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Sun 12/13/2020

Veterans Matter – Ken Leslie

2020-12-21T22:52:19-07:00December 13th, 2020|

Helping homeless Veterans find housing is a passion Ken Leslie feels deep in his bones. He is the founder and “Chief Advocate Officer” for the non-profit Veterans Matter. While Ken never served in the military, at one time he himself was homeless and living off the streets. As a traveling standup comedian in the 1980’s Ken began to notice a greater number of homeless around the country.  This led him to start a homeless project in his hometown of Toledo. [...]

Mon 7/27/2020

Save the Brave – Scott Huesing

2021-01-10T18:23:47-07:00July 27th, 2020|

Save the Brave Executive Director Scott Huesing was asked to give the eulogy at the memorial service for David White, a high school friend and Navy Veteran. David drank himself to death. Rather than fly cross country, Scott decided to undertake a 4,600 mile roundtrip motorcycle journey in order to honor David, raise awareness about the Post Traumatic Stress issues still bedeviling Veterans and raise funds for Save the Brave programs that help address this issue. Scott has never ridden [...]

Sun 6/28/2020

Soldier Strong Founder Christopher Meek

2021-01-10T18:27:27-07:00June 28th, 2020|

Soldier Strong was originally established by Christopher Meek as “Soldiers Socks” in 2009. Chris was in the World Trade Center towers on September 11th and was responsible for getting 29 persons out on that day.  Following those attacks Chris knew he had to do something to give back but didn’t know what form that would take. A few years later Chris learned from a Marine Corps mentor that some deployed troops were lacking essentials like socks and baby wipes. He [...]

Sun 5/10/2020

Gary Sinise Foundation CEO Robin Rand

2021-01-10T18:32:00-07:00May 10th, 2020|

Gary Sinise Foundation CEO Robin Rand joins us to discuss their programs in support of military members, first responders and their families.  He updates us on the Foundation’s Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service program. Since March 9, this new element of their programming has funded over 5,000 pieces of PPE and large scale decontamination equipment for 56 first responder units in 25 states. Over $700,000 of the $ 1 million raised for this program has already been allocated and Robin assures [...]

Sun 10/21/2018

Call of Duty Endowment – Dan Goldenberg

2021-01-10T12:39:54-07:00October 21st, 2018|

The Call of Duty Endowment was created by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in 2009 after learning that nearly 30% of post 9/11 Veterans were facing challenges in finding civilian employment. Since then, the Endowment has funded the placement of 50,000 veterans in careers paying an average of $27,000 more than the national median. Activision Blizzard is the world’s largest and most profitable western interactive entertainment company. Call of Duty Endowment Executive Director Dan Goldenberg joins us to share how his [...]

Sun 10/14/2018

Deliver Fund – Nic McKinley

2021-01-10T12:43:36-07:00October 14th, 2018|

Deliver Fund Co-Founder and Exec. Director Nic McKinley used to save lives and catch bad guys overseas. Now he does it right here in our country. Nic mentioned to a Navy recruiter that he wanted to be a medic in the SEAL Teams.  The response was “Why wouldn’t you just become a PJ?”  Nic had never heard of Air Force pararescue but went on to spend 10 years serving as a member of these elite teams. While attached to a [...]

Sun 8/14/2016

Radney Foster – “Angel Flight”

2021-01-13T08:33:07-07:00August 14th, 2016|

A conversation with a National Guardsman in an ice cream parlor inspired Darden Smith and his friend Radney Foster to write the song “Angel Flight”.  This haunting song soon became an internet sensation and led to the foundation of a very unique service organization that helps Veterans cope by expressing their feelings through song. On September 17, 2008 a Chinook helicopter from the Texas National Guard General Support Aviation Battalion – call sign Red River 44 – was one of [...]

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