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Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

By Mark Meincke

The Trauma Recovery Podcast for #Military, #Veterans, #First Responders, and their families.

#PTSD Recovery is a tough road, and it can not be travelled alone. Here is how OP TR helps.

1. Listening to the show is a form of peer support. Hearing stories from people who have been there, done that...just like you , is a POWERFUL thing. Knowing you are not alone IS healing.

2. There are a LOT of resources out there. I find the resources, and bring them to the show.

3. Know that you are NOT alone
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Ep. #244. Nicole Scheidl, Executive Director of Physicians for Life

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Ep. #261. MAID Whistleblower Christine Gauthier, Veteran, Paralympian, PROOF that Trudeau and MacAuley lied.
Ep. #261. MAID Whistleblower Christine Gauthier, Veteran, Paralympian, PROOF that Trudeau and MacAuley lied.
1.  Both Minister Lawrence MacAuley & Prime Minister Justin Trudeau KNEW that this Veteran was offered medically assisted suicide by a Veterans Affairs Service Agent in July 2021.   2. Both of them ignored the fact that Veterans were being offered assisted suicide until the story broke more than a year later in August of 2022.  3. Both have stated firmly, as has Paul Ledwell, that there was only ONE Veterans Affairs Case Manager who was offering MAID. 4. Christines story proves that there were at least 3 different case workers from Veterans Affairs who offered MAID.  5. I'm working on yet ANOTHER Veteran, who can prove there is a 4th case worker who is offering MAID.  Conclusion:  MAID was officially offered by Veterans Affairs Canada 6. Christine's heart wrenching story shows the complete failure of Veterans Affairs Canada to service our Veterans. She has spend the last 5 years dragging herself, and her wheelchair up and down 8 stairs in order to get to her vehicle.  Through rain and snow, in all weather, she has suffered because VAC has not found a way to build her the chair escalator she needs. 
49:15
December 03, 2022
Ep. #260. My urgent message to Employees of Veterans Affairs Canada
Ep. #260. My urgent message to Employees of Veterans Affairs Canada
The proof is coming forward very quickly.  I know, and you know that offering Medically Assisted In Dying was not an isolated incident.  You KNOW that it was official policy.  Your bosses told you to offer MAID.  You just did what you were told.  Don't let them throw you under the bus.  Counselling MAID can get you up to 15 years in jail.  Don't let your bosses put you at this type of risk.  Come forward now.  You can remain anonymous if you like.  Come forward to me, to the RCMP, or to Blake Richards who is the shadow minister of Veterans Affairs.   Or, ...just do a Facebook LIVE and tell your story.   However you want to come forward, ...just do it.  You have the courage.  Do the right thing.  If you want me to keep your name private, I will.  Just reach out. 
05:29
December 02, 2022
Ep #259. How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be
Ep #259. How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be
How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be I’ve heard people use the excuse, “I just don’t have the drive that those other people have”.  What they didn’t understand is that it’s not an internal energy source called “drive” that gets people out of bed in the morning.  It’s not a rare commodity that some people have, and others do not, which has people putting in the extra effort. What people perceive as “drive” is actually something that EVERYBODY has access to.  It’s not drive, …it’s just a decision. Let’s use fitness as an example. Being active does not require “drive”, it requires a decision.  Here is how the process works. Realize that you DESERVE to be the type of person which you admire. Whoever your Role Model is, they have provided you with a road map to the success you desire.  You don’t have to “wish you were like them”, you can actually BE them, at least to some degree.  First, you must realize the truth, which is that you DESERVE to raise yourself from your current position.  You are WORTHY of MORE out of life. Understand that you don’t need some internal force in order to move towards your goals.  Instead, all you need to do is to DECIDE to move forward…every single day, at least a little. Once you accept that you DESERVE to move forward, and you decide to move forward, realize that you have made a promise to yourself. Have the character, and integrity to KEEP that promise to yourself every single day. Every single day, spend at least 5 minutes moving towards your goal. The more you keep promises to yourself, the more your self respect will grow.  The more your self respect grows, the more effort you will invest into yourself to achieve your goals. This starts a positive feedback loop that grows, and grows, and grows, transforming you into the person who you wish to be. Keeping promises to yourself every day, no matter how small, will build your self esteem. Start with the simple things like making your bed..every single day.  This is an act of self respect. Nobody sees it but you…and you do it JUST for YOU.  This is a symbol of self respect that you can build on. Exercise for 15 minutes a day Spend 5-15 minutes a day to Learn a new language with a free app on your phone.  I’m now over 700 days in a row, and once I learn French, I’ll keep learning new languages, every day, for the rest of my life.  This is an act of self respect. I also stay sober every single day.  This is an act of self respect that I’ve been doing for over 2.5 years now.
16:03
November 30, 2022
Ep. #258. MAID Whistleblower "Bruce"
Ep. #258. MAID Whistleblower "Bruce"
We now have confirmation, that as early as November 2021 MAID was offered to an Active Serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  "Bruce" was asking for help with military transition, and PTSD.  The VAC service agent pushed Medically Assisted Dying to him...and pushed the issue.  This is a crime.  They are trying to cover it up.  If you know of anyone else, or if this has happened to you, please let me know.  Your voice matters.  We need as many to come forward as possible. 
11:30
November 23, 2022
Ep. #257. Trish Wood, host of Trish Wood Is Critical
Ep. #257. Trish Wood, host of Trish Wood Is Critical
Would you like to win a copy of Trish's book?  She is the author of "What was asked of us".  This book has been hailed by critics as being a game changing book on the Iraq war.  If you'd like to enter to win, just share this episode, tag me, or the show's Facebook page in the post, and encourage others to share it as well.  I'll choose whoever looks like they have the most comments and shares, and I'll have Trish send you a copy direct from Amazon.  Visit Trish's website, and listen to her show here: https://www.trishwoodpodcast.com/  Or find "Trish Wood Is Critical" on any major podcast platform.  Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc.  About Trish: Award-winning investigative journalist and interviewer Trish Wood has been blowing up conventional wisdom for decades. A television and radio trailblazer, she’s renowned for chasing organized crime bosses through Tokyo, exposing crooked religious cranks, dodging drunken teens with guns at checkpoints in war-torn Burundi, and setting free innocent men. Trish’s intrepid reporting landed exclusive guests and won her fans, accolades and occasionally, critics. Now, she is bringing to a podcast her electric interviewing style, hard-won wisdom and wicked humour, crushing agenda-driven overload with critical thinking. Trish’s deep empathy for the downtrodden but fearless questioning of the powerful creates profound moments. Neither left nor right of center — she is a Libertarian in her head but a champion of the working class in her heart —  she can’t be pigeonholed and refuses to see the world through the lens of manufactured talking points and toxic dogma.   Her latest project, a critically acclaimed, five-part documentary series for Amazon Studios deep-dives into a female take on the Ted Bundy murders. It’s a game changer in true-crime storytelling. Bundy’s long-time girlfriend stepped out of the shadows, as did Bundy’s brother, Richard, and many others who’d never told their stories. For nearly 10 years she was one of the hosts for the Emmy Award-winning investigative current affairs series, The Fifth Estate, spending years on the road,  outworking, outthinking and during long nights away, outdrinking the men in her world. It was a formula for success — until it wasn’t. Drinking exploded her life, so she committed to recovery, focussed on parenting her two boys as a single mother, and came back stronger than ever. In 2006 she published What Was Asked of Us (Little, Brown) —heartbreaking testimonies from Iraq War soldiers. It was praised by critics including from The New York Times and People Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “the only book about the war that matters” and the soldier’s stories changed the conversation about the conflict. It’s available on Amazon. She went on to create I Didn’t Do It, believed to be the first-ever wrongful conviction series. It investigated the cases of men like Dewey Bozella and Alton Logan who were imprisoned for murders they didn’t commit. Trish was a pioneer during the recent renaissance of true-crime storytelling, developing and producing a number of successful titles. Now she’s embracing the rowdy, free-for-all world of podcasting and the chance to tell the world what she really thinks. Oh, and basketball.
