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“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. We — with guests like you — will help the military community not only navigate their finances but also military life. We chat about both good and bad financial practices and provide some insight along the way. We’ll share strategies to help people get ahead, discuss military benefits that members should take advantage of, and more – all working towards the goal of helping people become more financially independent. On the show, we’ll also preview and talk about how to take advantage of military specific services, such as loans and mortgages, and help members prepare for important milestones such as PCS moves and the transition to civilian life. Finally, at the end of every episode, we have a bit of fun with our Military Minute. That guessing-game segment features military history, hobbies, a bit of pop culture. Correct guesses by listeners could result in a donation to charity of individual’s choice. Learn more Armed Forces Bank and Militarily Speaking at afbank.com Member FDIC

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“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. We — with guests like you — will help the military community not only navigate their finances but also military life. We chat about both good and bad financial practices and provide some insight along the way. We’ll share strategies to help people get ahead, discuss military benefits that members should take advantage of, and more – all working towards the goal of helping people become more financially independent. On the show, we’ll also preview and talk about how to take advantage of military specific services, such as loans and mortgages, and help members prepare for important milestones such as PCS moves and the transition to civilian life. Finally, at the end of every episode, we have a bit of fun with our Military Minute. That guessing-game segment features military history, hobbies, a bit of pop culture. Correct guesses by listeners could result in a donation to charity of individual’s choice. Learn more Armed Forces Bank and Militarily Speaking at afbank.com Member FDIC

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Episodes

Ep. 49 How Project Sanctuary is Transforming Military Families with Kaycie Taylor

2/21/2024
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Kaycie Taylor, Director of Family Support with Project Sanctuary, discuss the organization supports military families in a myriad of ways - from therapeutic retreats to mental health resources and caregiver support. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes the military community who they are. Ep. 49 – How Project Sanctuary is Transforming Military Families with Kaycie Taylor Honoring their service and offering them added support is more than just a tagline when it comes to giving back to our military families, it's a total commitment. Often operating behind the scenes, numerous organizations tirelessly strive to create better lives for military families and veterans. One such organization is Project Sanctuary, helmed by dedicated individuals such as Kaycie Taylor. Connecting Dots with Military Families Kaycie and her team work tirelessly to provide support for military families. She does so by not only reaching out to these families but also understanding the intricacies of their experiences and relating these to the broader military family community. The different programs offered by Project Sanctuary, such as the recreational retreats and family support initiatives, all work in harmony to provide different facets of support that instill hope, improve connectivity, and foster healing. Heart at Work Project Sanctuary’s primary projects are their signature six-day therapeutic retreats. These retreats are designed to cater to military couples and their families. What sets Project Sanctuary apart is its attention to detail, focusing on an approach that is both comprehensive and relevant. The retreats incorporate a mix of recreational activities and comprehensive workshops for both adults and children, paving the way for a wholesome, healing experience. Additionally, Project Sanctuary also offers diverse mental health resources. They ensure that every resource they extend has been vetted thoroughly, thereby taking into account key factors such as whether the military families need in-person or virtual support, the nature of their specific needs, and more. This strategic, all-round approach assures a highly personalized, deeply engaging, and effective support system. Building Resilience When it comes to Project Sanctuary, you'll come across countless success stories that are heartening and bound to provide much-needed motivation. What sticks out is the narrative of an individual who initially attended a retreat single-handedly, attended another retreat later as a volunteer, and later participated in a ballroom dancing competition. This transformation underscores the positive changes and personal growth that Project Sanctuary instills. It is a testament to the organization's commitment to nurturing, empowering, and creating stronger military families. Getting Involved Project Sanctuary acknowledges that it owes its success to its volunteers. Volunteers form the backbone of Project Sanctuary, with 4-6 volunteers usually attending each retreat. The organization welcomes all volunteers and subjects them to a thorough vetting process. Project Sanctuary also holds annual fundraising events such as the Rocky Mountain Gas and Oil Poker Classic and the Permian Basin Poker Tournament. These events, coupled with the active giving that fans, donors, and well-wishers provide, keep the organization running. Project Sanctuary continues in its mission to heal and empower our military families best, allowing them to thrive both during and after their service to the nation. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: Who is the most famous author of...

Duration:00:43:25

Ep. 48 Strengthening Military Family Bonds Through the Power of Storytime with Jessica Hall

2/7/2024
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Jessica Hall, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for United Through Reading, discuss how the mission-focused organization is dedicated to strengthening military families and building literacy. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes the military community who they are. Ep. 48 – Strengthening Military Family Bonds Through the Power of Storytime with Jessica Hall United Through Reading was founded in 1989 with the sole aim of helping military families bond and connect through daily shared reading. This mission is targeted towards strengthening both emotional bonds and literacy skills among military families irrespective of the distance between them. Since its inception, United Through Reading has connected over three million military family members through shared story times. The organization holds steadfast to their belief in the power of reading and utilizes an array of programs to keep military families connected. Jessica sizes it all up by saying, “We help military-connected families bond and connect every day through reading together. Our mission is to strengthen military families, literacy, emotional bonds, and well-being through the power of reading together every day, no matter the distance.” Leveraging Technology and BooksUnited Through Reading boasts a free app compatible with all mobile device platforms - iOS, Android, and Amazon. Via this app, military families can record, save and share their stories with each other. This initiative supports those who are deployed to keep up their presence and connection with their families back home. As Jessica mentions, “This is mom or dad on demand.” The organization also offers an array of resources. From reading trackers to activity calendars, United Through Reading equips military families with the tools needed to instill and maintain a strong reading habit. More importantly, the organization employs a holistic approach in dealing with the needs of each family as no two families are the same. Partnerships and AwardsUnited Through Reading appreciates a wealth of support from a myriad of partners. Jessica emphasizes the value of their partnerships, particularly the collaborative relationship with fellow organizations in the military family support space. Over the years, United Through Reading has garnered awards that acknowledge their dedication and contribution to service families and literacy improvement. They notably received the Community Service Hero Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the American Prize of the Library of Congress’s Literacy Awards Program. Jessica’s Military MovesJessica’s journey with the military has seen her move across various locations within the United States. Her family began at Fort Huachuca, where she resided twice. Later, her journey led her to Joint Base Lewis-McChord as well as Fort Hood, alternatively known as Fort Cavazos, where she contributed significantly to military spouse communities. The pathway of duty also took Jessica to the renowned Fort Knox, followed by a transitional phase in Northern California for her husband's graduate studies. The final anchor in her journey, for now, is Fort Meade where she is currently based. She has served in various capacities, riding alongside her husband's service commitment, from spearheading Girl Scout troops to actively participating in Fort Knox's Spouse and Community Club. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: What was the original name of the Purple Heart? ● Answer: Badge of Military Merit ● This week’s Military Minute question: Who is the most famous author of children's...

