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The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & Perseverance

The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & Perseverance

By Tiffany Martschink

Mettle: strength of spirit and stamina; courage and perseverance-firmness in the face of danger with fortitude and resilience. Those in the military and veteran communities embody this mettle.

We gain insight about tools in their toolboxes to push through and overcome obstacles that we can use and apply in our own lives.
Created By: Tiffany Martschink (Retired Military) Email: | #Martschink |
#YouveGotMettle #veteranshelpingveterans | #mentalhealthmatters | #servantleadership
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The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & PerseveranceMar 03, 2021

Memorial Day 2023

Memorial Day 2023

If you were asked to provide an answer on the spot, would you be able to explain the difference between Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s, would you be able to? On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one agency -- the Department of Defense.
Note: As enacted, S. 1160 is Public Law 89-487 (80 Stat. 250). The statement was released at San Antonio, Texas.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Statement by the President Upon Signing the "Freedom of Information Act." Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project Scott Deluzio, a U.S. Army NG Infantryman is a Gold Star brother. His brother, Stephen Deluzio, was also a U.S. Army NG Infantryman of a different state. While both were deployed, Scott received the news that his brother was Killed In Action (KIA). He shares his story of how he handled the news. He authored "Surviving Son: An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother." (

David Arthur; Medically Retired US Army Chaplain
Alfredo Torrez Navy Veteran

Music Used from Epidemic Sound
USA National Anthem
Star-Spangled Banner (traditional)
America The Beautiful (orchestra)
Turbulent Build (Fredrik Ekström)
May 28, 202348:29
Mandy Hickson’s “An Officer, Not a Gentleman”

Mandy Hickson’s “An Officer, Not a Gentleman”

Mandy Hickson (née Wells) was born in Cheshire in 1973. She gained a BSc Joint Honours Degree in Geography and Sports Science from the University of Birmingham. Mandy has over twenty five years experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and was only the second woman to fly the Tornado GR4 operationally; she operated in hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq; completed three tours of duty and flew fifty missions over Iraq with No. II(AC) Squadron. Since leaving the RAF she retrained as a facilitator in human performance factors. Her company, ‘Experience From The Front Line’, draws on her experience of calculated risk-taking, decision-making under pressure and the critical role of the human in the system, where she transfers vivid lessons from the cockpit to other management and leadership contexts. Mandy is now in high demand as a keynote speaker across a range of business and education sectors, where she talks with humour and great passion to inspire those around her. She has been invited to share her insights with some of the most successful organisations across the world, where she describes the strategies and behaviours that can be adopted when the stakes are at their highest. Mandy Hickson Contact Info and references Website: An Officer Not A Gentleman on Amazon LinkedIn: Twitter @InspiringWFW
May 10, 202328:07
Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma

Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma

SGT. MICHAEL SUGRUE - USAF Captain | Security Forces (Raven) | Retired Walnut Creek Police Sergeant | #1 Best-Selling Author | Mental Health Warrior | —————- Michael Sugrue began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Officer in 1998. As a Security Forces Officer, Michael specialized in Law Enforcement, Global Force Protection, Anti-Terrorism, Nuclear Security, Foreign Airfield Assessments & Air Base Ground Defense. Michael served in a variety of assignments including: Flight Leader, Flight Commander, Senior Watch Officer, Chief of Command Post and Chief of Security Forces. Michael served all over the United States, Europe, the Middle East and South America. He was also a Security Forces Phoenix Raven with the unique identifier of #1173. Michael honorably separated from the Air Force as a Captain in 2004. Immediately after the Air Force, Michael was hired by the Walnut Creek Police Department where he served in a variety of assignments including: Patrol Officer, Driver Training Instructor (EVOC) Field Training Officer (FTO), SIU Detective, Undercover CA DOJ Narcotic Task Force Agent (Contra Costa County), Public Information Officer (PIO) and Patrol Sergeant. Michael was awarded the Walnut Creek PD Distinguished Service Medal in 2014 for his heroic and life saving actions during a Fatal Officer Involved Shooting in 2012. Michael ultimately medically retired in 2018. He is now a Peer Volunteer at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat (WCPR) and an Ambassador for Save A Warrior (SAW). Michael is a dedicated advocate for awareness, prevention, education, training on Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) and First Responder Suicide Prevention. Michael continues to speak at law enforcement agencies all over the United States. In his BEST-SELLING book, RELENTLESS COURAGE: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma, along with Dr. Shauna Springer, PhD, they tackle the complexity of trauma within the law enforcement community, uncovering the unspoken barriers, and outline a path to healing. REFERENCES & RESOURCES "RELENTLESS COURAGE is one of the most important books of our time. Doc Springer has teamed with Michael Sugrue to give us the vital, essential, “next step forward” in understanding and healing the trauma inflicted upon our first responders in these tragic, violent times…RELENTLESS COURAGE is truly the natural and essential successor to my book, 'ON COMBAT'". Lt. Col. Dave Grossman whose book ON COMBAT sold half a million copies. #ptsdrecovery #traumahealing #firstresponders #militaryveterans #suicideprevention |
Apr 21, 202349:20
Resiliency Shield: Breaking "Impossible" Goals into Achievable Goals

Resiliency Shield: Breaking "Impossible" Goals into Achievable Goals

'I had seen dozens of people die horrible deaths ... This time was different. This time it was a friend of mine dying in the dirt in front of me, and it was my job to save him.'

Dan Pronk is the author of three bestselling books, a regular keynote speaker, and the resident medic on the hit TV Show, SAS Australia. After failing dismally in his first career dream of being a professional triathlete, he studied medicine on an army scholarship. Upon qualifying as a doctor, he passed the SASR selection course and served five years in Special Operations, including four tours of Afghanistan with 100+ combat missions. 

Learn more about Dan Pronk

During his years with Army Special Operations, Dan Pronk had the unique opportunity to treat dozens of gunshot wounds. In his memoir, Pronk describes the highs and lows of his military-medical career, with the real toll they took on his mental health and family life. He writes about the burden of saving - and failing to save - friends and comrades, the feelings of helplessness and despair that haunted me, and the journey back to a meaningful and fulfilling civilian life. This memoir is a tribute to the doctors, medics, and first responders working behind the scenes in conflict around the world.

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The Resilience Shield is the culminated experience of three SAS veterans — Ben Pronk (his brother), Tim Curtis, and Dan Pronk. They developed The Resilience Shield after examining the impact of extreme stress and how people stay strong in the face of overwhelming circumstances.

Teaming up with the University of Western Australia, we used thousands of results from our Resilience Survey to prove our model builds resilience.   

This book has all our research on stress and resilience, with personal experiences and stories of incredible people we're lucky enough to know.

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Buy an author-signed copy

Buy your Resilience Journal

Bundle the two together (and save a few bucks!)

He show how you can break "impossible" goals into smaller, achievable sub-goals. You'll have a clear pathway to start and build momentum. Using Special Forces selection case studies, I uncover how average people with above-average persistence beat stronger, faster, and smarter people.  This book will inspire you to do more. It could be getting off the couch or doubling down on your existing goals. Regardless of your ambitions, you'll supercharge your commitment to achieving them. You only get one go at this life, so what are you waiting for? Read it and get going!

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#health | #military | #mentalhealth | #mindfulness | #lawenforcement |

Apr 11, 202301:09:11
The Mission Focused Mindset: Perseverance

The Mission Focused Mindset: Perseverance

We are only limited by the things we allow to limit us. The keys to success and productivity are already in your pocket. You just need someone to show you the lock and encourage you to open the door. Who would have thought that a woman who pioneered a path for women in the military - excelling at what she did as an Air Force A-10 (Warhog) Pilot could ever struggle with confidence or imposter syndrome?
LTC Tammy Barlette (USAF, LTC, Retired) is a mindset and performance expert who specializes in the art of perseverance. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel and fighter pilot, who has faced many challenges herself, she takes lessons learned from the high-performance cockpit and relates them to the challenges of life. She has flown multiple aircraft, including the T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon, A-10 Warthog, MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, accumulating more than 3000 total flying hours.

After an aircraft injury required cervical spine reconstruction, Tammy transitioned to the Arizona Air National Guard. She flew the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper, accumulating over 1500 hours of combat support time in both Iraq and Afghanistan assisting and protecting troops on the ground, providing real-time reconnaissance and lethal support. During this time Tammy also graduated from the prestigious US Air Force Weapons School. Desiring to get back into a high-performance aircraft and having a passion to teach, Tammy then transitioned to the Air Force Reserves, instructing in the T-38 Talon for the last 6 years of her 20-year military career. Her focus was on balancing family life as a married mother of three with instructing in the fast-paced environment of the Air Force’s premier fighter trainer. She excelled at both, earning multiple awards, and spearheading new programs to mentor and grow professional aviators.

