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Friday, January 19th
Beer! Episode 2: Home of the Brave Brewing Co
Matt Saintsing gets his Aloha on with awesome Hawaiian brew. Hear Glen Tomlinson, President/Owner of Home of the Brave Brewing Co. talk about his love of WWII History, Sharing pints with Pearl Harbor Survivors and of course tasting some high octane Mighty American Ale.
Talking Vettys with H.W. Floyd & Eli Crane
Marine Corps vet H.W. Floyd is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Academy of Veterans, the organization hosting the 3rd annual Vetty awards. Eli Crane is a former SEAL and founder of Bottle Breacher and a presenter at this year's Vettys. Host Eric Dehm speaks with them about the Vetty awards past, present and future on the eve of the 3rd annual ceremony.
Code Of Support Foundation's PatriotLink
Host Eric Dehm and special guest host Eric Mitchell are joined by former Army spouse and Co-Founder/Executive Director of Code of Support Kristy Kauffman to talk about their new Patriot Link program which aims to bring veteran families to the right places to find support for a variety of issues including mental health, financial assistance and so much more.
The Morning Briefing: Irreverent Warriors & The Vetty's!
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm is joined by special guest host Eric Mitchell, Founder of LifeFlip Media and they talk about the amazing work to help struggling veterans being done by Irreverent Warriors with the CEO of that organization Jesse James. Later, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Unisted States Veterans H.W. Floyd, and Bottle Breacher founder/SEAL veteran Eli Crane join the conversation to go over the Vetty awards taking place in D.C. bringing celebrities and vets together to recognize the efforts of those helping the veteran community.
Thursday, January 18th
AMVETS Exec. Dir. Joe Chenelly
Host Eric Dehm is joined by AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly to discuss yesterday's hearing with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and VA Secretary Shulkin, a hearing Chenelly says was full of tension that has been noticeably absent during Shulkin's previous appearances before the committee.
The Morning Briefing: Capture The Flag, Naval Academy Style
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the news of the day, including B-52's deploying to Guam and a Marine being stabbed to death by a fellow MArine on Camp Pendleton. Then Eric is joined by Claude Berube, history instructor at the US Naval Academy, to discuss an amazing recent find for the academy's museum. What was the find? Over a hundred flags, many captured in battle, that had not seen the light of day for 100 years.
Wednesday, January 17th
Why you should wear R.E.D. on Friday ...
What is RED Friday? How can you support the military and the American Legion's Child Welfare Foundation? Reporter Phil Briggs gets the details from the American Legion's Meagan Sweet.
American Legion TBI & PTSD Coordinator Ryan Britch
Host Eric Dehm speaks with Ryan Britch, the American Legion's TBI & PTSD program coordinator about what the Legion is doing to aid vets with those conditions.
The Morning Briefing: Medical Marijuana Hangups and Air Force is COOL
On this edition of the Morning briefing, Super Producer Jake Hughes sits in for an under the weather Eric Dehm. He talks about the VA's refusal to study marijuana as a possible treatment for PTS and Chronic Pain, and the fallout of the tragic crashes of the USS FItzgerald and USS John S. McCain. Then, he speaks to RUssell Gray, and Air Force vet who runs the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or COOL program, which lets active duty service members get free acreditation on line.
Tuesday, January 16th
The Morning Briefing - Hunting with a SEAL, More VA Issues, and the Mare Island Cemetery
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Jake Hughes discuss Eric's hunting trip with retired SEAL Don shipley and Marine Corps veterans Rob Jones and Ben Kiernan. Then the news of the day including a vet allegedly misdiagnosed and denied service by the VA and a 90 year old suing the Air Force for an "undesirable" discharge she received in 1955. Later, the man spearheading the effort to fix and maintain the historic Mare Island cemtery in Calisfonia, retired Navy Captain Ralph Parrott comes on to taljk about the progress made, the work still to be done, and the plan going forward.
Friday, January 12th
New Podcast: BEER! Episode 1
In our first podcast dedicated to beer, (Don't worry, we're gonna give it a name eventually.) Matt Saintsing, self proclaimed "Beer nerd", introduces us to Dave Kuehner, co-founder and partner, of Honor Brewing Company and Honor Winery in Chantilly, Va.
VFW's 2018 Focus
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative Director Carlos Fuentes (USMC vet) and Veterans Services Director Ryan Galucci to talk about what the VFW is focused on accomplishing via legislation in 2018. Funding for various programs leads off the list, with equal treatment for females at the VA, and much more on the docket for the VFW's coming year.
