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
#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
Ep. #230. Bill Ciprick CEO of Optimi Health, Psylocibin Mushroom producer
https://www.optimihealth.ca/ About Bill: Over 25 years of Global experience across a wide array of industries in multifunctional organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small and medium-sized businesses. Bill graduated from UBC with a Bachelor Degree in Economics and has spent his career working in various cities across North America. Prior experience includes leading a specialty advisory practice for the Business Development Bank of Canada, running his own successful consulting firm and helping a high tech company go public and grow from $200 M to $800 M in under 4 years. Bill additionally spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble and has a love and proven track record for growing products and brands. Optimi HealthTM (CSE: OPTI – OTCQX: OPTHF – FRA: 8BN) believes that personal identity is a fluid and evolving aspect of all our lives This includes physical, spiritual and mental well-being. Our goal is to bring-to-market an evolving product family of functional mushroom-based formulations to help transform and “optimize” human development
June 27, 2022
Ep. #229. Do The Work
DO THE WORK You can’t get strong by watching YOUTUBE videos of other people going to the gym. From the videos you can certainly garner some great tips on HOW to work out effectively, but you won’t receive any results without actually doing the workouts. If you break your arm, it’s not very useful to sit on the couch thinking about possibly going to the hospital. The longer you sit around just “thinking” about getting help for your arm, the more pain you will endure unnecessarily. If you wait a few days, your arm will start to set itself in the wrong position, causing more unnecessary long term suffering. By not addressing the issue and simply getting help, you have made your broken arm into a way bigger issue than it had to be. If you choose to stay home and just wish you had help, you will suffer from your choices. If help comes to your door, and you refuse to open that door, you will suffer from your choice. This is exactly the same for people who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Injuries. If you don’t do the work, if you don’t take positive action, you will suffer more than you need to. By procrastinating on getting help, the injury is getting worse than it needs to be. If you don’t know where to start looking for help, start with my show. Operation Tango Romeo has over 230 episodes that are dedicated to investigating every form of healing that I can find. I have done episodes on Nutrition, exercise, psychedelics, retreats, NLP, equine therapy, motorcycle riding, canine companionship, skilled peer support, EMDR, talk therapy, mental health first aid, finding purpose, and on, and on, and on. There IS help available, all you have to do is put up your hand and ask for it. Reach out to any of the organizations that I’ve had on the show, and ask for help. If moving forward with help is beyond your capacity right now…what CAN you do? Can you do one pushup an hour? Can you walk up and down stairs? Can you do half of a bodyweight squat? Can you quit drinking alcohol? Can you attend a peer support meeting, in person or online? Can you visit with someone at least once a week? Can you read one paragraph of a self help book every day? Can you learn one new word of a new language every day? Can you do yoga with the help of youtube videos? Can you listen to one episode of my show a day? Can you call a service officer to ask for help? Can you help someone else? Can you volunteer at a food bank, or any other charitable organization? What skills do you have which could be used to help another human being, or an animal? Can you babysit a dog while people are on vacation? Or a cat? Or a goldfish? Or a plant? Can you water plants? Can you compliment someone? Can you smile? Can you keep hydrated? Can you make your bed? Can you take a shower? Can you brush your teeth? If you can do any of these things…then do it. If you can do more, then do more. Focus on what you CAN do, and get it done. Just pick ONE thing, and do it every single day. Eventually you’ll find the strength to do two things a day, then three, and your capacity for self care will grow. Eventually you will find the strength to reach out for help, and take your healing to the next level. Taking massive action is great, but not necessary. Tiny steps, done consistently, will get you to a better place…but you still have to take those steps. If you don’t, you won’t move. If you don’t move, nothing will change. If nothing changes, you won’t heal. Do the work.
June 16, 2022
Special Series Ep. #3. "How to save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Scott Casey.
This is a special series dedicated to supporting the success of the RCL. There are several Legion Branches across the country which are struggling, and several others which have closed down. And yet, there are other branches which are thriving. The intent of this series is to investigate why some branches thrive, while others wither away. At the end of this series, I will do a conclusion episode with the do’s and don'ts of successful branches. This roadmap to success will be available to all branches, and to National Command. It is my sincere hope that the Legion embraces this information to create a plan to move forward, and ensure the survival and success of the RCL. When the Legion succeeds, the entire Veteran community succeeds. It is crucial that the RCL continues to be a cornerstone of Veteran support and advocacy. This can only be done by attracting more Veterans into leadership roles within the organization. Attracting more Veterans can only be done by creating a warm and welcoming environment for the Veteran community. Please share this episode with as many Legion members as you can. Together we can save the Royal Canadian Legion.
June 15, 2022
Ep. #228. Sherry Lachine, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, founder of Broadmind
Mental Health First Aid is a skill that EVERYONE should have. You are guaranteed to be in several situations in your life where these skills will be incredibly helpful, and not having the skills could be incredibly harmful. email@example.com https://www.broadmind.ca/ About Broadmind: We bring proven science, best practices, new innovations and delightful experiences in mental health to educate individuals and organizations on how to manage stress, support each other and create psychological safety. Connection Together we can create real-human-connection in workplaces – safer, happier, connected. People We equip people with the knowledge and skills to thrive and to support others in their mental health and wellbeing journey. Proven Science We bring the proven science, best practices, and new innovations in mental health to every organization we serve. Community We believe in supporting the health of our community members. Not everyone has an employer or the opportunity to get these supportive, life-enhancing/saving educational experiences. That's why we provide free training to community members through our amazing relationship with the Kingston Community Health Centres. Learn more
June 08, 2022
Special Series, Ep #2. "How to Save the Royal Canadian Legion" with Pierre Vallieres
June 07, 2022
Special Series: Ep#1. "How to save the Legion" with Brandon Gorham
Several Branches of the RCL have closed down over the years. Fewer and fewer Veterans attend, or buy memberships. But I believe the RCL can be saved. This series is dedicated to discovering the do's and don'ts for Branches to become successful. The Legion is an important institution, but most feel they have lost their way. Lets fix it.
June 02, 2022
Ep#227. Dawn McIlmoyle, CAF Veteran, MST survivor, Vet Advocate.
Military Sexual Trauma, like other traumas can be devastating to a persons life. Healing, and rebuilding is no easy task. Dawn has been able to rebuild, and use her experience to help others heal and reach out for help.
May 31, 2022
Bonus Episode. #226. Terry Grant (Mantracker)
Kids don't play "Hide N Seek" any more, instead they play "Mantracker". Terry Grant is an international icon. You can join him for a back-country trip by contacting Anchor D Ranch, and booking your spot. https://anchord.com/ Terry joined me for the first ever "Bonus Episode" Of Operation Tango Romeo. Bonus episodes have nothing to do with trauma recovery. They are just cool conversations with cool people about interesting stuff. If you want to get to know more about Terry, this episode is for you!
