Podcasts

Selected radio podcast on the subject of Veterans from our two shows on BlogTalk Radio, BEING DELIBERATELY and POSITIVELY SPEAKING:

Lucy Marie – SGV Front Line for Veterans

Lucy is a US Army veteran, having served as an officer on active duty and in the reserves and national  guard for 8 years. She is a writer and musician, a wife and homemaker, and the daughter of a WWII Navy veteran who participated in the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach. She is currently serving in her fourth year on the Board of Directors at NAMI SGV, and is an officer of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 13 in Pasadena, CA. Lucy is the Co-Coordinator and Co-Founder of SGV Front Line for Veterans, First Responders, and Their Families.

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Aaron Mallary – The Soldiers Project

Aaron Mallary is honored to serve as the National Program Director of The Soldiers Project. Aaron enlisted in the US Navy in 1993 and served 14 years as a Combat Aircrew Flight Engineer on-board P-3C and C-130 aircraft. Aaron left active duty in 2007 and commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the California Army National Guard. Aaron deployed a total of nine times in his career and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and the Air Medal for his actions during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. While on active duty, Aaron completed his BS in Management from American Military University and is currently completing his Masters degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, at Brandman University. Aaron comes to us by way of Volunteers of Americas Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program where he served as the Veteran Outreach Manager.


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Monty Roberts – Horse Whisperer’s Work With Veterans

The legendary “Horse Whisperer,” Monty Roberts, is running free, resilience-building workshops for veterans and their families. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and even Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).

Roberts holds two Ph.D.s in Behavioral Sciences. In these workshops, he demonstrates the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. With his soft-spoken, nurturing style, Roberts assists veterans as they learn to cause a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, veterans can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life  situations and move on with their lives and relationships. situations and move on with their lives and relationships.

We have been working with veterans suffering from PTSI, over the course of five separate recent clinics this year. The results are coming in, and the outcome is fantastic. We have people laughing and getting back to a normal life who have been afflicted with PTSI for upwards of 35 years.

All the way from Vietnam to Afghanistan, these injured warriors come home in a terrible state and need our help to reconnect with their communities. The horses are doing their work with incredible efficiency. Individuals are welcome to bring a spouse/significant other to attend the workshop with them. Contact admin@join-up.org.

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Dr. Mark Russell
Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery and Social Justice

Mark Russell is a 25 year Navy veteran and Chair, PsyD Program, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy at Antioch University in Seattle. He’s also the founder of the Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice

The Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice was established on June 1, 2012, at Antioch University Seattle, as the only known domestic or international academic entity dedicated to the principle of social justice with the overarching goal of ending cyclic failures in meeting the mental health needs of the warrior class. After every war since the turn of the 20th century, well-documented “psychiatric lessons of war” have been repeatedly ignored, resulting in costly military mental health crises. To this date, however, there has never been a full-investigation into the reasons for neglecting these hard won lessons in order to end the cycle of preventable harm and loss.

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Graham Bloem – Shelter to Soldier 

Graham Bloem was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has had an affinity with animals all his life, although his true passion is for dogs. At age five, he immigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family, but enjoyed frequent trips back to South Africa. His experiences in wildlife settings instilled a dream of one day working with animals. From Canada, he immigrated to the United States obtaining US citizenship and he now resides in sunny San Diego, CA with his amazing family (wife Kyrié, two wonderful children, and dogs Lucy and Juno, a Heinz 57-rescue sweetheart and a giant Bernese Mountain Dog).

In 2002 Graham graduated with honors as an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT).

Over the next ten years, Graham worked as a dog trainer and instructor for a number of shelters, adoption agencies and kennels including his own company West Coast K9. Then, in 2012 Graham started a non-profit “Shelter to Soldier™” (http://specialtydogtraining.com/shelter-to-soldier/), which provides service dogs to military personnel.

The aim is to train service companions for military men and women battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or other psychological or physical ailments from their service in Iraq, Afghanistan or other active areas. In addition, this program will change the lives of many dogs, rescuing them from their uncertain lives in shelters and instilling in them the meaningful opportunity to become lifetime companions for our struggling service men and women.

