ABOUT Talking With Heroes – Updated July 18, 2015
Welcome to www.talkingwithheroes.com and our Online News Site www.thankyouforyourservice.us and also to our New Audio and Video Channel www.ameristreamlive.com/talkingwithheroes
I am Bob Calvert Founder of TalkingWithHeroes.com. I started our program December 2005 at 58 years young. I am a senior citizen now 68. I never served in the military but like many Americans people in my family did. Our dad served in WWII on an Aircraft Carrier in the Pacific. My youngest brother enlisted in the Air Force at 18 years old and served for 8 years. At 44 he left a successful auto sales career and Re-Enlisted into the Army. He is now a Captain, had a deployment to Afghanistan and is now a Commander of over 200 Soldiers of a Medical Company.
I became a single parent when my daughter was 2½. She surprised me by enlisting in the Army at 18 years old. I had no personal experience with service in the military and realized I would have to learn how to support her in the Army.
A few years later I moved to Ft Riley where she and my son-law were stationed. I was finding out about military support groups. He was deployed to Iraq on his first deployment. Five days after he deployed my daughter gave birth to their first child at Evans Hospital on Ft Carson. About six months after he returned from Iraq he transferred to Ft Carson. He later deployed for 15 months back to Iraq. They are both now civilians with their own growing family (four wonderful grand children)!
In Dec 2005 I started the Talking with Heroes talk show. It has never been your average radio program. Over almost 10 years I interviewed military personnel and military support groups, veterans, gold star families and more broadcast live on the internet and on video (www.youtube.com/bobc9246
From 2006-2011 we made 5 trips to Iraq and 3 to Afghanistan, documenting on video the Progress and Positive Stories that most Americans have seen little of. As of August 29, 2015 302,651 people have watched one or more video episodes on www.youtube.com/bobc9246 It is amazing to watch the Youtube counters as the numbers grow daily of people watching across America and from other countries. The comments posted have increased.
I have always believed that Millions would see the great work under often dangerous situations that these amazing men and women shared with us on Video. Unedited. It is their stories!!
Late April 2015: 2015 Face of America RIDE Video Interviews and Filming
Late April Andy LaPointe and son Ryan and myself filmed video talk shows and more at the 2015 Face of America RIDE organized by www.WorldTeamSports.org Video episodes are on the World T.E.A.M. Sports youtube page And on our NEW Video and Audio Channel www.ameristreamlive.com/talkingwithheroes See articles about this event in our April issue of www.thankyouforyourservice.us news site.
I had hoped to be able to do more video talk show in 2015 however due to 7 surgeries over the past 3 years since my last trip to Iraq and Afghanistan I am dealing with post surgery stuff and back in rehab from the recent two surgeries as of late August 2015.
Amazingly our Talk Show Missions keep growing.
We are planning to do video talk show events at the October 21-23, 2015 www.r4alliance.org National Conference in Florida with Veterans, Military Families, Military Support Groups, Professional people from across the country. Stay Tuned for more details.
In November 2015 we are hoping to do some video talk show events in San Antonio, TX with members of www.r4alliance.org who are helping active duty men and women and Veterans and their Families with Recreational Therapy and possibly more.
And a very recent possible development – We may do video talk show events with a large Infantry Division at their Base after they return from their latest deployments to countries in the Pacific area.
Due to all the surgeries including cancer since my late 2011 last trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, I realized I would not be able to put on the body armor again. To continue our mission on Dec 6, 2012 we launched a new audio series of weekly programs on www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingwithheroes1
Mid 2014 we agreed to a Strategic Partnership with an Alliance of now 61 Military Support Groups and Growing with dozens more who have applied — Most Led by Veterans and Military Families. www.r4alliance.org VETERANS HELPING VETERANS!!!
“R4 Alliance is a membership of programs of excellence providing therapeutic and community based Recreation services to Our Military Family. We are focused and committed to achieving the highest quality services through collaborative efforts in Research, education, standards of excellence, economic viability, and continuum of care across our service community. We believe these services are essential to the holistic Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Our Military Family.”
We help create a 25-30 Minute Audio Program that each Non Profit Member and Strategic Partner, Veterans, Military Families and others who work with R4Alliance, can use for a long time to introduce themselves. Tens of Thousands of Men and Women who have Served and who are Serving our Country have been helped by R4Alliance Members with Recreational Therapy and more.
July 16, 2015 I did one of my rare monologues.
I talked about each of the over 45 R4Alliance Programs we have broadcasted over the past 11 months and we created a talk show page for each of them with a direct link to listen 24/7 to each of them.
To listen to this program 24/7: http://tobtr.com/7772265
As we receive more and more requests for programs and for going on the road to document on video at military support and veterans events, it became clear that I had to find a new way to raise funds. Living on less than $1,000 per month required finding a new way to be able to say yes when we are asked to do more. We are hoping to launch a New way for Fund Raising (not just for us but for nonprofits across America) with www.ShopAmerica.US/15077 This will be an online Shopping MALL with a unique fund raising and income opportunity. We will announce the Grand Opening with a series of talk show events.
The Companies we already have reseller agreements with have Made in America Products and some are Veteran Owned Businesses. We are hoping very soon to begin ShopAmericaUS Fund Raising Malls with a Service used by Millions. The big challenge has been the cost of putting this unique Online Fund Raising Shopping Mall together.
In 2015 we began our TalkingWithHeroes NETWORK Featuring other nonpolitical Audio and/or Video Programs all about our Troops, Veterans, Families, organizations, companies and individuals who set aside politics and Honor and Support them.
The first programs have been Andy LaPointe’s Health and Wellness Show and his Lifestyle and Entrepreneurship Shows and Kalen Arreola, Iraq OIF Veteran, Mom and Founder and Host of www.mamawearscombatboots.com
In 2013, 2014 and 2015 we have had weekly Audio Programs. We are now doing Call-In Programs from Military Personnel with soldiers at 3BCT 25ID where they are stationed and from deployments broadcasting audio on our Blog Talk Radio Channel www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingwithheroes1
Details on these program with these men and women serving our country are posted on our news site
and on www.ameristreamlive.com/talkingwithheres on our social network pages.
THANK YOU To the following for helping keep TalkingWithHeroes moving forward:
*Veteran Bill Wischnewsky with Lighting Graphics in Columbus, GA His website is: www.5jump.com More info on Bill at: http://talkingwithheroes.com/bill-wischnewsky
*Colin Clark owner of www.greenoxpallet.com
*Eric Chia owner of www.chiaweb.com
*Leadership with www.r4alliance.org
For Individuals, Companies and Organizations interested in visibility on our sites Email: email@example.com
We Believe it is important for us as Americans to be able to set aside politics and do everything we can to support our troops and their families, our veterans and their families, the wounded and more. It is an Honor to do this!!
Our Mission goes on!!!!
Bob Calvert, Founder and one of our Program Hosts
www.thankyouforyourservice.us News Site with Current News for, by and about Troops, Veterans and More!
www.youtube.com/bobc9246 Videos from our recent trips to Afghanistan and Iraq. 293,938 have now watched one or more as of July 18, 2015.