Drive On Podcast is focused on giving hope and strength to veterans and the military community by sharing inspirational stories of other veterans who have experienced their own struggles, as well as resources to help veterans better cope with life after the military.
  • Triumph Over Trials

    In this episode, Uncle Jimmy (James Kuczykowski), a Roman Catholic Air Force veteran, shares his inspiring and impactful journey from rock bottom to recovery. Discussing his life's challenges, including overcoming addiction and surviving a stroke, Uncle Jimmy offers a raw and honest look […]

  • A Journey Through Military Service and Combatting Eating Disorders

    This episode dives into the captivating journey of Leah Stiles, a retired senior chief mass communication specialist from the US Navy and the founder/CEO of a nonprofit aimed at addressing eating disorders within the military community. Covering topics from the unique challenges and […]

  • Navigating VA Disability Claims

    In this episode, Monica Sanford, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and VA Disability Claims Examiner, offers insights into the VA disability claims process. Bringing over two decades of experience in acute care and a deep connection to the military community, Sanford discusses a wide range of […]

  • The Journey of Resilience and Growth

    This episode features Jeremy Hancock, a combat veteran who shares his deeply personal journey from struggling with PTSD and suicidal ideation to finding hope, healing, and post-traumatic growth. Jeremy's candid storytelling brings light to the numerous challenges he faced upon his return […]

  • Operation Homefront: Strength, Stability, and Secure Futures

    This episode features Robert Thomas, a distinguished Air Force veteran with nearly 31 years of service and a key member of Operation Homefront's executive team. The conversation dives deep into Thomas's extensive military career, from flying C 141s and C 5s to his role in supporting the […]

  • Crafting Your Own Happiness

    Bona Normandeau, host of the Happier You podcast and a happiness coach, shares her inspirational journey from a military career to discovering her own happiness. Bona discusses her mission-to empower individuals to find their own path to joy and resilience and confront their unique […]

  • Veteran Mental Health, Military Experiences, and Film ‘Tribal’

    Mark Kershaw dives deep into discussions around veteran mental health, military experiences, and his documentary 'Tribal'. A passionate advocate for veterans' mental health and a creator of the documentary 'Tribal', Mark has a unique perspective on the importance of destigmatizing mental […]

  • Resilience, Perseverance, and Inner Strength

    In this episode, our guest is Josh Thompson, a former Army Air Defense Artillery Captain. Thompson shares his powerful testament to the transformative power of inner strength. He discusses his inspiring journey, from battling toxic work environments and chronic health issues to achieving […]

  • Combatting PTSD and Building Resilience

    In this episode, our guest, Thyron Heyward, a Navy veteran and mental health advocate, openly discusses his powerful journey of resilience and transformation. Suffering from PTSD after his services in Desert Storm, Thyron embarked on an arduous journey of healing and self-discovery. […]

  • Unleashing Forgiveness

    In this episode, our guest is Katharine Giovanni. Katharine is dedicated to helping others unlock the transformative power of forgiveness based on her personal journey marked by adversity, including her own battle with breast cancer, a tough childhood, and her husband's status as a […]

  • Understanding Secondary Trauma and Family Healing

    In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Michael Barnes, an expert in addiction counseling, trauma-integrated treatments, and family therapy. Drawing from over forty years of experience, Dr. Barnes brings a wealth of knowledge about the complex interplay of addiction, trauma, and family […]

  • Military Transition and Entrepreneurship

    Sean Knudsen, an army veteran turned consultant for veterans and entrepreneurs, discusses his experiences during his transition from active duty into entrepreneurship. Sean provides insightful explanations about what he does, how he got there, and the challenges he faced. His experiences […]

  • Transforming Military Experience into a Life of Purpose

    In this episode, army veteran, caregiver, and entrepreneur Zorina Pritchett shares her inspiring journey. Zorina sheds light on her experience transitioning from active duty to reserves, managing her own disability, and then taking on the role of a caregiver for her brother. Zorina also […]

  • Emotional Intelligence in Law Enforcement and the Military

    In this episode, we look at the importance of emotional intelligence in law enforcement and the military with seasoned police officer and founder of Reid Solutions, Gene Reid. The discussion explores how emotional intelligence permeates several facets of these professions, from managing […]

  • Missile Attacks, TBIs, and New Beginnings

    In this episode, army veteran Aaron Futrell shares an in-depth recounting of his dramatic life-altering experience following a missile strike on Al Asad Air Base in January 2020. This story unfolds Futrell's resilience and determination as he navigated from recovering from a traumatic […]

  • Understanding Medicare & VA Benefits

    In this episode, Toni King, a passionate educator in the complexities of Medicare, shares her insights to help veterans understand how Medicare works and how it blends with Veterans Affairs benefits. Toni underlines the fact that Medicare does not offer a 'cookie cutter' solution, with […]

  • The Value of Military Leadership Skills in Civilian Life

    In this episode, distinguished army veteran, trial lawyer, and CEO of Berry Law, John Berry, shares insightful stories about his military career, including service in Bosnia and Iraq. John emphasizes the importance of soldier camaraderie, team building, and transitioning military lessons […]

  • Honor Flights Celebrating Our Heroes

    In this episode, guests Stephen Garrington and Jim Carson share their rewarding work with Honor Flight Network, an organization dedicated to helping veterans visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. Both Stephen and Jim are veterans themselves focused on honoring the service and sacrifices […]

  • Connection between Trauma, Biology, and Mental Health

    In this episode, we look at the relationship between trauma, biology, and mental health with guest and expert Michelle Brown. Michelle is a functional nutrition and lifestyle practitioner, clinical herbalist, and a master level Biology of Trauma advanced provider. This conversation covers […]

  • Empowering Veterans Through Sailing

    In this episode, we have an enlightening conversation with Sean Duclay, co-founder of Sail Ahead, an organization that fuses the healing power of sailing with a mission to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and veteran suicide. Sean shares valuable insights about […]

  • Gold Star Dad Shares a Heartfelt Story

    Karl Porfirio, a Gold Star father, joins us to share how he turned his grief into a poignant children's book, 'My Daddy's Heart is Purple.' Karl offers a heartrending account of the loss of his son, Senior Airman Tre Porfirio, and shares stories filled with laughter, tears, and moments […]

  • Benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy

    In this episode, we look into Ketamine infusion therapy with our guest, Sam Mandel, the co-founder and CEO of Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles. With his strong dedication to mental health advocacy, Sam discusses Ketamine infusion therapy. This treatment method offers relief for a variety of […]

  • Dancing towards Better Mental Health

    Jennifer Nash, an executive coach and passionate ballroom dancer, provides an enlightening perspective on dance as a therapeutic, social, and competitive activity. She shares her revealing experience of picking up ballroom dancing post-divorce, a journey that led her to discover its […]

  • Insider View of Veterans Appeals Process

    In this episode, we are joined by Cheri Mason, a distinguished attorney who dedicated years of service to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cheri's career includes becoming the first woman and military spouse to be Chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals. The discussion focuses […]

  • Empowering Veterans Through Writing

    In this episode, our guest, Jeff Circle, a veteran author, award-winning journalist, and creator of 'The Writers Dossier,' shares his extraordinary journey. From serving in the army to becoming a professional writer, Jeff's path has been anything but ordinary. Highlighting his experiences […]

  • Military Service, Mental Health, and Healing

    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 […]

  • Finding Strength Through Transformation & Self Belief

    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 […]

  • Beacon 4 HOPE

    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 […]

  • The Journey Of Grief And Healing

    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 […]

  • Leadership and Military Family Support

    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 […]

  • Pathway into Writing

    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 […]

  • Expressive Arts as a Pathway to Healing and Resilience

    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 […]

  • Discussing the Impact of Marijuana Use

    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 […]

  • Harnessing Special Effects Skills

    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 […]

  • Military Mental Health: Culture, Preparedness, and Support

    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 […]

  • Rediscovering Life After Addiction

    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 […]

  • Finding Balance and Healing

    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 […]

  • Humor and Healing

    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 […]

  • Elevating Heroes’ Voices

    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, […]

  • Becoming a Dangerous Man

    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 […]

  • Honoring Our Fallen Supporting Military Families

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

  • Discussing Mental Health Support with Ohana Homefront Foundation

    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 […]

  • Equestrian Therapy for Veterans

    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 […]

  • A Journey to Healing Through Posttraumatic Growth

    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 […]

  • Vietnam Combat: Firefights and Writing History

    Robin Bartlett grew up in a three-generation military family, but as the Vietnam War escalated, he chose ROTC. Upon graduation, as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he volunteered for Infantry, Airborne, and Ranger training and assignment to the 82nd Airborne Division. He got everything […]

