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Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

Operation Tango Romeo, the Trauma Recovery Podcast

By Mark Meincke

Become a Paid Subscriber: 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 OTR helps. 1. Listening to the show is a form of peer support. Hearing stories from people who have been there, done that...just like you , is a POWERFUL thing. Knowing you are not alone IS healing. 2. There are a LOT of resources out there. I find the resources, and bring them to the show. 3. Know that you are NOT alone
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Ep. #279. Shoulding on People, and Shoulding on yourself
Ep. #279. Shoulding on People, and Shoulding on yourself
When correcting others, try not to spray should all over them.   Shoulding always comes from a place of critical judgment, and not from understanding, respect, and compassion. Shoulding can damage self esteem, create a toxic environment, damage morale, reduce productivity, increase sick-days, and increase employee turnover.  If you replace shoulding with active listening, respect, and compassion, your world will change.  Compliance will increase, relationships will be optimal, stress will lower, and everyone will benefit.  This skill is helpful in everyone's life.  Thank you to my good friend Aaron Butt for inspiring me to put this together.  Please comment, and provide feedback on what you hear in this episode.  I want to hear from you.  Your voice matters. 
January 25, 2023
Ep. #278. Sean Corrigan, EVP of Special Operations Warriors Foundation
Ep. #278. Sean Corrigan, EVP of Special Operations Warriors Foundation The Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s enduring promise to America’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations Personnel is to honor the fallen, and all Medal of Honor Recipients, by providing full educations and additional opportunities, “cradle to career” (preschool – college), to their children, ensuring: (1) Comprehensive educational support including, but not limited to, academic advocacy, preschool and private school grants, tutoring, support for students with disabilities, college readiness programs, full financial assistance for up to a four-year post-secondary degree, access to our college to career transitions program, a commitment to cover educational costs for the surviving children of Special Operations Personnel whose spouses perish while the Special Operator is actively serving, while providing a variety of other practical programs and services. (2) Provide immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Personnel who require hospitalization. Sean Corrigan is a former Army Ranger, and Green Beret who is now dedicated to serving the families of the fallen. 
January 25, 2023
Ep. #277. Dr. Pamela Arnell,  ***Warning: This Episode may lead you to Healing***
Ep. #277. Dr. Pamela Arnell, ***Warning: This Episode may lead you to Healing***
January 23, 2023
Ep. #276. Sheila Gunn Reid, Editor in Chief of Rebel News, Bow Hunter, Author, Pickle evangelist
Ep. #276. Sheila Gunn Reid, Editor in Chief of Rebel News, Bow Hunter, Author, Pickle evangelist
Sheila Gunn Reid is the Alberta Bureau Chief for Rebel News and host of the weekly The Gunn Show with Sheila Gunn Reid. She's a mother of three, conservative activist, and the author of best-selling books including Stop Notley. In February 2016, she was barred from covering an NDP press conference in Alberta with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party rejected The Rebel's press bonafides.  The NDP later relented after backlash over press freedom and a lawsuit.In January 2017, Gunn was assaulted by Dion Bews at a women's rally in Edmonton, Canada. He then fled into the crowd of leftist women who moved to protect him. [1]
January 19, 2023
Ep. #275. Immediate Action Drills for Healing, and the long term plan
Ep. #275. Immediate Action Drills for Healing, and the long term plan
The most effective healing I’ve found so far Immediate Intervention Connection.  Speak with someone…ANYONE about what’s going on, how you are feeling.  Preferably, someone who is trained at listening.  Call a crisis line in your area, or call a friend and say the words, “I need you to talk to you, and I need you to listen”.  If you do this, put in the caveat….  ”Please just let me vent, and don’t offer solutions unless I ask…ok?” Connect with yourself.  Get outside, sit on the ground, and breathe deeply for 2 minutes. If you are having an anxiety attack, find 3 blue things, 3 red things, 3 yellow things in your environment and name them.   Then 3 big things, 3 small things, 3 pretty things.  This is a grounding exercise. Also, look at any object, (I prefer horizons) and trace the outline…slowly from right to left, or counter-clockwise if it’s round. Continue..slowly, and focus as much as you can. Name 10 things you are grateful for…then name 10 more. TheFastest acting treatments NLP, 22zero EMDR Psychedelic therapy Reconsolidation therapy Nature Exercise Diet, fasting, Ketosis Drink lots of water…nothing with sugar in it Proper Peer Support, Armwrestling, Jui-jitsu, judo, dancing, Banghra Listen to My show, or any similar show you may prefer.  This allows you to connect to other peoples stories, and connection is healing. Classical music Cannabis Lifestyle choices to keep you level, promote healing, and build the “new you” Daily Habits Make your darn bed Declutter the house, garage, car, closet, and your schedule Eat clean.  Nothing processed. Supplement correctly. Move your darn body.  Lift something, swim, Find a community Be someone who you like, and respect Grow, learn, language, skills, knowledge Participate in therapy Equine Assisted Therapy, self awareness Help someone.  Then, …help some more. Mow lawn for free Deliver groceries Do laundry Clean a house Volunteer at any organization Pick up garbage on the street Pick up poop at the dog park Fix something for someone, car, porch, clothes, Cook someone a meal Smile Pay a compliment Encourage someone If helping isn’t for you, then stay busy with something creative. Leatherwork Painting Sculpture Musical instrument Singing Mechanics welding/fabrication Software development Write a book Podcast Create an event Nobody is going to save you. Superman and Wonder Woman will not show up. Not ever. Only you can choose to act. When you’re in hell, keep your feet moving.