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Dr. Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD. – PTSD & Moral Injury

Jonathan Shay is a doctor and clinical psychiatrist. He holds a B.A from Harvard and an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His early medical work was with the behaviour of brain cells in and after strokes, but after suffering a stroke and financial hard times, he began work for a United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs outpatient clinic in Boston, MA. While he worked there, in his words, “[t]he veterans simply kidnapped [him],” and his work with them “utterly redirected [his] life.”

With this, in 1987, he shifted from biochemistry to the still-developing study of Posttraumatic Stress (PTS). He has written two books on the nature and treatment of PTSD, “Achilles in Vietnam” and “Odysseus in America” , which discuss the nature of the ailment by analogy between the experiences of American soldiers, particularly veterans of the Vietnam War, and the similar experiences depicted in the Iliad and the Odyssey.

He is a passionate advocate of improved psychiatric counseling for soldiers, and more vigorous effort to prevent or heal PTS, and has cited classical Greek theater and the collective mourning described in the Iliad as possible precedents.

He is very highly regarded in military circles, and has received a Macarthur “Genius Grant” fellowship in 2007 to further support his work.

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Jennie McNulty – Making The Troops Laugh

Jennie McNulty is “One of the premiere comedians in the country” as proclaimed by The New England Blade.  The Examiner called her an, “infectiously energetic, remarkably deft comic with a warm disarming style and some of the best improv skills in the business.”  And Curve magazine rates her amongst the “Top 10 lesbian comics.”  Her playfully sarcastic style is sure to win you over and most definitely make you laugh.

Jennie’s comedy career has taken her all over the world, from entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe to the beautiful beaches and serene sea ports of the LGBT travel world with “Sweet,” “Atlantis” and and other travel companies.  You may have seen her from your own home in Logo TV’s “One Night Stand Up “  and in NBC’s “Starting Over” as well as being featured in numerous commercials and co starring roles.  She’s not a doctor, but she’s played one on TV!   Her talk show, “Walking Funny With…” was a huge hit on AfterEllen.com and is now in production for a 4th season.

In addition to headlining comedy clubs, colleges and events across the country, Jennie’s also headlined Pride festivals everywhere and spent 6 summer seasons performing nightly in Provincetown, MA.  She produces two comedy/variety shows in the Los Angeles area and was a regular host at the Improv at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.

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STRANGER AT HOME – Documentary about our veterans’ invisible injuries

Producers Sheila Higgins, Beth Dolan and Luis Remesar of the documentary STRANGER AT HOME, discuss their film and the issues it covers, including post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and moral injury. They’ll also reveal why this topic and this film is so important to each of them.

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 “SAM” – Short Film About Suicide In The Military

JUAN GARCIA – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / AUTHOR
A native of Miami, Florida, Juan is a graduate of Middlebury College. After earning his BA in English and Political Science,  Juan served in the United States Army for over 8 years as a Field Artillery Officer.  Juan deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with 1st Brigade 101st Airborne Division. Juan currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and newborn, where he works and writes.  His writing is in large part based upon his experiences as a Infantry Rifle Company Commander in Afghanistan.

ALEXIS GARCIA ROCCA – WRITER / DIRECTOR
Alexis is a Los Angeles based writer, director, producer. The Miami native is an alumna of NHMC’s Writing Fellowship and assisted director Millicent Shelton on TV shows including 30 Rock, Men of A Certain Age, Parks and Recreation, and Californication.  Sam is Alexis’ writing / directing debut and first collaboration with her brother Juan.

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Dropping the Reins – Healing Through Horsemanship

Dropping the Reins (DtR) is a not-for-profit organization developed in 2009 to give the unique experience of being around horses to those who would not ordinarily have the opportunity. It is also for those who are seeking renewal, self-discovery, and empowerment in their lives. DtR seeks to help caregivers, and their families, by providing them with time to refresh and reflect on their care-giving experiences. For adults, the equine experience can lead to personal examination that enhances and alters life directions. For children, the experience of grooming and riding horses and ponies can free them from personal trauma in their lives.

