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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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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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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Upcoming Show Topic Schedule

10/1 – Valor Acts
10/8 – New England Center for Homeless Veterans
10/15 – VFW Night
10/22 – Gold Star Family Night

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)

Friday, September 26, 2014 – Operation Flak Jacket - from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Pvt. Shutt Detachment, 215 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. Come and enjoy a fun evening – all branches of the military are welcome to attend. A home cooked meal will be provided. Come and meet friends, and make new ones. To RSVP, email Dave Brooks, Commandant: shuttdetachment139@gmail.com

Saturday, September 27, 2014; 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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Veteran Job Fair and Employer Resource Event at the Taunton Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton. The job fair will be held from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm; the Employer Resource Event is from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. All registered employers are invited to attend. Both events are free. Learn about important local, federal and state programs to benefit your organization. Participation in the job fair is required to attend the Employer Resource Event.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Veterans Navigating a Career in Higher Education from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This event is sponsored by Harvard University and is designed to educate veterans on career opportunities in higher education. Classes will be held every Thursday evening for the month of October – dates are the following: October 9, October 16, October 23, and October 30. This features panel discussions with current veteran employees at Harvard, opportunities for one-on-one coaching and mentoring and interactive sessions on resume writing, networking, interviewing and marketing yourself. For more information, contact Erin Sharicz, erin_sharicz@hks.harvard.edu

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Military Appreciation Day at the Topsfield Fair from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 207 Boston St, Topsfield. All active military personnel will be admitted to the Fair free of charge, along with their immediate family members accompanying them when they present their military identification at the gate. For more information, visit http://www.topsfieldfair.org/admission.php

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Monthly Open House, Newton Veterans’ Support Center from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Am Legion Post 440, 295 California St, Newton. The intent of this center is to provide a place for veterans of all ages and branches of the service to congregate, socialize, and access a range of services.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Annual Health Fair from 10:00 am – 2:oo pm, Florian Hall, 55 Hallett St, Dorchester. This is presented by the Boston Fire Department. For more information, contact Michelle McCourt, 617-343-3024 or email: Michelle.mccourt.bfd@cityofboston.gov

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 at the 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/

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Women Veterans’ Luncheon from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lombardo’s Restaurant, 6 Billings St, Randolph. This event is hosted by the Gov Advisory Committee on Women Veterans’ & the MA Women Veterans’ Network. Tickets are $25. For more information, contact 617-210-5958 or email: vmarcotte@massmail.state.ma.us
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

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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

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Past Veterans’ Voice Special Guests

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.