January 18, 2023
Ep. #274. Sheridan Taylor, Author of "Not OK? Ok." Veteran, C/O
Ep. #274. Sheridan Taylor, Author of "Not OK? Ok." Veteran, C/O
Ep. #274. Sheridan Taylor, Author of "Not OK? Ok."  Veteran, C/O
January 17, 2023
Ep. #273. Alberta Premier, Danielle Smith
Ep. #273. Alberta Premier, Danielle Smith
Education Health Care SADS, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome Sovereignty Act Electric Vehicles Oil/Gas Just-Transition
January 16, 2023
Ep. #272. Steve Critchley, Founder of Can Praxis, Equine Assisted Therapy.
Ep. #272. Steve Critchley, Founder of Can Praxis, Equine Assisted Therapy.
Can Praxis EAL is a Canadian registered charity, and we provide mental health recovery programs for Canadian Veterans and First Responders (serving and retired) living with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI), such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We incorporate equine therapy into our programs because horses understand us and can teach us about ourselves. Horses are experts at reading body language and pick up on all the non-verbal cues we bring to an interaction. Founded in 2013 by a Canadian Military Veteran and a Trauma-focused clinician, Can Praxis is the leading Equine-Assisted Therapy provider for the Veteran and First Responder communities.
January 03, 2023
Ep. #271. Colleen MacAlister, The SanDamiano Foundation
Ep. #271. Colleen MacAlister, The SanDamiano Foundation
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January 02, 2023
Ep. #270. The Courage To Heal
Ep. #270. The Courage To Heal
Why was that first call for help so tough to make? Why was the telephone feeling like it weighed 1000 pounds? Once the trauma was resolved...then what?  What do I do with the new me?
December 28, 2022
Ep. #269. Harvey Beaudoin, sharing his heartbreaking story about his struggles with Veterans Affairs Canada.
Ep. #269. Harvey Beaudoin, sharing his heartbreaking story about his struggles with Veterans Affairs Canada.
1.  After years of battling, VAC eventually agreed that yes...yes his injury was service related.  2.  Then, because of the massive delay caused by VAC's reluctance to accept responsibility, the time they took responsibility, it was too late.  His injury was too long ago.  Harvey continues to suffer without supports from VAC.  We must do better. 
December 21, 2022
Ep. #268. Todd Hisey, The Veteran Hunters
Ep. #268. Todd Hisey, The Veteran Hunters About The Veteran Hunters: The Veteran Hunters Canada Ltd is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers who are retired Canadian Forces Veterans and 1st Responders, who themselves have gone through their own PTSD journeys.   Their goal is to serve their fellow Veterans and First Responders with PTSD, by providing peer support and therapy gained through outdoor adventures. Participants in our programs acknowledge that being in the outdoors is extremely therapeutic, especially when surrounded by fellow Soldiers, Law Enforcement Officers, Paramedics, Firefighters and Corrections Officers. Being in nature requires you to be in the moment and mindful of your surroundings. Our peer-led programs give Veterans and Responders the opportunity for self discovery and a reaffirmation and validation of who they are.  These heroes leave the program with a sense of purpose, grounding and self worth. We are the only organization of our kind in Canada, not only for the means of therapy we use, but also for the fact that all of our participants are led by either a Veteran or a Responder who has experienced similar trauma. We provide opportunities currently in British Columbia; Alberta; Manitoba; Nova Scotia and Newfoundland . To date we have helped over 300 Veterans and First Responders.  Veterans and First Responders who could not find another organization that brought as much peace to them as ours. Our mission is to help Veterans & 1st Responders with PTSD by providing them with an opportunity for a hunt.
