The National Defense welcomes the former Legislative Director and current Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Director for the American Legion, Lou Celli, to talk about his work and the work of VSOs on Capitol Hill in the climate of the new White House administration. Lou weighs in on the confrimation of the newly minted VA Secretary Shulkin and his excitement over the confirmation.
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with the American Legion's Lou Celli in this segment, discussing other programs that the Legion is taking part in from Legion Baseball leagues across the country, and the shifting discussions on medical canabis being prescribed by the V.A.
Randy and Jerry welcome one of the founders of the Semper Fi Fund, Wendy Lethin, to the show to discuss her great organization and those that support it. Wendy discusses the role that the Fund fulfills to post 9/11 Veterans and their families, and just some of the services that the Semper Fi Fund works to provide.
Army Veteran and Nurse Practitioner, Holly Kouts, from CVS joins the show to talk about an incredibly important topic: Your health!
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with Holly Kouts about the number of cases of folks who go into a store based care facility thinking they have a bug and being diagnosed with much more serious conditions. Holly talks about the volume that Minute Clinic can provide at their stores and more.
The National Defense welcomes the Vice President of Disaster Relief Programs for Operation Blessing International, Jody Gettys, to the show to discuss the background of the organization and the work that they do in disaster relief efforts around the world. Operation Blessing International operates in the United States and over 20 other countries, and works with the support of volunteers and great corporate partners like The Home Depot Foundation. Jody speaks to her history with the program and highlights how the organization works by illustrating recovery efforts in Georgia.
Randy and Jerry discuss the current state of Veteran hiring initiatives around the country for American Veterans. The show is making plans to hit the road in the coming weeks to visit with the companies that have partnered with The National Defense to highlight the hiring practices of Veterans by some of America's great companies.
Jerry and Randy talk with Desert Storm Veteran, Michael McNeill about his service and the translation it made toward leading a team of employees to staff his Subway resturaunts in South Carolina.
Grace Kamakani, an Army Veteran, shares her similar story of taking her experience gained in the military over a seven year career to handling IT support of ADT Security's Executive Management team.
Randy and Jerry wrap up their talk with ADT Security's Grace Kamakani in this segment and also check in with CVS Minute Clinic's Nurse Practioner, Holly Kouts, to discuss the swiss-army knife approach to health care at CVS' in-store care sites.
The National Defense welcomes back one of the longest running guests on the program, Master Sergeant Mark Evans from Pizzas for Patriots, to discuss his continuing efforts to get hot and tasty pizza in the mouths of our active duty troops in the Middle East, Veterans recovering in VA facilities across the country, and to our first responders.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with friend of the program and friend of any hungry soldier on the face of the planet, Mark Evans, about his work shipping pizzas to the Middle East and all the people that he's come in contact with over the years.
Jerry and Randy speak with Lauren Driscoll, program director of the Paws of War Florida chapter, to talk about her work with Paws of War including Mya, a four-year-old pit bull Lab, who assists Stephen Watkins, who also joins the program to talk about Mya opening up the refrigerator door, turning on lights, and more.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with Lauren and Stephen about the ins and outs of training service dogs, and just some of the stories about pairing veterans with their service dogs. For more information on Paws of War, please visit their website.
Randy and Jerry wrap up the show by speaking with Army Veteran Holly Kouts about the ease of use of CVS Minute Clinics near you.
The National Defense welcomes Captain Rob Cataldo from United Airlines to discuss his career as a pilot in the militray for C-130s to the fleet of United Airlines. Capt. Cataldo discusses the nature of flying today's sophisticated jets, and the enviroment he now works in and the echoes of his military service in his civilian job.
Jerry and Randy continue their talk with Capt. Rob Cataldo and in this segment, Rob talks about his most memorable flights from both his military career and his civilian career as well. Thanks to Rob for his service both in the Air Force and with United Airlines!
Randy and Jerry welcome John Pray, President and CEO of Operation Homefront, a retired Brig. Gen. who has been at the helm of Operation Homefront for two years helping to honor the service of our American military members through various means of assistance. Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation for supporting Operation Homefront and bringing them to the show this week!
The National Defense kicks off this week's show by speaking the Air Force Veteran Mike Schultz about his military background and his current work being done with the Customer Resolution Team for ADT Security. Mike served two tours in Suadi Arabia, and discusses how important his work for ADT in keeping military members connected to their homes and their families.
Jerry and Randy welcome the founder of the Women Veterans Alliance, Melissa Washington, a Navy Veteran, to the program to discuss her group, it's genesis, and how they are growing into a Nationwide organization. For more information, please check out the website for the Women Veterans Alliance.
Then, Army Veteran and CVS Minute Clinic nurse practioner Holly Kouts speaks with the National Defense on how you can use CVS as a resource to quit smoking.
Randy and Jerry welcome Navy Veteran Travis Krause to the program to discuss his military history, his work with SelectQuote as Manager of Busienss Development, and his love of the Green Bay Packers.