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Health & Wellness Podcasts

We are committed to helping veterans learn about and deal with the mental and emotional struggles they face both during their deployment and after they come home. We cover topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and we interview other veterans about their experiences and how they’ve dealt with them. Our goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be.

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United States

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We are committed to helping veterans learn about and deal with the mental and emotional struggles they face both during their deployment and after they come home. We cover topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and we interview other veterans about their experiences and how they’ve dealt with them. Our goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be.

Language:

English


Episodes

Military Service, Mental Health, and Healing

2/22/2024
In this episode, our guest is Navy Veteran Kristof Morrow. He shares his experiences in the military, and specifically the lasting effect of his shipmate's suicide on his life. We talk about handling mental health issues in the military, the hard road of grief, and steps toward suicide prevention. Kristof underscores the importance of a sympathetic and genuine approach when interacting with veterans struggling with mental health. The conversation includes how writing became an essential coping mechanism for him. This episode is essential for gaining more knowledge about mental health in the military context. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.instagram.com/kristofmorrow/https://www.amazon.com/Second-Sun-Volumes-II/dp/B0BW2JXHWK/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:07:44

Finding Strength Through Transformation & Self Belief

2/20/2024
Andrea Vallely, a transformational coach shares how she helps individuals navigate their state of mind towards better health and wellbeing. The conversation helps listeners understand the essence of self-acceptance, the power of a positive mindset, and techniques for transitioning from a state of worry to a state of calm. Andrea brings to light the importance of breathing and physical activities, such as yoga, to help quiet the mind. She emphasizes the power of being okay with one's present state, focusing on improvement rather than dwelling on the past or future. This episode is an insightful guide for anyone looking to understand their own personal growth potential and how to create a solid foundation in life. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.shifthappens.globalhttps://www.facebook.com/spreadhappy.nethttps://www.instagram.com/shifthappensglobal/https://twitter.com/spreadhappynethttps://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-vallely-1b15bb71/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:04:39

Beacon 4 HOPE

2/15/2024
Doug Brinker is the founder of Beacon 4 HOPE, an organization dedicated to providing suicide prevention techniques and workshops. Our conversation begins with Doug's life background and journey. He shares his experience serving in two different branches of the military and talks about the ups and downs he faced. From being a survivor of two suicide attempts to becoming a beacon of hope for others navigating the difficult topic of suicide prevention, Doug's story is inspiring. He sheds light on his recovery process, indicating the importance of self-discipline, dedication, and the role of therapy in his journey. Doug highlights the impact of mental health stigma and underscores the importance of prioritizing mental health. He speaks passionately about the sense of purpose each individual possesses and its pivotal role in their lives. At the end, humor reasserts its importance through a funny video segment. Overall, this episode offers a mix of a personal, powerful tale of resilience, a broader discussion on mental health, and light-hearted humor. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://douglasbrinker.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Beacon4Hopehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasbrinker-inspirationalspeaker Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:01:05

The Journey Of Grief And Healing

2/13/2024
Allicia Johnson Niles shares her experience of losing her father in the military at a young age, which had a heavy impact on her life. Allicia discusses the importance of openly addressing grief, her own journey to healing, and her groundbreaking revelation about her father's untimely demise. Throughout this journey, Allicia emphasizes the importance of community support, such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and shares the profound impact it had on her healing process. Allicia also teases her upcoming book 'Angel in Arlington' where she digs deeper into these themes. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.angelinarlington.com/https://www.facebook.com/UnlikelyCouragehttps://www.instagram.com/unlikelycourage/https://www.linkedin.com/in/alliciajniles/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:52:54

