The National Defense
Summary: The National Defense is the ONLY nationally-syndicated talk radio show geared towards active-duty military, reserves and their families.
The National Defense opens up this week's show with some bad news for wounded Afghanistan war veteran Brent Grommet and his families exstensive attempts to reunite him with the military service dog he was partnered with in Afghanistan, Matty. Randy and Jerry also discuss the retirement of the USS Missouri, and talk about what "The Mighty Mo" is headed to go do now.
The National Defense welcomes Dr. Robin Ganzert from the American Humane Association back to the program for an update on the efforts to reunite Specialist Brent Grommet with his working military dog, Matty. The AHA has offered up a $5,000 reward, as well as another military service dog to the family that has adopted Matty. In this segment Jerry announces that the VFW will match the $5,000 total for the reunion of Brent and his combat buddy, Matty. Randy and Jerry then speak with Joyce Raezer, the Executive Director of the National Military Family Association, about a recent study revealing that one in four military families require the services of food banks to make ends meet.
The National Defense opens up this week's show by highlighting another unmet need from an American reserves member that was fulfilled by the VFW "Unmet Needs" program. Richard Sanders of Pittsburgh was injured while participating in a training exercise in California, and found himself not being able to make ends meet in the wake of that injury.
The National Defense welcomes back the VFW's Director of National Legislative Service, Ray Kelley, to the program to discuss the VFW's work on Capitol Hill to get veterans the support they need and deserve from our Federal government. USAA's Scott Halliwell wraps up his financial advice for back to school loans, as well.
This week, the National Defense speaks with Don Gromit, whose son, Brent, served and was wounded while serving in Afghanistan who through lost paperwork, miscommunication, etc., had a service German Sheperd adopted out from under them. Don has put in countless hours trying to reach a solution to his problem, and Jerry and Randy throw their weight behind the fight for an American veteran trying to be reunited with his partner.
Randy interviews sculpture artist Micheal Jernigan about his experiences being an "embedded artist" during the Iraq War, and the work he's undertaking to honor those that served overseas in the Middle East.
The next few weeks, The National Defense will bring you interviews from Veterans, special guests, and vendors that attended the National Convention in St. Louis. In this segment, Randy speaks with Drew Reilly, the Co-founder of Defense Mobile, a new mobile communications service tailor made for active duty military and veterans who have served. Drew outlines just a few of the valuable services that Defense Mobile is going to be providing in the coming months.
Jerry Newberry is on the road this week setting up for the VFW's 115th National Convention in St. Louis, MO, and speaks with Randy about the preparations under way, some of the awards that will be given away, and what attendees can expect when they meet the VFW in St. Louie.
The National Defense welcomes the managing attorney of Sokolove Law, sponsors of the the VFW's National Convention this year in St. Louis. Ricky talks about Sokolove's background in serving members of the veteran community that were exposed to harmful substances during their time in the service, and are now suffering from the variety of conditions that can result.
The National Defense opens up with yet another story of local business owners around the country going out of their way to support the VFW and veterans. Greg Crowley from Crowley Furniture operates three stores in the Kansas City area, and recently pledged to donate a portion of sales from their Memorial Day period to the VFW. Crowley Furniture donated over $10,000 from what appears to be a great Memorial Day program for years to come.
For the Fourth of July weekend, the National Defense looks back on a show favorite from the 22nd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. In this segment, Randy and Jerry interviewed a survivor of the actual Bataan Death March, William Eldridge, who at the age of 90, took part in nine miles of the Memorial March!
The National Defense features some great stories this week from those that served in the Vietnam era, and begins with Leo Flory, the author of "Transition to Duty: A Combat Medic's Tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles." Leo talks with Jerry and Randy about the process of writing the book, as well as relating the personal experiences he put into the book. Check out the book on Leo's website; a great read.
This week's show is a special edition of the National Defense featuring stories told to the VFW at one of their town hall meetings seeking personal experiences from veterans regarding the VA. VFW Adjutant General John Hamilton begins with some opening remarks, and then the stories begin.
Jerry and Randy speak with the Director of the US Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California. The Seabees were the construction batallion of the US Navy, and played a very important role in American military history. Dr. Laura gives us just a glimpse of the fascinating history of the Seabees, including their inception, and how their role in America's fighting force grew.
The National Defense, particularly Jerry Newberry, is giddy to welcome the author of the Bob Lee Swagger books, Stephen Hunter, to the program. Stephen speaks with Jerry and Randy about his new book "Sniper's Honor" as well as movie adaptations of his books, and some of the inspiration he used to crafting these novels. A favorite of Jerry's!