Saturday, August 12, 2006

Talking with Heroes - August 13

Talking with Heroes is a very unique and delightful internet radio show. The host, Bob Calvert, interviews soldiers, their families, support groups and entertainers who are involved with the support of our troops. He provides an area to focus on the positives, as "we get enough of the negatives every where else." It is not about politics. It is a forum for the untold stories that make your heart cheer! The show airs live on Sunday evenings, but is available for listening at any time and for download. This show is so endearing because it is not overly produced and polished, but real people talking about real things. It's hard to listen without getting a tear in your eye and joy in your heart! To listen live, it airs on Sundays at 5PM PST/8 PM EST

Here is the schedule for the Show on August 13:

Aaron Tippin
Country music star and American patriot entered the music scene fifteen years ago with "You've Got To Stand For Something," a solid working man's anthem that quickly established Aaron as a true spokesman for the American people. With his success and ability to relate to the people, Aaron became the first singer to go to Saudi Arabia to entertain the troops during the first Gulf War. Aaron Tippin's popularity spiked again in the new millennium thanks to the chart-topping "Kiss This" (2000) and "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" (2002), as well as his sixth Gold Record and first Academy of Country Music awards nomination. In 2002 he went to Afghanistan to entertain the troops when there was controversy both at home and abroad. Since 2003, he has been making annual visits to our forces in Iraq and become the spokesman for the Paralyzed Veterans of America with another trip planned for Iraq in November 2006. In 2005 he became the first country artist to donate funds to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Velma R. Hart
She is the National Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer of AMVETS National Headquarters. She is responsible for all aspects of the financial operations for the National Headquarters and for the review of the six (6) subsidiary operations. She is an Army Reserve Veteran and she has also served in various professional volunteer capacities, including as a board member for ASAE and The Center For Association Leadership as well as for the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Foundation. Velma Hart is the lead staff member for the planning and execution of the National Symposium for the Needs of Young Veterans which will be hosted by AMVETS on Oct. 18-21, 2006 in Chicago.

CPT Stephen Jaksec
Recently Returned From Al Anbar Province Camp Habbaniyah. CPT Jaksec received his BS degree from the Univ. of Pittsburgh in 1983. He took a job in Tampa with IBM, went back for a Masters in '90, worked in Pittsburgh for a couple years, then went back to Tampa Bay and did great things until the first Iraqi war broke out. He had two little brothers in at the time and one day picked up his briefcase and walked into the recruiter's office. At 31 he ENLISTED and reported to basic training. CPT Jaksec will be talking about The Al Anbar Province Camp Habbaniyah Combat Bocce League and his recent experiences in Iraq.

Andrew Lubin
He is an internationally recognized writer, journalist, and speaker. Lubin is the author of the critically acclaimed "Charlie Battery; A Marine Artillery Battery in Iraq," the story of his son, CPL Philip Lubin, and his battery as they fought in Iraq in March 2003. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, and CN 8, as well as various radio stations throughout the Northeast and mid-west United States. He just returned from Beirut where he reported on the recent mass evacuation of Americans from Lebanon, where his reporting was featured on WPVI-6,(Philadelphia ABC) and WTVD-11 ( Raleigh ABC ). Lubin's articles have appeared in such professional magazines as "Leatherneck" and "The Gazette", and he writes a Marine-specific column that has been picked up by newspapers ranging from Maine to Georgia to Michigan to Okinawa. Additionally, he was the WPVI-military analyst in 2004-2005. His book "Keep Moving or Die; Task Force Tarawa at An-Nasiriyah" will be published in 2007.

Glenn Knight
He is a former Marine. He says Marine Boot Camp is one of the most difficult mental and physical things a young man or woman will ever do. That same 13-week period is among the most difficult times that a parent, relative or friend of a Marine recruit will ever experience. Not knowing what to expect and having no one to ask is extremely difficult. The moderators and members of my Marine, a Yahoo group supporting the recruit's support team, have all been there and done that. They answer the questions, calm fears and tell others what their recruit is going through. Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in the three-month roller-coaster ride that is Marine Boot Camp.

All Talking with Heroes talk shows can be listened to in past show archives 24 hours a day/7 days a week, from anywhere in the world where there is access to the internet and can be downloaded onto iPODs. You can contact Bob Calvert at if you have any questions or suggestions for guests. (He actually answers his email!)

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