The Veterans Advocate Podcast brings you all the resources you need to make a smooth transition from the military. Here you will find interviews with other veterans who have left the military and started their next awesome adventure.
John was an Air Force officer stationed on Johnston Island in from 1973-1975. He tells about how agent orange stored on the island leaked into the sand and Ocean at a rate of over 25 barrels a week. Over time, the agent orange saturated the sand, but more importantly contaminated the water around the island. There were no wells on Johnston Island and all drinking water came from the ocean, which was run thru de-salination machines similar to what the Navy uses on boats. The removes the salt from the water, but does not remove the chemical contaminates. In fact, it might actually condense them. in 1979 the USAF did a study on the island and found elevated levels of Dioxin, which is a compound in agent orange. It was found both in the soil and in the drinking water. For years, our troops drank this water, washed clothes, dishes, and took showers in it. This could be one possible explanation for high rates of cancer found in our troops who served on Johnston Island. John also talks about a bill in the house to potentially address this issue. But the bill is still in committee and needs sponsors. That bill is HR 1713.
Doc was a combat medic in the Army where he served for over 20 years. When he got out of the Army he felt a calling to continue helping veterans, so he started Alpine Remedy. Alpine Remedy is located in Alaska and exists to aid veterans who physical and mental injuries by offering them a healthy does of nature. Doc organizes hikes, outfits the troops, and takes the clients on awesome trips in Alaska. Be sure to visit https://www.remedyalpine.org
Richard is an Army veteran with quite a story to tell. He was active duty for several years and during that time he was also on drugs. He regularly took acid and was drinking very heavily. When he got into a jam, he knew he needed to get clean. Richard joined AA to help him get straight, but he didn't just go once a week, he went every day for months straight. He really turned his life around and has a compelling story about making a comeback. He goes by the comeback coach and lives up to his name! Search @comebackcoach to find him on social media.
Ron Parsons spent a few years on Johnston Island. If you recall previous episodes, J.I. is one of the most conatminated places on earth. The US military launched nuclear missiles from the island in atmospheric tests such as project fishbowl and starfish prime. Three of these missiles failed and contaminated the island with weapons grade plutonium. If that wasn't bad enough, the military stored ALL the agent orange created during the Vietnam war on a beach on JI. These often leaked and soaked into the sand. Thousands of veterans have served on the island, and many have come down with cancer. The VA refuses to recognize any connection between service on the island and cancer diagnosis. Please help spread the message of this issue by sharing this show.
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If you recall I did an episode on Johnston Island a while back. Its a small Island in the Pacific where the U.S. Military tested nuclear missiles in the 50s-70s. Several of these missiles exploded leaving the island contaminated with plutonium. If that were not bad enough, millions of gallons of agent orange were stored on the island before it was all incinerated. My guest today served on Johnston Island and tells us how the island itself is dangerous due to the failed handling of dangerous materials, and how many veterans are coming down with cancer after serving on Johnston Island. The government is currently not recognizing the issues and denying any link between service on Johnston Island and cancer diagnosis among veterans. We hope to change that, and you can help by spreading the word.
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Shawn has a powerful story. She served in the military and was injured in the line of duty. She has struggled with mental illness and homelessness. Thru the help of passageways she has been given a hand up and is now looking for ways to pay it forward. Please consider donating to passageways by visiting www.passagewaysltd.org
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Ryan had some great advice to give us in regards to takin on big challenges. He said if a dog is physically capable of doing it, he can train the dog to do it. That applies well to us also. If you are physically capable of something you can train yourself to do it. Break down the large goal into many small goals. Take the first steps towards that goal and build on your success. Then set slightly larger goals and keep going! With time and dedication you can achieve great things.
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Ryan Matthews has trained thousands of dogs of all kinds. He can train a dog to do literally anything that a dog is physically capable of. He started training dogs in the Army and took his knowledge to the big leagues after he transitioned out. He has a ton of advice about picking the right dog for you, and how to get started on dog training. Ryan is a wealth of knowledge about dogs and entrepreneurship be sure to check him out at www.iamryanmatthews.com
If you are a Veteran looking to make the leap from the military to the civilian world and need some guidance, check out my transition mentorship page at www.veteransmentorship.com
You may have seen some major changes regarding the show. I am happy to announce the next evolution of the show and introduce THE VETERANS ADVOCATE. This is a change I am pumped about because it will help me complete my mission of helping Veterans. I am doubling down on the interviews and narrowing my focus. This show will specifically tackle the issue of Military transition. I want to be THE best show out on there on the subject.
