Owner, Rusty Smith served in the US Army for 7 years and was medically retired after sustaining injuries in Airborne School, SFAS, Operation New Dawn, Iraq, and Korea. After retirement, I started a lawn care business to fund our racing habit with my wife, Courtney, and my Skyline dream build. I then partnered with a performance shop in town due to my education not only as an all wheel mechanic in the army, but as a mechatronics engineer and numerous other certifications in mechanical related applications. The business was left to my wife and I and we have dedicated our business to being a sanctuary for veterans through racing and other channels. At our shop we offer over 1 million performance parts and work on anything from diesel and off-road to muscle and import. We have had an idea in our heads for a few years and didn't come to fruition until summer of 2019, when we realized that veterans need a place to go where they can work with their hands to help them through their depression and PTSD. So, through our shop we provide a program called Operation Dysfunctionally Built where one weekend a month we allow veterans to come to our shop and wrench on a performance motor that is designated for them to simply wrench on as well as we provide ride alongs at racing events. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for veterans to use mechanics and racing therapeutically to get the out of their house and in a like minded environment allowing them to work through any depression or PTSD.
The Battle Brothers Foundation empowers veterans through community-based personal development, economic upward mobility, and progressive medical treatments to better their lives and the lives of their families. You can make a difference in a veteran’s life today by pledging a donation or joining our team of dedicated volunteers!
You can purchase a " No One Left Behind " shirt by using the link below!!!
Retired Army Veteran Adrian jumps on the Podcast to talk about his therapeutic business, Levity Float Center! Float therapy relaxes the body & mind by eliminating effects of gravity & sensory stimulation while floating weightless in warm salt water.
Nathan is currently serving in the Army National Guard while also running a successful business called Square Knot Apparel!!! Square Knot Apparel is a veteran owned and operated fashion accessory company specializing in custom, handmade, ties, bow ties, and pocket squares created specifically for dapper gents and ladies. How you dress sends a message, let us help you say the right thing. All of our products are hand selected and sewn in the United States with attention to detail and an eye to both quality and function.
Anthony joins us from New Jersey to talk about his unique business, Tactics 2 Toys!!! We talk about his military service, the toy /collectible world, and some of the cool products he sells! Check out his pages to find some hard to find products!!!
Active Duty Soldiers Mike and Alex jump on to talk about their company Woobie Official! Not only to they sell hoodies made out of the famous Woobie blanket, they are highly involved in the community with giving back to those in need!
Kris and Trevor jump on to talk about their amazing business, Gold Star Holsters!!! Not only can they make a custom holsters for your firearm, they also do laser engraving and offer other pro 2A items in their shop!!!
Bryan with The Patriot Moose Sits down and Talks with Jason Sturm, owner of Old Glory Gym in Ashburn VA!!! They talk about the struggles and how to adapt to the current climate with this Covid epidemic, military service, and of course, Crossfit!
Marine Veteran Rob sat down to talk about his unique flag company, True Allegiance Flags!!! Rob is an outstanding woodworking who found his passion(and therapy) in woodworking!
Marine Corps Veteran John and his wife Stacy join jump on the Podcast to talk about their amazing business, Semper Savage! They make Salad dressings made of all natural ingredients with no added emulsifiers, flavors or colors! Check them out and order a bottle today!!!
Coach Verdu jumps of to talk about his inspirational Non-Profit, Way Beyond Measure!!! Way Beyond Measure helps everyone from kids that are bullied, to Veterans that may need a lift!!! Check out all of the amazing things they are doing by using the links below!
Mike and Claudia join us to talk about a business they are extremely passionate about, The CBD Path! They are all about helping people through quality CBD products! As a former Navy Seal, Mike is heavily involved in the Seal community with work at the Trident house and the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum! Check out their products by following the links below!
Had a great time chatting with Josh who I was stationed with years ago! He is currently stationed at Nellis AFB and runs the Empty Wagon Fantasy Podcast that you definitely need to tune into ! Was great to sit down and chat with him about families to " Tiger King"! Check out his stuff by following the links below!!!
