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The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Personal Courage, Strength, and Perseverance

The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Personal Courage, Strength, and Perseverance

By Tiffany Martschink
Webster’s dictionary defines mettle as “courage, vigor, and strength of spirit or temperament… A staying quality or stamina. Mental or moral strength and courage- implying firmness in the face of danger or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.
Every U.S. Military Service Member and Veteran embodies this METTLE needed to accomplish all that comes their way. Their stories are here to shed light on what life looks like in the military and veteran communities when the uniform comes off. These are their first-hand account of these stories.
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(S2:E13) Inspiring Military Leaders Through Transition and Beyond
Meet Army Veteran Jason Roncoroni of Ponte Vedra, Florida. While on active duty, Jason served as a 15N- a UH60 Pilot. Not only was he a pilot and a battalion commander, but he also earned the Senior Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Wings, Air Assault Badge, and Joint Staff Badge. Currently, Jason is Co-founder and Chief Operation Officer of “Zero Six Group” and Executive Coach at the COMMIT Foundation. It has been said that leaving the military and transitioning back to civilian life might just be the most difficult mission for any military leader to undertake. When military veterans return to civilian life, they’re often confronted with challenges that never occurred to them and that they were not prepared for. For many veterans, it can even feel like an identity crisis of sorts. This is not to mention the impact it has on their families, who also often find themselves starting over again, outside of the community of people who understand their unique set of experiences. Veteran and executive coach, Jason Roncoroni, and psychologist and nationally recognized expert, Dr. Shauna Springer, have come together to create a workbook to help veterans work their way through this pivotal time of transition. Beyond the Military serves as a comprehensive, interactive resource to address the deeper psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of reintegrating into civilian life. It does this through more than thirty exercises presented through the framework of the military decision-making process, so that veterans can confidently, comfortably, and successfully navigate this transition back into civilian life. With this guidance, veterans will be walked through the process of unleashing their full potential outside of the uniform. Contact information     | |  |   |
June 17, 2021
(S2:E12) Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering
Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT | CSCS | SFMA (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the healthcare and fitness world’s most sought-after experts on movement health. Dr. Theresa Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran, Theresa also played professional softball in Italy as well as semi-professional softball in the United States. Theresa founded Movement Rx with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can authentically treat patients with the time, care, and movement education they deserve. Dr. Theresa Larson is determined to deliver movement and mindset health to as many people as possible with her team – including adaptive athletes, as she is an adaptive athlete herself. She is a motivational speaker for companies, helping individuals and teams understand that change is possible and leadership starts within. She also presents on movement and mobility internationally and is the co-creator and lead instructor of the popular Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes program. She recently authored a memoir (WARRIOR) that was published through Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins. In addition to her practice, wellness and speaking efforts, Dr. Theresa Larson is a huge advocate for Challenged Athletes Foundation, Team Red White and Blue, a veteran non-profit, National Eating Disorder Association, CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete Alliance, and Resiliency Project. Theresa’s mission is to deliver crucial information to people who need it the most. Anybody who has gone through loss, trauma, or a major change in their life needs to find their new normal again. Through ADAPT Media and the “My New Normal” podcast, she offers stories of motivation and strength, overcoming hardship, and information on injuries from some of the top professionals and organizations in the world. She believes that our ability to optimally adapt to a new normal is a choice. As the Dalai Lama says, “beautiful things don’t come without some suffering.”
June 9, 2021
(S2:E11) Frogman Leaps into Mindfulness and Meditation
Jon Macaskill Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States Husband | Father | Retired Navy SEAL | Podcast Host & Producer | Speaker | Leader | Mindfulness Teacher | Expert mono-tasker!  Jon Macaskill, MMT, is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher. This week’s guest on the Mettle of Honor Podcast is Jon Macaskill - Navy SEAL Commander (Retired). Jon Macaskill was born in South Africa and moved with his parents and 4 siblings to the United States when he was 7. He grew up in Ruston, Louisiana where he was an avid track and cross-country runner. After graduating high school, he served briefly as an enlisted sailor in the Navy before receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jon Macaskill, retired Navy SEAL Commander, served in multiple highly dynamic leadership positions during his 24-year military career in the U.S. Navy - from the battlefield to the operations center and the board room. Jon has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, off the coast of Somalia, and in Panama. He also runs a consulting business that brings mindfulness and meditation to high-performing teams to aid in dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression, all while increasing focus, creativity, and productivity. After retiring, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and podcast host, and producer for Veteran’s PATH, a nonprofit organization that works to introduce meditation and mindfulness to veterans to bring them a sense of Peace, Acceptance, Transformation, and Honor. He now does keynote speaking engagements on developing leadership, grit, and resilience at the individual and organizational levels. He also owns his own mindfulness consulting company, Macaskill Consulting, LLC, bringing mindfulness and meditation to high-performing teams to aid in dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression all while increasing focus, creativity, and productivity. Jon’s wife, Beka, also served in the Navy and is now a civilian Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Together, they are the proud parents of three small children, and recently after an adventurous 6 months as a family in an RV, they have settled in Colorado Springs.   |   |   | Instagram @mindfulfrogman | Facebook @mindfulfrogman  | Clubhouse @mindfulfrogman
June 2, 2021
Memorial day is a day set aside to remember not just those who served in the military, but those two gave their all for the sake of the freedom that we are able to enjoy as Americans. In this episode, I want to highlight a group of women who served during the World War II era. They are known as The WASP - Women Air Support Pilots. Not only discussing the history of wasp but highlighting three with members who are buried in my home state, South Carolina.
May 31, 2021
(S2:E10) MEMORIAL DAY EPISODE: They're Not Collateral Damage. They're People
Scott A. Huesing is a retired USMC Infantry Major with over 24 years of service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer.  His career spanned 10 deployments and he conducted operations in over 60 countries worldwide.  During his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most austere and challenging conditions. As a Marine Infantry Officer in 2006 Scott had the privilege to command Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) while attached to 1-9 Infantry Battalion ("Manchu"), 1st Brigade Combat Team (1 BCT “Ready First”), United States Army (USA) as part of the Surge Strategy in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. In his book, Huesing transports readers to the deadly streets of Iraq in this visceral, gripping portrayal of urban combat. Bound together by honor and surrounded by chaos, they battled on the frontlines of a war without rules against an elusive, ruthless enemy who wore no uniforms and showed little mercy.  Page after page, Huesing brings the resilience and bravery of the Marines brilliantly to life and shows how the devastation and terror of combat that left indelible scars on these heroes’ bodies, psyches, and souls. Like earlier classics about men at war--Helmet for My Pillow, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and Generation Kill—Echo in Ramadi is an unforgettable portrayal of war that will leave readers amazed and, at times, moved by the author’s masterful way of capturing the experiences and emotions of combat. WEBSITE: ( | To book an interview with Scott Huesing, contact Kylie Frey at ( SAVE THE BRAVE ( The mission at Save The Brave (STB) is to connect veterans through outreach programs to build strength of character.  Our essential task is to prevent veteran suicide. STB is committed to providing veterans with Post Traumatic Stress ways to connect in a safe space. STB EMAIL ( Save the Brave is a certified 501(C)3 registered in the State of California.