Duration:00:45:55

Ep. 47 Purple Heart Bonfire Conversations with Mike Foss of Warrior Bonfire Program

1/24/2024
In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Lieutenant Colonel Mike Foss, President of the Warrior Bonfire Program, discuss how the organization supports Purple Heart recipients with therapeutic outdoor activities to foster healing and build supportive relationships among veterans. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. We — with guests like you — will help the military community not only navigate their finances but also military life. We chat about both good and bad financial practices and provide some insight along the way. We’ll share strategies to help people get ahead, discuss military benefits that members should take advantage of, and more – all working towards the goal of helping people become more financially independent. On the show, we’ll also preview and talk about how to take advantage of military specific services, such as loans and mortgages, and help members prepare for important milestones such as PCS moves and the transition to civilian life. Finally, at the end of every episode, we have a bit of fun with our Military Minute. That guessing-game segment features military history, hobbies, a bit of pop culture. Correct guesses by listeners could result in a donation to charity of individual’s choice.

Duration:00:35:45

Ep. 46 The ABCs of AFCPE: Financial Counseling for Military Members with Rachael Deleon

1/10/2024
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Rachael Deleon, Executive Director of Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), discuss how AFCPE is a beacon of reliable and accessible financial counseling, coaching, and education. Their support is there for individuals seeking trustworthy help and those aspiring to assist others in their financial journeys. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 46 – The ABCs of AFCPE: Financial Counseling for Military Members with Rachael Deleon Rachael Deleon, Executive Director of AFCPE, explains that they are a not-for-profit organization founded about 40 years ago. They are dedicated to equipping individuals interested in becoming financial counselors, coaches, or educators. With the belief that everyone deserves equitable access to such services, their mission is to impact people's financial wellbeing positively by ensuring the highest standards in financial counseling, coaching, and education. A unique attribute of AFCPE is their diversity in service delivery, cut across several fields. Members of this organization work within academia, non-profit organizations, private practices, banks, government institutions, and even the military. Irrespective of the arena, AFCPE’s standards are upheld, ensuring that clients receive service from professionals who believe in equity, inclusion and high standards. Empowering the Military Community through Financial Education Interestingly, one of AFCPE’s earliest constituents was the military community due to their recognition of the importance of financial readiness. Programs initiated for the military community, such as the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship and the partnership with the CFPB, have had profound impacts on military financial counseling, coaching, and education. With the partnership between AFCPE and the Veteran Saves, and the Veterans Benefits Banking Program, AFCPE continues to hew a clear path for veterans, particularly in providing access to Financial Counseling. Through this initiative, AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselors work as pioneers with the bigger picture of integrating the field and ensuring that financial advice is delivered holistically to veterans. Varied Career Paths with AFCPE For those looking to move into the sphere of financial counseling and coaching, AFCPE offers numerous opportunities through its various programs. These professionals can work in academia, non-profit organizations, banks, government institutions, and even within the military. A growing trend among AFCPE certified professionals is private practice. This allows them to hone in on their specific areas of passion and offer specialized services within those niches. Regardless of the arena – be it the military, academia, or private practices – AFCPE’s ethos of delivering equitable access to financial counseling, coaching and education stands tall. The future presents exciting prospects for AFCPE as they continue their important work in providing financial stability and empowerment for many. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: Name one famous recipient who received the title of Honorary Marine. ● Answer: Many answers including Chuck Norris, Brigadier General Bob Hope, Corporal Jim Neighbors, or Gary Sinise ● This week’s Military Minute question: What is the name of the program offered by the Uniformed Services that combines elements of the legacy retirement system with benefits similar to those offered in many civilian 401k plans? ● Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode. ● Answer with the correct answer and you...

Duration:00:46:56

Ep. 45 Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce: A Chat with Michael Abrams of FourBlock

12/27/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Mike Abrams, Founder and President of FourBlock, we delved into how the organizations hands-on approach helps veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. We also discuss the organization's values, offerings, and goals. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 45 – Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce: A Chat with Michael Abrams of FourBlock Established as a non-profit, FourBlock equips military personnel for their post-service career. The organization offers a semester-long course aimed at enabling veterans to establish valuable industry relationships while discovering suitable career options for the future. The name FourBlock represents the fourth and final challenge that service members face in the pursuit of winning wars — returning home and successfully integrating with society. The 'block' concept stems from the military's three-block war model, where each block signifies a type of challenge that service members may face in an era of conflict. The FourBlock Educational Program for Veterans The FourBlock program provides over 30 hours of curriculum and networking breaks to veterans, with each class containing about 20-40 veterans. Each weekly class is hosted by a different company where the attendees get exposed to different industries and opportunities. The curriculum helps the veterans identify their career interests and also equips them with the technical know-how needed for a career search. Aside from this, FourBlock encourages employers and hiring managers to actively participate in the program by hosting classes, engaging with the course's curriculum, and drawing upon their own experiences with their companies. This aspect ensures that the participants gain invaluable, practical industry knowledge and make connections with potential employers. However, the essence of FourBlock goes beyond just the curriculum and classes. The emphasis of the program is relationship building. A significant impact is made when veterans can engage with someone who has successfully made the military-to-civilian transition. Seeing and talking to someone who has experienced the same journey and challenges can help transitioning veterans recognize the potential in themselves. Getting Involved with FourBlock Apart from offering a semester-long course to veterans, FourBlock welcomes corporate partners and alumni to get involved in supporting their initiatives. There are various ways to contribute, from hosting a class and participating in the program as a corporate partner, to becoming a career coach. Overall, FourBlock offers a personalized, hands-on approach to assisting veterans in their journey towards successful career transitions. Their methods are touted by an 84% success rate, denoting that their veterans stay at their first post-military job for more than a year. With a significant focus on culture and finding the right fit, FourBlock reminds veterans and organizations alike that transitioning from military service to a civilian career doesn't have an all-encompassing solution. Instead, it is about collaboration, relationship building, and mutual support. Interested parties can get in touch with FourBlock and find ways to contribute to their cause through their website: www.FourBlock.org. For corporate inquiries on how to host a class or participate in the program, you can reach out to Michael Abrams directly at: mabrams@fourblock.org. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: What defense mechanism do alpacas employ when they are threatened or feel the need to assert dominance...