  • Veteran Champions and Military Ministry

    In this episode of the Drive On podcast, we talk to Kathy Gallowitz, the founder of Vanguard Veteran. Kathy shares her insights on the challenges that veterans face and how Vanguard Veteran is working to support them. She also discusses the Veteran Champions program, military ministry, […]

  • Coffee with a Purpose

    Join us for an engaging conversation with Katie Preste, a Navy veteran and the founder of Boots On Ground Coffee Co. Katie's mission-driven business combines her love for coffee with her unwavering commitment to supporting military and veteran organizations. Find out how a simple cup of […]

  • Changing the Landscape of Military Spouse Employment

    Laura Early shares insights into how WISE Advise + Assist Team is redefining the employment landscape for military spouses and veterans. Discover how this organization connects small businesses with the immense talent and expertise of military spouses, enabling them to pursue fulfilling […]

  • Finding Meaningful Opportunities in the Trades

    Army veteran Michael Conner discusses the career opportunities available to veterans transitioning out of the military in the trades. Support the Show Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1 4Patriots - use code DRIVEON for 10% off your first order: […]

  • How Military Families Tackle Long-Distance Moves

    Military life often involves frequent relocations, presenting unique challenges for families searching for a new home. Tiffany Klusacek and Ashlee Jankovich, real estate agents and military spouses, shed light on their specialized approach to making long-distance moves smoother. Discover […]

  • Telling Stories and Leaving Legacies

    In this episode of the Drive On podcast, we talk to Mike Nelson, a fiction author and Vietnam War veteran, about the importance of storytelling and documentation. Mike discusses how storytelling can be a powerful way to leave a legacy and preserve the stories of veterans. He also shares […]

  • How to Get the VA Benefits You Deserve

    In this episode of the Drive On podcast, we talk to Paul Lawrence, the former Under Secretary for Benefits at the VA, about his book "Veterans Benefits for You: Get What You Deserve." Paul shares his insights on the VA benefits system and how veterans can get the benefits they deserve. He […]

  • How Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Reshapes Lives

    In this episode, we have the honor of chatting with Lance Nutt, a Marine Corps veteran who dedicated an impressive three decades to serving his country. Lance is now the founder and CEO of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), which is committed to supporting veterans and first responders. […]

  • From the Battlefield to the Page

    In this episode of the Drive On podcast, we chat with Navy veteran and author Jeffrey Wilson about his journey from the battlefield to the page. Jeff talks about his experiences writing the TIER ONE series, a military thriller based on his own experiences. He also discusses the challenges […]

  • Healing Veterans One Dog at a Time

    BJ Ganem takes us back to his time in Iraq when his vehicle was struck by an I.E.D. This life-altering moment left him with an amputated leg, a mild brain injury, and shrapnel wounds. It was also a pivotal moment that reshaped his perspective on life and led him on a path of service and […]

  • Mindful Movement: Yoga for Veterans

    Yoga has gained popularity worldwide, but some veterans may not fully understand the depth of its benefits. Today's guest, Nicole Byars, highlights how trauma-informed yoga can be a powerful tool for veterans, addressing both physical and mental well-being. Beyond the physical postures, […]

  • Cyber Opportunities for Veterans

    In this episode, we look into the world of Cyber with Steve Stratton, a retired Green Beret who is on a mission to empower veterans to embrace exciting careers in technology. Steve's journey from his time in the US Army White House Communications and US Secret Service to becoming a Green […]

  • From Rescues to Resilience

    Join us for a conversation with Justin Crane, a former rescue swimmer with a 12-year military background, including special operations missions. Justin's journey took an unexpected turn as he battled depression, substance abuse, and the feeling of being trapped in a victim mentality. […]

  • Transforming Veterans’ Lives Through Fitness

    In this episode, we explore veterans' fitness and well-being with Matt Priess, a Marine veteran and the founder of Body Ops Coaching. With a deep understanding of the toll that combat and post-deployment life can take on veterans, Matt embarked on a mission to provide personalized support […]

  • Sleep Solutions for Veterans

    In this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Barry Krakow, a highly regarded sleep medicine specialist with an extensive career spanning over three decades. One of the significant topics we address is the connection between trauma and chronic nightmares. Dr. Krakow sheds […]

  • How Veterans Off-Grid is Changing Lives One Veteran at a Time

    In this insightful conversation, we dive into the transformative journey of Ryan Timmermans, who turned his experiences as an Intel Analyst and Psychological Operations specialist in the US Army into a mission of hope. Join us as we explore how Veterans Off-Grid, the organization he […]

  • Overcoming Challenges and Finding Purpose

    Joseph Malone's life story is a remarkable journey of transformation and empowerment. From his troubled youth and a life on the streets, he took a courageous step by enlisting in the Marines, ultimately dedicating 13 years to service, including deployments to highly classified […]

  • Suicide Prevention Starts With Youth

    As a military and civilian police mom, Suzi Freeman possesses a unique perspective on the impact of high-stress professions on mental health. Her determination to equip herself with knowledge in suicide prevention stemmed from her desire to support her own children in their demanding […]

  • Unleashing Masculine Strength Through Sobriety

    In this episode, we listen to the powerful story of Kyle Perry, a USMC veteran. Kyle's journey to sobriety is a testament to his resilience and determination. After shedding an astounding 100 lbs following his decision to get sober, he has dedicated his life to helping others, […]

  • Healing from Loss and Trauma

    Tina Erwin, a retired US Navy Commander, uses her deep understanding of human behavior shaped by her military career to offer healing for veterans who often grapple with the trauma of death, loss, and PTSD. Explore how a holistic approach that blends spiritual insights, metaphysical […]

  • Soldier’s Best Friend’s Mission of Healing

    Mik Milem, the Executive Director of Soldier's Best Friend, joins us to discuss how his organization is on a mission to heal and transform the lives of veterans living with combat-related PTSD or TBI. Soldier's Best Friend pairs veterans with service and therapeutic companion dogs […]

  • Embracing Change and Reaching New Heights

    Join us for an insightful conversation with Veronica Karaman, a true inspiration who has transformed her athletic journey into a powerful framework for success. "The Champion's Way" is not only a mindset but a holistic approach to peak performance, touching on physical vitality, mental […]

  • Empowering Military Families through The Ripple Effect

    In this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Wendy Shackley, a mother whose personal tragedy ignited a mission of hope and healing. Through The Ripple Effect, Wendy aims to reshape the narrative of veteran reintegration, inspired by her son Joel's journey through military […]

  • Navigating Military and Civilian Commitments

    In this episode, we sit down with Ian Murray, who shares his side of the story, where he juggles military obligations and a civilian job. His story unfolds with a seemingly innocuous miscommunication that spirals into an unexpected series of events, including his arrest and a subsequent […]

  • Behind the Scenes of ‘Ranger’ Documentary

    Join us for a discussion with Sean Spencer and David Waterhouse, the minds behind the documentary "Ranger." David describes both the best and worst day of his life, which happen to be the same day, the challenges of mental health, and the journey towards recovery and resilience after […]

  • Saving Lives Through Connection

    In this episode, Frank Larkin discusses Warrior Call, a grassroots campaign that's transforming the lives of military personnel and veterans. Warrior Call's mission is simple yet powerful - connecting hearts and reducing isolation through increased peer-to-peer connection. By directing […]

  • Lessons from History Honoring Japanese American WWII Heroes

    In this powerful episode, we dive into the pages of "American Grit," a book authored by John Suzuki that unravels the harrowing history of Japanese concentration camps in the US after Pearl Harbor. John sheds light on the challenges faced by Japanese American men who, despite facing […]

  • Defending Against Health Risks

    Drawing from his book "Discovering the Nature of Longevity," Douglas Mulhall sheds light on the potential dangers posed by certain toxins and heavy metals commonly encountered by service members. Through his research, he reveals how these factors contribute to specific diseases and how […]

  • Patient Empowerment: A Guide for Veterans’ Health

    Join physician and author Ann Hester as we discuss patient empowerment for veterans. Through her book "Patient Empowerment 101," Ann equips readers with the essential knowledge to navigate their healthcare journey at the VA and beyond. From crafting concise "elevator speeches" to […]

  • Healing Veterans Holistically

    Jackie Jones is a holistic therapist with over a decade of experience in treating military service members and veterans. As a former art therapy intern at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Jackie developed a unique holistic approach that addresses the mind, body, soul, […]

