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

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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VV=  Veterans Voice
CI = Call In Guest
I-S= In Studio Guest

2/11/2016 – #89

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2/4/2016 –  #88 - HEROES IN TRANSITION

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VV  David Wu Communications Director City of  Boston Vet Services

HOST  Gregg Brasso VVN CEO & Producer

COHOST   Charlie DuQuette VVN Co-Producer & DVOP Norwood OSCC

COHOST  Chuck Delaney Bedford VA Peer Support Specialist

Chris Russell Vet Advocate – Memorial Tribute by Chuck Delaney

I-S GUESTS   Cindy & Ken Jones Heroes In Transition 501 C (3) Cape Cod MA

CI GUEST      Cathy Jensen  Liaison- Cape Flyer RTA Hyannis Train Cape Cod MA

I-S GUEST     Matt Noonan Master Instructor  High Noon K-9 Vet Service Dogs

00:30 PSA       Steve D’Aminico  of  “Broken Gear” (Live I-S: Charlie DuQuette)

CI GUEST      Nancy Ross Horsemanship Therapy Smithfield Farms Cape Cod MA


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VV     LT Enid Courthouse USAF 332 ND  Tuskegee squadron

HOST   Gregg Brasso VVN CEO & Producer

COHOST  Charlie DuQuette VVN Co-Producer

COHOST Chuck Delaney Bedford VA Peer Support Specialist

CI GUEST  Michelle McCourt Boston Fire Department BFD HR Manager/Recruiter

CI GUEST  Steve Godfrey Massachusetts State police

CI GUEST  Ingrid Centurion AUSA young professionals job fair Suffolk Univ.

CI GUEST  Dave Nickerson Lt. and paramedic with the Hingham Fire Department

I-S GUEST Jimmy Quinlivan Tribute to the Troops C-Note@ Nantasket Beach

Memorial  Lewis Avatable - Hanover Korean Veteran Tribute

1/21/2016 – #86 - Geriatric Care-for Senior Veterans

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VV    Jerry Vanata LT USAF WW-II B-24 Pilot

HOST    Gregg Brasso VVN CEO & Producer

COHOST  Charlie DuQuette VVN Co-Producer & DVOP Norwood OSCC

COHOST Chuck Delaney Bedford VA Peer Support Specialist

CI GUEST    Leroy Ashwood CEO BRAVE – MLK Tribute to Vets of Color

I-S GUEST   Gail Clark Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Clinic VA Brockton & JP

I-S GUEST   Alicia  Ayai  National Healthcare Community and Marketing Liaison

CI GUEST      “David” from Dorchester, MA

CI GUEST    Nick Charbonneau Manager Norwood OSCC  42:30-45:20 (02/23/16)

I-S GUEST   Mr. Bob Beale - Joey Ryan; Mike Patello; Ben Hurdle; J.T. Jermyn;

Veterans Appreciation Club Hingham High School Wrestling Team

CI GUEST    Jimmy Quinlivan Tribute to the Troops C-Note@ Nantasket Beach

I-S GUEST   Kerry  National Healthcare Financial Account Manager

1/14/2016 – #85 - Veterans Entrepreneurial Opportunities & the SBA

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VV  Jim Armstrong US Navy Korean War Vet Aircraft Carrier Boxer

HOST Gregg Brasso VVN CEO & Producer

COHOST  Charlie DuQuette VVN Co-Producer & DVOP Norwood OSCC

CI GUEST Oreste Velaria  Mass SBA Vet Outreach Officer

CI GUEST Mike Kelley Vet Employment Rep Plymouth  Career Center

CI GUEST Jimmy Quinlivan Tribute to the Troops C-Note@ Nantasket Beach

1/7/2016 – #84 - Boston Regional Veterans Employment

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VV   Paul Furbush 1st Class/Ret. Subsurface Navy 

HOST  Gregg Brasso VVN CEO & Producer

COHOST  Charlie DuQuette VVN Co-Producer & DVOP Norwood OSCC

COHOST   Chuck Delaney Bedford VA Peer Support Specialist

I-S GUEST    Paul Furbush DOL N.E. Veteran Regional Outreach Coordinator

COHOST   Leroy Ashwood CEO BRAVE – for Veterans

CI GUEST  Jimmy Quinlivan Tribute to the Troops C-Note@ Nantasket Beach

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12/17/2015 – #82 TIC Book Program

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12/10/2015 – #81

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11/26/2015 – No Show – Replay of Career Night