01:21:19
November 14, 2022
Ep. #256. Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of the Legendary war hero, Sgt. Tommy Prince
Ep. #256. Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of the Legendary war hero, Sgt. Tommy Prince
Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of Tommy Prince Thomas George Prince MM (October 25, 1915 – November 25,1977) was an Indigenous Canadian war hero and Canada's most decorated First Nations soldier, serving in World War II and the Korean War He was the most decorated soldier in the First Special Service Force or Devil's Brigade during World War II. Tommy Prince was descended from First Nations chiefs who had negotiated treaty rights with Crown representatives, and Prince himself would also represent First Nations concerns in Ottawa as Chairman of the Manitoba Indian Association. He advocated for the abolition of the governing Indian Act in Canada and proposed respect for the traditional Crown treaties as the basis of First Nations rights. Prince's position, although deemed radical at the time, has been supported in subsequent decades by Supreme Court of Canada rulings and is now the basis of government policy.
35:38
November 09, 2022
"Why We Remember" 2022. Feel free to use this episode for your local Remembrance Day Ceremony, or to publish the written version.
"Why We Remember" 2022. Feel free to use this episode for your local Remembrance Day Ceremony, or to publish the written version.
Why we remember To remember not only the fallen, but the sacrifices made by the living who have experienced horrors which are simply beyond the comprehension of the unindoctrinated. To acknowledge the sacrifice made by the families of the fallen, and of all those who have served and who are still serving. Because nobody ever truly comes home from war. Only a version of yourself returns. A haunted version, whose very soul has been irreversibly stained by the realization that evil is in fact real, and it does indeed cajole decent people into doing awful things. It’s the understanding of how unspeakably horrible one person can be to another. War forever taints you. Witnessing a flagrant disregard for the sanctity of life is not something you can unsee. It is this stain which affects every aspect of your civilian life, often for the rest of your life. We remember our soldiers because they bear a terrible burden, so that others will never have to carry the painful weight of freedom. To acknowledge the privilege we enjoy, of living in a peaceful country where our children can safely walk to school without the fear of their school being bombed. We remember, because we acknowledge that we can’t ever fully appreciate the sacrifices, so we remember in lieu of understanding. We remember, because it’s the best we can do, and the least we should do to honor our soldiers, sailors, and airmen both past and present. We remember, because they likely know the unforgettable stench of burning human flesh, and the sound of the screams of the burning. We remember them, because they can not forget. We remember, because the survivors often struggle from debilitating depression, relentless nightmares, and uncontrollable anger. We remember because veterans are at a much higher risk of suicide. We remember them, because many of them can never find peace. We remember them, because we don’t carry the burden of becoming them. On November the 11th, we will remove our hats, stand for our two minutes of silence, and we will remember them. Mark E. Meincke Veteran Host of: Operation Tango Romeo, the trauma recovery podcast
03:47
November 08, 2022
Ep. #255. CJ Jemison, American Addiction Centers
Ep. #255. CJ Jemison, American Addiction Centers
https://americanaddictioncenters.org/   CJ is a counselor for the American Addiction Centers, and he also has his own private practice.  CJ served 3 years in the US Army as an Ammo Tech. His lived experience helps him relate to members of the Veteran Community when they are reaching out for help.  About the American Addiction Centers: Our Story American Addiction Centers was founded in 2007. Since that time, we have grown into the largest network of rehab facilities nationwide, with programs in California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. We use research-based treatments to help clients with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental and behavioral health issues. Under the guidance of our chief medical officer, our programs are made up of addiction professionals including physicians, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We offer high staff-to-patient ratios to ensure more personal attention for our clients, and many of our staff are in recovery themselves—so they understand what you are going through. Our success rate is more than double the national average, and we have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Fox News, Daily Mail, Bustle, and USA Today. **American Addiction Centers is a nationwide network of addiction rehab facilities. No funding is generated from any advertising or external sources, and there is no conflict of interest to disclose on this website or the content herein. Our funding is generated by substance abuse treatment services provided at our facilities.
52:28
November 08, 2022
Ep. #254. Laurie White, RCMP Veteran, Shot in the line of duty, PTSD survivor, Author
Ep. #254. Laurie White, RCMP Veteran, Shot in the line of duty, PTSD survivor, Author
#RCMP, #royalcanadianmountedpolice, #R.C.M.P. , #police With just a few years on the job, Laurie lost her leg from a gunshot wound in the line of duty.  Once she recovered, she went back to work for a 23 year career in policing.  Today she is an author, speaker, and a PTSD recovery advocate.  You can buy her book "10-33, Officer Down, Steps Back Up" on amazon by clicking HERE  
01:09:46
November 03, 2022
Ep. #253. REAL Strength.  (please share this)
Ep. #253. REAL Strength. (please share this)
Real Strength Soldiers can go for days without sleep, perform night patrols in the rain, carry crippling heavy loads of gear across multiple miles of treacherous, rugged terrain, and fight heavily armed enemies with complete disregard to their own survival. And they can do it repeatedly for months, or even years on end, holding the line until the war has been won. When Soldiers finish their watch, and are able to return home, they often find themselves unable to settle into domestic life.  People can leave the military, but the military never fully leaves them. A piece of the Veteran will always be a soldier. Difficulty in transitioning can range from being merely uncomfortable, to being totally devastating to one's life.  Relationships usually suffer, employment is often unstable, and isolation is commonly suffered. This is where REAL Strength is required. Often, the stronger a person has been in their life, the more difficult it is for them to admit they need help.  The more a person has been the protector, the sheepdog, the leader, …. the more challenging it is to swallow their pride and ask to be protected, helped, and led out of the darkness. Sadly, most never find the strength to ask for help.  As a result they become even more injured.  The Soldier tends to turn to either Alcohol or drugs for comfort, and addiction becomes the price they pay for refusing to ask for help.  Addiction creates more isolation, the increased isolation creates loneliness and hopelessness.  The despair too often results in suicide. The best way to help others find the strength to ask for help, is to let them know that other Sheep Dogs have suffered in similar ways, and have found the courage to ask for help, and walk the healing path. If you are a Veteran of the Military, or a former first responder who has walked the healing path, you have an opportunity to be a beacon of hope to others.  You can light the way out of the darkness for those who may be watching you in quiet despair.  By “Recovering Out Loud” you can shine your light for others to draw strength from. By recovering out loud, you are trumpetting reveille for those who are yearning to wake from their nightmares. If you are a private person, you can still light a signal fire of healing for the wounded to follow.  Simply share episodes of Operation Tango Romeo on your social media pages. Or, share posts from any Veteran or First Responders support organization which you believe in. Active duty Military, First responders, Veterans and their families need support year round,... not just in November.  The more aware they are of support, the more likely they are to reach out for it. If you support Veterans, First Responders, & Their families, please share this, and please share posts from support organizations. Doing so may very well save a life, and a family from suffering from the loss of that life. #veterans, #firstresponders, #support 
04:14
October 31, 2022
Ep. #252. RE: My Ottawa Testimony about Medically Assisted Suicide being offered to a Veteran, and the fallout
Ep. #252. RE: My Ottawa Testimony about Medically Assisted Suicide being offered to a Veteran, and the fallout
On Monday, October 24th I testified in Ottawa about a Veteran who was offered assisted suicide by Veterans Affairs Canada.  After the testimony, the Veteran contacted me, and expressed significant disapproval.  Although I don't understand what exactly was said which he disapproves of, I do have a feeling that it's not what I said, but that he feels I may be profiting from his painful experience.  This episode is my response, and I can only hope he hears it the way it's intended.  VAC must be held to account.  Veterans must be protected.  Reform at VAC is critical. 
