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US Veterans and Active Duty Military discuss everything that affects our soldiers in the field, their benefits (VA and Colorado), and solutions to their problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, transitioning to civilian life, and VA Disability.


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US Veterans and Active Duty Military discuss everything that affects our soldiers in the field, their benefits (VA and Colorado), and solutions to their problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, transitioning to civilian life, and VA Disability.





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A Military Spouse's Perspective on Arming Teachers

Drawing from the profound experiences of military life and the complexities of parenting, Megan—a military spouse and mother to three—joins me to share her unique perspective on the highly charged debate around arming teachers in Colorado Springs' District 20. Our discussion ventures beyond the mere policy implications, touching upon the emotional and psychological effects such measures could have on both educators and students, and the significance of local school board elections in shaping educational integrity. The safety of our kids in school is a topic that hits close to home for all of us, and Megan's activism in the school community as we grapple with the idea of concealed carry for teachers highlights the broader conversation on how we can best protect our children. We reflect on the FASTER program's initiatives, the potential impact on teachers' psychological wellbeing, and the use of School Resource Officers as an alternative. The heartrending reality of active shooter drills and their impact on our youngest ones is a stirring call to action for every listener concerned with the future of school safety. But our journey doesn't stop at the school gates; it takes us around the globe as Megan and I explore how different cultures can reshape our political ideologies and the trust we place in our government. From the social safety nets in Germany to the challenges faced by American middle-class families and educators, we tackle the intricacies of economic pressures and the responsibilities we carry in framing a truthful narrative of American history for our children. Join us as we navigate these waters, confronting the critical issues that shape our lives and the world our children will inherit. or


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The Role of Veterans in Shaping Politics: A Conversation with Pablo Capistrano

Have you ever wondered how veterans continue to shape our political landscape post-service? Join me as I sit down with Pablo Capistrano from the El Paso County Democratic Party Veterans Outreach Committee to unravel the depths of veterans' political activism and the pressing need for their voices in today's democracy. Pablo sheds light on the importance of dispelling myths about party allegiance, particularly the notion that military support is a Republican hallmark, and urges voters to align their ballots with their personal values. Our conversation doesn't shy away from the tough questions, as we examine the challenges of engaging constructively with conservatives who don't subscribe to extremist ideologies. I share anecdotes from my own life about the delicate art of discussing politics with friends and family who hold different views. These stories highlight the transformative power of empathy in political discourse, hinting at the potential to bridge divides and foster understanding through respectful conversation. Furthermore, we dissect the worrying trends within the Republican Party, drawing parallels with examples of democratic backsliding internationally and underscoring the crucial role of independent and unaffiliated voters in pushing back against these trends. The episode wraps up with an exploration into the deepening influence of right-wing extremism on local issues, such as school board elections and cannabis legalization movements. Through my discussion with Pablo, we spotlight the significant impact that local community action can have, especially when it comes to protecting the integrity of public education and supporting veterans' needs. If you're looking for a thought-provoking listen that combines personal insights with an impassioned plea for civic engagement, this is the episode for you. or


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Navigating Global Conflicts and US Politics: Insights from Joe Reagan

Join us as we traverse the volatile terrain of global conflicts and American politics with Joe Reagan from the Welcome Party. Unpack the complex Ukraine-Russian war, its ripple effects on international relations, and the potential influence on the Israel-Hamas conflict. We dive into the intricate details of the war, exploring its impact on both nations and the global community, while highlighting the critical role the US plays in showing support for Ukraine, a significant NATO ally. In the final act of our discussion, we delve into the economic implications of political policies. Comparing the core values of both the Republican and Democratic parties, we evaluate how these principles shape our economy and employment landscape. We touch upon the transition to green energy and the potential for less dependence on OPEC. As we wrap up, we reflect on the qualifications required for elected officials and the irreplaceable value of electing true representatives of our values. So, join us and brace yourself for a thought-provoking episode filled with engaging exchanges and expert insights. or


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The Influence of Dark Money in Education Politics: Insights from Rob Rogers

Get ready for a riveting exploration into the treacherous waters of school board politics as our guest, Rob Rogers, the first vice chair of El Paso County Democratic Party, sheds light on the recent elections and their implications. Discover how conservative extremists have seized control of the two largest school districts of El Paso County, D11 and D20, and what that means for public education. We also delve into the significant role of information warfare in shaping our perceptions of education. From the ease of peddling fear and hate to the enduring influence of negative rhetoric, we underscore the urgent need to rebuild trust in public education and debunk outdated narratives. Recognizing the pivotal role of school boards as a launchpad for electable officials, this discussion is a call to arms for everyone to champion public education, because the fight for quality education is a fight for all, directly impacted or otherwise. Brace yourselves for a thought-provoking episode. Sign up for the 2 December Event here: or