Duration:00:48:07

Ep. 44 Honor The Brave: A Conversation with Zanna Wolfgang

12/13/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Zanna Wolfgang, Honor The Brave co-founder, discuss how the veteran support program helps military and first responder families navigate the real estate market, and how she created a 'funny farm' with a collection of animals that brings joy and therapeutic benefits. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 44 – Honor The Brave: A Conversation with Zanna Wolfgang As the conversation flowed, Zanna unfolded her inspiring story behind co-founding "Honor The Brave," a real estate benefit program that assists veterans and first responders. Having experienced the struggles of life after service, Zanna and her husband, Jeff, saw it as their calling to help their community. The program provides "Brave Benefits" to qualified candidates, a fitting cause that goes beyond just property transactions to create meaningful relationships. Discovering the Funny Farm The interview shifted toward Zanna’s personal life away from her professional commitments, disclosing an intriguing aspect of her lifestyle at her “funny farm”. Housing a joyously varied mix of animals from alpacas to kunekune pigs, Zanna’s funny farm is based on a wellspring of love and shenanigans. Every day, she draws inspiration from these interactions, producing a steady flow of good vibes and positivity that finds its way into her work. Getting to Know Zanna Through Victim, Survivor, Thriver Podcast Zanna's empowering journey also charts her experience hosting the Victim, Survivor, Thriver podcast. This platform allows her to connect with individuals facing adversities and inspire them with stories of strength and determination. Aiming to guide others from being victims to becoming thrivers, Zanna brings hope, painting every situation with a positive outlook, indicating her unwavering dedication to uplifting lives. Merchandising for a Cause: Supporting the Brave Through the success of "Honor The Brave" and her increased influence, Zanna introduced merchandise filled with love and shenanigans from Thrive Farm Co. These proceeds go back to the very community she serves, reminding us that our actions in commerce can reflect our values in life. Leaving a Ripple Effect By infusing her professional life with personal beliefs, Zanna redefines what it means to work with purpose. As she passionately dedicates to causes close to her heart, her positive influence and warm energy radiate in all directions. As a beacon of positivity and hope, she exemplifies that it's not only about what we do but also why and how we do it. Zanna’s story truly stands testament to the fact that our profession can echo our purpose, leaving a ripple effect that changes many lives positively. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: Which former U.S. President was elected to the Golf Hall of Fame in 2011? What was the original name of the Kansas City Chiefs? ● Answer: George H.W. Bush and the Dallas Texans ● This week’s Military Minute question: What defense mechanism do alpacas employ when they are threatened or feel the need to assert dominance within the herd? ● Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode. ● Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50. ● After a winning selection, Military Minute participants are eligible for another selection after 12 months. Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe to the show, as well as leave a rating and comment on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Join us to hear how to better navigate your finances, military...

Duration:00:43:14

Ep. 43 Staying One Step Ahead: How to Protect Your Financial Identity with Jeremy Roe

11/29/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Jeremy Roe, Senior Vice President, BSO, Enterprise Fraud Officer of both Academy Bank and Armed Forces Bank, discuss the different forms of financial fraud, how social media plays a role in fraud, and proactive steps you can take to protect yourself. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 43 –Staying One Step Ahead: How to Protect Your Financial Identity with Jeremy Roe In the era of digital transactions and online communication, the risk of identity fraud and financial data theft is a constant concern. The dangers are particularly relevant as evolving technology introduces new methods of compromising our assets. Understanding Financial Fraud Financial fraud refers to wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial gain. An offender uses fraudulent methods to mislead a victim into releasing money or sharing confidential information. Notably, the fraud tactics spanning a wide range of tactics - from card skimming and SIM swapping to complex scams involving AI voice cloning. The Fraud Landscape Skimming through Social Media Platforms Social media platforms bring forth an unprecedented potential for fraud. Cybercriminals can glean personal information from users' behaviors, interests, likes, and comments on these platforms. Shared content often exposes data like birthdays, favorite teams, pets’ names, etc., which aids fraudsters in committing identity theft. In our discussion, Jeremy pointed to the ‘big four’ in this area: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Unfortunately, personal details shared on these platforms may potentially end up in a malicious actor's hands. Online Dating Fraud Dating apps have introduced another vector for fraud. An example case included an airman building a relationship on such an app, and was later blackmailed for money under the threat of sharing their private conversations and explicit pictures publicly. Known as sexploitation, this type of fraud preys on the victim’s fear and love to milk out payments. Any platform enabling private interactions and image sharing may facilitate such scams. Bluetooth skimming Emerging technologies have brought in advanced and undetectable fraud tactics. Take, for instance, Bluetooth skimming – a refined version of card skimming fraud that no longer requires the physical retrieval of the skimming device. Fraudsters can merely drive within Bluetooth range and remotely download the harvested card data. Notably, you can find skimmers not only in gas pumps but also self-checkout stands, retail checkouts and even at local fairgrounds where someone asks to swipe your card. Proactive Steps to Protect Yourself Optimally protecting your financial identity requires a proactive and diligent approach: - Check your financial statements and credit reports regularly: It’s essential to regularly review your credit reports readily available annually from AnnualCreditReport.com or other credit monitoring services. Meanwhile, consult your financial institution for accessing your statements electronically. - Engage with your financial institution: Your bank or credit union should be more than willing to provide guidance regarding fraud prevention. Jeremy encourages Armed Forces Bank and Academy Bank clients, as well as the public, to use them as resources. - Use cybersecurity tools: Use cybersecurity tools and credit monitoring services to preemptively detect potential breaches and promptly act upon them. Many financial institutions are providing identity theft protection within their products, like the Access Rewards Checking Account offered by Armed Forces Bank and Academy Bank. - Be cautious on social media: Think twice before taking quizzes...

