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26 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
The Nightmares of Air Travel for Paralyzed Veterans
Heather Ansley, the Executive Director for Government Relations for the Paralyzed Veterans of America discusses the antiquated approach that airlines have taken towards paralyzed members of society. She discusses specific stories and how important it is that legislators put this on their radar.
40 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Secretary Gaskin Speaks on North Carolina - and Afghanistan
LtGen Walter Gaskin, Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, speaks about how North Carolina is tackling some of the biggest issues for Veterans. Having spent much time in Afghanistan, he also speaks on the U.S. Military's departure from the country, and expresses disappointment in Afghanistan's leadership for abandoning the situation at such a critical time.
17 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Veterans Day Reflections
Secretary Shulkin and Lou Celli discuss Veterans Day and reflect on the podcast's many guests, as well as the reaction they've received.
46 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
While You Were(n't) Sleeping
Dr. Russell Foster speaks to Lou and Sherman Gillums (guest host) to discuss the importance of sleep on helping people with PTSD and other disorders. He shares amazing and recent studies while Sherman and Lou share their shock at the newness of this information. Dr. Foster is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute.
40 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
The Defense of Taiwan - Where does the United States Stand and Why?
Today, Vincent Chao, the former Director of the Political Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, speaks to Lou Celli and Charlie Malone on behalf of Taiwan. What are the ramifications of Washington's and Beijing's policies regarding this very important island?
32 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
The UK Wants to Team with the US to help Veterans
Professor Renata Gomes joins Secretary Shulkin and Lou to discuss Bravo Victor, a UK-based group dedicated towards focusing the world’s best research scientists to improve the lives of the visually impaired and veterans. Professor Gomes is the Chief Scientific Officer at BRAVO VICTOR, Blind Veterans UK Group (https://www.bravovictor.org/)
32 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Veterans Education - Villains and Victories
Chris Madaio and Will Hubbard join Secretary Shulkin and Lou to discuss the successes of the GI bill. They also discuss those educational institutions, who for profit motive, have acted as predators towards service members and veterans. Chris and Will both hold Vice President positions at Veterans Education Success (https://vetsedsuccess.org), a non-profit of bipartisan policy experts, academic researchers, lawyers and advocates dedicated to bridging the military-civilian divide to ensure career and education success for military families.
54 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
The Honorable Dr. Phil Roe and the 115th Congress Veterans Bills - Where Are They Now?
Dr. Phillip Roe, the former Chairman of the House Veteran Affairs Committee, speaks with Secretary Shulkin and Lou about what he's doing now, what should be a priority for congress with regards to veterans, and what he wishes he could have done while in office.
35 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Comedy and the Arts Helping Veterans
Brian Jenkins, Executive Director of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP), discusses how the arts and comedy makes the lives of veterans (and audiences) better. You'll also get a chance to hear two great comedians, Clyde Thompson and Adam Keys, two veterans who will bust your gut.
43 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Why Veterans Died in State Veterans Homes, and How to Fix it.
Today, Randy Reeves, the former Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs for the VA, and the former Executive Director for Mississippi's Veteran Affairs Board, shares his understanding and experience being responsible for a State Veteran Home network. He explains the problems that occurred with the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts, and still proclaims that he would prefer living in a Veteran home over a privatized home.
40 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The Data on Veteran Suicides - Far Outweighing Deaths in Military Operations
Dr. Ben Suitt joins Secretary Shulkin and Lou to talk about his recent study regarding the shockingly high numbers of veteran suicides. He explains that the recent drop in suicides reported by the VA, might just be a numbers game that doesn't reflect reality.
41 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
What To Do About Cannabis? Can It Help Veterans?
Today, Cherissa Jackson, Chief Medical Executive at AMVETS (American Veterans), a registered nurse, a veteran and PTSD survivor, discusses her perspective on Cannabis and the impact it is having on the veteran community. Also, Lou puts the Secretary on the spot regarding his policies while he was VA Secretary.
27 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Art Helps Veterans, and Lou is Cheap
Today, Secretary Shulkin and Lou speak with AnnMarie Halterman, who is the Executive Director of Uniting Us (https://unitingus.org/), which uses art therapy to support the veteran community as they deal with trauma, physical disability, or life in general.
57 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
General David Petraeus - The United States Should Have a Permanent Footprint in Afghanistan
In today's special episode, Secretary Shulkin and Lou are joined by General David Petraeus. General Petraeus served Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and before retiring from a 37 year Army career, served as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan. He speaks to the tragedy that is occurring in Afghanistan, and provides words of encouragement to veterans who are struggling with the U.S. Withdrawal.
53 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
The Cost of War is Realized Long After we Leave the Battlefield
Lou Celli and guest host Charlie Malone, stepping in for Secretary Shulkin this week, are joined by Dr. Linda J. Bilmes, Harvard Kennedy School Professor and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Finance. This week they talk about the true financial costs of war, which according to her research are woefully understated, and neglect to account for taking care of veterans future needs.
64 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
What is happening with the Cerner rollout at VA and DoD?
Dr. David Shulkin and Executive Director Lou Celli sit down with Cerner Senior Vice President & General Manager Brian Sandager to talk about the electronic health record modernization project. What's going well, what didn't go well, and how they plan to fix it going forward.
46 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Recent Afghan Ambassador to US Roya Rahmani - Afghanistan Government Crumbles
Recent Afghanistan Ambassador to The United States Roya Rahmani sits down with former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin Executive Director Louis Celli to describe the final days of democratic Afghan rule as the Taliban move into the Presidential Palace.
47 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Securing the Veteran Service Organization's Voice for the future
Sherman Gillums joins Secretary Shulkin and Lou Celli to talk about Veteran Service Organizations (VSO's) and what they need to do in order to ensure veterans continue to have a voice. Sherman has served as a veteran, VSO Executive, and now as an advocate.
36 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
600 Billion Dollars in Federal Procurement Dollars each year - How much of that goes to Veteran Owned Businesses?
Barbara Ashe is the Executive Director for a program that teaches veteran businesses how to tap into the multibillion dollar federal sales market. The Department of Veterans Affairs 2022 budget request is 270 billion dollars. Find out how much of that will get spent on goods and services, and what type of priority veteran businesses have when selling to VA.
33 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Afghan Interpreters Coming to US - Why?
Zia Ghafoori is a former Afghan interpreter who served with the US Army Special Forces for 14 years. The Taliban abused his family and the war ended high school when he decided to fight for his country by supporting the United States as an interpreter. Ghafoori earned a Purple Heart and is now a US citizen advocating for other Afghan workers who stood shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan.
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