Wounded Paw Project's Ernesto Hernandez & Greg Sipple
Founder and CEO of the Wounded Paw Project Ernesto Hernandez, and Executive Director Greg Sipple join host Eric Dehm for a discussion on their organizations push to include rescue dogs as a viable, less costly, option for service dogs to assist veterans.
The Morning Briefing: Fat Recruits! Navy back to Iceland? Pets For Vets' Sean Quigley!
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes and reporter Jonathan Kaupanger kick off the Friday show talking about a new study that says recruits from 10 states are 28% more likely to be injured at basic training thanks to low levels of fitness and high levels of obesity. Next up, a discussion on how it appears new Russian naval aggression may bring the US Navy back to Iceland, at least part-time. Later in the show Eric is joined by Sean Quigley, a chapter director of Pets For Vets, an organization working to help veterans meet up with the right shelter dog for them.
Thursday, January 11th
Vetted CEO Robert White
Host Eric Dehm speaks with Rob White, CEO of Vetted, an organization looking to change the way veterans transition into the business world. In the interview Rob explains why Vetted's team believes that he best way forward in improving vet transition is privatization, and goes into detail on their fellowship program and partnership with various business schools.
The Morning Briefing: Veteran's Day Poster Contest & Wounded Paw Project
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes begin the show discussing the Veteran's Day Poster contest (Jake's submission will have poorly drawn stick fiugres, and Eric's will feature slightly less poorly drawn stick figures) before broaching a more serious topic in the VA's continued dog experimentation. Sticking sith a K-9 centric focus, Eric is then joined by Wounded Paw Project's Ernesto Hernandez and Greg Sipple to talk about how they plan to change the game, and reduce the costs, when it comes to providing service dogs to wounded warriors.
AMVETS Exec. Dir. Joe Chenelly
Host Eric Dehm is joined by AMVETS Executive Director (and USMC vet) Joe Chenelly to talk about a variety of issues facing the vet community including the President Trump's recent executive order regarding suicide, how AG Sessions' marijuana enforcement directive could affect vets and much more.
Wednesday, January 10th
The Morning Briefing: Video Games, Executive Orders & Vetted CEO Robert White
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss gaming culture, and the differences between generational perceptions of gaming and streaming before moving on to discusing President Trump's executive order aimed at helping transitioning vets. Later, the CEO of Vetted, Army vet Robert White joins the show to talk about how his impressive team plans to change the game when it comes to the transition process.
American Legion Legislative Director Matt Shuman
Host Eric Dehm is joined by American Legion National Legislative Director Matt Shuman & Media Relations Director Joe Plenzler to talk about the VA's legislative agenda for 2018. CHOICE tops the list with numerous other hot political issues joining it.
Tuesday, January 9th
HillVets Founder Justin Brown
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Founder and CEO of HillVets Justin Brown who goes over the biggest items of the new year affecting vets on Capitol Hill, including the VETS Act, an upcoming "mystery announcement" from President Trump regarding veterans, Secretary Shulkin's questions about the Cerner's progress on the Electronic Health Records and much more!
The Morning Briefing: Army Thieves Sentenced & Rico Roman Goes For More Olympic Gold
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the latest news and info including Army thieves going to jail, and somebody making a big goof with the Army Twitter account. Then Paralympics gold medalist Rico Roman talks about his career in and after the service, and his hope to take home another gold medal at Pyeongchang.
Monday, January 8th
Our Button is Bigger ... So, What's Wrong with Tough Talking Tweets?
By now the world has heard President Trump declare our Nuclear "Button" is bigger than North Korea's button. Some Americans love the tough talking tweets. Others think they're dangerous. Phil Briggs asked Reporter Matt Saintsing, and Retired USAF Colonel Erik Goepner, Visiting Research Fellow in the Cato Institute's Defense and Foreign Policy Department, what's wrong with tough talk and how should we deal with this dictator?
The Morning Briefing: The War Horse tackles sex assault & Retired SEALs add DNA to tattoos!
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the wide-ranging effects a poor command can have on someone's time in, and after, the service. Then they play a piece by reporter Caitlin Kenney focusing on The War Horse's new interactive project focusing on sexaul aault and harassment in the military. Finally, retired SEAL Boyd Renner joins the show to talk about his career and a new product he, and some fellow SEALs co-founded called "Everence" that will allow people to add a loved one's DNA to existing, or new tattoos.
