Freedom Isn't Free Podcast
By Lara Figures
Welcome to Freedom Isn't Free podcast, where we provide a voice for our service members, veterans, and their families. We are here to encourage, inspire, and provide resources to our listeners.
Episode 30 - Reduced to E-1 and a Dishonorable Discharge
A Soldier is quietly reassigned after killing man, abusing wife, finally faces murder charge.
July 15, 2021
Episode 29 - Battle of Bamber Bridge
The Battle of Bamber Bridge was an outbreak of racial violence between Black and White American servicemen stationed in the British village of Bamber Bridge, Lancashire in June 1943.
July 8, 2021
Episode 28 - Veteran Homelessness
Veteran homelessness in America is not a phenomenon only of the 21st century; as early as the Reconstruction Era, homeless veterans were among the general homeless population.
July 1, 2021
Episode 27 - Critical Race Theory
Watching the news or browsing social media, it would be easy to think that critical race theory is a complicated, controversial, or new idea.
June 24, 2021
Episode 26 - Happy Birthday ARMY!!!
Join the celebration of the U.S. Army Birthday on June 14 as we remember its creation in 1775. The Army originally consisted of volunteer soldiers with roots to the Continental Army — and was formed to fight the Revolutionary War. Today, as the largest branch of the U.S. military, the proud men and women of the U.S. Army continue to provide peace and security for all of us.
June 17, 2021
Episode 25 - We Won't Give Up
Austin Tice is a veteran Captain in the United States Marine Corps, graduate of Georgetown University, National Merit Finalist and an Eagle Scout. He is an award winning journalist, the recipient of the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting, the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award, and the 2015 National Press Club John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award.
June 10, 2021
Episode 24 - I'm Suffering
During Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and throughout the entire year, help us raise awareness about the many different PTSD treatment options. Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—need to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life.
June 3, 2021
Episode 23 - Mental Health Awareness
May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.
May 20, 2021
Episode 22 - I'm Not The Same Person
Military personnel have always taken care of their physical health, but in today’s armed forces, mental health is equally essential to the success of the mission. There are three primary mental health concerns while serving in the military: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members show signs of a mental health conditions, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry.
May 13, 2021
Episode 21 - Military Appreciation Month
365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, members of the U.S. military are on call around the world, defending the interests and security of the nation. This May, during Military Appreciation Month, is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude to them, and their families, for all that they do every day.
May 7, 2021
Episode 20 - A Culture Fostering Sexual Assault & Harassment
While sexual harassment in the military has always been an issue, recently, the floodgates have opened as more women—and some men—are emboldened to tell their stories. In some instances, these alleged events occurred years and even decades ago, and were repeated over a period of time. Why didn’t the victims or witnesses speak up earlier? Why does it appear that those in positions of power, with knowledge of these acts, failed to intervene? Military sexual trauma thrives in a culture of silence.
April 29, 2021
Episode 19 - SPC. Vanessa Guillen
On the anniversary of Vanessa Guillen's death, there is a push from members of Congress to pass a bill to reform the way the military handles sexual assault and harassment allegations. The "I Am Vanessa Guillen" act seeks to create an independent system where service members can safely report sexual misconduct cases without fear of retaliation and move prosecution decisions out of the chain of command. It would also make sexual harassment a punishable crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
April 22, 2021
Episode 18 - Race in the Military
There is no such thing as race. Only when we take the time to understand and appreciate the unique points of view of others can we make meaningful change.
April 16, 2021
Episode 17 - Supporting Our Parents
Military children change schools up to nine times between the start of kindergarten and high school graduation. With each move, we struggle with difficult goodbyes and the challenge of making new friends. Although life in a military family can include exploring new places and exposure to other cultures, it can often bring frustration and loneliness.
April 8, 2021
Episode 16 - End Homelessness Among Women Veterans
Many women Veterans face challenges when returning to civilian life, including raising children on their own or dealing with the aftereffects of military sexual trauma. Without intervention, these and other issues can put women Veterans at greater risk of homelessness.
