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A one-hour weekly talk show dedicated to America's heroes. The National Defense brings to the forefront issues of vital importance to our country.

A one-hour weekly talk show dedicated to America's heroes. The National Defense brings to the forefront issues of vital importance to our country.
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Gaithersburg, MD

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Radio America

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A one-hour weekly talk show dedicated to America's heroes. The National Defense brings to the forefront issues of vital importance to our country.

Twitter:

@VFWHQ

Language:

English


Episodes

Amazon.Com's Col. Bo Higgins; & New Day USA

4/15/2018
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This week The National Defense welcomes Colonel Bo Higgins from Amazon.com to discuss the ever-expanding role of veterans within the ranks of the huge company. In addition to regular segments, Randy and Jerry welcome Joe Murin from New Day USA to discuss a disturbing trend amongst predatory lenders and scam artists, involving active duty military and veteran families in a process known as “loan churning.” It’s another great week on The National Defense

Duration:00:38:18

Farmer's Insurance & Morgan Stanley

4/8/2018
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The National Defense welcomes Tim Felks from Farmers Insurance to discuss his time in his time in the Air Force as well as Farmers Insurance Houston Rebuild Initiative. Randy Welcomes the Morgan Stanley Money Brief with Morgan Stanley advisor and retired infantry and armor officer Kurt Neddenriep where they discuss some of the particular issues military members need to consider during financial planning. Randy and Jerry then speak with the Deputy Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of...

Duration:00:38:15

The National Defense welcomes back Lora Vogt, National World War One Museum

4/2/2018
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This week, The National Defense welcomes back Lora Vogt, Museum Curator of Education at the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, to discuss a new exhibit on display at the museum as well as future exhibits that all people can either experience in person or online. Randy and Jerry also speak with Dr. Erin Krebs of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System to discuss her study regarding the long-term effectiveness of opioids in managing pain versus other methods.

Duration:00:45:12

Welcome back to the President and CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation

3/25/2018
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The National Defense welcomes back the President and CEO of the Tug McGraw Foundation, Jennifer Brusstar, back to the show to discuss the recent tragic events that took place on their California campus in March, and the continuing work to support those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and PTS. The Executive Director of The Home Depot Foundation, Shannon Gerber, joins Randy and Jerry to discuss some very exciting news regarding the skilled labor gap and The Home Depot Foundation’s goal...

Duration:00:45:42

National K9 Veterans Day

3/18/2018
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This week the National Defense welcomes back Jack Tilley, 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, to discuss National K9 Veterans Day and the importance of recognizing the service of dogs in our Armed Forces. Randy and Jerry discuss recent talk of moving VA services to a privatized model, as well as speaking with USMC veteran and founder of Heroes Vodka, Travis McVey. Randy wraps up the show with some great advice on eye health with the first ever VSP Eye Insights. That’s all this week on The...

Duration:00:39:27

Talk With Tony Ochs & John Campbell

3/11/2018
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This week The National Defense brings you another great show featuring two veterans acclimating to their lives in the civilian world in very different ways. First, we welcome Tony Ochs, who served 10 years as the crew chief of an attack helicopter in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Tony now is the driver of Monster Jam’s Soldier of Fortune: Black Ops monster truck and tells us how he continues to honor the U.S. Military in his new role as a monster truck driver. Then, Randy and Jerry...

Duration:00:38:54

"Brush Hero" Glenn Archer; and Farmer's Insurance Vet Employee Resource Group

2/24/2018
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The National Defense brings you another great show this week as we welcome F-16 TopGun and innovator of the Brush Hero, Glenn Archer, who recently appeared on the T.V. show Shark Tank. Randy speaks with the founder of Vets2Success, Bryan Jacobs, who used the loss of his younger brother to veteran suicide to fuel his desire to help not only himself but other veterans seeking jobs in the food and beverage industry. To wrap up this week’s show, Randy welcomes Col. Charles Johnson, a lead for...

Duration:00:37:47

With Honor, With Teeth

2/11/2018
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This week on The National Defense: Randy and Jerry speak with Peter Meijer, Advisor for the "With Honor" PAC, a new cross-partisan organization dedicated to supporting principled, next-generation veterans to Congress. Dr. Michael Tischler DDS joins the show to talk about Vietnam veteran Larry “Smiley” Kleiman, who, through the efforts of Dr. Tischler and his staff, was able to see himself with teeth for the first time in over three decades. Dr. Tischler performed the $60,000 surgery...

