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#StillServing: The VFW Podcast is the official podcast of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the oldest combat veterans service organization advocating for and serving our veterans, service members and military families worldwide.

#StillServing will feature interviews, one-of-a-kind perspectives and insightful conversations concerning veteran legislation, educational and financial assistance programs, national veterans’ services, critical initiatives from the VFW National Commander, and much more.

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#StillServing: The VFW Podcast is the official podcast of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the oldest combat veterans service organization advocating for and serving our veterans, service members and military families worldwide.

#StillServing will feature interviews, one-of-a-kind perspectives and insightful conversations concerning veteran legislation, educational and financial assistance programs, national veterans’ services, critical initiatives from the VFW National Commander, and much more.

    War Stories: A Ranger’s Perspective of the Afghan War

    War Stories: A Ranger’s Perspective of the Afghan War

    This summer was a tough time for many veterans who watched the evacuation of Afghanistan and the end of the war after 20 years. It was difficult for many veterans to deal with the feelings that surfaced as they watched everything unfold. To give those feelings an outlet, Host Rob Couture decided to give veterans a platform to share their perspectives of history, combat, and what life was like serving their country at a time of war.

    • 1 hr
    Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia

    Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia

    In this special Veterans Day edition of #StillServing, Host Rob Couture interviews his friend and the only living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Iraq War, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia. David was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 25, 2019, for his action at the battle of Fallujah.

    • 58 min
    Every Day is Veterans Day in this Office

    Every Day is Veterans Day in this Office

    Veterans Day is just a few weeks away, but as we say in the VFW, every day is Veterans Day in this office. During today’s program, Rob speaks with three guests who will get you thinking about veterans, the sacrifices they have made, and important information you can share with a veteran you know.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Getting What’s Due: Focus on Veterans’ Benefits

    Getting What’s Due: Focus on Veterans’ Benefits

    This past September 29th, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States celebrated its 122nd birthday. As one of the nation’s oldest combat veterans service organizations, the VFW has been unwavering in its devotion to serving those who served. Whether it’s fighting for health care, education, or disability compensation — No One Does More For Veterans than the VFW.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Cut Above the Rest: On Location at the Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle

    A Cut Above the Rest: On Location at the Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle

    If you are a veteran enrolled in college for this fall semester, you are more than likely knee-deep in classes by now. If you took advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill you're probably not worried about the debt. But, scholarships can go a long way to help you reach educational goals when benefits don't quite get you there. Since 2013, the generous folks at Sport Clips Haircuts have helped raise millions of dollars for the VFW's Sport Clips Help A Hero scholarship. With that in mind, Rob took the #StillServing podcast on the road and traveled to San Antonio, Texas, for this year's Sport Clips Haircuts annual National Huddle convention.
    During this episode of the #StillServing podcast, Host Rob Couture speaks with Sport Clips Chairman and Founder, and VFW life-member Mr. Gordon Logan to hear about how he went from being a C-130 pilot during the Vietnam war to the head of one of the most innovative franchises in North America. He also speaks with influencers within the Sport Clip system and with a mutual partner of both the VFW and Sport Clips, president and founder of Dream Flights, Mr. Darryl Fisher to learn about what his charity does to give the experience of a lifetime to our most senior veterans.
     
    Gordon Logan, Chairman, and Founder, Sport Clips Haircuts —
     
    Mr. Logan shares his inspiration for developing Sport Clips and how the organization goes the extra mile to give men and boys the style and service they deserve. [3:20]
     
    How Sport Clips helps the VFW with the Help A Hero Scholarship program. [6:34]
     
    Being an Air Force veteran himself, Mr. Logan wanted to do something to say thank you to veterans for helping to keep America safe. [10:23]
     
    Amanda Palm, Corporate Communications Manager, Sport Clips Haircuts —
     
    Amanda describes the purpose of the Sport Clips Haircuts Huddle. [13:53]
     
    Amanda highlights some of the fundraising efforts for the Help A Hero campaign that comes from Sport Clips clients and franchisees. [15:32]
     
    On Veterans Day, Sport Clips is offering free haircuts to active duty military personnel in addition to their fundraising efforts. [20:57]
     
    Joe Klimek, Navy veteran and Area Developer, Sport Clips Houston —
     
    Joe shares his 5-year military service story. [23:15]
     
    How military service can translate into future civil career opportunities at Sport Clips for veterans. [24:50]
     