As an entrepreneur, wife and mother of three, she shares powerful heartfelt stories of strength and grit. Tammy Barlette talks about how, for her, quitting has never been an option and the importance of not comparing her "backstage" self to someone else standing in the spotlight as she has moved forward in whatever comes her way. Confidence is a topic that is close to her heart. The importance of confidence in one's success is often under valued and this was a lesson she learned after years of aviation experience. It doesn't have to take years to develop confidence. Persistence and dedication in the face of difficulties and obstacles are required for progress. Her stories of struggle and triumph taught her how to persevere against the odds. Resist collapsing under pressure.
#YouveGotMettle | #MindsetMatters | #Perseverance | #Aviation | #MilitaryPilots | #WomenInAviation |
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Apr 09, 202345:25
Dr. Kate Hendricks-Thomas

Dr. Kate Hendricks-Thomas

Doctor Kate Hendricks-Thomas, U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Officer: In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer believed to be connected to burn pit exposure in Iraq. In the years since, Kate Hendricks-Thomas tirelessly advocated for herself and other veterans trying to obtain health care and benefits for exposure-related illnesses. Doctor Kate Hendricks Thomas died Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at the age of 42. RESOURCES / REFERENCES ⁠Remembering Kate Thomas: Marine Corps Vet, Champion of Burn Pit Legislation Dies from Breast Cancer⁠ | 7 April 2022 | ⁠Hannah Ray Lambert⁠ | Coffee or Die Magazine | A female former Marine speaks out about nude photos of servicewomen | 8 March 2017 · 3:45 PM EST | By Rachel Gotbaum & Joyce Hackel Book on Amazon: ⁠Invisible Veterans: What Happens When Military Women Become Civilians Again⁠ Combining research with narrative, this book exposes common threads of lived experience and reviews the latest data on military women and their healthy reintegration into civilian society. Female veterans share their stories of seeking to be seen in a culture where they don't quite fit and their struggles to find community and friendship. Some fought during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as the first women in combat in American history. How and where, for example, does a female combat Marine find her tribe once she leaves the service? Through the stories of these courageous yet entirely human women, readers learn about the experiences of a new and often forgotten generation of veterans; about the challenges surrounding family and career choices that millions of American women face; and ultimately, about sacrifice, resiliency, loss, and love. This book will inform readers with an interest in female veterans and women's health and mental health issues, as well as researchers, students, and professionals working in fields encompassing women's psychology, health, and social work. Photos courtesy of Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas/Facebook.
Apr 06, 202301:16:37
First Female F-16 Pilot

First Female F-16 Pilot

Sharon Preszler was hand-picked as one member of the initial cadre of women fighter pilots in the United States Air Force. She was the first woman to fly the F-16 (a single-seat, single-engine fighter) and the first woman to fly combat missions and instruct in the F-16. She has over 1300 hours in the F-16, including over 50 combat hours in Iraq and one ejection due to electrical failure. In her 20+ years of service in the US Air Force, she was also a navigator, piloted a Lear Jet, and spent time in North American Aerospace Defense Command, writing our homeland defense plans after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 – plans that are still in use today. After retiring from the Air Force, Sharon Preszler went to work for Southwest Airlines, where she flew over 9,000 hours in a Boeing-737 and recently retired as a Captain from Southwest Airlines. Sharon Preszler, #YouveGotMettle
Apr 01, 202357:23
An Unlikely Story of Transcending Boxes and Labels

An Unlikely Story of Transcending Boxes and Labels

"Inspire until I expire." That's what you will hear him say on his Tic-Tok videos both in and out of the gym. Of course, it will be followed by "Let CENTCOM say 'AMEN!" Born Michael Barnes, Chaplain Col. Khallid Shabazz grew up in a devout Lutheran home in Alexandria, LA "I loved everything about the church," he says. "But there were no men." As a fatherless child without brothers or uncles, he ached for male role models. The only man who played a significant role in his young life was the family friend who molested him when he was 10. "That's when my story starts," he says. Filled with shame and self-loathing, Col. Shabazz nearly failed out of high school. He says he squeaked into Jarvis Christian University in Hawkins, TX. Still, I hadn't dealt with what happened to me," he recalls, and he spent his college years picking fights and drinking himself to sleep. He says it was only a matter of time before his reckless bullying led to that bullet in his back. #khaledshabaaz | #YouveGotMettle | #martschink | #muslim | #takingcareofsoldiers | #army #armychaplain | #Courage | #mindsetmatters | #servantleader | #blackcommunity I#HBCU| #blackmenoftiktok
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Army's Highest Ranking Muslim Chaplain - His Calling Came After Years of Turmoil | By Sean Kimmons - Army News Service October 5, 2018 | article/211553/ | YouTube Channel episode:
Mar 21, 202301:06:58
Veterans from War (VFW) Legislative Director - Tammy Barlet

Veterans from War (VFW) Legislative Director - Tammy Barlet

Meet US Coast Guard veteran Tammy Barlet of the Washington DC / Baltimore area. Tammy’s originally from a small town in Pennsylvania which is part of the reason she served 8 years in the military [get out of the small town] as an Operations Specialist. She shares the other reason why she joined the military along with what she did, where she’s been, and taught me something about a certain status of the Coast Guard I thought I knew to be true. I was obviously misinformed. Currently, Tammy serves as Deputy Legislative Director at Veterans from War (VFW).
Mar 21, 202301:02:26
Impossible Odds with Jessica Buchanan

Impossible Odds with Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan is this week’s guest on an epic episode of The Mettle of Honor Podcast. Jessica Buchanan: Teacher, Author, Humanitarian, Speaker, Survivor

On October 25, 2011, while on a routine field mission in Somalia, Jessica was abducted at gunpoint and held for ransom by a group of Somali land pirates for 93 days. Forced to live outdoors in deplorable conditions, starved, and terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, Jessica’s health steadily deteriorated until, by order of President Barack Obama, she was rescued by the elite SEAL Team 6 on January 25, 2012.
Jessica’s ordeal is detailed in her New York Times bestselling book, “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.”
​Jessica co-hosts the popular women’s conversational podcast, “We Should Talk About That.” Jessica is a highly sought after inspirational speaker and her TEDx Pearl Street talk, ‘Change is Your Proof of Life’ has been the foundation for which she travels the world, inspiring audiences to access their resilience by identifying their own autonomy and chance in the middle of their own life-changing event. Jessica’s ordeal is detailed in her New York Times bestselling book, “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.” “Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming our Voice” is collection of memoirs from Jessica and 21 other amazing women who have experienced hardship and are journeying from the desert of survival, back to finding themselves. It will be published on Wednesday, 25 January 2023. To purchase her book, go to Amazon using this link to order it.
Jessica Buchanan's Website
Marcus Lutrell's "Team Never Quit" podcast episode with Jessica.
Navy Seal Foundation
#YouveGotMettle | #storytelling | #navyseal | #DesertsToMountainTop | #ImpossibleOdds | #jessicabuchanan
In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'; NPR STAFF Heard on Morning Edition; May 14, 20133:28 AM ET;
Jan 27, 202359:06
Women in Ranger School
Jan 25, 202302:55
U.S. Army Ranger, LTC Lisa (Poplinski) Jaster

U.S. Army Ranger, LTC Lisa (Poplinski) Jaster

When you delete your adjectives, who are you? Most people limit themselves to their labels. They embrace barriers based on the box that society puts them in. But your adjectives aren’t your destiny. In "Delete the Adjective: A Soldier’s Adventures in Ranger School," Lisa Jaster proves your merit should always trump your labels. Lisa Jaster is an American Soldier, combat engineer, and one of the first three women to graduate the elite United States Army Ranger program in 2015. One of the most difficult combat training courses in the world, Lisa was the first reservist to complete the course. She graduated at age 37, while the average trainee age is 23. Lisa, an athlete focused on strength training and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has a deeply rooted understanding of the importance of perseverance through continual progress and growth, as well as an ingrained respect for camaraderie and selfless service stemming from a noteworthy active-duty career (including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan). She volunteered for combat training when she discovered the Army Ranger course was being opened to women for the first time in 60 years as a U.S. government experiment to see how women would fare in the notoriously brutal program. AWARDS & RECOGNITION Bronze Star x2, Meritorious Service Medal x3, Army Accommodation Medals x 3, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal x2, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hour Glass, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon x2, Steel DeFleury, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Shell Recognition Awards. PERSONAL LIFE Lisa is married to Marine Col. Allan Jaster, also a reservist and principle/owner of the Financial Advising Firm, Archer Consulting. Lisa credits the support of her family as being the reason why she was able to complete her training as a Ranger. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in whatever she can get herself talked into which has ranged from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments and CrossFit Competitions to an Ultra Trail Run and an IronMan. Lisa and Allan have two children together, Zachary and Victoria, and live in New Braunfels, Texas. DELETE THE ADJECTIVE WEBSITE.  | TALENT WAR GROUP BIO. | MILITARY TIMES. Officer Sets Out to Rid the Army of Label Deterrents in Upcoming Book | COFFEE OR DIE Lisa Jaster's Trailblazing Journey Through War and Ranger School (Mac Caltrider) | TASK & PURPOSE How I Earned My Ranger Tab | TALENT WAR GROUP PODCAST Cultivating Exceptional Leadership Skills | SOLDIER FOR LIFE PODCAST Resiliency with Lisa Jaster Soldier For Life Podcast (S7:E10– 7MAR’21) #DeleteTheAdjective | #YouveGotMettle | #RLTW | #CombatVeteran | #Mettle | #Grit | #ServantLeadership
Jan 21, 202330:06
The Stellate Institute (Part 1: James Lynch, MD)

The Stellate Institute (Part 1: James Lynch, MD)

