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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 #169. Patrick Thomas, VTN (Veterans Transition Network)

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

Ep #169. Patrick Thomas, VTN (Veterans Transition Network)

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

Ep #180. General Rick Hillier, Chief of Defense Staff (ret)
Rick Hillier has a lifetime of service.  From the age of 16, he moved towards a life in the Military.  General Hillier has spend years of his life in various war zones around the world, and has earned a reputation among the troops as Canada's favorite Military Leader.  From 2005-2008 General Hillier served as Canada's Top Soldier.  As the CDS (Chief of Defense Staff) he was an unshakable advocate for both the active duty Military and Veterans.  Because he refused to be a "yes man", the Politicians never knew what to do with him.  His staunch advocacy for doing the "right thing" at times created rifts with his Political counterparts, but he stood firm regardless.  Rick has earned nearly every medal and citation imaginable, including the Order of Canada.  Today. Rick is a steadfast proponent for others to receive the appropriate medals and citations which they deserve.  Canada has a bad habit of not recognizing it's battle exploits.  Too many acts of Valor have not been acknowledged appropriately.  Rick is doing his best to remedy this fault, and see that the brave Canadian troops receive the recognition which they have earned. 
January 19, 2022
Ep. #179. John Senior, outside the wire vs inside the wire
John Senior is both an Army, and Airforce Veteran with tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan.  Today, John is a peer support leader with OSI-CAN.  We talked about PTSD as it relates to people who serve behind the scenes, and why it occurs at a higher rate than those who are on the front lines.  The audio quality is not as good as it usually is...I hope you can forgive me for the background hum. Caution***Explicit Language***
January 19, 2022
Ep. #178. Jack Riggins, US Navy SEAL
Jack is a veteran with 20 years of Naval Service leading Navy SEALs and Special Operations Forces throughout the world.   A leadership and cultural dynamics expert, Jack has consulted with business leaders across the United States, Pro-athletes, Olympians, and NCAA Teams in his journey. He is the co-founder of Performance Mountain along with Dr Larry Widman. Performance Mountain optimizes people, teams and organizations. A native of Fremont Nebraska, Jack earned an NROTC scholarship and graduated from The University of Nebraska in 1998. Jack graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School (BUD/S) in Class 222. Jack is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Master’s Degree in Global/International Affairs and Interagency Collaboration from Kansas University. Jack participated in a number of conflicts and contingency operations throughout the globe in his 20 year Naval career. Assigned to SEAL Team One during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Jack participated in contingency operations as part of the United States initial response from October to December 2001. Later, assigned to SEAL Team Three as a Troop Commander, Jack was the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Task Unit-Ramadi, Iraq in charge of counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations in Al-Anbar Province. Jack was the first SEAL Troop Commander to lead Special Reconnaissance Team-1 focusing on Multidiscipline Intelligence Support Missions for SEAL Team, Special Mission Units, and other government agencies. Jack’s last assignment was as the Director of Combating Terrorism for Special Operations Command Europe. Jack has also been a volunteer leadership and cultural dynamics advisor to Nebraska Athletics, Creighton Athletics, and Midland University and various business leaders across the region. Jack and Dr. Larry Widman founded Performance Mountain, a consulting firm that optimizes leadership and culture within Teams and Groups. Jack has been an active advocate of our nations wounded warriors and Veterans, both nationally and regionally. Jack is on the board of the Nebraska Soldiers Foundation and supports the PGA Tours Birdies for Brave program, Nebraska Golf Fore Troops and NS2 Serves. Jack is also active in the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation (NSFF), where in 2010 he started “Nebraska Support for SEALs” (NSS) which provides an annually weekend family retreat for Active Duty SEAL families here in Nebraska and raises funds for the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation (NSFF). Jack has been married to his college sweetheart Kate for 19 years, and has four children: Jack spends his free time along with his wife chasing their four children, coaching little league sports, hunting birdies on the golf course, and enjoying all things Nebraska.
January 17, 2022
Ep. #177. Rob Leathen, FireFighter, Artist, Peer Supporter
An Artist and Author, Mental Health Educator and Advocate, Public Speaker and a Peer Supporter who also happens to be a Firefighter (Acting Platoon Chief) for a mid sized career fire department in Ontario, Canada. “SILENCE DOES NOTHING BUT STRENGTHEN STIGMA” Rob: I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and severe Depression in 2019. I see my battle with PTSD/Depression and suicidal ideation as a gift rather then a curse or burden because it’s forcing me to reinvent myself, rebuild and evolve into a better person then I was before my diagnosis. I’m a vocal advocate for 1st responder mental health using my lived experience with PTSD, Depression and suicidal ideation to help educate others by telling the story of my mental health journey through my artwork, talks, presentations and writings. My story includes a deeply personal account of my mental health journey detailing the milestones, mistakes, lessons learned and keys to my success as well as what YOU need to know about PTSD/Depression and its symptoms. My personal experience with mental health, long time commitment to the fire service and networking with other 1st responders has given me a unique perspective on mental health and its place within the 1st responder community.
January 11, 2022
Ep #176. Jon Macaskill, Navy SEAL, host of the Men Talking Mindfulness Podcast Jon Macaskill is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Navy SEAL Commander specializing in operations research and mindfulness. Jon Macaskill, MMT, is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher.  He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. 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. He also serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Veteran’s PATH, a non-profit organization that works to introduce meditation and mindfulness to veterans to bring them a sense of peace, acceptance, transformation, and honor. Jon’s wife also served in the Navy and is now a civilian Orthopedic Physician Assistant in Virginia Beach. They are both proud parents of two small children and currently live as a family in Chesapeake, Virginia.
January 10, 2022
Ep #175. Dr. Angela Grace, Holistic Healer
Dr. Angela Grace Clinical Director - B.F.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. (Counselling), Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology) I have a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in the prevention and treatment of eating and body image issues, life stressors and trauma. I specialize in holistic approaches to women's health and well-being. I have Fine Arts and Education degrees, and previously worked as an elementary teacher and school counsellor, which gives me an in-depth understanding of girls, families, teachers, and school communities. My training in theatre, art, dance, yoga, and play therapy enables me to work in creative ways to enhance girls’ and women’s sense of well-being. Why did I become a psychologist? As an elementary teacher, I once witnessed a group of my little grade one girls starting a diet club “to be like our moms.” They were throwing out their lunches and running laps around the playground to lose weight! Because I too have experienced struggles with body image, food, & self-esteem at different times in my life, I vowed to do something about it.  I wanted to prevent other girls from experiencing that pain, and help them heal when they did. I am passionate about helping girls and women reclaim their lives and express their true selves, and learn how to fully support each other, creating a sisterhood of understanding and trust. Dr. Angela Grace, Ph.D., R. Psych 403-827-8529
January 07, 2022
Ep #174. Steph Kalota, Veterans Legislative Voice, US Army Veteran The Veteran Legislative Voice (VLV) is a page to help veterans, spouses and patriotic Americans exercise their 1st amendment rights in contacting their government and voice their opinions about issues affecting our military service members. This website is to provide resources to those that are determined to make a difference for themselves and their fellow citizens. If you are interested, please go “How can I become involved?”. There will be call scripts, email/snail mail templates, and contact information for your congressmen. There are devastating and life-changing issues that are affecting our current and past military service members. Some of these issues include: High veteran and military suicide rates Sexual Violence Medical issues due to deployment and stateside locations VA medical Care Toxic Leadership One common theme from our political representatives, regardless of party-affiliation, is to use the military as an emotional talking point without providing substantial solutions to these issues. Our goal is to leverage the voices of citizens and cause lasting change to help those that sacrifice the most for our country.
January 05, 2022
Ep #173. Let Go of the Haters
Inspired by a friends Facebook Post, 
December 30, 2021
Ep #172. Debbey Fritchley on the ultimate consequence of bullying, and her 12 year old son, Eli
Bullying isn't a small thing.  It can kill...and it has killed.  Eli died by suicide at the age of 12 as a direct result of bullying.  There were no glaring signs, no previous attempts, no way for his parents to know.  The only evidence that there was a problem, was knowledge that some bullying was going on.
December 23, 2021
Ep #171. Christine Walker, Editor of "At Ease! Veteran Magazine" Christine Walker,  OWNER | EDITOR IN CHIEF AT EASE! Veteran magazine began as a vision of entrepreneur, Christine Walker, a Desert Storm Veteran, having served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman at Camp Lejeune, MCB. With her background in publishing & design, she wanted to create a print magazine that would give a voice to veterans to share the stories that forged them in the fire and have made them who they are today. Christine has over 20 collective years of design, writing, and publishing experience, co-founding MAC Publishing as Creative Director. Having founded and run a non-profit for nearly a decade, Christine also brings her talents of building solid organizational structure to AT EASE! Veterans Magazine & Devil Doc Publishing. Originally a native of Colorado, she has lived in the North Texas area for over 26 years. Christine also is an active member of the DFW Veterans Chamber of Commerce, her local American Legion Post, in addition to being very active in the Veteran community on both the local and national levels.
December 22, 2021
Ep #170. Bruce Moncur, Afghanistan Veteran, Victoria Cross advocate ***WARNING*** Graphic War Stories
***WARNING*** Graphic war stories Jess Larochelle is an Afghanistan Veteran who performed incredible acts of valour, yet has not been acknowledged with the appropriate medals.  Bruce Moncur served with Jess, and has tirelessly worked towards having Jess recognized.  No Canadian as received Canada's highest award (the Victoria Cross) since WW2.  Since 1993, Canada has been in charge of this honor, prior to that it was the UK.  Still, ...nobody has received this distinguished award.  For those who know the story, the consensus has been, if Jess Larochelle doesn't receive a VC, then nobody should.   
December 21, 2021
My Christmas Wish this year
My Christmas wish is for you to help me share this show with all of your friends, employees, clients, whether they are Veterans, First Responders, or family member or not.  Anyone who may be struggling this Christmas season can benefit from this show. me help others.  Spread the love. :)
December 17, 2021
Ep #169. Patrick Thomas, VTN (Veterans Transition Network)
You are not alone. The longer you avoid dealing with it, the worse it gets.  You don't have to live a life of struggle, there is help.  Check out VTN, and other organizations like it to take some rocks out of your rucksack.  Let others help you carry the load.  Lighten the load by getting help. 
December 17, 2021
Ep #168. David Lavoie, Armoured Corps Veteran, Social Worker, media pariah
Dave has dedicated his life to the service of others.  After more than 10 years in the Military, including a tour in Somalia, David achieved a degree in Social Work so that he can further serve others.  Everyone has a bad day, but not everyone's bad day ends up on the news.  Dave's did.  Because of a parking lot argument, David (who is first nations) was accused of a hate crime.  The media ran with the obviously false narrative without taking a moment to interview Dave for his perspective.  As a result, Dave has had to move to a secret location, and his career / job prospects have been ruined.  Phillip Millar of Millar's Law is representing Mr. Lavoie on this matter, which is going to court soon. 