Leadership and Military Family Support

2/8/2024
Paul Vann is a leadership consultant, author, and military veteran with an extensive career in the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, and the private sector. This episode explores his experiences in the military, his role in the National Guard Family Readiness Program, and his work on military and veterans' issues on Capitol Hill. It looks into the challenges facing military families, including struggles with housing, food security, and healthcare, as well as the impact of the pandemic. Paul offers invaluable insights on fostering resilience in military communities and his efforts to improve military family support programs. The interview also showcases his commitment to leadership education, his work as an author and speaker, and his insightful grasp of the vital role that communication and mentoring play in military life. This episode offers a powerful exploration of tentative issues affecting military life and serves as a valuable resource for military families and those seeking to understand their challenges better. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.leadershipisinfluencebook.comhttps://PaulVannSpeaks.comhttps://www.facebook.com/paulvann1https://www.instagram.com/paullawrencevannhttps://www.twitter.com/paulvannhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/paullawrencevann Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:02:09

Pathway into Writing

2/6/2024
Matt Scott discusses his transformation from a corporate worker to a writer, shedding light on the multi-layered writing process and the significance of believing in oneself and taking the leap despite age or circumstances. He provides an in-depth view into his book series, which focuses on the Iranian threat to the West and takes readers on a journey through Iran, an aspect rarely spotlighted in literature. Matt shares the valuable advice he received from established author David Baldacci and how it helped him through self-doubt and gave him confidence. He emphasizes the importance of planning, reading, character development, and being well-prepared to morph your writing dreams into reality. As many people in the military transition from active service to civilian life, this episode is a great inspiration to those contemplating a career shift to writing, highlighting that it's never too late. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://Mattscottbooks.comhttps://facebook.com/Matt.Scott.1272https://instagram.com/mattscottbookshttps://twitter.com/mattscottbookshttps://LinkedIn.com/mpscott44 Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:48:13

Expressive Arts as a Pathway to Healing and Resilience

2/1/2024
In this episode, the host interviews guest Kathryn Vecchio about her unique intervention program that utilizes expressive arts for mental healing. Drawing from her diverse professional background including working in government, city, county, and state sectors, private practice, as well as a staff psychologist at a maximum security prison, Kathryn discusses the concept of seeing life as the greatest work of art. She highlights the therapeutic benefits of sparking imagination and creativity. Using captivating stories, she demonstrates how engaging with creativity has helped individuals go from thinking 'I can't' to 'I did and I will'. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://artfortheheartfoundation.org Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:04:07

Discussing the Impact of Marijuana Use

1/30/2024
This discussion features Dr. Raymond Wiggins, sharing insights and research on the harms of marijuana use. Despite being an advocate of natural remedies, Dr. Wiggins highlights the destructive impact of marijuana use, particularly the high-potency versions available today. He touches on both medical and legal aspects and underscores the potential health ailments, psychological impacts, and addictive qualities. With his Christian perspective, he also acknowledges the spiritual effects. The conversation also dives further into the influence of the legalization trend. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://drwiggins.comhttps://www.facebook.com/drwigginshttps://instagram.com/rwiggins68https://twitter.com/rlwigginshttp://linkedin.com/in/raymond-wiggins-2a9a9169 Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:45:33

Harnessing Special Effects Skills

1/25/2024
Guest Steve Wolf discusses his transition from being a Hollywood special effects coordinator to developing technologies to combat wildfires. The key focus is on the use of wind-controlling technology, which is designed to disrupt wildfires, and how it improves water efficiency and safety measures. The potential of this technology in protecting military bases is explored. The conversation evolves around the correlation between the special effects and military industries and how skills acquired in the military can have applications within Hollywood. The development of fire suppression tech is emphasized, along with an invitation for military bases to test it by conducting prescribed fires. The episode offers insights and opportunities to anyone interested in firefighting and special effects, especially individuals with military experience. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.TeamWildfire.comhttps://linkedin.com/in/wolfstevehttps://teamwildfire.tv/m/TWF Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:12:48

Military Mental Health: Culture, Preparedness, and Support

1/23/2024
Rachel Oswalt, a Navy veteran, host of the 'Your Story Doesn't End Here' podcast, and a prominent voice in the military mental health space, shares why mental health preparedness in the military community is crucial and how veterans can navigate resources available to them. Rachel also shared her personal experience with the Navy, exploring the constantly changing and challenging culture, managing her mental health journey, and the loss of friends to suicide. Both Scott and Rachel emphasized the importance of storytelling as a means to raise mental health awareness. Towards the end, they also focused on the need for more mental health resources and support systems for active duty and veterans. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.ysdeh.comhttps://www.facebook.com/ysdehhttps://www.instagram.com/_ysdehhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-oswalt Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:09:16