Thursday, January 4th
Former SEAL & Battle Grounds Coffee Founder Salvatore DeFranco
Salvatore DeFranco served on SEAL Team 3 before leaving the Navy to find his way in the civilian world. After travelling a bumpy road, DeFranco found his calling in the world of caffeinated beverages, founding Battle Grounds Coffee with his wife Dana.
Thursday, December 28th, 2017
2017: THE END IS NEAR ... a few of our favorite moments
Eric Dehm, Host, The Morning Briefing and Phil Briggs, VetStory podcast Host, look back and talk about a few of their favorite moments from 2017. From the emotional to the exciting to the inappropriate ... 2017 gave Connecting Vets a lot to talk about.
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
Montel Williams on Snowboarding
The 90's TV Talk Show legend and Navy Veteran, Montel Willaims has battled MS since the late 90s. Hear him tell VetStory podcast host, Phil Briggs, how snowboarding gives him relief.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
American Legion Legislative Director Matt Shuman and Joe Plenzler
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Legion's Legislative Director Shuman & Media guru Plenzler to talk about the latest developments when it comes to funcing (or not funding) CHOICE at the VA. Then the conversation moves on to why a legislative and lobbying branch of the Legion is a necessity.
The Morning Briefing: AAFES Deals & WaPo's Letters From War Podcast
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes begin the show discussing video gaming, and how Eric's recent XBox search showed how competitive AAFES new online shopping benefit for vets is with the "big boys" of retail. Then the Washington Post military reporter Dan Lamothe, Navy veteran Jeff Chiang, and Army vet Brendan Wentz join the show to talk about their involvement in WaPo's amazing new "Letters From War" podcast.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
#MeToo: Why the Movement Falls Short for Women in the Military
From the moment #Me Too swept across the Twittersphere, women have felt empowered to call out abusive men in the workplace- and many of those men have lost their jobs. But as Toni Rico, Communications Director, Service Women's Action Network explained to Connecting Vets Kaylah Jackson, for women in the military- it's a different story.
MHS TRICARE Director Ken Canestrini
The acting Director of Military Health Service TRICARE Program Ken Canestrini clears up some questions retirees and military members have about the changes coming to TRICARE Jan. 1st.
The Morning Briefing: Medl of Honor recipient Flo Groberg & TriCare Program Director Ken Canestrini
Things kick off interestingly, as Eric is stuck in traffic and doesn't arrive until a couple minutes into the show. After his arrival (and rant about how the driver's license test being more difficult would end traffic) we hear Eric's conversation with MoH recipient Flo Groberg at UMUC, and then the Military Health Service TriCare Acting Program Director Col. (Ret.) Ken Canestrini provides answers to the burning questions relating to the program changes coming on Jan. 1.
Friday, December 15th, 2017
Eye of the Trident: Former SEAL now a Lion for Conservatives
On the day we met former Navy SEAL, LCDR Dan Crenshaw (Ret.), he had his trademark Navy Blue glass eye, equipped with a gold Trident in the center. But, beyond the "Eye of the Trident", is an incredible story of battle, faith and his current fight for a seat in Congress. In this episode he shares his story and his politics with Eric Dehm and Phil Briggs.
VFW's Ryan Gallucci
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Director of National Veterans Services Ryan Gallucci to discuss a recent e-mail from the VA that the VFW says has some incomplete information and seems to be promising things from VSO service officers that may not be promises the VSO's can keep.
The Morning Briefing: New Army Secretary Already Making Big Changes
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss their nerdly pursuits before diving into the latest news including some big changes, some proposed and some already activated, by new Army Secretary Mark Esper. Jake & Eric also discuss a recent report on rising STD rates in the military and the differences between Army & Navy promotions. We can now clarify that promotion to Navy Master Chief does not involve a "kumite" style martial arts tournament, though reports indicate a coffee drinking contest may indeed be a part of the process.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017
AMVETS Exec. Dir. Joe Chenelly
Host Eric Dehm is joined by AMVETS National Commander Joe Chenelly to talk about concerns over recently separated vets getting bad info on the GI Bill, the VA runbning out of money again and the VA's continuing issues with the new Vet ID cards.
The Morning Briefing: Japan Curfew Lifted & Partiot Boot Camp COO Josh Carter
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm, Producer Jake Hughes and special guest Joe Chenelly discuss the latest news from the veteran and military world, including Doast Guard Academy cadets being charged with racism and the lifting of the recent alcohol ban and curfew for those serving in Japan. Then Eric is joined by Navy vet and COO of Patriot Boot Camp Josh Carter comes on the show to talk about his company's work to help veteran and military spouses in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.
