Dan Garcia almost died in Vietnam and upon return to America was spit on by anti-war protesters. The anti-war sentiment did not deter him from completing his undergrad degree and then obtaining a law degree, and becoming partner at a prestigious firm in Los Angeles. He went on to become a SVP at Warner Bros. Pictures and a high level executive at Kaiser Permanente. He is now semi retired and is the CEO of Vets Advocacy, a non-profit that is seeking to house homeless veterans in LA. This is part one of our interview with Dan.
Eric Kapitulik began his military career by seeking a path that he knew would be challenging and would make him uncomfortable. He continued to make decisions that would stretch him and make him grow. He served as a Force Recon officer in the Marines, survived a helicopter crash at sea, and eventually started his own company called The Program teaching leadership development and team building services for many different types of organizations. His recent book titled, The Program, is the latest of his many accomplishments.
Fred Stuvek has found many an opportunity in life by being prepared for the randomness of life to lead him to attend the Naval Academy, finding his first job after completing his active duty service obligation, and now helping to groom future leaders. Fred shares his life lessons with us in his new book, It Starts With You. (www.itstartswithyou.net)
Shaun Stephenson had learned from an early age that it was his duty to serve his country as a United States Marine. He and his brother, Dion, trained together from children until they each enlisted two years apart from each other into the Corps. After tragedy struck during Desert Storm, Shaun changed course and attended the US Naval Academy, played baseball and football, and went back into the Marines as an officer. Shaun and Jen soon married, started a family, and after completing his active duty obligation, Shaun left the Marines for life as a civilian. Apart from his career path, Shaun works with an organization called RememberMyService.com to give veterans of past wars commemorative books of the wars in which they served.
This is our second episode with Dr. Bartley Christopher Frueh but instead of talking about the VA, we discuss important self care tips on sleep hygiene, alcohol, PTSD, and more. You need this episode!
We’ve been focusing on veteran’s mental health care and will continue to do so for the next few episodes. In this episode we hear from Dr. Bartley Christopher Frueh, a clinical physiologist who spent 15 years working for the VA before leaving for private practice and the opportunity to be more innovative and agile in his approach to helping veterans recover mentally and physically from the trauma of war.
Barry Zworestine has spent the latter part of his life focused on helping veterans transition in a healthy way out of a combat role as a military member to being a thriving family member, employee, and leader in many other environments. After you listen to the podcast stop by his page at www.barryzworestine.com for more information.
In life we often change course in our career, schooling, even relationships and often I’ve found that not until I have a decision in my rearview mirror that I realize I could have done things better. You School exists to help people like me, and you, make better, more informed life choices and chart paths that are more thought out and aligned with how we’re put together. In this episode, the first of 2019, we sit down with Scott Schimmel from the You School and learn more about who they are and how they are having a positive impact on how people chart their courses.
In this episode we sit down with retired Master Chief Joe Lara and his family to discuss the challenges his family and many like his faced while the service member was serving. His sons give us a unique perspective of what this experience was like for them, and they also described how their dad changed significantly during his transition out of the military, a change that still resonates through their family and many other veterans Joe comes in contact with in his job at The Honor Foundation.
Evan Hafer of Black Rifle Coffee shares his story of military service and his decision to build a company that would not only create great coffee but would also replicate a culture familiar to veterans. He and his employees thrive in the “fire base” they have created and spur each other on to be better at their jobs and in life. Listen and share!