After WWII nearly 50% of the returning veterans became entrepreneurs. Currently that statistic is drastically lower and after listening to Clay and Jaden’s story about starting Family Proud you may understand why. These two veterans describe the blood, sweat, and tears that they’ve put in to building their company. Do you have what it takes?
This is the final part of our 3-part series about the 388 acre of land donated back in the 1800’s to be used by the federal government to house veterans. This is also the last episode of Season 2 so enjoy and get ready for Season 3! Please visit www.1887fund.org to learn more about what Carolina and Leah are working on!
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.