Jason Madden jumps on to chat because we are on lockdown! Jason is an Army Veteran who helps entrepreneurs get into the franchise world! He is a stand up guy who I cant talk talk up enough! Always great talking with him, and that's why we put this quick chat together! Use the links below to get in contact with him!
Justin is a Veteran of the US Army who is a Certified High Performance Coach dedicated to helping Active Duty, Veterans & their Families reach their highest potential and succeed above center mass, consistently over the long term. He works with his clients to succeed without sacrificing their well being and at the same time maintaining & building positive relationships. You can contact Justin by using the links below!
Matt with Innovative Extracts jumps on the podcast to talk about his awesome CBD business out of Pennsylvania! Matt is an Army Veteran along with the other co-founder Andy! Matt talks about the growing process from the farm to the lab, and a bit about how they are involved with the community! Check them out by using the links below!
Tim with HB Nation and Warthog Media Solutions jumps on to speak about his 2 great businesses. His apparel company is all about that Honey Badger attitude while Warthog Media Solutions is all about boosting your business! Check out these businesses by using the links below!
Joe Himpelmann joins the podcast to talk about his unique business, Assault Forward! Assault Forward provides patriotic accessories that were created to show off your patriotism in the workplace(and everywhere else!)! For the listeners that make it until the end of the episode, Joe drops a special discount code for you to use on your next order!!! Check out all of the amazing products by using the links below!!!
Had a great conversation with Dr. Jay Grossman who provides free dental work for Veterans who are homeless! He talk about his time in service, how the organization came to be, and what we can do to help him continue his mission! Not only does Dr. Jay help out with the Veterans, but also kids in foster care! For more information, please follow the links below!
Christie and Paige join me to talk about an amazing program through Golden Corral called " Camp Corral"! This program gives children of wounded, ill, or fallen Military families the week of a lifetime! Christie is putting on a gala in Colorado Springs at the DAV Hall on May 2nd from 4-11pm. Her goal is to raise as much money as possible so that they can sponsor children to attend Camp Coral for free! She is looking for any monetary donations, or items that could be placed up for auction! Feel free to contact her for any more information!
6880 Palmer Park Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Bryan with the Patriot Moose takes over the Podcast to talk about the Josh Powell Foundation with Fabi Powell!
"The Josh Powell Foundation was founded in honor of 1LT William Joshua Powell by his loving wife, Fabi. At 25 years old, Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called synovial sarcoma in his lower abdomen. This cancer took his life two years and 25 days later, just one month after he married the love of his life.
Fabi has made it her mission to create a legacy in honor of Josh using his story and vision to motivate and encourage others battling sarcoma cancer to be open about their battle, fight their fight, and Keep Going despite the odds stacked against them. This mindset creates a ripple effect, allowing the positive outlook of those facing adversity to continue to inspire others through their own personal battle. INSPIRING THE WORLD - ONE BATTLE AT A TIME.
JPF fulfills its mission by delivering "Powell-Packs" to newly diagnosed sarcoma patients on their first day of treatment providing hope, courage, and strength to these individuals as they take their first steps into a battle they should never have to face. Along with Josh's Keep Going statement, the Powell-Pack includes motivational and functional items that can be used on a daily basis as a constant reminder to Keep Going on the days they feel like giving up. Encouraging this positive outlook not only inspires the patient to not let cancer define them and steal their joy, it advances the mission of inspiring others through the patients own unique, personal journey."
You can find out more about their mission and how to get involved by visiting their website below!
Marine Corps Veteran Josh jumped on the Podcast to talk about his unique woodworking business in which he uses gun powder to finish some of his pieces! We of course talk about his time in service, how woodworking is his therapy, and also offers some tips for navigating social media! Be sure to check out all of Josh's amazing work by using the links below!
Use code "wood" for 15% off your order!!!
