Bridging War & Hope

This week, just back from Afghanistan, we’ll hear from Minnesota’s Agribusiness Development Team about an upcoming documentary on their mission.We’ll also discover about a new effort to help returning veterans reintegrate. Guests include:

Embedded in Afghanistan & The VFW’s Future

This week, just back from Afghanistan, Twin Cities Public Television Producer Luke Heikkila tells us about his embed with the Soldiers of the Minnesota Agribusiness Development Team and we’ll talk about the uncertain future of our VFWs with incoming state commander Lee Ulfert.

Afghanistan’s Agribusiness and the Marines in Vietnam

Happy Valentine’s Day from Afghanistan!

Building the infrastructure needed to feed a nation may be one of the keys to stabilizing Afghanistan. This week we’ll catch up with Col. Eric Ahlness, the commander of the Minnesota National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team currently deployed in Zabul Province and see why the National Guard is so well suited for this critical mission.

Also, as our troops, like Marine Dick Theis, returned from Vietnam their welcome was not what they expected. We’ll explore that turbulent time in American history and how we’ve learned from our mistakes.

Homes for Heroes & Heroes of the Heartland

This week, we discover the remarkable story of Master Sgt. Eric Marts and his life after begin blinded in combat and Luke Hekkila of Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) talks about Homes for Heroes, their new documentary on Minnesota’s Veterans Homes. We also talk about TPT’s past projects including Iraq & Back and future plans to cover Minnesota’s Agribusiness Development Team.

Minnesota’s Sergeant Major & Military Family Resiliency

This week, we’ll hear from the Minnesota National Guard’s retiring Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Mills, we’ll meet the state’s next  Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Cindy Kallberg and Chaplain (Capt.) Vince Hokkanen of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division joins us to talk about supporting military families.