May 31, 2021
(S2:E9) STRATEGIC ACTION: Enlisting A Soldier. Maintaining A Family
Major General Todd McCaffrey | Army Infantry Officer, retired Service History: Todd served in the Army for over 34 years retiring in the grade of Major General. He completed his military career as the Chief of Staff, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his final military posting Todd served in an array of positions during a career that included seventeen moves and multiple deployments. Among his assignments, he has served in combat as both an infantry battalion and brigade commander; he was the US Army’s Director of Training, and he commanded an Army Training Division assisting US Army Reserve and US Army National Guard units attain and maintain readiness. He remains privileged to have led, served and fought alongside the best men and women this Nation has to offer. Education/Major(s): BS in Organization Leadership (1986), US Military Academy; MS in Economics/Operations Research (1997), Colorado School of Mines; MS in National Security Studies (2007), US Army War College Todd assists the Veterans and Military Services Team at the University of South Carolina attract, admit, enroll, and support military and veteran students. He also helps align the university’s world class research capabilities with critical national security challenges. Director of Military Affairs | Leadership Bio ( |  Email: |Phone: 803-576-6829 | LinkedIn ( University of South Carolina Military Student Affairs ( Purple Heart Parking.  The Purple Heart parking initiative, launched across the Columbia campus, comes with a new parking pass level also launches along with the symbolic space, which is ADA van compliant. The space is set apart with a special paint job and sign provided by Carl Lopez, commander of the South Carolina Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Purple Heart Parking decals at a reduced rate. These decals provide Purple Heart recipients with expanded parking options on campus. Contact Parking Services for details. Phone: 803-777-5160
May 26, 2021
(S2:E8) “Get on the Mat” and I'll Tell You about My Hat
Richard Kaughman "The Comeback Coach" is an Army Veteran and he likes to give a voice to the voiceless. He has had a hell of a journey from drugs and alcohol to getting injured in the Army and the struggles he’s had including the day he got out. Through it all…he has always been able to come back. That’s what earned him the name “The Comeback Coach”. You can find him on virtually all social platforms by searching @thecomebackcoach and on his website Don’t forget to search his hashtag #TodayIDecide
May 19, 2021
(S2:E7) Mission Transition
Matthew J. Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He advises veterans on their transition efforts and employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the award-winning HarperCollins book Mission Transition, a practical guide for veterans in transition and their employers. Matt serves as the Veteran Transition Assistance officer for his West Point class. He serves as an advisor to the board of YourNexStage in Washington DC (the nation's first veteran collaborative focused on the needs of women veterans), and actively serves several other veteran collaboratives around the country. During his active duty commissioned service in the United States Army, Matt served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade. During reserve commissioned service, Matt served on the staff of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and commanded multiple regions around the country for the US Military Academy’s Admissions Office. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves, holds a secret security clearance, and serves on the Service Academy nominating committee for his local Congressman. Matt holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.  He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a certified Project Management Professional, and holds the ASCM organization’s Certified Supply Chain Professional designation. WEBSITE: BOOK: "I'm on a SUCCESSFULLY OPTIMIZE the personal potential of veterans and public servants and the productivity of their prospective employers." Additional Advice From Transitioning Troops Military to Civilian Thesaurus Understanding Your Financial Needs Exercises “The most difficult part of the transition for me was disengaging from ongoing activities and responsibilities at my last duty station and focusing on my transition to civilian life. There was more to do than I realized, with medical appointments, moving, required transition workshops, finding a job, and more. It wasn't that I felt like I was indispensable in my last position, but I had projects that I wanted to see through to completion before leaving. Also, the Army was still providing my livelihood, so I felt it incumbent on me to continue to contribute.” Dave Raymond (Former Army Colonel)
May 19, 2021
(S2:E6 Amy Apostol & Kate Hudson) Military Spouses Serve Too
Advocates for spouses of service members in all branches of service and components as well as veterans and their families. They discussed the challenges of being a spouse, a parent, and a full-time employee while their husbands are at home and on the other side of the world serving their country. Amy Apostol,  Navy Reserve JAG Officer Spouse. ADVISOR. Broad attorney skill set, including work in areas of national security, cybersecurity, personnel security and insider threat, policy, compliance, data sharing, privacy, GDPR, and litigation.  Provides client solutions in evolving operational landscapes that require agility and innovation.  Partner with business leaders to empower sustainable, legally compliant actions and policy. Help effectuate change while minimizing risk. Experienced advisor on significant and high-profile issues. BOARD MEMBER. Gamma Phi Beta Facilities Management Company Board of Managers: make decisions about non-profit spending and operational priorities. Mission Hire Me Advisory Board: support fundraising efforts and make key partnership connections. ( COMMUNITY SUPPORTER. Fort Hunt Little League Board of Directors: support community engagement, public relations, and member experience -Be The Good Project Volunteer: support efforts to address food shortages and hunger crisis in the DC metro area EDUCATOR. Adjunct Professor @ Albany Law School. Guest Lecturer on cybersecurity and insider threat issues. Speaker on topics such as cybersecurity, data privacy, insider threat, military families, and women's issues. MENTOR. Provide career guidance and support for law students, attorneys, teachers, IT professionals, military spouses, and transitioning veterans through programs such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes AMPLIFY program, Veterati, and Military Spouse JD Network. FOUNDER. Founder and creator of TechnoLawgicGals, a supportive community for women attorneys in privacy and tech. ( -Founder and creator of Wattage Careers, a career strategy platform aimed at imbuing energy, creativity, and success into the process of career growth and development.  LinkedIn (  |  Email  (  | Kate Hudson, (Active-duty Army officer Spouse).  A passionate civil servant and lawyer committed to improving the experiences of the American public with their government. Over the past seventeen years, I have served in the public and nonprofit sectors at key interaction points for citizens: elections, the justice system, the federal civil service, and government oversight. I work to make the government agencies and systems that serve the American public more accountable, efficient, responsive, and more accessible. I love to learn how the 'sausage' gets made and strive for ways to improve it. LinkedIn ( Email ( | Twitter  (KateHudsonEsq)
May 12, 2021
(S2: BONUS) 2021 Comprehensive Moral Injury Conference HOSTED by MISNS
Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. (MISNS, pronounced “missions”) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in research, education, and advocacy for servicewomen and families suffering from a military moral injury (MMI). Potentially Moral injurious events include a whole range of things, such as killing in combat, being the victim of a sexual assault, experiencing hazing and harassment, or watching others be abused and not being able to stop it. Women make up about 15% of the U.S. armed forces, but they suffer more than men from gender harassment, sexual assault, PTSD, and other traumas. Based on our research and the work of others in the field with whom we have alliances, we have developed continuing education units, conferences, and other educational tools. Using virtual classroom platforms, social media networks, and international partners, we provide training to practitioners around the world. The 2021 Comprehensive Moral Injury Conference ( will help bridge the gap in knowledge by presenting the latest in MI research, offering assessment tools, and sharing interventions being used by thought leaders and practitioners in the fields of psychology, social work, chaplaincy, and other healthcare fields. This conference takes a holistic, collaborative approach to MI. Regardless of where clinicians, chaplains, and therapists work, they are likely to encounter a person with MI and should understand how to identify it, as well as help the person or get them the care they need. Contact Hours This conference offers 12 contact hours for psychologists, social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, and licensed counselors. There are no pre-requisites required to enroll in this training. Program Objectives By the end of this conference, participants will be able to: Identify the top three most common moral injurious events for women veterans, Select the six domains of symptoms associated with moral injury in any population at any age, List the topics covered in the 16-week interdisciplinary veteran support group used by the Charles George VA Medical Center, Identify military culture and leadership patterns that contribute to moral injury and dysfunctional lifestyle behaviors in post-9/11 veterans, List the factors that might make a service member more vulnerable to moral injury, Describe the Moral Distress Process Model and its application to healthcare settings, Identify the benefits of the third-location decompression approach for veterans returning home from deployment,  Board Chaplaincy Certification, Inc. 847.240.1014  for verification based on your specific chaplaincy requirements. Georgia Psychological Association National Association of Social Workers We are an approved NASW provider and expect to receive approval for this particular conference before the event begins. For more information on the program objectives and other agency certifications, please go to the website where you can also register. American Psychological Association (APA)
May 9, 2021
(S2:E5) Chair of the VA Board of Appeals Also Appeals for Those Suicidal
Cheryl L. Mason serves as the Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. As Chairman, Ms. Mason leads a team of approximately 1200 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys, and operations and administrative professionals to meet the Board’s mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals on benefits and services for Veterans and their families. Ms. Mason is accountable for the efficient and effective management of Board resources and executing a budget in excess of $190 million. The Board is the Secretary’s designee to decide appeals arising from all three administrations: Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration as well as the Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Mason is the first woman to hold the position of Chairman. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Mason held several positions at the Board including Deputy Vice-Chairman, Veterans Law Judge, and Counsel. She also served as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority, a Department of the Air Force civilian at HQ the United States Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and as an instructor at Central Texas College in Germany. Ms. Mason is the spouse of an Air Force veteran, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran who died by suicide. She advocates for changing the culture and increasing awareness surrounding mental health and suicide awareness/prevention. Chairman Mason also is a key leader in the military spouse employment initiative, working to share best practices to encourage recruiting, hiring, and retention of military spouses to support military readiness as well as transitioning Veterans. Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ms. Mason received her B.A. with a Distinction in Political Science and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Mason began her legal career in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska. MSJDN_MISSION_STATEMENT MSJDN supports military spouses in the legal profession by advocating for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys; educating the public about the challenges faced by career-minded military spouses and their families; encouraging the hiring of military spouses; and providing a network connecting military spouse attorneys with each other and their supporters.
May 5, 2021
(S2:E4) Army Veteran with Autistic Twins
Samual Silver is an Army veteran and currently a real estate agent. He's been assisting Southern California across many communities since 2003. In this episode of the Mettle of Honor, Sam is joined by his wife who is a nurse, as they discuss life as parents of twin teenagers- one of which has ADHD and the other who is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He also talks about life as a Jewish service member - Jewish via ethnicity and religious belief. Having been honored by the local media and positively reviewed by countless past clients, I continue to retain a strong following, bringing folks what they need and want, regardless of their deadlines and the like. I'm passionate about real estate and helping people, and upon visiting my website, you'll get the best idea of what to expect when we work together. As a top-notch REALTOR® who stops at nothing to help my clients, you'll be thrilled with what we could do together. What will you find when you visit his website for the first time? When you're ready to sell your home, you'll see he specializes in many varieties on the local market and then some. Perhaps you invested in commercial property. Maybe you've got a luxury home in a golf course community you want to sell. Let Sam Silver, real estate agent, guide you. Except for the time he served in the United States Military, his entire life has been in Southern California, so he knows these communities. As I continue to educate myself on the market and the latest methods and tricks of the trade, there's truly no one better suited to help you list and sell your property. Sam Silver Reliable REALTOR®! (License #: 01412755) Digital Business Card | Website | LinkedIn: | Email Address:   |   Phone Number: 661.621.5340 Twitter samsilverhomes Instant Messaging (IM)     |  Skype     |   Google Talk
May 1, 2021
(S2:E3) Shelly Huhtanen on Autism in the Military Family
Shelly Huhtanen, an Army wife and mother balancing a military life with a special needs child, said she has to plan her entire day to set her family up for success. Mark, Shelly, Broden, and their older son Hayden moved to Fort Hood in 2009 and enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – an Army-wide service that takes into consideration what reassignments and jobs are best for families who have special needs children. The program also helps families connect with community support and services. "Sometimes I think we let the big Army push us into jobs where our family might not have the best care, but you can shape that and influence it," Mark said.  But even with that help, it's still a struggle. In a constantly changing military setting, Broden doesn't do well with transitions. Even the smallest change in a daily routine can throw him into a tailspin. "When I pick him up from therapy, if I take a left instead of a right he will scream until he realizes where we are going. It can turn into a two-hour tantrum," Shelly said.  It controls every aspect of their lives; where they go, who they see, and what they do.  Shelly Huhtanen is the author of the book Giving Voice Silent. This book is compiled of intimate short stories that involve a military family raising a child with autism. Issues such as stress involved with deployments, transitions with PCS moves, and fighting for an appropriate education are discussed. To connect with Shelly Huhtanen, she can be found on LinkedIn at For more information about her book, Giving Voice To The Silent Many, please visit The book can be purchased on Amazon through this link:  The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment The Council of Autism Service Providers supports our members by cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services.  The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Our member agencies care for more than 50,000 children and adults with autism across the United States and have collective revenues approaching 1 billion dollars. We serve as a force for change, providing information and education and promoting standards that enhance quality. The mission of the National Autism Law Center is to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals on the autism spectrum and to serve as a resource for such individuals and their families, as well as to the service providers and attorneys who support them. South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services VR prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment. Our goal is to ensure that “quality happens one person at a time.”
