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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
“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 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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8/20/2014 – #18 Major Topic – Veterans’ Employment
8/13/2014 – #17 Major Topic – Bio Life Science/Quincy College
8/6/2014 – #16 Major Topic - Aviation Careers
7/30/2014 – #15 Major Topic - Veterans’ Employment and Careers
7/23/2014 – #14 Major Topic – The American Legion
7/16/2014 – #13 Major Topic - The G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
7/9/2014 – #12 Major Topic – First Responder’s Careers
7/2/2014 – #11 Major Topic – Massachusetts Vets Centers
6/25/2014 – #10 Major Topic - The Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)
6/18/2014 – #9 Major Topic – Legal Issues and Programs
6/11/2014 – #8 Major Topic – Veterans’ Careers
6/4/2014 – #7 Major Topic – Women’s Veterans’ Issues
5/28/2014 – #6 Major Topic – Honor Flight New England
5/21/2014 – #5 Major Topic – The Valor Act
5/14/2014 – #4 Major Topic – Housing
5/7/2014 Show #3 – Major Topic – VSO
4/30/2014 Show #2 – Major Topic – GI Bill
4/23/2014 Show #1
Veterans’ Voice Special Internet Audio Features
Listen to Jim O’Brien’s full veteran’s story here:
Ask the workshop facilitator – “Avoiding the black hole”
Norwood One Stop Career Center – “Ask the workshop facilitator”
Upcoming Show Topic Schedule
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Veterans’ Employment
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – D.C. Night
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Habitat for Veterans’ Night
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List of Upcoming Veterans Events
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Friday, August 22, 2014 - Veteran Stand Down from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm at 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
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots - Hosted by the Women’s Veterans’ Network, this documentary will be filmed on PBS, WGBH in Boston and WGBY in Springfield. This documentary was also screened at the Women In Military Service for America Memorial in Washington D.C. by General Vaught and came highly recommended. For more information, visit http://unsungheroesfilm.org/
Saturday, August 23, 2014 – North Shore Veterans’ Expo - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Beverly High School, 100 Sohier St, Beverly. This event is for veterans of all eras and includes a free cookout, live music, and a kid’s fun zone. Employers will be present with their current openings and enrollment for VA healthcare and benefits will be available. Bring resumes and DD214s; parking is also available on site. For pre-registration and additional information, go to www.boston.va.gov and click the “Veterans Expo” icon, or call the Beverly VSO, 978-921-5934 or VA Bedford, 781-687-3348.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – North Central Career Centers Job Fair from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens MA. Bring several copies of your updated resume and be prepared to discuss your skills and qualifications with employers. Pre-register at the Leominster or Gardner Career Centers.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Plymouth Career Center Job Fair from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. All career fairs are free of charge for employers. Contact Jacquie McLellan 508-732-5302 or email email@example.com
Thursday, August 28, 2014 – Tech & Engineering Job Fair from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton. Visit http://targetedjobfairs.com/event/boston-ma-08202014/#tab_job-seeker to register.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Lobster Bake at Humarock Beach 11:30 am; clam chowder served at 12:oo pm, main course at 1:oo pm. This annual outing will be held rain or shine at the USAF Recreation Facility, Fourth Cliff, Scituate. There are five meal choices: 2 lobsters, 1 lobster and 1 8-ounce BBQ chicken breast, 1 pound of sirloin steak tips with baked potato, combination of steak tips/BBQ chicken breast with baked potato, or 1 pound of grilled swordfish with lemon butter and baked potato. There will be lots of other appetizers and snacks for all to enjoy. Cost is $65.oo to attend; beer, wine, water, soda and coffee will be provided. You must register by August 30. Polo shirts will also be available for purchase – all proceeds benefit the Don Humphreys Memorial Fund, which supports AA Cunningham Park in Marblehead, the birthplace of naval aviation. No cancellations after September 1. For more information, contact John Margie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 12, 2014 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Spirit of America at TD Boston Garden, Friday at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. This free event is one of the largest Army community outreach programs. For tickets and more information, visit http://spiritofamerica.mdw.army.mil/
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – Town of Dennis Field Day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Johnny Kelley Park in South Dennis. This event is free and includes a cookout, sack races, games and face painting. All donations benefit veterans of the Cape and Islands and the town of Dennis. Join the town of Dennis for a fun-filled day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Vets with Pets Playgroup for veterans and their dogs, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Old Cold Springs Park in Newton. Register online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vets-with-pets. Limit 15 dogs per session.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – First Annual Zombie Fun Run Fundraiser from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Holbrook High School, 251 Franklin St #1, Holbrook. Join Adopt a Soldier and the Holbrook Recreation Department for a day of thrills, chills and kills as you navigate through an obstacle course and will be challenged physically and mentally. The object is to get through the course with at least one out of three life ribbons – bring a toy for a military child for an extra ribbon. Join Holbrook High School’s own Secret of the Sound Opening for their headliner Epic Season for a family-friendly after party. There is a $30 registration fee. Visit operationadoptsoldier.org or call 781-915-4980 for more information.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – The First Annual Veteran Buddy Build Day from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at 100 Parker St in Lawrence. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services SAVE/SHARP Teams, local Veteran Service Officer offices and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity are collaborating together for this event. Veteran Services Officers and veterans of the Merrimack Valley can volunteer alongside a battle buddy, a spouse, relative, friend or anyone dedicated to the mission of volunteering in support of building affordable homes with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity. No special skills are required, but could be very helpful. Twenty spaces are available for local VSOs, veterans and their buddies. To join, contact Gail Cavanaugh-McAuliffe, 617-939-5786.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - The 2014 Money Conference: Financial Empowerment for Individuals & Families
University of Massachusetts – Boston Campus, The Campus Center – Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Blvd. in Boston. Estimated number of attendees: 300-500. For more information, visit http://www.themoneyconference.com/
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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 information.
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.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Veterans & Community Job Fair. North Shore Community College Gym: 300 Broad Street, Lynn. Hosted by North Shore Community College, Salem State University & North Shore Career Center. For more information on this event, contact Kristine Babcock at email@example.com or call 978-646-5305.
Important Veterans Links
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Past Veterans’ Voice Special Guests
Christie Spadafora, Biotechnology Project Director at Quincy College
Kyle Riding, Chair of Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Quincy College
David Price, Director of Aviation Studies at Bridgewater State University
John Kreeft, Director of Aviation Studies at North Shore Community College
Joe DiDonato, Founder and CEO, TechBootCamps
Mike Kelley, Veterans’ Employment Representative (DVOP), Plymouth Career Center
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
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)
George McCravy and Gil Bernard, Massachusetts State Police
Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veterans Services in for City of Boston Veterans Services
David Stone, Fall River Vet Center
Amy Bonneau, Boston Vet Center
Charlie Duquette, Mass. One-Stop Career Center
Dale Kurtz, Norfolk County VA
Peter Cook and Herb Brockert, Mentors at Veterans Treatment Court
Ken Forchielli, Hero 2 Hired
Chris King, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services
Carolyn Mason-Wholley, Women Veterans Program Manager at Dept of Veterans Affairs – VA Boston Healthcare System
Christine Tron, DAV Department of Massachusetts
Lovelle Seymore, Outreach Advisor at Veterans Upward Bound, UMASS Boston
Francisco Urena, City of Boston Veterans Services
Joe Byron, Honor Flight New England
Mark Voner and David Hanlon, Veterans Development Corporation
Stephanie Paauwe, Volunteers of America
Sue Katz, ACCS
Barry Brodsky, Veterans Upward Bound
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