One of the most compelling stories of the Global War on Terror. Retired Green Beret Lt. Col Scott Mann organized a group of volunteers who rescued several hundred Afghans during the chaos that was our withdrawal from that nation.
It has been estimated that 20-25% of Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan have Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Resurrecting Lives Foundation is working to assure that Veterans with TBI are properly diagnosed and treated.
Our regular check in with Scott Faith, editor of The Havok Journal – The Voice of the Veteran Community.
Ken Fisher, Chairman & CEO of the Fisher House Foundation joins us to share their amazing program for providing comfort homes where Veteran families may stay free of charge while their loved one is in the VA hospital.
Joe Goldberg has been a CIA covert action officer, corporate intelligence and international political consultant.
Since 2006, Forever Young Veterans has brought healing and honor to more than 2,500 Veterans by granting their unfulfilled dreams and returning them to the places they fought.
Nate Boyer has reached the pinnacle in two careers. He wore the Army Green Beret and after “walking on” for the Texas Longhorns he would go on to be the oldest rookie in the NFL (Seattle Seahawks) at age 34. As a veteran of both the military and athletic communities, he founded “Merging Vets & Players” to help both populations deal with their transition struggles.
A fighter plane that turned the tide of the air war in Europe almost didn’t make it off the ground. David and Margaret White have written an excellent book that details the journey of the P-51 Mustang from design to combat – and all the bumps along the way.
Wade “Mother” Hubbard was in the Air Force for five years and was awarded five Distinguished Flying Cross medal and one purple heart. Wade flew both the Linebacker I and Linebacker II campaigns. Up next in our series with the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.
During his 35 years in the Army, Douglas Dillard spent many a holiday away from his family. The first was as a young member of the 82nd Airborne at the Battle of the Bulge.
It is said there are only two bad days for a fighter pilot; the day a pilot straps on the jet knowing it is their last flight and the day a pilot straps on the jet NOT knowing it is their last flight. Thankfully Darrell Ahrens avoided the later in the skies over Vietnam.
Out of the seven Air Force Crosses awarded since the beginning of the Global War on Terror, five have been awarded to Combat Controllers for extraordinary heroism in combat. Mike Lamonica and Mike West of the Combat Control Foundation join us to talk about these warriors who are “First In.”
Brad Taylor served in the Army for 21 years, including 8 years with Delta Force. He has also authored 16 New York Times best selling thrillers.
Two time Air Force Veteran Steven Myers is a successful four-time CEO and serial entrepreneur. In 1992 he became the first American since Charles Lindbergh to pilot an airplane into the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula, forming one of the first post Soviet era joint ventures.
Andrew Kiniry was with the 45th Evacuation hospital. He says more than one infantryman said he would NEVER trade duty with Andrew. That proved right when Andrew’s unit was moved into the Buchenwald concentration camp to care for the survivors.
Eileen Collins was an Air Force test pilot before being selected by NASA as an astronaut. She was the first woman pilot and first woman commander of a space shuttle. A Veteran of four shuttle flights, she has logged more than 872 hours in space.
Greg Drobny served 8 years in the Army including a brief period conducting Psy-Ops. His transition out of the military was a somewhat rocky one until he found something he really enjoyed – Code Platoon helps Veterans, active duty service members and military spouses transition into the workforce by providing technical training and career placement.
Navy Week sails into my backyard! Guests include Constructionman William Jones of the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. EOD Navy Diver Second Class Petty Officer Skylar Bokelman and the Band Master of the Navy Band Southwest LCDR Bruce Mansfield.
While providing ground support for troops in contact, Kim Campbell’s A-10 was rocked by anti-aircraft fire causing the loss of all hydraulics. Rather than bail out over Baghdad, she converted to manual control and nursed her plan back to safety. Kim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for her actions that day.
Ken and Betty Rodgers have released another powerful documentary – “I Married The War”. This film depicts the challenges that PTSD places upon the spouses from WWII to the present day.
Country Music recording artist Colton James’ music is deeply rooted in his love for America. He is one of the founders of Land 4 Heroes Lodge, a retreat being built for Veterans on 15,000 acres in Virginia.
A Soldier’s Child Foundation was created to serve the children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty while defending the United States of America. They presently have 5,000 children enrolled in all 50 states. Founder and Executive Director Daryl Mackin joins us.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations Agent “John Smith” was working in Panama leading up to Operation Just Cause. He has some interesting stories to share about Confidential Informants, Witches and defecting Russians…
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Senior Vice President Donny Daughenbaugh and Field Representative Mary Herrera. both wounded Veterans, join us to discuss the challenges they faced and what they are doing to provide support for other wounded Veterans.
Author John C. McManus has just released his third book in a trilogy about the US war in the Pacific. It is superbly researched. John joins us to share some insights.
In her new book “Fly Girls Revolt”, former test pilot Col. Eileen Bjorkman tells the stories of the women aviators that kicked open the doors to fly in combat and the pioneers that paved the way for them.
Ernie Stevens is one of the pair of San Antonio police officers featured in the Emmy Award winning HBO documentary “Crisis Cops”. He served as a police officer for 28 years and is the author of a best selling book on police de-escalation.
A special show in honor of National Police week featuring Law Enforcement widow Nohemy Hite (Founder of the Erik Hite Foundation and Sheriff Scott Rose, Producer and Host of the Officer Down Memorial podcast.
When Todd Ehrlich first had the idea to create a clean recovery drink during is time as a Navy SEAL, he had no idea how big it would become. Kill Cliff is now a multi-million dollar per year company. Our Veteran Entrepreneur feature.
During the Korean War, Royce Williams engaged in a solo dogfight against seven Russian pilots. Because the Soviets were not publicly acknowledged as being combatants in the war, the record of the dogfight was scrubbed from all records and Royce was sworn to secrecy. In January 2023 his Silver Star for that action was upgraded to a Navy Cross.