December 20, 2022
Ep. #267. Dr. Randall Hansen, Author of Triumph over Trauma
Ep. #267. Dr. Randall Hansen, Author of Triumph over Trauma
Dr. Randall Hansen, Author of Triumph over Trauma  10 Takeaways from Triumph Over Trauma Here are some of the answers you’ll find in this story-driven book: 1. Ideas and information on how psychedelics may help you heal, grow, thrive – to live your authentic life. 2. Why and how psychedelic medicines are the newest -- and one of the best-- healing modalities for trauma. 3. The history of psychedelics for healing and why these medicines were banned. 4. Details on each of the major psychedelic medicines (including psilocybin, LSD, mescaline, DMT, ibogaine, and ketamine). 5. The benefits gained from intentional macrodosing of psychedelics. 6. The benefits gained from intentional microdosing of psychedelics. 7. The best and safest techniques for the intentional use of psychedelic medicines, from choosing a medicine to trip safety and harm reduction to what comes after the psychedelic experience. 8. How to prepare for a psychedelic journey/ceremony. 9. Why integrating your psychedelic experience is essential to healing. 10. Powerful stories of transformation, spiritual growth, and healing from people just like you ABOUT THE AUTHOR/EDITOR Dr. Randall Hansen has been an educator his entire life. He has been focused on transforming the lives of people for the past 20 years, with a special focus on life-balance, health, foods, and wellness. He discovered the healing power of psychedelic medicines about 3 years ago, and he has made it his mission since then to be a strong advocate for the intentional use of psychedelics for healing. His own life, as well as the lives of many he knows, has been transformed through intentional use of psychedelic medicines. He lives a joyous and gratitude-filled life with his amazing life partner/wife Jenny on a little forested hilltop overlooking a natural lake in the PNW. His Life Goal: Become a superhero for good health, healing, love, well-being, and positivity. Learn more about Dr. Hansen.
December 15, 2022
Ep. #266. Jason Trenholm,  OSI-CAN.CA
Ep. #266. Jason Trenholm, OSI-CAN.CA
 Visit OSI-CAN here:  Jason Trenholm is a Veteran, and the Peer Support Coordinator in Alberta Canada.  He shares his story, and the story of peer support in Alberta.   About OSI-CAN Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada. At OSI CAN, We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, call 911. If you are in crisis or need emotional support, help is available. 1-800-273-8255 We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from.  If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help! OSI-CAN Target Demographic The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes, Persons who in the performance of their jobs are exposed to criminal acts of Trauma like Prosecutors as one example, and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.
December 14, 2022
Ep. #265. My REAL-LIFE phone call with Veterans Affairs Canada, and its HUGE implications
Ep. #265. My REAL-LIFE phone call with Veterans Affairs Canada, and its HUGE implications
In this real life phone call with Veterans Affairs Canada I asked: 1. What calls are recorded, and which are not? 2. How long are these recordings kept? 3. Can you record all calls if I want you too? 4. How are clients allotted to Case Managers and Veteran Service Agents? 5. Are CM's and VSA's regional? The answers to #4 and #5 prove that there was more than one case manager who was offering MAID (medical assistance in dying) to Veterans.  The Veterans I know of are in BC, AB, ON, and QC.   This means, they received calls from agents who physically resided in BC, AB, ON, and QC.  There is NO WAY that Minister Lawrence MacAulley and Deputy Minister Paul Ledwell didn't know that Case Managers and VSA's were regional.  This means, both purposely lied at the Committee on Veterans Affairs on at least 2 occasions. 
December 13, 2022
Ep. #264. Kevin Simon, Gulf War Side Effects
Ep. #264. Kevin Simon, Gulf War Side Effects
Kevin Simon is a Gulf War Navy Veteran.  He, his shipmates, their children, his children,  all have been affected by Gulf War Side Effects.  Cancer, Parkinson's, IBS, Neurological Disorders, Reproductive disorders, G/I disorders, and more are prevalent in Gulf War Veterans & their families.  No cure.  No treatments. No acknowledgement from the Government. For more on this topic, visit the Gulf War Side Effects podcast on youtube, or on your favorite podcast channels. 
December 12, 2022
Ep. #263. Andrew Gough, V-EH!