December 16, 2021
Ep#166. Ruben Gonzalez, 4X Olympian
Ruben is an expert on creating desired results…fast. Organizations use his strategies to get their people to achieve more than ever before. At the age of 21, Ruben, decided to compete in the Olympics, took up the sport of luge, and 4 years later was racing for the Gold against the best in the world. He went on to become the only person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics EACH in a different decade. Using his strategy for creating fast results, he soon became a bestselling author, business consultant and speaker, helping corporations and associations around the world create and sustain business growth…fast. He combined his success in business and in the Olympics to create time-tested techniques to excel in these challenging times – to become unstoppable.
December 14, 2021
Ep.#167. Chuck Kluball, Leader of Military Relations, Home Depot
Chuck is an Army Veteran, and leads Home Depot in helping Veterans transition into civilian life by being employed by Home Depot.  There are roughly 35,000 Veterans working for Home Depot, and the organization has a program to help them with the transition.  #homedepot, #veterantransition, #veteranshelpingveterans, 
December 14, 2021
Ep. #165. Griff, Combat Flip Flops
Griff is a Veteran of the US Army Rangers. The Brand  Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, build community connections, and distinct designs communicate our, "Business, Not Bullets" approach - flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade. We're a team with a passion for making cool stuff in dangerous places.  Our Journey  The journey began with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Lee and Griff made their first trip to Afghanistan in the Winter of 2003. After several deployments and reality of a growing families, they separated from the military in 2006 and continued to support troops through other avenues. In 2010, Griff returned to Afghanistan to assist the growing Afghan National Army. On that trip, he toured an Afghan-owned boot manufacturing plant and saw where a factory worker punched a flip flop thong through a combat boot sole. The idea was born.  We hope you like our flip flops, style, and approach to helping Afghanistan and supporting our troops. As we grow, we look forward to communicating your positive impact on the factory workers, their growing economy, and community.  Until then, relax in some comfy footwear. They’re bad for running and worse for fighting.
December 09, 2021
Ep. #164. Olympian, Jonathan Edwards    Olympic Athlete, Author, Coach. Jonathan Edwards joins me to talk about high performance mindset.   Achieving mental health can be a BIG hill to climb.  Having a champion mindset is a great tool to achieving mental health. 
December 08, 2021
Ep# 163. Joel Forrester, Ex-Military Careers is a social enterprise for the military community in the UK and the US, including Service leavers, veterans, military spouses & partners and reservists. Our aim is to support our community to achieve a successful transition from the forces into a civilian career. Part of this service is our free to use job board and job search platform – unique to us. In addition, we provide tailored career advice and insight published on our website and shared across our large and growing on-line community. Our platform has been expertly built using industry leading technology so we can guarantee that Ex-Military Careers is the most effective and cutting-edge online recruitment solution for our members. We work with employers committed to employing Ex-Military personnel who see Ex-Military personnel as highly valuable assets to their businesses. Our members can search through a database of desirable career opportunities and apply directly to hiring organisations. We are part of Trinnovo Group – alongside digital experts Trust in SODA, governance experts Broadgate Search and life sciences specialists BioTalent. Our global reach across specialisms gives us capacity to deliver focused, scalable cross-functional solutions to organisations. Trinnovo is committed to innovative DEI solutions – internally, in our client sponsorships and in wider society. Our group mission is to build diversity, create inclusion and encourage workplace innovation. We want to help build teams that are representative of the society we live in and start to address today’s workplace representation gaps. We can help you to achieve a culture of belonging where diversity is the default. At Ex-Military Careers, inclusion is the norm, not the exception.
December 06, 2021
Ep# 162. Brandon Gorham, PPCLI, Afghanistan Veteran
Brandon is now a Peer Support facilitator for OSISS. ***WARNING*** This episode contains some war porn...not a lot, but some.
December 05, 2021
Ep #161 Ryan Collyer, EMS, Peer Support, Exposure Therapy
An incredible conversation with Ryan Collyer.  Ryan is a Paramedic and Peer Support leader.
December 04, 2021
Ep# 160. Dictatorships & Mental Health
Freedom of thought and expression provides a sense of well being, because it provides affirmation that YOU MATTER, and you are free to be yourself.  If you restrict someone's ability to be their authentic selves, this causes distress.  In a dictatorship, you must comply to all the rules of the dictator.  What you say, what you wear, what you express in any way must follow the rules, or you will face severe punishment, up to and including death. You don't have to go very far into history to know this is true.  It is happening today in North Korea, and that's not the only place.    People escape places like North Korea, because they don't enjoy living under such severe restrictions.   Every nation is in danger of becoming like North Korea, because of a part of our nature which has a lust for power and control.  This is why absolute power corrupts absolutely.  This is also why, the government must always be restrained by the constitution and bill of rights.  If you give dictators an inch, they will jam a pry bar into that gap, and do everything they can to widen the gap.  This has always been true, and always will be true.  We have not evolved beyond this flaw in humanity. 
December 03, 2021
Ep. #159 Jack Riggins, US Navy Seal CMDR (ret) Well, we never did get into the realm of mental health on this one, so we'll do that next time.  In this show, the audience just gets to know Jack Riggins.  Also, we do a deep dive into the world of the Navy Seals, and other special operators.  #USMC, #seals, #PPCLI #navyseals, 
December 02, 2021
Ep #158. Dan Bowers, Creator of First Eyes Proactive Family Mental Health Program
A retired Detective Sergeant, Dan spent over 30 years with the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.).  His resume includes; Criminal Investigator, Communications Centre/911 Supervisor, Intelligence Officer and O.P.P. Liaison to Interpol International Fugitive Investigations Section. Prior to his career in policing, Dan spent 4 years as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Dan retired in 2008 and began his work as a consultant and training facilitator in the fields of private security and policing.  He is a dynamic and passionate speaker who has lectured both here at home in Canada and internationally. Dan has been living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety for many years.  Personal experience, as it relates to the effects on family, has taught him that early detection is critical for anyone who may be affected by PTSD.  Subsequently, providing meaningful awareness and training has become his passion. Dan has always been extremely proactive in matters concerning police and public safety. His philosophy is straight forward; knowledge and experience must be shared where it can help others! #opp #rcaf 
November 27, 2021
Ep# 157. Izzy Dolls, with Chris Lefaivre
Mark Isfeld died in Croatia in 1994.  His memory lives on with more than 1.5 million "Izzy Dolls" distributed to children in war zones.  Chris was a close friend of Mark Isfeld, and he shares the story of the Izzy Dolls.  This was a tough one for me to do, because I was one of the people where were present when Mark Isfeld died.  #izzydolls #
November 25, 2021
Ep #156. Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance is a natural response to uncomfortable information. It is a protection mechanism for the mind that rejects information that it deems to be a threat.  The information can be rejected by automatically contradicting it or by unconsciously replacing it with comfortable information. Sometimes that information is uncomfortable because it is contradictory to our belief system, and sometimes because the information is morally abhorrent.   To fully understand #cognitivedissonance , it helps to understand Graham's' Hierarchy of arguments. The lower you are on the chart...the stronger the cognitive dissonance.   The higher you are on the chart...the more free you are of cognitive dissonance.  #thegreatawakening #cognitivedissonance #criticalthinking 
November 20, 2021
Ep# 155, Mark Watson, ABI Wellness
ABI= Acquired Brain Injury TBI= Traumatic Brain Injury The Brain Mastery Podcast  Concussions, and micro concussions happen from impact, and from blast injuries.  The help for these injuries has been hard to find, and not very effective.  ABI Wellness has a protocol called BEARS which has shown significant efficacy.  We also talked about ABI from toxic contamination.  Mefloquine poisoning, FASD which is an encephalitis from in utero poisoning and development impairment.  
November 18, 2021
Ep. #154. John Brassard, MP, and former Shadow Minister of Veterans Affairs
John Brassard, MP for Barrie-Innisfil, and former Shadow Minister of Veterans Affairs. 
November 15, 2021
Ep. #153. Chad Kennedy, Sea to Sea for PTSD   On April 2, 2022 Chad Kennedy will be stepping off from the Pacific Ocean (Vancouver) and walking our away across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean (St. John's) to raise awareness of PTSD. Our goals are to promote Mental Wellness amongst First Responders, Military Personnel, and their families, along with raising funds to assist established programs so that they, in turn, may help those who need help.
November 12, 2021
Remembrance Day Special
Terry Kelly's "A Pittance of Time" "Why We Remember" Just hit "play" to ad this to your own personal Remembrance Day Ceremony. This work is published with the permission of Terry Kelly. 
November 10, 2021
Ep. #152 Pete DePrez, ASM Foundation Pete DePrez PTSD is an injury, not an illness. It is curable if we treat it as such. For over sixty years our medical community has approached PTSD with SSRI’s (anti-depressants), which are virtual cortisone shots for our brains. SSRI’s do not address causation of injury, nor do they address legitimate healing. So, a person diagnosed with PTSD will likely be relegated to a lifetime of SSRI’s and talk therapy. We have teamed with Dr. Mark L. Gordon to provide life changing treatment to get our veterans and first responders back to living the life they had before suffering their trauma. We also support a number of other methods. The reality is that this isn’t a quick fix; sort of like any injury. It can take 1-2 months to truly feel the benefits of hormone therapy. MeRT, ketamine, MDMA and other treatment methods should be combined to ensure the best results for each individual. ASM will work with each of our clients individually to determine what their needs are. If you are a veteran or first responder in need of help, please reach out to us. If you are a family member who is seeking assistance or information, please reach out. If you are a citizen willing to donate, please do so on the donations page. Our warriors deserve peace of mind, if nothing else. None of us ever want to be out of the fight. This is how we stay in it. Pete DePrez Co-Founder
November 08, 2021
Ep. #151 Nurse 2 Nurse Peer Support
Peer Support has been clinically proven to be a powerful tool for PTSD prevention and Recovery. There is magic in numbers. Our nurse to nurse peer support circles are led by trained N2NPS facilitators who use a trauma-informed approach. KATRINA STEPHENSON Founder and CEO Over the last 15 years, I have focused my nursing career in the harm reduction field and caring for individuals challenged by Concurrent Disorders. I also have lived experiences, which support my ways of knowing. I have compassionately cared for both my patients' traumas and my own work related PTSD. In order for nurses to provide safe and holistic care, we need adequate supports from the government, insurance agencies, employers, regulatory bodies, unions and peers in order to create psychologically safe workplaces. As a Harm Reduction Nurse, I believe it is essential for us all to understand and care for people with mental health and substance use challenges in such a way to reduces stigma and discrimination. Storytelling is powerful in changing the negative climate surrounding many health conditions and disabilities. FOLA VICKERS Co-founder and Peer Support Director Having worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse for over 10 years and experiencing my own mental health challenges and a psycho-spiritual crisis, I have learned that the healing journey often thrives in a holistic lens. My practice is focused on incorporating shamanic practices, plant integration medicine, and alternative healing modalities in the care of others. ​ I have found a passion for teaching, creating safe spaces for others, and diving into topics on consciousness and wellness. Coming from a place of self-compassion and acceptance can open many doors of possibility in life. I am a proponent of self-care as one way to better manage a life that can seem chaotic and stressful. My hope for nurses is that they may wake up to their potential to dream the reality that sparks them.