  • Embracing Discomfort in Transition

    Join us as we talk to Cristina Ramirez, a transformational coach and author of "Empowered by Discomfort." Cristina's unique approach centers around using discomfort as a path for growth, and in this episode, we specifically focus on how this philosophy applies to military veterans […]

  • The Power of Outdoor Therapy

    In this episode, we delve into the inspiring story of High Timber Dreams, founded by Ryan Gascon and his wife, Dehanna. From their shared love for the outdoors to their passion for supporting those who make daily sacrifices for society, Ryan and Dehanna have built a unique outdoor therapy […]

  • The Rifle: Uniting Voices of Service and Sacrifice

    Join us for an insightful conversation with Andrew Biggio, Marine veteran and founder of Boston's Wounded Vet Run. Discover how his passion for World War II history ignited a mission to honor the legacy of America's Greatest Generation. Through heartfelt interviews and an inspiring book […]

  • Healing PTSD with Flow State Yoga

    In this episode, we sit down with Dashama Gordon, best-selling author and founder of the Flow State Institute & Bright Future Foundation. Dashama shares her passion for helping humanity access the flow state and live their best lives. She discusses the importance of mental health as […]

  • Generation Z and Military Service

    In this episode, we sit down with Matthew Weiss, a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, to discuss the challenges faced in military recruiting with Generation Z. Matthew sheds light on the reasons behind the decline in service interest and proposes strategies to revitalize military […]

  • Activating the Brain’s Healing Process

    Drawing upon his extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Theodore Henderson challenges long-held beliefs about brain disorders, offering a fresh perspective on conditions such as PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury, and chronic fatigue. Through his groundbreaking research and […]

  • Navigating the Transition

    As a retired Navy SEAL officer and combat veteran, Marty Strong is no stranger to challenges. In this episode, our focus shifts to his transition from the military to the business world, where Marty has carved a path as a CEO. We explore the difficulties many veterans encounter when […]

  • Empowering Military Children

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  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Unveiled

    In this episode, we dive into trauma healing with Brooke Bralove, an experienced psychotherapist and Advanced Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) practitioner. With over 20 years of clinical expertise, Brooke guides us through the groundbreaking approach of ART, an evidence-based […]

  • The Veteran Workbook

    In this episode, we welcome back Navy veteran Jenna Carlton to discuss her new workbook, The Veteran Workbook. Jenna understands the unique experiences veterans carry with them and the challenges they face when transitioning to civilian life. Her workbook empowers veterans to reflect on […]

  • Finding Purpose and Navigating Military Transition

    In this episode, USAF veteran, Mary Polanco, dives into the psychological and emotional challenges that veterans face during the transition from military to civilian life. Gain valuable insights into the unique struggles and discover strategies to find purpose, heal from depression, and […]

  • Embracing Healthy Anger

    In this episode, psychotherapist Bronwyn Schweigerdt takes us on a journey of self-discovery and healing as she reveals the importance of expressing and externalizing deeply buried emotions, including anger and rage. Discover how embracing these emotions can lead to profound […]

  • Enhancing Safety – Lessons from a Special Forces Veteran

    John Brewer is an Army Special Forces veteran who has dedicated his post-military career to enabling and empowering individuals in safety and security. As the author of the upcoming book "Fight For Your Best Life," John leverages his experiences training and working alongside […]

  • Armed Forces Initiative Empowering Conservationists

    Trevor Hubbs, Coordinator for the Armed Forces Initiative, shares his military background and dives into the transformative work of the initiative. Learn how the Armed Forces Initiative engages military veterans in conservation, providing them with a new mission and empowering them in […]

  • Mental Health and Leadership – a Soldier’s Perspective

    Dan Joseph talks about his background, including his experience in the biotech industry and how meeting military service members inspired him to join the Army. He discusses the challenges he faced as an older recruit and the lessons he learned during his time in the military. Dan also […]

  • From Service to Success: Inspiring Veterans

    In this episode, Bob Taylor shares his experiences serving in the Air Force during Operation Desert Storm and how it helped him understand the challenges that veterans face after their military career. He also talks about his struggles with PTSD and how seeking help from the VA was […]

  • From Combat to Comeback: Overcoming Adversity

    In this episode, Scott DeLuzio interviews Sylvester Jenkins III, author of "From Combat to Comeback: How to Conquer the Battles of Adversity and Avoid Letting Circumstances in Your Life Define You." Sylvester shares his journey from being a fatherless at-risk youth in Columbus, Georgia, […]

  • Triple Nikel: Empowering Veteran Style

    In this episode, we sit down with Ruben Ayala, a remarkable veteran who has dedicated his life to empowering and uplifting his fellow veterans. Ruben shares his personal journey, from serving in the military to overcoming challenges and finding his purpose in helping others. With deep […]

  • From the Battlefield to Hollywood

    Mike Dowling is a veteran and former Marine Corps dog handler who is now involved in the entertainment industry. He explains how he followed his passion into the industry and how his background in the military has been beneficial in the entertainment world. He speaks about how he was […]

  • Retired Marine Officer Shares How She Harnesses Sexy Confidence To Overcome Adversity

    Sandra Gonzalez is a retired Marine officer and a high-performance coach and speaker who helps her clients take control of their self-doubt and perfectionism. She encourages her clients to pay attention to the subtle hints life is dropping and to listen to what is calling them, not […]

  • Navy Veteran Shares Story Of Unfortunate Surgical Outcome

    Shannon Sackett is a Navy veteran who suffered an unfortunate surgical outcome, which caused her to be medically discharged. We discuss how this affected her life during and after the military and her ability to bounce back from this setback. Links & Resources Dirt Sailor The […]

  • From Military to Marketable: B.R.A.N.D. Before Your Resume

    Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is an Air Force veteran, award-winning author, and public speaker. Graciela has dedicated herself to coaching over 5000 veterans, service members, and professionals in developing their personal brands while transitioning from the military to the civilian world. […]

  • Expats’ Mental Health Journey

    Shannon Miller, an Army wife and mental health expert with a passion for addressing moral injuries misdiagnosed as PTSD, joins us in this episode. With a wealth of experience in supporting military families, Shannon shares her expertise on the unique challenges they face. From […]

  • From Navy to Tech Innovator

    In this episode, Terence Bennett, a Navy veteran, talks about his journey into the tech world. Join us as we delve into Terrence's transition from military service to running a successful software company. Gain insights into his experiences as a Naval Intelligence Officer and as a member […]

  • Navigating the VA Healthcare System: Tips and Resources

    This episode of Drive On discusses navigating VA healthcare as a veteran. The VA healthcare system is the largest integrated healthcare system in the US, with over 9 million veterans enrolled. For many veterans, navigating the VA healthcare system can be challenging and overwhelming. […]

  • Caring for Military Children

    In this episode, our guest Nicole Thompson, an Air Force veteran and trauma-informed educator, sheds light on the unique struggles military children face. From frequent moves and parental deployments to navigating trauma and healthcare systems, Nicole shares valuable insights and […]

  • Announcing A New Format

    Starting next week, the podcast will be available in its audio format and airing on WTSMTV in the Phoenix area and streaming online at This is a great way to expand the podcast's reach and take the conversations to a larger audience. The new format will provide veterans with […]

  • Special Memorial Day Episode

    In this special Memorial Day episode, we delve into the rich history and significance of this solemn holiday. Join us as we explore the origins of Memorial Day, tracing its roots back to the aftermath of the American Civil War and the establishment of Decoration Day. Learn about the […]

  • Finding Purpose and Meaning in Post-Military Life

    Providing advice and strategies for finding purpose and meaning in life after military service. Challenges of transitioning to civilian life Discuss common challenges that veterans face when transitioning to civilian life Identifying personal values and passions Why identifying […]

  • Helping Others Find Joy & Bounce Back From Setbacks

    Thandi Myeni started out working at M&M Mars candy company, but after 9/11, she decided she wanted to pursue a life of meaning and purpose. She decided to go to medical school and graduated despite the challenges. She originally planned on becoming an OBGYN, but life took her in a […]

  • The Role of Exercise in Managing Mental Health for Veterans

    Examining the potential benefits of exercise for managing mental health and providing advice for incorporating physical activity into daily life. Introduction Statistics on the prevalence of mental health issues among veterans and the potential benefits of exercise for managing these […]

  • Living Life Beyond the Rut

    Jerry Dugan is a leadership consultant, training facilitator, and public speaker who hosts the podcast Beyond the Rut with Jerry Dugan. He helps build servant leaders by finding clarity and alignment in their work and personal lives. His leadership experience includes roles with the […]