Ep. #263. Andrew Gough, V-EH! Andrew Gough is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran, serving reservist and police officer. In 2019, he took part in a campaign within his police service that challenged the stigma of mental health challenges. The ‘Stronger than you know’ campaign shared his and others' stories of mental health struggles to combat the idea that these challenges are a sign of weakness. Through his experiences, he learned that asking for help is a sign of true strength. He received the Sacrifice Medal for injuries sustained by hostile action/act of terrorism while deployed in Tripoli, Libya during Operation LOBE in 2014. These injuries, along with a career of being exposed to and involved in dangerous and traumatic situations, let to his diagnosis of PTSD in 2015. He is also a mental health advocate and was named the 2019 Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex “Champion of Mental Health” for his work and openness to share his story of injury and recovery as an emergency services member. ​Mr. Gough remains an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces as a Platoon Commander and holds the rank of Sergeant as a police officer. About V-EH! Veterans and Everyday Heroes was born out of need. A police officer, diagnosed with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) needed a service dog to help him with daily living and couldn’t afford the $20,000+ cost. Andrew Gough decided to help because he knows first-hand the incredible impact of a service dog to someone living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Simply put, his service dog, Riggs, saved his life. With wife, Elizabeth, Riggs and a team of volunteers at his side, Andrew organized his first ‘Comedy: It’s for the dogs’ event in London, ON in 2019, and raised more than $14,000 towards the purchase of a service dog for a fellow officer in need. And V-EH! was born. It aims to help veterans and everyday heroes – all front-line responders – live better lives with the support needed to manage mental health challenges or with acts of kindness that promote wellness. ALL proceeds from fundraising raised go directly to supporting veterans and first responder improve their lives and ease the struggle toward wellness. Examples of assistance provided includes: Contribution and fundraising mentorship of approximately $60,000 toward the purchase of three service dogs needed to provided much-needed support with daily living. Providing acts of kindness to those to promote wellness such as care packages to deployed veterans and returning soldiers, fitness programs, sponsorships and comfort items. Join us in supporting the everyday heroes in our community by contributing, participating in one of our online auctions, buying our swag or attending an event.
December 08, 2022
Ep. #262. Camp Aftermath, with Kris Wood & Farid Yaghini
Ep. #262. Camp Aftermath, with Kris Wood & Farid Yaghini  Camp Aftermath seeks to support military members, veterans, first responders and Fronline Workers living with PTSD or experiencing mental health problems as a consequence of their duties in public safety roles. Camp Aftermath is a one-year, three-phase program which includes a screening process in Phase 1, a 6-8 day volunteering and therapeutical activities itinerary in Phase 2, and a one-year follow-up in Phase 3. With mental health experts oversight, this program will aim provide participants with long-term management of OSI/PTSD through volunteerism and the development of positive habits. The main focus of the Camp Aftermath program is for participants achieve a sense of self-realization, with hope for a brighter and healthier future. The one-year follow up is aimed to ensure participants are not only held accountable to themselves but to the group as well. This will be achieved through weekly “check-ins” with mental health experts’ oversight. Camp Aftermath is the current project of the Ottawa-based Aftermath Association, a Canadian registered charity, with membership open to anyone who shares its goals and ideals. Future projects will also aim to respond to human need with human care. About Camp Aftermath’s founder Farid’s Story The story of Camp Aftermath begins with our founder, Farid Yaghini, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite experiencing traumatic events while serving overseas, Farid did not develop post-traumatic stress disorder like many of his fellow service men and women. Mental health professionals concluded that his philanthropic deeds overseas helped him after witnessing disturbing events during active service. These were his “positive anchors” during difficult moments. This realization evolved into a question: what if people living with PTSD could be assisted with cultivating “positive anchors” to replace the memory of negative experiences? This question led to an idea and concept of the one-year, three-phase program called Camp Aftermath, where military members, veterans and first responders living with PTSD  or experiencing mental health problems as a consequence of their duties in public safety roles could go to begin a journey of self-realization, primarily through volunteerism, combined with therapeutic activities. From an idea came a concept Camp Aftermath A plan gradually began to take shape, and in December 2016, Farid and his close friends registered the Aftermath Association as a Canadian charity dedicated to eliminating mental and spiritual anguish by responding to human need with human care.
December 07, 2022
Ep. #261. MAID Whistleblower Christine Gauthier, Veteran, Paralympian, PROOF that Trudeau and MacAuley lied.
Ep. #261. MAID Whistleblower Christine Gauthier, Veteran, Paralympian, PROOF that Trudeau and MacAuley lied.
