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What happens when two veterans walk into a podcast studio? Vibrant camaraderie, playful joking and hot takes ensue. Join Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado and Jeff Daly as they explore current events, interesting trends and quirky stories of interest to the military community. The weekly podcast is produced by The American Legion. The podcast is a veterans-eye-view on current events - particularly in the military and veteran community. For more stories and videos please visit www.legion.org/tangoalphalima

What happens when two veterans walk into a podcast studio? Vibrant camaraderie, playful joking and hot takes ensue. Join Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado and Jeff Daly as they explore current events, interesting trends and quirky stories of interest to the military community. The weekly podcast is produced by The American Legion. The podcast is a veterans-eye-view on current events - particularly in the military and veteran community. For more stories and videos please visit www.legion.org/tangoalphalima

Location:

Indianapolis, IN

Description:

What happens when two veterans walk into a podcast studio? Vibrant camaraderie, playful joking and hot takes ensue. Join Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado and Jeff Daly as they explore current events, interesting trends and quirky stories of interest to the military community. The weekly podcast is produced by The American Legion. The podcast is a veterans-eye-view on current events - particularly in the military and veteran community. For more stories and videos please visit www.legion.org/tangoalphalima

Language:

English

Contact:

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Episodes

Episode 89: Tango Alpha Lima: 2022 Legislative Priorities with Lawrence Montreuil

1/25/2022
American Legion National Legislative Director Lawrence Montruiel returns to celebrate the organization's legislative wins from 2021 and give a briefing on the Legislative priorities for 2022. Special Guest: Lawrence Montreuil.

Duration:00:35:40

Episode 88: Tango Alpha Lima: GWOT Memorial Foundation CEO Rod Rodriguez

1/18/2022
IN THE NEWS Jeff and Ashley discuss humanitarian aid for Afghans as crisis grows after Taliban takeover. THIS WEEK'S GUEST Our hosts sat down for a live interview with Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation CEO and President, Michael “Rod” Rodriguez while in Orlando for SVA NatCon2022, for an update on the progress of the GWOT Memorial. RAPID FIRE 2022 American Legion Legacy Scholarship Application open Norwegian Armed Forces recycling used undies VA wants to drop co-pays for mental...

Duration:00:46:40

Episode 87: Tango Alpha Lima: SVA NatCon 2022 Recap

1/11/2022
Jeff and Ashley share some of their conversations with speakers, exhibitors and attendees during the 2022 Student Veterans of America National Conference at the Disney Coronado Resort in Orlando, Fla. SVA President and CEO Jared Lyon talks about some of the highlights of NatCon 2022 Michael Hoherchak talks about the Travis Manion Foundation Solomon Jennings talks about the Congressional Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program Tamika Brown talks about the Library of Congress Veterans History...

Duration:00:38:40

Episode 86: Tango Alpha Lima: Veteran Suicide Part 4: The Soldier's Guide to PTSD with Virginia Cruse

1/7/2022
Jeff and Ashley are joined by Virginia Cruse, a licensed professional and nationally certified counselor specializing in military issues and combat-related trauma. Virginia shares her personal path to becoming a therapist and her quest to explain PTSD to service members in a way that makes sense. Virginia also talks about how American Legion members and posts can help veterans struggling with PTSD. Special Guest: Virginia Cruse.

Duration:00:54:52

Episode 85: Tango Alpha Lima: Veteran Suicide Part 3 - NYPD POPPA program with Sean Powers

1/6/2022
Sean Powers is a former NYPD Officer, a member of American Legion 9-11 Memorial Post 2001 in New York City, and Tango Alpha Lima's first return guest. He's come back to talk about the New York Police Department’s POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance) program, a volunteer police support network committed to providing a confidential, safe and supportive environment for police officers and retirees. While POPPA is geared toward officers, the approach can be scaled to assist...