Duration:00:53:52

Ep. 42 Advocating for Military Children in Education with Dr. Becky Porter from MCEC

11/15/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Dr. Becky Porter, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition, to explore MCEC's mission and evolution, shedding light on their pivotal role in championing the academic and social wellbeing of military children. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 42 – Advocating for Military Children in Education with Dr. Becky Porter When it comes to supporting the academic and social well-being of military children, few people understand the challenges and the journey better than Dr. Becky Porter, President and CEO of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). A recent podcast episode offers an enlightening conversation with Dr. Porter, shedding light on MCEC’s mission, evolution, and her personal commitment to this cause. Dr. Porter brings an impressive military background to the table, offering invaluable insights into MCEC's pivotal role. Tracing its 25-year journey, MCEC has grown from a fledgling organization to a beacon of hope for countless military families. Supporting Military Kids Throughout the episode, Dr. Porter delves into MCEC's innovative programs such as the Student-to-Student initiative and the Francis Hesselbein Student Leadership Program. These programs are designed to foster resilience and leadership skills among military children. The conversation also explores the critical role of psychology in the educational sphere, and the pressing mental health crisis facing military youth today. MCEC’s transformative initiatives such as the Military Student Data Identifier, Operation Educate the Educators, and the Every Student Succeeds Act are also highlighted. Dr. Porter's passion and dedication shine through as she discusses the transformative power of these initiatives, reflecting on their significant impact on military families. In a memorable part of the conversation, Dr. Porter shares her experiences at the White House and the tremendous support it provides for the military community. She expresses her appreciation for the National Advisory Committee's support for MCEC, highlighting their belief in the organization's mission. The episode wraps up with Dr. Porter expressing her sincere gratitude for her work, which continues to make a significant impact on military families. Her passion and commitment to this vital cause serve as a reminder of the remarkable work being done by MCEC. To delve deeper into the conversation with Dr. Becky Porter and to explore the remarkable work of MCEC, tune into the full podcast episode. Join us in celebrating the unwavering dedication to championing military child education and showing your support for this vital cause. Visit the Military Child Education Coalition’s website for more information on how to support military kids and contribute to the organization’s mission. Whether you are part of a military family, an educator, or simply an interested listener, this conversation is a valuable insight into the work being done to support our military children. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: What Netflix shows has been the most of all time by both hours watched and views? ● Answer: Squid Games ● This week’s Military Minute question: What are the five motivations on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs? ● Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode. ● Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50. ● After a winning selection, Military Minute participants are eligible for another selection after 12 months. Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe...

Duration:00:39:06

Ep. 41 Navigating Military Financial Benefits with Lila Quintiliani from MOAA

11/1/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Lila Quintiliani, Program Director for Financial Benefits Education at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), discuss the need for financial education and saving for retirement, understanding healthcare benefits and social security, and how MOAA is playing a pivotal role in easing the transition period for military families. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 41 – Navigating Military Financial Benefits with Lila Quintiliani from MOAA Jodi introduces Lila Quintiliani, the Program Director for Financial Benefits Education at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and asks Lila to discuss the crucial role of MOAA. MOAA is a non-profit, non-partisan legislative advocacy organization that serves as a significant player in advocating for the pay and benefits of the entire military community, including active duty, retirees, and veterans. As the program director, Lila develops and manages MOAA's financial and benefits counseling, education, and consumer advice. She provides members with personalized and comprehensive financial advice and military and veterans benefits information assistance. In addition, she also conducts offsite classes and presentations to educate audiences on various financial topics such as investments, retirement planning, risk management, insurance, savings program, credit issues, taxes, estate planning, consumer awareness, survivor issues, and military veterans corporate benefit programs. Understanding the Needs of Military Families The importance of education is highlighted, with a particular emphasis on how the needs for this education can vary by age group and demographic within the military community. Lila discusses the significance of saving for retirement, noting how crucial it is for military families to understand this necessity. She also discusses the importance of understanding healthcare benefits and social security. These are two key areas that can often be sources of confusion or uncertainty for military families. Lila highlights how the MOAA is stepping up to address these issues, offering webinars and other services to help educate and guide these families. Lila discusses MOAA's innovative approach to the survivor benefit plan, mentioning that they are gearing up for a virtual open season this year. This initiative shows MOAA's adaptability in responding to the current circumstances and its dedication to providing the necessary resources and support to military families. Military Coalition, Legislation, and Financial Preparedness Lila then provides her insights on military coalitions, legislation, and financial preparedness. She delves into the importance of being part of the military coalition and how being part of a larger voice helps in pushing for legislation changes. She mentions that MOAA is part of a coalition of 35 organizations, including well-known names like Wounded Warrior, Blue Star Families, and MFA. Even though these organizations might not always agree, they come together to amplify their voices on Capitol Hill, making them more effective in their advocacy efforts. Lila also brings to light how certain legislative issues can take years, even decades, to resolve. She gives examples of ongoing issues such as the widows tax, the repeal of the SBP-DIC offset that they are still fighting for. She also discusses the importance of military pay and how they've been closing the gap in comparison to civilian counterparts. Discussing financial preparedness, Lila stresses the importance of having an emergency fund in place. She mentions that financial uncertainty, such as a government shutdown, can quickly turn into a crisis situation. She emphasizes...

Duration:00:37:27

Ep. 40 Transforming Lives Through Educational Aid: A Conversation with Kelli Campbell-Goodnow from Heart of America Patriot Foundation

10/18/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Kelli Campbell-Goodnow, Executive Director of Heart of America Patriot Foundation, discuss her personal journey through navigating the benefits available to military children, the education benefits for military families provided by the organization, and the impact education can have on the wellbeing of military families. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 40 – Transforming Lives Through Educational Aid: A Conversation with Kelli Campbell-Goodnow from Heart of America Patriot Foundation This episode takes a deep dive into the topic of Heart of America Patriot Foundation Scholarships with guest Kelli Campbell-Goodnow. Kelli serves as the Executive Director of the Heart of America Patriot Foundation, a non-profit organization that is committed to providing scholarships to the spouses and children of 100% disabled and deceased service members. Kelli’s own journey has been a powerful driving force behind her work. After losing her husband, a Marine, in a tragic helicopter collision, Kelli faced the daunting task of starting a new life. She highlights how educational scholarships were pivotal in helping her family navigate their loss and change, as they enabled her children to attend school in Kansas City. Education Benefits for Military Families Kelli then talks about the various education benefits available to military families and the mission of the foundation to provide scholarships for the dependents of disabled veterans. She details the Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) program, the Fry Scholarship, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill, explaining how these programs are designed to help the families of military personnel further their education. However, she acknowledges that these programs often fall short in covering the full cost of education. She highlights the financial struggles many military families face when trying to pursue higher education, indicating the need for additional support and assistance. Kelli shares her own experiences navigating these programs, giving listeners an intimate look at the challenges and intricacies involved. She also discusses her advocacy work for military families and her plans to reform the Chapter 35 benefit. Education's Impact on Family Well-Being Kelli then discusses the profound impact education has on the well-being of military families. She shares how the foundation has been providing scholarships for the families of disabled or deceased veterans, and the transformative effect this has had on their lives. She describes how the foundation works in partnership with schools to provide scholarships to those with high financial need, doubling donor. This unique approach not only provides significant financial assistance to deserving families but also encourages more people to donate, knowing their contribution will have double the impact. Additionally, the foundation gives autonomy to the schools in administering the award process. Kelli explains that this approach fosters a community-oriented model of support where the schools become active participants in the process, ensuring the funds are used effectively and responsibly. The discussion then delves into the tangible impact education has on the well-being of these military families. Education provides a lifeline, helping these families build resilience and open up new opportunities. Expanding Volunteer Opportunities and Scholarships Kelli talks about expanding volunteer opportunities and scholarships for military families. As the Executive Director of the Heart of America Patriot Foundation, Kelli discusses how they are forming an intern program in partnership with their school affiliates. This program aims to provide...