1.  Both Minister Lawrence MacAuley & Prime Minister Justin Trudeau KNEW that this Veteran was offered medically assisted suicide by a Veterans Affairs Service Agent in July 2021.   2. Both of them ignored the fact that Veterans were being offered assisted suicide until the story broke more than a year later in August of 2022.  3. Both have stated firmly, as has Paul Ledwell, that there was only ONE Veterans Affairs Case Manager who was offering MAID. 4. Christines story proves that there were at least 3 different case workers from Veterans Affairs who offered MAID.  5. I'm working on yet ANOTHER Veteran, who can prove there is a 4th case worker who is offering MAID.  Conclusion:  MAID was officially offered by Veterans Affairs Canada 6. Christine's heart wrenching story shows the complete failure of Veterans Affairs Canada to service our Veterans. She has spend the last 5 years dragging herself, and her wheelchair up and down 8 stairs in order to get to her vehicle.  Through rain and snow, in all weather, she has suffered because VAC has not found a way to build her the chair escalator she needs. 
December 03, 2022
Ep. #260. My urgent message to Employees of Veterans Affairs Canada
Ep. #260. My urgent message to Employees of Veterans Affairs Canada
The proof is coming forward very quickly.  I know, and you know that offering Medically Assisted In Dying was not an isolated incident.  You KNOW that it was official policy.  Your bosses told you to offer MAID.  You just did what you were told.  Don't let them throw you under the bus.  Counselling MAID can get you up to 15 years in jail.  Don't let your bosses put you at this type of risk.  Come forward now.  You can remain anonymous if you like.  Come forward to me, to the RCMP, or to Blake Richards who is the shadow minister of Veterans Affairs.   Or, ...just do a Facebook LIVE and tell your story.   However you want to come forward, ...just do it.  You have the courage.  Do the right thing.  If you want me to keep your name private, I will.  Just reach out. 
December 02, 2022
Ep #259. How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be
Ep #259. How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be
How to transform yourself into the person you wish to be I’ve heard people use the excuse, “I just don’t have the drive that those other people have”.  What they didn’t understand is that it’s not an internal energy source called “drive” that gets people out of bed in the morning.  It’s not a rare commodity that some people have, and others do not, which has people putting in the extra effort. What people perceive as “drive” is actually something that EVERYBODY has access to.  It’s not drive, …it’s just a decision. Let’s use fitness as an example. Being active does not require “drive”, it requires a decision.  Here is how the process works. Realize that you DESERVE to be the type of person which you admire. Whoever your Role Model is, they have provided you with a road map to the success you desire.  You don’t have to “wish you were like them”, you can actually BE them, at least to some degree.  First, you must realize the truth, which is that you DESERVE to raise yourself from your current position.  You are WORTHY of MORE out of life. Understand that you don’t need some internal force in order to move towards your goals.  Instead, all you need to do is to DECIDE to move forward…every single day, at least a little. Once you accept that you DESERVE to move forward, and you decide to move forward, realize that you have made a promise to yourself. Have the character, and integrity to KEEP that promise to yourself every single day. Every single day, spend at least 5 minutes moving towards your goal. The more you keep promises to yourself, the more your self respect will grow.  The more your self respect grows, the more effort you will invest into yourself to achieve your goals. This starts a positive feedback loop that grows, and grows, and grows, transforming you into the person who you wish to be. Keeping promises to yourself every day, no matter how small, will build your self esteem. Start with the simple things like making your bed..every single day.  This is an act of self respect. Nobody sees it but you…and you do it JUST for YOU.  This is a symbol of self respect that you can build on. Exercise for 15 minutes a day Spend 5-15 minutes a day to Learn a new language with a free app on your phone.  I’m now over 700 days in a row, and once I learn French, I’ll keep learning new languages, every day, for the rest of my life.  This is an act of self respect. I also stay sober every single day.  This is an act of self respect that I’ve been doing for over 2.5 years now.
November 30, 2022
Ep. #258. MAID Whistleblower "Bruce"
Ep. #258. MAID Whistleblower "Bruce"
We now have confirmation, that as early as November 2021 MAID was offered to an Active Serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  "Bruce" was asking for help with military transition, and PTSD.  The VAC service agent pushed Medically Assisted Dying to him...and pushed the issue.  This is a crime.  They are trying to cover it up.  If you know of anyone else, or if this has happened to you, please let me know.  Your voice matters.  We need as many to come forward as possible. 
