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#StillServing: The VFW Podcast

Nov 10, 2021

In this special Veterans Day edition of #StillServing, Host Rob Couture interviews his friend and the only living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Iraq War, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia. David was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 25, 2019, for his action at the battle of Fallujah.

Rob reflects on his time as a master sergeant serving as the Department of the Army’s lead communicator for the Medal of Honor where he served as David’s public affairs advisor and travel coordinator. The airing of this podcast on November 10th not only serves to celebrate David’s birthday but also the anniversary of his action on November 10th, 2004.


David Bellavia, Medal of Honor Recipient — Operation Iraqi Freedom —


  • A recording of David explaining the events surrounding the action that earned him the Medal of Honor. [2:03]

  • How “Thank you for your service” translates for those #stillserving. [8:55]

  • David describes the kinship, love, trust, and respect shared by those in the Armed Forces and how he became part of the tribe. [11:27]

  • Military service is a great place to meet people with a rich tapestry of backgrounds and stories, which serve as life’s entertainment. David shares a humorous example. [16:42]

  • After 20 years of the war on terror, David reflects on his experience and the sacrifices veterans make. [25:13]

  • Post-traumatic stress is not a lifetime condition. How David helps himself and others find balance. [32:27]

  • Wearing the Medal of Honor can test your mettle. [40:41]

  • In addition to House to House, David’s new book, Remember the Ramrods will be released in 2022. [52:49]

  • David’s inspirational Pentagon Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony remarks. [55:23]

For more information or continue the conversation, please visit:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Website

VFW Podcast Page

@VFWHQ on Twitter

VFW on Facebook

@RobCoutureVFW on Facebook

VFW Unmet Needs Program

Call 1-888-JOIN-VFW

Text “NEEDS” to 20222 to donate to the Unmet Needs Program

Todays VFW Share Your #StillServing Story

Sport Clips VFW Help A Hero Scholarship

Afghan Resettlement Initiative

Learn more about David Bellavia at

David Bellavia