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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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 to 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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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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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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Upcoming Show Topic Schedule

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 – North Shore CC, Aviation Career Night

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 – Quincy College, Bio Life Science

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 – Massasoit Community College, General Programs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 – D.C. Night


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List of Upcoming Veterans Events

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

Monday, July 7th to Thursday, July 31st - Veterans Upward Bound summer academic boot camp orientation will begin on July 2 at UMASS-Boston. The cycle begins on Monday July 7 and will end on Thursday July 31st. Stipends are available. Classes in Oceanography, Math, Writing and Computer skills will meet M, Tu, W, & Thursday from 3:00-7:30pm. For more information, contact the main office: 617-287-5870.

Monday, July 7th to Thursday, July 31st - Specific dates, times and location TBA - MST Music Therapy Group - Join us for the first music therapy group for women service members who have experienced MST in Massachusetts! This group will run from July 7- 31 and will meet twice weekly for an hour. Music therapy sessions will be facilitated by a board-certified music therapist from Resounding Joy and assisted by a OIF/OEF female veteran. Music therapy interventions will include: music for relaxation, lyric analysis, songwriting, music making, creative arts to music and more! Please email Gail McAuliffe at gamcauliffe@massmail.state.ma.us  or Rebecca Vaudreuil at rvaudreuil@resoundingjoyinc.org for more details.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 – Operation Stand Down RI Job Fair For Veterans – 10:00am- 2:00pm – Community College of Rhode Island – 400 East Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island

July 26, August 16, September 20, 2014 - Vets with Pets Playgroup for veterans and their dogs. Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm at Old Cold Springs Park in Newton. Register online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vets-with-pets. Limit 15 dogs per session.

Friday, August 1, 2014 – Veterans Job Fair at Providence NetWORKri from 10:00am-1:00pm in the Renaissance Room. Registration is not required. Interested employers can visit  http://www.dlt.ri.gov/bwc/Register.pdf or call 866-616-JOBS.

Monday, August 4, 2014 – Swissport Hiring Event at 1:00pm at The Work Place, 29 Winter St., 4th floor, Boston. Swissport will be interviewing for the following positions: Cargo Office Agents (must be able to lift 50 pounds), Ramp/Cabin Cleaners (must be able to lift 50 pounds), Fueling (math skills required), Passenger Services (customer service skills required), De-Icing Agents (must be able to lift 50 pounds), Cargo Warehouse Agent (must be able to lift 50 pounds). Multilingual skills are a plus. Additional requirements: must be able to pass a 10 year background check, a valid driver’s license is required, and a high school diploma is required. Submit your resume to register at theworkplace@detma.org and apply online at swissport.com/careers.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Comcast Open House Recruitment Event from 3:00-7:00pm, 35 Concord St., North Reading. Comcast is hiring various positions including Business Account Executive, Customer Service Representative, Direct Sales Representatives and more. Pre-register by emailing NED_GBRComcastCareers@cable.comcast.com or apply online at www.jobs.comcast.com

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5-6, 2014 - Boots to Business: Reboot is an entrepreneurial education program offered to veterans by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Modeled after the existing Operation Boots to Business: from Service to Start-up program, this program will be offered in 12 U.S. cities in July and August. The curriculum provides valuable assistance to veterans exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. Participants are also introduced to SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance. Date: August 5-6, 2014 Location: Constant Contact Campus (plenty of free parking) Reservoir Place, 1601 Trapelo Rd., Waltham. Website: www.boots2businessreboot.org Contact: Ray Milano at 617-565-7256 raymond.milano@sba.gov

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Multi-industry Job Fair from 1:00-3:00pm at The Career Place in Woburn. Exhibitors’ job openings include: Oracle Business Analyst, Insurance Referral Coordinator, RN’s and LPN’s (per diem), Marketing Assistant and many more. For all openings and more information, visit thecareerplace.org

Sunday, August 10, 2014 – Fishermen Helping Fishermen Chicken BBQ -  This is a fundraiser being held to help rebuild the private home of a disabled veteran. This event will be held from 12:00-7:30pm at the Carver Sportsmen’s Club, located at 127 Main St in Carver. Dinner will be served approximately at 1:30-2:00. Tickets are $20, include a chance to win a door prize and are available online until August 1st. Kids 12 & under eat for $5. A limited number of tickets are available at M&D’s Bait and Tackle, 149 Main St in Wareham. Visit gofundme.com/bri1ow or call Michael Thomas 508-291-0820 for more information.

Monday, August 11, 2014 – Coast to Coast Career Fairs’ Job Fair from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington St., Boston. Multiple employers will be attending and are looking to hire immediately – bring lots of resumes to hand out and dress to impress. For more information, call 866-838-5111 x 1.

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 12-13, 2014 - US Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first (nationwide) virtual job fair - Pre-register at virtualjobscout.org

Thursday, August 14, 2014Unsung Black Veterans in U.S. history reception at 5 pm. Strand Theatre Art Gallery, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA. 617-635-1403 Petition for signatures to create commemorative stamps.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – TSA is recruiting Transportation Security Screeners from 10:00am-12:00pm at the North Shore Career Center of Lynn, 181 Union St., Lynn. Minimum requirements: US Citizenship or US National, high school diploma, GED or equivalent, or one year of security or aviation screening experience, proficiency in English and must pass a background/credit check.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Lowell Spinners Regional Job Fair from 10:00am-1:00pm at LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St, Lowell. This outdoor event will be held on the ball field and parking is free. Rain date will be August 21. Visit http://www.valleyworks.cc/documents/Spinners2014d.pdf for more information.

Friday, August 22, 2014Veteran Stand Down - Boston - 7AM-6PM   Where: 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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – North Central Career Centers Job Fair from 9:00am-12:30pm 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 10:00am-12:30pm at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. All career fairs are free of charge for employers. Contact Jacquie McLellan 508-732-5302 or email jmclellan@pqcc.org

Thursday, August 28, 2014 – Tech & Engineering Job Fair from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Boston Marriot Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton. Visit http://targetedjobfairs.com/event/boston-ma-08202014/#tab_job-seeker to register.

Friday, September 12, 2014 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Spirit of America at TD Boston Garden, Friday at 10:30AM and 7:30PM and Saturday at 2PM and 7:30PM. This free event is one of the largest Army community outreach programs. For tickets and more information, visit http://spiritofamerica.mdw.army.mil/

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - The 2014 Money Conference: Financial Empowerment for Individuals & Families
University of Massachusetts – Boston Campus, The Campus Center – Ballroom, 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125 Est. # of Attendees: 300-500

For more events – Check back soon!

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.

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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.

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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 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

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

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