U.S. Army Colonel (COL) James Lynch, MD (retired) and Sean Mulvaney are the cofounders of The Stellate Institute.  Dr. Jim Lynch is a primary care sports medicine physician who joined the Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (ROSM) team after serving 31 years in Army medicine. In April 2021, he co-founded The Stellate Institute in Annapolis, MD to serve as a center of excellence for an innovative PTSD treatment called Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB). Dr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989, a Master of Science in healthcare improvement from Dartmouth College in 2001, and his medical degree from Brown Medical School in 2003. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Lynch is a physician with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and has supported USA Swimming as a National Team Physician since 2011. He has supported elite athletes in international competition including multiple World Championships and Olympic Games. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as Course Director of the NATO Special Operations Medical Leaders Course and Adjunct Faculty at the University College Cork, Ireland. His clinical interests include posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative injection therapies. He has been a pioneer in the world of PTSD treatment using a procedure called stellate ganglion block (SGB). He has published multiple articles in the medical literature on SGB and has presented his research in international forums in Germany, Australia, and Portugal. Colonel Lynch's 31 years of military service include deployments to Panama, the First Gulf War in 1991, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and throughout Africa in support of Special Operations. Dr. Lynch lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Jodi of 29 years. His hobbies include running and supporting youth sports. He has traveled to over 60 countries, including 8 of the 10 most dangerous countries in the world. Dr. James Lynch is passionate about serving those in need.

"It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people."  -Martin Luther King Jr.

"The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?"   -Benjamin Franklin

#ptsd | #ptsi | #PostTraumaticStressDisorder | #traumarecovery | #anxiety | #depression | #veteranshelpingveterans | #mentalhealthmatters | #YouveGotMettle 

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Jan 11, 202338:43
When Preparation Meets Opportunity

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

General David Howell Petraeus is a retired four-star general originally from New York. He is a Partner at KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in May 2013. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Optiv and OneStream, a Strategic Advisor for Sempra, a venture investor in more than 25 startups, and engaged in a variety of academic endeavors. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career with six consecutive commands as a general officer, five of which were in combat, including command of the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following retirement from the military and after Senate confirmation by a vote of 94-0, he served as Director of the CIA during a period of significant achievements in the global war on terror, the establishment of important Agency digital initiatives, and substantial investments in the Agency’s most important asset, its human capital. General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and is the only person in Army history to be the top graduate of both the demanding U.S. Army Ranger School and the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He also earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs Over the past 20 years, General Petraeus was named one of America’s 25 Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report, a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Daily Telegraph man of the year, a Time 100 selectee, Princeton University’s Madison Medalist, and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals in three different years. David Petraeus on Strategic Leadership via Harvard's Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs #leadership | #success | #Harvard | #Belfer | #globalissues | #cybersecurity | #nationalsecurity | #strategicleadership | #Iraq | #Afghanistan | #YouveGotMettle | #CIA | #KKR | #military | #humancapital | #securityclearance | For more information about General David Petraeus or to connect with him on social media, utilize these links: LinkedIn Profile: Company Website Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co | David Petraeus is a New York Partner with KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co.) | Video with David H. Petraeus on Leadership - Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus Describes Trump's Options in Afghanistan | August 21, 20174:34 PM ET | Hosted by NPR’s Robert Siegel | Heard on All Things Considered || David Petraeus: “No Substitute” for U.S. Leadership in Iraq, Syria/ MAY 17, 2016/ Jason M. Breslow|
Jan 05, 202320:47
Christmas Jazz and Instrumental Music

Christmas Jazz and Instrumental Music

This Christmas Music Playlist is brought to you by The Mettle of Honor Podcast and Epidemic Sound. This playlist is a combination of #Jazz and #Instrumental Christmas songs.
O Come, All Ye Faithful - Snow Dept.
Angels We Have Heard on High (Jazz Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO FEAT. AXEL SALES
What Child Is This (Jazz Version) The Evergreen Trio
The First Noel (Jazz Version) (Instrumental Version) THE EVERGREEN TRIO
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Instrumental Version) THE SNOWY HILL SINGERS
Dec 22, 202239:52
Real Talk w. Veterans Club; Inc. CEO

Real Talk w. Veterans Club; Inc. CEO

Jeremy Harrell is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Global War on Terrorism. After serving honorably for nine years as an Active-Duty Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), he went to school at Mid-Continent University studying Business Management. In 2017, Jeremy founded Veteran’s Club INC, which is a premier nonprofit that assists Veterans in healing from PTSD, TBI, Substance Abuse, and to assist homeless Veterans with housing and programs to get them back on their feet. Jeremy’s organization Veteran’s Club INC has a nationally recognized Equine Facilitated Mentoring Program for Veterans and their families as well as Kentucky’s first and only Tiny Home Community for Homeless Veterans. Jeremy is often called upon by both local and national media outlets to speak on Veteran issues, Social Issues, PTSD, Homelessness, Suicide Prevention, Foreign Policy, and more. Jeremy has been featured on Fox and Friends, CNN Prime Time with Chris Cuomo, 700 Club, History Channel, and more for his leadership and advocacy. Jeremy, #YouveGotMettle AFFILIATIONS § Co-Chair - Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville Team Lead § Governor’s Challenge Team -Suicide Prevention Community Influencer § City of Louisville Synergy Project Supervising Team Leader § Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs Member - VA Mental Health Summit Planning Committee Advisor § VA Whole Health Steering Committee Advisor § Mayor’s Week of Valor Planning Committee Security / Men’s Ministry- Southeast Christian Church AWARDS § 2018 Kentucky Veteran of the Year § 2018 and 2020 Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel § 2019 Patriot Award Winner (National) D.C. § 2020 Business First Elite Forty Under 40 Award § 2020 Humana Boots on Ground Award § 2020 Amazon and Kentucky Derby Festival Community Champion § 2021 Community Ambassador Award Sec of State KY § 2021 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee CONTACT INFO & ITEMS REFERENCED IN EPISODE The Veterans Club Website | Jeremy Harrell LinkedIn Profile Updated Mar 31, 2022, Veteran’s Club founder feeds homeless, connects others to recovery community | by AmeriForce Staff January 24, 2022, Veteran's Club based in Kentucky spotlighted on History Channel program | WKU Public Radio | Rhonda Miller | Published November 11, 2021, KY Veteran of the Year History.
Dec 07, 202226:05
“The Army Gave Me More Than They Took From Me” -Ashley Gorbulja

“The Army Gave Me More Than They Took From Me” -Ashley Gorbulja

Meet US Army National Guard Veteran Ashley Gorbulja of the Washington DC area. While serving in the National Guard (Ohio), Ashley functioned as a Military Police Sergeant. She is the Founder & CEO of Guide On! Education. | | | "GuideOn" the Military Community | Founder & CEO | VHA Communications Specialist I TAL Podcast Co-Host | MPH | MAPL | Content Creator | Vetrepreneur | Public Speaker I Talks about #podcast, #womenveterans, #entrepreneurship, #militaryfamilies, and #marketingconsultant

Nov 24, 202220:44
Bernard Toney: "Tactical Medical Officer: The White House"

Bernard Toney: "Tactical Medical Officer: The White House"

Meet US Army Major Bernard Toney, Jr. (Retired) whose last duty station was none other than the White House Medical Staff. and was further assigned as the healthcare provider to the President of the United States, the Vice President, and their spouses. I bet that was like HIPAA on steroids. "During his service in the White House Medical Unit, he conducted 84 domestic and five overseas missions in support of the President and Vice President. Consequently, he assessed hospital systems and witnessed the social determinants of health that lead to health disparities and inequalities in the United States and worldwide. However, his first global health engagement was during a medical civic action program with villagers in southern Afghanistan in 2005 while serving in U.S. Army Special Operations." (Stepping Stones for Global Development | TAGS IN THIS EPISODE #HIPPA #POTUS #FLOTUS #VPOTUS #Leadership #Success #YouveGotMettle WEBSITES & REFERENCES FOR FURTHER READING ABOUT RELATED TOPICS AS WELL AS CONTACT INFORMATIONS FOR THIS WEEK'S PODCAST GUEST Bernard Toney's LinkedIn Profile   Former White House Employee Recounts Powerful Grass-to-Grace Story: “Don’t Tell Me People Can’t Change” Read more: | Article written by Nathaniel Crabbe for YEN and published on November 10th, 2022 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar | YouTube Video of Bernard Toney on the Pat Tillman Foundation Leadership Summit | Presidential Proclamation for Veterans-on-Veterans Day
Nov 16, 202232:51
Voting and Veterans Day

Voting and Veterans Day

If you haven't already voted for your candidate of choice via absentee ballot or at the polls for early voting, please, GO VOTE! Let your voice be heard. The opportunity / right to vote was denied for women and other minorities for so long. This is an opportunity to impact the future of our government. If you choose not to vote, you are also choosing not to complain about who is in office.
Mentioned heard in this episode:
US Air Force Brigadier General Robert S. Spalding III ( was the U.S. Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to China, Beijing and from May 2017 to January 2018, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, White House, Washington D.C. While at the National Security Council, Spalding notably wrote a memo calling for nationalizing the development of 5G wireless network.
James D. “Murph” Murphy is a former F-15 Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force. He is the Founder and Chairman of Afterburner.(
Annette Whittenberger ( | (
Jon Macaskill (