Duration:00:32:31

Episode 84: Tango Alpha Lima: Veteran Suicide Part 2 - "The American Legion Saved My Life"

1/5/2022
A decade ago, Air Force Veteran Jeffrey Freeman, frustrated by pain and limitations caused by service-related injuries and other health issues, attempted suicide. In the aftermath of that moment, Jeffrey found The American Legion and credits for saving his life nearly a decade ago, and he wants to share his story in hopes of helping other veterans who may need support. Special Guest: Jeffrey Freeman.

Duration:00:34:53

Episode 83: Tango Alpha Lima: Veteran Suicide Part 1 - Idaho American Legion One More Day Program

1/4/2022
In our first of four episodes addressing veteran suicide, Idaho American Legion Adjutant Abe Abrahamson joins Jeff and Ashley to talk about One More Day, a peer-to-peer program where trained task force members help mitigate the situation when a veteran is in crisis, gets them assistance, and maintains contact and support for them in the aftermath. Abrahamson, who is also director of One More Day, believes this formula can be adapted elsewhere. Special Guest: Abe Abrahamson.

Duration:00:42:03

Episode 82: Tango Alpha Lima: A bittersweet goodbye, daring Coast Guard rescue, and MOH Cashe at last

12/21/2021
Our big farewell to CV has a little bit of everything. Ashley fosters a lively discussion about using the National Guard as a pivot point during the Jan. 6 Probe. Jeff sings the praises of a daring Coast Guard rescue on the brink of Niagara Falls. CV finally gets his wish as President Biden awards the Medal of Honor to Sgt. First Class Alwyn C. Cashe. RAPID FIRE Three APP-tastic stories of how the military uses mobile technology...for better or for worse. Some surprise guests help bid CV...

Duration:00:47:05

Episode 81: Tango Alpha Lima: War Letters with guest Andrew Carroll

12/14/2021
Andrew Carroll, playwright, author and founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, talks with Tango Alpha Lima about his work to preserve war letters, how he got started, and how of collecting correspondence has led to the creation of the virtual Museum of American War Letters and his new podcast, "Behind the Lines: The Worlds Greatest War Letters and the Stories Behind Them." Andrew shares some of the most unique and compelling letters from his collection...

Duration:00:04:54

Episode 80: Tango Alpha Lima: Our 100th Episode

12/7/2021
You have to do some math to figure it out, but Episode 80 is really our 100th episode. The hosts spend a little time reminiscing about favorite moments before we dive into the rest of the episode. (Check the show notes if you want to go back to any of the full episodes we loved) Ashley gets excited about a newly signed bill that will allocate $15 million to improve maternity care for female veterans - although CV is not impressed by the name "Momnibus Bill" It wouldn't be a 100th Episode...

Duration:00:43:19

Episode 79: Tango Alpha Lima: Stack Up CEO and founder Stephen Machuga

11/30/2021
Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga deftly avoids falling down the World of Warcraft well with CV as he shares the story of how he started his non-profit, Stack Up, as a way to bring veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. Stephen talks about the programs Stack Up offers, gaming as recreation therapy, and opportunities for American Legion members to connect. Special Guest: Stephen Machuga.

Duration:00:37:24

Episode 78: Tango Alpha Lima: A day in NYC, unions and the Guard, and how troop pay affects readiness

11/23/2021
Jeff and Ashley recap their whirlwind visit to New York City for the Veterans Day Parade. Ashley shares a story about unions seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members. Jeff gets wound up by experts who claim troop pay and benefits could hurt military readiness. RAPID FIRE AGAIN with Fort Hood, return of the Tiger King, American Legion Mental Health Survey and moments of gratitude.

Duration:00:36:01

Episode 77: Tango Alpha LIma: Air Force Gaming with Sgt. Erin Rich

11/16/2021
Air Force Gaming Community Esports Operations Manager Erin Rich joins the podcast to talk about the gaming community initiative that brings Airmen and Guardians of all ages, ranks and backgrounds together for camaraderie and competition. Erin shares a little bit about the background of the community, how it works, and how the Air Force intends to grow the scope of the program. She also schools Jeff just a little bit about the nerd factor. Special Guest: Erin Rich.