November 05, 2021
Ep. #150. Terry Kelly, A Pittance of Time  Terry Kelly is a Canadian Musician, singer / Songwriter who created the Canadian Classic, "A PIttance of Time".    You can also find him at  Terry is available as a Keynote Speaker, and musician for hire. 
November 04, 2021
Ep. #149 Genevieve Boudreault, Reconsolidation Therapy
Genevieve Boudreault  The path that leads to seeking therapy is not an easy one. Life can be difficult. Sometimes, the reason is obvious, but other times our own behaviour is a mystery. We can face depression, anxiety, difficulties in relationships, lack of self-esteem, or face traumatic events. At times, individual help is required and other times it is help with our relationships that is needed. I also can provide therapeutic services in French or English. A career in public safety is unlike any other. Police officers, firefighters, military personal and paramedics wake up each morning with the noble mission of keeping communities safe often risking their own lives to protect others. While these professions can be exceptionally rewarding, these people are regularly exposed to traumatic situations. If you are a first responder or military personal affected by trauma, it can seem difficult to come forward because of the stigma associated to ask for help. Be assured that everything is completely confidential. But trying to ignore what you’re going through only increases your stress and allows the problem to become worst and tougher to treat. Specialized, confidential treatment for first responders does exist. Addressing traumatic memories has typically required a longer-term therapy, which can be difficult to endure for some first line responders and military personnel who may be seeking quicker solutions to alleviate their distress, particularly those who wish for a quick return to work. I practice Reconsolidation Therapy; a ground breaking approach that can help you get rid of your symptoms in 6 sessions.
November 03, 2021
Ep# 148. Crystal Arber, EMDR Specialist From Crystal: When I was a child, my grandfather would sit me on his knee and watch movies with me. I remember how strong and stoic he was.  One day, while watching a movie with him, I watched him shed a tear.  In my childhood,  I had only known my grandfather as a man who was quiet and did not share emotion. I remember it was quite extraordinary to notice that tear rolling down his face. My grandfather served in World War II and post missions. He served in the British Royal Airforce as a warrant officer. He suffered from PTSD.   I am very proud of my grandfather.  He was a good man who suffered in silence. He pulled up his bootstraps and carried on. In his day there was little to no help for PTSD. He had no choice but to suffer in silence. Before I became a therapist, I obtained my fine arts degree in theatre. I acted and directed in stage plays. Further, I worked on films as an actor, co-director and script supervisor.  It was the craft of acting that inspired me to want to understand human behaviour. This motivated me to work in the social services field.
November 02, 2021
Ep #147. Helping Heroes USA Big Media USA is a marketing company with a digital commutation’s platform and INformed People Magazine geared towards helping businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations and individuals expand their on-line presence. Big Media USA was founded in 2006 and has produced over 20,000 Podcasts for business, professional’s and non-profits. Helping Heroes USA is dedicated and committed to assisting our active military, veterans and first responders in combating ​PTSD through a variety of innovative and verified solutions. Tony DeMaio founded Helping Heroes USA in 2017. A seasoned businessman, Mr. DeMaio personally experienced the healing ability that CBDs can generate. Through Helping Heroes USA he wants to provide that experience and opportunity to others combatting PTSD and so much more. He has assembled a team of veterans, first responders and civilians to best service our heroes. A long-time supporter and board member of many nonprofits he knows a balanced and experienced team in many verticals is best to meet our hero’s needs. LuAn Mitchell is an international bestselling author and an award-winning businesswoman. Ms. Mitchell has served on many boards, including Harvard Women's Leadership Board at the JFK School of Government in Boston. She is the first to ""role up her shirt sleeves and  serve with valuable causes. Through her business travels and keynote speaking she has developed a large network of supporters for the hero cause.
November 01, 2021
Ep #146. Betrayal, why it hurts so much, and how to deal with it.
Betrayal is a moral injury, and sometimes it never heals.   Understanding that being betrayed is NOT YOUR FAULT, is step one to recovering from it.  Understanding that it is NOT YOUR FAULT that you didn't see the person for their true self...isn't your fault.  It's not a character flaw in you that you trusted them. It's a character flaw in THEM that they betrayed your trust.  If you continue to are giving THEM the power to hurt you.  Fuck them.  Don't let some asshole continue to be a source of pain.  Let that shit go.  They do NOT DESERVE your friendship. Remember fondly all of the good times you had with them.  Be grateful for the good stuff.  Grieve the death of the relationship.  Grieve the death of the "good person" who you thought they were.   Don't let others keep you down.  Fuck them.  Be healthy, be happy.  Find new friends...better friends. Move on. 
October 28, 2021
Ep #145. Why We Remember 2021 Edition
Feel free to recite this work at your local Remembrance Day Ceremony.  It has been read by Mayors across the Country, and was published by the Toronto Star.   I only ask that you give credit to Mark Meincke, Host of Operation Tango Romeo, the trauma recovery podcast. 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
October 26, 2021
Ep #144. The episode that didn't happen with Dr. Rob Tanguay
Well...shit.  One of the most amazing conversations ever...and the audio crapped out for no apparent reason.  It's a mystery.  In this non-episode, I talk about how I get through disappointments like this effectively.  To learn about Ketamine treatments, click the link below.
October 21, 2021
Ep #143 Dear Heroes who are losing their jobs to the mandate:
Please send this to everyone you know who is losing their job.  A message to all Front Line workers who are losing their jobs due to the mandate First, and Foremost, you are heroes.  REAL Heroes. It’s easy to do the right thing when there isn’t much risk of a consequence.  That does not take courage. It’s easy to mouth the right words in private, and to say what you “would do” if push came to shove. What’s hard is to walk the walk. What is courageous is doing the right thing, regardless of the consequences.  This is the very definition of integrity. What is noble is standing firm in the face of a tidal wave of public pressure, knowing full well that the wave will wash away your career. The test of your character is measured by the pressure you can withstand to abandon it. It takes awareness to recognize evil.  It takes courage to stand against it at all costs. Standing up for your rights is the duty of every freedom loving person. Standing up for your rights is the highest, and best form of saying “Thank you for your service” to every soldier, sailor, and airman who fought, died, or was wounded for the sake of FREEDOM. Standing strong for your rights honors those who died for them. For some people, it’s easy to submit to the will of lesser people.  For Heroes like you, it’s impossible. Lions do not submit to the will of the greedy,  power hungry hyena’s. Find strength in knowing that you are on the right side of history.
October 19, 2021
Ep #142. Elizabeth Marshall, Super Model & Trauma Survivor
When you see an FHM centerfold, you might assume her life is all roses. Liz has a story that you won't believe, and I'm so glad she shared it here, on Operation Tango Romeo.  She is proof, that it doesn't matter what happened in your past, you are NOT a slave to your past.  You CAN take charge of your future.    For Brothers N Arms CBD oil, click here:  To contact Elizabeth for a photo shoot, click here:
October 16, 2021
Ep # 141 Grahams Hierarchy of Arguments
Now, more than ever it is important for us to be adults.  Being educated, doesn't make you an adult.  Being OLD doesn't make you an adult.  How you communicate, is what makes you an adult.  Anything less....and we have division.  Stop the division, and give your mental health a BIG boost, by being mindful about how you express your point of view. 
October 14, 2021
Ep #140. Alvin Law
Alvin is in the Speakers hall of fame and is a personal inspiration to me.  When it comes to overcoming obstacles, Alvin knows what he's talking about.  Born without arms, Alvin has faced a level of adversity that most people can't imagine.  It is through his example that we can re-evaluate our own lives and obstacles, and put them into perspective.  Find his book HERE Watch the video interview on Facebook HERE 
October 07, 2021
Ep #139 Beekeeping For Veterans
Matis Stebben Beekeeping For Veterans is a non-for profit organization dedicated to helping veterans deal with PTSD. We are made up of experienced beekeepers and certified mindfulness coaches. Together we believe we can make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families and have a positive effect on the environment. We are currently based in Canada and are looking forward to offering our program in America spring of 2022. Our wellness program combines beekeeping with mindfulness practices. Beekeeping For Veterans wellbeing program helps decrease distress and improves mood. The effects of our program are measurable, as seen by an increase in the release of endorphins in the person interacting with bees. While beekeeping one needs to maintain a calm mind and be mindful of their movements. In addition during beekeeping, one will feel a positive rush of adrenaline. Mindfulness helps reduce anxiety and we think it’s particularly relevant regarding PTSD for combat Veterans, because it teaches people to be in the moment, in the present, and not to be thinking about combat engagement [or other stressful or traumatic events].
September 30, 2021
Ep #138. Stay Frosty
If you let your guard down with your mental well being, it will bite you in the ass.  I shared something in this episode that I didn't intend to...but I am publishing this one regardless. Fuck it.  Now you know what happened a few months ago.  I haven't even told my kids yet.  It's a super small circle who knows, but here I am sharing it to the world.  I'm sharing it, in the hopes it will help someone else.  Keep your foot on the gas, and continue your self care. Put yourself FIRST, and keep yourself there.  It's a matter of survival. 
September 23, 2021
Ep #137. Dr. Jody Carrington, Hello Hero
You're good?  You're fine?  Then STAY that way by doing preventative maintenance!   NOBODY is immune to a Post Traumatic Stress Injury.  NOBODY.  By doing the work preventatively, you are making yourself more resilient to PTSI. If you ARE injured already, the longer you go without seeking help, the worse it gets.  You are bleeding out...and you need to stop the bleeding. Ask for help TODAY.  Make yourself a priority.  Sign up, spend a couple bucks, and attend the Hello Hero event.  You are worth it.  Sign up here: 
September 16, 2021
Ep# 136 Why we argue, and the antidote to conflict
Do you LIKE drama?  If so, we probably won't hang out with each other.   I prefer peace to war, and kindness to hate.  I prefer unity to division, and that can only happen when we respect each other instead of demonizing each other.  In this episode, I explore WHY people demonize, and what to do about it. 
September 13, 2021
Ep# 135. Stigma & Suicide
Stigma is a major barrier to seeking help.  Stigma is created through misunderstanding what PTS Injuries are,  and their negative impact on a person's quality of life. Stigma fuels a sense of shame in those who are injured, and this misplaced shame increases reluctance to ask for help and / or support for PTS Injuries.  Further, the stigma often creates an inability to acknowledge or accept that the person is in fact injured. Without first acknowledging the injury, the suffering will continue in silence, often with catastrophic consequences on the life of the injured person. Ironically, the power of Stigma is often boosted by the very people who are trying to help those with PTS Injuries.
