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Helping Veterans rediscover purpose, meaning, and passion in post-military life. Here on the podcast, we discuss everything from the transition, to the job search, to the VA, to entrepreneurship, and everything in between.

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Helping Veterans rediscover purpose, meaning, and passion in post-military life. Here on the podcast, we discuss everything from the transition, to the job search, to the VA, to entrepreneurship, and everything in between.

Ready?

Let's move out.
couragetofightagain.com

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S3 Ep10 - How Important It Is to Find Purpose (Special Guests from Season 3)
In this final episode of Season 3, Aaron takes a look back at what we've learned from some highly influential members of the Veteran community. Interestingly, a theme emerges almost immediately - don't miss this episode! *** Consider supporting the mission at https://couragetofightagain.com/support
34:44
November 12, 2019
S3 Ep9 - Finding Purpose in Speaking Out (Special Guest: Amanda Huffman)
On today's show, Aaron sits down with Amanda Huffman, a Veteran and military spouse who is quickly becoming a highly sought after voice in the Veteran community. Amanda shares her story about how she traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag and reveals her passion for the female Veteran community. Don't miss this episode! https://couragetofightagain.com
36:01
November 5, 2019
S3 Ep8 - Finding Purpose in Being Available (Special Guest: Duane France)
In this episode, Aaron sits down with a fellow podcaster and Army Veteran, Duane France. Duane shares his story, as well as how he is continuing to serve the Veteran community by directly addressing Veterans' mental health. Duane has learned the joy - the sense of purpose - that comes with just being available for others. Whether he's helping them through a temporary setback, or meeting with them regularly to address deep-rooted mental health concerns, Duane gives selflessly every day to positively impact the world around him. --- Supporting Courage to Fight Again is now easier than ever! Just head over to https://couragetofightagain.com, and click on Support.
34:46
October 29, 2019
S3 Ep7 - Finding Purpose in Bridging Gaps (Special Guest: Eddie Dunn)
Veterans are really good at making connections, so it should come as no surprise that we found a Veteran who is finding his own post-military purpose in doing just that - helping Veterans bridge the gap between their military service and the civilian workforce. Eddie Dunn was one of the instrumental minds behind the 100,000 jobs mission, the most successful Veteran hiring initiative to date! Tune in to hear Eddie's story, as well as what he tells his consulting clients about finding meaningful work after the military. Note: We did experience a few audio issues during the show, so toward the end, you may hear a few blips due to the audio and connection issues. Learn more about the mission of Courage to Fight Again on our website at https://couragetofightagain.com.
41:58
October 22, 2019
S3 Ep6 - Finding Purpose in Post-Traumatic Growth (Special Guest: Mike Nasche)
PTSD. Just the mere mention of the term can create thoughts in our minds we'd just as soon forget. Thankfully, there is life on the other side of a traumatic event, and that life - it's called post-traumatic growth. Check out this episode of the show where Aaron interviews Mike Nasche, Executive Director of Impact A Hero. At Impact A Hero, Mike is finding not only his own purpose in post-traumatic growth, but is helping other Veterans find theirs as well. For immediate help in dealing with a personal crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text 838255. Veterans Crisis Line responders are trained to listen and offer support to Veterans in crisis and their loved ones.
56:01
October 15, 2019
S3 Ep5 - Finding Purpose in Continuing to Provide Leadership (Special Guest: GEN(R) Martin Dempsey)
In an absolutely mind-blowing episode, Aaron fulfills one of his lifelong dreams and gets to sit down, one-on-one, with the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, GEN(R) Martin Dempsey. GEN(R) Dempsey shares his story, his keys for providing outstanding leadership, and reminds Veterans everywhere that not only are we trained to lead, but also to serve. Learn more about GEN(R) Dempsey on his website, https://www.generaldempsey.com/, and pick up a copy of his book, Radical Inclusion. Subscribe today, and follow Courage to Fight Again for more great episodes! https://www.facebook.com/couragetofightagain/
40:32
October 8, 2019
S3 Ep4 - Finding Purpose in Corporate America (Special Guest: Col(R) Ted Studdard)
In this episode, Aaron sits down with retired Marine Corps Colonel Ted Studdard, who is finding his post-military purpose in corporate America. Ted and Aaron discuss the challenges Veterans face with transition and assimilation into corporate America, along with Ted's new book, 'Depot to Depot', releasing soon! For more information on Ted Studdard and to pre-order his new book, check out his website at https://tedstuddard.com. 
