The National Defense welcomes Paul Palitti of GESG Lighting to the program to talk about their partnership with The National Defense and The National Defense Fund. GESG Lighting provides commercial grade LED lighting to household consumers and offers up a special promo code in this segment for listeners to The National Defense to obtain massive savings on interior and exterior lighting.
In this segment, Jerry and Randy speak with Doug Bradley and Craig Werner; authors of Rolling Stone Magazine's 2015 Music Book of the Year "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War." Doug and Craig discuss the role that music played in the daily life of a soldier in the Vietnam War and how this incredible book came to be.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with authors Craig Werner and Doug Bradley about their book "We Got To Get Out Of This Place" and the over 2000 songs mentioned in the book! John Fogerty, Marvin Gaye, Mamas and the Papas, Nancy Sinatra, and more all served as indelible emotional touchstones for those that served while in Vietnam and also once they returned home to the States. Check out "We Got To Get Out Of This Place" wherever books are sold.
Jerry and Randy speak with Dorinda Nicholson who, as a 1st grader, was a witness to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor near her childhood home. Dorinda has worked to put together her memories as a child of Pearl Harbor and through those efforts has been provided recollections and information from Veterans, both American and Japanese, who were part of that day of infamy 75 years ago. Dee is appearing this Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning, so make sure to tune in to see her story as well.
The National Defense talks to the man getting people to their Thanksgiving holiday destinations for United Airlines, Jon Roitman. Jon is a West Point grad and an Army artillery man who has is now the Senior Vice President of Airport Operations for United Airlines. Jerry and Randy find out what role Jon's military background has played in his professional career, and the value of veterans in a diverse worldwide workforce.
Randy and Jerry speak with the Vice President of Business Development and Mortgage Operations for Pentagon Federal, Craig Chapman, about their new "Real Estate Rewards Program" where members can save $10,000 on closing costs when purchasing real estate. Craig discusses the features that PenFed offers their members and discussses where their programs are available.
Jerry and Randy welcome Subway's Chief Development Officer for their Franchise World Headquarters to the show to discuss his work with Subway and his experience working undercover on the hit T.V. show "Undercover Bosses." Don's episode of "Undercover Bosses" was one of the highest rated episodes in the series history!
Randy and Jerry wrap up their talk with Subway's Don Fertman, asking where he can be seen playing in the Subway band next, and how people can get information on opening up their own Subway franchise. Randy finishes up our Thanksgiving episode by speaking about the dangers of smoking and getting off cigarettes with CVS' Holly Kouts for the CVS Minute Clinic Health Minute.
The National Defense starts off this week's show with some musical tributes to those that are serving, or have served their country, and their families as Randy introduces Charlsey Miller (some relation) and Rebecca Steiner songs honoring the service of our American military.
Randy welcomes Army Veteran and nurse practitioner for CVS Minute Clinics, Holly Kouts, to the program to discuss CVS' decision to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of their retail outlets. Holly discusses how those attempting to quit smoking can get guidance and smoking cessation products from CVS Minute Clinics, and how insurance will usually cover the majority of costs associated with this healthy change in lifestyle.
The National Defense welcomes the National Policy Advisor for Weed For Warriors Project, Brandon Wyat, to the show to discuss the use of medical marijauna in the U.S. Veterans population. Following the General Election, more than half of the country has approved the use of medical cannabis in some part, and Brandon explains the Weed for Warriors Projects efforts to assist Veterans seeking non-opiod treatment for their service related symptoms. Brandon reacts to the comments from VA Sec. Bob McDonald on the use of medical marijauna on last week's program as well.
Randy continues his discussion on the use of marijauna by Veterans suffering from PTSD and other service related symptoms in this segment, and gives advice on how you can find more information on Weed For Warriors Project.
The National Defense welcomes the Secretary of the VA, Bob McDonald, back to the program for our Veterans Day show! Randy and Secretary McDonald spend the entire show discussing the current state of the VA and answering questions submitted by our VSO partners. Bob talks about the Veterans Day remembrances planned for the 11th and answers a question from the Paralyzed Veterans of America regarding nurse turnover in VA's nursing staff.
Our Veterans Day show with Secretary Bob McDonald and in this segment they discuss the unique position that the VA holds on the topic of PTSD and medical marijuana use. Sec. McDonald discusses the genome mapping, suicide prevention systems, and more in this segment.
Randy Miller continues his discussion with VA Secretary Bob McDonald about their work to remove the stigma from mental health care, ER doctor outsourcings, and streamlining online presence of the VA to better facilitate veteran care. Secretary McDonald answers a question submitted by the American Legion regarding employee accountability and Sec. McDonald's ability to fire those responsible for hindering the work of the VA to serve our veterans.
Randy wraps up his talk with VA Secretary Bob McDonald as they discuss the possible changes that come following a General Election, and the "irreversible change" that Sec. McDonald and his staff are seeking to continue their positive change. Bob gives a message to our troops listening this weekend all over the country, and shares his experience in the Armed Forces.
Holly Kouts from CVS finishes off our Veterans Day show with the CVS Minute Clinic Health Minute.
The National Defense welcomes the creator of Guardians of Rescue and it's program Paws of War, Robert Misseri, to the program to discuss his group's efforts to help American service members bring dogs that they have befriended while stationed overseas. Robert talks about the process by which military members come across dogs while serving, the relationship that grows, and the process it takes to bring their furry partners home.
Randy continues his talk with Robert Misseri of Guardians of Rescue and hears specific examples of the work being done in the Middle East to bring an active duty service member's stray named "Ghost" and a bomb detection dog named "Amigo" who are being brough back to the United States to await the return of their owner. For more information on Guardians of Rescue and Paws of War, please check out their website.
Randy welcomes Joe Wimberley, Senior Manager for Team Depot, to discuss the Home Depot Foundation's work to support our veterans, particularly in their housing needs, as part of their "Celebration of Service" event. Team Depot is in their 6th year of this two month campaign, utilizing over 300K volunteers to support an incredibly wide array of projects to improve the lives of veterans across the country.
Randy continues his talk with Joe Wimberley of Team Depot and in this segment Joe reminds us of the #serviceselfie Twitter campaign. Use the hashtag #serviceselfie to show a picture of yourself helping a veteran, spending time with your favorite veteran, or more, and the Home Depot Foundation will donate $1 up to 500,000 times to Veterans charities! Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation for all they do to support our Veterans!