#YouveGotMettle | #VeteransHelpingVeterans | #Elections2022
Nov 14, 202220:20
Veteran’s Day 2022

Veteran’s Day 2022

Jon Macaskill - Navy SEAL Commander ( | | | | Remi Adeleke - Navy SEAL, Producer, & Author of the book, “Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds" (ASIN: B07BB593P5). ( | Annette Whittenberger ( | | Algrish Williams, MPA ( | General David H. Petraeus (US Army; retired | | | Doctor Bernard Tony (Retired Army Major) who served on the White House Medical Staff assigned to #POTUS and family | ( | | | #POTUS | #FLOTUS #VPOTUS | #veteransday2022
Nov 12, 202226:15
Your Leadership Legacy (S2:E95)

Your Leadership Legacy (S2:E95)

US Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch is the author of the 2021 release, Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be. Based on 40+ years of leadership in the U.S. Army and subsequent civilian positions, Oak highlights principles that will benefit today’s leaders and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Oak is a well-known speaker who gives presentations on a variety of topics including leadership, success, history, college preparation and others. During his 23-year career in the Army, Oak McCulloch held numerous leadership positions in the Infantry and Armor branches. He assisted in disaster relief operations for Hurricane HUGO in Charleston, SC and Hurricane ANDREW in south Florida. Oak's operational deployments include: Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a General's Aide-de-Camp; Support operations in Bosnia as a Congressional Liaison Officer; and A peace keeping deployment to Kosovo as an Operations Officer. COMPANY WEBSITES & PAGES WEBSITE FACEBOOK PAGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL LINKEDIN (PERSONAL)
Oct 19, 202219:19
"Take A Knee with Tiffany" Series Summarized

"Take A Knee with Tiffany" Series Summarized

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Christy Hinnant |
Heath Philips Website:
Sharron West-Robino
Spoken Word Born To Inspire | Written and performed by Jeff Moffett (
Scott DeLuzio LinkedIn Profile
Personal Website|Company Website | Podcast Website

Credits for music in this episode
Check One | by Isaac Larson | Epidemic Sound (

Voices in Introduction
LTC Tammy Barlette (Retired USAF Fighter Pilot A-10 Warthog)

Credits for music in this episode
Check One | by Isaac Larson | Epidemic Sound (
Oct 14, 202231:38
Healing the Unthinkable
Sep 26, 202201:00:37
Consequence of Habit & Naval Special Warfare Operators

Consequence of Habit & Naval Special Warfare Operators

Chris Norris is a 24-year veteran of the Navy with over a decade devoted to providing direct combat support to Naval Special Warfare Operators in unique and demanding environments. Chris’s distinctive qualifications include military freefall jumpmaster, high speed boat captain, and master training specialist. He is a veteran of multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and anti-piracy operations off the Somalian coast. Chris also spent numerous years dedicated to health, and human services within the Navy as a Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, Safety Chief and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. He is an avid enthusiast of wellness practices with an emphasis on breath, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and nature. He is a father of two beautiful daughters, and a husband to a lovely girl from Thailand. Chris retired from the Navy in 2021 and is living in Northern Thailand where he is pursuing a graduate education in Social Work, and Meditation Teacher Certification.
From This Episode || ( | My Steady Mind
Consequences of Habit Empowering individuals and communities by bringing awareness to the impact habits have on mental health, success and the environment. ( | Jon Macaskill ( | Will Schneider ( | Heather (
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#YouveGotMettle #Minfullness #Meditation #VeteransHelpingVeterans #MentalHealthMatters
Sep 15, 202230:56
9/11 SPECIAL: NYPD Officer John Mulet

9/11 SPECIAL: NYPD Officer John Mulet

The September 11 attacks were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil; nearly 3,000 people were killed. The attacks involved the hijacking of four planes, three of which were used to strike significant U.S. sites. American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175 were flown into the World Trade Center’s north and south towers, respectively, and American Airlines flight 77hit the Pentagon. United Airlines flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers. The plane was believed to be headed to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. 

On 9/11/2001, as an NYPD Officer, John Mulet came into work as usual - "on a beautiful Tuesday morning' as he put it. But the rest of the day, and his life, for that matter have never been then same again.

On 9/11, 24-year-old Air National Guard rookie fighter pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney was sent on a suicide mission. Without any live weapons on board her aircraft, she and her flight lead, Lieutenant General Marc Sasseville, rushed into their F-16's on September 11, 2001, knowing that it might be their last mission.  Their mission? - to ram Flight 93 to protect Washington DC only to find that the passengers on Flight 93 have overcome the terrorists and crashed the airliner.


Mission First Partners (MFP) is the company John Mulet ( began two years ago today. You can email him at

Reflecting on her experience, Heather "Lucky" Penney came to the realization that everyone has the potential and capacity for heroism. In fact, there are certain qualities - bravery, service, and belonging - that we can practice on a daily basis to connect with and strengthen our own inner hero. LISTEN TO HER TALK HERE. Her TED Talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Norah O'Donnell with the "CBS Evening News" conducted an exclusive interview “Fighter pilots recall mission to take down Flight 93 on 9/11.” #YouveGotMettle References Bergen, P. L. (2022, April 1). September 11 attacks. Encyclopedia Britannica.

Sep 11, 202218:47
Ericka Kelly: The Full Story

Ericka Kelly: The Full Story

MILITARY EXPERT: Experienced Civil Servant with a demonstrated history of upholding the core values of integrity, service, and excellence. As the 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, I was honored to represent the highest level of enlisted leadership.  I served as an adviser to the commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare and effective management of more than 74,000 civilians, active duty/reserve officers and enlisted members at more than 66 locations.  I provided leadership and guidance to numerous committees, councils, boards, military and civilian functions worldwide.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY: Strong legal professional. As a law enforcement officer, I was responsible to safeguard and promote the security of the workforce.  I use professionalism, accountability, and vigilance to serve in a multitude of roles which included:  Less-lethal weapon instructor; Emergency Medical Technician; subject matter expert; presenter; coach and trainer.

Master's Degree in Business Administration | Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice focused on Pre-Law Studies and Languages.

Public Speaker | Coach | Trainer. Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team I am certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, I am equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, I have access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

#YouveGotMettle #Resilence #Mettle #Grit

Ericka Kelly Enterprises

By email: By phone number: 562-685-2645 schedule a meeting on:


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Hear Ericka Kelly share her story on the podcast Paul Forchioni's "It's a Long Beach Thing" Podcast with Ericka Kelly

Aug 17, 202231:19
Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor

Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor

Kim DeFiori began her military career after graduating from West Point in 2008 as a Military Police (MP) Officer. She deployed shortly after to Afghanistan for a year, serving with military police and infantry companies. She was one of the first women to work alongside Afghan police day and night conducting raids with special operations units. She went on to serve as an aide-de-camp at the Pentagon.

However, Kim's story doesn't end there. She shares her personal story in this episode of her journey in dealing with the aftereffects of her deployment because, as she says, "The Army does a good job teaching you how to deploy but not how to come home." Part of the trauma occurred back home. Wearing a mask + drinking alcohol and neglecting treatment are not a good mix.

Kim DeFiori is a mental health advocate wants to reduce mental health stigma and hopes all who are suffering won't do so in silence and isolation but will have the courage to ask for help.

#LessonsFromThor | #MentalHealthMatters | #VeteransHelpingVeterans |#YouveGotMettle


Kim DeFiori's LinkedIn Profile

First H.E.L.P.

This Able Veteran ( | Phone: 618.964.1162 |

1714 South Wolf Creek Road; Carbondale, IL 62902

Leashes of Valor ( | "One leash saves two lives... We're bringing service dogs and post-9/11 Veterans together in order to enrich and improve the lives of both."

Location: 24114 Sparta Rd.; Milford, VA 22514 | Mailing address: PO Box 571; Garner, NC 27529 | EIN: 82-1110902


Aug 10, 202226:53
USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)

USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)

Eric Hohman of Austin, Texas served as a Combat Controller for many years in the US. Air Force, he found it difficult to navigate life. Through his personal ups and downs, he felt the effects of being a CCT had an impact on his abilities to perform in the civilian world. He knew others needed assistance at certain times of their life, and so, the First There Foundation was born.

