The National Defense opens this week by talking with veteran and award winning photographer, Stacy Perasall. Stacy shares her combat service history, and the process that led her to seek out those that have served our country, and to take the time to take their portrait. Check out Stacy's great work at her website.
Randy welcomes Mike Lee from Stateside Mangoods (statesidemangoods.com) to discuss his company's continuing mission to provide high quality and unique care packages to our servicemembers overseas. Check out their website for many unique gift ideas to those serving all over the world.
The official Irish Tenor of The National Defense joins the program to discuss his more recent efforts to support veterans, alongside former steeplechase jockey, Sean Clancy. Randy talks to both men about their partnership, and delves into what makes a person want to be a steeplechase jockey. The two are appearing together at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Virginia this weekend.
Randy and the Adjutant General, John Hamilton, are on the road this week and visit the headquarters of USAA in San Antonio, TX. In our first segment, Randy and John interview the President of USAA Property and Casuality Insurance, Retired Army General Kevin Bergner. Gen Bergner talks about the what drives USAA in their service of those that have served our country, and their families. Then, The National Defense brings in Carl Liebert, head of USAA's Capitoal Corporation to echo the General's sentiments.
Randy and John welcome Mike Christy, spokesperson of togetherweserved.com, a website devoted to reconnecting military servicemembers and giving them an outlet to share thoughts, photos, and more.
The National Defense talks with Mike Lopushinsky of Cigar Ink about his company's new patented cigar engraving process, allowing Cigar Ink to customize cigars for nearly any group, charity, or event. Stay tuned for a special VFW themed line of cigars from Mike and the people of Cigar Ink!
Jerry and Randy welcome Oliver, the new son of Nate Herron, Producer of The National Defense. Oliver is already nearly as tall as Jerry at 22 inches, but has quite a few pounds to gain before he reaches his dear old dad. Randy and Jerry also spend some time talking about recent support given to Veterans by the legislative action of the VFW.
Randy and Jerry shift from cigars and newborns to wine and Aggies in this segment as the program welcomes Drew Stephen of Terlato Wine Company to highlight a new partnership between the Illinois based vineyard and the VFW. Col Jerry Smith, Director of the Veterans Resource and Support Center at Texas A&M to talk about the military history of the University and the work being done to support veteran Aggies in Texas.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by speaking with hearing expert, Ryan Baker, of Hearing Benefits Mutual. Randy and Jerry talk with Ryan about the link between military service and hearing loss, and the exciting news regarding advances in hearing services.
Jerry and Randy talk about the partnership between Budweiser and the VFW in making one of the commercials airing in the 2nd half of this year's Super Bowl. The guys also take to task those that are faulting the folks at Budweiser and the VFW for putting together this ad. Check out the longer version of what was put together down in Florida at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSjsLA9Jdo
Scott joins the program to talk about The National Defense's upcoming deployment to San Antonio and the HQ of USAA's Scott Halliwell. The show will be broadcasting from Texas, and possibly looking to spend a little bit of their income tax returns while down there.