September 09, 2021
Ep# 134. Ruck 2 Remember, Lino Nevio DiJulio
Little did I know, the Royal Canadian Legion, (RCL) has a program to get Veterans who are homeless, off the streets.  Lino shares stories of outreach and recovery. Ruck 2 Remember raised funds for the RCL to get Vets off the streets, and transition into a healthy life. 
September 02, 2021
Ep. #133. Brock Blaszczyk on the Afghanistan Debacle
Be mad, Be sad, Be stoic, be whatever you have to be.  Just fucking feel your feelings....and say them out loud.  PROCESS this shit as best you can.  CONNECT with each other by phone, or in person.  Texts and FB messages won't cut it. 
August 27, 2021
Ep # 131 The Afghanistan withdrawal, with John Senior
John served 10 months in Afghanistan.  He also served on several other deployments. Today, John is a Peer Support facilitator for Veterans and first responders.  We talk about the emotional impact of the Afghanistan withdrawal, and the physical impact on the Afghan people who have been abandoned by our Governments.
August 26, 2021
Ep. #130. Christian Stenner, Cave Explorer, Ultra-Marathoner, PPCLI Cadet Officer Christian has dedicated a lifetime worth of service to the Cadets, and is continuing his service by supporting the Veteran Community. 
August 26, 2021
Ep #129. Kim Barthel, World Renowned Therapist
Kim Barthel is the co-author of Conversations with a Rattle Snake, and is a highly sought after Therapist, and Public Speaker. The conversation we have on this episode dives DEEP.  It is a conversation of healing, authenticity, and hope.   Thank you for tuning in. I'm so happy for YOU, the listener for having enough compassion for yourself, to take the time and listen to this amazing woman.  Her wisdom is priceless.  From Kim: I’m humbled by your interest in what I’m up to, and inspired by the work that countless people are doing to support others – and yourselves. If this kind of thing were easy, it would be a different world we live in. Which tells me we need to nurture our relationships through attunement, compassion, humour, and mindfulness. Remember, when it works it’s treatment, and when it doesn’t it’s assessment. This means we aren’t expected to get it right the first time. I’ve been doing my best at this for over 35 years, and still learning and repairing every day. For anyone who doesn’t know what I especially like to study and teach, the hot topics that I wake up thinking about are understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, sensory-processing, movement, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, mental health, and anything that will support people in being their best selves. Thank you for being part of the great momentum globally towards understanding, interdependence, and compassion. Please connect with our team at Relationship Matters if that’s an interest for you, and importantly, thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to help others. We may never know the fruit of the seeds we plant through our smallest gestures, but just by caring we are more connected than we know. I feel great hope.
August 26, 2021
Ep #132 How to Save the World
A large part of mental health has to do with staying focused on positive pursuits. Also, with positive interactions with others. You can't control how others treat you, but you can control how you treat them. It is up to US to stop the division.  It is EVERYONE'S responsibility to be respectful to each other.  Share this episode, text it to friends, share it on all of your social media's time.  It's time for people to wake up and be kind.  Be kind to yourself, be kind to others.  Lead by example.  Your example can save the world.  Today's episode is sponsored by our friends at  “Millars Law”, a Veteran-founded and run law firm. Millars law is giving back to the community that gives so much by making an incredible special offer to our listeners. For the next 30 days, Millars law is offering Veterans and First responders a Family will, and POA for only $299.00.  Typically, a will and POA can cost over &2000.00! This offer is a meaningful way to say THANK YOU for your service for all Veterans and First Responders. To take advantage of this amazing gift, don’t wait, go to go to the website and get your will done TODAY. If you prefer to phone, toll free: 1-888-855-5547  Don’t it today!  This offer is available in Canada only.  
August 26, 2021
Ep# 128. Michelle McKeaveney, River Valley Resilience Retreat  Near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada Michelle is a mental health therapist with a social work degree. Her career span in counselling has seen  her work with urban and on reserve First Nations communities and also as a Correctional Officer at a women’s prison based in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. As a wife of a Veteran who recently retired after 26 plus years also a Federal Correctional Officer, and a mom of three grown children, Michelle is going to share about her journey through personal diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress, OSI-it’s impact on her health, her family and the lens she now views life. No doubt you’ll appreciate Michelle’s candid and engaging sense of humor, passion towards peer support, embracing change and the necessity to develop and incorporate a personnel tailored resiliency plan to with stand the demands of life. As a spouse of a veteran, Michelle will also share how hope, advocacy and facing adversity head on with courage and flexibility has not only saved herself, marriage and husband but also others within her interactions and time with a peer support program known as W.I.N (what’s important now)and critical incident stress management debriefings. ◦ She along with her friend Jeff Reeder (a city Firefighter) they started a non profit in 2019 River Valley Resilience Retreat inc   ◦ Got donated land near the north sask river.   ◦ Have a solid board of directors of Veterans/First Responders etc ◦ Operated 3 very successful day camps since June utilizing a combination of Equine Assisted Learning & Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Guided Nature hike with a Métis woman who has worked very hard on her own post traumatic growth process.   ◦ Nature and Healing plus peer support are key components of the success of the Rvrr. So far.
July 29, 2021
EP# 127 The link between the Veteran Community, and the First Nations Community
This was recorded for Canada Day, but the message is not about that particular day.  Instead, this is a message of Unity with the Veteran, and Indigenous communities.  We share a common bond, and common outcome.  It's important to recognize this link, and to give the same compassion to our First Nations people, as we have for our Veteran community. 
July 22, 2021
Ep #126 Brock Blaszczyk , Afghanistan Veteran, PPCLI
At one of Justin Trudeau's town halls, Brock asked the PM why he was fighting Veterans in court, to which PM Trudeau replied, "Because you are asking for more than we can give".  Brock was kind enough to join the show to talk about being wounded, and his experience of being a soldier.  We talked about Veterans Affairs, The Royal Canadian Legion, ...and more. See the famous moment here: 
July 15, 2021
Ep # 125 Mike Rude, The Rude Awakening Tour
PPCLI & Airborne Veteran Afghanistan Bosnia Somalia
July 08, 2021
Ep # 124. Sex Expert, Courtney Boyer
Courtney is Married to an active duty American Soldier, and is also a Therapist.  #sexpert
July 01, 2021
Ep #123 Grant Ellsworth, Honey Badger Alliance
Canadian Infantry Veteran, P.P.C.L.I Afghanistan Veteran Podcast Host: Trial & Triumph 
June 24, 2021
Ep. #122. Deon Joseph, the Angel of skid row.
A 25 year veteran of the LAPD, Deon Joseph has been in the spotlight for several years because of the amazing work he does.  His book: Stepping Across the line.  A skid row cops story He is now working as a policing consultant. 
June 19, 2021
Ep #121. Dr. Susanne Knabe-Nicol , the Police Science Doctor About Susanne Knabe-Nicol ['kna:bə ni'kol] I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of East London, an MSc in Interactive Multimedia from the University of Westminster, and an MSc and PhD in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool. I worked in UK policing for over a decade in the roles of regional intelligence analyst, major crime researcher, custody investigator, improvement and evaluations officer, improvement and evaluations coordinator, and change and improvement officer. And before then, I was a uniformed police community support officer in London. The reason why I keep wanting to make relevant research reach the right people in policing is because there is an awful lot of great research being done and published, but then only read by other academics. This just doesn't make sense to me, and so I started turning research into videos, as every officer can make time to watch a short video, but they might not be able to access and digest a research paper. I set up Police Science Dr to create a broad range of research-based videos and the plan is for a global communication platform for researchers and practitioners as well as a collection of police-relevant courses, all in one place. I happen to have the desire to make research accessible and I skilled myself up to be able to create online courses and interactive videos, so now I want to help the policing community with these assets. I have published two book chapters, one on geographic profiling and one on behavioural investigative advice, which are both in Professor Laurence Alison's book 'Professionalizing Offender Profiling':
June 18, 2021
Ep. #120 Paul Glennie, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Stigma won't go away if we shy away from the conversation.  How can you help to eliminate stigma?  By sharing this episode far and wide.  
June 17, 2021
Ep #119. Michele Ladd, National Veteran Resources  Michele Ladd, founder of National Veteran Resources travels the country in support of Veterans who suffer from PTSD.  She does her best to be an aggregate for healing and coping resources. When the VA fails to provide support, she helps Veterans find other supports.  Michele has two sons who are Veterans, and one suffers from PTSD.  After his 2nd tour of Iraq, he has not been the same. 
June 15, 2021
Ep # 118. Why Marriage is extra challenging for PTS Injury survivors
Marriage is tough work...we all know this.  But WHY is it so much tougher, why is divorce so much higher for LEO's, Military, and Veterans? I explore why this is, and what to do about it. 
June 11, 2021
Ep. #117. Discussion = Discovery.....and THAT can save the world.
I believe that if people simply respected each other enough to TRULY listen to each other, that the world would be a MUCH better place.  It doesn't happen on the news, it doesn't happen in Parliament, or in Congress....those folks are all just arguing...NOT discussing, and look where that gets us!  Arguing doesn't accomplish much outside of a courtroom...  But, LISTENING does.  Listen to learn.  Be humble enough to keep learning. 
June 10, 2021
Ep #116. Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan, Author of "The Better Brain"
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June 03, 2021
Ep #115. The Incomparable, Powerful, Paulete Poitras
#215 #residentialschools #speakwithpower We talk about #215, The residential School System, and the lived experience of Paulete Poitras.  We have a LONG way to go on the road to reconciliation.  I had no idea just how far...until today.  Hear her voice. Try to REALLY listen.  Of 115 episodes, this one is the most powerful, the most moving, the most enlightening.  It was a privilege to speak her.  If you are fortunate enough to hear this are truly blessed. 
June 02, 2021
EP. #114. Ron. Former RCMP ERT Member
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has their own SWAT teams, only they call them ERT. Ron served with the RCMP ERT, and payed the price for his service.  Today, he opens up for the first time. This is a very special episode indeed. 
June 01, 2021
Ep. #113. Theo Fleury & Dr. Rob Tanguay
We pull back the curtain on the efficacy of our mental health providers, and talk alternatives.  The Newly Institute of Facebook: The Breaking Free Foundation:  
May 31, 2021
Ep. #112 Jessica Van der Hoek, Advance care paramedic, Equine Therapist, and Psychedelics advocate
Prairie Sky Equine Assisted Therapy (PSEAT) is running a PTSI / OSI program for First Responders and Military/Veterans at NO COST. The program is facilitated by a Psychologist, and a first responder (Jessica), and runs twice a week for 3 weeks. To become enrolled or for more info, please email  On the show we talk about: Conventional Therapy Plant Medicine Psychedelics We cover a LOT of ground. This was a spectacular conversation about healing. There IS hope. 