Bryan with The Patriot Moose jumped on the Podcast to talk about his service, woodworking business, and the charities he loves to support! He is an Officer in the Army National Guard who works with families and friends to create custom, hand-painted flags(painted by his fiance!) that serve as gifts or memorials in remembrance of the lifetime of service fulfilled by their heroes!
Check out his amazing work by using the links below, and please reach out if you would like to help setup a VRV social in the Northern Virginia area!
Was able to finally track down Chelsea with K9's for Camo to talk about this amazing non-profit that provides service dogs for Veterans! Chelsea serves as the Secretary for this organization and talks about where the dogs come from, training, and how they integrate the local prison system into their dog training! Check out k9's for Camo if you, or know of anyone that could benefit from having a service dog!
Marine Corps Veteran and former LEO Brandon jumps on the Podcast to talk about his amazing woodworking business! Brandon is highly involved in the community, helps raises awareness for autism, and donates a portion of each flag sale to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation who has one of his flags in their headquarters building!!!
Army Veteran Aaron joins us to talk about his new company, Woobie Brother Apparel! Aaron shares his story about his time in the service, being forced out while his wife is pregnant, and how he wants to help out less fortunate Veterans! You can check out his stuff and more by using the links below!
Jonathan Ota is a combat Veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps and now runs a woodworking business that specializes in custom furniture!
Tilton Pfeil is an active duty Marine who creates some incredible jewelry out of coins! We talk about his service, the amazing work he is doing out in Landstuhl helping those that are injured returning from combat, and how he can create a unique gift for you! Be sure to follow him and reach out if you have any questions!!! https://www.veteransreferringveterans.com/listings/handcrafted-by-pfeil/ https://www.instagram.com/handcrafted_by_pfeil/ https://www.facebook.com/HCbyPfeil/
Army Veterans Sam and Mark join the VRV Podcast to talk about the amazing, family-friends gun store located just outside of Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC! We talk about where the meaning of the store comes from, military service, and what services they provide! The Rock Guns is looking to become more than just a gun store, and we are excited to see them grow! Check out the links below, and feel free to contact them with any custom orders!!!
Army Veteran Ken Combs jumps on to talk about how he can help you out with financial planning, and job opportunities within the company he works for! Ken is a single father of 2 beautiful children who truly wants whats best for you!
Lorenzo jumps on the Podcast to talk about his new company he just started up in January! YourSix Co offers beard oil that is 100% made in the USA!!! Lorenzo is one that is always looking to help out others and is offering a code which when used, goes to sponsor another Veteran business on the VRV! Go check out his products, and use code "vet20" to help him enable a Veteran business to get on the website!!!
Shawn is a knife maker coming out of Michigan who was recently featured on the TV series "Forged in Fire"! We talk about his experience on the show, his military service, and how strong the knife-making community is! If you are wanting a custom blade, hit him up by using the links below and check out his amazing work!
Eric and Chuck join the Podcast to talk about their non-profit that helps Veterans, First Responders, and their families! They are a Direct Aid organization and their mission is to assist, in whatever way they can, Veterans of all branches of the military as well as our Domestic First Responders!
Check them out by using the links below, and if you are in the Littleton, New Hampshire area, they would love to meet you!!!
Charlie joins the Podcast to tell us about 2 awesome businesses that he is running! Project Intstride is a startup Veteran Services Organization that seeks to help ease the transition, and facilitate the success of service members moving back in to civilian life! CCFit Denver is is a high performance master fitness facility designed to guide their clients to whatever their summit may be! Tune in to learn more and be sure to checkout the fundraiser going on with Project Instride where you could win a Dodge Hellcat!!!