American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors
Host Eric Dehm is joined by past national commander of the Legion Jim Koutz, and current Assistant Director for Troop & Family Support Bruce Drake to talk about Operation Comfort Warriors, a program that's doing great work to adress the gaps in providing comfort to our wounded warriors and their families.
Morning Briefing: North Korea Talks Possible & Moving With The Military Founder Maria Reed
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the days news and info including the stae department's announcement that they are willing to sit down with the North Korean government. Later, 15 year Army spouse Maria Reed creator of MovingwiththeMilitary.tv talks about the series and offers some tips for anyone trying to turn a house into a home.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
HillVets' Justin Brown
Host Eric Dehm is joined by HillVets Founder & CEO Justin Brown to talk about the current status of the electronic health care records issue, and how a similar program in Canada run by the same company, Cerner, has gone way over bufget and described as catastrophic by that nation's health minister. Also discussed: Secretary Shulkin's "secret" new book, the Alabama Senate election and more!
The Morning Briefing: Army Defector Jenkins Dead/Brian Niswander Talks Military-Transition.org
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss a variety of topics including Bobby Lashley's military background and the death of the last of 4 well-known American defectors to North Korea, Charles Jenkins. Later, Military-Transition.org founder Brian Niswander, a USAF intel officer, comes on the show to talk about the goldmine of data he's uncovered that can help transitioning vets find the right path!
Monday, December 11th, 2017
DAV Voluntary Services
Host Eric Dehm is joined by Disabled American Veterans National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst to talk about the fantastic programs offered by DAV inclusing transportation to VA appointments, scholarships for youth volunteers and a winter sports clinic for our most seriously wounded warriors.
The Morning Briefing: Former SEAL Dan Crenshaw Running For Congress
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes talk about the hate crime hoax on the USS George Bush and how events like this, and the recent Air Force Academy hoax do a disservice to those experiencing any actual forms of racism within the military. Eric is then joined by former Navy SEAL, and current congressional candidate, Dan Crenshaw to talk about his career on Team 3 including the explosion that cost him an eye, and nearly took his life. Dan also explains why he felt now was the time for him to seek public office.
Friday, December 8th, 2017
Army vs Navy: Football and Busting Balls
Phil Briggs, Jake Hughes, and Abbey Hartley explore the ball busting between the Army and Navy. We hear about; POTUS kicking field goals from Navy Football Announcer, Pete Medhurst, How Ens, Rylan Tuohy got 9M views on Youtube, and edgy-awesomeness from Army Veteran owned apparel company Ranger Up.
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
The Morning Briefing: Remembering Pearl Harbor
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes talk about the historical importance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the massive loss of life that followed. Include in the discussion is audio of Roosevelt's "Infamy" speech from Dec. 8th, 1941 and audio of from a ConnectingVets interview with Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing who was on board the battleship USS West Virginia when the attack occured. Then Eric welcomes Army vet, author and motivational speaker Jimmy Blackmon to the show to talk about his fascinating post-service career.
AMVETS Talks Pearl Harbor and Vet Homelessness
Host Eric Dehm is joined by AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly to talk about the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor, and the VA reversing their decision to shut down a $465 million dollar program that works to help homeless veterans. As a Marine Corps veteran, Joe also gives his opinion on the new Navy slogan and he and Eric discuss why the Marine Corps is so far aheead of the other branches when it comes to recruiting campaigns.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
American Legion Talks NDAA
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the American Legion's Joe Plenzler and Freddy Gessner to go over what changes are expected to come o tthe military, and retirees in the National Defense Authorization Act. Retirement is changing, those serving will see an increase to their pay, recruiters will have raised goals and Tricare recipients will see big changes to both structure and costs.
The Morning Briefing: Doc Spartan co-founder Dale King
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss video game culture in the military and military recruiting slogans, following the announcement of the Navy's new one "Forged By The Sea." Then Dale King, Army vet and co-founder of Doc Spartan (as seen on Shark Tank) joins the show to talk about his business partnership with a former military spouse, the sales spike that came with tv exposure, and the effort to try to maintain that kind of success.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
The Morning Briefing: Team Afghan Power
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the Navy not using the term "NCO" and the 10th Mountain Division inspired uniforms Army football will wear in Saturday's big game against Navy. Later, the President of Team Afghan Power, Marine Corps veteran John Gerlaugh .