11/19/2015 - #79 – VETRN Entrepreneurs / Careers – How to Start and Manage

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11/12/2015 – #78 U.S. Family Health and Tricare

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11/5/2015 – #77 - VA Bedford Night

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10/29/2015 – #76 – R&R Recruitment Radio

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10/22/2015 – #75 – Vietnam War Aftermath

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10/15/2015 – #74 - Beirut Salute

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10/8/2015 – #73 - RallyPoint Night

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10/1/2015 – #72 – Vietnam War Years. 1969-1975

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9/24/2015 – #72 – Vietnam War Years. 1964-1969

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9/17/2015 – #71 - Women Veterans Night

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9/10/2015 – #70 – Comcast Career Night

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9/3/2015 – #69 - Beginning of Vietnam War Part-I

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8/27/2015 – #68 – SAVE Team

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8/20/2015 – #67 - Denis Day Mas Vets Music Fest Night

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8/13/2015 – #66 - Recruit Military – Search and Employ

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8/6/2015 – #65 - Battle Ship Cove Mas Vets Music Fest

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Frank Albani
The Sleepeaters
Free Range
Nightshade and Gold
Keith James

7/30/2015 – #64 - VA Night

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7/23/2015 – #63 - Veterans Service Officer Night

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7/16/2015 – #62 - R&R Recruitment Radio

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One Stop Career Center Promotional Video for Vets:

7/9/2015 – #61 - VA Returning Service Members Program 

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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 – Mass Vets Music Fest Musicians”with Jim & Lauri-Beth Quinlivan ‘Back In Session’ & Other Bands

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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:

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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Streaming Speaker

Upcoming/Recent Show Themes


Veterans’ Voice Special Internet Features


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

Vettes to Vets.mp4 from Bobbo on Vimeo.

Social Security PSA


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

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- Vets Career Fair

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- First Annual Battle Starts At Home Motorcycle Run

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- First Time Homebuyer Seminar

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- Veterans Train!


Cape Flyer Train service and Veterans’ Voice Radio will provide free transportation for veterans and family members to attend Cape Cod Veterans Day in Hyannis on Sunday, May 29th, 2016.
- Train leaves Boston at 8 a.m.; will make stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro and Wareham, to arrive in Hyannis at 10:30 AM
- Train Leaves Hyannis at 6:30 PM
- We have space for 600 People!
- Gold Star Tribute train car will be one of the train cars used
- More Details TBA!
We’ll be trying to fill the train!

 - Fire Fighter Exam

Civil Service will administer the written exam for firefighter on April 16, 2016.  There will be an additional $50 fee for applications received after March 1, 2016 and no applications will be accepted after March 21, 2016.


To apply online please visit our website at

Boston Fire will host a series of open houses to provide more information and answer any questions you might have.  Open houses will be held on Saturdays from 10 AM- 12 PM on the following dates at the listed locations:

  • January 9, E41 & L14, 460 Cambridge St Brighton
  • January 23, E9 & L2, 239 Sumner St East Boston
  • February 6, E24 & L23, 36 Washington St Dorchester
  • February 13, E28 & TL10, 746 Centre St Jamaica Plain
  • February 20, E14 & L4, 174 Dudley St Roxbury
  • February 27, E48 & L28, 60 Fairmont Ave Hyde Park
  • March 5, E52 & L29, 975 Blue Hill Ave Dorchester

We will also host a test preparation session at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St, Dorchester on March 29, 2016 from 6 PM - 8 PM.

All events are free and open to the public. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on our facebook page at

- CNC Training


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

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Veterans’ Voice Attended Events

Please check our Facebook page for current attended events!

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


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


Sunday, May 18, 2014Honor Flight New England sends 63 WWII veterans to Washington D.C. for the day. Visit 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 or call 978-646-5305.

Important Veterans Links

NAC Logo

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*

*This section has moved to below each archived episode as of 2016


Women Veterans Night

Sue Katz- American consumer credit
Viviana Marcotte- Mass Dept of Veterans Services
Carolyn Mason Whalley- women veterans network

Amy Belmore-Heidrea for Heroes
Kevin Mackenna- Prom Angels


Comcast Career Night

 Will Baas, VP of Talent Acquisition for Comcast’s Northeast Division (based in Manchester, NH)

Bob Davis, Senior Manager of Technical Operations for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region


Vietnam Show

Michael H. Cunningham 781 812-9101

Richard Gonci 617-251-6612

Walter Rice 617-794-3637


Battlemind show

Gabe Nutter, Save team member

Chuck Delaney, VA Bedford

Kevin Lambert, Save team member doing battlemind presentation.