  • Understanding Moral Injury and its Impact on Veterans

    Exploring the concept of moral injury, its impact on veterans, and potential treatment options. Introduction Introduce the concept of moral injury and its impact on veterans The importance of exploring moral injury What is Moral Injury? Define moral injury and differentiate […]

  • Former Zookeeper Helps Veterans With Service Dogs Through Warriors Heart Canine Program

    Michelle Axmaker is a former zookeeper and currently works with Warriors Heart to train service dogs for veterans and first responders. She gained experience training and caring for exotic animals at Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida, and then at the Lackland Air Force Base at their military […]

  • Dealing with Guilt and Shame: Coping Strategies for Veterans

    Providing advice and strategies for managing feelings of guilt and shame related to military service or civilian life. Introduction Why do veterans experience guilt and shame? How can guilt and shame affect a veteran's mental health? Common Sources of Guilt and Shame in […]

  • Canadian Vet Talks Fitness And Helping Veterans Become Harder To Kill

    Dave Morrow, a Canadian veteran shares his own experience as a reservist and how he struggled to get back to normal after hurting his back and knee. He found that taking pain pills was only a temporary solution and that he had to make a lifestyle change to get harder to kill. This led […]

  • Finding Purpose Through Entrepreneurship

    Examining the potential benefits of entrepreneurship as a means of finding purpose and meaning after military service. Introduction Benefits of Entrepreneurship Discuss the potential benefits of entrepreneurship, such as: Challenges of Entrepreneurship Challenges of […]

  • National Medal of Honor Museum

    Darrell Utt is the Chief of Business Operations at the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and a retired Green Beret. He was a small-town kid from West Virginia who joined the Army in 1990 and went on to become a Special Forces Green Beret. Darrell talks about his experience of […]

  • Overcoming Stigma Surrounding Mental Health in the Military

    This episode discusses the cultural barriers that prevent military members from seeking help for mental health issues and provides advice for breaking down these barriers. Introduction Explanation of the stigma surrounding mental health in the military Discussion on the cultural […]

  • Boots To Books

    Peter Cline is an Army infantry veteran and the founder of Boots to Books, a nonprofit that helps veterans and their families attain competitive education and employment. Peter's own transition out of the military was a bit rocky. He contacted a friend who helped him rephrase his […]

  • Alternative Therapies for PTSD Treatment

    In this episode, we look at alternative therapies for PTSD, such as art therapy, equine therapy, and adventure therapy. Outline: Introduction Explanation of what PTSD is Overview of traditional treatments for PTSD Introduction to alternative therapies for PTSD treatment […]

  • Combat Veteran on Overcoming Adversity And Achieving Career Success

    Jason Pike served 31 years in the US Army, starting as a private and working his way up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Jason shared his story of starting from the bottom and working hard to reach his goals. He faced a federal investigation for espionage against the US government. […]

  • The Role of Family in Supporting Veterans

    This is the first of hopefully many episodes where I take time to dive deep into a particular topic. This time it's the role of the family to support veterans. Outline: Introduction Brief explanation of the importance of family support for veterans Overview of the topics that […]

  • USAF Veteran Shares How To Reach Goals And Motivate Personal Success

    Paul White is a retired 21-year Air Force veteran with over 1500 hours as a tactical flight instructor. He has developed strategies to motivate people to become better versions of themselves and is here to discuss these strategies and how his 1 of 5 Project can propel people to reach […]

  • USMC Veteran On Mentoring Veterans And His Son’s Tragic Death

    After the military, John Henry Parker sought ways to help him become a better person. He looked to personal development and programs to help him become the person he wanted to be. He found that going through certain life experiences changed him for the better, and he was able to […]

  • Air Force Vet Overcomes Challenges To Achieve Dream Career

    April Shprintz joins the podcast to share her journey in the Air Force and how, despite setbacks, she never quit pursuing her dreams. April Shprintz owns Driven Outcomes and is a mentor with the nonprofit Warrior Rising, which helps veterans in business. After leaving the Air Force, […]

  • Unlock A Happier And Calmer You

    Dr. Annie White discussed her book, The Calm Code, which provides readers with a step-by-step method to help them become calmer and happier. She notes that the more negative thoughts you have, the easier it will be to think negative thoughts, and vice versa - the more positive thoughts […]

  • Naval Academy Friends Reflect On Friendship And Business

    David Gutierrez and Stu Grazier met while attending the Naval Academy and have stayed close ever since. Stu and David were stationed apart for most of their careers in the Navy except when they were both stationed in Naples, Italy. Around this time, they started to discuss their plans for […]

  • Overcoming Problematic Drinking With Sinclair Method

    Brian Noonan joins us to discuss the Sinclair Method, which is a method of treating alcoholism involving Naltrexone, a prescription medication, and alcohol. The method was developed by Dr. Sinclair, who conducted studies with rodents by creating alcoholic mice and giving them […]

  • Spiritual Guidance To Veterans and First Responders

    John Jones is a retired federal law enforcement officer and Navy Hospital Corman. He wrote a book, A Higher Calling, which offers first responders, veterans, and military personnel a biblical guide to their demanding work. John has both military and law enforcement experience, which […]

  • Combat Veteran Finds Positive Path Out Of PTSD And Early Childhood Trauma

    Clinton Dye is a four-tour Marine Corps combat veteran who struggled with PTSD from not only his deployments but also his early childhood. He was present when his mother shot his father in a drunken rage, which is one of many traumas he had to deal with growing up. He struggled to avoid […]

  • Exploring the Cause and Treatment of Negative Thoughts

    Betsy Holmberg is a psychologist who has focused on various topics, including self-injury and suicide. She is currently focused on the tribal brain, an interesting topic. Betsy has a Ph.D. from Duke and has conducted and published research at Harvard. She also ran the mental health […]

  • Navy Veteran on Overcoming PTSD and Helping Fellow Vets

    Daniel Mayberry is a Navy veteran who has struggled with PTSD and started a podcast whose mission is to help other veterans in need. Daniel Mayberry joined the Navy at 17, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. His first ship was small, and there was not much to do. He was getting into […]

  • Veterans Have the Skills for Starting a Franchise Business

    Stacey Marmolejo is the founder and CEO of Franchise Prep Academy, which helps soon-to-retire military personnel navigate the franchise industry so that they can evaluate if a franchise career is right for them in their next step after the military. Stacey comes from a family of 10 […]

  • Bouncing Back After Transitioning Careers

    TSI CEO, Executive Coach, and "Undefeatable" Author Tiana Sanchez, whose father was a US Army veteran, talks about how kickboxing and journaling helped her when she unexpectedly faced a career transition. Links & Resources Tiana Sanchez on Facebook Tiana […]

  • Resources Available to Reserve and Guard Members

    Army Reservist Jean Adam talks about the resources available to Reserves and National Guard members that many are unaware of. This episode serves as an excellent opportunity for any leaders who are currently serving to: Compile a list of any opportunities or resources that you know […]

  • Your Story Isn’t Over

    In this episode, we are joined by USMC veteran Mike Washington. Mike has a powerful story to share as a suicide survivor. He discusses in detail the moment that saved his life and the journey that followed. Mike is now a licensed therapist and uses his experience to help others facing […]

  • Breaking Bad Habits

    Dr. Noah St John is known as "The Father of Afformations®." He joins us in this episode to help eliminate "not-enoughness" from our lives and break free of the bad habits we created that are holding us back from reaching our goals. Links & Resources […]

  • Choosing to Live Life After a Near-Death Experience

    In this episode, we're joined by Nicole Kerr, an Air Force veteran who had a near-death experience that changed her life, which she writes about in her book You Are Deathless. Nicole shares her story and discusses how her near-death experience gave her a new outlook on life. She'll […]

  • Change Your Mindset Change Your Life

    Nina Szewczak has lived a life of highs and lows. After experiencing personal setbacks that threatened to keep her down, she decided to take matters into her own hands and transform her life - not once but twice. In this episode, Nina speaks candidly about her struggles and successes to […]

  • Tinnitus Relief with Melody Clouds

    In this powerful episode, we speak with Wayne Altman, an Army veteran who founded Melody Clouds to help people suffering from tinnitus and other conditions. After he was diagnosed with tinnitus, Wayne discovered binaural beats as his way of coping with the ringing in his ears. Hear how […]

  • Project Refit

    Dan Lombard is an Army combat veteran who is a co-founder of Project Refit, which is working to change the negative connotation around getting mental health support. In this episode, we discuss Project Refit and all they do to help support the military, veteran, and first responder […]