May 28, 2021
EP. #111. Phillip Millar, Bas Ass Lawyer Man, and Combat Veteran
Phillip Millar, the Rogue Lawyer, is an Infantry Veteran, and Veteran advocate. We discuss: -  Troops exposure to PCB Contaminated Soil from Croatia, ROTO #4 -  Tommy Prince, and how powerful a movie about his life would be -  Action Based Peer Support - Cases he's worked on - Our tours of Croatia - King of Krasna - Grossman on Killing - Ambasadors for Operation Tango Romeo - Phillip performs an incredible Act of Kindness, LIVE. (519) 657-1LAW (1529)  | (519) 657-1500 1886 Oxford St. West, Suite 301, London, ON
May 27, 2021
Ep# 110. Erica Gaines, Founder of Tac Mobility
#yoga, #tacticalyoga, #resilience  Erica Gaines is the founder of TacMobility, an organization whose vision is to heal the divide between police officers and communities of color  by focusing on the health & wellness of officers. With her intolerance for BS and unique blend of Mindful Yoga Teacher and LEO drinking buddy, she brings a fresh perspective to topics like police suicide, talking about feelings and social issues. She embodies her belief that officers in ‘survival mode’ cannot tap into their compassion and creative problem-solving abilities, preventing effective and proactive training and policies. She teaches officers how to recover from stress, lower hypervigilance and move into a place of wellness in which they can thrive. Her insights into law enforcement are rare for a “civilian” and her heart for officers, their families and humanity is apparent. Erica’s most captivating interviews encompass the following topics: Self-care for LEOs, Coping Skills for Law Enforcement Stress, Post Traumatic Growth vs Post Traumatic Stress, Trauma in law enforcement, cumulative stress/trauma exposure, Blue Lives Matter vs. Black Lives Matter and community engagement. Erica Chadwick/Gaines 602-697-1159 IG: @tacmobility
May 25, 2021
Ep# 109. Syd Gravel, Peer Support Expert
Author of: 56 Seconds, How to Survive PTSD & Build Peer Support, & Walk the Talk
May 20, 2021
EP# 108. Seth Kastle, Author of "Why is Dad so Mad?"
Dr. Seth Kastle is a retired U.S. Army first sergeant who during his 16 year career served two combat tours in the Middle East in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  His many military honors include the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq, in addition to having his uniform permanently displayed in the 95th Infantry Division Museum in Fort Sill, OK.   He is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. He is the author of the children’s books, Why Is Dad So Mad, and Why Is Mom So Mad, both of which address how military families can cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
May 18, 2021
Episode # 107, Jody Mitic, Canadian Sniper
Jody Mitic is a Canadian Army Veteran who lost is legs in Afghanistan.  Since then, he has been a City Councilor, best selling Author, and a competitor on the Amazing Race. He has been a guest on the  Trailer Park Boys Podcast, George Stroumboulopoulos Podcast, and the Jocko Podcast.  This is the FIRST podcast Jody has been on since his last appearance on the Jocko podcast in March of 2019.   Buy his book, Unflinching HERE For a full show list, visit  #jocko, #mitic, #recovery, #amazingrace  Get a 10% Discount with Arrowhead Coffee with discount code OTR10 
May 13, 2021
Ep# 106 The Power of Connection
Covid has us more disconnected than ever.  Here is why we yearn for connection, and why disconnection is so painful. 
May 10, 2021
Ep# 105. Three simple, but not easy steps to recovery
1. Know Yourself 2. Love Yourself 3. Act Accordingly Seems simple...right?  Well, it is simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  It's TOUGH dang work!   I can promise you though, if you are able to master these 3 pillars, you'll be in a much better place.  For the full show list, visit or find it on your favorite podcast platform. 
May 06, 2021
Ep# 104. Why is Dad so Mad?
It's a GREAT children's book by Seth Kastle, and an important topic.  In this episode I talk about the science of WHY dad is so mad, and share some helpful tools to mitigate that.  For a full show list, go to 
May 04, 2021
Ep# 103. What is a "Veteran"?
The question of "what is a Veteran" has come up many times in my life.   One Uncle thought I was "too young" to be a Veteran....even though when he said that was 11 years after when I was in a war.  Do you need a tour to be a "real" Veteran? Do you need to engage in combat to be a "real" Veteran? Have a listen, and let me know your thoughts. 
April 26, 2021
Ep #102 Dr. Kim Bynum, Operation New Uniform Operation New Uniform™ (ONU), founded in 2014, has established itself as a trendsetter in the veteran service organization space. Our mission is to ensure all our nations Veteran’s have a successful transition after service. 97% of ONU Veterans who complete our program find a career within 4 months of completion. Our success is attributed to treating each Veteran as an individual, serving as many Veterans as possible without reducing quality, and meticulously tracking the results and successes of our Veterans. At Operation New Uniform™, we are serving and building a family of professional Veterans who are determined to grow, build back their confidence and find that successful career that they deserve after service while also helping us grow our organization and aid in the success of the next cycle of ONU Veterans. Partnering with Operation New Uniform™ means focusing on the greatest need, impacting the most Veterans nationally, which is ensuring our nation’s Veterans have a successful transition, a fulfilling career, and the means to continue serving the business community and supporting their families. Visit for a full show list. 
April 15, 2021
Ep #101 Greg S. Reid, The Millionaire Mentor  One of the worlds TOP experts on mindset shares some very valuable insight that we can all benefit from. 
April 13, 2021
Ep. #100!!!! Theo Fleury, NHL Superstar joins me in studio to celebrate this amazing milestone!
From hockey fights, to playing Hockey in Ireland, Theo covers a LOT of cool ground with fun stories.  AND we talk about Trauma Recovery.  The do's and don'ts.    I skirted the conversation about politics as best as I could...mostly we just shared stories.  Telling your story help YOU heal, and helps OTHERS heal as well.  We also talk about how YOU can help others through the power of story.  PLEASE consider going to Apple Podcasts, and leaving a rating, and a comment.  This helps others find OP TR.  Follow / Favorite OP TR on your favorite Podcast platform, and visit the Facebook Page to watch the FB Lives.  This episode has an extra 15 minutes in the beginning BEFORE I hit record.  You'll not want to miss any of it. :) Share Share Like the Sugar Bear, because sharing is caring!
April 12, 2021
Ep #99. Michelle Rempel-Garner, Health Critic for the Official Opposition of Canada
This episode was sponsored by Global Specialized Safety Inc.  Safe by choice, not by chance Michelle Rempel is married to an American Army Veteran who was injured by PTSD.   And...she is the health critic for the Conservative Party of Canada
April 09, 2021
Ep. #98. Nick Wildman, British SAS Veteran, founder of Trident Adventure
Kuwait, Bosnia, Afghanistan...all took their toll.   Adventure provides healing, and Nick provides adventure through Trident Adventure. 
April 08, 2021
Ep. #97 NHL, NBA executive, and founder of "We're All a Little Crazy" podcast, Eric Kussin Eric shares his incredible story of struggle and recovery
April 07, 2021
Ep# 96. Donna Riguidel , Military Sexual Trauma
Donna VanLeusden - Riguidel Donna is a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and a survivor of MST.  General John Vance has showcased to the world that there is a systemic problem in the CAF, and Donna shares the impact of this problem. 
April 06, 2021
Ep# 95. Valerie Huard, mind set, decluttering, & Coping with Trauma Forum
April 05, 2021
Ep#94. Al Cameron, Veterans Voices of Canada
By documenting the stories, some Veterans have felt they can then release and let go of the memories that haunt them.
April 02, 2021
Ep #93 Jeri Tourand Coach, Trilotherapy practitioner, and Trauma survivor
April 01, 2021
Ep# 92. Brothers N Arms CBD Products
FHM Cover Model Elizabeth Marshall, and Founder, Mervin Forero talk about CBD Products Website- Facebook- Instagram- @thebrothersnarms
March 29, 2021
Ep# 91. Paul Hale, PPCLI Association, Peer Support, Suicide Prevention, MHFA
What is Mental Health First Aid? What is Peer Support? Paul Hale is the President of the PPCLI Association, and a mental health advocate. 
March 25, 2021
Ep# 89. Connie Jakab, National Hope Talks For the complete show list, go to 
March 18, 2021
Ep #88. Andrew Steel, PATT Foundation, and Green Task Force
For more, go to Plant A Tree Today!
March 11, 2021
EP# 87. Papa Dix, aka Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca, Combat Engineer, and Trauma Therapist
Find more at  Visit Richard's Linked-In HERE Find his practice HERE  The practice of Romero Piekarczyk-Vacca Psychotherapy is located in Hamilton, ON near Stoney Creek. Patients can also utilize the internet in order to receive their appointments via a secure network if in-person therapy is not possible for them due to distance. Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca is a partner of the practice who works with the military and veterans community and general population. He works closely with the indigenous population. ​ We provide therapy and psychological assessments for individuals and law firms looking to assist their clients in their legal matters with the supervision of a psychologist as well as immigration reports, WSIB, medico-legal, and Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA's). I'm certified to conduct psychological testing and measurements. ​ Services in English, Italian, Polish & Spanish are available. Our areas of specialization are addictions, PTSD, trauma, depression, anger management and anxiety. We provide couples and marriage counselling. We provide self-actualization, positive psychology and life coaching. Dayana is an approved healthcare practitioner for those with Native Status (NIHB & IRS RHSP) for mental health issues.
March 04, 2021
EP# 86. James Cooley, US Navy Veteran, and Radio host
JC Cooley, US Navy Veteran, Author, Radio Host, and founder of the JC Cooley foundation.
February 25, 2021
Ep# 85. Sonya Morton-Firth
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at Sonya Morton-Firth has spent a great deal of effort getting to know Veterans on her show.  Sonya is a high performance coach, and has transferred some of the lessons learned from Veterans, and adopted them into her coaching business.  Her show is a world-class production, and she is a world class interviewer.  Visit her at any of the links below.
February 18, 2021
Ep #84. Phil Ralph, Wounded Warriors Canada
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at The majority of Canadians have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. For some, their experience(s) will lead them to develop PTSD. We know that those who work in our uniformed service professions (Canadian Armed Forces, Police, Fire, Paramedic, Corrections) are at an increased risk for developing an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) like PTSD. Operational Stress Injuries include diagnosed mental health conditions such as anxiety disorder, depression and PTSD, as well as other conditions that may be less severe but interfere with daily functioning. Each year, approximately 1,600 CAF members are released for medical reasons. 1/3 of people who leave the military have difficulty making the transition to civilian life Estimates based on available data show that in Canada, between 10 and 35 percent of First Responders will develop PTSD. From 2006-2016, there were an average of nearly 17 CAF member suicides per year. This does not include Veterans.
February 11, 2021
Bonus EP#90. Rant RE: The Trauma Olympics
This is my first GRUMPY rant.  Too many people are causing harm, where there should be only kindness.  This episode is out of order from the rest, because I felt it couldn't wait. 
