The DAV Podcast sheds light on important topics and challenges facing America’s veterans while also sharing the stories of veterans whom have been impacted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) through its mission of keeping our promise to America’s veterans.
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Listen to some of the latest episodes of the DAV Podcast below
January 30, 2024
Brian Buckwalter speaks with Jacob Weber about how his relationship with his Vietnam veteran grandfather sparked an enduring passion for volunteering for veterans. Now a college student and a top recipient of a DAV scholarship, Jacob continues to serve but also wants to make a career out of helping veterans.
January 19, 2024
Rob Lewis speaks to Robert Spangle, a Marine and fashion photographer, on how clothing and dress impact Afghan men as they navigate living with armed conflict.
December 28, 2023
Matt Saintsing speaks with Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down,” to discuss the book’s impact 30 years later and the heroism exhibited during the Battle of Mogadishu.
December 21, 2023
Brian Buckwalter speaks with Marine veteran Carrie Roeger, a business owner and vetpreneur, on how DAV helped grow her restaurant and bar and what other veteran entrepreneurs need for success.
December 20, 2023
In this episode, Rob Lewis sits down with DAV’s Membership Director Doug Wells to bring to light the value and opportunities of DAV membership.
December 19, 2023
DAV Department of Ohio 2nd Junior Vice Commander Ginger MacCutcheon opens up about her experience with military sexual trauma (MST), and how she got help.
May 30, 2023
DAV’s Brian Buckwalter sits down with Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe, for an informed discussion on the military-civilian divide and what veterans can learn from community.
January 20, 2023
Marine Corps veteran John Hinners opens up to DAV about his time in Vietnam, the conflict’s aftermath and how DAV helped him secure the benefits he earned.
December 27, 2022
Now that the Honoring Our PACT Act is law, DAV Deputy Legislative Director Shane Liermann spells out what the landmark bill means for veterans of all generations.
November 30, 2022
DAV National Membership Director Doug Wells breaks down the many advantages and discounts available to DAV members.
August 17, 2022
The 2022 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic wrapped up in Snowmass, Colorado this spring, with disabled veterans reaching new heights in adaptive sports.
May 24, 2022
DAV Deputy Legislative Director Shane Liermann sits down with Senator Jon Tester for an update on a major bill impacting veterans of all eras.
May 5, 2022
Vietnam veteran Randy Schmidt shares his experience from Vietnam and how a fellow Marine continues to shape his life in Episode 21 of the DAV Podcast.
April 7, 2022
DAV’s recent acquisition of Patriot Boot Camp will connect service members, veterans and their spouses with resources and tools to bring their business to the next level.
March 22, 2022
In the newest installment of the DAV Podcast, we talk about the recent movement on Capitol Hill with a few pieces of legislation that would expand VA care for veterans who endured toxic exposures, like burn pits.
September 14, 2021
In our bonus podcast episode, we talk with Marine veteran and DAV member, John Bernard. John’s son, Josh Bernard, was killed in Afghanistan on August 14, 2009–exactly 12 years prior to the US evacuation from the country. John gave his recollections of 9/11 and thoughts on what Josh’s service means in the great context of the war and the current situation in Afghanistan.
September 9, 2021
In Episode 18 of the DAV Podcast, we reflect back on September 11, 20 years later and what the day meant to so many, including many of those that served.
September 2, 2021
In the latest episode of the DAV Podcast, we take a deeper look at the minority veteran experience by talking to some subject matter experts, including Lindsay Church (Minority Veterans of America) and Danica Gonsalves (Veterans Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program).
August 30, 2021
DAV helps over 1 million veterans and their families every year and part of that help includes a disaster relief fund. In Episode 16 of the DAV Podcast we take a closer look at how the program works and the veterans it helps.
May 5, 2021
The DAV Charitable Service Trust was formed in 1986 to advance programs and services that cater to our nation’s veterans as well as their caregivers and families. By supporting the work of the charitable organizations that offer these services, the Trust plays an essential role in ensuring that America fulfills its promises to those that served. In Episode 15 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at its impact.
February 8, 2021
Suicide prevention is one of the most pressing issues facing the veteran community today. In light of the ongoing pandemic and the social isolation so many are facing, it’s more critical than ever that we’re continuing to have the difficult conversations and look for ways to address the motivating factors of suicide. We take a deeper look at this very important topic in the latest DAV Podcast.
December 3, 2020
White Ribbon VA is a national call to action that’s aim is to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and to promote a positive change in the culture that would allow actions from the pledge to become the norm. In Episode 12 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at this topic and more.
September 21, 2020
As DAV turns 100, we take a look back at where it began with an in-depth look at the life of our founder, World War I veteran and Judge Robert S. Marx in Episode 11 of the DAV Podcast.
June 1, 2020
In Episode 9 of the DAV Podcast we explore some alternative therapies veterans are using to help tackle some of the health issues they are facing.
April 20, 2020
In Episode 8 of the DAV Podcast we look at the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities, women veterans. We spotlight how the expanding role of women in our armed forces is necessitating changes to an array of VA policies and programs. Plus, we talked to Staff Sergeant Jessica Smiley, one of the first enlisted female National Guard soldiers to earn the coveted Army Ranger tab.
March 3, 2020
In Episode 7 of the DAV Podcast we tackle some toxic exposure topics and tips on filing claims related to toxic exposures. Plus we take a deeper look at Mefloquine, a drug widely prescribed to U.S. Service Members, and the drug’s growing list of long-term effects.
December 18, 2019
In Episode 6 of the DAV Podcast we look at the growing population of LGBT veterans and talk with Lindsay Church the CEO of Minority Veterans of America and Dr. Michael Kauth, Director of the LGBT Health Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
November 22, 2019
In Episode 5 of the DAV Podcast we talk about those that served that are Missing in Action and hear from people that have been directly impacted. Plus, we look at how many are honoring these brave heroes and working hard to bring them home.
September 12, 2019
Every single day in the United States, twenty veterans die by suicide. It is becoming a growing concern in the veteran community and its impacting people across America. In Episode 4 of the DAV Podcast we discuss the epidemic and hear firsthand from those impacted directly by it and look at some of the resources available for help.
June 20, 2019
In this episode of the DAV Podcast we take you mountainside to Snowmass, Colorado, the home of the DAV and VA co-hosted National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Here veterans with TBIs, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, amputations and other severe disabilities are challenged to overcome perceived limitations.
March 6, 2019
In the pilot episode of the DAV Podcast Jim Sursley, a triple-amputee combat Vietnam veteran, discusses his 50th Alive Day anniversary and post-war service, actor Gary Sinise talks about his work to help veterans and his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, and we go inside DAV’s Transportation Network.