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Psychedelics and the Path to Post-Traumatic Growth with Matt Simpson

What if you could transform your biggest traumas into your greatest strengths? Join us in a deep dive as Matt Simpson, author of 'Worth the Fight: Acting for a Better World,' charts a remarkable course from corporate America to an empowering servant to the military and veteran community. Matt’s story is one of selfless service, donating all the profits from his book to veteran charities and facilitating over 100 psychedelic experiences to help veterans navigate from post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth. As we lean into society's perception of trauma, Matt brings forth the compelling idea of how our deepest wounds can birth our most significant strengths. He recounts experiences with the Heroic Hearts Project and his recreational plant medicine journeys, emphasizing the necessity of forging connections with the world around us for our mental health. As we wrap up this enlightening discussion, we delve into the complex realm of recreational psychedelics use and its benefits, with Matt sharing pragmatic advice to better navigate this space. Don’t miss out on this conversation that promises to be both inspiring and enlightening, as we learn about the liberating energy of trauma, the transformative power of plant medicines, and Matt's dedication to healing and empowering the veteran community. Psychedelics & Limitless Personal Growth Meetup: Wim Hof App: Wim Hof Method: Potent guided breathwork: For full effect 4-5 rounds 40-50 breaths. or


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Unraveling the Impacts of Proposition HH on Property Taxes

Ever wondered how a yes or no vote on Proposition HH could change the future of your property taxes? Ponder no more! I'm your host, Adam Gillard, and in this episode, we're breaking down the impacts of Proposition HH - a legislation aimed at reducing property taxes for homes and businesses for at least a decade. We'll walk you through what voting 'yes' or 'no' would mean for you as a taxpayer, the implications for seniors, and the effects on rental properties and more. Plus, we'll review how the proposition interacts with the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Tabor) refunds for all taxpayers in 2023. So, tune in, and let's unravel the mysteries of Proposition HH together! or


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Journey Through Nature and Cannabis for Veteran Rehabilitation

Imagine, as a veteran, finding solace not just in the understanding companionship of fellow veterans but also in the healing embrace of nature and its adventures. This captivating episode introduces you to Mark Fruehling, an Army veteran who is on a mission to create such a space. Mark and other members of the Paso County, Colorado Progressive Veterans group share a common goal – to alleviate the sense of isolation often felt by veterans. They have found an innovative way to do this – by engaging in outdoor activities like hiking and fishing. We then navigate through the somewhat contentious topic of cannabis and its potential in supporting veterans’ well-being. Mark opens up about his personal experiences around PTSD, anxiety, and back pain and how the right cannabis type assisted him. We also share a heartening story of a gentleman who rediscovered his mobility through cannabis and physical therapy. Don't miss this enlightening conversation about the potential benefits of cannabis in managing PTSD and other service-related medical conditions. Whether you're a veteran, a family member, or just interested in supporting the community, this episode is a must-listen. or


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PACT Act updates w/ Mike Walljasper

Join us as we navigate the labyrinth of VA benefits with our guest, Mike Walljasper, a seasoned veteran of the VA DBA office. Mike, who's been with the VA since 2006, provides an insider's view into the transformative shifts that the VA has undergone, from paper to digital, and how these changes have significantly improved the way veterans are served, even amidst a global pandemic. Prepare for a deep dive into the PACT Act as Mike shares the triumphant stories of over 8,500 Colorado veterans who have reaped retroactive benefits from it. We'll also talk about the evolution of transitioning from active duty to reserve over the years. Listen now to gather the essential information straight from a seasoned VA professional. or


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The Stamp Revolution: A Chat with Rich the Stamp Guy

What if your mailbox was your ballot box? That's the revolutionary idea we explore with our passionate guest, Rich Lins, more affectionately known as The Stamp Guy. After a personal experience hunting for a 71 cent stamp to mail his ballot, Rich was awakened to the pivotal role of accessible voting. Uncover the lesser-known US Postal Service policy that ensures ballots are delivered regardless of postage, and join us as we champion the transformation of every mailbox into a ballot dropbox. Let's dive into the significance of paid postage for Colorado, the pitfalls of ballot harvesting, and the ripple effects of the failure to pass HR 1 For the People Act. Rich's initiative raises the promising prospect of increased voter turnout through an accessible paid postage return envelope. Tune in to explore the potential of an equitable playing field, and the compelling power of the humble postage stamp in our democracy. Contact Rich Lins Sign the petition! Thanks for listening, Stay safe! v/r AG or


