315 – Lynn Rolf – Program Director for the VFW

315 – Lynn Rolf – Program Director for the VFW

I consider this a follow-up to number 314 which dropped on October 20, 2022 (https://oscarmikeradio.com/314-jesse-james-dupree-everyone-can-make-an-impact/). I was given the opportunity to learn more about the VFW’s UnMet Needs Program. VFW Program Directory Lynn Rolf helped set up the interview with Jesse James Dupree and as we were talking, I came to realize that a lot goes on behind the scenes. Lynn took the time to talk with me and share what the VFW does when it comes to helping Veterans.

Lynn was a military police commissioned officer in the Army.
After he left the Army, Lynn went back home where he got connected with the VFW. It was there that he discovered a new purpose after his military service.

Currently, Lynn is the Director of Programs at the Veteran for Foreign Wars at the national level. Lynn was able to share how the UnMet Needs program has helped Veterans, and as you will see how the program left a lasting impact on his life.

Go to https://www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants to learn more and apply. Thank you for talking with me Lynn, glad to know we like similar types of music!


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314 – Jesse James Dupree – Everyone Can Make an Impact

314 – Jesse James Dupree – Everyone Can Make an Impact

During a Cocktails in the War Room Family Zoom Meeting and my good friend David, “Vito” Brito says, “Travis, Jesse James Dupree would be a good guest for your show. He has done a lot for Veterans.” I knew this to be true because when I went to Tennessee for then-State Commander Brian Walker’s Fundraiser, I was told that Jesse was a true supporter of the VFW and Veterans. I reached out and spoke with Lynn Rolf, Director of Programs at Veterans of Foreign Wars, (He is going to be on #315), and then I had a time scheduled to talk with the man himself.

Jackyl was taking the stage by storm when I was in the Marine Corps. We would play “Headed for Destruction” when Charlie Battery rolled out. We all knew what Jackyl was about and that was just fine by us.

Talking with Jesse, I realized that his desire to help Veterans comes from a real place. He talked about his work with the VFW’s Unmet Needs program and how it impacts Veterans’ lives. Jesse said that everyone can do something that can help others or Veterans. He has taken elements from Jackyl, American Outlaw Spirits MIXER, and Might Loud, and used everything to help Veterans in need. I believe that is the lesson. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in life. I learned that anyone has the capability to make a change.

Go to https://www.jessejamesdupree.com/vfw/ to learn more about the program Jesse supports. Thank you, Jesse, for talking with me and showing us that we all can make a difference.


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312 – The Veterans Kitchen and World War II Veterans

312 – The Veterans Kitchen and World War II Veterans

The Veterans Kitchen hosted World War II Veterans on September 8th, 2022. This was done with help from the Veterans Brotherhood VM/C, The Fall River War Veterans Council, Andy Biggio, author of “The Rifle”, and City Councilors Linda Pereira, and Laura Washington. I learned a lot about the work The Veterans Kitchen does and the World War II Veterans they serve.

 Andy Biggio, who wrote “The Rifle” talked about the story of his book, and every World War II Veteran signed his special M1 Garand Afterwards I got to talk with two World War Two Army Veterans and their stories took me back to a different time in Fall River’s and America’s history.

Dawn and Andy from The Veterans Kitchen told me how they got started with only $60.00 and now serve many Veterans in the Fall River area.

David and Kelli Danforth closed out my time by talking about how husband and wife work together to advocate for Veterans. David is an Army National Guard Veteran and member of the Veterans Brotherhood Veterans Motorcycle Club.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this event and talked with me. There is still time to capture the memories of those who served in World War II. Fall River, MA is an example of non-profit groups and city leaders who can work together to ensure care is provided to Veterans.

George Amaral was drafted and served in the Army as a Combat Engineer.

Edmund, “Eddie” Nibbs volunteered and served in the Army in Infantry and as an Ordnance Clerk.

Dawn and Andrew started the Veterans Kitchen with $60.00 and have grown it to serve more Veterans every year. Andrew is an Air Force Veteran

David is an Army National Guard Veteran and member of Veterans Brotherhood V/MC. His wife Kelli and him both ride together and find purpose in advocating for Veterans.



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Walter and Pat – Abington, MA WWII Veterans

Walter and Pat – Abington, MA WWII Veterans

Abington Massachusetts Veterans Service Officer Adam Gunn reached out to me about interviewing two brothers who served during World War Two. Pat, “Skinny”, who is 101 years old and his brother Walter who is 99 years old grew up and served out of Abington, Massachusetts.

Walter served in Military Police in the Army. Skinny was a Supply Depot Manager in the Marine Corps. Skinny is the oldest person and Marine that I have ever had on Oscar Mike Radio.

Joining us was Massachusetts State Representative Allyson Sullivan who grew up in Abington and knows these Veterans well.

This story is unique that two brothers served in different branches, in different parts of the world and then came home and made lives for themselves after World War Two.

Thank you, Adam Gunn and State Representative Allyson Sullivan, for putting together my time with Walter and Skinny. World War Two Veterans are a treasure, and I appreciate how you both work to preserve the legacy they built for us.



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310 – Brothers in Healing

310 – Brothers in Healing

Note: This conversation contains mature subject matter and language about PTSD and the effects of PTSD.

I want to start off with a thank you to Paula Anne of Ablaze Entertainment for introducing me to Chris and Woody. I am proud to support those who are first responders, EMS, and law enforcement personally and as Oscar Mike Radio.

Chris and Woody have over four decades of law enforcement experience. They came on Oscar Mike Radio to talk about how PTSD affects Law Enforcement. Over the course of their career, situations they experienced started to take their toll on them and negatively impacted their lives

Knowing they needed help, Chris and Woody went to Deer Hollow Recovery and Wellness to get help for their trauma. After going through treatment, they were committed to helping their fellow Law Enforcement brothers and sisters avoid a permanent end to temporary problems. And so, Brothers in Healing was formed to get immediate aid to those in need. You can go to https://brothersinhealing.com/ – to find out more and support Chris and Woody’s mission.



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