  • Trauma Informed Care

    In this episode, we're joined by Elizabeth Power, the founder of The Trauma-Informed Academy and a passionate advocate for helping people cope with traumatic experiences. Elizabeth will share her own story of overcoming trauma and how she developed The Trauma-Informed Academy to empower […]

  • Continuing to Serve After Medical Retirement

    Alex Gonzales is a retired Army Colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite his struggles, he continues to serve his fellow veterans by sending daily devotional messages and by always being available […]

  • How Mighty Oaks Helps Save Veterans

    In this episode, we are joined by Brandon Bettis, who used the Mighty Oaks Foundation to overcome his suicidal thoughts and find his faith. After trying medication and counseling, which didn't seem to help, Brandon found himself in a dark place and nearly gave up hope. But thanks to the […]

  • Gold Star Brother Remembering the Fallen

    It is a tragedy whenever a service member is killed in action. Not only does the nation lose someone selfless enough to put their life on the line for others, but the families of that service member are also left behind. On this podcast, I've had the opportunity to speak with several Gold […]

  • How to Support an Addict In Your Life

    Michaela Kelley Canterbury is a lawyer and writer. Michaela obtained her J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a BA in political science and a minor in philosophy. Michaela is the author […]

  • How to De-Stress Your Life

    Natalie Shand-Spellman, Coach Nat earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Stony Brook University, New York. Coach Nat is an occupational therapist clinician, a Boot Camp for Life transformational coach, speaker, published […]

  • Warrior Surf Foundation

    Stephanie Dasher is a Navy veteran and the Executive Director of the Warrior Surf Foundation, which helps veterans heal through surf therapy. She joins us in this episode to discuss how Warrior Surf Foundation has impacted her family and all the great work the organization is doing to […]

  • How to Recover From TBIs

    Brandy Lang is a 5x concussion survivor and Air Force veteran whose focus is now on helping other veterans recover from TBIs. Links & Resources Brandy Lang on Facebook Brandy Lang on Instagram Brandy Lang on LinkedIn […]

  • How Many Mondays Do You Have Left to Live?

    Jodi is the founder of Four Thousand Mondays, which helps others not take life for granted or feel like they've squandered their time and to feel totally alive. She is also an Assistant Instructor in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, and […]

  • Veterans Beer Club

    Phil Kendro is a Marine Corps veteran who is also a co-founder of the Veterans Beer Club with the goal of helping Veterans transition into civilian life after the military. Links & Resources Veterans Beer Club group on Facebook Phil Kendro on […]

  • Optimizing Your Health

    Despite the fact that 60% of American adults have 1 chronic disease and 40% have 2 or more, there is much that can be done to ensure that you live long, feel great and live well. Many of the lifestyle modifications are free or low cost and therefore, have not received sufficient […]

  • How to Be a Mentor After Military Service

    Dr. Christine Van Horn is an author, teacher, and speaker. She has been a Certified Emergency Manager for 30 years and recently retired. She is now applying her emergency management experience to focus on character in society. Dr. Van Horn has written two books for older children to teach […]

  • Helping Build Resilience in Military Kids

    For Renaye Thornborrow, motherhood was the catalyst for turning her lifelong passion for personal development into a powerful story-based coaching curriculum to help children develop mindset skills for self-esteem, resilience, confidence, self-leadership, happiness, and so much more. […]

  • Shields & Stripes

    Steven Nisbet is an Air Force veteran and the President of Shields & Stripes, a non-profit that takes a holistic mind/body approach to help veterans and first responders heal from traumas they've experienced while serving our nation and their communities. Links & Resources […]

  • How to Get Along With Anyone

    Dr. Vicki Matthews helps people better understand themselves and the people in their lives to nurture better relationships. Links & Resources Follow Dr. Matthews on LinkedIn Follow Dr. Matthews on Facebook Follow Dr. Matthews on Instagram Follow […]

  • Combat to College

    John Davis is the author of the book Combat to College. Before joining the Army, John tried going to college, but it didn't quite work out for him. After his time in the military, he learned grit, perseverance, and discipline needed to excel in college. He now has a Master's degree from […]

  • How a Prepared Mind Can Help Minimize PTSD

    Brian Slade discusses a harrowing experience as an Apache pilot in Afghanistan and how his mental preparation helped avoid catastrophe. We also discuss his book, Cleared Hot: Lessons Learned about Life, Love, and Leadership While Flying the Apache Gunship in Afghanistan and Why I […]

  • Creating Freedom in Our Minds

    When Kalliope realized playing professional golf wasn't her calling, she began training others in the tools that propelled her into becoming a pro golfer in just two years. Since then, her TEDx Talk has over 1.9 million views. As a Master Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, she […]

  • Managing Brain Injuries

    Dr. Jen Blanchette shares how she helps patients with brain injuries cope with the mental health aspects of their conditions. Frequently those with brain injuries (TBI, concussion, and others) will experience symptoms including but not limited to: Headaches Nausea/vomiting […]

  • PACT Act and Veteran Legal Resources

    Joanna Morales discusses the PACT Act and other legal resources available to veterans who have been diagnosed with cancer and other illnesses. Links & Resources Triage Cancer Triage Cancer on Twitter: @TriageCancer Triage Cancer on Instagram: @triagecancer Triage […]

  • How to Successfully Navigate Life After Deployment

    Dominic Teich shares insights into what he refers to as the Single Seat Mindset and how he navigated his turbulent life after deployment. Dominic will send a free copy of Single Seat Wisdom for the first three listeners with no strings attached. Claim your copy here today! Links […]

  • Living the Hand You’re Dealt

    Charles Smith, an Army veteran, shares his traumatic childhood and how those experiences impacted him as an adult. Links & Resources Life Long Experience Charles Smith on LinkedIn Charles Smith on Facebook Charles Smith on Twitter Charles Smith on Instagram […]

  • Cranky Veteran Candles

    Ryan & Deb Bruin started the Cranky Veteran Candle Company to help Ryan find a job he could do while managing his mental health struggles. They join us to discuss the ups and downs that they experienced after Ryan left the military and how they started making candles. Links & […]

  • Childhood Trauma and Beliefs as Key to Your Healing Now

    Do you ever ask yourself, "Why am I doing this again"? The childhood vows you made as the result of powerful personal experiences during your pre-logical young life govern you as an adult until you explore and address each of these decisions. Army veteran Kathi Sohn shares how […]

  • Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship After The Military

    Dustin Hayes, the owner of Red White and Badass Brew, discusses the ups and downs of becoming an entrepreneur after the military. After several setbacks, Dustin found that working for himself, while a lot of work, has tremendous benefits. He discusses those benefits and the path that […]

  • Epilepsy Awareness

    My wife, Vicki DeLuzio, joins the podcast to discuss how epilepsy and how it affects those who, like her, have developed it later in life. In this episode, we talk about: What epilepsy is and its possible causes. How and why epilepsy affects veterans at a higher rate than […]

  • How Holistic Medicine Can Treat What The VA Can’t

    Dr. Erica Steele discusses how her work in holistic medicine helps veterans fill in the gaps that the VA leaves in their health care. Links & Resources Holistic Family Practice Dr. Erica Steele on Instagram Dr. Erica Steele on LinkedIn Dr. Erica Steele on Twitter […]

  • WP Connects

    Talisha Lewallen discusses how veterans and transitioning service members can get started in the WordPress industry through WP Connects. For listeners unfamiliar with WordPress, it is a website management system that currently powers nearly half of the websites on the internet. It can […]

  • How To Stop Self-Sabotage

    Update: Dr. Farkas passed away on August 31, 2022, just about a month after we recorded this episode. For his obituary and to find out where to make memorial contributions, please click here. Dr. Howard Farkas is a clinical psychologist based in Chicago. He is the founder and president […]

  • Air Force Vet and Gold Star Wife Discusses Life After Loss

    Natalee King discusses her time in the Air Force and how her husband died while serving in the Air Force and how that loss impacted her. Links & Resources Natalee King on TikTok Natalee King on Instagram Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

  • Veteran Help Point

    Michelle Lang started Veteran Help Point, an online database of vetted and trusted resources available to the veteran community. She started Veteran Help Point after struggling to find resources for her husband after transitioning out of the military. Links & Resources […]

  • Defining Moral Injury

    Dr. Timothy Shaw discusses his research into moral injury, how it impacts the lives of veterans, and what we can do to help. We dive into the veteran suicide crisis, and what role moral injuries play in that. We can do things as a society to help reduce the impact of moral injuries. We […]