February 05, 2021
Ep# 83. Nadia Van der Heyden, Flight Paramedic, and Director of Sales and Marketing with Psygen Labs Inc
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit,   Psilocybin Mushrooms have been used as medicine for thousands of years, today Psygen is making synthetic psilocybin for therapeutic and research use.    Nadia is the Director of Sales and Marketing with Psygen Labs Inc
February 04, 2021
EP #82 Lauren Hope Cleveland, From Uniforms to Unicorns
For more information on OP TR, visit Lauren, Corrections Officer In 2004, I applied for a job as a Primary Worker at Edmonton Institution for Women. Little did I know that they call Correctional Officers - Primary Workers in the Women's Prisons.  (Give me a break - I was 22 years old, the internet barely existed and I was under the impression that this was a casework position). After realizing what I signed up for - I decided to be brave and go for it! I was fortunate to do the job for 8 years, but after the birth of my second son I just knew that my heart was no longer in it! I was angry, jaded and struggling with some pretty big demons. I spent a lot of time distracting, drinking to numb the emotions and filling my time was chaos, so that I would never have a moment to sit and think about it! Because when things got quiet, still and somber the feelings would creep up - and feelings and uncertainty in those emotions meant weakness to me! Naming, taming, and understanding my pain, suffering, and emotional dis-regulation was a game changer in my life. It was fucking hard. Lauren, Wife & Mother I am grateful for these men! Each one of them plays a special role in my life. Here's the truth - I did not always want to be a wife and mom. I'm kind of a wild card. I don't follow rules and I hate being told what to do - (and then my husband decides to become a police officer. I still bend the rules - I just don't break the law). It's actually a very fun dynamic. My husband is my biggest supporter, my most loyal fan and the person that I go to with all my crazy ideas. He humours me, talks sense into me, and forces me to take things down a few notches from time to time.
January 28, 2021
Ep #81. Steven Inglefield, Rehab and Performance Rehab and Performance is the only physical rehabilitation company in Canada that exclusively caters to Military Veterans, RCMP and First Responders. They provide comprehensive multidisciplinary programs built on the expertise of Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Athletic Therapy, and Dietetics. Opening their first location in February 2019, they have already helped many Military Veterans, RCMP and First Responders reclaim their health and their lives. Paramount to their success has been building a supportive and understanding community that fosters interpersonal interaction and connection.
January 21, 2021
EP# 80. Krista Fee, Trauma Recovery Coach
Krista is a Trauma Recovery Coach for Veterans, First Responders, & Their families
January 14, 2021
EP# 79. Corey Evans, Atco / Homes 4 Heroes
Corey Evans, Senior Manager, for Atco joins us in studio to discuss their support of Homes 4 Heroes.  Atco has stepped up in a HUGE way to support Veterans by building a tiny home village in Calgary, and is continuing their support by building another village in Edmonton.   This program is going national, with the next village being built in Ontario.
January 07, 2021
EP #78. Dean "No Duff" Owen
"No Duff" means this is not a drill.  Drop whatever you're doing, and provide immediate help.  About Dean: Former Trooper RTR and Royal Corp of Signals. Merseyside Police. I've learnt lessons the hard way and battle with mental health. This however has made me stronger and more determined to help those who have and continue to serve their Country and Communities. Founder and CEO of No Duff UK. Everybody has a story as to how they got here. We are members of a club that probably nobody wants to be in, I don’t want to be in it, but here I am at the front of the coal face chipping away, or in some hole keep looking up wishing that someone would pull me out. I am in that hole and have been for what seems like forever we / I can’t get out of the hole unless someone helps me or you so I’ve decided to tunnel my way out, and way, way, way in the distance I can see light! Suffering from PTSD or any other Mental Health Illness can make you feel like that, alone and in a dark place, followed by the Black Dog. …NO DUFF… you will not been on your own and we will help you out and the only time you should look down on another is when you are helping them up.. Being diagnosed with a mental health illness shouldn’t be an issue or worry as Not all Wounds are Visible so here at “No Duff” we aim to smash through the barriers, breaking every stigma that is attached to the variety of illnesses that surround Mental Health. If you need us send a text message starting with “No Duff” we then know help is required asap. The people we help are those who as a result of service whether it be Military, 999 Service, NHS, HMP Service and Animal Rescue Services. Sadly these stressful jobs result in Mental Health Complications, Substance Abuse and Sadly people who find no way out and take their there own life. NO DUFF
December 31, 2020
EP# 77. Nick Goldsmith, Hidden Valley Bushcraft
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at ***WARNING***  The first bit of this conversation includes war stories that may be triggering. Nick Goldsmith is a Veteran of the Royal Marines, with multiple operational tours of duty.  After suffering from PTSD, Nick created Hidden Valley Bushcraft as a way for himself to heal, and to share the healing properties of nature and comradery with others. From being a Royal Marine Commando for 11 years, Nick has accrued a wealth of experience and knowledge of bushcraft and survival. During his time in the military he was deployed all over the world, including the Middle East, the Arctic, the jungle and desert. Nick has drawn upon his survival skills in his work and has also taught survival skills to the new recruits at the Royal Marines Training Centre. Prior to his military service he was a children’s activity leader. His love of the outdoors and woodland environment was first sparked as a child, when he would spend his time building shelters, camping, fishing, trapping and foraging with friends. After purchasing a woodland in 2012, he began by teaching family and friends the skills he'd learnt during childhood and throughout his military career. This passion along with his military background and the ability to connect with all age groups, makes him a diverse bushcraft instructor. Nick specializes in wild cooking and is fanatical about the food of our native British Isles. Nick is a Level 4 NCFE certified Bushcraft Instructor, holding a level 4 NCFE cert in Ethnobotany and has qualifications in Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, Professional Cookery, GNAS Archery Leadership and First Aid. He also holds a clean enhanced DBS.
December 24, 2020
#76. Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca, Veteran & Psychotherapist For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at About Richard:  "I served from 2008 to 2016 in the Regular Forces as a Combat Engineer. I was posted to 4 Engineer Regiment and later attached-posted to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) of Canada." Richard completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at McMaster University. During his undergraduate, he served in a variety of extra circular and administrative positions as well. Richard then completed graduate studies in psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. It remains his goal to continue the education necessary to become eligible for registration as a psychologist. Aside from university, he has completed several certificates in order to compliment his degrees and learn practical theory during various types of interventions. Richard became a Registered Psychotherapist (Q) shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto. Presently, he owns and operates an outpatient practice and an inpatient practice with his partner, Dayana Romero. #ptsd, #cpst, #trauma
December 17, 2020
BONUS Episode: How NOT to ruin Christmas this year
You're a mean one Mr. Grinch!   You're on a mission, whether you're aware of it or not.  Here is how to choose the RIGHT mission.  The result:  EVERYONE will enjoy Christmas more this year than usual. 
December 14, 2020
EP#57. The Mask "(De) Facing PTSD"
The cover artwork is called "(De)Facing PTSD" and is used with the permission of the artist.   I call this "The Mask" . This is an amazing piece of art work by Danny Quirk.  This is my best attempt at explaining what "The Mask" means to me.  For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at
December 10, 2020
#75. Welsh Guards Veteran, and Veteran advocate, Sean Molino
Sean Molino isn't one to dwell on the negative.  Instead, Sean is all about finding creative solutions, and celebrating the success's of others.  Many Veterans have achieved great things since they left their uniforms, and he celebrates those achievements in grand fashion.  Connect with Sean through any of the links below.
December 10, 2020
EP# 74. Jody Salway, Veteran Advocate, Royal Canadian Legion
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at Jody is a PPCLI Veteran, and a Navy Veteran.  He is a service officer for the Royal Canadian Legion, and a Service Dog Trainer. Jody is one busy guy! #ppcli
December 03, 2020
Ep# 73. Dee Webb, Therapeutic Yoga
Yoga is widely accepted as a powerful healing modality or PTS Injuries.  Tune in to hear Dee's story of how she found Yoga, and why she is teaching it today.  Find Dee online here:     You can book an online session with her, or if you're in the Okotoks area, you can see her in person.  For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at
November 26, 2020
EP# 72. Therapeutic entrainment music to start/end your day
Well being takes effort. When you wake up in the morning, instead of hitting the snooze button, and instead of checking your phone for emails and social media updates, ...take a moment for self care.  You deserve it.  And...your family deserves the best version of you, ...every day.  Please use headphones for the full effect.  Take at least 10 deep breaths in the beginning, and repeat as you wish.  First thing in the morning, sets your day up for success. Last thing before bed, helps to put your busy mind at rest.  Try 10 days in a row, and see how you feel.  You'll thank me for it. :)  Go to for your free 7 day trial, and discover relief for nightmares, find a great night's sleep, reduce anxiety, and much more.  Go to your app store and download "MMS: Mobile Wellness" to find relief today
November 19, 2020
Ep# 71. Meta Medical Solutions, Dr. Pat O'Leary & Matthew Widmer
Do you suffer from a lack of sleep?  Do you have frequent nightmares like I do? Mine are EVERY night.   How about anxiety?  Do you wish you could find a non-chemical way to reduce anxiety? If meditation isn't for you, there may be a solution with Meta Medical Solutions.  All you need is a set of headphones or earbuds , and you can play this scientifically created music to find instant relief.  Go to  for a free 7 day trial. #trauma, #recovery, #healing, 
November 17, 2020
EP. #70 You're not Broken....You're under construction
The tougher life is, the tougher you are.  Hard times makes for hard people.  Sometimes we feel broken...but if you're still breathing, you're not broken.  You're a survivor.  You're under repair.  Not everyone has made it this far...but YOU DID.  You're still here, and that's because YOU ARE STRONG.  You ARE a champion. 
November 12, 2020
EP# 69 Self Care for the week leading up to Remembrance Day/Veterans Day
My Grandfather, a WW2 Vet died on Remembrance day in 1996.  It's a tough day for many of us, and a tough week.  My wife started noticing I was edgy 2 weeks ago, as I was focused on Remembrance day 2020.  The other stressors of the US Election, and COVID are extra bricks in the ruck sack this year.  Here are some ideas of how to stay vigilant, and put extra effort into your self care this week.  #lestweforget
November 08, 2020
EP# 68. Intersex US Army Veteran: Morgan B.
Morgan and her fiancée Logan are an interesting couple.   Morgan is intersex, and Logan is a trans-man, two-spirit, and Metis.  I really did think that there were only 2 genders, but WOW was I wrong.  I know understand the how and why of a gender spectrum, and I'm so glad I've been enlightened.  Morgan suffers from PTSD as a result of her service, and has found great relief from Peer Support.  She has also found great relief, connection and learning from OP TR, which was wonderful to hear. 
November 05, 2020
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Ep #67 Guided Meditation: how to find your calm, and instantly reduce your anxiety/anger
This is a 3 part strategy which I use, and it works for me.  When an anxiety attack hits, here are the 3 simple steps I use to over-come them.  1.  Acknowledge & Accept      Accept that you are feeling anxiety, and that it's unpleasant.  Accept that it's OK, and it's natural.   Anxiety happens, and it's just your turn right now.  Don't pretend it's not happening, and accept that it is not a sign of weakness.  It's OK, to not be OK.  2.  BREATH.  Take 3, slow, deep breaths, without thinking about technique.         Then, place your hands over the top of your belly, and keep breathing, feeling your belly expand on the inhale.  Breath at least 5-8 more times like this.  3.  Find any line to trace with your eyes.  Roof tops, fence lines, the outline of a tree, outline of a cloud.   Trace the outline from right, to left, SLOWLY.  Deep Breathing all the time.      If you don't have access to an outdoor view, then pick any object in a room.  Try to find the joint where the wall and the ceiling meet, and start there.   Slowly trace the line from right to left.   Take your time, and continue deep breathing while you do it. 