May 30, 2022
Ep. #225. Paul Brandt, Country Music Star, Child Protection Advocate
Country Music Star, Paul Brandt was kind enough to ride his motorcycle to my studio to record this important episode. Paul shares stories that you won't believe. To help protect your children, and the children of others, please listen to, and share this episode as much as you can. Please visit www.notinmycity.ca to learn more about what YOU can do to help protect children.
May 26, 2022
Ep. #224. Conrad Weaver, documentary film maker, PTSD-911 Documentary
Conrad Weaver Producer/Director PTSD911 Documentary www.conjostudios.com www.ptsd911movie.com 301-606-7794 PTSD911 will provide information about a path forward from PTSD that does not lead to suicide, but rather leads to return to a fulfilling life that involves serving others. Fire, Police, EMS, and 911 operators all came into their respective professions to help others. They want nothing more than to be able to return whole to their jobs. But, in the circumstance of PTSD, help is needed for healing. Department leaders need to develop programs and policies to help their members. This takes education and awareness, which PTSD911 will provide. Also, the responders need to know there is help available, which will be another critically important message in this film. GOALS FOR THE FILM 1. Raise Awareness – We must help the general population understand the issue. Most civilians don’t know or understand the issue of post traumatic stress in first responders. The average citizen does not understand the depth of this issue, and they need to know. The goal is to educate the viewer and stimulate change in people’s behavior and attitudes toward our nation’s first responders. The producers feel first responders are heroes who not only deserve applause, but also deserve to have access to the support networks that can help mitigate ongoing stress that trauma can bring. The initiative is to help people understand the urgency of this situation, and motivate individuals, organizations, and communities to be proactive in providing support and resources to help all first responders work and live a healthy and productive life both in their professional and personal lives. 2. End the Stigma – To help first responders realize it’s okay to ask for help. The case studies featured in the film will depict individuals and agencies who are helping their members realize it it ok to raise one’s hand and ask for help. The producer’s goal is to make it ok to not be ok and to ask for help. 3. Inspire Systemic Change – No one should get fired just because they are struggling with the traumas they have faced, and have asked for help. The filmmakers want agency leaders to learn how they can implement healthy changes and training within their departments so their members get the mental health help they need and can continue to be productive in their public service to our communities.
May 24, 2022
Ep. #223. Bonnie Kaplan, PhD. Co-Author of "The Better Brain"
THE BETTER BRAIN, Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition. Buy "The Better Brain" book! https://thebetterbrainbook.com/ On Amazon: HERE True Hope.com Hardy Nutritionals Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally from Ohio, she did all her training in the US (University of Chicago and Brandeis University). Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology at Yale University Department of Neurology and the West Haven (CT) Veterans Administration Neuropsychology Laboratory until she moved to Canada in 1979. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. She was the founding principal investigator of the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition longitudinal study (ApronStudy.ca). Bonnie has over 180 peer-reviewed publications and textbook contributions, and many more invited lectures. After retiring from full-time academic research in 2016, she turned her attention to raising the profile of nutrition in mental health in two ways: a) by focusing on Knowledge Translation, and b) by raising funds to help her junior colleagues who have not yet been able to convince funding agencies that this is an important topic. Her efforts to include nutrition knowledge in the care of people with mental health challenges has earned her a variety of awards, including the Dr. Rogers Prize in September 2019; and selection in 2017 as one of 150 Canadian Difference Makers in Mental Health, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. In 2021 she was chosen as one of the top “7 Over 70” in Calgary, partly for her book The Better Brain, written with Professor Julia Rucklidge and published by Harper Collins as well as Penguin Random House. The award also was acknowledgement of her establishment of two charitable funds supporting research by junior colleagues who study nutrition and mental health. Those funds have now raised and distributed over $1 million CAD. Her primary goal is to influence the way mental health treatment is delivered.
May 23, 2022
Ep. #222. Lakeydra Houston, USAF Veteran, Space Force recruiter, MST survivor
Lakeydra Houston, USAF Veteran, Space Force recruiter, MST survivor Find her on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lakeydrahouston About Lakeydra: For years I was ashamed…..only a few knew my secret and no one knew my pain! As a child, I was bullied at school and molested by a family member. Joining the military was my way to escape and blossom into the person I thought I wanted to be not knowing my life would change forever. Military Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence was not talked about and I was a victim of both. Due to embarrassment and fear of retaliation, I kept the incidents to myself and alcohol became my security. While I was trying to overcome my pain, my sister was murdered. I felt so alone, I was ready to end it all. After a suicide attempt, I realized it was more to live for and my faith was renewed. Since that day my pain birthed my purpose to be a voice for victims. We are a support system that will fight with you and for you so you are never alone during your healing.
May 16, 2022
Ep. #221. Bohdan Kit, providing gear for Ukrainian fighters
Find KOLO on Facebook HERE Visit the KOLO website HERE Email KOLO HERE KOLO is a group of top managers from the IT industry who have come together to help the Ukrainian army. We find, buy and send drones, thermal imagers, bulletproof vests and other equipment to the soldiers of the Armed Forces in hellish places.
May 10, 2022
Ep. #220. Paul Harman "Harm", The Rolling Barrage, Veterans/First Responders cross-Canada motorcycle ride
https://therollingbarrage.com/ Are you ready to ride?! Come join us for some wind/throttle therapy on a stop, a leg, a day, a weekend, or the whole ride, in our efforts to combat PTSD, personal challenges, and to join a supportive network of brothers and sisters. This is the family you never knew you had. The Rolling Barrage starts on the first Monday in August and crosses Canada on a daily route until it “takes the ridge” during a grand finale in Vancouver, BC. Riders, many of them in for the “full pull”, conduct a 20 day epic motorcycle journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, with daily events scheduled in towns all the way across Canada. Registered riders and those who support us, may join in at any point along the route, to show nationwide strength and unity that our military, first responders, and safety community deserve. What separates TRB from a typical charity ride? TRB is a pilgrimage, it’s a 20 day excursion through everything that Canada has to offer its visitors. The smells, the sights, the tastes, the sounds, the touch, All your senses are engaged. It’s time to think, long and hard, about everything and anything you’ve been needing to think about. It’s connection to people who understand that life throws potholes into your journey and it can cause you to lose your balance and crash. TRB isn’t just a motorcycle group ride, it’s life changing moments that brings human vulnerability to the forefront of our minds. This is the family you didn’t know existed. Disclaimer The Rolling Barrage is an independent, yet inclusive, organization and event. All are welcome to attend and support us as private citizens or companies. Apart from the recipients, providers, and donors that we have vetted on our public lists, we: Claim no territory; Are not part of CAF, Veterans Affairs, Emergency Service, or any local / provincial / federal government entity; Do not actively support political entities or activities; and Hold no allegiance to any specific club or organization. We welcome all registered riders and supporters to wear the military, veteran, first responder, safety community, or motorcycle vest and paraphernalia that they are proud of, during the TRB rides and events – so long as they don’t represent any criminal entity / behavior, undermine or bring discredit to our organization and its efforts.