Duration:00:45:49

Ep. 39 Military Philanthropy with John Broda from Armed Forces Financial Network

10/4/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest John Broda, President and CEO of Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN), discuss the powerful role of AFFN to military banks and defense credit unions. They also passionately discuss their mission of spreading kindness through acts of generosity and how AFFN supports their cause. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 39 – Military Philanthropy with John Broda from Armed Forces Financial Network In today’s episode, we talk with John Broda, President and CEO of the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN). John has a wealth of experience, having been with AFFN for 36 out of its 37-year history. He shares his journey in the banking industry, which started when he was a part-time teller in high school and continued through his college career. After graduation, he continued in the banking industry and eventually became the Senior Vice President of EDS CNS. John discusses the integral role AFFN plays behind military banks and defense credit unions' ATM and debit card programs. AFFN handles all the connectivity between the issuer, like Armed Forces Bank, and the acquirer or retailer or ATM. Essentially, AFFN is responsible for the behind-the-scenes operations that allow transactions to happen smoothly. Career, Education, and Philanthropy Beyond his corporate achievements, John's commitment to philanthropy and his deep-rooted passion for the military and nonprofit sectors also take center stage in his life. His enthusiasm for these sectors is palpable, reflecting in the extensive connections he has built throughout his career. He talks about his contributions to various industry oversight committees, religious community organizations, and, notably, veteran and military-focused charities. His profound dedication to philanthropy positions him as a leader in this field, setting an example for his family and community on the strength and impact of service. The hosts and John also discuss how he manages to balance his demanding professional life with his philanthropic endeavors, underscoring the importance of giving back to the military community. Family Ancestry and Work-Life Balance John then discusses his familial ties to the military, the impact of his ancestry on his career, and how he balances a demanding professional life with philanthropic pursuits. John reveals his ancestral lineage that dates back to the Revolutionary War. This history has given him a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by the military community, which further fuels his commitment to serving them through his role at AFFN. However, managing a busy professional life alongside philanthropic commitments can be challenging. John acknowledges that maintaining a work-life balance is one of the greatest challenges he faces. To manage this, he emphasizes the importance of time management and being present for those who need him at specific times. Despite the hectic nature of his schedule, his passion for serving the military and nonprofit sectors drives him forward. Giving Tuesday Military Program The conversation then shifts to the Giving Tuesday Military Program, an organization designed to inspire and uplift military spouses and veterans. John discusses the organization's mission to spread kindness through random acts of generosity, and how AFFN provides financial support and matching grants to their ambassadors. Moreover, John discusses his method of balancing work and philanthropy by treating every day as an opportunity to give back. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time to engage with this organization, underscoring his commitment to service and generosity. He further encourages listeners to get involved with organizations like the Giving Tuesday...

Duration:00:45:54

Ep. 38 Healing on Ice: The KC Warriors Story with Kevin Hutchison

9/20/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Kevin Hutchison, Executive Director of KC Warriors, to discuss the power and community of hockey to provide not only therapeutic healing for veterans, but also as a platform to reignite the sense of brotherhood many veterans crave post-service “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 38 – Healing on Ice: The KC Warriors Story with Kevin Hutchison In today’s episode we talk with Kevin Hutchison about the inspiring work done by KC Warriors in aiding the recovery and rehabilitation of disabled veterans through the sport of hockey. Kevin says he began playing hockey only four years prior. The concept behind the KC Warriors is to reignite the sense of camaraderie and brotherhood that many veterans miss post-service. He explains that they aim to provide therapeutic healing to disabled veterans through team sports. They are part of the USA Hockey Warriors Division, a nationwide network of over 30 teams offering a similar service. The KC Warriors have grown impressively from eight players in 2018 to 90 in the past year. Kevin highlights how the program provides a common mission for veterans, fostering a sense of community and shared experiences. He compares this to the feeling of companionship one might miss after a summer camp or long-term experience with a close-knit group. Kevin reveals that he began playing hockey following encouragement from a friend when his son started playing. The high cost of entry to the sport is mitigated by partnerships with other non-profits like United Heroes League, which provides equipment to veterans and active-duty members. Kevin's account of the therapeutic impact of the sport is inspiring. He mentions that stepping on the ice allows players to momentarily escape their everyday stresses and focus solely on the game. This mental break is invaluable for many participants, demonstrating the therapeutic power of the sport. KC Armed Forces Hockey Classic The KC Armed Forces Hockey Classic is an integral part of the KC Warriors program, providing a competitive and fun platform for veterans to engage in. Kevin said initially, the tournament started as a small gathering of four teams, each comprising players of mixed abilities. However, the event has grown exponentially with the latest edition of the tournament seeing twelve teams from various arms of the military and first responders, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Kevin discusses the structure of the tournament, explaining that the registration fee covers the cost of the tournament. The surplus funds, raised through raffles and donations, go directly towards improving veterans' lives. In an exciting announcement, Kevin reveals the date of the much-anticipated I-70 Showdown against the St. Louis Blues Warriors. This match is eagerly awaited by players and fans alike, marking a highlight of the tournament. The tournament's success is not just due to the players' dedication but also relies heavily on sponsors, such as Armed Forces Bank. Kevin emphasizes the significant role sponsors play in making the tournament possible. Their support is instrumental in covering the costs of the tournament and ensuring its smooth execution. Supporting KC Warriors Kevin then discusses the organizational side of the KC Warriors hockey classic tournament. The organization and planning of such an event is no small task, and Kevin explains how committees are formed to ensure everything runs smoothly. Fundraising plays a crucial role in the success of the tournament, and Kevin explains who is responsible for tracking donations and sponsorships, which are integral to the functioning of the tournament. Kevin emphasizes the importance of getting sponsors...

