The National Defense welcomes the new National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss the first few weeks of his time in leadership for the VFW. John has been traveling all over the world as part of his duties, and in this segment he shares a few stories of his experiences thus far.
Randy and Jerry talk with John Biedrzycki about the work being done by the VFW to serve those that served their country, regardless of their membership status with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. John looks to the future of the VFW under his leadership and shares just a few of the issues he is devoting his time to as the National Commander.
Randy and Jerry are back together after Jerry's lengthy "assignment" as Jerry discusses Randy speaking with John Amos, Jerry's CRUISE, and the most recent word on the Veterans Administration and what the VFW is doing to help out veterans. Randy and Jerry also speak about the funeral of a Vietnam veteran who passed away and had thousands of strangers attend to his services.
The National Defense is excited to welcome actor John Amos to the program to discuss his history, including his time in the reserves, a player for Hank Stram on the Kansas City Chiefs, and his appearances on stage, television, and in films. John's history as an actor in "Roots," "Coming to America," and "Good Times" have made him very recognizable around the country, and John uses that to help serve active duty military members and veterans.
Randy continues his discussion with actor John Amos and speaks with him about his work on a documentary he's been working on with his son about minority soldiers in World War II. John is an avid motorcycle rider, and talks with Randy about some of the honor rides he's participated in across the country.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by checking in with the VFW Legislative Director, Ray Kelley, to hear the latest on the work that the Veterans of Foreign Wars is doing on Capitol Hill. With the recent conclusion of the VFW National Convention, Ray and his staff have their marching orders from VFW delegates and addresses just a few of those issues including the VA and stopping sequestration.
Randy welcomes the owner of Henry Repeating Arms, Anthony Imperato, who recently made an apperance at the VFW's National Convention in Pittsburgh to present Military Service Tribute Rifles to members of the VFW. After spending time on the floor of the 116th Convention, Mr. Imperato ended up commiting to donate an additional $50,000 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of his father, a veteran. To find more information on the Military Service Tribute Rifles and Henry Repeating Arms, check out their website.
The National Defense welcomes retired MIT Pyshics professor, Hale Bradt, to talk about his father, Wilber, and his decorated service in WWII. Hale came across some lost letters from and to his father and learned a lot of the nuance from his father who sadly took his own life just weeks after returning from the War. The resultant research has produced a trio of books entitled "Wilber's War: An American Family's Journey through World War II."
Randy and Jerry continue their discussion with Hale Bradt about the trio of books he has written about his father, a decorated WWII veteran. To learn more about the books and to purchase them, check out the website for Wilber's War.
Jerry and Randy talk about the VFW National National Convention and some of the work done by the VFW members to advance the causes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their service for those who have served. The evolution of the VFW Auxillary, visiting dignitaries and politicians, as well as the swearing in of the new VFW National Commander, John Biedrzycki.
USAA's Scott Halliwell joins the program with stories from his own vacation he and his family took in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Scott applies his own financial advice to his own family's vacations, and shares just a few in this segment.
The 116th VFW National Convention has wrapped up in the Steel City, and The National Defense was on locataion in Pittsburgh to speak to various people attending and being honored at the convention. In this segment, Randy catches up with members of the Minnesota Warriors ice hockey team, and discusses the finer points of custom lapel pins on the floor of the exhibitor's hall.
Randy checks in with a previous guest of the show, and a great friend to the VFW, Prasad Reddy, President and CEO of Twisted X boots. Prasad was honored at the National convention for his efforts to not only financially support veterans and the VFW, but to also put copies of the US Constitution in the hands of customers. Stay tuned for more information on the wonderful partnership between Twisted X Boots and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Randy continues his work on the floor of the 116th VFW National Convention in Pittsburgh as he speaks with Paul Turevon from Time Warner Cable about TWC's efforts to locate and hire veterans across the country. Randy then looks forward to 2016 and the 117th VFW National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.