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 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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10/15/2014 – #26 Major Topic – VFW’s

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10/8/2014 – #25 Major Topic – New England Center for Homeless Veterans

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10/1/2014 – #24 Major Topic - Valor Acts I and II

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9/24/2014 – #23 Major Topic – Secretary Coleman Nee

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9/17/2014 – #22 Major Topic – Women Veterans

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9/10/2014 – #21 Major Topic – Veterans’ Employment

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9/3/2014 – #20 Major Topic – Habitat for Veterans

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8/27/2014 – #19 Major Topic - Veterans’ National Initiatives

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8/20/2014 – #18 Major Topic – Veterans’ Employment

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8/13/2014 – #17 Major Topic – Bio Life Science/Quincy College

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8/6/2014 – #16 Major Topic - Aviation Careers

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7/30/2014 – #15 Major Topic - Veterans’ Employment and Careers

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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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Special clip: An interview with Charles DuQuette Sr.:

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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

Listen to Jim O’Brien’s full veteran’s story here:

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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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Veterans Resumes

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List of Upcoming Veterans’ Events

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

Ongoing Healing with Horses Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Program located at the BINA Farm Center, 39 Miller St, Norfolk. The Healing With Horses program uses both mounted and un-mounted equine assisted activities to assist in physical and emotional healing in a safe and peaceful environment. Healing With Horses helps participants with challenges including, but not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, Anxiety, Amputations and other physical limitations. To register or for more information, please contact Eileen Polasky, 508-651-2462 or email eileen@binafarm.org

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – People’s Law School at the VA from 12:00 – 2:oo pm, at the Bedford VA, Building 80, Conference Room 106, Bedford. Join the VA in partnership with the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law and Compensated Work Therapy CWT for this workshop on barriers to return to employment and civilian life. There are five events every Wednesday through November 19. This event covers “Dealing with Financial Issues – Student Loans, Creditors, and bankruptcy.”

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 10th Annual Women Veterans’ Appreciation Day from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the MA State House, Memorial Hall, 24 Beacon St, Boston. All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend; snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, email: vmarcotte@massmail.state.ma.us

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 12th Annual Leave No One Behind beginning at 6:00 pm, Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6:00, followed by dinner, a live auction, and awards program. For more information, visit: https://givingcenter.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe198786/main/home.html;jsessionid=6667F30BBDBC3ED6ABCD327FF31104E0

Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Military Families and Veterans Appreciation Tour  1:00 pm, Boston Harbor. Presented by Boston Harbor Cruises, this free event will have 90-minute informative tours discovering the historic and contemporary milestones of Boston’s inner and outer harbors. To reserve your tickets, visit BHC Veterans Appreciation Tour and enter promo code VETS2014. To get your tickets over the phone, call 877-733-9425. For more information, visit bostonharborcruises.com

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Plymouth Regional Veterans’ Expo from 10:00 – 2:00 pm, Plymouth North High School, 41 Obery St, Plymouth. There will be employers for veteran’s looking for work, free food, live music, the ability to enroll for VA benefits and healthcare and more. Be sure to bring your resume and DD214s.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – US Marine Corps IRR Muster from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Westin Hotel, 425 Summer St, Boston. This event will connect employers, educators and Veterans’ Service Officers to over 1,000 Marines to provide networking opportunities with a variety of Marine 4 Life partners. This event is free of cost and includes employment, educational and service opportunities. To register, contact Gunnery Sergeant Barly Mui at 617-438-8713 email rsp3.ftdevens@gmail.com

Saturday December 6, 2014; Saturday, March 7, 2015; Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Mobile Market from 9:00 – 10:30 am at the Brockton VA, 940 Belmont St, Building 22, Brockton. This event is being held for veterans and their families and is a farmer’s market style distribution of assorted foods. Please bring your own reusable grocery bags, baskets, or a cart to carry your food. To register, call 508-587-0815 x 264.

For more events – Check back soon!

Veterans’ Voice Attended Events

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Gregg Brasso participated in an ice-bucket challenge to benefit ALS, in Hull.

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Friday, August 22, 2014 – Massachusetts Stand Down presented by Volunteers of America – this event is for homeless veterans. Visit voamass.org for more information.

Saturday, July 19, 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.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014Honor 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 6, 2014 – 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 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

10/15/2014

Bob Grazier, VFW

Paul Spera, VFW

9/24/2014

Coleman Nee, Secretary of Veterans’ Services

9/17/2014

Viviana Marcotte, Director of the Women Veterans’ Network

Sue Katz, from American Consumer Credit Counseling

Gail Cavanaugh-McAuliffe, Director of the SHARP/SAVE programs

9/10/2014

Mike Kelley of the Plymouth Career Center

9/3/2014

Jim Middleton, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth

8/27/2014

Phil Oakley, Founder and CEO of i3 LLC

General John Custer, Director of EMC’s Federal Strategic Missions and Programs

8/13/2014

Christie Spadafora, Biotechnology Project Director at Quincy College

Kyle Riding, Chair of Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Quincy College

8/6/2014

David Price, Director of Aviation Studies at Bridgewater State University

John Kreeft, Director of Aviation Studies at North Shore Community College

7/30/2014

Joe DiDonato, Founder and CEO, TechBootCamps

Mike Kelley, Veterans’ Employment Representative (DVOP), Plymouth Career Center

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.