43:37
October 1, 2019
S3 Ep 3 - Finding Purpose Beyond the Pain of Loss (Special Guest: Bonnie Carroll)
When you've experienced deep loss, especially the loss of a loved one in the military, finding purpose through that seems nearly impossible. Aaron's guest, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Bonnie Carroll,  knows this feeling all too well. And out of her deep loss and heartache was born the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In this episode of the show, Bonnie shares her story, along with the story of the TAPS program. Oh, and you can get involved too! Check out taps.org for more info!
25:59
September 24, 2019
S3 Ep 2 - Finding Purpose in Rebranding Yourself (Special Guest: Pete Turner)
In this episode, Aaron sits down with former Army spy, turned professional podcast producer Pete Turner. Pete shares some amazing insights into why it is so critical to be willing to rebrand yourself after the military, when you should strongly consider getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new, and also shares the first step that *every* Veteran should take.
34:57
September 17, 2019
S3 Ep1 - Finding Purpose in Joining the Movement (Special Guest: Patricia Perkins)
It's our very first episode of Season 3, and we are super pumped up about this season of the show! In this first episode, we are talking with the new Director of Marketing here at Courage to Fight Again, and she answers some questions that many Veterans spouses have after their family has separate from the military. . .  How do you support your Veteran when he/she leaves the military? How do you build your network in the civilian world? Where should you place your focus now that your spouse is no longer wearing the uniform? She answers all these questions, and more! Got feedback on the show? Reach out to us! https://facebook.com/couragetofightagain https://instagram.com/couragetofightagain https://twitter.com/courageagain https://couragetofightagain.com
32:15
September 10, 2019
S2 Ep 10 - SMARTA Goals
In the final episode of Season 2 of the Courage to Fight Again podcast, Aaron shares why we as individuals need to have goals for ourselves, and he adds one more critical elements to the SMART way of achieving goals you set for yourself. Aaron also shares what's in store for Courage to Fight Again, what we're going to be working on over the next few months, and how you can help! Psst - want to be a BETA tester for the new RESOLVE curriculum? Email Aaron at aaron.perkins@couragetofightagain.com and let him know! Ready? Let's move out!
21:03
April 25, 2019
S2 Ep 9 - What Do We Do About Chronic Pain? - Pt. 2 (Special Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Richardson)
In this episode, Aaron continues his interview with chronic pain expert Dr. Elizabeth Richardson. Dr. Richardson shares not only more valuable insights into how pain impacts those of us in the Veteran community, but she also touches on a relatively new practice in the area of pain management this is seeing some great success for Veterans across the country.
20:41
April 18, 2019
S2 Ep 8 - What Do We Do About Chronic Pain? (Special Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Richardson)
In this episode, Aaron interviews chronic pain expert, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson. As Veterans, how should we view chronic pain? Is it worse for Veterans than for the rest of the world? And if it is, what do we do about it? Get the answers to all these questions and more in this episode of the Courage to Fight Again podcast!
30:52
April 11, 2019
S2 Ep 7 - Everything ELSE You Ever Wanted to Know About VA Loans (Special Guest: Chris Montz)
Today, Aaron continues his interview with special guest, Chris Montz. Chris is a VA Loan expert with over 17 years of experience, and in this episode, he answers so many more questions about the VA Loan that we can't possibly list them all in the show notes. Take a listen, and if you still have questions, drop us a line on our Facebook page! 