Email Eric at First There Foundation
First There Foundation on LinkedIn
First There Foundation on Facebook
First There Foundation on Twitter
Eric Hohman for Congress
Aug 03, 202245:57
Michael J. Weiss: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Aug 03, 202231:18
MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)

MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)

In honor of Memorial Day, I couldn’t think of a better guest to come on than Scott DeLuzio. However, this only an excerpt of his episode where he speaks about his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action (KIA) just miles away from him in Afghanistan. His full episode will come out at a later date (in a few weeks).
Scott DeLuzio is an Army Combat Veteran (NG Infantryman-Afghanistan), an Author (Surviving Son), an Entrepreneur (Amplify Plugins), and a Podcast Host (Drive On Podcast).
Surviving Son is a compelling true story that provides the reader with an insight into the life of a combat infantryman who fought in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away.
On Drive On Podcast, Scott has this mission: "I talk about topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and interview other veterans about their experiences and how they've dealt with them. My goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be."
Connect with this week’s guest via links below: LinkedIn Book Company Podcast RESOURCES
The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods:
Their website is
Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1"
Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889
You may also send a text message to 838255
To chat online, go to
Stop Soldier Suicide
Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255
Vets for Warriors
Jul 30, 202220:37
Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious

Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious

Approximately two years ago, Robin Phoenix Johnson retired after over twenty-six years of military service in the United States Army. As a retired veteran, Robin is still on a mission with a different purpose. Her new purpose in life is healing people, organizations, and communities through humor. She created Best Medicine Brigade to BE HEAL*ARIOUS and give veteran and military spouse comedians performance opportunities. Robin performs stand-up comedy and produces comedy showcases using professional military veteran and military spouse comedians for clubs and private events nationwide. Instructs comedy bootcamp courses and motivational speaking about the applied and therapeutic use of humor for mental health. She performs and produces PG-13 (clean if desired) comedy all over the country. Robin's passion is the applied and therapeutic use of humor for mental health.
Robin Phoenix is a Certified Humor Professional with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor as well as a comedy boot camp mentor for Armed Services Arts Partnership. Robin, #YouveGotMettle
Mentioned in this episode
The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
The Military Women’s Memorial
More about Best Medicine Brigade
Website: | Email:
The Comic List
Professional Social Media Accounts
Facebook | Facebook Group:
Instagram: | YouTube: Best Medicine Brigade YouTube Channel

#HumorHelps #HumorTherapy #VeteransHelpingVeterans #MentalHealth #VeteranMentalHealth #YouveGotMettle
Jul 27, 202228:31
S2:E85 Ricky Johnson

S2:E85 Ricky Johnson

USMC Veteran Ricky Johnson from Missouri shares his story of life prior to, during, and after military service. Ricky Johnson is a Marine Veteran and North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (with Veteran stamp) and is trained in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention and Trauma Informed Care. In addition, Ricky is certified in Critical Time Intervention and implements this model in his daily work activities. Mr. Johnson was also a mentor with the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court team and is a member of the Western North Carolina's Recovery Alliance. Most recently Ricky was awarded the 2019 NC Tides “Empowering Hope Award” for his tenacity, strength, and self-determination in overcoming adversity, while inspiring hope and empowering others through their own personal and life journey. In the year of 2020, Ricky was appointed by the North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore to the North Carolina CFAC Committee (Consumer and Family Advisory Committee). Our mission is to spread awareness, discuss consequences and share the gift of hope. #YouveGotMettle

Next week's episode of The Mettle of Honor Podcast, we will hear from a retired US Army Ordinance Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Robin Phoenix Johnson. Mental health is a topic that's near and dear to her heart. In her episode, we hear how she uses humor as means of healing of healing which is why she started her company Best Medicine Brigade. You will see how HEAL*arious she is as we talked about her organization.

Jul 20, 202222:42
USN CDR Theresa Carpenter (S2:E84)

USN CDR Theresa Carpenter (S2:E84)

Theresea Carpenter is an active-duty Navy Commander with 25 years of service, including 10 years as an enlisted aviation electrician on the S-3B Viking aircraft. Upon her commissioning in 2006, she became a Surface Warfare Officer and was subsequently accepted into the public affairs community in 2008. She's deployed three times to combat zones. Her programs across numerous commands have resulted in 18 Navy awards for public affairs excellence. She is a joint qualified officer with two master's degrees, one from San Diego State University in Mass Communications and Media Studies, and the other in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In her off time, she is a blogger and host of the Stories of Service podcast (SOS), which highlights ordinary people from all walks of life who show up in service to their communities. Navy Commander Theresea Carpenter: #YouveGotMettle For more information about Theresa Carpenter or to reach her via social media, please use the links seen below. To purchase her book on Amazon, utilize the link found here. More information about the book, look below the social media links. Thersea's Tapestries | Introduction To Me and What I'm About (Video) | Published Works | S.O.S. (Stories of Service) Podcast Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Work on Spotify |  Email Thersea Carpenter SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube Channel |  Purchase the book Theresa Carpenter Co-Authored on Amazon "Complicated Alliances: Accounts of Career Women of the U.S. Armed Forces & Career Women Who Love Men In The U.S. Armed Forces" Paperback – March 25, 2021 ASIN B0915Q8V55 Independently published (March 25, 2021) Paperback: 101 pages ISBN-13:‎ 979-8710377895  Contact The Mettle of Honor Podcast via email at Follow The Mettle of Honor on LinkedIn for regular updates at
Jul 06, 202235:07
Independence Day Weekend Music Playlist
Jul 02, 202230:33
How do we Address Suicide and Mental Health Issues amongst The Military and Veteran Communities?
Jun 29, 202248:42
(S2:E79) Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - It happens to men too

(S2:E79) Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - It happens to men too

Heath Phillips is a Navy Veteran in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. While at sea, he fell victim to 10 months of continuous gang rapes by his shipmates. He turned self medicating via drugs, alcohol, illegal substances and even the idea that the only way to move on is suicide. Heath now identifies as a Male MST Survivor and travels around sharing his personal story and trains service members about sexual harassment, assault, and rape in the military service.
Jun 08, 202213:09
(S2:E78) V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault

(S2:E78) V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault

V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization founded by Army veteran Christy Hinnant who serves as the organizations President. |
In this episode, you hear Christy shares in this episode about the difficulty of her transition out of the military, being sexually assaulted and subsequently diagnosed with chronic PTSD. She found herself dealing with her pain by way of alcohol and winding up in a very dark place contemplating suicide.

The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods:
Their website is
Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1"
Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889
You may also send a text message to 838255
To chat online, go to
Stop Soldier Suicide
Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255
Vets for Warriors
May 31, 202227:25
I Need Help (S2:E76 with Olivia Nunn)

I Need Help (S2:E76 with Olivia Nunn)

In this episode, in the series "Take A Knee with Tiffany," we hear from Army veteran Olivia Nunn (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired). She shares her story about her time as a Chemical Officer when she experienced a physical assault while on deployment as well as her time as a Public Affairs Officer when she was forced to give a hard look at the impact things had on her own mental health, and the dark time she found herself as she contemplated suicide. Olivia, #YouveGotMettle To learn more about Olivia Nunn or to contact her, see below: LinkedIn Profile:          Company Website: Company Owner at Olivia Nunn Communications, LLC. Nonprofit Executive Director | Senior Marketing Manager | Podcast Host | Social Media Strategist | Veteran Advocate | Public Speaker | Diversity, Equality & Inclusion RESOURCES The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods: Their website is Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1" Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889 You may also send a text message to 838255 To chat online, go to Stop Soldier Suicide Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255 Vets for Warriors 1-855-838-8255
May 25, 202237:27
Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

Honoring Women Who served the female veteran community… Women’s His
Apr 02, 202238:18
Wanda Petty is “Sista Soldier”
Mar 21, 202238:26
(S2:E74) USMC Veteran Runs for Office
Feb 23, 202254:37
(S2:E73) Homeless, MST, and the "Why?" Behind the Podcast

(S2:E73) Homeless, MST, and the "Why?" Behind the Podcast

Tiffany Martschink, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, joined the military after a semester of college. Originally, she was going to join the military as a Bandsman (she plays 5 instruments!), but after she passed the required audition for Tuba, she would have to wait 6 months before being able to ship out to basic training and AIT. Instead, Tiffany joined the Army as a Religious Affairs Specialist (56M) and served on both active duty and in the Army reserves for a total of 24 years of service. During that time, she also served as an Army Recruiter (79R) and an AIT Instructor amongst other roles.
In this episode, Tiffany shares a piece of her story about a specific event she experienced while serving as an Instructor/ Course Writer in the Army Reserves at the end of her career. It was at a point, while serving when she was also homeless that she experienced an MST (Military Sexual Trauma). Listen to her share her story and how it influenced what she is doing now- providing a platform for military service members, veterans, and their family members to share their personal stories by hosting this podcast- The Mettle of Honor Podcast -and advocating for those veterans dealing with mental health issues, suicide intervention, and MST survivors.
Tiffany's Professional Memberships
American Legion (Lifetime Member) | Project Management Institute (PMI) (Member #4731395) | Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Trainer (LivingWorks, LLC) |
Tiffany's Contact Information
LinkedIn Podcast
Women’s Health Hotline 1.800.VA.WOMEN
VA Women’s Health Clinics
VA’s Military Sexual Trauma
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: | National Network (for male survivors):
Feb 11, 202230:49
New Year. New Season. New Focus. Same Podcast.

New Year. New Season. New Focus. Same Podcast.

This weeks episode is not like previous episodes heard on The Mettle of Honor Podcast. We’re gonna talk about what this second season of the podcast is gonna be looking like and here’s some clips from the upcoming episodes. We will also hear Erika Kelly and Lefford Fate talk about the book they co-authored. It’s entitled, “P.E.R.S.I.S.T.E.N.C.E.: Lessons from Chiefs Empowering You to Move From Success to Significance as a Transformational Leader”.

This book will give you an inside look for anybody planning on serving, currently serving, or who has served to help them be successful and significant. You will hear from Chiefs in their own words, with different personalities, and different backgrounds. Each word relates to the more significant theme. You will learn how to be persistent, not give up, and have faith in yourself!