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Navigating the Maze of Biased News and Political Messaging

The fine line between news and propaganda is blurring, with biased sources and echo chambers dominating the American political landscape. This episode takes you on a journey through this maze, shedding light on the right's repackaging of pro-life messaging and the alarming possibility of democracy's end game. Get ready for a deep dive into how to determine valid news and spot hidden biases, while understanding the impact of tying news to a personality rather than the truth itself. The ripple effects of American politics are felt globally, and the world is watching. We unpack the global perceptions, from mistrust to outright paranoia, fueled by President Trump's handling of sensitive nuclear secrets and military strategies. Brace yourself as we question the corporate takeover of media, its stifling of independent voices, and the dangerous potential of fear-based messaging that can strip away the rights of minorities and disadvantaged communities. Are you ready for a reality check? The cult of personality around President Trump has deep-rooted effects, creating echo chambers that breed mistrust and fear. We explore the anti-woke movement and the rise of celebrity politics, and how these factors are impacting the political discourse. We end this episode on a solemn note as we discuss the effects of pervasive news consumption, and how we can reclaim balance by reducing our screen time and connecting more with the world around us. Lastly, we delve into the hypocrisy behind politicians' promises and the importance of staying informed, making this episode a must-listen for those invested in the future of democracy. Tune in! or


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Interview w/ Gabe Muller Part II

Gabe and I talk about leaving behind past traumas and focusing on the future. Gabe talks about how he copes with his PTSD. He speaks candidly about how microdosing ketamine has helped keep him here with us. Tune in for his story. or


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Interview w/ Gabe Part I

This one gets intense! I was fortunate enough to speak with a new friend this last week. In Part I, Gabe tells us about how he was raised in a Neo-Nazi family. His family was close with a leader of the KKK/Aryan Nation. We talk about the issue and some things he saw growing up. Next time, we will discuss his breaking away from the ideology and his time in the Air Force. Thanks for listening, Stay safe! v/r AG or


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Candidate Development w/John Morris

Local political activist, John Morris, talks about the process for being a candidate and making changes. Colorado Springs is booming! Your Democratic Party is always looking for strong candidates. If you are interested please reach out on the website. or


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Military Promotion Holds

My wife, Hartini, joins me to talk about our time up in Cripple Creek for Donkey Derby Days. We also talk about the Space Command staying in Colorado Springs and Sen Tuberville's hold on military promotions. Find out out what is going on with your local Progressive Vets group. or


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Interview w/ Robert Rogers

My good friend and local author, Robert Rogers, joins me in the studio to talk about how he became an author and entrepreneur. Robert shares his secrets to success. Find out what helped him, and me, stay on target. Find all 3 of Rob's books on Amazon: or


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Interview w/ David Torres

My wife, Hart, joins me as we were very fortunate to be able to talk with David Torres. David is running for Congress against Rep. Lamborn. We talk about his inspiration for running and some of his thoughts on how to effectively govern. We also address Rep Lamborn's recent tweets at USAFA leadership curriculum. Find out what Mr. Torres has to say about these topics and more... or


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Government Contracting Academy

I speak with the founder of the Government Contracting Academy, Randy Wimmer. Randy is on a mission to teach people how to land contracts with the world's #1 purchaser of goods. The US Government. As vets we have a leg up, and Randy explains how he leveraged his Navy experience into a couple start-up companies. (One of which he sold for 8 figures!) Find out how Randy did it. Randal Wimmer Contact Info or


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Heroes Home Advantage

Today we welcome to the show C. David Cain - the CEO and Chief Hero Evangelist of Heroes Home Advantage. He has over 20 years of experience as a top-producing Loan Officer, but is on a mission to create brand awareness for the largest hero rebate program in the country when buying or selling real estate! Learn how you can save big money when buying a home! CONNECT WITH DAVID (803) 261-9267 LinkedIn Facebook Instagram or


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Leaving the Military

Adam is joined by Jose and another Vet, Israel Parkinson. The three of them discuss transitioning from a high paced operational environment to a more "normal" way of life. Israel also talks about the program he used to get his welding schooling in San Diego, CA. Listen how these vets transitioned into civilian life. or


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The Welcome Party

Finally! The party has begun. Today, I talk with Naomi Wyatt. She is the Chief of operations for The Welcome Party. Her organization is looking to bring democrats and non-affiliated voters together to Win the Middle and keep pushing democratic agendas. or