26:56
October 28, 2022
Ep. #251. Karen Storwick & Robert Curtin, Movie Producers, Military Historians
Ep. #251. Karen Storwick & Robert Curtin, Movie Producers, Military Historians
https://www.facebook.com/CombinedForces.ca https://www.combinedforces.ca/ See some of their work here: https://vimeo.com/283303845  These are the producers of the upcoming movie, Fallen Heroes, their journey home.   Robert and Karen have dedicated a huge amount of their lives to preserving, and telling the real stories of the Canadian Military.  These stories are part of the heritage of all Canadians, not just those who have served.  We had an incredible conversation about the work they have done, and are continuing to do.  Shout outs to: Veterans Association Food Bank, General Lew McKenzie, General Rick Hillier, Dave Howard, Willie Macdonald, Remi Adeleke, Greg S. Reid, and so many more.  
02:00:30
October 20, 2022
Ep. #250. Bonus Episode: Jasraj Singh Hallan, Shadow Minister of Finance
Ep. #250. Bonus Episode: Jasraj Singh Hallan, Shadow Minister of Finance
Bonus episodes are ones where I have interesting conversations with interesting people.  These episodes fall outside of my normal scope of Trauma Recovery.  It's important to learn how to have difficult conversations in a respectful way.  I do my best to model this, and am always striving to do better.  Regardless of your political leanings, I hope you enjoy this conversation.  Jasraj is the Shadow Minister of Finance, and he had a LOT to say.  This was his FIRST interview in the new role, and he's already swimming in the deep end.  Jas also has his own Podcast, "All That Jas" Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/all-that-jas-podcast-with-calgary-member-of/id1608037143 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0ipU8dwqjQg7UA3BfTExni
01:17:19
October 13, 2022
Ep. #249. Michael Terry, RCR Veteran, Dispatches Adventure Ride
Ep. #249. Michael Terry, RCR Veteran, Dispatches Adventure Ride
Wind Therapy is a thing.  Michael has been riding all over Canada with a KLR 650, bringing a message of healing and awareness about PTSD.  Michael served with the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), including several tours of duty. He was first diagnosed with PTSD in 2001, and has been contending with it ever since.  There is a documentary about Michael in the works, and it is likely to be available late next year, or early 2024.  This documentary will chronical Michaels adventure ride, and his healing journey. 
01:12:03
October 11, 2022
Ep. #248. Daniel Sundahl, (Dan Sun Art)
Ep. #248. Daniel Sundahl, (Dan Sun Art)
https://www.dansunphotos.com/ https://www.facebook.com/daniel.sundahl About Dan: I create vibrant and authentic images that are a result of my experiences. If I have an emotional connection to an image, then I consider that artwork. When I get commissioned to create an art piece for a client, that's what I'm trying to achieve for them. I was born in 1967 and raised in Canada. Being Canadian automatically makes me super nice and very apologetic, even when I don't need to be. I've been a full-time firefighter and paramedic since 2003, and that's where most of my motivation comes from when creating my artwork. I am passionate about raising mental health and PTSD awareness for my profession. I believe understanding, validation and support is the pathway to recovery. In my previous career, I was an English teacher. This allowed me to travel the world and live in many countries. While living in Japan, I even played in a Japanese blues band. Living in other countries shaped my personality and perspective on the world, travel continues to be my biggest teacher. I first picked up a 'real' camera in 2014. I love the technical side of photography; it appeals to my geeky side. I also love photography's artistic side; it's great for the left and right sides of my brain. I continue to travel, learn about photography and work full time as a firefighter/paramedic. I'm genuinely humbled by all the attention my work has received, and I'm sure I'll keep creating until I'm old and wrinkly. Daniel Sundahl DanSun Photo Art
50:49
October 05, 2022
Ep. #247. Understanding anger, and solutions to it
Ep. #247. Understanding anger, and solutions to it
Understanding anger, and solutions to it Neurological Reasons Programming the Amygdala Ambush Response Transactional Analysis Parent      Parent Adult        Adult Child        Child Solutions: Self Awareness, that you are on a mission.  Change the Mission Meditation / Visualization Maintain the ADULT ego state by staying in the top 3rd of Graham's Hierarchy of Arguments. Compassion: Everyone has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do.
38:17
September 29, 2022
Ep. #246. Chris Banks, Afghanistan/Bosnia Veteran
Ep. #246. Chris Banks, Afghanistan/Bosnia Veteran
Connect with Chris on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisbanks1982/ Canadian Veteran, recipient of: Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his service to the Veteran community.  Chris was an Infantry Soldier with the Lorne Scots.  He was attached to 3 RCR, and the RCD.  He has a tour in Bosnia, and one in Afghanistan.  In this conversation we cover some of the most important topics I can imagine.  Whether you are at the beginning of your healing journey, or you are looking to build your capacity as a supporter, this conversation is packed full of critical information.  Please share.  Please subscribe to, and rate this podcast so that others will be able to find it easier. 
01:20:42
September 28, 2022
Ep. #245. Remi Adeleke, Navy SEAL, Nigerian Prince, Hollywood Actor/film maker
Ep. #245. Remi Adeleke, Navy SEAL, Nigerian Prince, Hollywood Actor/film maker
You may have seen Remi as one of the star actors of the movie: Transformers, The Last Knight. Born into Nigerian Royalty, his family lost everything, and they moved to the USA.  Growing up in the Bronx, Remi fell into a life of crime.  At 19, he decided to turn his life around, and he joined the US Military.  After a long a winding road in the Military, Remi eventually achieved his dream of being a Navy SEAL.  Hollywood director, Michael Bay was in need of a SEAL for the Transformers movie, and Remi answered the call.  His role of consultant quickly turned into an acting role, and he ended up spending months on the movie set instead of days.  Today Remi is a film maker, and author. 
47:45
September 27, 2022
Ep. #244. Nicole Scheidl, Executive Director of Physicians for Life
Ep. #244. Nicole Scheidl, Executive Director of Physicians for Life
https://www.physiciansforlife.org/project/population-population-control/ Please share this incredibly important episode as much as you can. Much to my surprise, Nicole gave several instances of Canadians who have been euthanized for the smallest of reasons.  One person is scheduled to be euthanized in a few days because he is blind in one eye, and has diabetes. He is only 21 years old.  The MAID program, (Medically Assisted In Dying) was sold to the public as an option for those with unbearable pain, or who were terminally ill.  This was a lie.  There are discussions right now about allowing 12 year old's to choose to be euthanized without parental consent.  You won't believe your ears with this episode. 