Also I want to announce my new website www.veteransmentorship.com From there I will be offering several couching services. If you are a Veteran separating from the Military soon, or have been out for a year or two and are stuck, I can help. I have learned a lot from my own experiences and my conversations with other Veterans and I would like to help. So if you need help with resumes, advice on transitioning, or some help navigating the civilian workforce, give me a call. If you have gone thru the transition assistance program on base, and felt it wasn't enough, just know there is another resource for you in the form of one on one coaching. Just visit the website to find out more.
Kia Baker hosts the Female Veterans Podcast. She is a Navy Veteran with a passion for helping her fellow female Veterans finding a place to share their stories. We discuss her work with some of those women who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma. I ask a ton of questions about MST and what its like to be a female Veteran. Kia has loads of statistics and personal stories from the women who have confided in her. Kia and I also discuss her close call with homelessness and how we can team up to fight homelessness together. Visit Kia on instagram @thefemaleveteranspodcast and you can check out her show on Itunes by searching for The Female Veterans Podcast.
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This show is a little different that my usual episodes. I talk about military suicide in general and Air Force suicide specifically. This show may be offensive to some that are in the Air Force now, and don't see things my way. That's ok, hopefully we are still friends. But we can all agree that the AF has a SERIOUS problem right now and something has to be done. In this episode I give my opinions as to the root cause of the suicide epidemic that has taken hold with the ranks. Truth is, the culture within the AF is crap! I break down the problem, and give some solutions as well. This show is raw and unedited because this is something I am passionate about, and I needed to get it out asap.
Kurt was in the Army when get got out he went back to his roots and started woodworking. He grew up in a family of woodworkers and turned took the skills instilled in him by his father and grandfather into Ballash Woodworks. He makes high quality furniture and household goods as well as teaches others how to do wood working. Kurt has a passion for the trades and we discuss why now is the perfect time to ditch college and get into the various trades available. Check out his work at https://www.ballashwoodworks.com/about and facebook https://www.facebook.com/BallashWoodworks/
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Daryl is a military Veteran and leader of Southern California Veteran Coalition. At first the group started with a few friends hanging out having a good time, and then became a movement of veterans healing thru socialization and education. Check out the coalition on instagram @socalveteranscoalition
. I sit down with Renee, a formerly homeless female veteran. She served in the army for eight years where she experienced a TBI from my fall off of a 2 1/2 ton truck. She also experienced some military sexual trauma and sexual harassment. These two issues that led to her having lifelong struggles with both mental and physical health. She discusses the lack of options available to single women for assistance. Homeless this is a problem for veterans and it’s becoming an increasingly large problem for female veterans. Females are the fastest growing demographic of homelessness in America. Passageways is expanding its operation to better serve veterans. Eventually via the Passageways HOMEFRONT project, there will be many different styles of housing available to help people transition from homelessness back into independent living. Go support Passageways in their effort to fight veteran homelessness at www.passagewaysltd.org
This is part 2 of a series highlighting the stories of homeless veterans. Michael is my guest and he tells us about his service, how he became homeless, and how passageways helped him get back on track. Be sure to visit www.passagewaysltd.org/donate to help more veterans like Michael.
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This is the first of a several part series featuring formerly homeless veterans. I sit down with Tony to discuss how the became homeless, what it was like to be a homeless veteran, how he found Passageways, and how Passageways helped him get a fresh start at life. Since graduating the homeless veteran program at Passageways, Tony has found a great job within the aerospace industry and will be going back to school to become an engineer. Passageways has helped over 80 homeless veterans get a second chance at life and will soon launch phase two of their operation. Visit their website at www.passagewaysltd.org to donate to the cause.
Aaron is hands down the most inspiring man I have ever had the pleasure to talk to. He is an executive chef to Navy admirals and had one of the most sought after jobs in the military but felt the calling to do more. He went on to join the Army as an explosive ordinance disposal technician where he found and dismantled IED's in the Middle East. Shortly after his two week leave from the battle field he was called to dispose of an IED blocking the road. While disarming one IED, a second IED hidden near buy went off, taking Aaron's eye sight. After nearly 30 surgeries, Aaron contracted meningitis which also took his hearing, leaving him totally blind and also def. Aaron talks to us about how he learned to navigate the world blind, and how he never gave up hope. He teaches us not only how to survive hard times, but thrive in spite of difficulties. Aaron would go on to be a serious adventurer, making many hikes and rafting trips while totally blind. And if that wasn't enough, he also ran several marathons without the use of his sight. He now gives talks about resilience and perseverance and runs his own company called Extra Ordinary Delights and you can visit his website at www.eodfudge.com
My guest today is Otis McGregor. He spent 25 years in the Army where he served as a Green Beret. Otis has been all over the world standing up special operations units and teaching leadership. Now he does the same for the corporate world with his leadership development company LTO Enterprises. You can find out more about his organization by visiting his website at www. lto-enterprises.com
My next guest is Pete Turner. Pete retired from the US Army where he served as a spy both before and after 9/11. We talk about his time in service, what it was like to be a in Army Intelligence, and his opinions on the war in Iraq. Pete is now a professional podcaster and runs a show called The Break it Down Show where he interviews all kinds of interesting guests. You can check out Pete's show by visiting his website at https://www.breakitdownshow.com . Pete has a lot of great advice for young military people looking to transition back into civilian life so be sure to check the show!