Rediscovering Life After Addiction

1/18/2024
In this episode, Kelly Killingsworth, a military veteran, shares his inspiring journey of recovering from addiction and restructuring his life. Once an addict and stuck in a toxic relationship, Kelly felt his life spiraling out of control until the potential loss of his children encouraged him to confront his demons. He discusses how cutting destructive influences out of his life and gaining structure from the Army helped him beat addiction. Furthermore, Kelly talks about the importance of having a mentor and setting personal goals. He discusses using the GI Bill to facilitate his transition and secure a stable income and the role that resilience and a clear vision have played in transforming his life. Now, Kelly is his own boss, sober, and dedicated to using his experiences to guide others through their struggles. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.strengththroughstruggle.comhttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61553622990136&mibextid=LQQJ4dhttps://www.instagram.com/kelly_strengththroughstrugglehttps://www.tiktok.com/@native_viking3?_t=8hdg5l6bwVf&_r=1https://www.youtube.com/@kellykillingsworth01 Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:59:56

Finding Balance and Healing

1/16/2024
Marine veteran, James Gervasio, discusses his past struggles with addiction, trauma, and his journey to self-discovery. James shares his personal experiences from the Battle of Nasiriyah and the transition he had to undergo from being a soldier to becoming a civilian. He gives insight into the harsh realities war veterans face even after leaving the service - the constant battles with PTSD and the struggle of not relating with societal norms. James goes on to explain how he was able to overcome these challenges. James also reveals how he now uses his experiences to help others navigate through their own situations to find peace and reshape their lives. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://newearthleadershipacademy.com Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:00:15

Humor and Healing

1/11/2024
Robin Johnson, an Army veteran and the CEO of Best Medicine Brigade, shares her journey from a military career to becoming a comedian and creating a platform for other military-connected comedians. Discussing her organization, she explains how she offers performance opportunities for veteran and military spouse comedians. In addition, Robin highlights how humor can be used as a tool for improving mental well-being, reframing negative thoughts, and building trust within organizations. While extensively discussing the importance and benefits of humor, Robin also shares her personal experiences and funny anecdotes. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.bestmedicinebrigade.comhttps://www.facebook.com/comedianrobinphoenixhttps://www.instagram.com/robinphoenixjohnson/https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-johnson790/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:56:58

Elevating Heroes’ Voices

1/9/2024
In this engaging discussion with Army veteran Donald Dunn, we follow his personal journey through PTSD and his innovative use of podcasting and music as therapeutic channels. Donald discusses the Heroes Voices Media Foundation, which is a platform empowering veteran musicians, podcasters, and authors. The foundation supports platforms like 'Gun Room Radio' and 'Military United Podcast Streams,' which help promote veteran and military-connected creators. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.gunroomradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Gunroomradio Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:31:05

Becoming a Dangerous Man

1/4/2024
In this episode, Navy veteran, Phil Anderton shares his transformation story into what he calls a 'dangerous man.' Together, they discuss the importance of self-preparation, the need to reassess traditional roles, and the significance of being ready to protect one's family. Phil elaborates on his coaching programs designed to instill confidence, offer clarity, and encourage people to take more intentional actions. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://philanderton.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-anderton Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:59:28

Honoring Our Fallen Supporting Military Families

1/2/2024
Laura Herzog, the founder and executive director of Honoring Our Fallen, discusses the organization's mission, which is dedicated to supporting Gold Star Families coping with the loss of a loved one. Using her experience in human resources management and as a public affairs officer, Laura shares how Honoring Our Fallen supports families through difficult times, offering various resources and programs such as retreats and a Random Acts of Love program. The conversation also touches on the different forms of grief, the importance of maintaining connections and building communities for support, and how different organizations can work together to fill in gaps in assistance. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.honoringourfallen.orghttps://www.facebook.com/honoringourfallen Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:02:17