50:48
September 21, 2022
Ep. #243. Dr. Elizabeth (Ellie) Stevens
Ep. #243. Dr. Elizabeth (Ellie) Stevens
About Dr. Stevens: Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Author and CEO of Eden Psychiatry Founder and Executive Director of Advancing Warriors International Everything changed forever the moment I sustained a traumatic brain injury August 1, 2015. This event led down a journey of the destruction of my world as I knew it. I was an officer in the Air Force, a Psychiatrist, and finishing the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, who became the shell of a person within a moment. The brain injury was only the beginning of a year that included rape and four more concussions. Although I had been a master at pushing down my failures, emotions, mistakes, and flaws, I had faced more than I could handle. As everything was laid bare, I came to face to face with the darkness within me. The masks I had worn proving my worth were burned off from the traumas, but instead of being left in ashes, I felt an all-consuming love envelop me. A love I knew I did not earn or deserve. This love empowered me to stop shutting my eyes so tightly in despair, shame, and guilt, and I began to unclench my fists to receive God’s love, forgiveness, and grace. I experienced moral wounds, trauma, and loss, but received freedom, a greater purpose and my restored sense of wonder that had been lost long before these traumas. About her upcoming book, Unshackled: Trauma can either be used as a catalyst for growth, sparking empathy and a closer relationship with God, or as fuel for shame, avoidance, and isolation. Many veterans and first responders know firsthand the toll that trauma can take but lack the knowledge of how to grow from it and move forward. In UNSHACKLED, Elizabeth Stevens uses her unique perspective as both a trauma survivor and a professional psychiatrist to help veterans and first responders, as well as other trauma victims, learn how to grow and heal from their traumatic experiences so that they can experience the abundant life God has for them. Specifically, you will come to understand and learn the effects of trauma from Elizabeth’s story of brain injury, multiple sexual assaults, an eating disorder, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, depression, and loss of independence;how to get past barriers to healing;which paths will move you forward;the importance of holistic healing—physical, psychological, and spiritual; and that Jesus Christ delivers the ultimate healing. https://www.drelizabethstevens.com/
01:03:42
September 19, 2022
Ep. #242. MLA, RJ Sigurdson
Ep. #242. MLA, RJ Sigurdson
Topics Covered:  Veterans Affairs Canada, EMS, Paramedics, First Responders, Erin O'Toole, Health Passport, Mental Health Supports, The Rolling Barrage, Alberta Education, Alternative Energy, Alberta Oilsands, GEET Gas, Impact of Lockdowns on Albertans, Dog Tails Literacy, Matt Jones, Demonizing Alberta energy, .... RJ was open, honest, and transparent in our conversation.  I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did. 
02:01:11
September 16, 2022
Ep. #241. RCMP Veteran, Doug Lawrence
Ep. #241. RCMP Veteran, Doug Lawrence
#rcmp, #mountie, #depot, #mentalhealth, #mentor #royalcanadianmountedpolice,  Find him on LinkedIn Here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglawrence-mentor/ Email him: doug.lawrence@talentc.ca Visit his website here: https://talentc.ca/ From Doug: My name is Doug Lawrence, and I am the founder of TalentC® and proud co-founder of the International Mentoring Community (IMC). I have over 40 years of leadership and mentoring experience. I have had a journey that has been truly inspiring for me. My journey is one that has shaped what has been referred to as my calling. My calling is the “gift of mentoring” and the desire and goal to make the world a better place to be. It is by working with people and organizations to create mentoring movements and a mentoring community that we will realize a dream come true. My vision was that the world could be a better place with everyone embracing the “gift of mentoring.” One person, one organization at a time. That vision included championing the paradigm shift for mentoring and realizing that with that shift we could make mentoring a deeper, richer experience.
47:16
September 15, 2022
Ep. #240. Medak Pocket, with Rudy Bajema
Ep. #240. Medak Pocket, with Rudy Bajema
In August 1993, the 2nd Battalion PPCLI, (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) augmented with several reserve units engaged in the largest battle since the Korean War. The place, was a little town in Croatia known as the Medak Pocket.   The Croatian Civil War is largely forgotten by the world, but not by those who were there.  For some reason, precious little has been written or recorded about the Croatian Civil war, and very little of the history has been preserved.  The United Nations invented a new term, "Ethnic Cleansing" to replace the word Genocide, so as to minimize the reality of the slaughter of civilians in that region.  The French forced attempted to hold the ground, but failed in their mission.  They were replaced with the Canadian troops, who held the ground despite incredible odds.  For more than four days the battle raged on but the Canadians held firm, keeping the Croatians at bay.  Out manned, and out gunned, the Canadians were successful in keeping most of the Serb civilians alive.  The Canadian Government, and the United Nations buried the story. To this day most Canadians have no Idea about the courage and gallantry of their Soldiers at the battle of Medak Pocket.  Find out more by reading "The Ghosts of Medak Pocket" the story of Canada's secret war.    A HUGE, heartfelt hank you to Rudy Bajema for sharing his story with me, on his first ever podcast appearance.  WO (Ret’d) Rudy Bajema, MMM, CD And awarded the MiD
57:38
September 12, 2022
Ep. #239. John Barnes, Veteran & Author of "White School-Black Memories"
Ep. #239. John Barnes, Veteran & Author of "White School-Black Memories"
Buy the book HERE All profits go to Homes 4 Heroes, housing homeless Veterans.  Find John Barnes on Facebook HERE Chief Warrant Officer John Barnes was born in the great province of Newfoundland and joined the Canadian Forces in 1981. He completed his basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia and then made his way to London, Ontario, where he completed his basic Infantry training within the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (1RCR). On graduation from Basic Infantry Training, he was posted to 1RCR as a rifleman. Less than a year later, he requested and was granted a posting to 3RCR in Baden, Germany, where he remained as part of the NATO Defence Force for Europe until 1984 when he moved with the battalion to Winnipeg, Manitoba, becoming part of the Army of the West. While in Winnipeg, he completed his Infantry Section Commanders Course at the Battle School in Wainwright and was appointed to the rank of Master Corporal in 1985. In 1988, he returned to Baden, Germany, with 3RCR where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained with the Battalion until 1992. He was then posted to 2 Brigade Headquarters and Signals Squadron Petawawa, as the Operations and Training Sergeant. In 1996, he returned to Petawawa and to1RCR, where he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer and served as the Platoon Warrant Officer and Company Quartermaster Sergeant until his posting to Land Force Central Area Training Centre Meaford in 1999. While in Meaford, he was responsible for numerous jobs including running the basic Infantry Courses, and setting up and conducting the new Soldiers Qualification Course. He was posted back to 1RCR in 2003 and shortly thereafter was promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer, becoming the Company Sergeant-Major for Charles Company. In 2007, he was posted to 3RCR as the Battalion Drill Sergeant-Major and in 2009, was posted to Land Force Doctrine and Training System in Kingston, Ontario, as the Headquarters Sergeant-Major. Master Warrant Officer Barnes was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer in March 2010 and posted to Joint Task Force X in Kingston as the Unit Chief Warrant Officer. He was posted to Ottawa in 2013 as the first non-Military Policeman to be selected as the Canadian Forces Military Police Group Chief Warrant Officer. In 2016 he was posted into the Canadian Army HQ as the Chief for the Canadian Army Soldier Care Unit. Chief Warrant Officer Barnes has served in operations in Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan and has been awarded the Sacrifice Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Member of the Order of Military Merit. CWO Barnes recently had a book published, “ White School Black Memories” which has been on Amazon #1 Best Seller list for two weeks. The Book is his story of Operation Medusa in 2006 in Afghanistan. He has been married to his wife Julie for 33 plus years, and has two children, John a tech with the federal government and Jana a proud member of the Canadian Military Police. Julie and John are now blessed with two wonderful grandsons, Noah and Theo.