October 29, 2020
Ep. #66 Kurtis Sanheim on Christianity & Healing
Kurtis is an Army Veteran & former Movie star.  You can see him standing next to Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in the movie, Open Range.  Today he owns a painting company, Veteran Painting (VP). Kurtis volunteers as a Christian outreach minister, and has dedicated a large portion of his life to helping others.  In doing so, he has also helped himself.  Selfless acts of kindness are the norm for Kurtis, and it is these acts which help Kurtis heal from trauma he as endured in his life. 
October 27, 2020
Ep #65. Dr. Sam Mills on MST, (military sexual trauma)
Dr. Sam (Sandra) specializes in Trauma, PTSD, TBI's etc.  She does a great deal of work with Military Sexual Trauma's.  Rape, sexual exploitation, sexual assault and sexual harassment are all trauma's which Dr. Mills helps people recover from.  This was a difficult episode, as I shared my own experience of being assaulted while in Basic Training.  It can happen to anyone.  This tends to be a Hot-Potato topic which is often avoided.  I'm happy to finally cover this topic on OP TR. for the full show list
October 26, 2020
EP# 64. John Senior on Peer Support VIA Zoom Calls
There are Pro's and Cons to both "in person", and "virtual" peer support meetings.   
October 23, 2020
EP# 63. John Senior shares the story of "The Fence"
I've heard the story more than a dozen times, but my understanding of it deepens every time.  ***Have Kleenex ready***
October 22, 2020
EP# 60. Why We Remember
This is a spoken-word piece I wrote last year.  It was narrated by Mayors across the country, and published in numerous papers, including the Toronto Star.  If you wish to read this at your school, or your remembrance day ceremony, please go ahead.  If you could pop me a note to let me know, that would be appreciated.  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 Satan is in fact real, and he 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 smell 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.
October 22, 2020
EP# 62. What is Stolen Valour, and why does it happen?
Stolen Valor is NOT a victimless crime.  It diminishes the service of those who have earned their credentials through blood, sweat, and tears. 
October 21, 2020
EP# 61. The Rule of Five
Greg S. Reid Is a multi-best selling self-help author who first introduced me to the Rule of 5.  Following this rule is one of the single most important things you can do for your mental health, and success. 
October 20, 2020
Ep# 59 Dave Howard, Homes 4 Heroes, and Canadian Legacy Project Dave Howard and his family, along with some amazing sponsors have created meaningful resources for Canadian Veterans.  It was a privilege to have him as a guest.
October 13, 2020
EP# 58. Philosophy matters
Stoicism, Momento Mori, Nihlism, Karma, an eternal game of Snakes & Ladders
October 09, 2020
EP# 56. Sherise Schlaht, Addictions therapist and Military Spouse
Substance Use And Support Services (S.E.U.S.S.) Contact Sherise Schlaht: or call her at: (403) 715-8888 She is available by ZOOM call, or in person at her office in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. 
September 30, 2020
EP# 55. Paul Glennie, R.C.M.P.
Paul Glennie is a current serving member of the RCMP.  He's also a former board member of the National Police Federation, which is the newly formed RCMP union.  Paul shares his story of PTSD, and recovery.
September 24, 2020
EP# 54. Ed Owens, "The Grief Recovery Method"
The Grief Recovery Method can be learned by the lay-person.  Ed Owens is a trainer, and practitioner, and shares the do's  and don'ts of supporting someone who is suffering through grief. 
September 24, 2020
EP# 53. Dennis Berry, Addictions Coach
Host of the Funky Brain Podcast, and Addictions Coach, Dennis Berry.
September 23, 2020
EP# 52. TV Star, and Veteran, Dr. Mike Simpson
From the History Channels hit show, "Hunting Hitler" Dr. Mike Simpson joins us to talk about the link between physical health, and mental health. #history channel
September 23, 2020
EP# 51 PTSD and Social Media Apps
One of the most harmful aspects of PTSD is that it disconnects you from other people.  Social Media isn't FURTHER disconnects you from other people, which AMPLIFIES the negative symptoms of PTSD.  I've deleted ALL of the SM apps from my phone, including...and especially Youtube.  It's super difficult, but it will get easier in time.  I challenge you to delete all the apps from your phone for 7 days.  It's WAY tougher than you think. 
September 21, 2020
EP#50. Me being a guest on "The Funky Brain" podcast
Dennis Barry is the host of "The Funky Brain" podcast.   His show focusses on addiction recovery, which is tends to be hand in hand with Trauma recovery.  This is a great conversation, and Dennis was a wonderful host. 
September 18, 2020
EP#49. Therapist, Matthew Miller
Veterans and First Responders are different ducks.  They don't think like, talk like, act like everyone else.  Matthew Miller has taken the time to better understand our community, so that he can do a better job of helping us.  Click HERE to visit his website, and contact him.  Please let him know you learned about him from this podcast.  
September 18, 2020
EP# 48. Cops need our support right now
Being a cop has always been a thankless job. But in our current climate, Police would be happy for the bygone days of a thankless community, compared to what they are currently enduring. Never before in modern history have Police officers been accused of being the worst of society.  Today, the reputation of Cops is constantly under attack by the media. And fringe groups who purport to have a noble agenda are paradoxically allowed by our Governments to wreak havoc on our cities without consequence. Entire city blocks have been burned, children have been murdered, and yet the Media all but ignores the backlash of the problem which they themselves are largely responsible for inciting. Well intended people have been duped into believing that roughly half of society are devout white supremists, and that visible minorities are being hunted and killed by the police.  The media bolsters this false narrative daily, which has created an incredibly unstable and explosive environment. When a group of people believes that they are in danger of being killed by the police, it’s only natural for a member of that group to be afraid, and resist arrest.  When you resist arrest, you are making a safe situation dangerous by escalating the force required to arrest you. If you comply with the orders of the Police officer, you are almost ALWAYS safe.  It is extremely rare that a compliant arrestee is harmed or killed as a result of the arrest. In those rare instances, the Police Officers are likely at fault, and deserve to be charged. Only improved training and selection practices can reduce these rare instances. A part of Policing which very few average people are willing to engage in,  is combat.  Most people have never been in a dangerous fist fight, but for Cops, getting into scraps is a common occurrence.  Some of these fights involve armed bad guys who are high on crystal meth, and who are nearly impossible to control.  When a crazed meth head charges at you with a knife, the only realistic response is to pull out your pistol and fire a few rounds into the center of the target.  The pollyantic fools who cry, “you should have shot them in the leg!” have no concept of the reality of combat.  There isn’t a Police Officer alive who has the training and skill to reliably make a “leg shot” against a crazed charging assailant.  And no, a Taser is not reliable enough to deploy in this situation either. Armchair critics are quick to judge and condemn the use of violent force, without having the faintest idea of the reality of a combat environment.  Many will recoil at the word “Combat”, by saying, “Combat is for a battle field, not for our streets! Our Cops are not soldiers!”   And, they would be wrong.  Combat is a violent “must win” altercation.  When someone is violently resisting arrest...that absolutely qualifies as Combat.  It’s not the police who initiate the’s the person being arrested who creates the Combat situation, which the Police have no choice but to respond to with force. Listen to this podcast for the rest..and some ideas on how to muscle through this time. 
September 16, 2020
EP# 47. Me being interviewed on the Uptalk Podcast
Hollywood star, Kristen Bell was a guest on this it's my turn?  Okee dokee!   The Uptalk Podcast is available on several platforms.  Apple, Spotify, Google, whichever floats your boat. Sean is a great host, and we had a great chat.  Shout outs to: Devon Larratt, Matt Mask, John Senior, Tracey McKinnon, Theo Fleury, Jessica Van der Hoek, The Rolling Barrage, Military Minds, Dr. Jody Carrington, Scott Casey, Veterans Association Food Bank, ....all of whom were mentioned in this Podcast.
September 15, 2020
EP#46. Dr. Robb Kelly, the #1 Global expert on addictions
Dr. Robb is the #1 expert in the world on addiction recovery.  He shares his findings on the link between PTSD and addictions, and SO MUCH MORE! He's been featured on CBS's "The Doctors", and several other international TV shows.  Dr. Robb Kelly has also been a guest on numerous radio shows across North America. To listen to his own podcast, click HERE Watch this episode on Youtube HERE
September 15, 2020
EP# 45 It's OK to not be OK
Thank you Theo Fleury for reminding me that it's OK to not be OK.  Also, thank you for reminding me how important it is to recover out loud. To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 10, 2020
EP# 44. Lisa Sabatini, former Military Spouse
Formerly a spouse of a Military member, Lisa shares her struggle, her injuries, and her recovery.  Now, she is helping others recover from secondary trauma.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 09, 2020
EP# 43. How to answer the question, "Have you ever killed anyone?"
This is a very sensitive topic...I get it.  Please forgive me if this triggers you.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 06, 2020
EP# 42. The #1. barrier to transitioning to civilian life
Transition to civilian life is hard, and for many people, the struggle never ends.  Understanding the difference between who you are, and what you do, or used to do, is a vital component for successful transition.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 06, 2020
EP# 41. D.I.S.C. The four Personality types To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 04, 2020
EP #40 Dave Bona, Mefloquine Poisoning / Quinism
Agent Orange, Mefloquine, PCB's, ... Soldiers are often exposed to toxic, and even lethal substances with the full knowledge of their superiors.  This puts the Government on the hook, and they cover their ass every single time.  Deny, Deny, Deny.... Here is how to know if you have Mefloquine poisoning, and what to do about it.  Mefloquine is also known as Lariam, Tafenoquine, Krintafel, and Arakoda. Dr. Remington Nevin, The Quinism Foundation Symptoms of mefloquine poisoning The term “quinism” may seem new, but the symptoms of poisoning by mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®), tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™), chloroquine (marketed as Aralen®), and related quinoline drugs are all too familiar: Tinnitus. Dizziness. Vertigo. Paresthesias. Visual disturbances. Gastroesophageal and intestinal problems. Nightmares. Insomnia. Sleep apnea. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Paranoia. Cognitive dysfunction. Depression. Personality change. Suicidal thoughts. These symptoms are not “side effects”. They are symptoms of poisoning by a class of drug that is neurotoxic and that injures the brain and brainstem. This poisoning causes a disease, and this disease has a name: Chronic quinoline encephalopathy — also known as quinism. If you have any American vets asking about mefloquine poisoning share with them Bill Manofsky’s contact  
August 29, 2020
EP# 39 Recover Out Loud
There is only ONE way to reduce the stigma, and that's to Recover Out Loud. Every time you are open about the fact that you are injured by Trauma, you are signalling to others, that it's OK to talk about it.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
August 28, 2020
EP# 38, Doctoral Candidate, Danae Laut on Military Family Resilience.