  • Finding Your Passion After Military Service

    USMC veteran, David Richards, discusses how he followed his passion for writing after leaving the military and how you can find your purpose at other stages in life. Links & Resources David Richards website David Richards on Instagram Whiskey & Yoga The Lighthouse […]

  • Starting Conversations About Mental Health

    Topics like mental health and suicide are often avoided because they make people uncomfortable. But if we avoid them, they won't get better. Guest, Sonja Wasden joins the podcast to discuss her suicide attempt and how we can help each other by being vulnerable and starting to have […]

  • Alcoholism and How it Affects Those Around You

    Andrew Culkin discusses how he lost his wife of 25 years to alcoholism, how that experience affected his family, and how we can prevent that from happening in other families. Links & Resources Amanda A Cautionary Tale Andrew Culkin on Instagram Facebook Group […]

  • Bomb Tech Mindset

    Brian Muka is a former Navy bomb tech, who discovered ways to shift his mindset from negative self-talk to form more positive outcomes. Links & Resources Brian Muka on Facebook Brian Muka on Instagram Brian Muka on LinkedIn Tech For Troops Transcript View the […]

  • Life Skills For Soldiers

    Brendan Duebner is the founder of Life Skills for Soldiers, whose mission is to improve financial literacy among US service members. Links & Resources Life Skills For Soldiers Life Skills For Soldiers on Instagram Life Skills For Soldiers on LinkedIn Transcript […]

  • Recovering From Trauma on the Police Force

    Keith Harrison, a Canadian police officer, joins us to describe his process of recovering from the trauma he endured for years on the police force. Links & Resources Beyond the Blue Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

  • How to Take a Break From Alcohol

    Kirsten Chalmers is a psychologist and the founder of Point Zero Cellars, where she works to raise awareness for those looking to take a break from alcohol. While her company is based out of Australia, and the majority of our listeners are in the US, in my opinion, the message she has […]

  • Prevention Over Prescription

    Dr. Thomas Hemingway MD is a holistic and integrative Medical Doctor who lives and shares his personal and professional philosophy of PREVENTION over PRESCRIPTION and is passionate about sharing the message of Natural Health and Healing through Powerful Practices which are simple, doable, […]

  • Healing Family Trauma

    Dr. Kelly Bohnhoff joins the podcast to talk about healing family trauma. Often times in the military we experience traumatic events. That's a part of the job, which I think most of us understand. However, when we don't deal with those traumatic events properly, they can seep into our […]

  • The Veterans Ranch

    J.R. Smith is the vice president of The Veterans Ranch, which works to assist veterans and their families through equine therapy. In this episode, J.R. talks about how horses are able to help veterans learn how to deal with their emotions and focus on the present moment. Links & […]

  • Be Bold. Be First. Be You.

    Captain Martha LaGuardia-Kotite's bold leadership style empowered her to be one of the first female officers to serve aboard two Coast Guard cutters with all-male crews and lead teams during numerous disasters for 29 years at sea and ashore. A TEDx speaker and coach, Martha is an […]

  • Veteran Readjustment Culture

    Mike Kim is a psychoanalyst/ex-monk, research writer, and retired Veterans Affairs Vet Center site director. His research at Columbia University developing his original theory of "Veteran Readjustment Culture" has recently been presented at the University of North Texas. Mike's work he […]

  • Millennial Veterans

    Jenna Carlton is a Navy veteran who started the Facebook Group, The Millennial Veterans, where younger veterans can share issues facing them. You can find Jenna weekly on Sundays at 9 PM Eastern on her Instagram Live series, Vet Chats. Check out the link to her Instagram below. […]

  • Making Connections to Help Navigate Difficult Times

    Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet discusses the highs and lows he's experienced in his personal and professional life, and how he was able to lean on others to help support him through difficult times. Links & Resources Tim Gallaudet on Twitter Tim Gallaudet on Facebook Tim […]

  • Successful Career Transition After The Military

    Brandi Saunders talks about her time in the Air Force, her deployments in support of OEF and OIF, and how she successfully transitioned into a new career after leaving the military. During her time in the military, Brandi served as a Critical Care Medical Technician. After leaving the […]

  • Creating Your Future Through Forgiveness

    Mike Liguori discusses how he dealt with his PTSD and a troubled relationship with his father. He learned to put the past behind him and focus on the road ahead. He is the author of the book The Road Ahead and Miles Behind, where he outlines the journey he took with his father. That […]

  • Developing Resilient Warriors

    Brent Magnussen is a US Army veteran who served as a combat engineer. He is also a best-selling author, speaker, and sits on the board of the Resilient Warrior Foundation, which serves veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD. Links & Resources Roger Up Book […]

  • Combat Control Foundation

    Mike Lamonica is an Air Force veteran who serves on the Combat Control Foundation's Board of Directors. The Combat Control Foundation provides care and support to Combat Controllers, their families, and other members of the military community through its programs, or through partnerships […]

  • Helping Others Through Faith And Sharing Stories

    Ashlee Leppert returns to the podcast to open up and share her healing journey after her career in the Coast Guard. In this episode, we talk about the Coast Guard's work to help keep Americans safe at home. Everything from boating accidents and natural disasters to drug enforcement. […]

  • Gold Star Ride Foundation

    Anthony Price is with the Gold Star Ride Foundation, whose mission is to actively support, comfort, and do the work that our fallen heroes would do if they hadn't fallen for all our freedom. Links & Resources Gold Star Ride Foundation Gold Star Ride Foundation on Facebook […]

  • Harness the Fire Within: How to Get Up Every Time Life Knocks You Down

    Ellie Shefi discusses ways to help military family members hold down the home front while their spouses are deployed by providing easy-to-implement tools for resiliency and self-care. Links & Resources Free By Design TV You Are Not Your Scars Podcast […]

  • Rediscovering Yourself After Loss

    Sherry Walling, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur. Her life's work is helping high-achieving people navigate painful and complex experiences. Her podcast, ZenFounder, has been called a "must listen" by both Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines and has […]

  • Unleash the Power of Serving

    Most people believe serving others is a nice thing to do, but it doesn't really make much of a difference. David Crocker talks about how serving others not only makes our communities better places to live but also helps us get a handle on our own mental health. Links & Resources […]

  • Using Exercise to Manage Stress

    Alecia Aguilar is a Navy veteran, who, while serving discovered how exercise helped manage her stress and anxiety. She also created the Awearness Athletics brand. She is here today to talk about her fitness journey and how it helped her overall physical and mental health. Links & […]

  • How to End Anxiety with Hypnotherapy

    For people who had a difficult childhood, half of what we think of as anxiety is often leftover emotional stress from what happened to us as a child. Mahesh Grossman explains how hypnotherapy can help with a wide variety of physical and emotional pain. Links & Resources […]

  • Creating Connection To Discuss Difficult Topics

    Dylan Sessler talks about how he works to create a connection with others in order to provide a safe space to discuss difficult topics. Links & Resources Dylan Sessler on Facebook Dylan Sessler on Instagram Dylan Sessler on Twitter Dylan Sessler on YouTube […]

  • How to Add Quality Years To Your Life

    Karen Owoc is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at the VA in Palo Alto California, a weekly health contributor to KRON-TV in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as the author of the book Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100. Links & Resources Athletes In […]

  • Warrior Mindset: What it is, why it’s important, and how to develop it

    Mark is a former infantryman, intelligence professional, and licensed attorney. He has trained units from the DoD, DoJ, Fortune 500 companies, and officers from over 60 police departments around the country. He contributes to the Counter Terrorist Magazine and hosts the Pearl Snap […]

  • Iron-Sharpened Leadership

    Retired Major General John Gronski joins us to discuss how leaders can start putting the people in their charge first. In this episode we discuss: How leaders can be more effective in taking care of the troops they lead. Characteristics of a good leader. Toxic leadership […]

  • Camp Resilience

    Matt Dubois and Kurt Webber are from Camp Resilience, which helps service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones recover and maintain their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Links & Resources Camp Resilience Donate to Camp Resilience […]

  • Creating a New Future for Retired Working Dogs

    Bob Bryant is the chief technology officer of Mission K9 Rescue, an animal welfare group dedicated solely to rescuing, reuniting, rehoming, repairing, and rehabilitating American working dogs. Since 2013, the group has provided a wide array of services to working dogs in an effort to […]

  • Practical Advice for Living an Inspired Life

    Shelly Slocum shares some practical advice, inspiration, and tips for how to apply more positivity in your life to brighten your days. Links & Resources Transcript View the transcript for this episode.