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My guest today is Joe Soloski and he is running for state senate in Pennsylvania's 81st district. He has been in public accounting since 1979 and managed his own accounting firm for 27 years. For most of his life he was a conservative republican but he had been gradually drifting towards Libertarianism for several years. He was elected treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania and also sits on the board of Libertarian Party of Centre county. We discuss what its like to run for office as a Libertarian and what he hopes to accomplish once elected. We also discuss his views of Libertarian philosophy and how to spread the message of liberty to more people. You can find him on Facebook by searching Joe Soloski. Be sure to visit the new website at www.americanheritagepodcast.com
Chris Ontiveros is an Air Force veteran and CEO of MYGMFDGEAR, a patriotic Vetaran ran apparel company. He creates awesome apparel for patriotic Americans to wear with pride. We discuss the T-shirt business, trump, the borderwall, comunists, area 51 and several other topics. Check out his website by visiting www.mygmfdgear.com
In this episode I interview Jamie Scott about her time in the Air Force and she educates me on CBD. We discuss what CBD is, and how it can help treat a wide range of conditions in a safe way. She has written an E-Book about cannabis and how it can help people treat medical conditions in a safe and natural way. Check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thehempuralist/learning_content/
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Hemp has over 25,000 uses and has been harvested for about as long as humans have been around. Since 1937 hemp has been illegal to harvest in the United States however that changed briefly in WWII. Due to a shortage of hemp being imported from Asia (thanks to the Japs occupying much of the continent) the US government allowed waivers for farmers to encourage them to grow hemp. It was mainly used for ropes and cordage Navy ships but it's uses are nearly endless. In this show I give a brief summary about the history and of hemp, and then play the audio from a WWII propaganda movie produced by the department of agriculture. This movie was created in order to explain the need for hemp, and to encourage farmers in Kentucky to apply for hemp licenses in order to supply the government this much needed commodity. Enjoy!
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This is the first of what I call "After Action Reports" where I will take an interesting point from one of my guests and expand upon it. For the first report, I bring you America's Chernobyl: Johnston Island.
Located in the North Pacific Ocean, Johnston island was the former home to many nuclear missile, chemical, and biological tests. Over the years, many incidents involving these tests occurred on the island making one of the most deadly places on the planet. The island is covered with weapons grade plutonium, americium, agent orange, and other hazardous substances. Listen to the show to see how this all happened, and what the government is doing to fix it.
In this episode I sit down with David, who lives in the Passageways transition house. He is an Army infantry Veterans with some cool stories and great advice for us younger Veterans. We talk about the Army, his childhood, what it was like to be a homeless Veteran, and how he has turned his life around since living at Passageways. He has many opportunities in front of him, and is excited to share those stories with us.
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Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the nation. But plenty of veterans survive the war, only to continue the fight every day in the form of PTSD and TBI. In this show I give a brief history or memorial day and discuss why we need to also keep living veterans in our mind as well.
Lani is an Army Veteran who was stationed in Fort Riley Kansas and deployed to Afghanistan during the global war on terror where she served as a logistics troop. She now runs a blog that aims to share her story and provide a meeting place for veterans to share theirs as well. Check out her blog by visiting https://krusecorner.blog
It’s my pleasure to share a conversation I had with Sammy. He is a US Marine Corp veteran, first generation American, great dad to his sons, and an all around awesome and inspirational guy. He gets real with us about his struggles transitioning from the marines and how he got thru those times by putting in the hard work and never giving up. Enjoy! Be sure to subsribe, rate, and review. Also please consider being a donor to the show via the support link below.
This episode is about the recent shootings in America. Three mass shootings in two week, and three heroes you need to know about. In each of these situations, there were men who stood up and took action. They no doubt saved many lives, and their memories need to live on forever as inspirations to us all.
