The National Defense kicks back with some AMERICAN cocktails by speaking with the owner and founder of Salute American Vodka, Pete Kelly. Pete's company is rolling out a certified 100% American made product, right down to the bottles and the inks in the labels.
Randy and Jerry continue their talk with Pete Kelly of Salute American Vodka and they discuss where you can pick up this certified made in the USA product that donates money from every bottle sold back to American Veterans. The VFW has announced their partnership with Pete and Salute American Vodka, so look for it in a glass near you.
Jerry and Randy talk with one of the first recipients of SportClips "Help a Hero" scholarship, America Luna, an Iraq war veteran. Hear about SportClips stepped in when GI Bill benefits ran out, and what America wrote about in her essay that was selected. For the full rundown from the VFW, follow this link.
The National Defense welcomes Jeff Weston of Vantage Mobility to discuss his company's high quality, customized, wheel chair accessible, mini-vans. Listen to the segment to find out how you can find out if you are eligible to WIN one of these "pimped out" vans, or how you can recieve an instant discount on these life-changing modes of transportation; simply for being a veteran.
Randy and Jerry discuss the VFW's involvement in the rapidly expanding television program "Hiring America." Check out hiringamerica.net to see local listings in your area and additional information.
Jerry and Randy discuss the newest in military technology being displayed at the Navy League International Trade show. Kevin Travers is the coordinator of the Sea/Air/Space Exposition at the show and discusses some of the future-tech that exists today at the military show. Drone bombers, rail guns, and more... Oh my!
The National Defense welcomes Bob Crider, right before he hits LAX to travel with some Purple Heart recipients who won a drawing to take a return trip to Vietnam, sponsored by the VFW, and a special fund set up to thank those that gave their blood in service of their country during the Vietnam War.
Randy and Jerry talk about the recent tragic events at Fort Hood, which has again been visited by loss of life in a shooting. The National Defense puts into perspective the nature of the coverage that the national media lends to shootings on military bases. To read the VFW's official statement on the Fort Hood shootings, check out National Commander's Bill Thiens comments.
Jerry and Randy wrap up this week's show by highlighting a great story from Florida where the VFW's "Unmet Needs" program stepped up to help a Afghan veteran keep his home through a grant from this great initiative of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a post in Miami, FL.
The National Defense welcomes just one of the three winners of the VFW's Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award, the elementary school winner, Shirley Harmon Helton. Each teacher recieves a $1,000 award for their own development and another $1,000 award for their schools.
Randy and Jerry speak with a dual winner of both the Americanism award and the High School teacher of the year award winner, Tom Clark. Tom is a history teacher at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind.. Jerry and Randy ask Tom how he keeps his students engaged, and looks forward to the awards ceremony at the National Convention in St. Louis this coming July.
Randy and Jerry welcome longtime show contributer, Andrew Lubin, to the program to share his most recent trip to Iwo Jima. Andrew talks about the history of the event, and how the Japanese treat this historical event, and shares some info on his other activities as a globe-trotter.