The National Defense welcomes the communications director for the National World War I museum in Kansas City, Mike Vietti, to the show to talk about the traveling Vietnam Wall installation visiting America's official WWI memorial. Randy and Jerry talk with Mike about the process of getting the wall to the museum, the activities kicking off over Memorial Day weekend, and more.
Randy and Jerry welcome Dave Bronson, a wounded veteran who lost his leg in Iraq in 2005, and was recently chosen to appear on the new CBS reality show, "The Briefcase." Deserving families are given a briefcase with $101,000 inside and a choice: Keep All/Some/or give it away to others. Check out "The Briefcase" in late May of 2015.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by speaking with the Executive Director of USAA's Auto Circle, Steve Harrison. Randy talks with Steve about what exactly an Auto Circle is, what the car market looks like around the country, and what to consider when buying, insuring, or selling a car. Make sure to check out USAA's Auto Circle webstite here.
Randy welcomes the producer and director of "Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home," Julie DeStefano. Julie discusses her background in filmmaking and the inspiration to produce this feature length documentary. Make sure to check out the website for Journey to Home to find more information on the film, and where you can see it soon.
The National Defense takes this week to feature partners of the VFW from the corporate sector who are striving to provide quality jobs or products for veterans. In this segment, Randy speaks with Damon Miller, the Director of Marketing for Basis, an Intel company, about his company's personal fitness and sleep tracker. Basis is donating a thousand of their trackers to Walter Reed medical center to assist in studying the sleep and activity patterns of VA patients. Check out their list of products and features at the Basis website.
Randy speaks with Ward Bond and Stan Simpliciano from Defense Mobile to talk about their partnership with the VFW in the telecommunications field. Defense Mobile is the first telecommunications company in the country that is specifically designed and solely offered to veterans and military service members and their families. Randy talks with Ward and Stan about their company, their partnership with the VFW, and more in this segment. For more information, check out Defense Mobile's website.
The National Defense welcomes country music superstar Aaron Tippin to the program to discuss his 25th anniversary in the music industry, as well has his long running support of the American military. For more information on his upcoming shows and new album, check out the Aaron Tippin website.
Randy and Jerry continue their discussion with Scott Stump about all the work it has taken so far to establish a national memorial honoring those that served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In this segment Scott talks about the design process, location, and where the project goes from here.
Jerry and Randy wrap up their talk with Scott Stump about the National Desert Storm War Memorial and touch on all the design and logistics work being done to honor all Americans involved in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as each of the coalition Nations that participated in the conflict. For more information on the memorial, visit the website for the National Desert Storm War Memorial.
This week's show opens up with Randy and Jerry welcoming back the founder of JDog Junk Removal, Jerry Flanagan. We first spoke with Jerry back in 2012, and his junk removal company that is going above and beyond helping veterans start their own business is rapidly expanding. Jerry and Randy speak with TR about his experience getting his own business off the ground following his transition from active duty to civilian life. Check out their website at jdogjunkremoval.com
Jerry and Randy speak with Branson.com's Gary Groman about the 7th Annual "Branson.com Honors Purple Heart Recipients" in Branson, MO. This event covers a fishing tournament, concerts, and entertainment inconjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.