Veterans Café Podcast-logo

Veterans Café Podcast

2 Favorites

More Information


Tampa, FL


We would like to dedicate this podcast to soldiers who are currently serving or who have served in the past. Wes and Tracy are a husband and wife duo who have both served and continue to serve today. This podcast is a fun, light-hearted discussion about the relevant issues affecting soldiers and veterans alike. So sit back with a cup of joe or a beer (we know we will) and enjoy. If you would like to get involved or have a question about soldier and veteran related issues, please email us at Enjoy the show!




Ep.30: KP Duty For Everyone!

We are finally back at it here at the Veterans Cafe Podcast and now that we are reunited, we figured we could fill you in on Tracy's most recent adventures. Tracy was fortunate enough to travel to the Invictus Games in Orlando where she documented the competition between veterans in Olympic style events. A highlight for her was documenting Elisabeth Marks who was in the spotlight after giving her gold medal to Prince Harry as a sign of gratitude for holding the event. Tracy was also...

Duration: 00:31:15

Ep.29: The Invictus Games: Pre-Show

Tracy has managed to obtain a press pass to the Invictus Games which are taking place in Orlando, FL this year. While she will be photographing the event, we will be bringing you daily updates of the events and winners. What are the Invictus Games? "The Invictus Gamesare an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including Wheelchair basketball,...

Duration: 00:10:14

Ep.28: and the Benefit You've Never Heard About

Do you have a loved one who is a veteran that you care for? Do you know someone his is caring for their veteran parent or grandparent? We spoke with the founder of and learned about a little known benefit specifically designed to help. This non-profit organization was started by Debbie Burak who stumbled upon this unknown benefit while trying to care for her own parents in the later years of their life.Debbie discovered the VA Pension at the passing of her...

Duration: 00:40:15

Ep.27: Honoring Veterans Then and Now

Awards, ribbons and campaign medals have been a tradition in the military recognizing soldiers who served in overseas campaigns throughout the past century. In this episode, we talk about the new Iraq war that officially has it's own campaign ribbon, the grass-roots created Vietnam Veterans Day and a quick look at how we may be teaching Artificial Intelligence to hate us. Operation Inherent Resolve President Obama has officially signed an executive order which implemented the new campaign...

Duration: 00:26:44

Ep.26: The Future of Food

Have you wondered what the future of food may look like for both the military and civilian world? In this episode, we discuss the technologies on the horizon that may lead to your MRE being 3D printed and meat that can be mass a lab. 3D Printing MREs Do you feel like MREs are the most optimal meal that the military could provide? Researchers at the Army's Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) believe they can do you one better. They are currently...

Duration: 00:24:06

Ep.25: How to Start Your Own Podcast

Have you ever considered starting your own podcast? If it's something you have considered, we can help. In this episode, we talk about some of the basic steps in getting started with your own podcast and work through some of the fundamentals that are crucial in the beginning. We decided to do this podcast after receiving an email from one of our listeners asking for pointers on getting started with his own podcast. Now, he has his website up and running and is working to produce his first...

Duration: 00:25:04

Ep.24: Are Airborne Units Obsolete?

No More Airborne? ScholarMarc DeVorerecently released a study which questions the efficacy of airborne units within a modern Army and his findings quickly bump up against the one of the military's most treasured strategic measures. In an article posted by the Army Times, Devore's study was noted as "[sending] shockwaves" throughout the airborne community by questioning whether airborne operations were not only irrelevant today, but have been since it's conception. Although tradition is...

Duration: 00:24:36

Ep.23: Military Leadership is Changing and So Should You

Do you consider yourself to be a more traditional leader in the Army or as a veteran? If so, it may be time to take a look at the changes in leadership roles and development that have been happening both in the Army and the civilian workplace. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey has started to show signs of a new leadership style byaddressing soldier's concernsin a recent article in the Army Times. Some of the issues seem like minutiae to many, but to the average soldier, addressing...

Duration: 00:25:41

Ep.22: A Larger Reserve Force and a Suicide Crisis Line Voicemail

A Beefed Up Reserve Force General Mark Milley is calling fora larger reserve forceamidst the cuts in active duty branches. After an additional 70,000 cuts from the active component, General Milley has determined that increasing the amount of training among Reserves and National Guard units would create a more combat ready force in the wake of events occurring in Europe. A New Retirement Approach? Spanish man, Joaquin Garcia, decided to retire bynot showing up for work for 6 years. The...

Duration: 00:26:50

Ep.21: Tactical Medicine with the D-Dey Response Group

The D-Dey Response Group What kind of skills did you bring with you to the civilian world when you left the military? TheD-Dey Response Groupbrought the knowledge and experience of several decades in Special Forces groups, Firefighting units and Paramedic teams. With such an impressive resume, their own description lends credence to what you can learn by attending their courses: "Our uniquely qualified instructors teach the most sound, proven and innovative practices in the tactical...