Duration:00:38:31

TALKING WITH GARY "Lt. Dan" SINISE

2/4/2018
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SPECIAL GUEST GARY SINISE

Duration:00:37:03

Patriot Growth & AMVETS

1/27/2018
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This week The National Defense welcomes Jeff McChesney from Patriot Growth Capital to discuss his military service and his new venture helping veterans start their own businesses. Randy and Jerry speak with Korean War veteran, Frank Schimizzi, to the show to hear about a great story of his high school diploma being awarded to him just prior to the age of 90! Finally, the National Director of Communications for AMVETS, John Hoellwarth, talks about the recent firestorm regarding an ad AMVETS...

Duration:00:39:00

Operation Homefront, Committee on Vet Affairs, and the Farmers Insurance Open

1/21/2018
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This week The National Defense brings you another great program where we welcome in a new partner with the show, Farmers Insurance, and Leesa Eichberger to speak about the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on the PGA Tour coming up at the end of this month. Brig. General John Pray, the President and CEO of Operation Homefront, is back on the show to give us the latest details on his great organization. Finally, The National Defense is honored to welcome the Chairman of the House...

Duration:00:34:49

AMERICAN LEGION

1/14/2018
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This week, The National Defense welcomes the American Legion’s Legislative Director Matt Shuman to the program to discuss the recent efforts by the American Legion on Capitol Hill to support those who served. The President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, Jim Lorraine, then speaks with Randy and Jerry about his organization as well as their new suicide prevention initiative “Operation Deep Dive.” Letha Steffey from ADT Security checks in with us from the CES show in Las Vegas, NV...

Duration:00:37:48

First Show of 2018 - Fisher House & Navajo Nation

1/6/2018
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This week, The National Defense welcomes the President of the Fisher House Foundation, Dave Coker, to the program to discuss some impressive new milestones hit by Fisher House. Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. Then, Randy and Jerry welcome the President of the Navajo Nation, Russell Begaye, to the show to discuss a myriad of topics including recent honors for Navajo Code Talkers from WWII. It’s...

Duration:00:37:48

A look back at some of our favorite interviews from 2017

1/1/2018
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Happy New Year from The National Defense! We take this week’s show to look back at some of our favorite interviews from 2017, including President George W. Bush, and television personality Mike Rowe. We’ll be back next week with brand new editions of The National Defense in the brand new year!

Duration:00:45:10

Current Projects at the VA

12/24/2017
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The National Defense welcomes VA Secretary David Shulkin back to the program to wish our troops and veterans happy holidays as well as discuss the current projects underway with the Veterans Administration. Leon Tackitt, an explosive ordinance specialist who has started his own winery in California, joins the show to discuss his line of EOD wines and those who are supported by it’s sales. 4-Star Air Force General Merrill A. McPeak speaks with Randy and Jerry about his time in the U.S....

Duration:00:34:31

American Red Cross & Trace Adkins

12/17/2017
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This week the National Defense checks in with the American Red Cross and one of their people on the ground dealing with the horrific wildfires in California over the past couple weeks; Tony Briggs. Tony fills Jerry and Randy in on the levels of devastation seen, what the American Red Cross is doing to help those affected, and what you can do to help. Then, The National Defense is very excited to welcome Trace Adkins back to the show to discuss his continued support of America’s military...

Duration:00:34:45

(book) The World Turns to War; and Herman Moore and the Quicklane Bowl

12/10/2017
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The National Defense has a great show for you this week, particularly if you’re a history or football buff! First, Randy speaks with author Jay Wertz who, through his research and interviews conducted with those who were there, has written The World Turns to War (War Stories: World War II Firsthand). Randy speaks with Jay about the way he went about putting the book together and the importance of documenting the stories of people that had their lives affected by World War II in this great...

Duration:00:37:04

The Snowball Express & the Green Beret Foundation

12/3/2017
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This week, the National Defense gets into the holiday spirit by speaking with Buck Kern, the Executive Director of Snowball Express, an organization dedicated to providing hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. Jerry and Randy get a little culture in their lives as they speak with Alvin Townley from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, about the role the arts can play in the lives of veterans as well as the...

Duration:00:36:37

Thanksgiving Special: Ford Motors, Steps of Faith and Subway

11/25/2017
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The National Defense hopes you and yours enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and have a great show for you this week! First, Randy and Jerry welcome Patrick Leitch from Ford Motor Company, their Manager of Primary Brands and Truck Activation, to talk about a really great partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, the Detroit Lions, the USO, and The Mission Continues. Ford surprised military families with special Thanksgiving wishes from their favorite players and more! Lanette Kovachi, the...

Duration:00:37:23

Kyle Fox "Follow the Flag"

11/19/2017
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Kyle Fox finds a car and puts it back together

Duration:00:37:09

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