Veterans Breakfast Club: a Must Listen

By | January 5, 2022

[January 5, 2022]  A couple of nights ago, I had the opportunity to be on the Veterans Breakfast Club radio show.1  Hosted by Todd DePastino, the show2 features veterans and highlights those who have witnessed war and its aftermath.  Todd and his crew are giving us stories that are rapidly lost in our hectic, social media world.  His show is a must-listen.

Two upcoming radio shows are an example.  One is “Growing up in World War II” with George Zwaagstra and Dagmar Weiss.  The other is “Merchant Marine in WWII” with eminent historian Sir Max Hastings.  Don’t miss these.  You won’t be disappointed.

I’m highlighting the Veterans Breakfast Club because this is one of the last places and the last opportunity you will get to hear from WW2 veterans or civilians who experienced war.  No one should give away such a chance.  Our WW2 vets will be all gone in just a few years and those few left today are often unable to speak at length.  When they are gone, their history, their bravery, and their gift to make the world free will be lost forever.

Listen to their stories.  I grew up with WW2 and Korea War combat veterans in a small town in northeast Louisiana.  I could name many of the generals and admirals in these wars by the time I was 7 years of age.  That was also when young boys were expected to contribute to their families by getting a job.  My first real job was picking cotton on my fraternal grandfather’s farm.  I listened to their stories while picking cotton beside a few of those veterans.

I also learned a great deal from these men.  Yes, they were all men.  Mostly they fought in Europe in the U.S. Army, but a few were veterans of the Navy or Army Air Corps.  They taught me a great deal about war, and they scared the bejeebers out of me and my best friend, Wilson.  But I learned.  And, I learned about what it meant to be brave and honest and to adopt responsibility for my battlebuddies; lessons I would later put into action during my combat time.

Please turn on your radio, key up your computer, activate your smartphone … but do what it takes to listen and listen closely to the Veterans Breakfast Club.  You will not be disappointed.


  1. You can view the interview here on YouTube:
  2. The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to create communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. We believe that through our work, people will be connected, educated, healed, and inspired.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

21 thoughts on “Veterans Breakfast Club: a Must Listen

  1. Cruz

    Thank you Gen. Satterfield for highlighting the Veterans Breakfast Club. The more awareness we have of our vets, the better off we are as a people.

  2. Armywife

    Thank you General for the recommendation. I trust your judgement. I will make it a point to listen to the show.

  3. Ronny Fisher

    Gen. Satterfield, I have found that your recommendations have be on target and for that reason, I will listen/watch this radio show. I looked thru the webpages (Facebook and web) and looks professionally done. I’m not sure so much about the subject matter as it relates to vets but that is what I’ll find out. Once again, Happy New Year and enjoy success with your book, ‘Our Longest Year in Iraq.”

    1. Doug Smith

      Hi folks, Ronny nailed it. The radio show was great. I also highly recommend it. And … Gen. Satterfield’s book too.

  4. McStompie

    Great quote, “They taught me a great deal about war, and they scared the bejeebers out of me and my best friend, Wilson. But I learned. ” Gen. S. learned and that is why he became a general.

    1. Harold M. Smith II

      Hi McStompie, let’s both be on these radio shows. Maybe we can learn something.

  5. Big Al

    Thanks for alerting us to this radio show. I’m sure Veterans Breakfast Club radio will be educational and entertaining.

  6. Wild Bill

    Thanks for the heads up! I’ll be getting the word out to my wife, at home today, so she can listen. I’m at work so won’t have the opportunity.

    1. Willie Strumburger

      Hey, Wild Bill. Haven’t you heard of the Veterans Breakfast Club before. I did. After following Bob Reilly that Gen. S. wrote about the other day, I looked into the connections and found this radio show. Good stuff. I listened to the ‘podcast’ on YouTube (while not many viewers, it was worth it). Hey folks, keep up the great work you are doing to learn more about leadership and how to be a better person (these two go together).

      1. Dead Pool Guy

        Looking forward to listening in in the future. Not today but in the future.

        1. American Girl

          Same here, and let’s not forget that by honoring our Vets, we honor also our nation and ourselves. As long as we provide them with the support they need, and we keep our “will” to stand with our Vets, all will be well in America.

  7. Ernest

    We continue to learn more and more about Gen. Satterfield and his friends while growing up around the Greatest Generation ever. He was lucky to have done so and gained so much from their influence on the young boys and girls of his little town in NE Lousisana.

    1. Tom Bushmaster

      Yeah, but the subject of the radio show looks interesting if you are looking for a bit of living history. Gen. Satterfield, once again, has provided us with a new venue for discovering what “really happened.” That is also another reason to buy his book, ‘Our Longest Year in Iraq.”


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