Duration:00:42:59

Ep. 37 The Unquiet Professional: Fostering Growth and Healing with Krista Simpson Anderson

9/6/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Krista Simpson Anderson, co-founder and president of The Unquiet Professional, discuss her passion and commitment to supporting military families, providing them with the necessary tools to thrive amidst the unique challenges they face. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 37 – The Unquiet Professional: Fostering Growth and Healing with Krista Simpson Anderson As the wife of a Retired Green Beret Master Sergeant and a gold star spouse, Krista intimately understands the hardships and loss that military families can experience. After the death of her husband in 2013, she co-founded The Unquiet Professional, using her grief as a catalyst to make a difference in the lives of others navigating similar experiences. The Unquiet Professional has been recognized for its impactful programs and services. From personal and professional development opportunities for military spouses to casualty support, the organization offers a comprehensive range of resources to service members and their families. The Unquiet Professional doesn't just support military families in crisis. It proactively equips them with knowledge and tools, promoting family and financial readiness as a cornerstone of a stronger military force. One of Krista’s main philosophies is "arm yourselves and be brave", which translates to empowering military families to be prepared and resilient, rather than merely surviving their circumstances. Krista also emphasizes the importance of community in the healing process. The Unquiet Professional provides a platform for military families to connect with each other and share their experiences, fostering a supportive and understanding environment. This sense of community is a crucial element in their journey towards healing and growth. Partnerships, Fundraisers, and Conservation Initiatives Krista then delves into the importance of strategic alliances in the success of The Unquiet Professional. She talks about several partnerships that she has cultivated with organizations that align with her mission of empowering military families. One of these is the collaboration with We Are the Mighty Military Families Magazine, which provides a platform for military families to share their experiences and struggles. Another partnership mentioned is with Relentlessly Resilient, a podcast that features stories of individuals who have faced adversity and found resilience. Through these partnerships, Krista has been able to share the stories of military families with a wider audience, bringing more visibility to their unique challenges and triumphs. After prompting from Tom, Krista discusses the Virtual Memorial Mile, a fundraising initiative that gives families a platform to celebrate their loved ones' lives, not just mourn their loss. The event was not only a fundraiser but also a means for families to share their stories and experiences, thus humanizing and honoring the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers. Powerful Stories of Overcoming Adversity Krista shares some of the inspiring stories she has encountered throughout her work, introducing listeners to the life-altering narratives of individuals and military families who have shown an immense amount of resilience in the face of adversity. One such tale revolves around Force Blue, an organization dedicated to the conservation of marine life and the rehabilitation of veterans through diving initiatives. Krista emphasizes the importance of being around warriors who demonstrate compassion and respect, a sentiment that is deeply embedded in the ethos of Force Blue. Supporting Survivors and Planning for the Unexpected As a Gold Star spouse and a key figure in the military community, Krista...

Duration:00:48:51

Ep. 36 A Grateful Nation: The Story Behind Operation Gratitude with Carolyn Blashek

8/23/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Carolyn Blashek, founder and interim CEO of Operation Gratitude, shares how they massively impact the lives of U.S. service members and their families, and she shares heartwarming stories of each care package and the significance of each letter from the recipients. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 36 – A Grateful Nation: The Story Behind Operation Gratitude with Carolyn Blashek In this podcast episode, Carolyn Blashek, founder and interim CEO of Operation Gratitude, shares the inspiring story of how the organization came to be and the tremendous impact it has had over the years. Born out of a deep sense of gratitude and a commitment to support those serving in the military, Operation Gratitude began as a grassroots initiative that has now blossomed into a nationwide movement. The Story Behind Operation Gratitude Carolyn recounts her journey, starting from a deeply emotional encounter with a soldier at a military lounge in LAX, which became the turning point that ignited her mission to make a difference. This soldier, feeling alone and unappreciated, revealed the stark reality of many service members' lives, prompting Carolyn to find a way to show her gratitude and ensure that every soldier knows they are cared for. This realization led Carolyn to create Operation Gratitude, an organization dedicated to sending care packages to soldiers overseas. Initially working alone, she started by sending packages filled with snacks and personal care items, including handwritten letters expressing her appreciation for their service. What started as a personal project soon caught the attention of fellow citizens and transformed into a nationwide effort. Tom and Jodi also highlight the significant recognition Operation Gratitude has received, including invitations to the White House and the prestigious Minerva Award. Despite the recognition, the real testament to the organization's success is the countless lives it has touched. Sending Care Packages to Troops One remarkable incident at a Costco store demonstrates the early stages of Operation Gratitude and the immense support it received from ordinary citizens. When Carolyn was buying supplies for care packages for troops before the invasion of Iraq, other shoppers, moved by her cause, started handing her money to support her endeavor. This spontaneous act of kindness from strangers demonstrated the nation's sentiment towards the troops at that time. Carolyn managed to send about 650 packages before enlisting the help of a Staff Sergeant at an armory in Van Nuys. Her approach was grassroots and deeply personal, with every package containing a letter from her expressing her gratitude for their service. The conversation also touches on the changing sentiment of the nation before and after 9/11, indicating how the level of support for the troops has fluctuated. While the visibility of troops in the public eye may have diminished, Carolyn and Operation Gratitude continue their mission to support and uplift those who serve. Operation Gratitude's Success and Corporate Partnerships Operation Gratitude's astounding success can be attributed to Carolyn’s astute business acumen, her indefatigable passion, and her commitment to the cause. She strategically established a dual mission for Operation Gratitude. Firstly, the organization aimed to express heartfelt gratitude to service members. Secondly, it sought to provide every American citizen an opportunity to show their appreciation to our service members. This unique approach created a platform where people could unite and give back to those who protect their freedom. Carolyn wisely leveraged corporate alliances to gather resources and...

Duration:00:50:37

Ep. 35 Stronghold Community Food Pantry’s Fight Against Food Insecurity Among Military Families with Monica Bassett