DtR Coaches

The Rev. Gail Epes, Master of Divinity, The Virginia Theological Seminary, is an Episcopal priest and former high school chaplain. She has spent years exploring the relationship between horses and humans.

Nancy Davidson, Master in Theological Studies, The Virginia Theological Seminary, has been a certified riding instructor since 2001 and previously taught riding to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Virginia Wilbrandt, BS, Social Work, Radford University, is the owner and head trainer of MEA Haven Farm located at Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg. Virginia has decades of experience with boarding, training and instructing riders and horses taking them from the beginner through to national competition levels.

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Marine Staff Sergeant Thomas Charles Linville (Retired) – Climbing Mt. Everest

Marine Staff Sergeant Thomas Charles Linville (Charlie) enlisted in the Marine Corps 2006, and shortly hereafter married his high school sweetheart Mandi. They have two daughters.

Charlie’s served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afganistan. It was in the latter, while serving as an Ordinance Disposal Technician – he and his team rendered safe multiple IED’s, disposed of explosives both “homemade” and conventional ammunition – that Charlie was struck by a tertiary device. The explosion inflicted multiple injuries on him, some visible others not. He suffered fractures to his right foot which resulted in an inevitable amputation below the knee. In addition, Charlie suffered the amputations of his right ring and middle fingers. In addition, the blast caused a severe spinal injury at the L4, L5 and S1, which caused radiculopathy in his left leg impairing his mobility, and moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Charlie’s injuries have impaired him but he is determined to return to full functionality. Despite his injuries and debilitating pain, he has volunteered his time with the Armed Services YMCA building houses with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering with Feed America. He has also volunteered with Lives of Promise and Semper Fi Fund. He is an advocate for other wounded warriors, a spokesperson for many of the non-profits that supported him during healing, and an inspiring community leader. He is medically retired from active duty as an EOD Tech and has turned his focus on regaining function in his back as well as improved mobility. Currently he is training rigorously to climb Mount Everest in the spring of 2014. Following his successful summit, Charlie plans to attend Boise State University through the Wyakin Warrior Foundation. He will seek a degree in Engineering.

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Tom Oleniacz – Social Worker, V.A.

Tom is the Senior Palliative Care Social Worker for the Veterans Integrated Palliative (VIP) Program at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. He, along with a Registered Nurse coordinates the health care for over 50 Veterans suffering with serious, life-limiting “terminal” illnesses.  These patients, on average, have a life expectancy of roughly 6 months to a year.

Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is certified by the National Association of Social Workers as an “Advanced Certified Palliative Care Social Worker”.  He graduated from the University of Southern California and has been in his current position for over 10 years.

This is a second career for Tom.  He is a classically trained actor who spent many years on the road performing at Regional Theatres across the nation. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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Jason Jones – Life After Military Service

I am 25 and manage a fitness facility in Palmdale. I was born in Lanacaster Ca, and lived here most of my childhood. When I was about 8 years old my parents divorced and I kind of grew up fast. I was at the time the oldest of 3 boys which after my parents each remarried I became the oldest of 7 boys. So living between households and my mother living in Vegas my childhood was hectic. I got in my fair amount of trouble as a kid and up into my 20s. 16 days after my 17th birthday I swore into the USMC and left for bootcamp a couple weeks after highschool graduation. I was a radio operator in the corps and deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 I served as lead communications for my convoys throughout Iraq and even got hit by lightning. When I returned from Iraq I had my share of problems with life and had to learn to cope… I turned to tons of different things but have come to just believe in Karma. I try everyday to do goodthings so selfishly good things happen to me. Haha. But this is true. I came back from the USMC had a few odd and end jobs that taught me how to be a civilian. Pizza delivery and window cleaning. Than I became a service rep in a fitness facility where I currently manage. I also have started my own window cleaning business and just try to stay busy! Live everyday to the fullest and see where I can do my part.

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