Dinah joins us to talk about the amazing program underneath the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition called "Transitional Housing Initiative"! This program houses homeless Veteran families and provides them with different resources from resume writers, to barbers!!! They currently do not have a grant for food, so we are holding a social on Dec 4th at Atmoshpere Gastropub(1327 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80921) starting at 7pm! We will have a "cover charge" to get in the door of any non-perishable food items or monetary donations!!! Uptown Limo is providing a limousine, and our goal is to fill it up with the donated items!!! Crossfit Bonnie and Clyde is also bring a moving truck down to fill as well! We need YOUR help in getting the word out and making this happen for the THI program! Please share out the event on Facebook and if you are unable to make the event and would like to donate, check out the numerous collection points throughout the city that are listed in the discussion section of the event!
Adrian comes on the Podcast to talk about his company, Ca-Tex Designs! This Marine is an outstanding woodworker who makes some truly unique products! Tune in to hear about his service, and how he loves to help other Veteran businesses and non-profits! Be sure to follow his pages and see his amazing work!
THE retired CSM Donald Mcalister joins me on the podcast to talk about Rogue American Apparel-Ft Bragg, and his military service! Mac is a true leader who still continues to be involved with the military and gives back to the local community! Tune in as we talk about dealing with the hardships of returning from combat, and how you can remain strong for yourself, and your family! Check out RAA's awesome products, and be sure to say Hi to Mac if your in the Fayettville area!
6460 Yadkin Rd., Suite A
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303
I speak with Adrian with Cal-Tex Designs about the massive giveaway happening now! Head over and look for the IG post to enter!
THE VETERANS DAY MASSIVE GIVEAWAY IS HERE!!! These Veteran owned businesses have come together to bring you some unique items for our 2nd annual giveaway!!! Because of the high number of Veteran businesses donating, we will be separating the products into TWO packages and selecting a winner for each package! Look for more posts detailing the prizes from each company from now until Veterans day! The winners will be drawn on Veterans day at 8pm MST! May the odds be ever in your favor.
Kevin with Resumedics jumps on the Podcast to talk about how he can help you in the civilian world! Kevin is a certified interview coach that wants to help you land your next job! He can help out with your resume, LinkedIN profile, and performing well during the interview process!!! Use the following links to get in contact with him!
Joe Sroka, co-founder of Nova Point Capital, joins us to talk about his service in the military and his investment management firm based in Atlanta! Joe not only helps out with personal/business investment strategies, but he is also heavily involved with the Veteran community through Bunker Labs, and the U.S. Army Ranger Association! You can find out more about what Nova Point is doing by using the links below, and be sure to follow their blog and Podcast!
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Marine Veteran Jon Williams joins us from Washington where he has created a great organization to help combat PTSD, and help get Veterans an education in the Aviation and Automotive worlds! Jon talks about his time in the service, and how he connected with racing to help him deal with his past. He has created and awesome community centered around racing which you can be a part of! Be sure to follow Adrenaline Therapy, and Battalion Racing to learn more! Reach him at (702) 370-0803, or follow the links below!
He will be at SEMA coming up in Las Vegas, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!
Army Veteran Daily Cole with Moonlight Cleaning joins us to talk about his Cleaning business in Colorado Springs! Daily was truly one of the main reasons why I started the VRV! On this episode he talks about his military service, and how those he served with still help him to this day! You can contact him and check out his work using the links below! Call him anytime to schedule an appointment at 719-600-3600!
Jason joins us to talk about his unique, made-to-order flags that are made without the use of CNC machines! He speaks about his time serving as an OSI agent with the Air Force, and explains why his flags, and other woodworkers, don't have to abide by the flag code!
One of his flags is up for auction to raise money for Veteran Powered Films! You can find the flag at 32auctions.com/VPF.com! The auction ends on 26 Oct 2019!!!
Dr. Angel Storm swings by to talk about what she does as a Life Coach, and how she can help YOU finding direction in life! She is also well-educated in the world of narcissism, and she discusses signs to look for and how to get help! Beyond being a Life Coach, she is a Mother, mentor, speaker, and Author!
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Randy joins us from Loveland, Co to talk about his Infrared systems that can help you save money, and prevent potential hazards in your home!!!