May 06, 2022
Ep. #219. Rosie Cataldo, Human Trafficking, Child Sex Trafficking Education and prevention
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-cataldo-a3161512b/ Website: http://www.childhoodvictories.com/ Email: ConsultRosie@gmail.com What lengths would you go to in order to protect your kids from being raped? It's a horrible question to ask...which is why people don't ask it. Without talking about the problem, and the prevention, our children are left vulnerable. Talk about it. Talk about it with your kids, teachers, friends, ....talk about it in order to prevent it.
May 05, 2022
Ep# 218. Bruno Guevremont , Clearance Diver, Bomb Disarmer, Veteran, Healer, North Pole Expeditionary
https://www.facebook.com/brunoredemption Bruno was injured, sought help, got better, and continues to heal. He is now travelling across the country to share his story of healing as inspiration for others to walk the healing path as well.
May 02, 2022
Ep. #217. Erin O'Toole, RCAF Veteran, Member of Parliament, Former Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Erin enrolled in the Royal Military College of Canada at 18 and became an officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force at 22. He did basic training in Chilliwack, got his wings in Winnipeg and was then based in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Erin then spent his twenties flying on search and rescue missions and naval support operations with 423 Squadron. He rose the military ranks to Captain and was awarded both the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award for rescuing an injured fisherman at sea. Erin’s military service instilled him with the determination to always see a mission through. Mr. O'Toole was very nearly the next Prime Minister of Canada, and continues to serve Canada as a Member of Parliament, and by working with several Veterans organizations.
April 27, 2022
Ep. #216. Dan Jarvis, US Infantry Veteran, CEO of 22zero
I've always said there MUST be a better way to treat PTSI's , and maybe this is it. This could be one of the most important episodes I've ever done. Dan Jarvis is on a mission to take the 22 suicides a day, down to ZERO. Is this pie in the sky? Or, is it actually possible? Please take the time to check out the links below, and have a look for yourself. I plan on going through the protocols myself, and I'll keep everyone posted as to the results. Is there a Silver Bullet for PTSD/PTSI/OSI? Is it REALLY a life sentence? Visit the 22zero website here: https://22zero.org/ Watch the Documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMvt3Pcs92I
April 19, 2022
Ep. #215. Todd Martin, Veteran, Musician, founder of Re-Cycle Okotoks
Do you remember your first bike? Todd Martin sure does, it was gifted to him, as his family couldn't afford one. Now, he's paying it forward by fixing up, and distributing used bikes to thousands of kids. In addition to helping so many children, Todd is also a fundraiser and advocate for Veterans Mental health. Todd's massive efforts have recently received National recognition, and he has received the "Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation". From Brent Calver of the Western Wheel: An Okotoks veteran has been recognized at the national level for helping his comrades. Todd Martin, a veteran of the 1990s Yugoslavia conflict and prolific community volunteer, was presented with the The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Award during a virtual presentation by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs. The award was in recognition of Martin’s extensive efforts and volunteerism to raise funds and awareness for veterans and mental health, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other similar operational stress injuries. “The typical mantra in the military is you’ve got to look out for each other,” said Martin, a retired Army mechanic and member of the Okotoks Legion Branch 291. “And even though I’m out of the military, I had a network and connectivity, I had energy, why wouldn’t I do something to help them?” While he didn’t find himself affected by PTSD, he saw the effects first-hand with others who served, and saw the need to do more. “The thing that drove me to do this was recognizing there was a need for privately funded organizations to put up mental health programming for ex-military folks,” Martin said. “It’s driven out of the need of having to do something, because if there’s a need, there’s an opportunity to do something.” n June 2019 Martin took part in the Battlefield Bike Ride, a 670km ride from Dieppe, France to Juno Beach on the 75th anniversary of D-Day with Wounded Warriors. Through the ride he raised over $17,000 for Wounded Warriors, a charity supporting veterans suffering with PTSD. Martin was slated for another ride in 2020 through The Netherlands, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes to take part in a 2022 ride. In 2021 he also took part in the stressful activity of caving to raise funds for the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry (PPCLI) Foundation, which similarly supports veterans, where he raised $3,808. “Simply put, whether it’s with Wounded Warriors, the PPCLI or cycling or whatever it is, if there’s something that needs to be done and I’m able to help them do it, I want to be a part of it,” he said. That nomination, Martin said, was the product of his friend Wayne Krause and wife Sharon Martin ‘conspiring’ with the help of Legion Branch 291 (Okotoks) President Bob McLeod. “Todd is certainly a unique sort of individual, he gives so much of himself to the community and to veterans and our branch,” McLeod said. “Really any activity that’s supporting veterans, Todd is in there with both feet, and he’s done so much. And it’s not just a think that he does, but what’s on his mind, like what we can do to help veterans and what we can do in the Branch to help veterans better.
April 15, 2022
Ep. #214. Adam Carr. Save A Warrior www.saveawarrior.org
ADAM CARR Adam (Cohort 035) has over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Adam hunted Al Qaeda operatives, developed intelligence networks, conducted diplomatic relations, and briefed Ambassadors and Generals on Geopolitical environments. In 2006, Adam earned his B.A. in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University. He spent the next eight years deploying to Asia, including Operation Enduring Freedom - The Philippines and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan. Adam's passion comes from a deep-rooted desire to serve others and save lives. Adam has been profoundly affected over the loss of his teammates, mentors, and close friends to suicide. He currently speaks to students, corporations, and a wide variety of audiences all over the country. He has over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience and is a Business Coach for MBA Students at The Ohio State University. Adam is a graduate of the Ignite Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Adam earned his MBA at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and was selected as the Most Outstanding Student of his 2019 MBA Cohort. Adam lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Tarah and their three children, Noah, Jonah, and Norah. THE PROBLEM 80,000 Warriors were lost to suicide in the last decade. To put this in perspective, during 18 years of combat in Vietnam, 58,209 Warriors lost their lives. WARRIORS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: BY THE NUMBERS There are 2.6 million Warriors who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A 2014 study of 2,150 Warriors revealed some startling statistics regarding Post Traumatic Stress that bring into question earlier estimates regarding the number of Warriors affected by their experiences in the combat zone. It is possible that as many as 75% of the respondents of this study suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. Even if not all respondents do meet the requirements for diagnosis, it is obvious that they are encountering some mental or emotional difficulties after serving in the combat zone and could benefit from opportunities to heal. Unfortunately, most of those who have sought care have not found healing. A recent study by the American Legion found that only 16% of Warriors who were treated at the VA for Post Traumatic Stress with talk-therapy and medication management reported that those methods were clearly beneficial for their health. ‣ Only 16% of Warriors report improvement after undergoing the medication management and talk therapy treatment at the VA. ‣ The VA spends roughly $8,300 per Warrior with PTS, annually.