P - Passion
E - Excellence
R - Resiliency
S - Significance
I - Identity
S - Service
T - Transformation
E - Enthusiasm
N - Noble
C - Compassionate
E - Encourager

Connect with the authors:
Ledford Fate:
Ericka Kelly
Amazon Link

The number 22 represents the number of veterans s take their own lives each day. The number has become a rallying cry for advocates trying to call attention to suicide among veterans.

⚠️ We hear a clip of a veteran talking about how they turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with his PTSD. If this is something is triggering for you, proceed with caution ⛔️

Next week I will be sharing my story about my battles with a number of mental health problems I’ve dealt with and still struggle with. I will also talk a little bit about how I got into podcasting… Something I never had any desire to do, listen to, nor do I like the sound of my invoice yet here I am!

Feb 02, 202240:04
Morality, Duty & Military Ethics: Case of LtCol Scheller

Morality, Duty & Military Ethics: Case of LtCol Scheller

US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller has been in the news quite a bit as of late. While on active duty as commanding officer of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, LtCol Stewart Scheller, in uniform, posted a video on social media in which he criticized senior military and civilian leaders for incompetence in their management of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan and demanded accountability for their failures. A social media post of his resulted in his relief from command and a court-martial. 2021 “The baby boomers’ turn is over,” said Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller in a video this past Friday. “I demand accountability, at all levels. If we don’t get it, I’m bringing it.” “The baby boomers’ turn is over,” said Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller in a video this past Friday. “I demand accountability, at all levels. If we don’t get it, I’m bringing it.” His post, which quickly went viral, was in response to the previous day’s suicide bombing at Kabul International Airport, which killed 13 U.S. service members and over 150 Afghans. In his nearly five-minute-long post, Scheller laments the Biden Administration’s handling of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and calls out senior military leaders, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, Commandant of the Marine Corps General David Berger, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.’” But Scheller’s remarks go one step further than a simple demand for accountability. He goes onto quote Thomas Jefferson who said, “every generation needs a revolution.”
Scheller had posted a video to his Facebook page on Thursday stating: "People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'we messed this up.'" The Marine officer -- who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq -- said in the video he was "willing to throw it all away" to publicly "demand accountability" from military leadership. After the video was posted, Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Jim Stenger said in a statement that Scheller had been relieved of command "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command."
"This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine. There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it's not social media," Stenger said. Scheller's video was posted the same day that 13 US service members and more than 170 others were killed in an attack outside Kabul's airport, according to the Pentagon and Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health. "The 13 service members that we lost were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our highest American ideals and while saving the lives of others," said President Joe Biden in a Saturday statement. "Their bravery and selflessness has enabled more than 117,000 people at risk to reach safety thus far. May God protect our troops and all those standing watch in these dangerous days." Scheller wrote in a Facebook post Friday after being relieved that "my chain of command is doing exactly what I would do... if I were in their shoes." "I will not be making any statements other than what's on my social platforms until I exit the Marine Corps. America has many issues... but it's my home," he wrote.
Jan 26, 202227:41
Guest Intro’s and music

Guest Intro’s and music

Jan 21, 202231:19
Recognize. Confirm. Recover.

Recognize. Confirm. Recover.

as a fighter pilot and senior military leader. was a United States Air Force Officer & decorated A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter pilot. KC (Killer Chic) flew her Warthog back to base in southern Iraq after taking heavy anti-aircraft artillery damage in aerial combat over Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. She has flown 1,800 hours in the A-10 Warthog, including more than 100 combat missions protecting troops on the ground in both Iraq & Afghanistan. In 2003, Kim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism after successfully recovering her battle-damaged airplane after an intense close air support mission in Baghdad. As a senior military leader, Kim has led hundreds of Airmen both at home and abroad in deployed locations and enabled them to succeed in their missions. She has experience leading complex organizations and driving cultural change. Kim knows what it takes to be a successful leader, to inspire and empower high performing teams to achieve success. Kim is passionate about leadership and feels strongly that leaders earn trust by leading with courage and connecting with their team. Kim is a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. As a Marshall Scholar, she earned an MBA from the University of London and a Master of Arts in International Security Studies from the University of Reading in England. Commander, responsible for over 1,000 Air Force personnel in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Kim also served as the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, advising the number three civilian official in the Department of Defense on national security and defense policy formulation. During her time as a fellow, Kim participated in strategy sessions with ministers of defense, military leaders, and CEOs. Most recently, Kim served as the Director, Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Air Force Academy. Kim resides in Colorado with her husband and two sons. Retired Air Force fighter pilot of 24 years - Colonel Kim “KC” Campbell - #YouveGotMettle Website Athena’s Voice LinkedIn Profile
Jan 12, 202230:56
From Airman to Mom
Jan 05, 202230:07
New Year's Eve Top Song Is...

New Year's Eve Top Song Is...

Aud Lang Syne

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heartnow grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On old long syne.

On old long syne my Jo,
On old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On old long syne.


Dec 29, 202128:21


Olivia Nunn (Retired Army Veteran | Chemical & Pubic Affairs Officer) | Jon Macaskill (Retired Navy Veteran | Navy SEAL Commander) | Theresa Larson (USMC Veteran | Civil Engineer Officer) | Doc Shauna Springer | Tammy Bartlett (Retired USAF Officer | Fighter Pilot A-10C Thunderbolt 2 | Kim “KC” Campbell (USAF Veteran | Fighter Pilot A-10C Thunderbolt 2 | #YouveGotMettle
Dec 15, 202101:03:11
(S1:E63) Bruce & Batman: never been in the same room at the same time

(S1:E63) Bruce & Batman: never been in the same room at the same time

NAME Bruce Thompson |


CURRENT STATUS: USMC VETERAN, Retired (1992 - 2016). 

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vice President of Vets to Industry

PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Jacksonville, Florida. 

In the small farm town where he grew up, there weren't really many options for future careers so, after high school, Bruce Thompson served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Bruce served for twenty-four years (1992 - 2016) in the Marine Corps. Bruce said joining The Corps gave him a sense of purpose, provided training, and a fulfilling career. Key civilian positions were held after retiring from the military. Bruce Thompson Launched Information Blast Florida "Keeping our Military, First Responders, Veterans, and their families informed about events, opportunities and updates ( Bruce was the Director of Public Relations at Veterans Village of Northeast Florida The Veterans Village of Northeast Florida Inc. wants to help impact homelessness in the Military Veterans Community with a Tiny House community & resources for all veterans ( Bruce was also the Account Manager at Hire Military. Bruce Thompson, being the veteran he is, shares the following resources with you: Vets 2 Industry ( |DOD SkillBridge ( | The Mission Continues ( | Veterati ( | American Corporate Partners (ACP) Mentorship (

Dec 15, 202118:27
Holiday Music

Holiday Music

Enjoy a Christmas playlist for anywhere you find yourself.
Dec 08, 202145:28
(S1:E4) | From Navy Yeoman to P-3 Orion Naval Officer.

(S1:E4) | From Navy Yeoman to P-3 Orion Naval Officer.

DAVID TRENHOLM Assistant Vice President | Veteran & Military Spouse Advocate | Navy Veteran | "The Succesful Goose" U.S. Navy Veteran David Trenholm retired as a Naval Aviation Officer after working with the P-3 Orion amongst many other roles he accomplished. Proven operations leader who excels in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments. A detailed-orientated planner who effectively leads multiple-sized teams internationally. dedicated to driving success through teamwork and building efficient processes. David was selected into Bank of America’s Military Leadership Development Program, which provides former military officers with an opportunity to perform in leadership positions within the bank’s technology and operational lines of business prior to receiving a permanent role in the bank. First role: OPS 2021 Project Management Support. I supported the Ops2021 program strategy for Wealth Management Banking Operations (WMBO). Manage materials, coordinate meetings, complete research, reporting, and metrics.  provide transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses with a free consultation on how to obtain meaningful employment. This is achieved by teaching, coaching, and mentoring the greater veteran community on preparing and network building for their next chapter. And it cost them $0. It is FREE! Vets2Industry (V2I) provides a single site library that is completely FREE to access, browse, and discover at of all the FREE VETERAN and DEPENDENT resources and Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) nationwide (updated weekly). V2I also provides a list of Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies from the preceding year (with direct access to the military hiring pages), and tons of valuable info through articles and videos for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, former service-members, retirees, and all of their dependents. David, thanks for joining me today for this podcast. #YouveGotMettle | David Trenholm's Contact Information: LINKEDIN PROFILE: Google Hangouts trenholm77 (Google Talk)
Nov 24, 202132:03
(S1:E62) Monica Jefferson