April 1, 2021
Episode 15 - "Proudly She Served"
The "Proudly She Served Portrait Series" presents a beautiful and powerful statement of military and veteran women, who exemplify noble qualities. These 12 heroes have made an impact through their service to our country and continue to inspire in our communities.
March 25, 2021
Episode 14 - "Fyt2Live"
If you need a cup of coffee in the morning, then look no further. Tisha Cobbs with Fyt2Live is the exact jolt you'll need. She dropped several gems on selfcare that we all should follow especially during current climate.
March 18, 2021
Episode 13 - "Ask Dolo"
Are you relocating to Virginia? If so, Your Northern Virginia realtor, Dolo stopped by to drop a couple gems. She works with service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support.
March 11, 2021
Episode 12 - "She VETS It"
For the month of March, we are celebrating Women's History Month! Althea Williams is kicking us off with all things "Women Veterans". She is the connector and bridging the gap for women that are transitioning out of the military and are need of resources.
March 4, 2021
Episode 11 - Road to Entrepreneurship
We continued our discussion with Jose Belen to cover important topics from transitioning out of the military to joining a community of activism. He is fully engaged with supporting and moving the agenda forward for saving our veterans lives. This episode is dedicated to Antoine D. Smith, a fallen solider, who was killed in action in the battle to take Fallujah. http://epochlegacies.org/content/antoine-demetrius-smith#prettyPhoto
February 25, 2021
Excellence Is A Standard
We had the privileged to interview, @josebelen_mz, where he talks with us about how quick he learned that if a man doesn't have a standard of excellence his work becomes meaningless.
February 18, 2021
Love At War
Military love is an emotional attraction between two individuals in which they may share a heightened awareness of their mutual admirations, especially during times of war. Listen to Kelvin & Mary as they describe to me their Love At War.
February 11, 2021
When life throws you curve balls, it's nothing like a Battle Buddy to provide you a level of comfort and ease, especially during times of war.
February 4, 2021
Heart to Heart
With the tragic events happening the DC area, our host expressed her feelings and thought process. Additionally, she highlighted some of the executive orders President Joe Biden has tackled his first day.
January 22, 2021
Mom, Wife & Career
Balancing being a mom, wife and maintaining a successful career, Monique Ferrell shares her experiences as she has traveled the world while supporting her family. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment. Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
January 20, 2021
Join us as Dae tells us about her experiences and what the future holds for her. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment. Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
January 20, 2021
My Next Chapter
When transitioning from military, what is the next step? Dr. Tiffany Taft talks about her experience once she unexpectedly had to leave the Navy. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment! Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
January 14, 2021
30 Min Therapy Session
We sat down with Iyea Brandy to understand the different types of therapy and ways to cope and actually received a 30 min therapy session. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment! Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
January 7, 2021
New Adventure, Different Culture
Tune in to our great interview with Shermaine Perry-Knights. She is a fabulous author, who teaches young readers resilience, flexibility and hope. Her book highlights the sacrifices of military children. It explores the thoughts and experiences of children who struggle with relocation. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment. Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero Shermaine Perry-Knights IG & FB: AMAZINGLYSHERMAINE Link to purchase her book: https://www.amazon.com/I-Move-Lot-Thats-Okay-ebook/dp/B08L88C75Y/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=i+move+a+lot+and+thats+okay&qid=1607692195&sr=8-1
December 27, 2020
From Brat to Soldier
We are excited for our guest, Kenny to come speak to our listeners about his experience with being a military brat and making the decision to follow in his parent's footsteps. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment. Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
December 27, 2020
Welcome to Freedom Isn't Free podcast, where we provide a voice for our service members, veterans, and their families. We are here to encourage, inspire, and provide resources to our listeners. Please like, share, subscribe, and comment. Follow us on Twitter @camouflagedhero
December 27, 2020