April 14, 2022
Ep. #213. Melanie Mikeska, Monterey County Sheriff (ret)
https://saveawarrior.org/ https://thecode9project.org/ Melanie Mikeska knows what it's like to feel different, disconnected, and isolated. When she reached out to her department for help, the help wasn't there. The department heads didn't know what to do, or how to respond to one of their own needing help. This is her story of healing and recovery.
April 11, 2022
Ep. #212. Gurdeep Pandher, Bhangra Dancer, Joy Spreader, International sensation
Visit his website here: http://Gurdeep.ca/ On Instagram: gurdeeppandher On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GurdeepPandher We must not wait for Joy to find us, instead we must create our own joy, and spread the joy to other. When you're hungry, you must eat. When you are cold, you must go to the warmth. When you are troubled, you must create joy. Gurdeep is creating and spreading joy around the world, and is being received by open arms globally. This is the power of one single person....and this same power is inside YOU. Find it, use it, and be joyful.
April 07, 2022
Ep. #211. Craig "The Sawman" Sawyer. Veterans for Child Rescue
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-sawman-sawyer-010032214/ Watch the Contraland movie: https://www.contralandmovie.com/ Watch the Contraland movie on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnFlSvDycY0 https://vets4childrescue.org/ V4CR was founded in April of 2017. V4CR is dedicated to raising awareness about the epidemic of child sex trafficking right here in the United States, exposing this fastest growing criminal enterprise and putting predators behind bars. The mission of V4CR is three fold: • Nationwide alert: Provide nationwide attention to the prevalence of child sex trafficking that is rampant in all 50 states. We do this through traditional media, social media and our Nationwide Volunteer program. • Arrest child predators: An investigative team uses their military and law enforcement experience to run operations in conjunction with local police and district attorneys to arrest predators that prey on children and see the cases through to conviction. • Protect our children: The V4CR Nationwide Volunteer program provides educational outreach programs to arm citizens with the necessary tools to protect their children and maintain safe communities.
April 06, 2022
Ep. #210. Christian Lillington, Veteran, Author, Advocate
Visit the Warriors for life website here: https://warriors4life.ca/ By Christians Book on Amazon: Parade State Zero About Christian: Born on the Shores of Cape Breton My name is Christian Lillington and I joined the Canadian Armed Forces on 24 June 1993 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. I grew up in a small fishing community on the northern tip of the Cape Breton Highlands and remained there until embarking on my career in the military. I was always focused on success and I was highly competitive in all aspects of my life. Military Service Throughout my career, I served in numerous positions within the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, Canadian Army Training System, Military Personnel Generation and the Canadian Army Headquarters. I was posted and held positions within three Armoured Regiments and different training establishments moving over 10 times throughout the country for various postings and positions. I proudly served at home and abroad to include a tour with the United Nations in Eritrea, Africa on Operation Addition in 2001 and two tours to Kandahar, Afghanistan on Operation ATHENA (2006-07 & 2010). Find Operation Tango Romeo on Anchor: HERE Visit Operation Tango Romeo on Facebook HERE Visit the Operation Tango Romeo website HERE Buy the Book “Why not Me?” HERE
April 04, 2022
Ep. #209. Lisa Dabels, Hypnotherapist
Visit Lisa's website here: https://www.trancefixed.ca/ About Lisa: After a significant loss and trauma in my life, I started on my own journey of healing. After years of learning and studying, I found hypnotherapy to be the perfect avenue to help others that are also on a similar journey. I am fascinated by the science of how the mind and memories work together to create patterns for your future. In a space of compassion and caring, I will guide you to release what is no longer helping you and empower you to create a new blueprint for your mind to follow. This will open up new potentials, you will be able to experience your life in a clear light. - It is possible. Contact Information Trancefixedtherapy@gmail.com 780-340-3146 Edmonton, Alberta #hypnotherapy, #trauma, #suicide, #grief, Find Operation Tango Romeo on Anchor: HERE Visit Operation Tango Romeo on Facebook HERE Visit the Operation Tango Romeo website HERE Buy the Book “Why not Me?” HERE
April 01, 2022
Ep. #208. Annette Whittenberger, US Army Veteran, Advocate, Author, Podcast host
Visit her website here: https://www.awildridecalledlife.com/ Find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annette-whittenberger-a-wild-ride-called-life-/ Find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/annette.whittenberger "My self healing journey started with writing and speaking out... it was one of the scariest things in my life." From Annette: This is the story of a Retired Army Veteran, a Mother and a Military Wife... dealing with life after the Army. I share my story and talk about the daily struggles with family and personal issues (depression, PTSD, anxiety, trauma). My goal is to inspire and motivate other men and women who struggle. My mission is to end the stigma of mental health, stop suicide and let you know that you are NOT alone. Find Operation Tango Romeo on Anchor: HERE Visit Operation Tango Romeo on Facebook HERE Visit the Operation Tango Romeo website HERE Buy the Book “Why not Me?” HERE
March 31, 2022
Ep. #207. Sean Molino. British Army Veteran (Welsh Guards), Founder of Forces Fitness & Veterans Awards CIC
On LinkedIn Here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-molino-bca-0422a338/ Forces Fitness Website: http://www.forcesfitness.co.uk/ firstname.lastname@example.org Veteran Awards Website: southwalesfitnessawards.co.uk About: Working with Organizations, Companies, schools colleges and universities on all their Health and well- being needs. We can design anything from one hour workshops to full board residential health and wellbeing retreats. We've worked with 100's of partners on these projects and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. The sessions mainly cover a basis of education in health, well-being & nutrition, motivating them and encouraging problem solving through team work & communication challenges. Other recent projects include employability Bootcamps working in partnership with local housing associations in England & Wales. Our program provides attendees with the fundamentals on job search skills, career exploration, developing a positive attitude, money management and steps towards leading a healthier & happier life. Healthy body, healthy mind. If one thing the military has taught me is mental fitness Is just as important as physical fitness. Extremely proud to be an ambassador for the Welsh Government, role model and mentor for the big ideas Wales project. This project involves helping young entrepreneurs into becoming successful at self employment by telling my story and working with them. I conduct these sessions within schools & colleges across Wales. Founder of the The Veterans Awards CIC a not for profit organization, rewarding our Military Veterans & organizations/companies that that support them to inspire future service leavers that great things can happen. In support of the ABF The Soldiers' Charity! I also occupy the role of MD of Forces Fitness. FF is a Multi award winning company, winning Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday, Business of the year at the S Wales Business Awards, FSB Community Business of the year Finalists and Gold ERS Award Holders. We run group residential Bootcamps available for corporate bookings or individuals. All levels of fitness attend, from the athlete to the person wishing to lose a stone or two! We also work with, schools, youth clubs, professional sports teams, councils & many companies throughout the UK. Our Bootcamps have featured on multiple TV programs on BBC, BBC Wales and Cardiff TV. Specialties: Employability Bootcamps, Health & wellbeing workshops, Survival Days, Team Building workshops & residential Bootcamps.
