Veterans’ Voice

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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 are 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 through call-ins or an 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 onto 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 Archive
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7/2/2015 – #60 - Disabled Veterans Night (DAV)

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6/25/2015 – #59 – Massasoit Community College Night

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6/18/2015 – #58 - Northeastern University & Edge4vets Night

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6/11/2015 – #57 - Women Veterans Night

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6/4/2015 – #56 -  MassVets Music Festivals

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5/28/2015 – #55 -   Hanscom Air Base Night

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5/21/2015 – #54 - VA-Jamaica Plain Night

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5/14/2015 – #53 – Veteran Finance

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5/7/2015 – #52

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4/30/2015 – #51 – Gold Star Night with Melida and Carlos Arredondo

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4/23/2015 – #50 – 1 Year Anniversary Show!

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4/16/2015 – #49 - Recruitment Radio Night

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4/9/2015 – #48 - Homeland Security Night

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4/2/2015 – #47 – Suicide Awareness

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3/26/2015 – #46 - Chelsea Soldiers Home Night

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3/19/2015 – #45 – Wounded Warrior Project

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For more Information on our VV Vet Nicholas Charbonneau visit:

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3/12/2015 – #44 - Veterans Home Buyers Night

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3/5/2015 – #43 – Womens Night with Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg

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2/19/2015 – #42 - 2 Hour Show with Common Ground on Addiction and PTSD

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2/12/2015 – #41 – Suicide Awareness

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2/5/2015 – #40 – Chelsea Soldiers Home

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1/29/2015 – #39 Major Topic – Massachusetts National Guard

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1/22/2015 – #38 Major Topic – Veterans’ Employment/Recruitment Radio

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1/15/2015 – #37 Major Topic – AmVets

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1/8/2015 – #36 Major Topic – Veterans’ Inc.

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1/1/2015 – #35 Major Topic – Look Back on 2014 and What’s Ahead for 2015

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Rita S. DuQuette Irish Blessing Video Clip

Listen to Charles DuQuette’s Veteran’s Story here


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Upcoming Show Themes

7/2.    Disabled Veterans Night (DAV)

      Dan Stack.   Mass State Adjutant

7/9.    VA Jamaica Plain Night

          Dr Mel Tapper


Veterans’ Voice Special Internet Features

The Wounds We Cannot See: A Documentary (2016) Official Trailer from Alexander Freeman on Vimeo.

Listen to LauriBeth Quinlivan’s song, A Mother’s Love is a Blessing here:

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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’ Jobs

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List of Upcoming Veterans’ Events

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

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Norfolk County RSVP Veterans Book Club- Dedham - VFW Hall, 84 Eastern Ave., Dedham on Tuesday, June 30 6-8:30 PM.

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VA Leadership in MA Invites Veterans, Families, and Public to Joint Town Hall in Plymouth July 14, 2015 

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Edge4Vets Summer Workshop 1 of 2 - Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Northeastern University

 

Tall Ship Sunset Sail Thursday, July 16, 2015

One Central Wharf, Boston 6:00 – 8:00 pm

5:45 pm:  Boarding Time

Join Heidrea for Heroes on Thursday, July 16th for a beautiful evening aboard the grand Liberty Clipper, a classic 125′ schooner, for a sunset sail around historic Boston Harbor!  Relax and enjoy the summer ocean breeze, light dinner fare and the camaraderie of others who give back to our country’s military veterans all while taking part in a unique fundraiser to benefit Heidrea for Heroes.  

Tickets:  $100 per person

Includes the 2 hour sail, light dinner fare, and a complimentary beverage ticket.  Cash bar also available. 

Reserve your tickets now online or by calling 774-773-3951. Visit our event page to buy yours today!

 

Massasoit College Veterans Services Open House Thurs., 7/23/15 – 5:30-7PM at the Student Center Rm. 120 on their Brockton Campus One Massasoit Blvd. Brockton, MA

Massasoit Community College is very pleased to be hosting the very first Massasoit Military, Veteran and Family Members Open House.  This is an event for Veterans, current or retired Military personnel and their Family Members. This event is on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM on the Massasoit Brockton Campus. We are welcoming prospective students and guests to our Brockton campus to tour our newly renovated Veteran Center, meet with Veteran Services staff and students and learn about military-veteran educational benefits at our institution.  As Massasoit continues to build a solid support structure on our campus for Veterans, Service Members and their families, we are looking to this supportive community to provide us some valuable feedback on how we can best serve our military and veteran population.

Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about Massasoit Academic Programs
  • Learn How to Apply for Educational Benefits
  • Submit an application
  • Meet with Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors
  • Apply for Educational Benefits
  • Enjoy Light Food and Refreshments
  • Win a gift cards and raffle prizes
  • Tour our Brockton Campus

Interested student applicants and guests should RSVP here: Massasoit Military, Veteran and Family Members Open House

 

July through September – Massvet Music Fest 2015 

 

 

MASSVETS MUSICFEST SERIES 2015

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

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

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Heartillary Group

Veterans Business Owners Initiative 

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

Wounded Warrior Project

More being added – Check back soon!


Past Veterans’ Voice Special Guests

6/25/2015

Brian Smith.  Veterans Representative - Massassoit  Comm. College

6/18/2015

Andy McCarty,  Northeastern University

Robert Foster,  Northeastern

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Tom Murphy.   Edge4Vets

Rick Gay.    Rockland Vets Memorial

Chuck Delaney.   Bedford VA

6/11/2015

Women Veterans Night

     Carolyn Mason-Wholley

      Viviana Marcotte

       Nancy Lawson

        Giselle Sterling

6/4/2015

MassVets Music Festivals

    Jim  Quinlivin- Mustard Seed

    Lauri-Beth Quinlivin -Back in Session

5/21/2015

    VA-Jamaica Plain night

    Wally Musto-TRACTS project mgr

     Steve Shephard-transition advocate

 5/28/2015

Hanscom Air Base Night

     Mark Wasnock   USA Family Heslth

      Maria Porto- Hanscom Credit Union

5/21/2015

Wally Musto-TRACTS project manager
Steve Shephard-transition advocate

5/14/2015

Mat Colosanti – Navy Federal Credit Union
Mary Voner- Options 153
Brian Mullen – Options 153
Daniel Matthews-Direct Finance

4/30/2015

Memoirist Ruth W. Crocker and peace activists Carlos and Melida Arredondo

Thomas T. Kane, Director, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences (and U.S. Army veteran)

4/23/2015 – ONE YEAR SHOW

Nancy Ross nross251@gmail.com (508) 663-9787 http://www.thewoundswecannotseemovie.com.
We also had three people from Zeus & 1 marine http://www.zeusand1marine.org zuesand1marine@yahoo.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeus-1Marine/628691073904464
Also Donna Miller (781)844-9242 Donna.miller@cbzhomes.com) and Crystal Paige (508)409-1756) from the Old Colony Habitat for humanity.
Leyroy Ashwood from Brave for veterans http://www.brave4veterans.org Lashwoodj@aol.com and also had James and Lauribeth Quinlivan of the Mustard seed music and Sports Promotion https://www.facebook.com/LauribethQhttp://www.reverbnation.com/BACKINSESSION (781) 206-7971

4/16/2015

Mike Kelley, Plymouth Career Center

4/9/2015

Brian Levitre, Program Manager -Recruiting

4/2/2015

Chuck Delaney, Bedford VA

Phone in - Gabe Nutter, SAVE Team DVS

Rob Arndt, Recruit Military

Bob Graser, VFW

 3/26/2015

Sue Katz from American Consumer Credit Counseling

Cheryl Lussier Poppe, Jennifer Decouncey and Tom Miller from the Chelsea Soldiers Home

James and Lauribeth Quinlivan of the Mustard seed music and Sports Promotion

3/20/2015

Robert Pearson Jr, Regional Director of Wounded Warrior Project

3/6/2015

Deb Goldberg-Mass State Treasurer

Sue Katz.  American Credit Counciling

Lauri-Beth Quinlivin. Mustard Seed

Laura Piscopo. Mass Dept of Veterans Services

2/19/2015

David stone, Vet center

Chuck Delaney

        Dale Kurtz,  Veterans court

2/12/2015

Chuck Delaney, South shore suicide coalition

2/5/2015

 Cheryl Poppe – Director Chelsea Soldiers Home

1/29/2015

       Staff sergeant Blake Overbay , National guard.

1/22/2015

   Recruit radio’s Mike Kelley

1/15/2015

Jim Peecey, Massachusetts Commander of AmVets

Tom Savory, Past Commander of AmVets

1/8/2015

Richard Turner, Services Advocate, Veterans’ Inc

Tony Forzaglia, Employment and Training Specialist, Veterans’ Inc

12/17/2014

Emily Spencer, Founder of Heartillary Group

Thomas T. Kane, Director, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences (and U.S. Army veteran)

WWII Navy Veteran (and overboard survivor) singer songwriter Larry (Slim) Sullivan of Brockton

12/10/2014

Mike Johns, President of the Massachusetts VSO

Ted Mulvehill, past VSO President

George Pontes, Weymouth VSO

12/3/2015

Thomas T. Kane, Director, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences (and U.S. Army veteran)

11/26/2014

Jim and Lauribeth Quinlivan, Mustard Seed Music and Sports Promotions

11/5/2014

Andy McCarty, Director, Veteran and Military Services at  Northeastern University

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 Byron, Honor 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

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