Veterans’ Voice

Wednesday Nights 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Email: Veteransvoiceradio@gmail.com

Phone: Call-in live at 781-837-4900

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508-296-VETS(8387)

About the Show

Veterans’ Voice Radio’s goal is to help veterans and active members of the military identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits, along with programs they may qualify for. Housing, education and training for careers are just some of the various topics that will be discussed during the show. Guests from numerous Veterans agencies will help vets navigate through the process of applying for and receiving benefits, and help answer any other questions veterans may have about these subjects.

Each week, we feature a Veteran’s Voice segment to start the show. It consists a veteran telling their own story about their experiences in the military.

We are looking for veterans to appear on the show, whether call-ins or in-studio discussion. If you are interested in this great opportunity to share your story and help fellow veterans, please contact Gregg Brasso at 781-985-1551 or at Veteransvoiceradio@gmail.com


About the Host

Veterans' Voice Host Gregg Brasso

Veterans’ Voice Host Gregg Brasso

 

“As a Gold Star family, I realized at an early age that veterans and their family issues carry on long after the wars have ended. After a career in high tech sales and marketing, I have spent the last 8 years helping veterans to identify and apply for local, state, and federal programs and benefits they have earned. While working as an outreach specialist with the Veterans Upward Bound program at UMASS Boston, I helped veterans identify military transfer credits, GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits, and help plan an educational path that will lead to post secondary education and on to meaningful full time careers. The Veterans’ Voice radio show will address these and other veterans issues and to provide direction to benefit application.”

- Gregg Brasso


Show Audio Archive
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7/23/2014 – #14 Major Topic – The American Legion

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7/16/2014 – #13 Major Topic - The G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program

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7/9/2014 – #12 Major Topic – First Responder’s Careers

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7/2/2014 – #11 Major Topic – Massachusetts Vets Centers

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6/25/2014 – #10 Major Topic - The Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

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6/18/2014 – #9 Major Topic – Legal Issues and Programs

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6/11/2014 – #8 Major Topic – Veterans’ Careers

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6/4/2014 – #7 Major Topic – Women’s Veterans’ Issues

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5/28/2014 – #6 Major Topic – Honor Flight New England

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5/21/2014 – #5 Major Topic – The Valor Act

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5/14/2014 – #4 Major Topic – Housing

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5/7/2014 Show #3 – Major Topic – VSO

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4/30/2014 Show #2 – Major Topic – GI Bill

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4/23/2014 Show #1

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Veterans’ Voice Special Internet Audio Features

“Ask the workshop facilitator – “Avoiding the black hole”

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Norwood One Stop Career Center – “Ask the workshop facilitator”

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Upcoming Show Topic Schedule

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 – Veterans’ Employment, Careers

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 – North Shore CC, Aviation Career Night

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 – Quincy College, Bio Life Science

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 – Massasoit Community College, General Programs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 – D.C. Night


List of Upcoming Veterans Events

 (To submit an event, contact veteransvoiceradio@gmail.com)

Monday, July 7th to Thursday, July 31st - Veterans Upward Bound summer academic boot camp orientation will begin on July 2nd at UMASS-Boston. The cycle begins on Monday July 7th and will end on Thursday July 31st. Stipends are available. Classes in Oceanography, Math, Writing and Computer skills will meet M, Tu, W, & Thursday from 3:00-7:30pm. For more information, contact our main office at :617-287-5870.

Monday, July 7th to Thursday, July 31st - Specific dates, times and location TBA - MST Music Therapy Group - Join us for the first music therapy group for women service members who have experienced MST in Massachusetts! This group will run from July 7th – 31st and meet twice weekly for an hour. Music therapy sessions will be facilitated by a board-certified music therapist from Resounding Joy and assisted by a OIF/OEF female veteran. Music therapy interventions will include: music for relaxation, lyric analysis, songwriting, music making, creative arts to music and more! Please email Gail McAuliffe at gamcauliffe@massmail.state.ma.us  or Rebecca Vaudreuil at rvaudreuil@resoundingjoyinc.org for more details.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 – Operation Stand Down RI Job Fair For Veterans – 10am- 2pm – Community College of Rhode Island – 400 East Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island

July 26, August 16, September 20, 2014 - Vets with Pets Playgroup for veterans and their dogs. Time: 9:30 A.M. 11:00 A.M. Location: Old Cold Springs Park Newton, MA Register online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vets-with-pets. Limit 15 dogs per session.

