Corps and features exhibits highlighting just some of the stories of the Marines. Check out their website at Museum of the Marine
The National Defense goes straight to the source on all things life insurance with USAA's Scott Halliwell. September is National Life Insurance Month, and Scott gives us some information on current life insurance trends and what to expect in the next month.
The National Defense opens up this week's show with some bad news for wounded Afghanistan war veteran Brent Grommet and his families exstensive attempts to reunite him with the military service dog he was partnered with in Afghanistan, Matty. Randy and Jerry also discuss the retirement of the USS Missouri, and talk about what "The Mighty Mo" is headed to go do now.
Randy and Jerry welcome Ed Walters and Chris Norton of Defense Mobile to discuss their companies new mission to supply veterans with a high quality and CHEAPER mobile phone service. Defense Mobile is also offering a suite of products and services that will be unique to those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by highlighting another unmet need from an American reserves member that was fulfilled by the VFW "Unmet Needs" program. Richard Sanders of Pittsburgh was injured while participating in a training exercise in California, and found himself not being able to make ends meet in the wake of that injury.
Randy is joined by Jerry Newberry on location from the VFW National Home in Michigan to report on this fantastic program to support the families of American veterans. The role of the village has changed over the years, and may even change it's name soon to the "VFW National Home for Families."
The National Defense welcomes Dr. Robin Ganzert from the American Humane Association back to the program for an update on the efforts to reunite Specialist Brent Grommet with his working military dog, Matty. The AHA has offered up a $5,000 reward, as well as another military service dog to the family that has adopted Matty. In this segment Jerry announces that the VFW will match the $5,000 total for the reunion of Brent and his combat buddy, Matty.
Randy and Jerry then speak with Joyce Raezer, the Executive Director of the National Military Family Association, about a recent study revealing that one in four military families require the services of food banks to make ends meet.
This week, the National Defense speaks with Don Gromit, whose son, Brent, served and was wounded while serving in Afghanistan who through lost paperwork, miscommunication, etc., had a service German Shepard adopted out from under them. Don has put in countless hours trying to reach a solution to his problem, and Jerry and Randy throw their weight behind the fight for an American veteran trying to be reunited with his partner.
Randy and Jerry talk with USAA's Scott Halliwell about his recent attempts to give college students some good, sound, financial advice as they head back to school. Jerry and Randy applaud Scott's attempts, and see what specific actions students can take to put themselves on firm financial ground.
Jerry and Randy welcome the President and CEO of the American Humane Association, Dr. Robin Ganzert, to talk about military animal adoptions, and the issues that directly affect American servicemembers who attempt to adopt dogs that they served with overseas. The American Humane Association has been working on Capitol Hill to make it easier to keep US soldiers and their service buddies together even after they return home from combat.
Randy and Jerry give their thoughts on the VFW National Convention in St. Louis, the delegates that attended, and the issues addressed. The VFW National Convention continues to showcase not only the organization, but the people who have served in the military under the US flag in all corners of the earth.