November 23, 2022
Ep. #257. Trish Wood, host of Trish Wood Is Critical
Ep. #257. Trish Wood, host of Trish Wood Is Critical
Would you like to win a copy of Trish's book?  She is the author of "What was asked of us".  This book has been hailed by critics as being a game changing book on the Iraq war.  If you'd like to enter to win, just share this episode, tag me, or the show's Facebook page in the post, and encourage others to share it as well.  I'll choose whoever looks like they have the most comments and shares, and I'll have Trish send you a copy direct from Amazon.  Visit Trish's website, and listen to her show here:  Or find "Trish Wood Is Critical" on any major podcast platform.  Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc.  About Trish: Award-winning investigative journalist and interviewer Trish Wood has been blowing up conventional wisdom for decades. A television and radio trailblazer, she’s renowned for chasing organized crime bosses through Tokyo, exposing crooked religious cranks, dodging drunken teens with guns at checkpoints in war-torn Burundi, and setting free innocent men. Trish’s intrepid reporting landed exclusive guests and won her fans, accolades and occasionally, critics. Now, she is bringing to a podcast her electric interviewing style, hard-won wisdom and wicked humour, crushing agenda-driven overload with critical thinking. Trish’s deep empathy for the downtrodden but fearless questioning of the powerful creates profound moments. Neither left nor right of center — she is a Libertarian in her head but a champion of the working class in her heart —  she can’t be pigeonholed and refuses to see the world through the lens of manufactured talking points and toxic dogma.   Her latest project, a critically acclaimed, five-part documentary series for Amazon Studios deep-dives into a female take on the Ted Bundy murders. It’s a game changer in true-crime storytelling. Bundy’s long-time girlfriend stepped out of the shadows, as did Bundy’s brother, Richard, and many others who’d never told their stories. For nearly 10 years she was one of the hosts for the Emmy Award-winning investigative current affairs series, The Fifth Estate, spending years on the road,  outworking, outthinking and during long nights away, outdrinking the men in her world. It was a formula for success — until it wasn’t. Drinking exploded her life, so she committed to recovery, focussed on parenting her two boys as a single mother, and came back stronger than ever. In 2006 she published What Was Asked of Us (Little, Brown) —heartbreaking testimonies from Iraq War soldiers. It was praised by critics including from The New York Times and People Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “the only book about the war that matters” and the soldier’s stories changed the conversation about the conflict. It’s available on Amazon. She went on to create I Didn’t Do It, believed to be the first-ever wrongful conviction series. It investigated the cases of men like Dewey Bozella and Alton Logan who were imprisoned for murders they didn’t commit. Trish was a pioneer during the recent renaissance of true-crime storytelling, developing and producing a number of successful titles. Now she’s embracing the rowdy, free-for-all world of podcasting and the chance to tell the world what she really thinks. Oh, and basketball.
November 14, 2022
Ep. #256. Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of the Legendary war hero, Sgt. Tommy Prince
Ep. #256. Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of the Legendary war hero, Sgt. Tommy Prince
Karen Margaret Braun-Prince, Daughter of Tommy Prince Thomas George Prince MM (October 25, 1915 – November 25,1977) was an Indigenous Canadian war hero and Canada's most decorated First Nations soldier, serving in World War II and the Korean War He was the most decorated soldier in the First Special Service Force or Devil's Brigade during World War II. Tommy Prince was descended from First Nations chiefs who had negotiated treaty rights with Crown representatives, and Prince himself would also represent First Nations concerns in Ottawa as Chairman of the Manitoba Indian Association. He advocated for the abolition of the governing Indian Act in Canada and proposed respect for the traditional Crown treaties as the basis of First Nations rights. Prince's position, although deemed radical at the time, has been supported in subsequent decades by Supreme Court of Canada rulings and is now the basis of government policy.
November 09, 2022
"Why We Remember" 2022. Feel free to use this episode for your local Remembrance Day Ceremony, or to publish the written version.
"Why We Remember" 2022. Feel free to use this episode for your local Remembrance Day Ceremony, or to publish the written version.