March 30, 2022
Ep. #206. Will Smith SMACKS Chris Rock. My perspective is a little different...for a reason
One thing I am always careful about, is to NOT be hypocritical in anything I represent on OTR. In this analysis of the Smith vs Rock debate, I open up with a story that I have never before shared publicly. I've never been a fan of bullies or cowards...and they are usually one in the same. In this instance, Will Smith was both a bully and a coward. I'm not saying that is who he is on the whole, but only in this particular instance. I hope has the character to look inside of himself, and take ownership of his actions. He was NOT in the right here, not under these circumstances.
March 29, 2022
Ep. #205. "The Chad" Chad Kennedy, Sea 2 Sea for PTSD
Find Chad on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/seatoseaforptsd Find his Website here: https://www.seatoseaforptsd.ca/ Chad Kennedy is both an Army Veteran, and a First Responder. He is walking across Canada to raise awareness and funds for PTSD treatment and awareness. If you are able, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/seatoseaforptsdca Meet the Man - Chad Kennedy I have been involved in Law Enforcement since 2004, most recently with the Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol, now off work indefinitely while working on my healing. Up until a few years ago I had a constant battle with anger and anxiety... I reached out for help. I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety in 2018. Recently I suffered a post traumatic stress injury (PTSI) after attending a horrible incident in the Canadian Rockies on July 18, 2020, fortunately I was able to receive the help I so desperately needed for my trauma. August of the same year I suffered a meltdown... after calming down and reevaluating the situation, it was evident that though our loved ones are at our side, our loved ones don't truly understand the beast that lives within us. Yes it's a physical injury, not a visual injury. "NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE." The vision. To walk across Canada alongside of some amazing warriors, raising awareness of PTS and mental health, to raise funds to help those who need treatment and to assist in creating education programs for loved ones and friends. Emergency Service (nurses, doctors, corrections, police, peace officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMT's, & dispatchers), Military, and Veteran Communities. It's time to tell our stories, it's time to be heard. April 2022 we shall be warriors, we shall beat this together! Your donation or purchase of our merchandise will help fuel our walk and support Mental Health Initiatives across Canada.
March 28, 2022
Ep. #204. Jennifer Tracy, Redefine Your Mission
Jennifer Tracy is on a mission to save lives. With courage and grit, she continues to inspire high functioning leaders to stop struggling silently and teaches the necessary steps it takes to find life on the other side of depression, anxiety, PTSD, perfectionism and possibly even thoughts of suicide. Jennifer knows pain, the pain of burying a husband and child. The pain of being diagnosed with PTSD and the silent pain that she describes as 'Scars That People Can't See.' Eight years after her loved ones died in a horrific car crash, Jennifer faced yet another battle surviving traumatic brain surgery, undergoing a Chiari I Brain Malformation Decompression. Real-life adversity has not let up for her. Her message for you- pain is universal- what you choose to do with it is powerful. Resiliency comes from mastering the necessary skills it takes to endure, grow and never give up. She is the best-selling author of From The Deepest Darkness To The Light of Hope. At the age of 29, she lost her husband and one of her twin daughters in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Her other two surviving daughters McKayla and Amber, who were left permanently injured, have both graduated from high school, and her oldest daughter McKayla recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Criminal Justice Degree. Since 2009 she has positively influenced countless thousands with her community programs, speeches and her books. Her life's purpose is to help others never give up and find life on the other side of grief, thoughts of suicide, pain, regret, and adversity. These roles allow Jennifer to work as a true force for good in the world. email@example.com redefineyourmission.com/ https://www.redefineyourmission.store/ callforback-up.com Buy her book here: https://www.amazon.com/Deepest-Darkness-Light-HOPE-Strategies/dp/0999398784/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3V52DJB8U1097&keywords=jennifer+tracy&qid=1648138171&s=books&sprefix=jennifer+tracy%2Cstripbooks%2C126&sr=1-1
March 24, 2022
Ep. #203. Arm-wrestling, and how it helps me
Fitness, Community, Strength, Health, ...Armwrestling is all these things to me. It's a sport I can engage in with my kids It's a community where I feel accepted and happy It's really FUN! Devon Larratt is #1 in North America, and in June we'll find out if he is #1 in the world. He's a Canadian Army Veteran of the PPCLI, RCR, and Special Forces. It was his YouTube videos that ignited my interest in the sport, even at my age. I'll be 52 in May, but this is a sport that I can keep competing in, well into my 60's. We'll see how strong I'll be when I'm 62! It's better to be old and strong, than young and weak. #devonlarratt, #nolimitslarratt https://nolimitsarmwrestling.com/ https://armbet.net/ #nolimitsarmwrestling #armwrestling
March 22, 2022
Ep. #202. Marie Blackburn, Founder of the Veterans Association Food Bank
https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/ Marie Blackburn founded the Veterans Association Food Bank in Calgary, Alberta. This Food Bank was the first of it's kind in Canada, and as far as I know, the first in the world. It has now expanded to Edmonton, and there is a demand for new branches across the country. There has been a large increase in demand for their services due to inflation, so if you're able to donate, please do so. The Calgary branch also has a thrift store, so donations can be made there as well in the form of household items, clothing, tools, etc. Our Mission The Veterans Association Food Bank is dedicated to supporting and enriching the lives of Veterans and their families. Our Vision As a community of Veterans helping Veterans, we will be the support base where together we create healthy and resilient futures. The Veterans Association Food Bank recognizes any person who is currently serving or has honorably served in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Veterans Association Food Bank also recognizes and offers support to those currently serving, honorably discharged or honorably released Commonwealth Allies, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Peacekeepers, Merchant Marines, or Ferry Command (Coast Guard). Support will be extended to spouses, widows, widowers, and any dependent children in need. Proof of military service or affiliation required.
March 21, 2022
Ep. #201. Nathan Phillips, First Responder to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash
Nathan Phillips was a volunteer fire fighter who was on scene for the Humboldt bus crash which took 16 lives. Here is his story.
March 16, 2022
Ep. #200. Luc van Poelje, Founder of Psychedelic Insights
Luc is the founder CEO of Psychedelic Insights BV/Ltd. to offer qualified trip guides the opportunity to serve clients in an optimized setting and with science based protocols. The aim: Professional and experienced staff, providing psychological guidance of psychedelic experiences. Psychedelic Insights has since become an experienced professional and no nonsense organization with passionate trip guides to help our clients navigate altered states of consciousness. He is a Royal Netherlands Marine Corps veteran, plant medicine advocate, entrepreneur, ocean sailor, mountaineer, and rain forest explorer. Above all, he is a dad to his daughter Sam (2006). His life (choices) changed after Psilocybin and Ayahuasca experiences in 2013. Luc ran a emotional health education service for 4 years, including (walking) therapy and lifestyle coaching, and was a public speaker on mental well-being, especially in youth prisons where he gave 40+ talks on emotional health where he inspired the most serious offenders in The Netherlands. Luc is a proponent of keeping these sacred medicines alive inside you, by doing them periodically. His service provides the psychological guidance for a 1 day private psychedelic psilocybin session with (donated) fresh truffles. This process comprises of 6 video intro, preparation, intention and integration support calls. Also, everything for the session day. 2 professional trip-guides are there just for you for the entire experience and are not on the clock. Two guides are there for you to guide, hold space and keep you safe. The post session day support and integration therapy sessions can be schedules with one of your 2 your therapist-guides. Our trip-guide facilitators consist mostly of therapeutic and medical professionals and deeply empathetic entheogenic plant medicine practitioners.