Duration: 00:32:55

Ep.20: The Wounded Warrior Problem, Robocop Legs, a Clone Army and Kit Kats

The Wounded Warrior Problem Which charitable organizations do you believe in or donate your time and money to? Today we discuss the controversy surrounding the most well known organization in the veteran outreach community. The Wounded Warrior Project was recently found to be using over 30% of their donations, over $100 million, purely for fundraising purposes such as advertisements, conferences and for whatever else they deem necessary. The organization has also gone after former...

Duration: 00:20:50

Ep.19: The Last Signal with Kyle Olson

In this episode, we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Hollywood producer and documentary film maker,Kyle Olson. He has worked on several big projects throughout his career including Dancing with the Stars, People's Choice Awards, The Bacheloretteand many others. But we had him on the show to talk about his most recent project that should be near and dear to all of us as veterans. Kyle's most recent documentary is a film calledThe Last Signalwhich follows WWII veterans Raymond...

Duration: 00:28:40

Ep.18: Operation Supply Drop with Gray Hogan

Operation Supply Drop is an organization that has dedicated itself to serving veterans and soldiers in aunique and interesting way. We had the opportunity to speak with one of their Community Managers, Gray Hogan, about the different approaches they take to be "the most-generationally relevant veteran support organization on the planet serving US, NATO and ANZAC veterans." They have 3 primary programs which support both veterans and currently serving soldiers: The Teams:The goal of the...

Duration: 00:33:55

Ep.17: RIP David Bowie, a Bowe Bergdahl Update and Sylvester Stallone's Success

At the age of 69, an iconic, music legend has passed on after an 18 month battle with cancer. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 and we pay a small tribute by playing a few of his hit songs throughout the show. If you'd like to know more about his accomplishments and legacy, you can viewthis articleby the BBC. Walter "Jim" Hosey and his family decided that the best way to celebrate his life after he had passed on was to fire his ashes out of 50, 12 gauge shotguns during his ceremony...

Duration: 00:21:36

016-New Year Resolutions and Clothes for Joes

What is your New Year's resolution for 2016? In this episode, we talk a little about our own resolutions and how we hope to bring about the new year in a more positive light. First, Tracy has decided to focus more on training and fitness again as her military photography has taken precedent over her personal business. Want a personal nutrition and fitness program? Email Tracy at Also, we are committed to releasing episodes on a more consistent basis. We even upgraded...

Duration: 00:30:51

The Heart You Carry Home by Jennifer Miller

In episode 15 of the podcast we interview Jennifer Miller about her newest bookThe Heart You Carry Home. Jennifer teaches writingat Columbia University and has published a number of articles with news outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Fast Company, The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily Beast. She is also the author of two other books:The Year of the GadflyandInheriting the Holy Land. Jennifer's book is a compelling story that follows two characters...

Duration: 00:22:06

014-Facebook Recognition, Internet Control, and Marijuana for PTSD

How do you feel about Facebook collecting your Biometric data to bring you a better product? In this episode, we discuss the implications of Facebook collecting facial recognition datavia your pictures and the implications that it could possibly have. The opening sound-bite is from Richard Linklater's movie Waking Life. On the topic of the internet and its users, the US government will soon be handing the reigns over to the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers,...

Duration: 00:38:02

013-Army Recruiting, Female Bad Asses, and Cecil the Lion

In this episode, we open theshow discussing the recent issues the Army has had with recruiting soldiers. The opening sound-bite is from the movie Starship Troopers, although the movie had almost nothing to do with the bookwhich was an excellent read. Apparently, the Army is having issues recruiting 40,000soldiers even though they spent last year cutting 40,000soldiers. Speaking of new soldiers in new positions, we also discuss the two females in Ranger schoolwho recently completed the...

Duration: 00:44:33

012- First Podcast With a New Fung Shui!

So, starting again with our podcast, we wanted to start with a new format and style that would more encompass our free-style and thought. If you feel like this is something you may enjoy, please let us know how you feel and bring us some feedback! We love you guys and hope you enjoy the more veteran oriented podcast!!! Thank you guys for listening to another episode of the Veterans Cafe Podcast. If you have the opportunity, we would definitely appreciate any feedback via a review...

Duration: 01:04:49

011-Turning Your Hobby into a Business

Do you have a hobby that you have been considering turning into a business? Have you already started your business? Tracy's photography business,Tracy McKithern Photography, actually started out as a simple hobby. After over a year of continuing to improve, we ultimately started investing more money and turned her hobby into a full fledged business. If you're wondering about certain aspects of starting your business, we can help! Whether it be web design tutorials and resources, learning...

Duration: 00:20:03

See More