Damn the Valley – An Inside Look at the ‘Meat Grinder’ Deployment

12/28/2023
William Yeske, Army veteran and author of 'Damn the Valley', discusses his book, which provides insights into his deployment in an area known as 'The Meat Grinder' in Afghanistan. He shares the harrowing experiences of veterans, delving into the psychological impact of warfare and the importance of unity within military units. We also discuss the significance of support systems for veterans transitioning back to civilian life. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://damnthevalleybook.comhttps://www.instagram.com/damnthevalleybook/https://www.facebook.com/damnthevalleybookhttps://youtube.com/@damnthevalleybookhttp://tiktok.com/@damnthevalleybookhttps://twitter.com/WYeske Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:22:37

Discussing Mental Health Support with Ohana Homefront Foundation

12/26/2023
Sarah Otto and Candace Guelzo join the show from the Ohana Homefront Foundation. The foundation aims to provide support for the entire military community - veterans, active duty, guard, reserve, and their families - primarily focusing on mental health awareness and suicide prevention initiatives. Sarah Otto, co-founder and CEO of the foundation, shares her motivation behind starting this foundation - addressing the mental health challenges faced by military families and instilling a system that doesn't report back to commands. Candace Guelzo, serving as the Chief Operating Officer on the Mental Health side, talks about breaking down stigmas around mental health in the military and creating awareness. She champions for a shift in the perspective of treating mental health like overall health. Both guests stress the importance of providing easy access to mental health services and resources. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.ohanahomefront.orghttps://www.facebook.com/OhanaHomefrontFoundationhttps://www.instagram.com/ohana_homefront_foundationhttps://twitter.com/OhanaHomefronthttps://www.linkedin.com/company/ohanahomefront Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:39:12

Equestrian Therapy for Veterans

12/21/2023
In this episode of the Drive On Podcast, host Scott DeLuzio engages in a heartening conversation with his guest, Zachary Layden, founder of Oceanview Stables. Zachary details his journey from being a military veteran to finding solace in horses and establishing a career in business training them. He explains how 'natural horsemanship' aids veterans to reconnect with themselves while building trust with these highly sensitive animals. Layden also shares an inspiring success story that changed his business course, leading him to offer free rides for veterans. The program aims to offer a therapeutic experience, giving them hope, strength, and purpose while subtly healing their emotional wounds. The discussion also includes insightful tips for veterans interested in getting involved with horses and offers to aid other businesses in building similar veteran-oriented programs. https://4Patriots.com/DriveOnhttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.oceanviewstables.comhttps://www.facebook.com/OceanVStables/https://www.instagram.com/ocean_view_stables/https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachary-leyden-a178a679 Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:00:47:55

A Journey to Healing Through Posttraumatic Growth

12/19/2023
In this episode, we're joined by David Nathanson, a USMC veteran with over 30 years of experience. He's the Executive Director of the Eagle Oak Retreat Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans and first responders. The Eagle Oak Retreat Foundation is committed to providing wellness services and posttraumatic growth training to those who dedicate their lives to serving others. Their focus is on helping combat veterans and first responders overcome the traumatic stress that often results from their service to our country. One of the programs that Eagle Oak Retreat offers is Warrior PATHH, which was developed in collaboration with the Boulder Crest Foundation. This innovative program is designed to help combat veterans and first responders transform deep struggle into strength, fostering lifelong Posttraumatic Growth. We'll explore how this program works and its incredible impact on the lives of our nation's heroes. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Linehttps://4Patriots.com/DriveOn Links & Resources https://www.eagleoakretreat.org/https://instagram.com/eagleoakretreathttps://www.linkedin.com/company/eagleoakretreatfoundation/https://twitter.com/eagleoakretreathttps://www.facebook.com/EagleOakRetreat/https://linkedin.com/in/nathansondavid Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

Duration:01:01:07