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About “SoCal Military News and Views” podcast

The Veterans Association of North County is a vibrant and dynamic non-profit organization that exists to serve the needs of active duty and military veterans in our community.  Created by veterans for veterans, its mission is to help active-duty service people and their families navigate life during and after their service. 

VANC serves as their one-stop resource for a wide variety of necessities, covering not only their health and wellness, but their practical physical needs as well - both great and small.  Everything from legal assistance to job placement, to housing, food, diapers, bills, emergency car repairs and much, much more.  Additionally, education and training programs are specifically designed to help train and equip service people in their transformation back to civilian life. 

The “A” of VANC stands for “Association”, and we are affiliated with many.  To name a few: The American Legion, Gold Star Wives, Vietnam Veterans of America, Team Rubicon, The Women Marines Association, The Marine Corp League and The Special Forces Association. 

So, with all of that going on, how does a podcast from VANC best serve the military community today?  

Well, it’s all about VANC’s IMPACT…as a catalyst for the military community, as a connector & coordinator within the community and as a champion of the community.  The podcast helps audiences interact with VANC and the community to discover: what is needed?  Who are the people you ought to know?  What can we do to help make things happen in our area?  What are our military people going through?  How do I donate?   What events are happening?  How can I help?

This podcast audience loves to hear the real, honest, and authentic stories of people willing to open up about their lives and experiences.  The truth is, most people are simply not aware of others’ needs and challenges.  This podcast enables the military community to share their stories, their ups and downs, and does so with an authentic, no-nonsense voice, and gives the audience an invitation to build a long-lasting and trusted relationship with VANC and the people they serve. It offers them a roadmap as to how to help and get involved.

Title: SoCal Military News and Views

Author: The Veterans Association of North County

Show description (short):  An essential podcast for those who want to know more about the lives and needs of active duty and military veterans in Southern California.

Show description (long):  SoCal Military News is a podcast dedicated to connecting active duty and military veterans with the people of Southern California and around the country.  Join us every week to hear their stories and talk with those passionate souls dedicated to improving their quality of life and to leaving a lasting positive impact in the military community – now and in the future. / Sponsored by Sanders Tech-Ed Foundation / Prepared by

About the Hosts

Raejan Noh

Content Writer

From my earliest days, I have adored stories. As I’ve sought to serve others throughout my life, I’ve witnessed firsthand how fictional and real-life stories shape our society, reframe one’s circumstances, and call an individual’s heart to heroism in a world desperate for heroes.

We all have a story to tell. My desire is to use my strengths in writing and editing to ensure that everyone’s “next chapter” is better than the one before.

When I’m not writing a new story, cooking a homemade recipe, spending time with others, or going on an adventure, I'm curled up with a hot cup of tea and a good book.

Michael Walsh

Vice President and Host of SoCal Military News and Views podcast

In his 25 years of business experience, Michael has run businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia. He managed the team responsible for planning the manufacturing and shipment of LEGO Products in North America. He has worked in start-up companies, corporations, and his own business. He has volunteered with The Scripps Research Institute and Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad. He served as a Director for the North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down in 2017. He also represents VANC through the Oceanside Chamber and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee. Michael retired his US Army Infantry Commission as a First Lieutenant. Michael is currently a Financial Advisor in Carlsbad, CA. Michael and his wife Sharon live in Oceanside and have two sons.