Todays American Veteran

Today's American Veteran is presented by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes The show is hosted by Emmy nominated actor and Patriot Jack Scalia.
The Coalition supports all Veterans and is a non partisan outreach.The views expressed by our guests are their own and may not reflect those of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

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Foot Solutions: Better Health Through Your Feet

 

After finishing high school, 18-year-old Ray Margiano looked
at joining the military as the only viable option to avoid
working in the service station his father, a first-generation Italian, owned.
As a boy, Margiano felt the "lure of the ocean" and a hunger to be part of a team
serving something greater than himself. He satisfied his longing for adventure by
enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1959. After serving four years as an electrician's mate
in the submarine service, the young man made a tough decision.
"My experience in the military changed my whole life, how I think, how I act, how
I prepare for anything,"
 
Ray Margiano: I left the corporate world in 1984 and started my first business Heel Quik,
which I franchised – and opened over 700 operations in 34 countries by 2000.
 
I started working and testing my Foot Solutions concept in the mid nineties and opened
our first franchise in August 2000 in Atlanta, GA.
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Sebastian Junger: Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?

Sebastian Junger is an American journalist and a director and writer, known for The Perfect Storm (1997) Restrepo (2010), and Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (2013)
 

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. Published in 1997, it recounts the tale of the October 1991 "perfect storm" (in fact, the general use of the term originates from this book), focusing on the loss of the Gloucester fishing boat Andrea Gail off the coast of Nova Scotia and its six crew members, Billy Tyne, Bobby Shatford, Alfred Pierre, David Sullivan, Michael Moran and Dale Murphy.[20]

In 2000, Warner Brothers made the book into a film of the same name, starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

 
In 2009, Junger made his first film, the documentary feature Restrepoas director with photographer Tim Hetherington The two worked together in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Far. Junger and Hetherington spent a year with one platoon in the Korengal Valley, which is billed as the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. They recorded video to document their experience, and this footage went on to form the basis for Restrepo. The title refers to the outpost where Junger was embedded, which was named after a combat medic, Pfc. Juan Restrepo, killed in action. As Junger explained, "It's a completely apolitical film. We wanted to give viewers the experience of being in combat with soldiers, and so our cameras never leave their side. There are no interviews with generals; there is no moral or political analysis. It is a purely experiential film.
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National Veterans Wheelchair Games...on the Road to Dallas

 

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From Basketball to Rowing,Veterans with disabilities train all year to compete in an event that energizes every community it touches.Dan Higgins, Chair, Local Organizing Committee and Tom Brown, Sports Consultant, Paralyzed Veterans of America talk about the
35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games taking over the City  of Dallas. Learn more at:http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/index.asp#

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Jim Dolan...making things happen with the Laurus Foundation

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The Laurus Foundation is committed to achieving results. We are committed to partnering with those organizations and non-profit groups that are producing results and enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. We believe that outcomes must be measurable and repeatable. Good intentions, no matter how lofty, are not enough for those who are truly in need.

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Talking to Terrorists: Ann Speckhard, Ph.D.

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An internationally recognized expert on the psychological aspects of terrorism and an expert in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder, Dr. Speckhard’s studies also produce a knowledge of how to disengage, deradicalize and rehabilitate a terrorist, reversing his or her trajectory. Talking to Terrorists reveals the humanity in us all—especially in those we least expect—and offers possibilities for achieving a safer world.

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Transporting readers into a world of fierce women bound by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley’s War

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khanacomes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan­—including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country’s cause.

In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets and Army Rangers on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach, and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not. Though officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be “attached” to different teams, and for the first time, women throughout the Army heard the call to try out for this special ops program.

 In Ashley’s War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses exhaustive firsthand reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from across the Army, and the remarkable hero at its heart: 1st  Lt.  Ashley White, who would become the first Cultural Support Team member killed in action and the first CST remembered on the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall of Honor alongside the Army Rangers with whom she served.

Transporting readers into this little-known world of fierce women bound together by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley’s War is a riveting combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bonds born of war.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to The Atlantic’s Defense One. She is the bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and writes regularly for leading media outlets.  A Fulbright scholar and Robert Bosch Fellow, she began reporting from conflict regions during MBA study at the Harvard Business School following nearly a decade covering politics at ABC News.

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Patriot in Chief: Paul Mangiamele

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Paul  M. Mangiamele  CFE is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Bennigans and Steak and Ale...but he does not consider that to be be his greatest accomplishment. His true avocation is serving our United States Military. Listen as Paul shares what he has to offer to Veterans who want to enter the hospitality industry. This is a must listen for any Veteran looking for visioin and hope.

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Steel Will...Shilo Harris

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On February 19, 2007, SSG Shilo Harris was patrolling an infamous southern Iraqi roadway when his Humvee was struck by an IED. Moments later, three members of his crew were dead and Shilo had sustained severe injuries that would alter the course of his life. For forty-eight days he lay trapped in a medically induced coma as his wife, unable to ease his suffering, had to come to grips with a man utterly changed.

Through more than sixty surgeries, countless hard decisions, and the unwavering devotion of the wife who would not leave his side, Shilo discovered that he was being reshaped–within and without–into the person he was meant to be all along. His inspiring story will move you and motivate you to live boldly in the face of fear and trust God to pull you through the toughest of times–no matter what. http://www.shiloharris.com/my-story/

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Today's American Veterans with Little Anthony

 

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Upcoming R&B Hall of Famer Anthony Gourdine has experience a stunning career in the music industry. It is his avocation and passion for the Military that sets him aside from all others. Here he talks to Jack about what sparked that passion.

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Grammy and Golden Globe Nominated Frank Stallone on Patriotism

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Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist Frank Stallone  has garnered four Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums and five Gold Singles and has acted in over 60 films and TV shows Frank has written and published over 200 songs and, with a single in the hit film The Expendables 2 (Don’t Want to Fight With Me) and three original songs, written and performed by him in thefilm Reach Me (Dir. John Herzfeld, 2014), Frank has written and recorded compositions for twelve films. The list includes Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley and Over the Top. But, it was Frank's nine songs that he wrote and recorded for the Saturday Night Fever Sequel Staying Alive that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Sound Track and a Grammy nomination for Best Original Song with his single, Far From Over.

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Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the Scientists who Came to Define PTSD

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Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the scientists who came to define PTSD during its earlier years. He's a clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and one of the nation's leading authorities on the psychological effects of trauma.
Since it first emerged as a diagnosis in the wake of the Vietnam War, PTSD has entered the public consciousness. But Dr. Ochberg also says PTSD can be misunderstood and misinterpreted in the public context - and it even may be time for a name change.
So what is and isn't PTSD? And where does the science, the public conversation and the public policy around PTSD need to go next?

 

 
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