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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.

Location:

Gaithersburg, MD

Networks:

Radio America

Description:

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

We welcome two great actors to the program, Mark Wahlberg and the legendary Charlie Sheen

4/19/2019
The National Defense has a great show this week as we welcome two great actors to the program, Mark Wahlberg and the legendary Charlie Sheen. Both men discuss their history in Hollywood, their time onscreen portraying men in the United States military, and much more in this star-studded show, all this week on The National Defense!

Duration:00:44:11

Making a Night Stalker; & the Ford Escape

4/12/2019
The National Defense kicks off this week with author David Burnett (“Making a Night Stalker”), discussing a little-known piece of modern military history from the perspective of a Chinook helicopter crew-chief in the 160th Special Operations Aviation unit. David talks about his service as a crew-chief on the Chinook, and what readers can expect when picking up a copy of the great book “Making a Night Stalker.” Then, Randy welcomes Ford Motor Company’s SUV Marketing Manager Craig Patterson...

Duration:00:35:27

Wounded Warrior Project’s Vice President for Engagement and Physical Health and Wellness, Tracy Farrell

4/5/2019
This week’s National Defense features interviews with Wounded Warrior Project’s Vice President for Engagement and Physical Health and Wellness, Tracy Farrell, to the program to talk about not only her background in the Military Police but her current work in keeping our veterans physically active and healthy. Then, we feature a very interesting story from Gillette’s Senior Archivist, Greg McCoy, to talk about the link between Gillette and the American Military from World War I all the way...

Duration:00:44:10

The Cornwalls Are Gone - - An Interview with James Patterson

3/29/2019
This week on The National Defense we welcome best-selling author and supporter of the American military, James Patterson, to the program to discuss his prolific career, his support of our American men and women in Uniform, and his new book “The Cornwalls Are Gone” in a great interview with Randy Miller. Make sure to check out this great interview on The National Defense and www.thenationaldefense.com!

Duration:00:34:34

Seahawks Snapper Nate Boyer & Lt. General Michael Ferriter

3/22/2019
This week's show kicks off with Nate Boyer, a United States Army Green Beret, and long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks. Randy and Nate discuss his military and football career, and his co-founding - along with Jay Glazer - of "MVP": Merging Vets & Players. MVP matches up combat veterans and former professional athletes together to give them a new team to tackle the transition to civilian life together. Next, its retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter, who served as...

Duration:00:33:32

Gorilla Glue & Operation Gratitude; March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

3/15/2019
We welcome the COO of Gorilla Glue, Rob Lackman, and Aaron Fromm, Marketing Director, to the show to talk about some of the great work that Gorilla Glue and O’keefe’s Working Hands are doing to put together packages for Operation Gratitude. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Randy and Jerry welcome Wounded Warrior Project’s Alex Balbir, director for Warrior Care Network and Independence Services. Alex discusses the nature of brain injury, and the work that Wounded Warrior is...

Duration:00:34:37

This week on The National Defense, Air Force Academy graduate and veteran jet pilot Otis Hooper about his career in the milita

3/8/2019
This week on The National Defense, we speak with Air Force Academy graduate and veteran jet pilot Otis Hooper about his career in the military, his ranking as a man in Men’s Health magazine, and the launch of launch of Gillette Hydra Gels, and Gillette Deodorant’s partnership with Operation Homefront coming this summer. We also welcome back Heather Prill, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Programs for the Home Depot Foundation to talk about the unending level of support for our...

Duration:00:44:11

This week on The National Defense we welcome Antoinette Williams, a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force

2/28/2019
This week on The National Defense we welcome Antoinette Williams, a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force who has agreed to take the on the mission of opening and establishing the new American Red Cross office at Mihail Kogalniceanu, Airbase, Romania in support of the U.S. forces in Eastern Europe. We also welcome a new partner to the show, Gillette Blades and Razors and with that speak to Nick Harrington from Gillette’s Consumer Research and Development team in Boston to discuss...

Duration:00:44:12

Executive Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Carl Blake

2/22/2019
We have a great show this week featuring two gentlemen with a heart for serving our veteran community. First, we welcome the Executive Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Carl Blake, to the show to discuss the PVA, veterans’ health care, the Veterans Administration, and much more. Then, The National Defense is thrilled to welcome actor Gary Sinise back to the program to discuss his never-ending work supporting our military and veterans, as well as his new book “Grateful American:...

Duration:00:44:08

The National Defense welcomes the Chief of Staff for Wounded Warrior Project, Chris Toner

2/15/2019
This week The National Defense welcomes the Chief of Staff for Wounded Warrior Project, Chris Toner, to give us an update on Wounded Warrior Project and what they have on the horizon in 2019. ABC Nightly News host David Muir then joins the program to discuss his long running career in journalism, including his time covering armed conflicts around the world and the American men and women in uniform who are serving our country. It’s another great week on The National Defense!