  • How Trauma-Focused Yoga Helps Heal PTSD

    Anissa Hudak's life has been intertwined with PTSD, Trauma, and the military. As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, and military spouse to an OEF/OIF veteran, she saw the struggles others were having which inspired her to create the Trauma Healing Yoga Therapy Program. In this episode, we […]

  • She Vets It: The Importance Of Finding Your Tribe

    Althea Williams is an Army veteran. She is also the founder of the group She Vets It, where women from all branches of the military come together in a safe space to connect, converse and collaborate. In this episode, she shares why it is important to find your tribe after the military. […]

  • A New Way To Help Military Marriages Survive

    Veterans experience divorce at significantly higher rates than civilians. Often the challenge can be that people who serve get married young, leave home and come back a changed person - to find a changed spouse, too. While changes in your 20s are a natural part of maturing, they can trip […]

  • The Secrets to Thriving in the Storms of Life

    Rod Knoerr is the author of the book Don't Waste This Storm. In the book, he discusses his secrets of perspective shift during the storms life sends your way and how it allows others to experience things they never could have imagined. Links & Resources Don't Waste This Storm […]

  • Ripple Effect of Helping People with Brass & Unity

    Kelsi Sheren is the CEO of Brass & Unity and a strong supporter of military and mental health programs. In this episode, we chat about her time in the military, what caused her to transition out, and how she's dealt with her own PTSD and TBI. Links & Resources Brass & […]

  • Burn Pit BBQ

    Greg Fischer is a Marine combat veteran who currently runs Burn Pit BBQ, which was created to give new grillers and barbecuers a resource and place to go to learn the basics. In this episode, we talk about his journey from joining the USMC to becoming an entrepreneur. Links & […]

  • Treating Trauma By Rewiring Your Brain

    What if I told you that it could be possible to process the traumas you've experienced in as little as 4 hours? You might not believe it, but my guest, Dr. Don Wood says it is possible! From the Inspired Performance Institute's website: Unresolved trauma or disturbing events and […]

  • How iRest Can Help Pain, Sleep, Depression, Anxiety, & PTSD

    Returning guest, Jennifer Boileau, joins us to talk about how iRest meditation can help relieve pain, improve sleep, and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. For anyone who wants to listen to just the iRest meditation portion of this episode, please check out the episode […]

  • Why You are Not Alone, should Seek Help & Choose Life

    Tom Spooner is an Army veteran who served nearly 21 years as a Green Beret and Delta Force Operator. Since retiring, he has successfully enabled thousands of warriors to acknowledge their struggles, seek treatment, and understand that they are not alone. He's dedicated his life to healing […]

  • Action-Oriented – Rebuilding Lives After Trauma

    Jesse Simpson is a Marine veteran turned entrepreneur. Jesse runs a company called Action-Oriented, which helps people rebuild their life after trauma or transition. His journey is one with the theme that it is never too late to transform your life. Links & Resources […]

  • Terror to Triumph

    Chris is a Marine veteran who has written the book Terror to Triumph. His book is a journey through the eyes of a Marine scout sniper in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005. It continues through Fallujah, Iraq, in 2007, and finally finishes flying as a crew chief/door gunner through Helmand Province, […]

  • Military Transition Roundtable

    Don Gleason is an Air Force veteran Colonel who led units of over 1600 people and was responsible for projects as large as the $12.8 billion Iraq reconstruction program. After getting out of the military he's had a successful civilian career and has since started a non-profit which helps […]

  • Facing Addiction Recovery Together

    Brandon Roman is an Army veteran who works with Face it Together, which is an addiction resource center that works to help get people with addiction and their loved ones well again. Links & Resources Face It Together Face It Together on Facebook Face it Together on […]

  • America’s Warrior Partnership

    Joshua Wilson is a Marine veteran who now works for America's Warrior Partnership, whose mission is to partner with communities to prevent veteran suicide. Links & Resources America's Warrior Partnership America's Warrior Partnership on Facebook America's Warrior […]

  • How to Recover from Grief

    Victoria Volk is the author of the book The Guided Heart. She is also a grief recovery specialist, and host of the Grieving Voices podcast. In this episode, we dive into the topic of grief and how you can recover from the grief you may be dealing with. Links & Resources The […]

  • From Grief To Gold

    Melissa Anne is an Army veteran, military spouse, and tragically, a Gold Star Wife. She is also the author of the book Darkness Within, which discusses her journey after the loss of her husband. Links & Resources Darkness Within book on Spouse-Ly Melissa […]

  • Shift 6 Connecting The Auto Industry With Veterans

    Curtis Rutledge is an Army veteran and the creator of the non-profit Shift 6, whose mission is to bridge the auto industry with the veteran community by raising veteran awareness through the teaching of automotive and technical skills. Links & Resources Shift 6 Website Shift […]

  • Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone

    Joseph "Joe" Bogdan is a Senior Enlisted Leader in the United States Air Force with more than 20 years of service.  He is currently the Chief Enlisted Manager for almost 600 military and civilian engineers at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.  In this capacity, he is responsible […]

  • Physical Health’s Impact On Mental Health

    Jeff Clark is an Air Force Veteran, host of the Course of Action podcast, and author of the new book Hear These Truths. In this episode, we discuss how his physical health impacted his mental health, and how unprepared he felt when transitioning out of the military. Links & […]

  • Hot Mess to Wellness

    Amanda Zeine is a pediatrician in the Army who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2018. After her injury, she had secondary conditions that caused a loss of identity, depression, amongst other issues. She discusses her experience with a TBI, treatment, and how she created a new vision […]

  • PTSD Unplugged

    Dr. Pamela Hall is a Forensic and Clinical psychologist and a Subject-matter Expert in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is on a mission to get the facts about PTSD into the hands of veterans and their families. Dr. Hall has written a book, PTSD Unplugged: How to Leave the War Behind […]

  • Forging A Path Of Purpose After A TBI and PTSD

    Allen Simmons is a Marine Corps veteran who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and wrestled with PTSD from a TBI that he sustained in Afghanistan. In his healing journey, he battled depression and suicide as he set on a new path of purpose. He is also the host of the Purpose Pod podcast and […]

  • The Winners Paradigm

    Alundas Havens hosts The Winners Paradigm Podcast, where he helps others learn what they can do to create daily habits that can help them achieve their goals. In this episode, we talk about some of the ways that we can work to better ourselves. Links & Resources The Winners […]

  • In Loving Memory

    Diana Soriano is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan at the same time as her fiancé. During that deployment her fiancé, Bobby Pagan, was KIA. Diana is also the author of the book In Loving Memory: A Story of Love, Loss, and Living On. She shares her story in this episode and how […]

  • Living A Free Life

    Jay Ly is the host of the Live Free Series, where he helps others eliminate the mindsets that hold them back from meeting their financial goals. Links & Resources Jay Ly on Facebook The Live Free Series on Instagram Jay Ly on LinkedIn […]

  • Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

    Scott Harris is an Army veteran who has a message for anyone who feels stuck in their lives, and how they can step outside their comfort zone to achieve great things. Links & Resources Scott Harris on Facebook Scott Harris on YouTube Leap Forward on […]

  • Discovering Your Own Path

    Wayne Shipman served in the Army in the '90s and found himself homeless years after leaving the Army. He considered ending it all when he decided he had to discover his own path in life. In this episode, Wayne shares how he felt disconnected from other people in his life, which drove him […]

  • Maintaining Healthy Military and Veteran Relationships

    Elizabeth Polinsky is a marriage counselor for military and veteran families, and the host of The Communicate & Connect Podcast for Military Relationships. In this episode, we talk about maintaining healthy military families. Links & Resources Communicate & Connect […]

  • Developing Grit

    David Fivecoat spent 24 years in the Army including tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He now runs The Fivecoat Consulting Group, which helps develop gritty leaders. In this episode, he discusses how to develop personal grit. Links & Resources […]

  • Learning How To Live Your Best Life

    Jessica Jaber is a USMC veteran who served in Iraq. She joins us to discuss her experiences, and how she's worked to live her best life after returning home. Links & Resources Vet Center VA resources for Massage Therapy VA resources for Acupuncture Transcript Scott […]

  • Transition On Purpose

    Dennis Volpe spent over 20 years as a Naval Officer, he's the best-selling author of Transition on Purpose, and the founder of the Severn River Leadership Group, which is committed to the development of veteran and first responder-owned small businesses. Links & Resources The […]

  • Healing With Meditation And Yoga

    Jennifer Boileau is a trauma-centered yoga and meditation teacher, reiki master, and sound healing facilitator. Through these methods, she has helped veterans and first responders get better sleep, conquer their anxiety, and move beyond the intrusive thoughts that overwhelm and exhaust […]