April 27, 2021
(S2:E2) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
In 1987, a young woman working in the West Wing of the Reagan White House was introduced to a dashing Army colonel. She was a 2nd lieutenant in the Air National Guard. He was a Vietnam combat veteran. They fell deeply in love. Within months they married. On November 12, 1992, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, 44, who was the assistant adjutant general of the Alaska Army Guard at the time, was making a routine flight to a facility in Juneau from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage in an Army C-12F twin-engine Beechcraft along with seven others. The guard were preparing for an instrument-aided landing when the plane crashed on southern Chilkat Peninsula. They died shortly after the crash. This week’s guest is his surviving spouse, Bonnie Carroll- an American widow. "We had five wonderfully happy years together," Bonnie said. "Then he was gone. That August, I got together with some of the other families who lost loved ones that day. We chartered a helicopter and visited the crash site. It was on the side of a mountain, and the remains of the plane were still there. For us, being at the site provided finality, and was very much a healing experience." While that experience may have helped stanch some of the emotional bleeding, the ache of loss only grew deeper. Bonnie looked around for some group that might offer support. There was none. "No group was there for all those who lose a loved one serving in the Armed Forces to reach out to," she said. All that winter, Bonnie Carroll thought about that void, thought about creating an organization to fill that void, talked to folks who could empathize with her pain: others who had lost a husband or a wife, brother or sister, son or daughter; officials in the Pentagon and the VA. In October 1994, she launched the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Today she still serves as the President & Founder of TAPS- the leading national Military Service Organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a military loved one. She is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Contact Information for Bonnie Carroll T.A.P.S. Social Media T.A.P.S. Website LinkedIn (company) LinkedIn Profile (personal): Facebook Page: Twitter:
April 23, 2021
The 14th Presidential Commander: When Blue Stars Turn Gold
Meet Air Force Spouse Alison “Ali” (Dart) Banholzer of Washington, D.C. Ali, originally from Redmond, WA, married Air Force pilot, Dave Banholzer. Like most young parents, Ali & David were busy raising two energetic young girls, Kate and Caroline. In addition to having a happy family, they had other big dreams. In Ali's case, it was to create better-looking t-shirts for her girls' events. Driven by pure passion and creativity, Ali Banholzer, mother of two fabulous gymnasts, launched "Wear Your Spirit Wearhouse" from her kitchen table in 2004. Meanwhile, David was pursuing his dreams as an Air Force officer. The girls were growing up and both Ali’s dreams and David’s were coming true. "Wear Your Spirit Wearhouse" outgrew the kitchen table and in 2010 moved into a commercial space. In early 2014, David achieved his dream. He became the 14th Presidential Pilot of the United States and the commander of Air Force One! Tragically, later that year, David was diagnosed with terminal cancer and eventually lost his battle in 2017. To honor David’s legacy of service, Ali and her team are committed to excellence. They provide the highest standards of service possible to customers all over the country. If you look at our logo, hear us talking about spirits soaring or things taking flight - now you know why! "Everyone knows what it feels like to have your spirit take flight and soar. That pure rush of happiness! My story has taught me that life is short and should be celebrated. Let's celebrate together!” -Ali Banholzer  ALISON BANHOLZER CONTACT INFORMATION COMPANY WEBSITE:    |  LINKEDIN PROFILE (COMPANY):  | LINKEDIN PROFILE (PERSONAL): |  
April 21, 2021
(S1:E25) if you never felt like quitting, you never started living
I am a Green Beret Veteran who teaches people how to experience what they are truly capable of and live more fulfilling lives. My lifelong pursuit of human improvement began on the soccer field and continued into college where I was a 1st Team All-American and Hall of Fame inductee. After graduating and working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, I left the corporate sector to pursue my desire to serve and enlisted into the Army and entered the elite ranks of Special Forces. I now serve individuals looking to improve their lives by strengthening their physical, mental, and emotional fitness and mindset. I am grateful and honored to help my clients grow inside and out. If you want to change the world, take that first step. BILL_ANTHEN_CONTACT_INFO LINKEDIN COMPANY_WEBSITE EMAIL ADDRESS
April 14, 2021
(S1:E24 USMC VET) The Smoking Panda
Joey Mac Dizon | Hopatcong, NJ | USMC Veteran | Military and Veteran Program Coordinator at Hope For The Warriors | CEO of The Mobile Cigar Lounge & Belleau Wood Cigars | The Mobile Cigar Lounge is led by a highly experienced and motivated team of military veteran entrepreneurs.  The Mobile Cigar Lounge is dedicated to giving back to our fellow veterans, active service members, and first responders. The goal is to assist veterans with various challenges they face, connect them with the resources and tools they need and ultimately be a support system for our servicemen and women. BACKPACKS FOR LIFE Backpacks For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the homeless and at-risk veteran communities. The goal is to assist veterans with the various challenges they face, connect them with the resources and tools they need and ultimately be a support system for our servicemen and women. JOEY MAC DIZON CONTACT INFORMATION WEBSITE: |  EMAIL:      PHONE: 201-618-7776  LINKEDIN
April 7, 2021
(S1:E23) Melissa Bert
Rear Admiral Melissa Bert serves as the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Prior flag assignments held by Melissa Bert include the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and Deputy Director of Operations for U.S. Northern Command. Before promotion to flag-rank in 2016, she distinguished herself in service in both legal and operational capacities.  As a lawyer, she was Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Office, supporting U.S. engagement with the International Maritime Organization and providing legal advice on a variety of policies – including the Law of the Sea, drug and migrant interdiction, homeland security, search and rescue, pollution response, port and vessel safety/security, counter-terrorism, Arctic policy, and environmental protection. For her legal expertise she was awarded the Young Military Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard by the American Bar Association in 1997 and the Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in 2006. Operationally, she was Chief of Staff for the Seventh Coast Guard District, responsible for oversight of Coast Guard operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. During the attacks of 9/11, she was the Operations Officer for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach protecting one of the nation’s most valuable ports. She previously served aboard two cutters, including as Executive Officer of the Cutter Red Birch in Baltimore, Maryland. Rear Admiral Bert is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and George Washington University Law School. She has been a national security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a military fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. She has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and University of Miami Law School. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association. She is also the founder of the Women’s Leadership Initiative supporting mentoring and professional development for Coast Guard women in uniform and civilians.
March 28, 2021
(S1:BONUS) Nightmare vs Nightwear
Upon his return from deployment, SFC (retired) Patrick Skluzacek said the nightmares started. “I was scared of closing my eyes.. “I'd wake up thrashing and sweating and the Veterans Affairs didn't have a cure for it. They just had people with nightmares, people killing themselves, and they didn't understand why." Tyler Skluzacek, Patrick’s, the 27-year-old son told CNN, “I was just 13 when he came back from Iraq, but I knew he was a completely different person. He used to be so active and happy. After the war, he was just depressed, lethargic, irritable, and the worst part is he wasn't sleeping. It was hard seeing my Dad like that." Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, his father had nightmares that haunted him for years. This 31-minute bonus episode is not the full "Nightmare vs Nightwear" episode. Rather, the first half of this contains bits and pieces from the individuals interviewed for the full episode.  The second half of this is a 15-minute yoga/ grounding session led by (Jen (Muehlegger) Baumgardner Barnes (MSW, LICSW, ERYT, TCTSY-F)   ( NightWare - Treating nightmares with digital therapeutics: Overview | LinkedIn Dr. Brian Robertson, (Retired Army | Cheif Consultant Surgeon General, Allergy/Immunology)
March 24, 2021
(S1:E22) What’s Your ROI?
Meet Air Force veteran Ann James of Henderson, Nevada. While in the military, Ann served as an Operation Flight Commander and a Financial Analyst. Ann truly believes knowledge is power and since retiring from the Air Force, she’s earned a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and is recognized as an Accredited Financial Counselor. She helps military service women and veterans regain control and conquer the battle over their finances so they can live life freely. Dr. Ann James Contact Info | |
March 24, 2021
(S1:E2) Combat Engineer Turns Molecular Biologist | Dr. Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D.
Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D. CEO & Founder at Free to Feed  | Doctoral Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology  |  Combat Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Trillitye wrote, “Instead of a legacy, my family passed down generations of physical and sexual abuse.  I wanted more for my children than hospitals, foster homes, and courthouses.  I  dreamed of a  day when  I could provide unity, support, and stability for my family.  Throughout my adolescent years, I often thought about my future.  I decided the only way to achieve my dreams was to continue my education beyond high school and to surround myself with highly successful and motivated individuals. The means to accomplish this occurred during my last semester of high school when an Army National Guard recruiter visited my school.  At only seventeen, I enlisted in the National Guard, and I am proud to say that I am still serving today. At nineteen years old, I deployed to Iraq. I was faced with the harsh realization that the country to which I was deployed did not share the freedoms that I had experienced in my life.  Consequently, I witnessed true adversity as I was thrust into a world where poverty, hunger, and rampant disease were a part of everyday life. Being one of the few women in the country to serve in the military has proven to be an integral part of my identity.  I discovered that the abuse inflicted upon me as a child does not define the woman I am today. I have overcome my past and will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.  The military has given me the strength to shed the yoke of abuse and focus on the amazing career and philanthropic opportunities that await. My passion as a Molecular Biologist and mother of two led to my founding Free to Feed™, Inc.  Free to Feed™ creates science-based content for allergen-free breastfeeding and is developing products to empower parents through infant allergies. Idaho Business Review | Article by Alex Stephens | 16 March 2020 |  Trillitye Paullin, 2020 Women of the Year Trillitye Paullin's contact information: Free to Feed Website: Dr. Trill | Free to Feed Email Address: LinkedIn Profile: Free to Feed Podcast: Podcasts | Free to Feed
March 23, 2021
(S1:S1) A Wild Ride Called Life
Meet Annette Whitenberger | Retired Army Chemical Officer | Author | Blogger | Military Spouse She is a mother of two, a wife to an active duty Army Officer who is still serving in the military (26 years and counting!), as well as being an author, speaker, and podcast host. Her time in the Army includes a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Annette's blog, A Wild Ride Called Life ®, LLC. incorporates stories from her post-military life in which she shares how she lives life as being a mom and military spouse living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  She also hosts a podcast titled “The Truths We Hide” in which not only does she share her story, but she also has guests who share theirs and offers advice to others to help them know that they are not alone. Annette is no stranger to finding herself in some of the darkest areas of life. Like many veterans, the transition from military life to civilian life was a difficult transition. It’s these times when many veterans find themselves in the search of their true identity outside the military uniform. Listen in to this episode of The Mettle of Honor to hear her talk about some of these stories. Her book,  A Wild Ride Called Life, will be coming out in the summer of 2021. MENTORING VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Trauma Survivors Network. Veterati   E-mentor For more information about Annette, visit Freedom from Trauma, or contact her at any of the links below.  COMPANY WEBSITE:  LINKEDIN PROFILE:🎗annette-whittenberger🎗-a953a227  TWITTER ACCOUNT: awhitt24  FACEBOOK: A Wild Ride Called Life | Facebook
March 23, 2021
(S1:E3) Shauna Springer, Ph.D. on WARRIOR: Know Thyself. Know Thy Tribe
Doctor Shauna Springer, Ph.D – known as “Doc Springer” in the military community, is one of the nation's leading experts on trauma, military transition, and close relationships. After serving 8 years as a frontline psychologist in the Department of Veterans Affairs, she transitioned to Senior Director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S.). Her devotion and passion over the past decade have resulted in earning a rare form of trust with military leaders and combat warfighters. In her current role as Chief Psychologist of Stella Center, she works to advance a new model of treatment for trauma-related symptoms that fuses biological and psychological interventions.  Dr. Springer’s work has been featured on CNN, Business Insider, THRIVE Global, VICE, US News and World Report, NPR, NBC, CBS Radio, Forbes, Washington Post, and Military Times. She is co-author of the best-selling book, Beyond the Military, which explores the psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of military transition. Her newest book WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us brings the worlds of the warrior and those they protect together to shine new light on things that many thought we understood: Trust, Stigma, Firearms, The Imploding Mind, and Connection.  Dr. Shauna Springer was also a guest on DOV Baron's podcast- Leadership & Loyalty- where she talks about the impact of COVID  on mental health.  The link to that episode is:   Doctor Shauna Springer's Contact Information WEBSITE: LINKEDIN PROFILE:  EMAIL ADDRESS: LINKEDIN SHOWCASE PROFILE:
March 19, 2021
(S1:E21) My Weapon of Choice? Strength and Perseverance
⚠️TRIGGER WARNING⚠️In this episode, there is a discussion containing details of sexual assault and suicide. If you are sensitive to these topics, I encourage you to proceed with caution and only listen if you feel as though you are able to do so. Lakeydra Houston | Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex | Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate | Public Speaker | K.E.Y. Fit Company | HR Recruiting Manager | Mental Resiliency Advocate | YouthMentor Meet Air Force veteran Master Sergeant Lakeydra Houston of the Dallas, Texas area. Lakeydra entered into the military as a Security Forces Airman, became an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter, and is currently serving as a Recruitment Manager. She’s a volunteer for VETS2INDUSTRY and is a Sexual Assault Prevention & Mental Health Advocate. With Key Fitness Company, she is found empowering people and businesses to create a connection between physical and mental fitness. "My goal is to empower our military and civilian community to become fit mind, body, and spirit through veteran assistance, wellness resources, resiliency workshops, mental sharpness techniques, and mentorship. Our focus should be on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; we all matter.  I am a SURVIVOR of suicide, sexual assault, and a wellness/mental health advocate. This is the driving force behind the vision of my business, KEY (Knowledge/Empowerment/You-nity) Fit, to help others understand there is hope." Features include Dateline NBC, Live at the Table, VCV, and V2I. “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” Dr. Steve Maraboli Let’s heal mind, body, and soul. Knowledge • Empowering • You-nity  LINKEDIN  COMPANY WEBSITE: Air Force Veteran Brian Arrington, the CEO, and Founder of Vets2Industry was a guest on the Mettle of Honor (S1:E5)  VETS2INDUSTRY: Brian Arrington: 
March 17, 2021
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March 11, 2021
(S1:E20) The Original Private Benjamin
Annie Brock | Army Veteran | LTI President & Founder Annie spent 9+ years in the US Army. She, as an enlisted soldier, was a Human Resources Specialist, Paralegal Specialist, and found herself not only airborne qualified, but was one of the first 100 females in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Annie commissioned as an Army Officer serving as a specially trained Aeromedical Evacuation Aviator flying UH-60 and UH-1V helicopters. As an Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps, Annie served in Landstuhl, Germany in the late 1980s as an Interim Supervisor, OIC of MEDCEN's Outpatient Clinic. Annie has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master’s in Public Leadership with specialization in Multi-Sector Management from George Washington University. She also earned her certifications in both the lean six Sigma green belts (LSSGB) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB). Annie Brook is the CEO and Founder of the Leader Transition Institute (LTI). The Leader Transition Institute assists individuals who are transitioning from one industry sector to another, with a special emphasis on service members, veterans, and their spouses who are transitioning from active military service to the civilian sector. Changing Focus is designed for service members who will leave, or who have left, active duty within the next/past two years. All veterans, regardless of when they left active duty, are eligible to attend. ANNIE BROCK CONTACT INFORMATION Company Website: LinkedIn Profile:
