The National Defense kicks off this week by speaking with SPC Rachel Caylor who served as a roadie for a day at the KISS concert in Kansas City. Then, the show highlights more great work being done by The Home Depot's "Team Depot," an associate led volunteer group that serves veterans. Randy welcomes one of those responsible for serving veterans , John Cruz, Team Depot captain and District Manager for The Home Depot in California.
Randy continues his talk with John Cruz, a Coast Guard veteran, about Team Depot's work to house Veterans and their families around the country. In this segment, John highlight's Team Depot's work with non-profits all over the country including Habitat for Humanity. Check out their website for more information on how the Home Depot Foundation is helping our Veterans.
Randy welcomes Jack Norton from Hiring Our Heroes to talk about the "Roadie for a Day" Program that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has undertaken with the rock band, KISS. Jack talks about the history of the partnership with KISS, and the work being done by them to salute our active duty military and Veterans. For more information on Hiring our Heroes, check out their website.
Randy and Jerry look towards Charlotte, NC for the 117th VFW National Convention and the musical headliner, The Oak Ridge Boys. Jerry and Randy talk about the history of Presidential candidates appearing at the VFW National Convention over the years, and Jerry continues to incorrectly guess the discography of the Oakridge Boys.
The National Defense is never prouder than when we can welcome a recipient of the Medal of Honor, and to kick off this week's show, Jerry and Randy welcome Navy Lt. Tom Kelley, to the program to discuss his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Randy reads Mr. Kelley's commendation and the guys discuss Tom's recollections of his time in Vietnam including the day he was wounded and save countless lives through his actions. Mr. Kelley also highlights the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and their Citizens Honors program.
Jerry and Randy continue standing at attention when speaking with Navy Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Tom Kelley, and in this segment Tom highlights some individual cases of people who have qualified and been included in the Citizens Honors program from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Check out the website for the CMOH Foundation to find out how you can suppor their efforts.
Randy and Jerry turn their sights towards the 117th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Charlotte, NC, and talk about just some of the honored guests showing up to be recognized for their work in support Veterans and the VFW. Yuengling, Twisted X Boots, Henry Rifles, Rob Riggle, The Oakridge Boys, and many more are headed to Charlotte in just a short time. Jerry gives his recollections of some of the most memorable appearances, speeches, and occurences at past VFW conventions to end this segment.
Randy and Jerry welcome the Vice Presidents of Communications for Fisher House, Kerri Childress, to the show to discuss the work that her organization does to support the families of wounded service members who are receiving treatment at a VA facility. For more information on how Fisher House supports our military, their families, and how you can support their efforts, check out fisherhouse.org.
The National Defense kicks off this week's show by speaking with fishing guru and wounded veteran, Mike Davis, from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to discuss the group he works with, and the rejuvinating effects that fly fishing can have on our wounded veterans. For more information on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and a chapter near you, check out their website.
Jerry and Randy welcome back the Senior Vice President of The American Red Cross, Koby Langley, to discuss the current work being done by The American Red Cross to support not only people suffering from losses due to fires and national disasters, but also to our active service members and their families. The American Red Cross has been active for more than 135 years and provides vital support services across the spectrum of American life.
Randy and Jerry wrap up their discussion with Koby Langely of The American Red Cross and then welcome back former 82nd Airborne and author, Josh Hood, to the show to discuss ANOTHER book he has written to follow up "Clear by Fire;" "Warning Order. Josh talks about how he uses his experience in the 82nd Airborne as well as today's headlines to craft his gripping novels. Check out joshuahoodbooks.com for more information on the writer and his work.
Randy and Jerry speak with Heather Prill, Manager for National Partnerships with The Home Depot Foundation, about her fantastic organization that works to support Veterans. Focusing on providing housing for Veterans, The Home Depot Foundation has, since 2011, provided $138 MILLION to do so. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation, visit the Home Depot Foundation website.
The National Defense kicks off our 4th of July weekend show by speaking with the driver of the #19 SUBWAY Car, NASCAR's Carl Edwards! Carl talks with Randy and Jerry about his current NASCAR season as well as the work being done by his #19 SUBWAY team to support the USO at Daytona International Raceway. Carl Edwards has been sponsored by SUBWAY for many years, and we thank him for taking the time out of his schedule to talk with us and to support our military.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with Sec. McDonald of the VA, and in this segment, Bob speaks to wait times versus quality of care. Sec. McDonald talks about some of the programs that have been implemented during his time at the VA, and the efforts underway to transform the culture around the organization, not only for it's patients but for it's employees.
Jerry and Randy wrap up their talk with VA Secretary Bob McDonald and in this segment, Bob gives some thoughts on the importance of the VA not only for Veterans, but also for the entire American medical community. Sec. McDonald gives a message to our Veterans heading into the Fourth of July weekend, and his thoughts on his position moving forward.
The National Defense kicks off this weekend's show by speaking with friend of the program and friend to Veterans everywhere, Bill Deutsch. Bill's T.V. program "Hiring America" is putting Vets to work around the country, and in this segment, Bill highlights just some of the companies around the US that are working to provide not only jobs but support to our Veterans and their families.
Randy and Jerry talk with USAA's Bob Wiedower about everyone's favorite topic: Wills. Bob fills us in on living wills, letters of instructions, and what people can do to make certain that their assests are passed on to the people and places they choose.
Randy and Jerry wrap up this week's show by continuing their discussion with Ray Kelley, Legislative Director for the VFW, about the Veterans Administration, and the direction the VA is headed under the leadership of the new Secretary, Bob McDonald.