HillVets Founder Justin Brown
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Founder & CEO of HillVets Justin Brown to talk about Justin's visit to the opening of Boulder Crest Retreat West in Arizona, two upcoming hearings focusing on mental health and opioids, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee moving forward on veteran healthcare and Justin's recent decision to become a vegan.
Monday, December 4th, 2017
LL Cool J: He raps, He plays a former SEAL on NCIS, and now He's a National Treasure
Before LL Cool J was a rap pioneer, or the television star of "NCIS: Los Angeles", he was the son of a Navy Veteran. And recently he became the first Kennedy Center Honoree, for his achievements in Hip Hop.
and Phil Briggs talk; Hip Hop, Flintstones and How LL Cool J created art that changed a generation.
The Morning Briefing: Marijuana Waivers For the Army & Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers For Vets
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm is joined by Producer Jake Hughes, and later Reporter Jonathan Kaupanger, to discuss the days top news items including a 150% increase in weed waivers for Army recruiting in 2017, the VA looking at Hyperbaric Oxygen chambers to treat PTSD and more.
DAV's Unsung Heroes Initiative
Host Eric Dehm is joined by former DAV National Commander Dave Riley and current Deputy National Legislative Director Adrian Atizado to talk about the organizations "Unsung Heroes Initiative" which aims to give pre 9/11 caregivers the same support received by their post 9/11 counterparts. They discuss the cost benefits of making these changes, and the importance of keeping vets out of nursing homes when possible.
Friday, December 1st, 2017
VFW Survey on Tricare Changes Reveals Problems
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Driector of National Security and Foreign Affairs Sarah Maples to discuss the results of a recent survey the VFW conducted on TriCare changes that are coming up fast. Millions of veterans, gold star families and active duty military will be affected by the changes taking place in January. The results of the survey show there are some serious issues with the info on the changes getting out to TriCare enrolees, as over half of respondents had no knowledge of any coming changes.
The Morning Briefing: Congressman Steve Pearce On Bergdahl, Wounded Warriors & More
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake hughes discuss the news of the day, their military memories and both being terrified of spiders. Then Congressman Steve Pearce of New Mexico joins the show to discuss three pieces of legislation he's recently introduced. Pearce is a highly decorated Air force veteran who flew hundreds of hours of combat missions in vietnam. the legislation introduced includes efforts to keep wounded warriors in the service and to keep Bowe Bergdahl from getting any back pay.
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Are All Men Perverts? Sexual Harassment from the Vet Perspective
Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Louis CK, Charlie Rose and now Matt Lauer. The amount of sexual harassment being exposed is enough to make you question- Are all Men Perverts? Editor Kaylah Jackson, Producer Jake Hughes and Phil Briggs discuss Sexual Harassment from the Veteran perspective.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
American Legion Talks Homelessness
Host Eric Dehm is joined by the Legion's Deputy Director of employment and Education, Mark Walker, to discuss the scourge of veteran homelessness, and what the Legion is doing through their own programs, and partnerships to get the estimated 40,000 homeless veterans into homes.
The Morning Briefing: VA Assisting Incarcerated Vets
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the latest military/vet news including Matt Lauer's firing and how he once did the Today show from NAS Keflavik. They also touch on a Lt. Colonel in the Army reserves sentenced to 4 years for defrauding the governemnt by selling Army recruiting hats and backpacks made in China. Then Jonathan Kaupanger joins in to talk about his latest story on some little known VA programs set up to help vets who end up behind bars.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Vet Beard: Marine Veteran talks Spec Ops, Breaking Bad & Stubble & Stache.com
After returning from Afghanistan, Nick Karnaze, Marine Special Operations Command, Veteran, learned that his MARSOC teammate was KIA. So he grew out his beard for the funeral. And then grew a company dedicated to his buddy and bad ass beards. Phil Briggs spoke with Nick about Spec Ops, Breaking Bad and the building of Stubble & Stache.com
Monday, November 27th, 2017
The Morning Briefing: Former Mortuary NCO Justin Jordan
Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss a Colonel getting a DUI and the changes in alcohol culture they saw during their time in service. Then Eric is joined by Justin Jordan, a former Air Force Mortuary NCO and author of the highly-rated book "And Then I Cried."
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
The Morning Briefing: Thanksgiving In The Military
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the veteran/military news of the day including the Navy plane that went down near Okinawa and a Marine killed following a birthday ball in North Carolina. Later, Eric, Jake and ConnectingVets.com Producer Kaylah Jackson discuss the regional differences in Thanksgiving meals, pronunciations and share their memories of Thanksgiving while serving in the military.