01:04:56
September 08, 2022
Ep. #238. Patrice Beriault, Documentary Film Maker
Ep. #238. Patrice Beriault, Documentary Film Maker
https://www.facebook.com/themessenger.documentary https://www.facebook.com/10days.documentary https://www.patriceberiault.film/documentaries  Patrice Beriault was kind enough to join me for this conversation.  Through his work, he shares these powerful stories which we can all learn from.  #themessenger #10days
40:08
August 23, 2022
Ep. #237. John Senior, Veteran, Peer Support Specialist, Trainer, Coach, Consultant
Ep. #237. John Senior, Veteran, Peer Support Specialist, Trainer, Coach, Consultant
Johns' Peer support coaching/consulting/training company is called Alberta Recoil.  Johns cell# 780-201-0974 Facebook: Armoured John    https://www.facebook.com/jsenior2 The pain of PTSD/OSI/PTSI is from disconnection.  The cure, is connection. Properly done peer support provides the connection necessary for healing.  Done wrong, peer support can do damage VIA Sanctuary trauma.  In this conversation we explored our story of peer support, it's effect on the Veteran / EMS/ Fire/ Police community,  and it's barriers to entry.  EVERY station should have a confidential peer support group as prevention, treatment, and aftercare. Those who don't are not properly looking after their people.  Contact John for more info.  #police, #fire, #EMS, #peersupport, #mentalhealthmatters, #talkaboutit, #suicideprevention, #ptsd, 
01:24:53
August 15, 2022
Ep. #236. Ryan Espey, Canadian & World Champ Armwrestler, former Corrections Officer, Current Realtor
Ep. #236. Ryan Espey, Canadian & World Champ Armwrestler, former Corrections Officer, Current Realtor
LIVE: From Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Ryan Espey is known as the Manitoba Mastiff.  He's a huge man with an equally huge heart.  Ryan is a globally recognized legend within the Armwrestling world.  For Arm Sport fans, you'll hear things from Ryan you've never heard before on any other interview.  For those who don't know anything about Arm Sports, you'll get a unique insight into the sport.  Ryan and I got our times mixed up for the interview, so this one was short...but we'll have him back again soon.  I hope you enjoy our conversation.  And...if you are in the Portage La Prairie area, and need a Realtor...Ryan is your man. 
32:47
August 10, 2022
Ep. #235. Mike Meilleur, Veteran, Child Advocate, Veteran Advocate, Honey Farmer
Ep. #235. Mike Meilleur, Veteran, Child Advocate, Veteran Advocate, Honey Farmer
https://www.facebook.com/mike.meilleur officialfreedomhoney@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/officialfreedomhoney Small veteran ran apiary located outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Making premium honey with the proceeds going to help veterans. Follow us on our amateur bee keeping adventure FREEDOM HONEY , That sweet taste of freedom. Mike has been in the news for protecting children from child predators.  He also helps Veterans with PTSD VIA honey farming.  Mike has dedicated a great deal of time and effort towards supporting his community.  His dedication to helping others is a shining example of how to give back to others. 
01:18:36
August 09, 2022
Ep. #234. Daniel Hearn, Host of the "Hard Knox Talks" podcast
Ep. #234. Daniel Hearn, Host of the "Hard Knox Talks" podcast
https://www.hardknoxtalks.com/ About his show: Some call us an addiction recovery podcast. Others call us harm reduction advocates. We are a live streaming talk show centered around all things substance use. Join the live and interactive conversation 3 times a week on Facebook and YouTube and find us on all audio podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast Addicts, Google Podcasts, and more!
01:04:39
August 08, 2022
Ep. #233. Dr. Debi Silber, TEDx Speaker, Best Selling Author, Founder of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute.
Ep. #233. Dr. Debi Silber, TEDx Speaker, Best Selling Author, Founder of the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute.
Dr. Debi Silber, President of The PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute and founder of https://thepbtinstitute.com helps people heal from Post Betrayal Syndrome which impacts their work, health and relationships. She's is a holistic psychologist, health, mindset, personal development expert. She's an award winning and 2 time TEDx speaker, coach and author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling book: The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind and Life After a Life Crisis, The Unshakable Woman-The Workbook (the companion guide to the book) as well as 2 books recommended by Brian Tracy, Marshall Goldsmith, Jack Canfield and many more. Debi has contributed to FOX, CBS, The Dr. Oz show, The Huffington Post, Shape, Self, Health, Working Mother, Forbes, Psychology Today, WebMD, Yahoo Shine, Ladies Home Journal, MSN, Woman's World and Glamour to name a few. Her study on betrayal led to 3 groundbreaking discoveries-teaching people how to prevent repeat betrayals while changing how long it takes to heal (physically/mentally/emotionally)...once and for all. Dr. Debi's latest TEDx-Do You Have Post Betrayal Syndrome?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyqOR69dHiU
44:28
August 05, 2022
BONUS Episode: #232. James Topp, Canada Marches
BONUS Episode: #232. James Topp, Canada Marches
James has walked from Vancouver to Ottawa, and will be starting up again on the east coast, and will make his way back west.  THAT is a LONG walk.  James and I served together in the 3rd Battalion PPCLI in the early 90's. He is an Army Veteran with numerous tours of the Balkans, and Afghanistan.  James believes that our freedoms in Canada have been, and continue to be reduced and/or removed.  He also believes people should have the right to decide what gets put into their own bodies, without having to face losing their jobs, careers, or reputation.  He believes this so strongly, that he is crossing our massive country by foot.  Whether you disagree, or agree with him, there is no cause to hate him.  He's just a guy doing what he thinks is right.  If you're a hater, I hope you take the time to get to know him a little bit before you judge him.  If you're a fan, we covered some ground that I have not heard him talk about on other podcasts or interviews.  If you're a Veteran of 3PPCLI, there will be some nostalgia.  #ppcli, #army, #canadamarches, #jamestopp, #whoisjamestopp
59:56
July 13, 2022
Ep. #231. John Krotec, the Poetic Human
Ep. #231. John Krotec, the Poetic Human
John is an Army Veteran, Poet, Author, and speaker.  https://johntkrotec.com/  Poetic humans (pō-ĕt′ĭk hyoo͞′məns) are men who seek to be voices of freedom, wisdom, and integrity. They live as examples of loving leaders for change. This tribe of men is an unwavering, compelling source of courage and hope that will empower others. They intentionally seek out ways to positively impact all those they lead, in every circle of their lives. They are men who encourage other men to know and embrace their true identity. In today’s world, the role of the “modern man” has a number of definitions, appearances and ways in which he is presented. But what is most apparent is that the conversation has to change. There seems to be a disconnect between heart and mind. The dialogue between a man and his family, his spouse, his coworkers, his friends, his peers and most importantly, himself, is in dire need of repairing and rebuilding. This is the root of our tribal calling to reclaim the man in mankind and put kind back into mankind. We are the pivotal bridge to begin again, to start anew, and to allow for transformation to take shape. We’re committed to a different kind of freedom that empowers men to feel safe enough to bring their trauma, shame, guilt and confusion, as well as their strengths, brilliance, and wisdom, to the light. It is time for men to emerge as new souls, healing from what once was, to blazing new paths of emotional freedom. This is where we seek the power of divine leadership as poetic humans with a tribe to support you along the way.