(S1:E62) Monica Jefferson

While her husband serves in the US Air Force (USAF), Moni can be found, if you can keep up with her, functioning and advocating in multiple positions of interest. For starters, she is the CEO and Founder of the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurship (AMSE). Meet U.S. Air Force spouse and entrepreneur Monica Jefferson of the Chesterfield, New Jersey area. CEO/Founder AMSE Agency; Multi-venture Entrepreneur + Impact Community Builder + Technology Enthusiast + Minority Business Leader Moni Jefferson is a serial entrepreneur and Active-Duty Air Force Spouse and a proud advocate for military spouse entrepreneurs! She is the CEO and co-founder of The Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE) with Flossie Hall. AMSE is the digital membership for military spouse entrepreneurs to develop, grow, and scale their businesses with the resources and tools needed for success. Considering the current state and rate of unemployment for military spouses at 24%(pre-COVID), we wanted to create a space only for military spouse entrepreneurs to connect with like-minded spouses and communities. That Understand their journey—an organization for military spouse entrepreneurs by military spouse entrepreneurs. AMSE has had excellent traction and impact since launching on November 19, 2019, with over 1k members. Find out more on our site on how to help us change the landscape of military spouse entrepreneurs. Tech Startup: Moni is also the co-founder of another startup, My Ultimate PCS App, with Maria Reed. MUPCS launched in the summer of 2008 and currently has over 8K downloads. Due to the constant moves and stresses of military families moving every few years, Maria + I wanted to simplify military families' moving process. Head over and download the app and share it far and wide. Moni said this about her spark: “I started my entrepreneur journey as a blogger in 2014 while my husband was deployed, which led to the launch of a successful PR and social media agency called Dog Tags + Heels. I worked with national and celebrity clients to build brand evangelism and social impact. Most notably with Blue Star Families, Heroes at Home.” Latina In Tech: In 2017, I also launched MilCam + MilEmoji Apps, both a Military lifestyle app on IOS + Android. Community Builder: In the early stages of trying to figure out this entrepreneur thing, she started a support + networking group on Facebook. I founded the MilSpouse Creative in 2015, the global networking community for MilSpouse entrepreneurs, full of mentorship and networking opportunities. Post-secondary Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and PR from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and am a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.
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Nov 24, 202133:34
(S1:E61) Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery

(S1:E61) Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery

Erin Miller is the proud granddaughter of Elaine Danforth Harmon, a member of the Women Air-force Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. Her grandmother’s last request was to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). After she died in April 2015, this request was denied by the US Army which runs ANC. Erin led a grassroots, social media, and direct lobbying campaign to fight the decision. This campaign was a success. On May 20, 2016, President Obama signed H.R. 4336, the bill introduced in Congress by Representative Martha McSally (AZ-2) in January 2016, which then became a law to officially recognize the service of WASP as eligible for ANC. The funeral was held on September 7, 2016, at ANC. This was followed by a family memorial service at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, where Erin, her mother Terry, her sister Tiffany, Air Force pilots Lt. Col. Caroline Jensen, and Maj. Heather Penney and Representative Martha McSally spoke to honor Elaine's life and service. Erin is a licensed attorney in Maryland. She has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master’s in International Studies from the University of Leeds (UK), and a B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego. Credits Written and curated by Sara Collini. Images and sources courtesy of the WASP Archive, The TWU Libraries’ Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. National WASP WWII Museum, Portal to Texas History and IMLS. US Air Force Collection, Record Group 342, National Archives. Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Veterans History Project, Library of Congress. Jacqueline Cochran Collection, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, and Museum. US Air Force Official Website: Bibliography Cornelsen, Kathleen. “Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II: Exploring Military Aviation, Encountering Discrimination, and Exchanging Traditional Roles in Service to America.” Journal of Women’s History 17.4 (2005): 111–119. Hodgson, Marion Stegeman. Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996. Merryman, Molly. Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. New York: New York University Press, 1998. Noggle, Anne. For God, Country, and the Thrill of It: Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II: Photographic Portraits and Text. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1990. Rickman, Sarah Byrn. Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2008. Sage, Jenny. “Ladies of Lockbourne: Women Airforce Service Pilots and the Mighty B-17 Flying Fortress.” Ohio History 124 (2017): 5–27. Strebe, Amy Goodpaster. Flying for Her Country: the American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II. Westport: Praeger Security International, 2007. Yellin, Emily. Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II. New York: Free Press, 2004. #YouveGotMettle | #WASP | Nichol Malachowski
Nov 12, 202130:17
(S1:E60) There is No Finish Line In Self-Growth (Erika Kelly pt. 2)
Nov 03, 202121:39
What People are saying about Ericka Kelly

What People are saying about Ericka Kelly

Part two come out soon. In the meantime, here is what People are saying about Ericka Kelly
Oct 28, 202108:16
(S1:E59 Erika Kelly) There’s No Finnish-line in Self Growth (part 1 of 2)

(S1:E59 Erika Kelly) There’s No Finnish-line in Self Growth (part 1 of 2)

Ericka Kelly, of the Long Beach, California area, is a US Air Force Veteran who retired after 30+ years of honorable service. Command Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ericka Kelly has a lot of experience and skills in her back pocket. You can get a glimpse of these things below. With a story like hers, it takes two episodes to unpack the full story of Erika Kelly. In this first episode, we’re going to hear about her story leading up to entering into the military. MILITARY EXPERT | 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command & Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve Served as an adviser to the command on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare and effective management of more than 74,000 civilians and service members. SENIOR SPECIAL AGENT | LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY Strong legal professional | responsible to safeguard and promote the security of the workforce | professionalism, accountability, and vigilance in a multitude of roles John Maxwell TEAM Executive Director Public Speaker | Coach | Trainer | Facilitator | As Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Ericka Kelly speaks, trains and coaches both individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills, and personal growth. EDUCATION DEGREES OBTAINED Masters Business Administration Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (Pre-Law Studies and Languages) Contact information for Ericka Kelly LINKEDIN WEBSITE EMAIL ADDRESS YouTube Video
Oct 20, 202118:38
Nightmare vs Nightwear
Oct 13, 202138:45
(S1:E57) Jeff Moffett's Spoken Word Entitled "Born to Inspire"

(S1:E57) Jeff Moffett's Spoken Word Entitled "Born to Inspire"

Jeff Moffett, originally from Detroit, Michigan, retired from the U.S. Army in Augusta, Georgia where he was an instructor at the Fort Gordon Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. His wife also served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Warrant Officer. In his LinkedIn profile, you will see in the "about” section, Jeff is a Telecommunications / Network Professional with over thirty years of experience. He has excellent management and communication skills and applies regulations, policies, and procedures throughout his work. Jeff has the ability to grasp new ideas and technology quickly and confidently. Jeff is pastor of the church named “The Historic Hosannah Missionary Baptist Church” in Augusta, GA I love hearing stories of how couples met. His story is unique in and of itself. CONNECT WITH JEFF MOFFETT LinkedIn:  Contact information of the church where Jeff Moffett is pastor. Historic Hosannah Missionary Baptist Church | 1729 Ellis St. | Augusta, Georgia 30904 | PH: 706.733.4387 | FAX: 706.737.6286 At the end of this episode, you will hear from Navy Veteran, D.A. Michaels, author of Courageously Broken.  Courageously Broken Book Details ASIN: B08J7TX3KV | Language: English | Publication date: September 15, 2020, | Print length: 277 pages | File size: 4979 KB | Simultaneous device usage: Unlimited | Text-to-Speech: Enabled |  Screen Reader: Supported | Enhanced typesetting: Enabled | Word Wise: Enabled

Oct 06, 202124:07
D.A. Michaels “Courageously Broken: Memoirs of a Navy Veteran“

D.A. Michaels “Courageously Broken: Memoirs of a Navy Veteran“

Everyone has a story to tell and scars that don't heal. A young, idealistic teen leaves a small town and abusive father behind to join the Navy in a refreshingly down-to-earth memoir of one woman's journey of self-discovery. She embraces life with passion and courage, from training and partying with Navy SEALs to skydiving and joining the police force, but when tragic events while serving her country lead to years of nightmares, depression, and PTSD, she must learn to navigate life through the heartache and tears until the laughter and love return. You can get the full story of this Law Enforcement Officer (retired) and Navy Veteran D.A. Michaels in her book, “Courageously Broken: Memoirs of a Navy Veteran."
D.A. Michaels of the Cocoa Beach, Florida is our guest on this week's episode of the Mettle of Honor. She talks about #ptsd, #veterans, #lawenforcement, #firstresponders, and #courageouslybroken
Courageously Broken is a memoir about overcoming the adversities that life often hands us. Take a journey through the life of D.A. Michaels who flees a small town and abusive father by joining the Navy only to find herself working side by side with Navy SEALs in the jungles of Panama.
When a series of tragedies strike, they leave us with scars that cut deep. If we don’t properly process these traumatic events and instead, compartmentalize them as we often do, one day, when we least expect it, they will catch up to us and bring us to our knees.
That is what happened to Donna Michaels. As a military veteran and law enforcement officer, she set out to make the world a better place. But after years of suppressing her own traumas and witnessing countless others, it took a toll and brought a vibrant exhilarating woman into a darkness she never knew existed.
All her life she had been credited with being resilient and strong. She struggled to understand why after years of life experience and all the coping mechanisms she had learned she couldn’t bounce back and move on.
Courageously Broken is about the adventure of life. The good, the bad, and the journey into hell and back. Readers have said they have laughed, cried, and been grateful to see the world through the eyes of a veteran and law enforcement officer.
Book and contact information D.A. Michaels
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“Courageously Broken: A memoir of overcoming adversity and conquering the battle scars of life” Details: ASIN: B08J7TX3KV | Language: English | Publication date: September 15, 2020 | Print length: 277 pages | File size: 4979 KB | Simultaneous device usage: Unlimited | Text-to-Speech: Enabled | Screen Reader: Supported | Enhanced typesetting: Enabled | Word Wise: Enabled |There’s now also a Kindle version of the book. Donna Michaels, #YouveGotMettle
Sep 29, 202110:29
(S1:E56) Health Care Panel

