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Carry On

Carry On

By Nation's Finest
This is a weekly program that discusses issues relevant to military veterans, produced by Nation's Finest, a veteran service organization. We explore different topics each week while providing insights and advice to our fellow veterans.

At Nation’s Finest, our mission is to support America’s military veterans and their families with a comprehensive approach to housing, health, and employment that helps them achieve self-sufficiency and reach their full potential.
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S2 - EP8 Veteran Small Business Talk with Scott Jensen, Executive Director - NVSBC
As we approach National Veteran Small Business Week, Scott Jensen, Executive Director of the National Veteran Small Business Coalition provides advice for veterans thinking about starting a business. Having started his own small business after retiring from the Marine Corps, Jensen shares his three keys to success in business ownership. 
16:57
October 20, 2021
S2 - EP7 Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman on Women in the Military and Transitioning to Life as a Military Spouse
Amanda Huffman joins us today to talk about her experience serving in combat and her transition to life as a military spouse while maintaining her own veteran identity.
13:30
October 13, 2021
S2 - EP6 Re-Broadcast Mobile Service Units with Melissa Ferrari and Wylie Mandeville
In this week's episode of "Carry On" Melissa Ferrari and Wylie Mandeville discuss Nation's Finest Mobile Service Units and how they help veterans.
17:47
October 6, 2021
S2 - EP5 Upgrading Discharge Status for LGBTQ Veterans
Stephen Hernandez, site director for Nation's Finest in Sacramento talks with us today about what it was like to serve during and after the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy. He also shares valuable information about potential upgrades to discharge status for veterans who were separated from service based on their sexual orientation.
26:06
September 29, 2021
S2 - EP4 Suicide Prevention with Doug Smith of NAMI Sacramento
Today, Doug Smith is here to talk with us about suicide prevention, as we continue this informational theme during September, recognized as suicide prevention month. Doug is a US Navy Veteran. He is the Peer Program Manager, and Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator for the local Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI Sacramento.
21:59
September 22, 2021
S2 - EP3 Re-broadcast Interview with James Luper on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Re-visiting this episode for suicide prevention month, we hear from Nation's Finest Clinical Director, James Luper about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and what we do at Nation’s Finest to help veterans suffering from this disorder.
20:28
September 15, 2021
S2 - EP2 Having a Service Dog with Raymond Allbright
September is National Service Dog month, so our guest Raymond Allbright talks with us about when he realized a service dog might be helpful to him, what the process was like to get one, and how life is different now with his service dog.
28:49
September 9, 2021
S2 - EP1 Looking Back at Service in Afghanistan with Capt. Mike Durham
In today’s episode, Captain Mike Durham talks with us about his experience in Afghanistan, sharing his thoughts and emotions considering the news over the past weeks.
24:07
September 1, 2021
S1 - EP17 COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion with Dr. Lindsay Jones
In today’s episode of Carry On, we discuss the COVID-19 vaccines and some of the concerns surrounding them with Dr. Lindsay Jones. Today’s episode should not be considered medical advice and is designed to be an informative scientific discussion. You should always seek advice on your own medical care from your primary care provider or other licensed medical professional.
42:07
August 25, 2021
S1 - EP16 Nation's Finest CEO Chris Johnson talks about supporting veterans during the current situation in Afghanistan
In this week's episode of Carry On our President and CEO, Chris Johnson talks about the impact this week’s events in Afghanistan is having on veterans. He will also discuss how the services we provide at Nation’s Finest can help veterans in this difficult time.
18:04
August 18, 2021
S1 - EP15 Re-broadcast of EP1 Introduction to Nation's Finest with Board Member Burt McChesney