01:03:39
July 12, 2022
Ep. #230. Bill Ciprick CEO of Optimi Health, Psylocibin Mushroom producer
Ep. #230. Bill Ciprick CEO of Optimi Health, Psylocibin Mushroom producer
https://www.optimihealth.ca/ About Bill: Over 25 years of Global experience across a wide array of industries in multifunctional organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small and medium-sized businesses. Bill graduated from UBC with a Bachelor Degree in Economics and has spent his career working in various cities across North America. Prior experience includes leading a specialty advisory practice for the Business Development Bank of Canada, running his own successful consulting firm and helping a high tech company go public and grow from $200 M to $800 M in under 4 years. Bill additionally spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble and has a love and proven track record for growing products and brands. Optimi HealthTM (CSE: OPTI – OTCQX: OPTHF – FRA: 8BN) believes that personal identity is a fluid and evolving aspect of all our lives This includes physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Our goal is to bring-to-market an evolving product family of functional mushroom-based formulations to help transform and “optimize” human development
01:03:27
June 27, 2022
Ep. #229. Do The Work
Ep. #229. Do The Work
DO THE WORK You can’t get strong by watching YOUTUBE videos of other people going to the gym. From the videos you can certainly garner some great tips on HOW to work out effectively, but you won’t receive any results without actually doing the workouts. If you break your arm, it’s not very useful to sit on the couch thinking about possibly going to the hospital.  The longer you sit around just “thinking” about getting help for your arm, the more pain you will endure unnecessarily. If you wait a few days, your arm will start to set itself in the wrong position, causing more unnecessary long term suffering. By not addressing the issue and simply getting help, you have made your broken arm into a way bigger issue than it had to be. If you choose to stay home and just wish you had help, you will suffer from your choices. If help comes to your door, and you refuse to open that door, you will suffer from your choice. This is exactly the same for people who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Injuries.  If you don’t do the work, if you don’t take positive action, you will suffer more than you need to. By procrastinating on getting help, the injury is getting worse than it needs to be. If you don’t know where to start looking for help, start with my show. Operation Tango Romeo has over 230 episodes that are dedicated to investigating every form of healing that I can find. I have done episodes on Nutrition, exercise, psychedelics, retreats, NLP, equine therapy, motorcycle riding, canine companionship, skilled peer support, EMDR, talk therapy, mental health first aid, finding purpose, and on, and on, and on.   There IS help available, all you have to do is put up your hand and ask for it. Reach out to any of the organizations that I’ve had on the show, and ask for help. If moving forward with help is beyond your capacity right now…what CAN you do? Can you do one pushup an hour? Can you walk up and down stairs? Can you do half of a bodyweight squat? Can you quit drinking alcohol? Can you attend a peer support meeting, in person or online? Can you visit with someone at least once a week? Can you read one paragraph of a self help book every day? Can you learn one new word of a new language every day? Can you do yoga with the help of youtube videos? Can you listen to one episode of my show a day? Can you call a service officer to ask for help? Can you help someone else? Can you volunteer at a food bank, or any other charitable organization? What skills do you have which could be used to help another human being, or an animal? Can you babysit a dog while people are on vacation? Or a cat? Or a goldfish?  Or a plant? Can you water plants? Can you compliment someone? Can you smile? Can you keep hydrated? Can you make your bed? Can you take a shower? Can you brush your teeth? If you can do any of these things…then do it.  If you can do more, then do more.  Focus on what you CAN do, and get it done. Just pick ONE thing, and do it every single day. Eventually you’ll find the strength to do two things a day, then three, and your capacity for self care will grow.  Eventually you will find the strength to reach out for help, and take your healing to the next level. Taking massive action is great, but not necessary. Tiny steps, done consistently, will get you to a better place…but you still have to take those steps.  If you don’t, you won’t move.  If you don’t move, nothing will change. If nothing changes, you won’t heal. Do the work.
07:06
June 16, 2022
Special Series Ep. #3. "How to save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Scott Casey.
Special Series Ep. #3. "How to save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Scott Casey.
This is a special series dedicated to supporting the success of the RCL.  There are several Legion Branches across the country which are struggling, and several others which have closed down.  And yet, there are other branches which are thriving. The intent of this series is to investigate why some branches thrive, while others wither away. At the end of this series, I will do a conclusion episode with the do’s and don'ts of successful branches.  This roadmap to success will be available to all branches, and to National Command.  It is my sincere hope that the Legion embraces this information to create a plan to move forward, and ensure the survival and success of the RCL. When the Legion succeeds, the entire Veteran community succeeds.  It is crucial that the RCL continues to be a cornerstone of Veteran support and advocacy.  This can only be done by attracting more Veterans into leadership roles within the organization. Attracting more Veterans can only be done by creating a warm and welcoming environment for the Veteran community. Please share this episode with as many Legion members as you can. Together we can save the Royal Canadian Legion.
48:50
June 15, 2022
Ep. #228. Sherry Lachine, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, founder of Broadmind
Ep. #228. Sherry Lachine, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, founder of Broadmind
Mental Health First Aid is a skill that EVERYONE should have.  You are guaranteed to be in several situations in your life where these skills will be incredibly helpful, and not having the skills could be incredibly harmful.  sherry@broadmind.ca https://www.broadmind.ca/ About Broadmind: We bring proven science, best practices, new innovations and delightful experiences in mental health to educate individuals and organizations on how to manage stress, support each other and create psychological safety. Connection Together we can create real-human-connection in workplaces – safer, happier, connected. People We equip people with the knowledge and skills to thrive and to support others in their mental health and wellbeing journey. Proven Science We bring the proven science, best practices, and new innovations in mental health to every organization we serve. Community We believe in supporting the health of our community members.  Not everyone has an employer or the opportunity to get these supportive, life-enhancing/saving educational experiences.  That's why we provide free training to community members through our amazing relationship with the Kingston Community Health Centres.  Learn more
01:00:00
June 08, 2022
Special Series, Ep #2. "How to Save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Pierre Vallieres
Special Series, Ep #2. "How to Save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Pierre Vallieres
This is a special series dedicated to supporting the success of the RCL.  There are several Legion Branches across the country which are struggling, and several others which have closed down.  And yet, there are other branches which are thriving. The intent of this series is to investigate why some branches thrive, while others wither away. At the end of this series, I will do a conclusion episode with the do’s and don'ts of successful branches.  This roadmap to success will be available to all branches, and to National Command.  It is my sincere hope that the Legion embraces this information to create a plan to move forward, and ensure the survival and success of the RCL. When the Legion succeeds, the entire Veteran community succeeds.  It is crucial that the RCL continues to be a cornerstone of Veteran support and advocacy.  This can only be done by attracting more Veterans into leadership roles within the organization. Attracting more Veterans can only be done by creating a warm and welcoming environment for the Veteran community. Please share this episode with as many Legion members as you can. Together we can save the Royal Canadian Legion.
31:07
June 07, 2022
Special Series: Ep#1. "How to save the Legion" with Brandon Gorham
Special Series: Ep#1. "How to save the Legion" with Brandon Gorham
Several Branches of the RCL have closed down over the years.  Fewer and fewer Veterans attend, or buy memberships. But I believe the RCL can be saved.  This series is dedicated to discovering the do's and don'ts for Branches to become successful.  The Legion is an important institution, but most feel they have lost their way.  Lets fix it. 
02:06:10
June 02, 2022
Ep#227. Dawn McIlmoyle, CAF Veteran, MST survivor, Vet Advocate.
Ep#227. Dawn McIlmoyle, CAF Veteran, MST survivor, Vet Advocate.
Military Sexual Trauma, like other traumas can be devastating to a persons life.  Healing, and rebuilding is no easy task.  Dawn has been able to rebuild, and use her experience to help others heal and reach out for help. 
45:14
May 31, 2022
Bonus Episode. #226. Terry Grant (Mantracker)
Bonus Episode. #226. Terry Grant (Mantracker)
Kids don't play "Hide N Seek" any more, instead they play "Mantracker".  Terry Grant is an international icon.  You can join him for a back-country trip by contacting Anchor D Ranch, and booking your spot. https://anchord.com/ Terry joined me for the first ever "Bonus Episode" Of Operation Tango Romeo.   Bonus episodes have nothing to do with trauma recovery.  They are just cool conversations with cool people about interesting stuff.  If you want to get to know more about Terry, this episode is for you!
01:17:30
May 30, 2022
Ep. #225. Paul Brandt, Country Music Star, Child Protection Advocate
Ep. #225. Paul Brandt, Country Music Star, Child Protection Advocate
Country Music Star, Paul Brandt was kind enough to ride his motorcycle to my studio to record this important episode.  Paul shares stories that you won't believe.   To help protect your children, and the children of others, please listen to, and share this episode as much as you can.  Please visit www.notinmycity.ca to learn more about what YOU can do to help protect children. 
