Maureen Casey and Nick Armstrong from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families talk about the program’s roots and how it has become a force in the veteran transition assistance space. We also dive into the opportunities and challenges surrounding veterans and their families as they transition out of the military.
In this episode we talk with director Phil Wall and GORUCK Founder and CEO Jason McCarthy about their film The Standard, a documentary that captures one of the GORUCK Selection challenges. GORUCK Selection is not only the toughest endurance event on the planet, it’s also an attempt to bridge the military-civilian divide. Hosted by a group of Special Forces combat veterans, this 48-hour challenge is a condensed interpretation of the US Army’s 24-day Assessment and Selection. For the participants, the event is a chance to test their limits while paying tribute to those who serve. For the Special Force Cadre who lead the event, it’s an opportunity to honor their roots and connect with civilians.
Duane France is helping to change the narrative of the broken, helpless veteran. Through his efforts he is helping veterans to identify when they or their loved one is not right and to seek help. Duane is a mental health counselor, a combat veteran, and among many other things, the producer of the podcast Seeking The Military Suicide Solution. We hope that you enjoy this final episode of season 3.
In this episode Brian Dickinson, author of Blind Descent, veteran, and experienced mountaineer, shares his story of how he relied on his experience as a combat rescue swimmer in the Navy, his faith, and his climbing skills after he became snow blind at the summit of Mt. Everest.
Zac Lois, founder of Operation Socrates, describes his path from Army SF to becoming an 8th grade teacher, and creating a program that will help other veterans follow his path.
Niccole Cox is the Director of Race Operations for MotoAmerica, the organization responsible for all Superbike races in North America. But that’s just scratching the surface of what she’s accomplished in her life so far. Find out how Niccole went from college to door gunner in the National Guard, to planning and executing internationally televised Superbike races.
The USA Patriots represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men and women have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able- bodied teams in exhibition games across the country.
Tyler served in the Air Force and spent multiple deployments in war zones. He needed a break from the violence and found some peace in traveling around the world. After returning to the US he eventually wrote The Veteran Advantage, a book about the journey from the battlefield to entrepreneurship. It’s dedicated to highlighting the pathways that veteran-entrepreneurs have taken to achieve success in the business world and the skill sets that they find relevant.
Brian Niswander is the Founder of Military-Transition.org, an
organization that uses data analytics and visualizations to assist
military members with their transition into the civilian workforce. He
started Military-Transition.org after identifying a need for data driven
solutions which enable decision making throughout the transition and reintegration process. His organization also shares data and
visualizations to assist military spouses with employment challenges.
Brian was an Air Force intelligence officer and he now provides
‘transition intelligence’ to educate and empower military families.
Bryant Kryck from Operation Trench Kitchen and Executive Chef of CRAFTpdx shares his story of service in the Army, sustaining an injury while deployed in Iraq ending his post-service dreams. With one door closed, Bryant utilized his GI bill and began a trajectory that has led to him reaching incredible milestones which include a rapid rise through the chef ranks and being featured in two national TV game shows. Enjoy this story and then go visit www.operationtrenchkitchen.com.