Duration:00:44:10

This Week: American Red Cross & U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

2/8/2019
This week The National Defense brings you some great interviews from the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington D.C.. Randy and Jerry were able to speak with Verna Caruthers, an American Red Cross “Donut Dolly” during the Vietnam War. Then, Jerry and Randy speak with Dr. Jay Boyd, historian for the United States Army Chaplain Corps, about the history of the Chaplain role in the American Military. It’s another week of great stories on The National Defense!

Duration:00:35:27

The National Defense welcomes a guest brought to us by WD-40 in Matt Myrick, the president of Busted Knuckle Films

2/1/2019
The National Defense welcomes a guest brought to us by WD-40 in Matt Myrick, the president of Busted Knuckle Films that he started in 2006. Matt brings us some great tips on getting your car prepped for the frigid temperatures that are sure to continue across North America. Randy and Jerry bring us more great sound from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South in San Diego to round out this week’s show. It’s another great week on The National Defense!

Duration:00:45:49

The Farmers Insurance Open

1/26/2019
This week The National Defense comes to you from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in beautiful San Diego, California. Jerry and Randy have been hard at it all week to bring you interviews from all across the spectrum with one thing in common: helping out those in need. Through the gifts of golf, scholarships, veterans support, and barbecue, the Farmers Insurance Open has assembled a great group of folks that The National Defense is proud to feature on our program.

Duration:00:36:48

The National Defense welcomes Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer Brand Marketing Manager

1/18/2019
The National Defense welcomes Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer Brand Marketing Manager, to discuss the new debut of the 6th generation of the Ford Explorer, the history of the model, and the features people can look for in the new version of the most popular SUV model of all time. Randy and Jerry welcome actor Bryan Cranston to the program to discuss his new film “The Upside,” his award-winning acting career, and his recent USO tour he took to support our active duty men and women. We fill out...

Duration:00:44:12

Mario Lopez in the House This Week!

1/11/2019
The National Defense welcomes actor Mario Lopez to discuss his career, his support of the US Military and much more. Randy and Jerry check in with Morgan Stanley for the “Money Minute” and Wendy Hauteman - Sr. Vice President of Marketing at VSP Vision Care for a preview of this year’s “Eye Insights.” Jerry and Randy also speak with Mike Spagnola, VP of Product Development for SEMA about the SEMA Garage show coming up next week in Las Vegas, NV, and WD-40’s involvement in auctioning off a...

Duration:00:31:36

The National Defense pays tribute to Richard Overton

1/4/2019
This week on The National Defense, we pay tribute to Richard Overton, World War II Veteran from Austin Texas who, at the age of 112 was the oldest WWII Veteran AND the oldest American. Richard passed away on December 27th, so we only thought it fitting to light up a cigar and sip a little whiskey in honor of a man who had joined our show over the years. Then, Randy speaks with the incomparable Michael Bolton about his music career and his support of the American military throughout. It’s...

Duration:00:44:10

The National Defense brings you the final show of 2018 and we start off with the one and only, Dolly Parton!

12/26/2018
This week, The National Defense brings you the final show of 2018 and we start off with the one and only, Dolly Parton! Dolly and Randy discuss Dolly’s career, the new Jennifer Aniston film “Dumplin” and much more in this great interview. Actor, Director, and Legend Clint Eastwood pops in to give a special greeting to our active duty military and Tom Kastner, VP for Financial Wellness at Wounded Warrior Project, discusses VA claims, and much more. Happy New Year from The National Defense!

Duration:00:44:10

Jennifer Lopez joins The National Defense to bring holiday greetings to our military members listening

12/21/2018
This week, The National Defense brings you a jam packed show for your Christmas holiday. Actress and entertainer, Jennifer Lopez joins The National Defense to bring holiday greetings to our military members listening on American Forces Networks, and we’re also joined by the President of the American Gold Star Mothers, Becky Christmas, to discuss the anniversary of AGSM and much more. We round out our pre-Christmas show by talking O’Keefes Working Hands Hand Cream with Kevin Namaky, Associate...

Duration:00:44:10

We are honored to be joined for the entire hour by legendary actor Tom Hanks.

12/14/2018
This week on The National Defense, we are honored to be joined for the entire hour by legendary actor Tom Hanks. Tom speaks with Randy and Jerry about his career in movies, and all his roles from military movies, to Forrest Gump to David S. Pumpkins, and his special wishes for our troops this holiday season. To hear the entire interview, check it out on our website at www.thenationaldefense.com

Duration:00:44:11

This week on The National Defense we welcome Wounded Warrior Project’s Melanie Mousseau

12/7/2018
This week on The National Defense we welcome Wounded Warrior Project’s Melanie Mousseau, Director of Metrics at WWP, to discuss what the role that she plays within the organization, and how important it is to reach out to the veteran community to really assess their individual needs and assess the success rates of their programs and services. Then, The National Defense continues their Executive Leadership series by welcoming the CEO of FedEx, Fred Smith. Fred discusses his time in the Marine...

Duration:00:44:11