8/9/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Monica Bassett, Founder and CEO of Stronghold Community Food Pantry, shares how she turned a personal quest to feed needy military families from her garage into a nationally recognized food pantry, shedding light on the unseen challenges faced by military families. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 35 – Stronghold Community Food Pantry’s Fight Against Food Insecurity Among Military Families with Monica Bassett Combating Food Insecurity in the Military Monica Bassett, Founder and CEO of Stronghold Community Food Pantry, gives a heartening and insightful talk on combating food insecurity among military families. She shares her personal journey of becoming a late-career military spouse and how it deeply influenced her life. The transition was challenging but also transformative, as it inspired her to create Stronghold Community Food Pantry to help combat food insecurity among military families. Monica tells the story of how she started feeding military families from her garage, a personal initiative that eventually transformed into a nationally recognized food pantry. She continues by discussing the troubling statistic revealed by the Secretary of Defense that 24% of military families across all service branches are grappling with food insecurity. This revelation drove her to increase her efforts, combined with other factors that led to establishing a new branch of Stronghold at Fort Leavenworth. In 2022, Monica was named the Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year, which serves as a testament to her tireless work in addressing food insecurity and providing essential resources to military families. Tom and Jodi underscores Monica's unique approach in addressing food insecurity by ensuring that her services are delivered with care and dignity, always protecting the anonymity of the families involved. Military Spouse and Community Advocate Journey Monica explains that being a military spouse is not just about supporting a partner in service, but also being part of a larger community. It's a unique role that requires adaptability, resilience, and a deep sense of service. Monica admits that it was her experiences and interactions with other military families that opened her eyes to the pervasive issue of food insecurity in this community. Stronghold Community Food Pantry became her mission, her way of giving back to a community that she was a part of. She shares how the pantry doesn't just provide food to those in need but also works to empower the younger generation. They strive to instill a sense of community service and the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. Throughout her journey, Monica has been supported by organizations like Armed Forces Bank. They have been with her from the start, providing crucial support as she moved from one military base to another - from JBLM to Carson, to Riley, and now to Leavenworth. Monica's recognition as the Army Spouse of the Year has been a significant boost for her mission. It not only validated her efforts but also amplified the conversation about food insecurity among military families. Monica shares that this award has allowed her to reach more families in need and attract more support for her cause. Expanding Stronghold Monica elaborates on her mission to end food insecurity among military families on a national level. She introduces the Ambassador Program, an innovative initiative designed to spread the reach of Stronghold Community Food Pantry beyond the local area. This program involves vetting installations and ambassadors who will represent Stronghold, feeding military families across the nation. The Ambassador Program has been made possible due to...

Duration:00:45:22

Ep. 34 Empowering Veterans through Wellness: A Conversation with Tom Tice, CEO of Warrior Strong

7/26/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Tom Tice, President and CEO of Warrior Strong Inc., shares his journey of empowering veterans through wellness and his commitment to helping them rediscover their purpose. They also discuss the incredible free health and wellness programs Warrior Strong offers, and how they foster inclusivity and camaraderie among veterans. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 34 – Empowering Veterans through Wellness: A Conversation with Tom Tice, CEO of Warrior Strong Tom Tice, President and CEO of Warrior Strong, tells us about his background in exercise science, and how he developed a strong desire to assist veterans transitioning into the civilian world by connecting them through health and wellness programs. We learn how Warrior Strong provides free health and wellness programs to the veteran community, with a focus on yoga and meditation. Tom shares his passion for inclusion, explaining how Warrior Strong is dedicated to providing veterans, veteran family members and first responders with resources and programs to support their health and wellness. Suicide Awareness in Active Duty and Veteran Communities Tom describes a pivotal moment that galvanized him to take action and focus his efforts on the mental health of veterans. He shares his experience of attending a suicide awareness training, an event that left a lasting impact on him. Tom was invited to the training by the Garrison Commander at the Picatinny Arsenal. He arrived at the training feeling somewhat out of place, being the only civilian there amongst military personnel. Throughout the training the reality of the situation struck him hard as he learned about the devastating impact suicide has on both active-duty service members and veterans. One of the most poignant moments was when the Garrison Commander openly acknowledged that he had lost more men and women to suicide stateside than he had during overseas deployments. This alarming fact made Tom realize that the fight for mental health was just as essential as any battlefield confrontation. The training not only highlighted the high rates of suicide among service members and veterans but also shed light on the mental health struggles faced by many. It sparked a determination in Tom to augment the mental health sector within the veteran community. This experience ultimately led to the creation of Warrior Strong, an organization that provides free community exercises, mental health relief, adaptive fitness and sports, health and wellness retreats and other programs to veterans. Tom is working for mental health support within the veteran community, and understands how awareness and understanding can spur individuals to take action and make a difference. Supporting Veterans with Expanded Partnerships We hear about Warrior Strong's strategic partnerships with Armed Forces Financial Network, Fisher House Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project, and how they are helping to expand their program offerings and connect with other veteran organizations. Tom also speaks about the importance of American Legion and VFW posts and how Warrior Strong is working with them to help them transition and adapt in order to stay alive and serve their community. Tom shares his vision for the future of Warrior Strong, including growing the programs, offering more classes, getting more veterans certified, and having larger wellness retreats. Stories of Veteran Impact Tom Tice shares two inspiring stories of how Warrior Strong has helped veterans. He talks about Christopher Smith, a two-time combat veteran in Iraq who never did yoga before, but found Warrior Strong. He went on to get his yoga certification, even before Warrior Strong had a...

Duration:00:34:02

Ep. 33 Hope For The Warriors with Robin Kelleher

7/12/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Robin Kelleher, Co-Founder and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, discuss how Hope For The Warriors provides financial education, scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities to service members and their families. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes the military community who they are. Ep. 33 – Hope For The Warriors with Robin Kelleher Robin Kelleher, the CEO and co-founder of Hope For The Warriors, shared her extensive background, including her entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion that have led the organization to success. Hope For The Warriors was founded in 2006 by military spouses who wanted to provide comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families. The organization is focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources. She tells the story of how they got started with an event to bring the community together. Supporting Military Spouses and Families Robin explains how the organization has been providing scholarships, internships and employment opportunities to military spouses for over 16 years. She also explores how the organization has evolved over the years, noting that since they are actively involved in the community, they are able to be on the pulse of what is needed most. This led the organization to address the challenges of post-traumatic stress and the stigma around mental health. Robin adds that if we can help solve those issues in the military community, the general public would also benefit. She explains how there is past precedence of this, where findings amongst the military community have led to better outcomes for the civilian population. Podcast Launch and Impactful Stories Robin also notes that their organization has launched a new podcast that helps further their mission to serve service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors has been providing support to the military community for 16 years, addressing food insecurity, home insecurity, and employment. The organization has raised $75 million, but Robin stresses that they can always use further support, and tells the listeners how they can get involved to provide meaningful support. She says that the easiest way is to go out to their website: https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/ Hope For The Warriors has had a positive impact on the community and is helping to create a brighter future for those in the military. Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: What is the most watched YouTube video of all time? ● Answer: Baby Shark Song ● This week’s Military Minute question: In 1952 the US Air Force created Project Blue Book to study what? ● Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode. ● Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50. Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe to the show, as well as leave a rating and comment on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Join us to hear how to better navigate your finances, military life, and the crossroads of the two. Visit www.afbank.com