26:59
April 4, 2019
S2 Ep 6 - Just the News...Mostly (March)
This is the second episode of our Just the News...Mostly series, where we take a lighter look at the news impacting the Veteran community. Source articles: Trump signs executive order to prevent Veteran suicide - https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/03/05/trump-signs-executive-order-creating-task-force-stop-vet-suicide.html Sen. Rand Paul wants to give GWOT Veterans $2500 each - https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/03/rand-pauls-new-bill-to-give-2-5k-to-every-war-on-terror-vet-end-afghan-war New bill introduced to protect Veterans' disability benefits in the event of a bankruptcy - https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/news/transition/2019/03/07/bankrupt-vets-can-lose-their-disability-benefits-this-new-effort-would-protect-them/ The Rock has a tank named after him -  https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/03/20/the-rock-calls-tank-named-after-him-sexy-af-incites-online-battle-royale/
15:10
March 28, 2019
S2, Ep 5 - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About VA Loans (Special Guest: Chris Montz)
Today's special guest is Chris Montz. Chris is a VA Loan expert with over 17 years of experience, and in this episode, he answers so many questions about the VA Loan that we can't possibly list them all in the show notes. Take a listen, and if you still have questions, drop us a line on our Facebook page!
22:00
March 21, 2019
S2 Ep 4 - Finding Your Value: Part 2 (Special Guest: Matt Aston)
This is the second part of Aaron's interview with Matt Aston. The first part of the interview can be heard in Season 2, Episode 3, Finding Your Value. In this episode, Matt and Aaron discuss next steps for Veterans who want to learn more about rediscovering purpose, free resources available to help Veterans in their journey, and Matt answers the question, "How important is it to rediscover purpose after the military?" Special thanks to Highlands Worship for allowing us to use music from their latest album in this episode! Pick up your own copy of the album right now! Just head to highlandsworship.com.
13:28
March 14, 2019
S2 Ep 3 - Finding Your Value (Special Guest: Matt Aston)
On today's show, we have a special guest! Matt Aston is a U.S. Army infantry Veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, musician, and now, worship leader at one of the largest churches in the nation. In this episode we are talking about value - where do we find our value once we leave the military? Is there a definitive standard we can use to measure our own self-worth? Matt answers these questions and more, coming from the perspective of a Veteran who has rediscovered purpose in post-military life. And he shares practical tips on how you can too!
32:09
March 7, 2019
S2 Ep 2 - Just the News...Mostly (February)
   Show Notes: Someone told us we should consider doing a lighter episode, and so we did. In this episode, we take a look back at a few of the biggest news stories impacting the Veteran community. This is the first of a series of episodes called Just the News – Mostly. Links: Free Surplus Federal Equipment: https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/news/entrepreneurship/2019/02/01/this-new-law-gives-vet-small-business-owners-surplus-federal-equipment-for-free/ State Agencies for Surplus Properties Contacts: https://www.gsa.gov/buying-selling/government-property-for-sale-or-disposal/personal-property-for-reuse-sale/for-state-agencies-and-public-orgs/state-agencies-for-surplus-property-sasp-contacts Combat Earplugs Lawsuit: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/02/14/hundreds-of-vets-are-suing-over-these-defective-combat-earplugs/ Burn Pits: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/us/politics/veterans-burn-pits-congress.html Changes to the VA Disability Appeals Process: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/va-launches-new-benefits-appeals-process-promising-faster-decisions-1.569307
23:45
February 28, 2019
S2 Ep 1 - Why Try?
As Veterans, sometimes it's difficult to even know - why should we try to rediscover our purpose? We had purpose at one point in the past, and we can't imagine what that would be like - having purpose again. And that begs the question, "Why try?" Why even put forth the effort to rediscover purpose? We answer that question and more in this, the very first episode of Season 2!
17:00
February 21, 2019
(Bonus Episode) What Lies Ahead
 What have we been up to since the end of Season 1? What's on the horizon for Season 2? What are we planning in 2019? We'll answer all these questions and more in today's episode of Courage to Fight Again. We also give a short breakdown of how we are paving the way for Veteran's to rediscover purpose - the 9-Line Framework. Find Courage to Fight Again on social media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/couragetofightagain/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/couragetofightagain/ Woohoo, we have swag! Check it out here: https://teespring.com/courage-to-fight-again-gen-1#pid=369&cid=6515&sid=front Music Copyright:   https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode 
14:10
January 29, 2019
Help! I've Been Affected By the Shutdown!
