Todays American Veteran

Today's American Veteran is presented by the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes The show is hosted by Emmy nominated actor and Patriot Jack Scalia.
The Coalition supports all Veterans and is a non partisan outreach.The views expressed by our guests are their own and may not reflect those of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

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Talking to Terrorists: Ann Speckhard, Ph.D.


An internationally recognized expert on the psychological aspects of terrorism and an expert in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder, Dr. Speckhard’s studies also produce a knowledge of how to disengage, deradicalize and rehabilitate a terrorist, reversing his or her trajectory. Talking to Terrorists reveals the humanity in us all—especially in those we least expect—and offers possibilities for achieving a safer world.

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Transporting readers into a world of fierce women bound by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley’s War


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khanacomes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan­—including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country’s cause.

In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets and Army Rangers on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach, and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not. Though officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be “attached” to different teams, and for the first time, women throughout the Army heard the call to try out for this special ops program.

 In Ashley’s War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon uses exhaustive firsthand reporting and a finely tuned understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked from across the Army, and the remarkable hero at its heart: 1st  Lt.  Ashley White, who would become the first Cultural Support Team member killed in action and the first CST remembered on the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall of Honor alongside the Army Rangers with whom she served.

Transporting readers into this little-known world of fierce women bound together by valor, danger, and the desire to serve, Ashley’s War is a riveting combat narrative and a testament to the unbreakable bonds born of war.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a contributor to The Atlantic’s Defense One. She is the bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and writes regularly for leading media outlets.  A Fulbright scholar and Robert Bosch Fellow, she began reporting from conflict regions during MBA study at the Harvard Business School following nearly a decade covering politics at ABC News.

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Patriot in Chief: Paul Mangiamele


Paul  M. Mangiamele  CFE is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Bennigans and Steak and Ale...but he does not consider that to be be his greatest accomplishment. His true avocation is serving our United States Military. Listen as Paul shares what he has to offer to Veterans who want to enter the hospitality industry. This is a must listen for any Veteran looking for visioin and hope.


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Steel Will...Shilo Harris

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On February 19, 2007, SSG Shilo Harris was patrolling an infamous southern Iraqi roadway when his Humvee was struck by an IED. Moments later, three members of his crew were dead and Shilo had sustained severe injuries that would alter the course of his life. For forty-eight days he lay trapped in a medically induced coma as his wife, unable to ease his suffering, had to come to grips with a man utterly changed.

Through more than sixty surgeries, countless hard decisions, and the unwavering devotion of the wife who would not leave his side, Shilo discovered that he was being reshaped–within and without–into the person he was meant to be all along. His inspiring story will move you and motivate you to live boldly in the face of fear and trust God to pull you through the toughest of times–no matter what.

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Today's American Veterans with Little Anthony



Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Upcoming R&B Hall of Famer Anthony Gourdine has experience a stunning career in the music industry. It is his avocation and passion for the Military that sets him aside from all others. Here he talks to Jack about what sparked that passion.

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Grammy and Golden Globe Nominated Frank Stallone on Patriotism


Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist Frank Stallone  has garnered four Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums and five Gold Singles and has acted in over 60 films and TV shows Frank has written and published over 200 songs and, with a single in the hit film The Expendables 2 (Don’t Want to Fight With Me) and three original songs, written and performed by him in thefilm Reach Me (Dir. John Herzfeld, 2014), Frank has written and recorded compositions for twelve films. The list includes Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley and Over the Top. But, it was Frank's nine songs that he wrote and recorded for the Saturday Night Fever Sequel Staying Alive that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Sound Track and a Grammy nomination for Best Original Song with his single, Far From Over.

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Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the Scientists who Came to Define PTSD

Dr. Frank Ochberg was among the scientists who came to define PTSD during its earlier years. He's a clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and one of the nation's leading authorities on the psychological effects of trauma.
Since it first emerged as a diagnosis in the wake of the Vietnam War, PTSD has entered the public consciousness. But Dr. Ochberg also says PTSD can be misunderstood and misinterpreted in the public context - and it even may be time for a name change.
So what is and isn't PTSD? And where does the science, the public conversation and the public policy around PTSD need to go next?


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Karri Turner from the Midway to the Middle East


Karri Turner  is best known for playing Lieutenant Harriet Sims in the television series JAG. Her passion for serving our Military has put her on a lifes course to entertain the troops from The Midway to the Middle East.c

Karri has completed six USO tours to entertain the troops stationed in Baghdad, Balad, Ramadi, Tikrit, Kuwait, Bagram, Kandahar, Uzbekistan and South Korea.


Some of the other highlights of Karri's career include visiting the wounded at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington, D.C., Ft. Hood, Ft. Irwin and she was recently very honored to meet several of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Supporting our troops is what Karri Turner is most passionate about.


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Today's American Veterans with Larry Latt​a​nzio

Stage manager for Alice Cooper Larry was in Viet Nam in '66. Larry talks about his combat jumps w 173rd Airborne at the age of 17 Warfighters then Warfighters now.

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Coast to Coast With Rob Jones

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  Combat wounded vet Rob Jones did not let the loss of his legs slow him down ...He rode an upright bike across country last year. From Bar Harbor to Camp Pendelton. He is now training for the paralympics. He embodies the spirit of the American Warfighter!

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Todays American Veterans with AJ Luna

 Ariel J. Luna currently serves as the Director of Veteran Services for Bergen County, New Jersey which has a population of about 32,000 veterans..  Luna is originally from Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Starrett City section of East New York.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the start of 2000 and he was stationed as a communication soldier in Fort Gordon, Georgia, South Korea, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  After he left the Army in 2002, he joined the NY National Guard where he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005.  While serving in the National Guard, Luna was pursing his bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College.  He recently completed his Masters in Administrative Science with a concentration in Non-Profit Organizational Development from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Luna has over 10 years of experience working with veterans in higher education.  He now oversees the Division of Veteran Services in Bergen County.  His office assist veterans with filing burial benefits, job opportunities, flag distribution, events, and referrals to other services.   In his new role, he hopes to build a reliable network of service providers in order to assist veterans in and around Bergen County.

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Robert Miller.Longest Serving Governor of Nevada...Patriot and Defender of Equality


There are powerful men and then there powerful men arguably the Longest sitting Governor of Nevada, Robert Miller is among those men. Mr Miller has counseled and traveled with US Presidents. He was  a forerunner of equality in both gender and race. He  served our country in the Military.  Robert Miller tells us  about the journey of the son of a gambling man to a major political powerhouse.