Duration:00:38:59

Ep. 32 Semper Fi & America’s Fund with Master Sergeant Blaine Scott

6/28/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Master Sergeant Blaine Scott from Semper Fi & America’s Fund, discuss his incredible story of service and injury that led to the life-changing support he received from the organization. He explains how they support veterans and veteran owned business startups, and how you can help the organization. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 32 — Semper Fi & America’s Fund with Master Sergeant Blaine Scott Jodi introduces Master Sergeant Blaine Scott from Semper Fi & America's Fund. She then shares the story of his service in the Marine Corps and his personal experience of being wounded in Iraq and later returning to active service in Afghanistan. Blaine talks about the mission of Semper Fi & America's Fund, which is to support combat-wounded service members, veterans, and military families from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Blaine explains how the organization helps service members and their families with small things like gas for cars and hotel rooms to bigger things like vehicle and house modifications and helping with bills. He then shares his personal story of how the organization has supported him and his family from the time of his injury to the present day. For Blaine and his wife, this including providing baby clothes and furniture when they were starting out. Blaine's story is a reminder of the organization's commitment to helping veterans for the rest of their lives. Semper Fi & America’s Fund Programs Blaine explains how case management is the backbone of Semper Fi & America’s Fund for service members, helping them build relationships and trust so they can access the resources they need. He explains how the case managers build that relationship for the long term, actively calling the service members asking what they need assistance with. He notes that his wife is one of the case managers. Blaine then discusses their apprenticeship program that helps veterans to build businesses. He explains the importance of their support in providing emotional and financial resources to veterans. He continues by sharing the numbers of the Fund, including how they've helped over 30,000 veterans and given out over $280 million. He continues by telling the story of one of the veterans they have helped, drawing attention to the lifelong relationship they form. He explains how a number of combat injuries have a lifelong impact, and how they have helped veterans over the years. How to Support Semper Fi & America's Fund Blaine notes how word-of-mouth is a key factor in the success of Semper Fi America's Fund. He explains that they would rather spend the money on veterans than pay for advertisements to bring in more donations. This reason is why they are able to give almost $0.92 per $1 donated towards assisting veterans. He continues by mentioning the many ways people can get involved, either by volunteering, providing financial support, or visiting their website to learn more. Blaine and Jodi joke about Jodi’s experience being a military spouse and how her nickname of ‘Household 6’ is still affectionately used at home. Jodi then asks Blaine to discuss how he feels being able to give back to the veteran community, that he is a part of. He explains how rewarding it is being able to help other veterans and service members achieve their goals. Military MinuteJodi concludes the episode by introducing the Military Minute, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. ● Last episode’s Military Minute: What movie recently became one of the top 5 grossing movies of all time? ● Answer: Top Gun Maverick ● This week’s Military Minute question: What is the most watched YouTube video of all time? ● Watch for Facebook...

Duration:00:25:47

Ep. 31 Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters with Mark Doyle

6/14/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters, discuss his incredible journey that led him to create businesses that focus on providing low-barrier entry jobs for homeless and chronically unemployed veterans. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 31 – Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters with Mark Doyle Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters, joined us for an inspiring conversation to detail his journey from being a financial subject matter expert in Afghanistan to creating businesses that focus on providing low-barrier entry jobs for homeless and chronically unemployed veterans. His dedication to making a difference in the lives of veterans is truly admirable, and we were captivated by his passion for helping our nation's heroes. During our conversation, Mark shed light on the challenges faced by veterans, such as high unemployment rates and homelessness, and how his silk screen shop and coffee roastery are providing much-needed lifelines. We also discussed an upcoming venture with Veteran Roasters, which promises to create even more job opportunities for veterans. As if his story wasn't inspiring enough, Mark also shared his experiences working with Joe Biden and his time in Afghanistan, which ultimately fueled his desire to create these life-changing initiatives. Making a Difference for Veterans Mark Doyle's commitment to helping veterans is remarkable. His business, Rags of Honor, is a silk screen shop that is 100% run and operated by homeless and chronically unemployed veterans. This initiative aims to provide low-barrier entry jobs, giving veterans a chance to re-enter the workforce and regain their independence. To date, Rags of Honor has hired over 100 veterans, providing them with a stable income and a sense of purpose. In addition to Rags of Honor, Mark founded Veteran Roasters, a veteran-owned and staffed coffee brand that sources, roasts, and distributes its own coffee beans, cold brew, and other coffee products. This venture not only provides employment opportunities for veterans but also gives them a chance to learn valuable skills in the coffee industry. The Impact of Veteran-Supportive Businesses The impact of businesses like Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters cannot be understated. By providing stable employment opportunities and a supportive environment, these ventures help veterans break the cycle of homelessness and unemployment. For many of these individuals, having a job and a steady income is a crucial step towards regaining their independence and dignity. Mark's upcoming venture, Veteran Roasters, promises to create even more job opportunities for veterans. Potentially partnering with Veterans Community Project, they aim to create a community where veterans can live and work, as they build their civilian life. This initiative will build on the success of Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters, further expanding the support available to veterans in need. Supporting Veterans: Engaging with Veteran Organizations and Utilizing Services Mark believes that engaging with veteran organizations and utilizing services that prioritize the hiring of veterans is essential for addressing the challenges faced by this population. By supporting these initiatives, individuals and businesses can help create a better future for veterans in need. In addition to supporting businesses like Rags of Honor and Veteran Roasters, individuals can also make a difference by reaching out to veteran organizations and using services that prioritize the hiring of veterans. This not only provides much-needed support to veterans but also helps raise awareness of the issues they face, encouraging more people...

Duration:00:35:29

Ep. 30 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors with Major Bonnie Carroll

5/24/2023
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery. In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Major Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder, discuss how TAPS provides support to those grieving the loss of a loved one in the military. They also explore the organizations impactful programs, events, and advocacy efforts. “Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are. Ep. 30 – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors with Bonnie CarrollJodi introduces Bonnie, including her military history, before founding Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) in 1994. Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death TAPS Mission and ProgramsJodi then asks Bonnie to describe the mission of TAPS and what the organization is all about. After discussing the artists on the Love Lives On album, Tom asks Bonnie to share some other programs and highlights of the work TAPS has accomplished over the years. How to Support TAPSTom then asks Bonnie how others can connect with the organization to either participate or support an event. Memorial Day weekendwww.taps.org Military MinuteJodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute. FacebookInstagram Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe to the show, as well as leave a rating and comment on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Join us to hear how to better navigate your finances, military life, and the crossroads of the two. Visit www.afbank.com

Duration:00:37:49