01:18:38
May 26, 2022
Ep. #224. Conrad Weaver, documentary film maker, PTSD-911 Documentary
Ep. #224. Conrad Weaver, documentary film maker, PTSD-911 Documentary
Conrad Weaver Producer/Director PTSD911 Documentary www.conjostudios.com  www.ptsd911movie.com 301-606-7794 PTSD911 will provide information about a path forward from PTSD that does not lead to suicide, but rather leads to return to a fulfilling life that involves serving others. Fire, Police, EMS, and 911 operators all came into their respective professions to help others. They want nothing more than to be able to return whole to their jobs. But, in the circumstance of PTSD, help is needed for healing. Department leaders need to develop programs and policies to help their members. This takes education and awareness, which PTSD911 will provide. Also, the responders need to know there is help available, which will be another critically important message in this film. GOALS FOR THE FILM 1. Raise Awareness – We must help the general population understand the issue. Most civilians don’t know or understand the issue of post traumatic stress in first responders. The average citizen does not understand the depth of this issue, and they need to know. The goal is to educate the viewer and stimulate change in people’s behavior and attitudes toward our nation’s first responders. The producers feel first responders are heroes who not only deserve applause, but also deserve to have access to the support networks that can help mitigate ongoing stress that trauma can bring. The initiative is to help people understand the urgency of this situation, and motivate individuals, organizations, and communities to be proactive in providing support and resources to help all first responders work and live a healthy and productive life both in their professional and personal lives. 2. End the Stigma – To help first responders realize it’s okay to ask for help. The case studies featured in the film will depict individuals and agencies who are helping their members realize it it ok to raise one’s hand and ask for help. The producer’s goal is to make it ok to not be ok and to ask for help. 3. Inspire Systemic Change – No one should get fired just because they are struggling with the traumas they have faced, and have asked for help. The filmmakers want agency leaders to learn how they can implement healthy changes and training within their departments so their members get the mental health help they need and can continue to be productive in their public service to our communities.
55:43
May 24, 2022
Ep. #223. Bonnie Kaplan, PhD. Co-Author of "The Better Brain"
Ep. #223. Bonnie Kaplan, PhD. Co-Author of "The Better Brain"
THE BETTER BRAIN, Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition. Buy "The Better Brain" book! https://thebetterbrainbook.com/  On Amazon: HERE True Hope.com Hardy Nutritionals Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally from Ohio, she did all her training in the US (University of Chicago and Brandeis University). Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology at Yale University Department of Neurology and the West Haven (CT) Veterans Administration Neuropsychology Laboratory until she moved to Canada in 1979. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. She was the founding principal investigator of the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition longitudinal study (ApronStudy.ca). Bonnie has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and textbook contributions, and many more invited lectures. After retiring from full-time academic research in 2016, she turned her attention to raising the profile of nutrition in mental health in two ways: a) by focusing on Knowledge Translation, and b) by raising funds to help her junior colleagues who have not yet been able to convince funding agencies that this is an important topic. Her efforts to include nutrition knowledge in the care of people with mental health challenges has earned her a variety of awards, including the Dr. Rogers Prize in September 2019; and selection in 2017 as one of 150 Canadian Difference Makers in Mental Health, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. In 2021 she was chosen as one of the top “7 Over 70” in Calgary, partly for her book The Better Brain, written with Professor Julia Rucklidge and published by Harper Collins as well as Penguin Random House. The award also was acknowledgement of her establishment of two charitable funds supporting research by junior colleagues who study nutrition and mental health. Those funds have now raised and distributed over $1 million CAD. Her primary goal is to influence the way mental health treatment is delivered.
01:08:05
May 23, 2022
Ep. #222. Lakeydra Houston, USAF Veteran, Space Force recruiter, MST survivor
Ep. #222. Lakeydra Houston, USAF Veteran, Space Force recruiter, MST survivor
Lakeydra Houston, USAF Veteran, Space Force recruiter, MST survivor Find her on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lakeydrahouston About Lakeydra: For years I was ashamed…..only a few knew my secret and no one knew my pain!   As a child, I was bullied at school and molested by a family member.  Joining the military was my way to escape and blossom into the person I thought I wanted to be not knowing my life would change forever.  Military Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence was not talked about and I was a victim of both.  Due to embarrassment and fear of retaliation, I kept the incidents to myself and alcohol became my security. While I was trying to overcome my pain, my sister was murdered.  I felt so alone, I was ready to end it all.  After a suicide attempt, I realized it was more to live for and my faith was renewed.  Since that day my pain birthed my purpose to be a voice for victims. We are a support system that will fight with you and for you so you are never alone during your healing.
01:04:44
May 16, 2022
Ep. #221. Bohdan Kit, providing gear for Ukrainian fighters
Ep. #221. Bohdan Kit, providing gear for Ukrainian fighters
Find KOLO on Facebook HERE Visit the KOLO website HERE Email KOLO HERE KOLO is a group of top managers from the IT industry who have come together to help the Ukrainian army. We find, buy and send drones, thermal imagers, bulletproof vests and other equipment to the soldiers of the Armed Forces in hellish places.
19:50
May 10, 2022
Ep. #220. Paul Harman "Harm", The Rolling Barrage, Veterans/First Responders cross-Canada motorcycle ride
Ep. #220. Paul Harman "Harm", The Rolling Barrage, Veterans/First Responders cross-Canada motorcycle ride
https://therollingbarrage.com/ Are you ready to ride?! Come join us for some wind/throttle therapy on a stop, a leg, a day, a weekend, or the whole ride, in our efforts to combat PTSD, personal challenges, and to join a supportive network of brothers and sisters. This is the family you never knew you had. The Rolling Barrage starts on the first Monday in August and crosses Canada on a daily route until it “takes the ridge” during a grand finale in Vancouver, BC. Riders, many of them in for the “full pull”, conduct a 20 day epic motorcycle journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, with daily events scheduled in towns all the way across Canada.  Registered riders and those who support us, may join in at any point along the route, to show nationwide strength and unity that our military, first responders, and safety community deserve. What separates TRB from a typical charity ride? TRB is a pilgrimage, it’s a 20 day excursion through everything that Canada has to offer its visitors.  The smells, the sights, the tastes, the sounds, the touch, All your senses are engaged.  It’s time to think, long and hard, about everything and anything you’ve been needing to think about.  It’s connection to people who understand that life throws potholes into your  journey and it can cause you to lose your balance and crash.  TRB isn’t just a motorcycle group ride, it’s life changing moments that brings human vulnerability to the forefront of our minds.  This is the family you didn’t know existed. Disclaimer The Rolling Barrage is an independent, yet inclusive, organization and event.  All are welcome to attend and support us as private citizens or companies.  Apart from the recipients, providers, and donors that we have vetted on our public lists, we: Claim no territory; Are not part of CAF, Veterans Affairs, Emergency Service, or any local / provincial / federal government entity; Do not actively support political entities or activities; and Hold no allegiance to any specific club or organization. We welcome all registered riders and supporters to wear the military, veteran, first responder, safety community, or motorcycle vest and paraphernalia that they are proud of, during the TRB rides and events – so long as they don’t represent any criminal entity / behavior, undermine or bring discredit to our organization and its efforts.