Secondary trauma affects our children, and our spouses.  Danae is now doing a research project to better understand what those impacts are, and how to minimize them.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
August 04, 2020
EP# 37 Bruno Guevremont, North Pole Explorer, The Vets Brigade
Bruno  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
June 18, 2020
EP# 36, Colette & Gary Benoit
EP# 36, Colette & Gary Benoit Benoit Wellness Consulting  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
June 18, 2020
EP# 35, Scott Casey, President of Military Minds, and founder of The Rolling Barrage
EP# 35, Scott Casey, President of Military Minds, and founder of The Rolling Barrage To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE #therollingbarrage #militaryminds
June 18, 2020
EP# 34. Laura Townsend, Ultra Marathoner and sexual assault survivor, Laura Townsend
"ME TOO", the two most powerful words you can utter to start your journey of recovery.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
June 14, 2020
EP# 33, the 4 stages of PTSD Recovery
1. Unconscious Incompetence 2. Conscious Incompetence 3. Conscious Competence 4. Unconscious Competence To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
June 11, 2020
EP# 32. What it's like to live with an OSI / PTSD
It doesn't matter what the source of your trauma was, the effects on your life are predictable.   Life is hard, and PTSD makes it harder.  In this episode I talk about how PTSD has affected me directly.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
June 01, 2020
EP# 31. How to have a conversation about Suicide, with the Suicide Prevention Pledge Card
It's natural to avoid tough conversations, and talking about Suicide is certainly a tough one to have.  The Suicide Prevention Pledge Card provides you with a powerful tool to make the conversation a whole lot easier.  Having the card in my wallet has helped me brush the thoughts of suicide away more easily.  The card has also allowed me to intervene when others are in crisis.  My family members are also relieved to know that I carry the card as a symbol of my commitment to NEVER die by suicide.  If you would like me to speak to your department about how to use this card, just let me know.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
May 19, 2020
EP#30. Dr. Jody Carrington, Canadian Best Selling Author of "Kids These Days", on Trauma Recovery
Dr. Jody Carrington specializes in Trauma, and Trauma recovery.  She is a spectacular and entertaining speaker who has dedicated her life to supporting the healing and health of others.  This is an episode you won't want to miss, and you might want to share. :) To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
April 29, 2020
EP# 29. Embrace the Suck! With Vince Fowler
To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE Vince Fowler , a master business coach, and Army Veteran shares the importance of embracing the suck. 
April 11, 2020
EP #28. COVID19 related stress, and how to lessen it
The Zombie Apocalypse is fun as long as it's on TV, but now that we are heading in that direction in real's a little less fun. COVID19 is causing extra stress for everyone, but those who are in Trauma Recovery are more susceptible to being overwhelmed.  Tune in, and share this episode to learn some practical skills in dealing with this pandemic, as it relates to your mental health.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
March 19, 2020
EP# 27 Terrance Kosikar PHD. PTSD survivor, and founder of Camp My Way
Camp My Way Terrance shares his unreal story or recovery. From a Traumatic Child hood, to being homeless, and a substance abuser, Terrance transformed himself into being a force for good.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 21, 2020
EP# 26 QOV, Quilts of Valour, after surprising 2 Veterans with Quilts To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 19, 2020
EP# 25 Kim Barthel, Co-Author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake
To visit Kim's website, click HERE You can also visit her on Facebook HERE Or visit Kim & Theo on Facebook HERE  Kimberly Barthel is the co-author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake, with NHL Super-star, Theoren Fleury.  She is also a world-renowned speaker and therapist in the area of Trauma.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 18, 2020
EP# 24 What types of jobs / businesses suit PTSD survivors?
Until you've made the journey to recovery, your symptoms may restrict the type of work you do.   Being in a self-employment situation is helpful, or a job which provides you with a lot of independence.  To visit the OP TR facebook page, click HERE Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 13, 2020
EP#23 NHL superstar, Theo Fleury on Mental Health and Trauma Recovery
Theo Fleury was an NHL superstar, and now he is a mental health advocacy super star.  He shares incredible insight in this conversation.  To watch on youtube, click here Thank you to #14 for making the time to join us, and for sharing your story.  Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 13, 2020
EP #22 Dr. Robert Perkins
Expert on treating PTSD without medication.  Dr. Perkins has 2 PHD's, and is a world renowned expert.  He is also an expert in CISD.  Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
February 12, 2020
EP #21 Dharma, the power of knowing and following your purpose
Inspired by the book, Why not Me? Click Here for your copy of the book:  Why Not Me? Support OP TR by donating HERE
January 28, 2020
EP #20, Liz Duerholt, founder of Redefin'd Calgary Trauma, is Trauma, is Trauma.   The end result is the same for Veterans and First Responders, as it is for anyone else.  The effects of trauma disconnect you from the rest of society, and can result in addiction, and homelessness.  Peer Support done right has been clinically proven to aid in trauma recovery. Support OP TR by donating HERE
January 27, 2020
EP#19 The #1 Barrier to Healing & how to overcome it.
EP#19 The #1 Barrier to Healing & how to overcome it The meat and potatoes of this episode comes from Key#13 of the book, "Why not Me? the keys to unlock your power and release your potential. Personal development is for everyone, but the more you are injured by Trauma, the more you need to take your personal development seriously.  If you don' will suffer from your choice to remain the same.  To purchase a copy of "Why not Me?", click HERE Support OP TR by donating HERE
January 22, 2020
Ep# 18 How to prevent suicide for yourself, and others ***course language...because fuck suicide***
ENOUGH!!!  Enough of the BS.  John Senior and Mark Meincke get REAL about suicide, what causes it, how to spot someone who is suicidal, how to prevent it, and how to be effective at suicide intervention.  Learn the tools you need to save a life.  Learn how to save your own life.  And ffs...share this episode.   Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 Available 27/7/365          Or text "start" to 45645 between 4pm-midnight ET Veterans Affairs Canada Crisis Line: 1-800-268-7708 for Canadian Veterans, spouses of Veterans, and children of Veterans up to the age of 21.  This line also includes free counselling for Veterans and their families.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
December 04, 2019
EP# 17 How to start the healing process
In this episode, we provide the listener with permission to heal.  Self respect, and self love are not here are some tools to build yourself.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
November 19, 2019
EP#16 Choosing anger VS healing ***some course language***
#offended Why we get more angry than other people, and how to not.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
November 19, 2019
EP# 15 ****some course language*** The power of Choice, and knowing when to STOP
STOP Stop Take a breath Observe Proceed On this episode we discuss the biggest "douchebag" comment ever.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
October 29, 2019
EP# 14 with Jessica van der Hoek on DMT, Ayahuasca, and Equine Assisted Therapy
Also available on Youtube, on the Meincke Show Podcast channel.  #dmt, #ayahuasca,  Support OP TR by donating HERE
October 26, 2019
EP# 13 Active listening, the MOST powerful skill you can have as a peer supporter
The #1 Human Emotional Need is Affirmation.  The #1 way to give the gift of affirmation is to be a skilled active listener.  Active listening is the skillful act of affirming another person, while investigating their feelings with care and compassion.  Using an investigative communications model known as the Pain Funnel, you can be a world class listener. ***the pain funnel is a TM intellectual property of Sandler Training*** I hope they don't mind that I've adapted it for this purpose.  Please don't sue me! Support OP TR by donating HERE
October 03, 2019
EP #12 Shelagh Cox from the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC)
MFRC Veteran Family Program Coordinator Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 23, 2019
EP #11, Overcoming depression with the power of purpose.
Places to Volunteer: Local Food Bank, homeless shelter, teaching Adult Literacy, teaching child literacy, walking shelter dogs, ... Activities  better than TV, or social media: Any course, cooking, auto-repair, another language, the gym, .... Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 21, 2019
EP #10, How to start the process of recovery ****course language****
When do you know you need help? How do you start the process? Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 11, 2019
EP #9 Healing happens....but there is no silver bullet ***course language***
This is a long hard's a good road, but it is not an easy one.  It takes you to a good place, but not without a whole lot of effort.  Trauma recovery is about the journey...there isn't a destination of "cured"  Support OP TR by donating HERE For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at
September 11, 2019
EP #8. THANK YOU!!! to QOV, Quilts of Valour
N, Christie created the "Sunshine Quilt", which was gifted to me in May of 2017.  I'm incredibly blessed and grateful to receive such an amazing gift.  Thank you to all the Quilt of Valour Quilters for the amazing love, effort, and care you put into every stitch of each quilt.  Your love is felt.  #quiltofvalour, Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 10, 2019
EP: #7, the tendency to minimize our service, or the service of others
Douche-baggery is running amok, and OP TR is providing a counterbalance.  What is a Veteran? Who is the toughest first responder? What trade is the toughest? Support OP TR by donating HERE 
September 10, 2019
EP#6 How to NOT wreck your camping trip **course language***
Peer Support facilitator John Senior joins the podcast to talk about how NOT to be an asshole.  - practical tools on how NOT to wreck the camping trip - re-framing Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 03, 2019
EP# 5. Trauma has an Echo, part 2
****warning course language**** Peer support facilitator John Senior joins the show to drill deeper on "Trauma has an echo" Support OP TR by donating HERE
September 03, 2019
EP#4. Coping VS Healing
Coping makes room for healing, but it can also create a dangerous trap.  If all you ever do is cope, you will not heal.  There must be a balance, and you must include Healing into your recovery plans.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
August 28, 2019
EP3: Trauma has an Echo
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at Secondary trauma is what happens when the signs and symptoms of PTSD affect the people around you.  Support OP TR by donating HERE 
August 28, 2019
EP# 2. What is PTSD / OSI, what causes it, and what are some symptoms?
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at Operational stress INJURY, is a term I prefer to PTSD, because it is more accurate.  It is an injury, not a sickness.  You are not alone.  Listen to this episode, and see if you can relate.  Please leave comments, and share a link to this show on social media, or text it directly to someone who may benefit.  ***Discaimer*** In this episode, I used the acronym TBI as interchangeable with PTSD.  This isn't accurate.  The effects are similar, but not the same, and the modality of injury is not exactly the same.  Oopsy!  Remember, I am NOT a clinition.  I'm working hard to get the details right, but will miss the occasional tid-bit like this one.  The message however is the same. Bottom line on this episode....and OSI / PTSD, is an INJURY, not a sickness, or disorder.   Support OP TR by donating HERE
August 26, 2019
Episode #1. What is Operation Tango Romeo? + Do's and Don't of Peer Support
For more information on Operation Tango Romeo, please visit the website at Are you recovering from Trauma?  Do you want to help someone who wants to recover from Trauma?  Subscribe, and share this show right now, and take the first step. Share the link to this Podcast on Social Media, and/or text it directly to someone you know  Join the Operation, and help to save lives, and relieve suffering.  Support OP TR by donating HERE
August 22, 2019