The National Defense welcomes Dr. Matt Naylor to the program to discuss the World War One Museum in Kansas City and it's programs, including special Memorial Day weekend ceremonies. Randy talks with Matt about this incredible, world-class, facility and just some of the never before seen artifacts that are being displayed for the first time. Check out the World War I Museum website for more information.
The National Defense welcomes Air Force Veteran and American Airlines Captain Jim Palmersheim to the show to discuss an absolutely fantastic program for the children of soldiers who have died while serving our country: Snowball Express. Jim talks about the program and his involvement flying kids down to Texas around Christmas every year, including those on his plane "Snowball One."
Jerry and Randy continue their discussion with Captain Jim Palmersheim about the Snowball Express program and gives us an individual story about a Gold Star family that has been involved in the program for years. American Airlines has donated the use of TEN of their jets to the program which is now entering it's eleventh year. For more information visit the Snowball Express website.
Jerry and Randy speak with the author of the book "The Fabric of Health," John Cordano, about his experience dealing with the pain of a mortar round injury as well as aggressive cancers. For more information, search "The Fabric of Health" or check Amazon.
The National Defense welcomes investigative reporter Tori Richards from The Conservative Review who was alerted to some disturbing revelations about the conditions of kitchens at the Heinz V.A. facility in Illinois. To find information on the story, as well as the action being taken in Congress, check out Tori Richard's stories at the Conservative Review.
Jerry and Randy discuss the upcoming general election, the presumptive candidates, and why the word "veteran" hasn't been tossed around from the campaign stumps. With the upcoming VFW National Convention in July, Jerry talks about how the candidates will likely be recieved should they choose to attend.
Randy and Jerry welcome author Neal Bascomb to the program to talk about his new book "The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb." Neal talks about the real life mission undertaken to derail the Third Reich's nuclear ambitions, and the people involved in that daring undertaking. Neal's book is available online or whereever books are sold.
Jerry and Randy welcome Bob Wiedower from USAA to discuss the intricacies of buying, selling, or renting a place for you and your family to live. Jerry discusses some of the missteps he has seen first-hand at the VFW when the organization reaches out to help people through the Unmet Needs program, and Bob talks about the main things to consider when trying to choose between buying or renting.
The National Defense welcomes the Marketing Director for Twisted X Boots, Amber Vanwy, to discuss her company's dedication to helping veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars with their new "Boots on the Ground" campaign. Last year, Twisted X Boots donated over $50,000 to the VFW and are setting their sights higher for 2016. Twisted X, and their founder Prasad Reddy, have released a new line of specially inspired VFW boots. Check out Twisted X boots online, or at the over 1,200 retailers of boots and western wear across the country.
Randy speaks with Jerry about his recent experiences dealing with the V.A. health care systems. While the claims process is still beyond a headache, Jerry compares his experiences recieving healthcare in 2016 to his experiences following the Vietnam War. The VFW is still working to further improve the claims and care processes that veterans recieve around the country.
The National Defense welcomes the founder and Executive Director of Global Journalist Security to discuss his company and the work that they do in training journalists and NGO personell to protect themselves in possibly hostile enviroments. Mr. Smyth has turned his attention to the upcoming National political conventions, particularly in Cleveland, and is training journalists on how to protect themselves in potentionally dangerous conditions.
Randy and Jerry discuss some of their most recent travels both around the country and around the world. Jerry visited Vietnam for the second time as a member of the VFW and talks with Randy about his experience there. Jerry and Randy also look back on their road trip from Phoenix, AZ to K.C., which only took six days!
Jerry and Randy get the lowdown from USAA's Bob Wiedower on T.S.P., Tax Savings Plans, available to governmental employees and military retirement accounts. Similar to a 401K, Bob discusses the tax advantages of using T.S.P. as well as things to consider when taking advantage of T.S.P..
The National Defense welcomes the author of "Reporting For Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs," Tracy Libby, to the program to discuss her new book about the special bond between American servicemembers and their canine battle buddies. (From Nov. 2015)
Jerry and Randy hook up with USAA's Bob Wiedower to discuss just a few of the steps you can take to ensure that your personal finances remain in good shape while you are deployed overseas. Bob recommends many practical actions to make it easier to manage your finances while abroad, as well as things you should consider before deployment.