Celebrity Salute

Celebrity Salute was created to honor our veterans, active duty military, their families and those who support them. Through conversations with celebrities, we recognize our nation’s true heroes and the sacrifices they make to protect our freedoms. We owe them greatly, and hope to raise awareness and support for them and their families while in active service and as they transition to civilian life —many continue to serve in the communities in which they live.

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Tuesday Jul 25, 2023

We welcome back a longtime friend of the podcast and the U.S. Armed Forces, celebrity chef Robert Irvine. Randy and Robert talk about other famous foodies and his new line of products. Then we pivot to a unique opportunity for a selected group of veteran entrepreneurs to ask Robert questions as part of a cooking roundtable.

Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

We welcome back artillery gunner vet Kelsi Sheren to the program to discuss her Brass & Unity line of accessories and her sensational new book “Brass & Unity: One Woman’s Journey Through the Hell of Afghanistan and Back.” Randy and Kelsi talk about a wide range of topics in this great interview, including her new book, podcast, the state of veteran care in Canada and the United States, and much more. We thank Kelsi for her service in Afghanistan, and her continued fire to advocate for those who have worn the uniform of the Armed Forces.

Tuesday Jul 11, 2023

We welcome Colonel John Flynn to the podcast, Senior Vice President of Administration and Aviation for MGM Resorts International, to talk about his work in the Air Force Reserves, and how it shades the work he currently undertakes for MGM Resorts International. Randy and John talk about how a career from the Air Force Academy to the White House, to the private sector machinations of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, NV.

Air Force veteran Tom Farrell

Tuesday Jul 04, 2023

Tuesday Jul 04, 2023

We welcome Air Force veteran and CEO of United Through Reading, Tom Farrell, to the podcast. United Through Reading helps military families read together every day, no matter the distance. Tim talks about how this program has helped military families flourish as well as the men and women who use the 300+ recording stations across the globe.

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

We welcome retired Lt. Col. Scott Mann, who served as a Green Beret. He has taken his experience in the Special Forces and written books, given TedTalks, and most recently has written a play called “Last Out” produced by the incredible Gary Sinise. Randy and Scott talk about his experience in the military, his connection to Gary Sinise, and the incredible people and circumstances that inspired the stage play “Last Out.”

Monday Jun 19, 2023

We welcome both the star and director of Netflix’s new hit "Extraction 2," Chris Hemsworth and Sam Hargrave, to the show to talk about the highly anticipated sequel now streaming on Netflix. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Tyler Rake, and from the snippets we’ve already seen, you’re going to want to buckle up for this non-stop action film. Randy discusses with Chris and Sam the making of the film and much more in this great segment.

Tuesday Jun 13, 2023

This week we welcome CBS Evening News Chief Investigative Correspondent, Jim Axelrod, to the show to discuss a troubling topic. CBS News' investigative unit’s “Dishonored” series highlights stories of veterans and servicemembers who have been jailed or denied an honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation. Jim has worked at CBS for nearly three decades, and he shares the stunning details surrounding a soldier who faced the possibility of 17 years in military prison; simply for being homosexual.

Tuesday Jun 06, 2023

We welcome Anchor of CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell, to the podcast. She shares the struggle facing military spouses when it comes to transferring occupational licenses and the adverse impact of the government’s red tape on their quality of life and employment opportunities. Every time a service member’s assignment changes, military spouses must get a new license in their new home state, leaving many military spouses unemployed for months at a time when they’re forced to move with their families.

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Gary Sinise joins the podcast to talk with Randy about all the great work he’s been doing on and off the set; especially when it comes to supporting members of our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. Randy and Gary discuss the history of the Gary Sinise Foundation, it’s role in expanding the incredible Snowball Express program at Walt Disney World, and his annual appearance with Joe Mantegna and friends on the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.

Tuesday May 23, 2023

We welcome the legendary Hollywood actor Jon Voight to the podcast to talk about his long-running career in Hollywood. We chat about his new film, Mercy, in select theatres now, digitally May 19th, and On Demand in early June. Mercy tells the the story of an ex-military doctor that finds herself in a deadly battle for survival when the Irsih mafia seize control of a hospital where she works. The film co-stars Leah Gibson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and we can’t wait to see it.

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