Why we remember To remember not only the fallen, but the sacrifices made by the living who have experienced horrors which are simply beyond the comprehension of the unindoctrinated. To acknowledge the sacrifice made by the families of the fallen, and of all those who have served and who are still serving. Because nobody ever truly comes home from war. Only a version of yourself returns. A haunted version, whose very soul has been irreversibly stained by the realization that evil is in fact real, and it does indeed cajole decent people into doing awful things. It’s the understanding of how unspeakably horrible one person can be to another. War forever taints you. Witnessing a flagrant disregard for the sanctity of life is not something you can unsee. It is this stain which affects every aspect of your civilian life, often for the rest of your life. We remember our soldiers because they bear a terrible burden, so that others will never have to carry the painful weight of freedom. To acknowledge the privilege we enjoy, of living in a peaceful country where our children can safely walk to school without the fear of their school being bombed. We remember, because we acknowledge that we can’t ever fully appreciate the sacrifices, so we remember in lieu of understanding. We remember, because it’s the best we can do, and the least we should do to honor our soldiers, sailors, and airmen both past and present. We remember, because they likely know the unforgettable stench of burning human flesh, and the sound of the screams of the burning. We remember them, because they can not forget. We remember, because the survivors often struggle from debilitating depression, relentless nightmares, and uncontrollable anger. We remember because veterans are at a much higher risk of suicide. We remember them, because many of them can never find peace. We remember them, because we don’t carry the burden of becoming them. On November the 11th, we will remove our hats, stand for our two minutes of silence, and we will remember them. Mark E. Meincke Veteran Host of: Operation Tango Romeo, the trauma recovery podcast
November 08, 2022
Ep. #255. CJ Jemison, American Addiction Centers
Ep. #255. CJ Jemison, American Addiction Centers   CJ is a counselor for the American Addiction Centers, and he also has his own private practice.  CJ served 3 years in the US Army as an Ammo Tech. His lived experience helps him relate to members of the Veteran Community when they are reaching out for help.  About the American Addiction Centers: Our Story American Addiction Centers was founded in 2007. Since that time, we have grown into the largest network of rehab facilities nationwide, with programs in California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. We use research-based treatments to help clients with drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental and behavioral health issues. Under the guidance of our chief medical officer, our programs are made up of addiction professionals including physicians, registered nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We offer high staff-to-patient ratios to ensure more personal attention for our clients, and many of our staff are in recovery themselves—so they understand what you are going through. Our success rate is more than double the national average, and we have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Fox News, Daily Mail, Bustle, and USA Today. **American Addiction Centers is a nationwide network of addiction rehab facilities. No funding is generated from any advertising or external sources, and there is no conflict of interest to disclose on this website or the content herein. Our funding is generated by substance abuse treatment services provided at our facilities.
November 08, 2022
Ep. #254. Laurie White, RCMP Veteran, Shot in the line of duty, PTSD survivor, Author
Ep. #254. Laurie White, RCMP Veteran, Shot in the line of duty, PTSD survivor, Author
#RCMP, #royalcanadianmountedpolice, #R.C.M.P. , #police With just a few years on the job, Laurie lost her leg from a gunshot wound in the line of duty.  Once she recovered, she went back to work for a 23 year career in policing.  Today she is an author, speaker, and a PTSD recovery advocate.  You can buy her book "10-33, Officer Down, Steps Back Up" on amazon by clicking HERE  
November 03, 2022
Ep. #253. REAL Strength.  (please share this)
Ep. #253. REAL Strength. (please share this)
Real Strength Soldiers can go for days without sleep, perform night patrols in the rain, carry crippling heavy loads of gear across multiple miles of treacherous, rugged terrain, and fight heavily armed enemies with complete disregard to their own survival. And they can do it repeatedly for months, or even years on end, holding the line until the war has been won. When Soldiers finish their watch, and are able to return home, they often find themselves unable to settle into domestic life.  People can leave the military, but the military never fully leaves them. A piece of the Veteran will always be a soldier. Difficulty in transitioning can range from being merely uncomfortable, to being totally devastating to one's life.  Relationships usually suffer, employment is often unstable, and isolation is commonly suffered. This is where REAL Strength is required. Often, the stronger a person has been in their life, the more difficult it is for them to admit they need help.  The more a person has been the protector, the sheepdog, the leader, …. the more challenging it is to swallow their pride and ask to be protected, helped, and led out of the darkness. Sadly, most never find the strength to ask for help.  As a result they become even more injured.  The Soldier tends to turn to either Alcohol or drugs for comfort, and addiction becomes the price they pay for refusing to ask for help.  Addiction creates more isolation, the increased isolation creates loneliness and hopelessness.  The despair too often results in suicide. The best way to help others find the strength to ask for help, is to let them know that other Sheep Dogs have suffered in similar ways, and have found the courage to ask for help, and walk the healing path. If you are a Veteran of the Military, or a former first responder who has walked the healing path, you have an opportunity to be a beacon of hope to others.  You can light the way out of the darkness for those who may be watching you in quiet despair.  By “Recovering Out Loud” you can shine your light for others to draw strength from. By recovering out loud, you are trumpetting reveille for those who are yearning to wake from their nightmares. If you are a private person, you can still light a signal fire of healing for the wounded to follow.  Simply share episodes of Operation Tango Romeo on your social media pages. Or, share posts from any Veteran or First Responders support organization which you believe in. Active duty Military, First responders, Veterans and their families need support year round,... not just in November.  The more aware they are of support, the more likely they are to reach out for it. If you support Veterans, First Responders, & Their families, please share this, and please share posts from support organizations. Doing so may very well save a life, and a family from suffering from the loss of that life. #veterans, #firstresponders, #support 
October 31, 2022
Ep. #252. RE: My Ottawa Testimony about Medically Assisted Suicide being offered to a Veteran, and the fallout
Ep. #252. RE: My Ottawa Testimony about Medically Assisted Suicide being offered to a Veteran, and the fallout
On Monday, October 24th I testified in Ottawa about a Veteran who was offered assisted suicide by Veterans Affairs Canada.  After the testimony, the Veteran contacted me, and expressed significant disapproval.  Although I don't understand what exactly was said which he disapproves of, I do have a feeling that it's not what I said, but that he feels I may be profiting from his painful experience.  This episode is my response, and I can only hope he hears it the way it's intended.  VAC must be held to account.  Veterans must be protected.  Reform at VAC is critical. 
