What is Whisky With War Vets?
Whisky With War Vets is a show where Vance Fite sits down with war veterans to share a drink with them. Our goal is to take a few moments to honor someone that has served our country through a conversation that celebrates their stories and life lessons learned from the military and beyond.
Why did we start Whisky With War Vets?
Whisky With War Vets was born as a passion project for Vance Fite. His whole life he’s been compared to his grandfather who was a Chief Master Sargent in the Air Force. Unfortunately, he passed away when Vance was 10. Knowing the influence growing up in military homes had on his parents, Vance want’s to use W3V as an opportunity to share a drink and have some of the conversations he might have had if his grandfather was still alive today.
Who is the right type of guest for the show?
- You, your best friend, grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, next door neighbor, and the elderly person with the military hat or jacket on that you’ve seen walking in your neighborhood every single day for the last 5 years but only smile and wave instead of actually having a conversation.
- The only requirement for anyone coming on to the show aside from being a war veteran is that our guest be at least 21 years old. Drinking isn’t the point of the show and we would never ask anyone to drink that didn’t want to, however, since whiskey is in the title, we’ve decided it’s most appropriate to keep our guests of age.
Who is a war vet?
- A war veteran is any soldier of the 5 branches of U.S. military that was ordered to foreign land, air, or sea to participte in direct or indirect support of a campaign, mission, or war.
- For the sake of our show, active duty members are more than welcome to submit as well.
What are the types of questions that will be asked on the show?
Each episode will be unique to the story our guest is sharing and questions will be developed upon them, but a loose general format is as follows:
Phase 1: Your Background
In order to better appreciate where you are now, people need to know where you came from. We’ll cover a basic bio including things like:
- When & where were you born?
- What branch of service did you serve in?
- What was your rank?
- What years did you serve?
- What war(s) did you serve in?
- Why did you join your branch of the military // were you drafted or did you enlist?
Phase 2: Your Story
This is typically a natural progression out of your background and can go any direction you want to share. It can encompass things like (but not limited to):
- General stories from being in the military and/or deployed
- How did your expectation compare to the reality of being deployed?
- Funny stories! One of my favorite examples is a time when my buddy who was an Army Ranger hadn't showered in weeks and had his friend hold a water canteen from a tree to give him that "shower feel"
- What happened in the transition out of the military and into civilian life
- Your career path post military life
- Your favorite hobby you’ve acquired over the years and nothing in regards to war (Again, the purpose of this show is to take a few moments to honor our vets, not to press in to any story they wouldn’t want to tell)
Phase 3: Your Legacy
What do you want the people want the people at home to take away? What kind of lessons do you wish people had passed on to you? This is your opportunity to share those:
- How do you think being a part of the military has shaped who you are today?
- What’s the greatest piece of advice you learned from being in the military (or after)?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
How long will the show be?
Each episode be between 30-60 minutes long.
Where will the show be recorded?
In order to produce the highest audio quality and best content, the host of the show, Vance Fite, will be conducting all interviews in person. He will meet each guest at a location of their choosing. The location will need to have a small quiet room where they will not be interrupted during the interview.
What should be expected on the day of the interview?
Set aside 2 hours for the entire interview. Vance will need 15-20 minutes to set up, 20-30 minutes of pre-interview chat to get warmed up, discuss questions make the guest feel comfortable. Each interview will be between 30-60 minutes.
A few important things to note:
- The purpose of this show is to honor our vets, not to press in to any story they wouldn’t want to tell. They can blacklist any topics they choose before the show and it won’t be pressed, no questions asked.
- The also have the right to final edit. This means that should anything come up in the interview they wish they hadn’t said after the fact, will be edited out, no questions asked.
- Anything we didn't cover? Any questions you may have, please don't hesitate to email!