Taking a look back at our very first episode (first aired on April 28th, 2021), we explain how Nation's Finest helps veterans in need, and how that mission has evolved over the years. Burt McChesney, a long-time member of our Board of Directors provides context as we dive into our mission and purpose.
16:15
August 11, 2021
S1 - EP14 International Alliances and Partnerships with Capt. Mark Ruban, Canadian Armed Forces
We continue our international Olympic themed coverage this week, with Capt. Mark Ruban of the Canadian Armed Forces joining us to talk about the importance of alliances and international working relationships.
17:40
August 4, 2021
S1 - EP13 Watching the Olympics through a veteran's lens with Jake Kemnec
Jake Kemnec, Site Director for Nation's Finest in Menlo Park, CA joins us today to talk about how veterans can see the Olympic games differently, having established relationships with members of other nations' militaries during his career.
16:21
July 28, 2021
S1 - EP12 Navigating Employment Options for Veterans with Steven Miller
This week, retired Army officer and Veterans Affairs employee Steven Miller talks about navigating employment options as a veteran, and finding your fit in a civilian career.
20:18
July 21, 2021
S1 - EP11 Veteran Employment with Dr. Ryan Attar
Dr. Ryan Attar talks about finding the right employment, education, and path forward for his life after leaving the military.
17:56
July 15, 2021
S1 - EP10 Walk to Honor with Greg Washington
Veteran, entrepreneur and influencer Greg Washington tells us about about his 1800 mile walk to end veteran suicide, and about overcoming post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
20:43
July 7, 2021
S1 - EP9 Affordable Permanent Housing Solutions for Veterans with Brad Long
Executive Director of Veterans Housing Development Corporation (VHDC) Brad Long, talks about long-term solutions to veteran homelessness. While temporary programs are effective in getting veterans off the streets, VHDC provides more permanent solutions supporting home ownership and self-sufficiency.
19:22
June 30, 2021
S1 - EP8 Worldwide Support to Military Veterans with Koby Langley
American Red Cross Senior Vice President for International Services and Service to the Armed Forces, Koby Langley will join us to talk about what the future of veteran advocacy looks like.
23:21
June 23, 2021
S1 - EP7 Caring for older veterans with Dr. Anne Fabiny
Our guest for this episode, Dr. Anne Fabiny talks about caring for older veterans. Dr. Fabiny is a clinical administrator and program developer at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. She is focused on improving existing clinical programs for older veterans and developing new clinical programs to better meet their needs.
23:24
June 16, 2021
S1 - EP6 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Jim Luper
In today’s episode, we have our Clinical Director, James Luper here to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and what we do at Nation’s Finest to help veterans suffering from this disorder.
20:28
June 2, 2021
S1 - EP5 Helping "Today's Veteran" with Chris Johnson
In today’s episode, we have our own President and CEO, Chris Johnson here to talk with us about the services we provide at Nation’s Finest, and what we do to help “today’s veteran.” He will also give us some insight into the experience our clients have when you visit one of our sites or reach out to Nation’s Finest for help.
15:43
May 26, 2021
S1 - EP4 The Art of Transition with Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn, Director of Communications at Soldier for Life
Our guest this week, Director of Communication at Soldier for Life, Lt. Col. Olivia Nunn joins us from Washington, D.C. to talk about the transition from military to civilian life. She also shares insights regarding unique challenges for female veterans.
20:16
May 19, 2021
S1 - EP3 Mobile Service Units with Melissa Ferrari and Wylie Mandeville
In this week's episode of "Carry On" Melissa Ferrari and Wylie Mandeville discuss Nation's Finest Mobile Service Units and how they help veterans.
17:47
May 12, 2021
S1 - EP2 Life After the Military with Marine Corps Veteran Matt Webb
Sgt. Matt Webb shares his story of overcoming rejection and other challenges to find his own path to success after his time in the Marine Corps.
19:15
May 5, 2021
S1 - EP1 Introduction to Nation's Finest with Board Member Burt McChesney
In this first episode, we explain how Nation's Finest helps veterans in need, and how that mission has evolved over the years. Burt McChesney, a long-time member of our Board of Directors provides context as we dive into our mission and purpose.
16:15
April 28, 2021