October 28, 2022
Ep. #251. Karen Storwick & Robert Curtin, Movie Producers, Military Historians
Ep. #251. Karen Storwick & Robert Curtin, Movie Producers, Military Historians See some of their work here:  These are the producers of the upcoming movie, Fallen Heroes, their journey home.   Robert and Karen have dedicated a huge amount of their lives to preserving, and telling the real stories of the Canadian Military.  These stories are part of the heritage of all Canadians, not just those who have served.  We had an incredible conversation about the work they have done, and are continuing to do.  Shout outs to: Veterans Association Food Bank, General Lew McKenzie, General Rick Hillier, Dave Howard, Willie Macdonald, Remi Adeleke, Greg S. Reid, and so many more.  
October 20, 2022
Ep. #250. Bonus Episode: Jasraj Singh Hallan, Shadow Minister of Finance
Ep. #250. Bonus Episode: Jasraj Singh Hallan, Shadow Minister of Finance
Bonus episodes are ones where I have interesting conversations with interesting people.  These episodes fall outside of my normal scope of Trauma Recovery.  It's important to learn how to have difficult conversations in a respectful way.  I do my best to model this, and am always striving to do better.  Regardless of your political leanings, I hope you enjoy this conversation.  Jasraj is the Shadow Minister of Finance, and he had a LOT to say.  This was his FIRST interview in the new role, and he's already swimming in the deep end.  Jas also has his own Podcast, "All That Jas" Apple Spotify
October 13, 2022
Ep. #249. Michael Terry, RCR Veteran, Dispatches Adventure Ride
Ep. #249. Michael Terry, RCR Veteran, Dispatches Adventure Ride
Wind Therapy is a thing.  Michael has been riding all over Canada with a KLR 650, bringing a message of healing and awareness about PTSD.  Michael served with the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), including several tours of duty. He was first diagnosed with PTSD in 2001, and has been contending with it ever since.  There is a documentary about Michael in the works, and it is likely to be available late next year, or early 2024.  This documentary will chronical Michaels adventure ride, and his healing journey. 
October 11, 2022
Ep. #248. Daniel Sundahl, (Dan Sun Art)
Ep. #248. Daniel Sundahl, (Dan Sun Art) About Dan: I create vibrant and authentic images that are a result of my experiences. If I have an emotional connection to an image, then I consider that artwork. When I get commissioned to create an art piece for a client, that's what I'm trying to achieve for them. I was born in 1967 and raised in Canada. Being Canadian automatically makes me super nice and very apologetic, even when I don't need to be. I've been a full-time firefighter and paramedic since 2003, and that's where most of my motivation comes from when creating my artwork. I am passionate about raising mental health and PTSD awareness for my profession. I believe understanding, validation and support is the pathway to recovery. In my previous career, I was an English teacher. This allowed me to travel the world and live in many countries. While living in Japan, I even played in a Japanese blues band. Living in other countries shaped my personality and perspective on the world, travel continues to be my biggest teacher. I first picked up a 'real' camera in 2014. I love the technical side of photography; it appeals to my geeky side. I also love photography's artistic side; it's great for the left and right sides of my brain. I continue to travel, learn about photography and work full time as a firefighter/paramedic. I'm genuinely humbled by all the attention my work has received, and I'm sure I'll keep creating until I'm old and wrinkly. Daniel Sundahl DanSun Photo Art
October 05, 2022
Ep. #247. Understanding anger, and solutions to it
Ep. #247. Understanding anger, and solutions to it
Understanding anger, and solutions to it Neurological Reasons Programming the Amygdala Ambush Response Transactional Analysis Parent      Parent Adult        Adult Child        Child Solutions: Self Awareness, that you are on a mission.  Change the Mission Meditation / Visualization Maintain the ADULT ego state by staying in the top 3rd of Graham's Hierarchy of Arguments. Compassion: Everyone has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do.
September 29, 2022