March 15, 2022
Ep. #199. Jesse Gould, Heroic Hearts Foundation, US Ranger Veteran
Jesse Gould is Founder and President of the Heroic Hearts Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pioneering psychedelic therapies for military veterans. After being deployed as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan three times, he founded the Heroic Hearts Project in 2017 to spearhead the acceptance and use of ayahuasca therapy as a means of addressing the current mental health crisis among veterans. The Heroic Hearts Project has raised over $350,000 in scholarships from donors including Dr. Bronner’s and partnered with the world’s leading ayahuasca treatment centers, as well as sponsoring psychiatric applications with the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Georgia. Jesse helps shape treatment programs and spreads awareness of plant medicine as a therapeutic method. He has spoken globally about psychedelics and mental health, and received accolades including being recognized as one of the Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2020 by Cause Artist. Driven by a mission to help military veterans struggling with mental trauma, he is best known for his own inspiring battle with PTSD and his recovery through ayahuasca therapy. Jesse’s work can be seen and heard at NY Times, Breaking Convention, San Francisco Psychedelic Liberty Summit, People of Purchase, The Freq, Psychedelics Today Podcast, Kyle Kingsbury Podcast, Cause Artist, and The GrowthOp.
March 14, 2022
Ep. #198. How to build confidence & self esteem
1. Stop beating yourself up. Be as kind to yourself as the person you love the most. 2. Try to realize, you ARE enough! 3. You are not your past. 4. Choosing a better path, and walking it, is the only way to resolve the mistakes of the past. 5. Self Love is the courage to make a promise to yourself, and the integrity to keep the promise.
March 13, 2022
Ep. #197. The Negative Feedback Loop of Rejection, and its' horrendous consequences
Rejection sucks, and the damage it can do can be catastrophic. This rejection loop is often played out when Military members try to transition to civilian life, but that's not the only place where we see it. Anyone who is a little socially awkward can experience rejection, which puts them in isolation, which makes them more awkward, which causes more rejection. Rejection-Isolation-repeat until someone becomes either a total recluse, or unable to function in any social setting. When this happens, people will either become wall-flowers, or they will lash out / act out. Often, they simply isolate, and avoid people at all costs.
March 12, 2022
Ep. #196. Virginia (Ginny) Burton Truman Scholar, Martin Honor Scholar, UW graduate, National Spokesperson, Author, Mother, Recovering Addict, and Former Prisoner.
Truman Scholar, Martin Honor Scholar, UW graduate, National Spokesperson, Author, Mother, Recovering Addict, and Former Prisoner. vginnyburton.com "My Story Isn't an Accident" Ginny’s remarkable story is sparking hope in many across the world, creating a belief that change is possible for anyone. Her story is one that she says “must be shared so others know there is a way out of whatever hell they have been caught in, whatever challenges they face.” The big picture goal for Ginny is to change institutional policy in the US for those impacted by systems, and she’s gaining momentum. Her personal experience with addiction, criminal justice, and homelessness; and then as a social service provider and behavioral health service provider combined with her education has given Ginny a unique perspective and credibility in areas that most policy makers lack. 12/20/2021 - Guest on Tucker Carlson Today. Catch the long form show on Fox Nation. Must Subscribe for full version. 1/24/2022 - Guest on "Addict to Athlete" podcast. Catch "Through the Eyes of My Clean Self" 1/26/2022 - Guest on Ladies of Another View in North Dakota (12:45 minutes into show) 1/29/2022 - Guest on Blugh - Skyy Show "From Addict to Scholar" 7 PM Eastern; 4 PM PST, 5 PM MT, 6 PM CT. Listen Live OR Catch Here 1/31/2022- Guest on North Dakota Today (link for viewing to come soon) 2/3/2022 - Keynote Speaker at the F5 Project Opportunity Ball in Fargo North Dakota. 2/14/2022 - Speaker at the Trevecca University Chapel Service, 6PM in Nashville TN 2/2022 - Guest on Daily Blast News Show in Denver, Colorado 3/8/2022 - Guest on Operation Tango Romeo Podcast 3/10/2022 - Guest on the Painless Universal Podcast 3/16/2022 - Speaker at New Freedom AZ 4/30/2022 - Speaker at the TedX Wilmington, "Leading From The Front: Profiles in Leadership, Courage, and Passion", 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT #vginnyburton, #donttellmeicant, #systemschaneagent, #livedexperienceleader, #doinghardthingschangecourse
March 08, 2022
Ep. #195. Jimmy Vaughan, childhood sexual abuse survivor
Sexual predators often put themselves into a position where they have access to their young prey. In Jimmy's case, the predator who stalked him was an adult leader of the Sea Cadets. At the age of 14, the grooming process started, and the abuse began. Predators can always tell who may be vulnerable, and susceptible to the grooming process. Like a Lion on the Serengeti, they pick out the young and the vulnerable from the herd, and start stalking their prey. Children who feel unloved, and or insecure are the most vulnerable. The child predator can identify those who are craving attention and affirmation more than most, and they use that craving to start the grooming process. The predator offers a sense of connection, false love, false acceptance, and false self esteem to their prey. Once the bond is strong enough, the abuse begins, often without the child even realizing that they are being abused. The effect this can have on a Childs' life is always profound, and often catastrophic. Their sense of identity is destroyed. They may become confused about their sexuality, and unable to navigate morality. Jimmy is helping others via Peer Support, to help them find a sense of healthy connection. Peer support, when done right, helps to end the stigma and shame of abuse.
March 03, 2022
Ep #194. A.K. Dozanti, Life Saver Wellness
Life Saver Wellness offers Beat The Burnout agency trainings, personal coaching and a Mobile App available in the Apple Store and Google Play! It is the mission of Life Saver Wellness is to respond to the mental wellness needs of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers as well as military and emergency medical personnel. Utilizing a realistic yet unorthodox approach to stresses and concerns of our first responders, Life Saver offers unique and proven methods to combat the affects of chronic stress and trauma on the mind and body. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.lifesaverwellness.com/
March 02, 2022
Ep #193. Michael Sugrue, Co-Author of "Relentless Courage: winning the battle against frontline trauma"
Michael's Deets: Michael Sugrue: Save A Warrior (SAW) Title: SAW Ambassador Why Veterans? I am an Air Force Veteran who served worldwide on active duty for almost 6.5 years. I served as a Security Forces Officer and honorably separated as a Captain in 2004. Immediately after the Air Force, I started a career in civilian law enforcement. After almost 14 years in civilian law enforcement, in 2018, I medically retired as a Police Sergeant. In addition to being an Ambassador for Save A Warrior, I am also an active Volunteer Peer for the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat (WCPR).a Veteran of the Airforce, and the Walnut Creek P.D. We covered a lot of ground in this conversation, both Police and Military will be able to really resonate with this episode. What we didn't cover is Michaels work in Peer Support, but we'll get there next time.