This is the first episode of the new series called American Heritage. In this episode my friend Joe interviews me about my military service. We talk politics, history and mental health before I go take the conversation way off into left field and forget what we were even discussing. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy!
This is the final episode of OD Green, but the show aint over! I have changed the name of the podcast to American Heritage. I feel this better captures what it is I am trying to do here and the makeover helps me leverage social media to get the word out. Thank you for being on this journey with me, its been a lot of fun and I hope you stick around because I am just getting warmed up!
I am going to start sharing some speeches from a book called American Patriotism in Prose and Verse. This book contains famous speeches on patriotism by well known Americans from 1775-1918. The first speech is from the Virginia Convention by Patrick Henry in 1775. As always I dont run ads on this show so if you feel lead to donate, you can do so thru the link on Anchor. A portion of the proceeds will go to Passageways LTD, a non-profit helping homeless Veterans. Check them out at www.passagewaysltd.org or search them on facebook.
https://www.passagewaysltd.org A good friend of mine Jeremy was in the Army reserve band. I did not know it but for this podcast, but Jeremy has honored over 100 veterans by playing the bugle at their funeral service. He has some great stories and is a hilarious guy. Check out his podcast on iTunes, it’s called Brown Thunder White Lightning Podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brown-thunder-and-white-lightning-podcast/id1444957324
In this episode Niel and I discussed visiting Saddam Hussein‘s many places located in Baghdad Iraq. We talk specifically about the victory over America palace and how it’s name is totally misleading. About halfway through a transition to talking about mental health for veterans and some tips we have picked up along the way.
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“Pararescueman Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, gave his life in Afghanistan while saving 10 lives and making it possible for seven others who were killed to come home, was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross Sept. 13, 2002.
The Air Force Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism while engaged in action against an enemy of our nation. It is second only to the Medal of Honor.
Cunningham was a Carlsbad, N.M., native, and joined the Air Force's elite combat rescue program and graduated pararescue technical training in June 2001. He was deployed to Southwest Asia in February 2002.
On March 4, Cunningham was the primary Air Force combat search and rescue medic assigned to a quick reaction force in Afghanistan. The force was sent to rescue two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by al-Qaida and Taliban forces.
Before landing, his MH-47E Chinook helicopter received rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, disabling the aircraft and forcing it to crash-land. Crewmembers formed a hasty defense and immediately suffered three fatalities and five critical casualties.
The citation accompanying Cunningham's Air Force Cross reads, "Despite effective enemy fire, and at great risk to his own life, Airman Cunningham remained in the burning fuselage of the aircraft in order to treat the wounds. As he moved his patients to a more secure location, mortar rounds began to impact within 50 feet of his position.
"Disregarding this extreme danger, he continued the movement and exposed himself to enemy fire on seven separate occasions. When the second casualty collection point was also compromised, in a display of uncommon valor and gallantry, Airman Cunningham braved an intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack while repositioning the critically wounded to a third collection point."
The citation continues, "Even after he was mortally wounded and quickly deteriorating, he continued to direct patient movement and transferred care to another medic. In the end, his distinct efforts led to the successful delivery of 10 gravely wounded Americans to life-saving medical treatment."
Cunningham was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on March 11, 2002.”
In this episode I talk to Susan about a veteran centered non profit she started called Passageways. She and her daughter have combined forces to start Passageways, a local veterans group in Wichita Kansas. Their goal is to stop veteran homelessness once and for all by taking veterans off the streets and giving them a new shot at life. They have helped over 70 veterans so far regain control of their lives and get back into society. Donate to their going www.passagewaysltd.org You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Scott and I discuss his project called Faces of Valor where he interviews WWII and Korean War veterans. Scott has conducted over 60 interviews so far and everyone one of them is great. You can find Scott’s interviews at https://facesofvalor.org or search for him on Instagram @facesofvalor
Wild Bill is a Veteran of the USAF. He served 30 years as a weapons loader, arming combat aircraft of all types with bombs including nukes. He is full of life and faith and has many stories to share with us.
In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Rose. She is veteran, former commissioned officer in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam war, a lifelong nurse, one time Catholic nun, and all around awesome lady!
Niel served as an infantryman in the Army and deployed twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is back to finish out the second half of his interview. We discuss life as an Army recruiter and tell stories from his deployments. As usual I do very little editing, I want to bring you the interview as it happens in real life.
In this episode I give a brief history of the Boeing B29 Superfortress. I also talk about “Doc” which is a fully functional, flight ready B29 and is only one of two in the entire world. if you are a fan of military history and aviation you will love this podcast.