    Joe explains how leadership skills learned in the military are the same leadership skills needed to run a Sport Clips store. [28:00]
     
    Ted McMurdo, Team Leader, Sport Clips Colorado —
     
    Ted describes his passion for fundraising and supporting the military through his 17 Sport Clips stores and golf events. [31:34]
     
    Teams in Colorado Springs look forward to free haircuts for veterans on Veterans Day. [35:39]
     
    Darryl Fisher, President, and Founder, Dream Flights —
     
    Mr. Fisher describes how Dream Flights came into existence and how it serves elderly veterans. [39:15]
     
    The entire fleet of Dream Flights is all World War 2 era planes that still serve America in a multitude of significant ways. [43:20]
     
    Mr. Fisher shares a story of a 99-year-old World War 2 veteran who took his final flight. [45:50]
     
    The relationship between Dream Flights and Sport Clips was developed out of a similar mission to help veterans. [47:30]

    For more information or continue the conversation, please visit:
    Veterans of Foreign Wars Website
    VFW Podcast Page
    @VFWHQ on Twitter
    VFW on Facebook
    @RobCoutureVFW on Facebook
    VFW Unmet Needs Program
    Call 1-888-JOIN-VFW
    Text “NEEDS” to 20222 to donate to the Unmet Needs Program
    Today’s VFW — Share Your #StillServing Story
    VFW Help A Hero Scholarship
    Sport Clips
    Afghan Resettlement Initiative — Welcome.us
    Dream Flights
     

    • 54 min
    Passing the Colors: Focus on the National Convention and our Change of Command

    Passing the Colors: Focus on the National Convention and our Change of Command

    ant is a present reminder that this pandemic is not quite over. Nevertheless, we must press on with life and continue to get after business even if we've got to make adjustments in the way we do things. The VFW's 2021 National Convention is proof that our organization can and will make things happen.
    During this episode of the #StillServing podcast, Host Rob Couture speaks with the three leaders guiding the VFW through this time of transition. First, he speaks to the Adjutant General of the VFW, Kevin Jones, to learn about the tough decisions and hard work that brought about this year's business-only convention. Then the VFW's outgoing Commander-In-Chief Hal Roesch looks back at this year in the chair, and finally he introduces us to the VFW's incoming Commander-In-Chief, Fritz Mihelcic to understand his priorities and vision for this next year.
     
    Kevin Jones, VFW Adjutant General —
    Kevin shares his Air Force service story. [2:47]
    Looking back at the 2020s VFW virtual convention and ahead to the 2021s business-only convention. [5:55]
    Kevin gives an audible tour of the logistics and safety protocols of the VFW convention. [14:33]
    The VFW gave everything they had during the difficult time during COVID. [19:53]
     
    Hal Roesch, Outgoing Commander-in-Chief, VFW —
    In the Air Force, Hal was part of the most successful US military campaign, Desert Shield/Desert Storm. [24:05]
    How Hal became a member of the VFW during his active-duty service. [29:24]
    The fellowship and benefit of a VFW membership at the Post level. [33:35]
    A pandemic, the end of a war, and racial strife, how Hal led the VFW during the difficult days. [39:58]
    What veterans and community members need to keep in mind during the political process. [45:42]
    Hal speaks his final comments for the VFW organization. [54:49]
     
    Fritz Mihelcic, VFW Commander-In-Chief—
    Born in Germany, Fritz started his service story in the National Guard because he is proud to serve this country. [1:00:31]
    The future of the VFW is to make the world a better place for all military generations. [1:05:47]
    Fritz traveled physically and virtually to perform as much member outreach as possible as Vice Commander during 2020. [1:12:24]
    How to leverage social media to tell the VFW story. [1:16:05]
    To break the cycle of PTSD, a service dog named Mama is Fritz’s partner. [1:25:31]
    The time is now to focus on veterans’ service and legislation. [1:32:44]
     
    For more information or continue the conversation, please visit:
    Veterans of Foreign Wars Website
    VFW Podcast Page
    @VFWHQ on Twitter
    VFW on Facebook
    @RobCoutureVFW on Facebook
    VFW Unmet Needs Program
    Call 1-888-JOIN-VFW
    Text “NEEDS” to 20222 to donate to the Unmet Needs Program
    Today’s VFW — Share Your #StillServing Story
    VFW Action Corps

    • 1 hr 36 min

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