March 01, 2022
Ep. #192. Joe Roberts, from Skid row to CEO
Joseph (Joe) Roberts also known as the "Skidrow CEO" is a Canadian motivational speaker, author, youth homelessness advocate and co-founder of The Push for Change Foundation. Roberts experienced drug addiction and chronic homelessness as a youth and entered drug treatment in 1991. Roberts worked in sales and web development before he became an inspirational keynote speaker. Roberts is the author of four books. Joe Roberts was born November 25, 1966 and was raised in Midland, Ontario. Roberts’ father died in 1975 when Roberts was 8. Roberts struggled with low self-esteem. At the age of nine, he started using drugs and quickly moved on to alcohol, marijuana, LSD, cocaine, and eventually heroin. He left home at 15 due to family conflict and the inability to get along with his stepfather. After being imprisoned at 16, he dropped out of Barrie North Collegiate at 18 and began regular intravenous drug use. At 19, Roberts relocated to British Columbia and found himself homeless on the streets of Vancouver's Eastside, pushing a shopping cart and collecting recyclables to support his drug dependency. Shortly before Christmas in 1989, Roberts contacted his mother (who was located in Midhurst, Ontario) and she helped him relocate back to Ontario. After a suicide attempt, prevented and intervened by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Constable Scott MacLeod. Joe entered the Alcohol and Drug Intensive Treatment Program in Belleville, Ontario in 1991. Roberts then applied and was accepted into the Business and Marketing Program at Loyalist College. He graduated in 1995, and then returned the following year for the Business Sales program. He graduated on the Dean’s list and won the Laurie H. Cameron Memorial Award for academic excellence  with a combined GPA of 3.94. Due to success in business, Roberts received the Ontario Premier’s Award for College Graduates (Business) and as a result an annual bursary was created in Roberts’ name at Loyalist College: The Joe Roberts – Courage to Change Bursary. This bursary is awarded to a mature student who has overcome life obstacles and returned to school.
February 28, 2022
Ep #191. Kelsi Sheren, CEO of Brass & Unity, Afghanistan Veteran
Brass & Unity gives 20% of their proceeds to Veterans organizations, and is committed to helping Veterans recover from PTSD. From Kelsi: In 2016, I started B&U to help save my fellow soldiers lives, or at least try to give them a second chance. After serving on the front lines in Afghanistan (Infantry & Artillery) at 18 years old and losing many of my friends during battle, I came home with severe PTSD. After 7 years of anger and pain I decided to use my struggle for good, and try to help others through their struggle. To accomplish this, B&U donate's 20% of net profits to help rehabilitate soldiers & First Responders. About the upcoming book An engaging journey of the sights and sounds of war - A female veteran’s first hand experience as a 5’0” tall, 18 year old artillery gunner going into battle and coming out a broken soldier, forced to rediscover her purpose in life. Take a dark and intimate view of what a soldier goes through before, during, and after deployment, while detailing the strength and resiliency of the mind. The harsh realities of war echo throughout, while her process of coping with the trauma and coming back into the light is revealed. Navigate through war, readjusting to civilian life, over a decade of struggling with PTSD, to becoming a wife, mother, business owner - Brass & Unity takes on the hardening of the mind through difficult times, with the unity of picking up the pieces to create a stronger version of yourself on the other side, leaving you inspired.
February 24, 2022
Ep #190. Mark Spicer, British Sniper, CEO of Osprey Group
Mark is a world renowned Sniper, and the CEO of the Osprey Group. And...he has attempted to end his own life more than once. He shares his story, and wonderful insights on how to end Suicide. Osprey Group USA was formed by Sgt Major (ret) Mark Spicer is a 25-year veteran of the British Army with a worldwide reputation in the sphere of Sniping and Counter terrorism, which led to his selection and use as the US Governments Expert witness in the Washington DC Sniper trials. He has served worldwide with the British and UN forces on real world deployments, and has vast experience of counter terrorist operations and terrorist methods of operation, having worked extensively against the IRA in Northern Ireland and subsequent terrorist elements throughout the former Yugoslavia and Middle East regions. Working within specialist Infantry units as well as both covert and overt special operations units, he has gained a vast experience of counter terrorism and covert surveillance operations, often working at very close proximity to known terrorists without their knowledge, and received an award from the Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of his success during a particular counter terrorist operation. His experience and understanding of the terrorist mind, has seen him become a successful seminar keynote speaker at Tactical Officer Associations (SWAT) across the United States and for the Dept. of Homeland security. He also recently completed a 2- year contract with Osprey Group, working directly for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, where he designed and project managed a new training facility as well as planned and controlled several State Visit Security Cordons.
February 21, 2022
Ep #189. Sandra Rush, Author of: Blast From The Past
Buy the book from S M Rush HERE Visit Sandra on LinkedIn HERE Her Website is http://www.smrush2020.com/ Email her here: email@example.com A member and supporter of the Battle of the Bulge Association (USA), South African Military History Society, and the Italy Star Association. 2021 winner of the Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Book Award. A media and creative expert with two decade's worth of experience in media. At present an energetic communicator on military events and is passionate about helping communities through communications channels that connect and engage people. Currently leading Fundraising and digital content via publications in support of our armed forces and veterans. Open to offers of radio and TV interviews. Based on a true story the publication of my recent book 'Blast from the Past', tells of real life experiences that the soldiers deployed in Afghanistan faced every day and families they leave behind. Royalties go to Combat Stress and ABF(The Soldier's Charity) in support of mental health PTSD and Domestic Violence.
February 16, 2022
Ep #188. Jessica van der Hoek, Equine Assisted Therapy, Ketamine Therapy
It was an honor for me to be a participant in Jessica's Equine Assisted Therapy program for PTSD. I learned to be more aware of my own energy, and its effect on those around me. I learned to better regulate my energy, and become more self aware. Visit Jessica's website at http://www.pseat.ca/ Prairie Sky is a Registered Charity that provides customized, transformational and life-changing Equine Assisted Therapy programs to individuals facing a range of physical, emotional and social challenges. We are committed to creating a safe and accepting community where participants can be themselves while benefiting from direct equine interactions, and ensure that each participant will find a place in our herd. Equine Assisted Therapy is a recognized and effective form of therapy to promote motor and cognitive function, foster emotional intelligence and increase physical strength. We currently provide programming to special needs adults and children, at-risk youth, and those suffering with PTSD, including first responders and military personnel, and are proud to have helped to change the lives of over 400 people and counting.