Thursday and Friday, August 5-6, 2014 - Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Modeled after the existing Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Start-up program, this program will be offered in 12 U.S. cities in July and August. The curriculum provides valuable assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Participants are also introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. Date: August 5-6, 2014 Location: Constant Contact Campus (plenty of free parking) Reservoir Place 1601 Trapelo Rd Waltham, MA 02451 Website: www.boots2businessreboot.org Contact: Ray Milano, 617-565-7256 raymond.milano@sba.gov

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 12-13, 2014 - US Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first (nationwide) virtual job fair - Pre-register at virtualjobscout.org

Thursday, August 14th, 2014Unsung Black Veterans in U.S. history reception at 5 pm. Strand Theatre Art Gallery, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA. 617-635-1403 Petition for signatures to create commemorative stamps.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014Veteran Stand Down - Boston - 7AM-6PM   Where: IBEW, Dorchester MA - ALL Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend this ONE day event. Hosted by the Boston VA and Volunteers of America to assist homeless and at risk Veterans. For more information contact Gloria Vieira: Gloria-Ann.Vieira@va.gov

Friday, September 12, 2014 & Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Spirit of America at TD Boston Garden, Friday at 10:30AM and 7:30PM and Saturday at 2PM and 7:30PM. This free event is one of the largest Army community outreach programs. For tickets and more information, visit http://spiritofamerica.mdw.army.mil/

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - The 2014 Money Conference: Financial Empowerment for Individuals & Families
University of Massachusetts – Boston Campus, The Campus Center – Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125 Est. # of Attendees: 300-500

For more events – Check back soon!

Veterans’ Voice Attended Events

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 - The 2014 Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance - an exciting fundraising event that helps provide much needed services to local veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Visit www.runtohomebase.org for more info.

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014 – Honor Flight New England sends 63 WWII veterans to Washington D.C. for the day. Visit honorflightnewengland.org for more information on this amazing organization.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Veterans & Community Job Fair. North Shore Community College Gym: 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA. Hosted by North Shore Community College, Salem State University & North Shore Career Center. For more information on this event, contact Kristine Babcock at kbabcock@northshore.edu or call 978-646-5305.


Important Veterans Links

Department of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Services

Department of Veterans Services

Veterans Upward Bound

Mass. Vets Advisors

Mass. One-Stop Career Center

American Credit Counseling Service (ACCS)

Veterans Development Corporation

Honor Flight New England

Veteran Employment Services

DAV Department of Massachusetts

VA Boston Healthcare System

Hero 2 Hired

Home Base Program

Run To Home Base

More being added – Check back soon!


Past Veterans’ Voice Special Guests

7/23/2014

John P. “Jake” Comer, Past National Commander, American Legion

Charles Towers, Department Commander, American Legion

Frank MacDonald, Alternate National Executive Committeeman, American Legion

James Fratolillo, Past Department Commander, American Legion

Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services in Boston

7/16/2014

George O’Connor, Director of Veterans Education at the Massachusetts Department of Education

Caitlyn Dean, Outreach and Administrative Support Coordinator

Sue Katz, American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC)

7/9/2014

George McCravy and Gil Bernard, Massachusetts State Police

Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services in for City of Boston Veterans Services

7/2/2014

David Stone, Fall River Vet Center

Amy Bonneau, Boston Vet Center

6/25/2014

Charlie DuquetteMass. One-Stop Career Center

6/18/2014

Dale Kurtz, Norfolk County VA

Peter Cook and Herb Brockert, Mentors at Veterans Treatment Court

6/11/2014

Ken Forchielli, Hero 2 Hired

Chris KingMassachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services

6/4/2014

Carolyn Mason-Wholley, Women Veterans Program Manager at Dept of Veterans Affairs – VA Boston Healthcare System

Christine TronDAV Department of Massachusetts

Lovelle Seymore, Outreach Advisor at Veterans Upward Bound, UMASS Boston

5/28/2014

Francisco UrenaCity of Boston Veterans Services

Joe ByronHonor Flight New England

5/21/2014

Mark Voner and David Hanlon, Veterans Development Corporation

5/14/2014

Stephanie Paauwe, Volunteers of America

4/30/2014

Sue Katz, ACCS

Barry Brodsky, Veterans Upward Bound

4/23/2014

Kyle Toto, Afghanistan War Veteran

Charlie Duquette, Mass. One-Stop Career Center

Dave Hencke, The Department of Veterans Affairs


Comments About The Show

“Congrats on the launch of Veterans’ Voice! I have no doubt that with your passion for veterans and the relationships you’ve established, the program will be a success.”

– Ray Milano

“I called in tonight and I can tell y’all are going to have a great show. Thanks for all y’all support for the troops and veterans. Great show, look forward to being more involved.”

– Patrick Arabie

“Great show. I served in Navy at end of Vietnam War. Worked with POW’s to help them recover from physical and emotional issues, will continue to listen. Thanks.”

–  Ken D.

“Thank you for having us on the show. We had a wonderful time and we are so grateful that you would invite us! We would love to come back anytime you want us there! We’ll definitely be calling into your program. You and Kyle are doing such amazing work for the veterans!”

            – Stephanie Paauwe from ACCS, guest in studio 5/14

About the Author

WATD online and on-air contributors include, but are not limited to: The Associated Press, Precision Weather Forecasting, local news stringers and reporters, in-house news and internet media staff, Statehouse and town hall reporters, freelance reporters, special feature reporters/producers, and on-air radio show personnel.