42:59
May 06, 2022
Ep. #219. Rosie Cataldo, Human Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking Education and prevention
Ep. #219. Rosie Cataldo, Human Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking Education and prevention
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-cataldo-a3161512b/   Website: http://www.childhoodvictories.com/ Email: ConsultRosie@gmail.com  What lengths would you go to in order to protect your kids from being raped?  It's a horrible question to ask...which is why people don't ask it.  Without talking about the problem, and the prevention, our children are left vulnerable.  Talk about it.  Talk about it with your kids, teachers, friends, ....talk about it in order to prevent it. 
01:05:17
May 05, 2022
Ep# 218. Bruno Guevremont , Clearance Diver, Bomb Disarmer, Veteran, Healer, North Pole Expeditionary
Ep# 218. Bruno Guevremont , Clearance Diver, Bomb Disarmer, Veteran, Healer, North Pole Expeditionary
https://www.facebook.com/brunoredemption     Bruno was injured, sought help, got better, and continues to heal.  He is now travelling across the country to share his story of healing as inspiration for others to walk the healing path as well. 
02:15:18
May 02, 2022
Ep. #217. Erin O'Toole, RCAF Veteran, Member of Parliament, Former Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Ep. #217. Erin O'Toole, RCAF Veteran, Member of Parliament, Former Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Erin enrolled in the Royal Military College of Canada at 18 and became an officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force at 22. He did basic training in Chilliwack, got his wings in Winnipeg and was then based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Erin then spent his twenties flying on search and rescue missions and naval support operations with 423 Squadron. He rose the military ranks to Captain and was awarded both the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award for rescuing an injured fisherman at sea. Erin’s military service instilled him with the determination to always see a mission through. Mr. O'Toole was very nearly the next Prime Minister of Canada, and continues to serve Canada as a Member of Parliament, and by working with several Veterans organizations. 
01:44:40
April 27, 2022
Ep. #216. Dan Jarvis, US Infantry Veteran, CEO of 22zero
Ep. #216. Dan Jarvis, US Infantry Veteran, CEO of 22zero
I've always said there MUST be a better way to treat PTSI's , and maybe this is it.  This could be one of the most important episodes I've ever done.  Dan Jarvis is on a mission to take the 22 suicides a day, down to ZERO.  Is this pie in the sky? Or, is it actually possible? Please take the time to check out the links below, and have a look for yourself.  I plan on going through the protocols myself, and I'll keep everyone posted as to the results.  Is there a Silver Bullet for PTSD/PTSI/OSI?   Is it REALLY a life sentence? Visit the 22zero website here: https://22zero.org/ Watch the Documentary here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMvt3Pcs92I  
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April 19, 2022
Ep. #215. Todd Martin, Veteran, Musician, founder of Re-Cycle Okotoks
Ep. #215. Todd Martin, Veteran, Musician, founder of Re-Cycle Okotoks
Do you remember your first bike?  Todd Martin sure does, it was gifted to him, as his family couldn't afford one. Now, he's paying it forward by fixing up, and distributing used bikes to thousands of kids.  In addition to helping so many children, Todd is also a fundraiser and advocate for Veterans Mental health.  Todd's massive efforts have recently received National recognition, and he has received the "Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation".   From Brent Calver of the Western Wheel:   An Okotoks veteran has been recognized at the national level for helping his comrades. Todd Martin, a veteran of the 1990s Yugoslavia conflict and prolific community volunteer, was presented with the The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Award during a virtual presentation by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs. The award was in recognition of Martin’s extensive efforts and volunteerism to raise funds and awareness for veterans and mental health, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other similar operational stress injuries. “The typical mantra in the military is you’ve got to look out for each other,” said Martin, a retired Army mechanic and member of the Okotoks Legion Branch 291. “And even though I’m out of the military, I had a network and connectivity, I had energy, why wouldn’t I do something to help them?” While he didn’t find himself affected by PTSD, he saw the effects first-hand with others who served, and saw the need to do more. “The thing that drove me to do this was recognizing there was a need for privately funded organizations to put up mental health programming for ex-military folks,” Martin said. “It’s driven out of the need of having to do something, because if there’s a need, there’s an opportunity to do something.” n June 2019 Martin took part in the Battlefield Bike Ride, a 670km ride from Dieppe, France to Juno Beach on the 75th anniversary of D-Day with Wounded Warriors. Through the ride he raised over $17,000 for Wounded Warriors, a charity supporting veterans suffering with PTSD. Martin was slated for another ride in 2020 through The Netherlands, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes to take part in a 2022 ride. In 2021 he also took part in the stressful activity of caving to raise funds for the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry (PPCLI) Foundation, which similarly supports veterans, where he raised $3,808. “Simply put, whether it’s with Wounded Warriors, the PPCLI or cycling or whatever it is, if there’s something that needs to be done and I’m able to help them do it, I want to be a part of it,” he said. That nomination, Martin said, was the product of his friend Wayne Krause and wife Sharon Martin ‘conspiring’ with the help of Legion Branch 291 (Okotoks) President Bob McLeod. “Todd is certainly a unique sort of individual, he gives so much of himself to the community and to veterans and our branch,” McLeod said. “Really any activity that’s supporting veterans, Todd is in there with both feet, and he’s done so much. And it’s not just a think that he does, but what’s on his mind, like what we can do to help veterans and what we can do in the Branch to help veterans better.
01:44:26
April 15, 2022
Ep. #214. Adam Carr. Save A Warrior  www.saveawarrior.org
Ep. #214. Adam Carr. Save A Warrior www.saveawarrior.org
ADAM CARR Adam (Cohort 035) has over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Adam hunted Al Qaeda operatives, developed intelligence networks, conducted diplomatic relations, and briefed Ambassadors and Generals on Geopolitical environments. In 2006, Adam earned his B.A. in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University. He spent the next eight years deploying to Asia, including Operation Enduring Freedom - The Philippines and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan. Adam's passion comes from a deep-rooted desire to serve others and save lives. Adam has been profoundly affected over the loss of his teammates, mentors, and close friends to suicide. He currently speaks to students, corporations, and a wide variety of audiences all over the country. He has over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience and is a Business Coach for MBA Students at The Ohio State University. Adam is a graduate of the Ignite Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Adam earned his MBA at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and was selected as the Most Outstanding Student of his 2019 MBA Cohort. Adam lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Tarah and their three children, Noah, Jonah, and Norah. THE PROBLEM 80,000 Warriors were lost to suicide in the last decade. To put this in perspective, during 18 years of combat in Vietnam, 58,209 Warriors lost their lives. WARRIORS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: BY THE NUMBERS There are 2.6 million Warriors who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2014 study of 2,150 Warriors revealed some startling statistics regarding Post Traumatic Stress that bring into question earlier estimates regarding the number of Warriors affected by their experiences in the combat zone. It is possible that as many as  75% of the respondents of this study suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. Even if not all respondents do meet the requirements for diagnosis, it is obvious that they are encountering some mental or emotional difficulties after serving in the combat zone and could benefit from opportunities to heal. Unfortunately, most of those who have sought care have not found healing. A recent study by the American Legion found that only 16% of Warriors who were treated at the VA for Post Traumatic Stress with talk-therapy and medication management reported that those methods were clearly beneficial for their health. ‣ Only 16% of Warriors report improvement after undergoing the medication management and talk therapy treatment at the VA. ‣ The VA spends roughly $8,300 per Warrior with PTS, annually.
01:32:55
April 14, 2022
Ep. #213. Melanie Mikeska, Monterey County Sheriff (ret)
Ep. #213. Melanie Mikeska, Monterey County Sheriff (ret)
https://saveawarrior.org/ https://thecode9project.org/  Melanie Mikeska knows what it's like to feel different, disconnected, and isolated.   When she reached out to her department for help, the help wasn't there.  The department heads didn't know what to do, or how to respond to one of their own needing help.  This is her story of healing and recovery. 
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April 11, 2022