February 12, 2022
Ep #187. Open Letter to Canadian Police. Maintiens Le Droit
This episode is delivered to you with love, honor and respect. I care deeply about the well being of our Police Officers, and encourage them to take preventative measures in their mental health. Hold your heads up high. Do the right things. Maintain the Right. Maintiens Le Droit
February 10, 2022
Ep #186. Wayde Greer, Author of: SUCCESS or SUICIDE?
Buy the book HERE Thank you to Mark's Commercial for supporting Wayde. We had a message for Joe Rogan that I hope he hears. #joerogan
February 09, 2022
Ep #185. Sean Conohan, Paramedic, Host of the UpTalk Podcast
Listen to the UpTalk Podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/show/4rWG3ge2SwNYazgEGThxwz?si=ec7a4a5cedd54372 Find him on Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/UpTalkPodcast Email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2022
Ep. #184. Tyler Ledford, CFO of Flanders Fields, USMC Veteran
https://flandersfields.org/ Flanders Fields is on a mission to make sure no veteran is ever denied a bed, addiction treatment placement or support because of inadequate financial resources. Many veterans experience delays of days to months waiting for the Veterans Administration to fully cover needed services, often to their detriment. There is always the possibility the services won’t be covered at all. In cases of opioid addiction, such delays can be deadly. The nature of addiction often leads opioid dependent veterans to seek street alternatives and the prevalence of fentanyl is so dire that a delay of just a few hours in getting into a treatment facility can result in another needless death. Many more of our brother and sister veterans are lost to addiction, either directly by overdose or indirectly by suicide, than are lost in combat. It is our relentless mission to help every veteran in need that we can.
January 27, 2022
Ep #183. Michael Overlie, Canine Partnered Energy Coach
Learn more about Michael here: https://dogsandmen.com/ Buy his book: "Let Your Dog Lead: Musings on How to Create an Exceptional Life" HERE Join Michael! A 2 day special event! March 18th & 19th, Everybody Hurts Summit. Free to everyone. Amazing speakers and new paths to healing! Stay tuned for more info or contact us at email@example.com to hear more. From Michael: What is calling you? Do you hear it? Your soul is pulling you, drawing you towards your purpose. Are you ready to move? Get unstuck? There are things you have noticed but didn’t realize what they meant. Whispers. A tap on the shoulder but no one standing there. You sensed something. It is time. It is time to remember who you are. It is time to do something amazing. It is time to listen to your dog. Your dog was brought to you for more than just comfort, more than just a buddy. Your dog was brought to help you notice, help you awaken. Your dog found you to help you create something. Something fantastic! Grab the leash and get ready!
January 26, 2022
Ep #182. Operation Pegasus Jump, Tim Turner (T2) and Rob MacNeill
2 Airborne legends are putting together Operation Pegasus Jump, for First Responders, Active serving, and Veterans. Wanna jump in Paradise? Have a listen, and see if it's for you. Calling all Veterans, Serving Military and First Responders. We are grateful for your time served and everything you have done and are doing for our Country. As a way to show our appreciation and give back, Campbell River Skydive Centre is excited to host Operation Pegasus Jump in July 2022. Veterans, Serving Military and First Responders are considered to be at a greater risk for developing Operational Stress Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than most other occupations. As a way to bring you Hero’s together as brothers and sisters, our main event will be a First Jump Course with the option to continue through the student process. Other activities will include a Golf Day, Flyboarding and Helicopter Tours, as well as hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Along with these activities there will be a meet and greet on the first day and a military style BBQ/Smoker on the last. If you are unable to skydive we still welcome and encourage your attendance to Operation Pegasus Jump to enjoy all other activities planned. Campbell River Skydive Centre is the only veteran owned drop zone in Canada. Our primary staff volunteering their time for this event consist of many retired Search and Rescue Technician, Airborne Regiment and Jump Company Veterans who are all certified skydive coaches and instructors. To see full details and to register for the event please see the following link: https://forms.gle/KYrC7YKMn2gr63nu8 Cut off for registration is June 1st 2022. If you are unable to attend and would still like to donate to Operation Pegasus Jump, donations can be made at https://gofund.me/bfc0ffef All Covid restrictions and requirements will be considered and communicated to all participants closer to the time of the event. #airborne, #skydive, #veterans
January 25, 2022
Ep #181. Rob Lalande, Veteran, 3BN PPCLI
Rob gets real, shares his story of struggle, and of recovery. Healing does happen. Rob has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Veterans causes, and continues to do so.
January 24, 2022
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. https://www.osi-can.ca/ 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
https://missionsixzero.com/our-team/jon-macaskill/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 07, 2022
Ep #174. Steph Kalota, Veterans Legislative Voice, US Army Veteran
https://chicagocrusader.com/author/stephanie-kalota-veteran-legislative-voice/ https://vetslegislativevoice.org/ 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"
https://www.theateasemagazine.com/ 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. Please...help me help others. Spread the love. :)
December 17, 2021
Ep #169. Patrick Thomas, VTN (Veterans Transition Network)
You are not alone. https://vtncanada.org/ 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. https://www.combatflipflops.com/
December 09, 2021
Ep. #164. Olympian, Jonathan Edwards
https://www.amazon.com/Athletes-Guide-Winning-Sports-Life/dp/0999763008 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1460598505 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(luger) https://www.facebook.com/olympicjonathan 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-Militarycareers.com
https://www.ex-militarycareers.com/ 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)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-riggins-05b67b186/ 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. https://www.warmuseum.ca/learn/izzy-doll/ #izzydolls #http://izzydoll.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2A94bUBINklCrk3Q28seZveu21WLkA7PI2DaDMSeJu8mcOGF-tru_0MbM https://www.facebook.com/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 https://www.abiwellness.com/ 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
https://www.seatoseaforptsd.ca/ 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
https://asm-foundation.com 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. https://www.n2nps.com/ 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
https://www.facebook.com/groups/oppapittanceoftime Terry Kelly is a Canadian Musician, singer / Songwriter who created the Canadian Classic, "A PIttance of Time". You can also find him at http://terry-kelly.com/ Terry is available as a Keynote Speaker, and musician for hire.
November 04, 2021
Ep. #149 Genevieve Boudreault, Reconsolidation Therapy
Genevieve Boudreault https://cfir.ca/ https://cfir.ca/about/toronto-team/genevieve-boudreault-psy-d/ 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
https://crystalarber.com/ 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
https://www.helpingheroesusa.org/ https://bmbc.tv/ 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 suffer....you 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. http://www.thenewly.ca/
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: https://www.bnacbd.co/ To contact Elizabeth for a photo shoot, click here: https://www.lizmarshallfit.net/
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. email@example.com https://beekeepingforveterans.com/ 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: https://www.drjodycarrington.com/hellohero/
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
https://www.facebook.com/christian.stenner.37/about 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 hig