What can you do if you're impacted by the longest-running government shutdown? How can you make ends meet? What assistance programs are out there to help you? That's what we're talking about in this bonus episode. Links and Resources: VA Blog - https://www.navyfederal.org/about/government-shutdown.php Navy Federal - https://www.navyfederal.org/about/government-shutdown.php USAA - https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/ent-gov-shutdown-assistance-landing-mkt?akredirect=true Phone Numbers:  GI Bill Assistance - 1-888-GIBILL-1 VA Home Loans - 877-827-3702 Overpayments (Debt Management Center) - 800-827-0648 Credits: Broke for Free - Something Elated Creative Commons Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
13:05
January 16, 2019
S1 Ep 10 - Why do Veterans commit suicide?
This is a heavy topic, but it's one that we absolutely have to talk about - suicide in the Veteran community. We referenced a few different studies in this episode: Dossier: Veteran Health in the US - Sourced from Statista www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html.
15:02
September 28, 2018
S1 Ep 9 - What IS it with Veterans' Mental Health?
Hint: It's more than you think. There is still a lot of work to be done for Veterans, and mental health is perhaps the most glaring problem within the Veteran community. Be sure to check out the great non-profit focused on Veterans in Alabama - http://www.alabamaveteran.org/ To access the report referenced in this episode, head over to www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html.
23:44
September 14, 2018
S1 Ep 8 - What's it like when a Veteran returns to school?
Continuing our series of the top 10 most frequently asked questions about Veterans' transitions, we turn our attention to going back to school (and using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to do it). How much will your housing allowance be? Check out the BAH Calculator here: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm To access the report referenced in this episode, head over to www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html.
21:04
September 4, 2018
S1 Ep 7 - Do Veterans make less money than civilians?
In this episode, we are continuing our series on the "Ten most frequently asked questions about Veterans' transitions." We explore 3 questions: - Are tax credits for hiring Veterans useful and cost-effective (and why does that matter to the Veteran?) - Are Veterans earning lower wages than civilians? - How effective are support services for Veterans' transitions? Be sure to check out 100,000 Jobs Mission at: https://www.veteranjobsmission.com/ Also, check out Microsoft Software and Systems Academy here: https://military.microsoft.com/programs/mssa/ To access the report referenced in this episode, head over to www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html.
22:19
August 28, 2018
S1 Ep 6 - Veterans are on unemployment - are YOU eligible?
In this episode, we are continuing our series on the "Ten most frequently asked questions about Veterans' transitions." We explore the question, "Why are so many Veterans on unemployment insurance? And perhaps more importantly, we spend some time talking about who's eligible for it (and who isn't). For more information on the UCX program we talk about in this episode, check out https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/ucx.asp. To access the report referenced in this episode, head over to www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html.
09:41
August 20, 2018
S1 Ep 5 - Veteran Unemployment and Who's Responsible
In this episode, we begin a series covering frequently asked questions about the transition from the military to the civilian sector. Episode 5 focuses on Veterans' unemployment. To access the report referenced in this episode, head over to https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1095.html. Don't forget to subscribe!
15:42
August 6, 2018
S1 Ep 4 - A proper introduction (and a vision for the future)
In this episode, Aaron gives a proper introduction of who he is, why he started Courage to Fight Again, and his vision for the future.
22:25
July 20, 2018
S1 Ep 3 - The Transition (Special Guest - George Macko)
In this episode, we are talking about the transition from the military to the civilian sector, and we have a special guest too! George Macko transitioned from the Army just a few months ago, and he shares some of his story as well as his struggles, and provides some excellent recommendations on how you can better navigate the transition.
21:40
July 6, 2018
S1 Ep 2 - A Word
This is a mini-episode, and we are talking about our namesake - COURAGE. As Veterans, we know about courage, but it looks quite a bit different after exchanging the uniform for civilian clothes.
08:47
June 22, 2018
S1 Ep 1 - It Begins
Our first show! This episode tells a bit more about the podcast, as well as our new mission as Veterans.
10:57
June 13, 2018
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