March 10, 2021
(S1:E19) Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass
“The Leader of Character” formula others want to follow is Hard Work + Perseverance = Success In Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters, Vice Admiral Sandy Stosz, US Coast Guard (retired) draws upon her 40 years of extensive experience and wisdom as a woman directing mostly all-male teams in front-line leadership positions to provide tools that will help leaders, particularly those at the middle level, reach their goals and succeed. The purpose of the book is to provide tools that will help leaders navigate complexity to reach their goals and succeed at every level. Character-centered, proven leadership principles emerge from Admiral Stosz’s engaging, personal stories that teach leaders how to find, and then become, an inspiring mentor; implement effective diversity, inclusion, and equity programs; successfully lead in an ever-changing environment, and much more. Current Volunteer Experience Chairperson, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Sailing Council (August 2018 – present) Flag Officer Advisory Council Arizona State University (January 2019 – Present) Board Member, The Flag and General Officers Network (June 2018 – Present) Board Of Advisors, Darley Defense (January 2019 – Present) Website: "Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters" can be purchased at this link: U.S. Coast Guard Academy
March 3, 2021
(S1:10) You Are A Masterpiece. Go Act Like It
James McNeil | Burlington, North Carolina, United States | Motivational Speaker | Author | Owner at The Inspirational Connection  This episode's guest is James McNeil- a U. S. Army Combat Veteran.  James shares about his struggles with finding his true identity when he was medically discharged from the military.  He talks about those periods of loneliness and isolation due to depression. Times were so low, dark, and depressing he attempted suicide on multiple occasions. While the transition from life in a uniform filled with comradery to isolation in civilian life, James shares that while you may feel suicide is the only way out, but this is not the case. You are not alone. You may feel like it so you isolate yourself and, chances are, you then feel more depressed than you did before. Sure, there are dark seasons in life but you weren’t made to do it alone. There are people who care about you and value you.  ⛔️ TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️ While details of suicide are not shared in the episode, if you have any sensitivity to discussions about suicide to the point of it disturbing or triggering you in any way, please listen with caution. James McNeil Contact Information Website: Army Veteran James McNeil – Veterans Be Real LinkedIn: Email:  IF YOU ARE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE, PLEASE REACH OUT FOR HELP. Suicide Prevention: Veterans - Mental Health (
February 27, 2021
(S1:E18) The Grit Institute: Commit, Learn, and Launch
Shannon Polson, Optimist | Badass | Speaker | Veteran | Author of “The Grit Factor” (HBR Press) | Founder of The Grit Institute: building courageous, compassionate, creative leaders with a focus on grit and resilience in a time of challenge and change. Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World, and the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership institute committed to whole leader development and a focus on grit and resilience. As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class keynotes and training to companies and organizations on leadership and grit. After serving for a decade in the armed services, Polson earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and led outstanding teams in the corporate world at Microsoft. Polson lives with her husband and two boys in Washington State. The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World  With its gripping narrative and relatable takeaways, The Grit Factor is both inspiring and pragmatic, a book that will energize and enlighten current and aspiring leaders everywhere—whether male or female. Learn more from publisher Harvard Business Review  “Truly one of a kind, a giant and unique step forward” - Tom Peters, co-author, In Search of Excellence “...will inspire and instruct new generations of leaders in any context. A must-read." — General Charles C. Krulak, US Marine Corps, Retired, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps SHANNON POLOSON'SCONTACT INFORMATION  WEBSITE  LINKEDIN  TWITTER: ORDER THE GRIT FACTOR ON AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, INDIEBOUND
February 24, 2021
(S1:E17) USMC Veteran Amy Forsythe is live in 5-4-3-2...
Meet Marine Corps Veteran Amy Forsythe of San Diego, CA. Amy is a Communications and Visual Information Strategist. In the military, Amy served as a Combat Correspondent in the Marine Corps and currently serves in the Navy Reserves as a Public Affairs Officer. She is an award-winning digital media content creator.  Amy is a multimedia journalist and military veteran with more than 25 years of experience in storytelling, public speaking, and multimedia content creation. TV anchor and host, global traveler, and adventure enthusiast. Amy Forsythe, a lifetime USMCCCA member, never goes anywhere without a camera. Her content has been published on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Newsweek Magazine, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Leatherneck Magazine, CENTCOM's Unipath Magazine, and many other news outlets. Multimedia Journalist: Experienced TV producer and reporter with expertise in shooting, editing, and distribution. Anchored lifestyle program called "North County's Endless Summer" for KOCT, general assignments reporter for NBC 7 San Diego, anchor, and correspondent for The Pentagon Channel. As a public speaker and educator, she served as an adjunct professor creating curriculum and teaching social media, organizational development, and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels at California International Business University. Certified Instructor at Defense Information School(DINFOS), Fort Mead, MD. Amy Forsythe is a writer, author, speaker, combat veteran, and global traveler. Her international travel includes Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bahamas, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Palau, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. With all that travel, no wonder she takes her camera with her everywhere she goes. Amy Forsythe Contact Information
February 18, 2021
(S1:E16) Fear Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will: It’s all about action
In this week's episode, I speak with fellow Army Veteran Jeffery Knight of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeff enlisted into the Army National Guard as a Carpenter and later transitioned to becoming a Human Resources Officer in the Army Reserves. In the last half of his career, he served in a special duty position and talks about the impact it had on him as well as the importance of exercising self-care. Jeff is the Co-Founder of Angels 14. As if that weren't enough, Jeff does some freelance work in Leadership Development with Mission Six Zero is devoted to leadership training for corporate teams, professional sports and other organizations using Special Forces mastered techniques, particularly for enhancing performance in volatile, uncertain, complex, or ambiguous situations.  (  Mission 6 Zero LinkedIn profile
February 14, 2021
(S1:E15) It Takes Courage Chaplain (COL) Khallid Shabazz Ph.D, DMin