  • The Morning Formation Crossover

    KP Phillips is an Army veteran and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He started The Morning Formation podcast out of his passion to help fellow veterans, military spouses, and future military generations with career transition and preparedness. Links & Resources The Morning […]

  • Advice for Grieving Military Losses

    Dr. Jan Canty is a psychologist of about 40 years. In 1985, her spouse was murdered and she has since made it her life's mission to help other homicide survivors. In this episode, we discuss combat deaths and some of the things to do and not to do when facing those situations. Links […]

  • VetGigs

    Brett Currier created an online talent marketplace, called VetGigs, that connects veterans with employers who are looking to hire them as skilled professional freelancers. Links & Resources VetGigs on Instagram VetGigs on Twitter VetGigs on LinkedIn […]

  • Vet With A Mic

    Ryan is a Navy veteran and has since focused on studying psychology, and turned to podcasting to help veterans. Links & Resources Vet with a Mic Podcast Vet with a Mic Podcast on Instagram Vet with a Mic on YouTube Vet with a Mic on Facebook Other Links […]

  • Healthy and Sustainable Mindset

    Ashleigh Magee is currently serving in the Navy, and as a wellness life coach, she brings a holistic view of health and wellness to those she works with. In this episode, we talk about her fitness journey, going from a swimmer to serving in the Navy, oftentimes with limited healthy […]

  • Drive Your Dreams

    William Hollingworth is an Army veteran. He and his wife are the authors of the book All 48: Drive Your Dreams, which is the story of how they started off as struggling young parents and overcame those obstacles. They now use their book to reach other people wanting to pursue their […]

  • Emotional Freedom Through Tapping

    Lauren Fonvielle helps veterans overcome symptoms of stress, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, physical pain, and more through the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as "tapping". Lauren describes tapping as being similar to acupuncture without the needles. In acupuncture, as in […]

  • Overcoming Tragedy

    Tripp Bodenheimer is currently serving in the US Air Force and is also the host of The Shadows Podcast. In this episode, we talk about tragedies encountered in Tripp's childhood and how they shaped who he is and what he does today. Links & Resources The Shadows Podcast The […]

  • The MisFitNation
  • Gold Star Widow Talks About Sacrifice
  • The Protectors
  • Military Veteran Dads
  • Freedom Alliance
  • Stop, Breathe, Think, Act
  • Helping Veterans Tell Their Story and Jiu Jitsu
  • Transforming Service to Veterans
  • StoryTime Project
  • Warrior Monk – Living a Balanced Life
  • Gold Star Mother & America’s Mighty Warriors
  • Wrestling To Help PTSD
  • The Soldier’s Guide to PTSD
  • Veteran Product Marketplace Apex Gear
  • Connecting With Veterans
  • Tribute to Wes: Burn Pits and Cancer
  • Military Service Vaccine Injuries
  • Camouflaged Sisters
  • Battlefields To Ballfields
  • From Mogadishu to a Hard Rock Band
  • Repurpose Yourself After The Military
  • Overcome the Enemy Inside You
  • Hold My Guns Suicide Prevention
  • The Enduring Campaign Helping Homeless Veterans
  • Special Ops Vet and Signs of PTSD
  • Surviving Son
  • What Happens Behind the Therapy Door
  • A Rocky Transition and Choosing to Change Course
  • Dual Military Couple on Mental Health and Deployments
  • Having The Right Attitude – and a Giveaway Contest!
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Women Veterans Alliance
  • Combating Veteran Homelessness and Suicide
  • Australian Veteran on PTSD, Trauma, and Grief
  • Get Your Story Out There
  • Finding Purpose and The French Foreign Legion
  • Importance of Telling Your Story
  • Re4ormed
  • American Savage
  • The Hurricane Within
  • Warriors Ethos
  • Blue Star Academy
  • Post Military Education and Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Ruck ‘N’ Run
  • Proudly She Served
  • Episode 100
  • Transitioning and Camaraderie
  • Bottled Away Sharing a Veteran’s Story
  • Oath to Country Foundation
  • Price Of Freedom Foundation
  • Make Veterans Great Again
  • VA Disability Benefits
  • Lucky Break
  • Another Average Joe
  • Helping CPL Thae Ohu
  • Art After Combat
  • GI Resupply
  • The Voice of Leadership
  • Military Transitions To A Post Military Career
  • Claymore Vets
  • Ghosts Of The Valley
  • VetPark
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Real Talk Saves A Rocky Military Transition
  • Recorded Live: Sharing Your Story [Veterans Day 2020]
  • Deployment Stresses and Leadership Lessons From A Navy Seal
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Finding Purpose
  • Preventing Burnout
  • Veterans Day
  • Succeeding In A Post Military Career
  • Operation Freelance
  • Burden of Command & Drive On Collaboration
  • The Catalyst
  • Mental Resilience & Physical Fitness
  • Rescue to Recovery
  • Vitanya Brain Performance
  • Magical Order of Brave Knights
  • G. I. Low
  • The Veteran Professional
  • 10 Year Anniversary
  • Kruse Corner
  • Wellness for Vets
  • Heroic Gardens
  • The Spouse Angle
  • Choosing To Find The Good
  • Tango Alpha Lima
  • How Fisher House Supports The Military Community
  • Power of Sharing Your Story
  • Ironman Gold Star Initiative
  • Veteran Entrepreneurs
  • Hope And Healing For The Veteran Community
  • Serve Something Bigger Than Yourself
  • Helping Veterans and the Community
  • Memorial Day
  • Perfectly Hidden Depression
  • Fortitude
  • What the American Legion is All About
  • Healing Through Service
  • Leave No Marriage Behind
  • Confident Couples and Strong Relationships
  • Physical Isolation Not Social Isolation
  • The World Isn’t Ending
  • Living a Successful and Formidable Life
  • Reinventing Your Career Path
  • Knowing Your Core Values
  • Happy Birthday Steve
  • Having an Operational Mindset
  • Helping Others Find Their Passion
  • Drug Rehab For Veterans
  • Cultural Differences and Rebuilding a Nation
  • Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
  • Loss of Identity After 17 Years of Service
  • Helping Veterans With Dr. Sherry Walling
  • Year End Recap and Looking for Feedback
  • Christmas Eve Episode Handling The Holidays
  • PTSDog Service Dogs For Vets With PTSD
  • Overcoming Mental Health Hurdles After Combat
  • Army Mom on Post Traumatic Stress and Suicide
  • Being Your Own Advocate And Other Lessons Learned From Depression
  • Soldier And Educator On Resiliency
  • Marine Corps Veteran On Not Being Afraid To Fail
  • Soldier, Military Spouse, And Mother On Deployments With A Newborn
  • Finding Purpose Through Yoga And Music
  • The VFW – Not Your Grandpa’s Drinking Club
  • Using The Outdoors as a Healthier Coping Mechanism
  • Healing Through Artwork
  • Gold Star Father On Giving Back To Veterans
  • From Homeless Veteran to Successful Business Owner
  • Reflections of a Gold Star Mother
  • Managing Your Iceberg
  • Reminiscing about SGT Steven DeLuzio and Bubble Gum
  • Burn Pits, the VA, and Keeping a Positive Attitude
  • Honoring The Sacrifice of SGT Steven DeLuzio
  • Air Force Veteran Turned Veteran Advocate
  • A Gold Star Brother on Loss and Legacy
  • A Military Spouse’s Point of View on Parenting and Deployment
  • Call for Guests

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  • Help Others By Helping Yourself
  • Dealing With Pain
  • Veterans Succeeding as Entrepreneurs
  • Keeping Your Cool by Being Prepared
  • Communication

    From the episode: It's funny how we sometimes expect that other people will know exactly what we're thinking. We also assume that we know exactly what other people are thinking. Think about when you were in the military. Every aspect of a mission was communicated from the […]

  • Dealing With Civilian Pettiness

    It seems like people complain about everything from getting a coffee order wrong to it being too hot or cold outside. While complaining about these things isn't something new, it is something we often times see as an annoyance. But what if we reframed our thinking? What if we looked at […]

  • Preparing For A Civilian Career

    When we get out of the military we aren't always as prepared as we think we are for applying to a civilian job. In this episode we talk about: How to figure out what job you'd be good at. Where to get the skills or qualifications you might need for a new career.What employers are […]

  • Intro to Drive On Podcast

    Welcome to Episode 0 of the Drive On Podcast! In this episode, I will introduce myself and the show, discuss the types of content we'll cover on the show and who this podcast is for. There are so many different topics that veterans struggle with, and I want to help out with as many of […]