Duration:00:32:30

Episode 76: Tango Alpha Lima Veterans Day Special: Tomb Centennial, Buddy Checks and Veterans Day Deals

11/9/2021
This Veterans Day, Team Tango honors the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. CV kicks things off with some of history of the WWI Unknown Soldier and the Tomb, and highlights some of centennial commemorations happening across Europe. Ashley shares her excitement about a ceremony during Veterans Day week that will allow rare public access to lay flowers at the Tomb in Arlington National Cemetery. Jeff reminds everyone about the importance of doing...

Duration:00:44:43

Episode 75: Tango Alpha Lima: The Pink Tax, Marines and vaccines, and military AWOL weapons problems

11/2/2021
Ashley educates the guys about the “Pink Tax” on uniforms for military women, and the FATIGUES Act that proposes and end to the disparity. Jeff shares the latest chapter in the continuing saga of vaccines for members of the military: Marines facing consequences for vaccine refusals. CV still can't figure out why the military can't keep track of their weapons, and neither can Congress, who is imposing new rules to force America’s armed services to keep better track of their guns and...

Duration:00:41:56

Episode 74: Tango Alpha Lima: "Dodgebomb" author Darin Pepple

10/26/2021
Team Tango visits with U.S. Army veteran and author Darin Pepple. Pepple's debut novel, "Dodgebomb: Outside the Wire in the Second Iraq War" is a satirical work that follows a lieutenant and his platoon as they go out on patrol each day and try to stay alive. Pepple talks about some of his real life experiences as an Army Captain, how he uses these moments into the novel, and the inspiration behind bringing his work to life. Special Guest: Darin Pepple.

Duration:00:36:56

Episode 73: Tango Alpha Lima: A hat trick, nuclear spies, and special ops in Taiwan

10/19/2021
Jeff reveals CV's fashionable new look for fall. Ashley tells the tale of a Maryland couple who were caught attempting to sell nuclear secrets a foreign operatives who turned out to be the FBI. CV shares his surprise that a Special Operation unit and small group of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan for the past year to train military forces in an effort to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts. RAPID FIRE Mystery Boom in New...

Duration:00:41:59

Episode 72: Tango Alpha Lima: Mission Roll Call with Patrick Griffith

10/12/2021
Mission Roll Call is a nonpartisan movement to help provide veterans with a powerful, unified voice that is heard by our nation's leaders and communities. On this episode, we're joined by MRC Director Patrick Griffith, who talks about how their team uses digital messaging and polling to collect the views, experiences, and insights of veterans and delivers them directly to national and community leaders in an effort to enact positive change. Patrick discusses how his organization uses...

Duration:00:35:32

Episode 71: Tango Alpha Lima: Guardians Uniforms, Afghanistan (Again!) and Wind Therapy

10/5/2021
Jeff gets pumped about U.S. Space Force Guardians newly unveiled dress uniforms. CV reluctantly brings us yet another story about Afghanistan as two of the military’s highest-ranking generals telling lawmakers that they did not support the full withdrawal this year. Ashley shares a story from The American Legion Magazine about the benefits of Wind Therapy. RAPID FIRE Marine Lieutenant Colonel who demanded Afghanistan accountability thrown in brig. Remains of Medal of Honor recipient Rev....

Duration:00:43:56

Episode 70: Tango Alpha Lima: Transgender American Veterans Association with guest Avalisa Ellicott

9/28/2021
Transgender American Veterans Association Communications Director Avalisa Ellicott shares the story of her military service in the U.S. Air Force and the subsequent transition to reflect her true self, which led her to become an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, specifically an advocate for Trans Rights. Special Guest: Avalisa Ellicott.

Duration:00:42:37