Chaplain (COL) Khallid Shabazz Ph.D, DMin | Command Chaplain at USARCENT | Sumter, South Carolina, United States Shortly after converting to Islam, then-Sgt. Khallid Shabazz struggled to find his way while his devout Lutheran family and fellow Soldiers questioned his move. And with a few Article 15s for insubordination on his record, Shabazz, a field artilleryman at the time, wanted out of the military. Then, one day while training out in the field, an Army chaplain approached him and struck up a conversation. “Honestly, it was like a revelation from God,” Shabazz said. “When it hit my ears, I knew that was what I was going to do in life. It was incredible.” “I didn’t want to convert; I was happy where I was,” he said. “I’m a very inquisitive person. If I don’t know something, I’m going to get to know it.” While Shabazz found more peace and solace by switching faiths, which included the Islamic custom of changing his name, many people in his life stopped talking to him. His commander at the time, Shabazz said, even asked why he sided with the enemy. “I was so hurt by those statements,” he said. He eventually came to realize it was a lack of understanding some people had with Islam, which he was also guilty of until he studied it. Islam is sometimes distorted by extremist groups, he said, similar to how other religions can be twisted to incite violent acts. “Whether it’s the Bible, Quran, or the Torah, I want people to understand that religion really has nothing to do with violence,” he said. “99.9 percent of the people in religion are good people.” Chaplain Shabazz holds two doctorate degrees on top of four master’s degrees. He has written three books and teaches online courses at four colleges. He has 28 years of experience as a U.S. Army officer working at the highest level and is currently a fellow at the University of Texas studying senior-level strategy. I view myself as a competent, consistent, compassionate self-starter willing to tackle new challenges. If you are seeking an Instructor who is loyal and committed to achieving total success for your students and the university, please consider what I have to offer. Chaplain (COL) Khallid’s Profile I also have twenty years of experience working with military adult learners that include active-duty soldiers, their spouses and family, and Department of Defense civilians. My Ph.D. was earned from Trident University. I would like you to consider my continuing Instruction with Adult learners which includes:  • Served as an Adjunct Faculty, Trident University, and American Allied University, Claremont Lincoln University for 10 years • Taught 50 classes with over 120 students in support of coordinating Professor 6 years • Conducted A philosophy and Ethics Professor with over 65 students for 3 years • Adult instruction for the last 17 years • Instruction Training, Supervision Methods • Myers Briggs Process Training • Instructional Training on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Conflict Analysis • Primary trainer for over 4,500 soldiers, civilian and family members
February 14, 2021
(S1:E13) The Four Chaplains: Merging Military History and Personal Faith aboard the USAT Dorchester
It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba, and Comanche.  On Feb. 3, at 12:55 a.m., a periscope broke the chilly Atlantic waters. Through the crosshairs, an officer aboard the German submarine U-223 spotted the Dorchester. The U-223 approached the convoy on the surface, and after identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire the torpedoes, a fan of three were fired. The one that hit was decisive–and deadly–striking the starboard side, amidship, far below the waterline. Those chaplains were Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. Quickly and quietly, the four chaplains spread out among the soldiers. There they tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded and guide the disoriented toward safety. "Witnesses of that terrible night remember hearing the four men offer prayers for the dying and encouragement for those who would live," says Wyatt R. Fox, son of Reverend Fox. Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors. When the news reached American shores, the nation was stunned by the magnitude of the tragedy and heroic conduct of the four chaplains. "Valor is a gift," Carl Sandburg once said. "Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes." That night Reverend Fox, Rabbi Goode, Reverend Poling, and Father Washington passed life's ultimate test. In doing so, they became an enduring example of extraordinary faith, courage, and selflessness. The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded posthumously December 19, 1944, to the next of kin by Lt. Gen. Brehon B. Somervell, Commanding General of the Army Service Forces, in a ceremony at the post chapel at Fort Myer, VA. A one-time-only posthumous Special Medal for Heroism was authorized by Congress and awarded by President Eisenhower on January 18, 1961. Congress attempted to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements that required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor. Thanks to: Information for this episode retrieved from The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation website at         retired Air Force Chaplain, Dr. Dondi Costin          Army_Chaplain (COL) Khallid Shabazz Ph.D, DMin
February 13, 2021
(S1:E9) Melissa Washington Navy Veteran | Military Spouse | Founder Women Veterans Alliance
Melissa Washington is a Navy veteran and the spouse of a Marine. Melissa is the Founder & CEO of the Women Veterans Alliance (, Listen in as she talks about her time in the Navy.  Awards 2019 Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Trailblazers: Women Breaking Barriers 2018 Sharif Jewelers Sacramento Kings Hometown Hero 2018 Cal Vet Trailblazer Award 2018 Tapestry Impact Award 2017 Sacramento's Women Who Mean Business 2016 KFBK (iHeart Radio) Hometown Hero 2016 Congressional & Assembly Award and Recognition. Name listed on Congressional Record. Veteran Community Founder and Chairperson  Women Veterans Giving Special Advisor American Veteran Organization of Women Magazine (AVOW) Advisor and Former Co-Chair VA Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB) Board Member of Lincoln Veterans Memorial Coalition Member of Military Women Coalition &  Women Veteran Speakers Member of the Military Family Research Institute Advisory Council, Purdue University Charter Member- Women in Military Services of America (WIMSA) Veterans Foreign Wars (VFW) Lifetime Member & American Legion Member Former Chair California Women Veterans Leadership Council Former Board Member Placer County Veterans Stand Down Author Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move, 2014
February 10, 2021
(S1:E14 John Roth) Been Recalibrated?
Meet John Roth, USMC Veteran, the Founder and President of Recalibrate. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves 2007-2018. While serving, he served in two back-to-back deployments- the first to Iraq and then Afghanistan- and obtained the rank of Sergeant (E-5). John is currently a Police Officer at the Jackson Twp. Police Department as a patrol officer. He serves as one of the department’s Resiliency Officers. He also is a mentor for the Veteran’s Diversion Program at the Ocean County Prosecutors Office since 2016. He currently assists in teaching for the Ocean Crisis Intervention training.  This training shapes mental health training for local police and clinicians in the community. John currently serves as the Chair on the 2019/2020 New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), PTSD/Mental Health advisory board. He is a certified Mental Health First Instructor, teaching community leaders to address signs and symptoms of mental illness. John enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie, working out, BJJ, and yoga. His love for learning led him to found a men’s book club held once a month. “My passion and purpose after military life is to become an asset to the veteran community and the broader community at large. My goal is to try and make this world better than how I found it.” John Roth's Contact Information: LinkedIn:          Website: Facebook           Instagram:
February 10, 2021
(S1:E12) Join The Journey: Follow Your Passion
Meet Navy veteran Adam Cole of Arlington, VA. Both as an enlisted Sailor and a Naval Officer, Adam served in the Navy in the Public Affairs Office (PAO). Join the Journey (JTJ) is a Christ-centered empowerment organization that seeks to uplift entrepreneurs facing extreme poverty by helping them launch businesses. JTJ formed in 2009 as an advocacy-through-media organization with a heart for Christ and compassion for the least.JTJ's focus shifted to Haiti when founder Adam served in the earthquake relief efforts with the U.S. military and returned in September 2010 with JTJ. On that 2010 trip, he came in contact with the needs of the tent village of Capvva, a camp of displaced and homeless Haitians. Capvva members eventually received grants from the U.N. to relocate but the experience of serving in the depths of poverty has forever shaped the organization. We remain committed to uplifting—now through micro-loans—the poorest of the poor. We exist to serve the ‘least of these’ by restoring hope and dignity. We have formed a band of brothers & sisters—the majority of whom have served and still serve in the military—to go to remote villages where three meals a day is a luxury. Our model is simple: provide seed capital and business mentorship to mothers, widows, and dedicated dads who will sacrifice everything to feed their families. We partner with the local church who equally share love and compassion with those in the community—leading to individual growth in Jesus Christ. Adam Cole Contact Information LINKEDIN (Personal): Adam Cole | LinkedIn LINKEDIN (Company): Join the Journey: Overview | LinkedIn COMPANY WEBSITE: Join The Journey  Join the Journey 3439 N. Powhatan St. Arlington, VA 22213 E-mail:
February 4, 2021
(S1:E5) Vets to Industry Founder & CEO Brian Arrington
Brian Arrington, M.S., MBA Candidate Business Initiatives Consultant | VETS2INDUSTRY Founder | Global Goodwill Ambassador | USAF Veteran In this episode, You will hear the story of why Brian joined the military , where all he had been during his time of service and how he is continuing to serve the military and veteran community nationwide. You will also hear about the influence a fellow Air Force veteran, Chaunté Hall, and her nonprofit organization, Centurion Military Alliance and the impact they had on the foundation of Vets2Industry Hear his story of military service in the Air Force, his transition, and how he's serving and supporting veterans nationwide. Contact Information Brian Arrington’s LinkedIn profile is Vet2Industry website Email address: Chaunté Hall, Centurion Military Alliance
January 29, 2021
(S1:E6) Leadership Minutes with Alex Mims
Meet Air Force Veteran Alex Mimms of the Dallas- Ft Worth, Texas area. After 10 years of being Security Forces (3P071), Alex served and continues to serve as an Air Force Professional Military Education Instructor (81TO). Alex also has his hands in the workings of Vets2Industry as the AVP, Operations, and Strategy. Vets2Industry is a nationwide nonprofit organization supporting military veterans.  Alex’s finds purpose in, “Helping veterans discover opportunity through career clarity and branding.” At VETS2INDUSTRY, Alex alleviates anxiety and gives hope to transitioning service members by developing Linkedin profiles, crafting personal brand strategies, networking coaching, resume assistance, and an expansive online library of information. I direct veteran service operations and associated cross-functional teams to ensure career consulting service, information technology, strategy, and marketing teams align with our core vision. Responsible for 17 direct reports. We are changing the military transition and giving hope to veterans and military spouses in career searching. We change lives one engagement at a time.  CONTACT INFORMATION LINKEDIN PROFILE  COMPANY WEBSITE Vets2Industry Home Page - Find resources for veterans
January 29, 2021
(S1:11) You Served us. Let Us Serve You
This episode’s guest is Bill Barnett, Founder & CEO of Mission Hire Me. While he is not a service member or veteran himself, his father did serve in the U.S. Navy. In honor of his father’s service, he carries out the mission to serve by helping veterans find meaningful employment from start to finish. “You served us. Let us serve you.” ( Veterans & Spouses can take advantage of Mission Hire Me. Our mission is to help veterans and spouses obtain meaningful employment by helping them share their stories through the extraordinary power of a video.  MISSION HIRE ME CONTACT INFORMATION Bill Barnett; Mission Hire Me- CEO & Founder LINKEDIN (Bill Barnett): LINKEDIN (Mission Hire Me) FACEBOOK: PHONE: 818-789-8399; 818-618-1149
January 26, 2021
(S1:E8) This Journey Called Life
Retired U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, General Dondi E. Costin is today’s guest. Chaplain Costin is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. He then served as a squadron-level scientific analyst evaluating air-to-ground precision-guided munitions, chief of scientific analysis on a major command headquarters staff, and assistant professor of aerospace studies. He completed a competitive category transfer into the Air Force Chaplain Corps in 1996. Chaplain Costin has since served as Protestant chaplain for Air Force Basic Military Training, Flightline chaplain and then senior Flightline Chaplain for both special operations and conventional forces in Europe, senior Protestant chaplain, readiness instructor/evaluator preparing Chaplain Corps personnel for worldwide deployment, Air Staff branch chief, wing chaplain, command chaplain for the air component mission in Southwest Asia, and command chaplain for Pacific Air Forces. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Chaplain Costin is endorsed by the Liberty Baptist Fellowship to serve as an Air Force Chaplain.  Dr. Costin is currently the President of Charleston Southern University (CSU) in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more about his role there at Today he shares with us two rules to follow, no matter what path your journey forward takes you. One, Bloom Where You Are Planted, and two, Don’t Burn Any Bridges.  CONTACT INFORMATION Dondi E. Costin, Ph.D. (Major General, Retired) | LinkedIn
January 25, 2021
(S1:E7) Persona Non Grata
Meet U.S. Navy Veteran Randall (Randy) Petronko of New Jersey. Randy will be completing his degree at Rutgers University with a degree in Policy and Public Safety Spring of 2021. He will then go on to pursue his law degree once he completes his bachelor's. In this episode, we will hear Randy share about his desire to serve in the Navy and how his world got turned upside down by a medical diagnosis yet he persevered through the diagnosis and lack of support he received. Chondrosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that usually begins in the bones, but can sometimes occur in the soft tissue near bones. The most common locations for chondrosarcoma tumors are in the pelvis, hip, and shoulder. More rarely, the base of the skull is affected. The defining characteristic of chondrosarcoma is that its cells produce cartilage. Some types of chondrosarcomas grow slowly and, provided they are removed completely, have a low risk of spreading to other organs and bones. Others grow rapidly and have a high risk of metastasis. Surgical removal of the tumor is the mainstay of chondrosarcoma treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy are rarely helpful in the treatment of chondrosarcoma. Signs and symptoms may include: * Increasing pain * A swelling or palpable mass * Fracture due to weakened bone
January 19, 2021
(S1:E4) | From Navy Yeoman to P-3 Orion Naval Officer.
DAVID TRENHOLM Assistant Vice President | Veteran & Military Spouse Advocate | Navy Veteran | "The Succesful Goose" U.S. Navy Veteran David Trenholm retired as a Naval Aviation Officer after working with the P-3 Orion amongst many other roles he accomplished. Proven operations leader who excels in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments. A detailed-orientated planner who effectively leads multiple-sized teams internationally. dedicated to driving success through teamwork and building efficient processes. David was selected into Bank of America’s Military Leadership Development Program, which provides former military officers with an opportunity to perform in leadership positions within the bank’s technology and operational lines of business prior to receiving a permanent role in the bank. First role: OPS 2021 Project Management Support. I supported the Ops2021 program strategy for Wealth Management Banking Operations (WMBO). Manage materials, coordinate meetings, complete research, reporting, and metrics.  provide transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses with a free consultation on how to obtain meaningful employment. This is achieved by teaching, coaching, and mentoring the greater veteran community on preparing and network building for their next chapter. And it cost them $0. It is FREE! Vets2Industry (V2I) provides a single site library that is completely FREE to access, browse, and discover at of all the FREE VETERAN and DEPENDENT resources and Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) nationwide (updated weekly). V2I also provides a list of Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies from the preceding year (with direct access to the military hiring pages), and tons of valuable info through articles and videos for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, former service-members, retirees, and all of their dependents. David Trenholm's Contact Information: LINKEDIN PROFILE: Google Hangouts trenholm77 (Google Talk)  
January 11, 2021