Chuck Delany VA Peer Support Specialist
Nancy Ross – “The Wounds We Can Not See” Film by Outcast Productions
Billy Peterson – Rodney Dangerfield – Tribute Artist
Keith James – Song Writer / Performer of “The Wall”
Jim Quinlivan – Director of Vet-Tainment and Mass Vets Music Fest


Recruit Military – Search and Employ

Rob Arndt Regional Director


Battle Ship Cove Mass Vets Music Fest

Chuck Delany VA Peer Support Specialist

Tom Kane the Joiner Institute UMass Boston

Bob Haley Battleship Cove Council

Brad King Battleship Cove Executive Director

Jim Quinlivan Mustard Seed Productions


VA Night with Director. Vincent W. Ng

VA Boston Healthcare System Director


VSO George  Pontes Weymouth

 Mike Rosenblatt of Accessible Home Health Care


Randi Sargent of REquipment



Chuck Delaney. Bedford VA
Jonathan Grabowski. Marshfield Cable TV
Kyle Toto. VA Outreach


Brian Levitre.
Customs and border protection
Dept of Homeland Security Andrew Tramontana.
United Technical Institute
Will Baas. Comcast -Philadelphia
Peter Villandry. Comcast-Plymouth
Emily Feugill. Dish Network
Robert Arndt. Recruit Military


Dr. Mel Tapper, Ph.D., LICSW
OEF/OIF Program Manager
800-865-3384 Ext. 46780

Mary Rovaris
Nurse Case Manager


Brian Smith.  Veterans Representative - Massassoit  Comm. College


Andy McCarty,  Northeastern University

Robert Foster,  Northeastern

Call in:

Tom Murphy.   Edge4Vets

Rick Gay.    Rockland Vets Memorial

Chuck Delaney.   Bedford VA


Women Veterans Night

     Carolyn Mason-Wholley

      Viviana Marcotte

       Nancy Lawson

        Giselle Sterling


MassVets Music Festivals

    Jim  Quinlivin- Mustard Seed

    Lauri-Beth Quinlivin -Back in Session


    VA-Jamaica Plain night

    Wally Musto-TRACTS project mgr

     Steve Shephard-transition advocate


Hanscom Air Base Night

     Mark Wasnock   USA Family Heslth

      Maria Porto- Hanscom Credit Union


Wally Musto-TRACTS project manager
Steve Shephard-transition advocate


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


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 (508) 663-9787
We also had three people from Zeus & 1 marine
Also Donna Miller (781)844-9242 and Crystal Paige (508)409-1756) from the Old Colony Habitat for humanity.
Leyroy Ashwood from Brave for veterans and also had James and Lauribeth Quinlivan of the Mustard seed music and Sports Promotion (781) 206-7971


Mike Kelley, Plymouth Career Center


Brian Levitre, Program Manager -Recruiting


Chuck Delaney, Bedford VA

Phone in - Gabe Nutter, SAVE Team DVS

Rob Arndt, Recruit Military

Bob Graser, VFW


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


Robert Pearson Jr, Regional Director of Wounded Warrior Project


Deb Goldberg-Mass State Treasurer

Sue Katz.  American Credit Counciling

Lauri-Beth Quinlivin. Mustard Seed

Laura Piscopo. Mass Dept of Veterans Services


David stone, Vet center

Chuck Delaney

        Dale Kurtz,  Veterans court


Chuck Delaney, South shore suicide coalition


 Cheryl Poppe – Director Chelsea Soldiers Home


       Staff sergeant Blake Overbay , National guard.


   Recruit radio’s Mike Kelley


Jim Peecey, Massachusetts Commander of AmVets

Tom Savory, Past Commander of AmVets


Richard Turner, Services Advocate, Veterans’ Inc

Tony Forzaglia, Employment and Training Specialist, Veterans’ Inc


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


Mike Johns, President of the Massachusetts VSO

Ted Mulvehill, past VSO President

George Pontes, Weymouth VSO


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


Jim and Lauribeth Quinlivan, Mustard Seed Music and Sports Promotions


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


Bob Grazier, VFW

Paul Spera, VFW


Coleman Nee, Secretary of Veterans’ Services


Viviana Marcotte, Director of the Women Veterans’ Network

Sue Katz, from American Consumer Credit Counseling

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


Mike Kelley of the Plymouth Career Center


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


Phil Oakley, Founder and CEO of i3 LLC

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


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 DuquetteMass. 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 KingMassachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services


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


Francisco UrenaCity 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


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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