(S1:E56) Health Care Panel

Nola Veazie, Ph.D. | El Segundo, California, United States | | U. S. Air Force Veteran |Clinical Psychologist | CEO of V-Solutions Consulting “The_leadership at V-Solutions Consulting understands that human capital is your greatest asset! Therefore, we work hard to maximize your employees' potential by combining mental health/addiction education and intervention with leadership and organizational management to create comprehensive training.”    Hashtags #veteranshelpingveterans #military #wellness, #mindfulness #mentalhealth LinkedIn Profile |_Website |_Email | Dr. Theresa Larson DPT, CSCS, San Diego County, California, United States| USMC Veteran (Engineer Officer) | Founder of I Doctor of Physical Therapy I Veteran Advocate | Former Pro Athlete| Adaptive & Inclusion Educator | Hashtags #military, #wellness, #mindfulness, #corporatewellness, #veteranshelpingveterans #military, #wellness Website | Email | LinkedIn Profile |Twitter DrTheresaLarson Ray Hahn | Wichita, Kansas, United States | U.S. Navy Veteran (Navy Corpsman) Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Rater Empowering military veterans to unleash their benefits potential through claims adjudication, advocacy, and education. “After experiencing an atrocious military transition in 2011, I set out on a path to help other veterans navigate this process. It was through this discovery process that led me to become a subject matter expert in adjudicating complex VA disability claims to include military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and a mentor to new raters.”  LinkedIn Profile | Email | Hashtag #veteranshelpingveterans While these licensed professionals may provide advice/ recommendations to your questions based upon their professional knowledge and personal experience in their practices for your personal situation, this podcast episode is for educational purposes only. They are not responsible, individually or collectively, for any consequences of your acting on that provided advice. It is recommended that for best-personalized results to consult with your primary care provider (PCP) /primary care manager (PCM)/General Practitioner.
Sep 22, 202124:10
(S1:E55) Transitions and Identity with Jack Sterling's

(S1:E55) Transitions and Identity with Jack Sterling's

Jack Sterling Greenville, South Carolina, United States | Entrepreneur | Navy SEAL Veteran | Communications Security Consultant "After spending almost a decade solving kinetic and strategic communications problems around the world, my "why" is now helping businesses develop security-centric strategies to thrive in an increasingly high-threat environment. Threats we help address: internet outages, ransomware, active shooters, insider threats, IP theft, digital vandalism, phishing emails, terror attacks, physical theft, natural disaster, and compliance requirements. The internet is just a new medium for criminals, terrorists, and hostile nation-states to conduct their nefarious business. The threat posed to the business world, and the world at large, is dire and growing like wildfire. If your business doesn't have a unified, documented & practiced security plan, then luck is part of your defense." Teams all work under the same banner but speak different languages, draw from different budgets, have different priorities. In the gaps between these silos, vulnerabilities exist. We identify the gaps, measure the total attackable surface & prescribe strategic solutions as appropriate. My Top 5 Values: 1. Curiosity 2. Integrity 3. Tenacity 4. Humility 5. Humor My Gallup Top 5 Strengths: 1. Input - I have a thirst for new knowledge, which helps as I spend ~50% of my working time learning about the threat & supplier landscape (so my clients don't have to) 2. Restorative - MOST businesses are mess and semi-broken; I seek to find remedies 3. Intellection - Maybe my biggest weakness, but I'm more adapt at grasping the conceptual big picture vs the ground-level nitty gritty details (that is where our supplier partners excel!) 4. Context - Knowing the "why" driving your business is essential when developing strategy to keep you going. Without context, we're just going from putting one fire out to the next. 5. Harmony - The world is full of conflict, both internal and external. I use this strength to ID the most harmful conflict areas and bring some resolution. Featured LinkedIn URL Headquartered in Greenville, SC, the mission of CloudHound is to provide local businesses with a local sales agent to help them navigate and negotiate with all telecom and cloud providers. Their success is tied to our long-standing relationship with ScanSource, which now owns Intelisys, the world’s largest telecom service distributor. We work with local business owners who want "one phone to call" for all their telecom needs. We sit on the same side of the table with our customers to help navigate the telecom market. We are completely independent of any telecom providers. Company (CloudHound) Information Website | Blog  | Email Jack Sterling Email Address | LinkedIn URL
Sep 15, 202113:02
(S1:E53) Leadership Moments with Jeff Clark

(S1:E53) Leadership Moments with Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark, born and raised in Northern Oklahoma, is an Air Force Veteran with well over a decade of service as a medical logistician (AFSC 4A1X1). He has an MBA from Southwestern College and is currently studying for his Business Doctorate in Strategic Management. After his time in service in the Air Force Jeff returned to government service and has learned valuable lessons on leadership. He believes leadership must be genuine, purposeful, and strategic. Jeff started writing down his thoughts as a form of therapy and creative expression.  In doing so, a love of talking about leadership developed. Jeff Clark continues sharing those concepts, philosophies, and stories through his own writing, as well as his volunteer work with multiple veteran organizations. Veteran organizations he has been using his time to mentor and help veterans are Vets2Industry, Veterati, and The Enduring Campaign. Jeff specializes in non-fiction leadership, and his first book entitled: Hear. These. Truths.: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Leadership Algorithm, through Tactical 16 Publishing will release soon. It will take readers on a journey to build their leadership and become more impactful leaders. Regardless of what industry you are in, his take on leadership will have something for everyone. He built a proven method of applying leadership that is military tested, honest, truthful, and strategic in its intentions. No frills, no BS, just leadership principles you need to know. TODAY. The development of a fiction novel series is also in the works. Jeff Clark | Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States | Entrepreneur | Author | Veteran & Veteran Advocate | Leadership Strategist Sharing The Truth About Leadership | Build Your Leadership Algorithm | Doctoral Candidate |Jeff Clark's Official Website  | Email Address: Talks about #veterans, #leadership, #leadershipdevelopment, and #veteranshelpingveterans
Sep 01, 202131:20
(S1:E51) Larry Moores: Black Hawk Down (part 1)
Aug 18, 202136:10
(S1:E50) MG Greg Martin Told by Chairman, JCS “Resign by 1700 or You’re Fired:“

(S1:E50) MG Greg Martin Told by Chairman, JCS “Resign by 1700 or You’re Fired:“

US Army Major General Gregg Martin, (retired) was born in Massachusetts, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree and commissioned in 1979 into the Army Corps of Engineers. He subsequently earned master’s degrees in civil engineering and technology policy, as well as a Ph.D. in Engineering Management & Public Policy from MIT. MG Martin is married to Maggie, the former Margaret Ryan. The Martin’s have three sons, all Eagle Scouts, two of whom are active duty Soldiers, and one who is a college student. Critical leadership positions include: Commandant of the US Army Engineer School and Regiment | CG & Division Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division in Portland, OR | CJTF-7 Engineer in Europe and the Middle East from June 2002 to July 2004. As the Recruiting and Admissions Officer at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. Life at NDU: Gen. Martin said to threaten to fire anyone who questions his plans. Army Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, the president of the National Defense University, announced, not proposed, to his senior subordinates last Friday a series of abrupt and sweeping changes in the structure of the institution. To top it off, by some accounts, he then threatened to terminate anyone who even questioned the changes.
Aug 11, 202146:46
(S1:E49 Aaron Moffett) Invictus: I AM!

(S1:E49 Aaron Moffett) Invictus: I AM!

In 2005, Aaron Moffett earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Adapted Physical Activity from Michigan State University. Currently, Aaron is serving the military community, more specifically the U. S. Air Force, in a civilian capacity as the Air Force Community Support Coordinator at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and is an Adjunct Professor at California State University – San Bernardino. He also previously served as the Sports Psychology Consultant for Magellan at Randolph Air Force Base (Formally known as The Armed Forces Services Corporation). Dr. Aaron Moffett has over 21 years of classroom and field experience in adapted physical activity and sport/exercise psychology. He is an internationally recognized communicator with experience briefing senior military and community leadership as well as Wounded Warriors, both in large and small groups. Dedicated practitioner focused on empowering Wounded Warriors to reach maximum recovery benefit in both wellness and quality of life as they adjust to their “new normal”. On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, saw first-hand how the power of sport can help physically, psychologically, and socially those suffering from injuries and illness. He was inspired by his visit and the Invictus Games was born. Aaron Moffett was the head coach for Team USA in the Invictus Games. Aaron Moffett Information:  Magellan Federal Website| LinkedIn Page (company):|LinkedIn (personal/ professional):|Facebook:|Email: | Air Force Medical Publication Article Wounded Warrior Coaches Help Athletes Advance in their Recovery By Richard Salomon - Air Force’s Personnel Center Public Affairs (Published 01 October 2017) The Invictus Games ( were founded by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, which first took place in September 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom. The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured, and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The word 'Invictus' means 'unconquered', chosen as an embodiment of the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and what they can achieve, post-injury.
Aug 11, 202120:06
(S1:E48) Freedom Learning Group Liz O’Brian

(S1:E48) Freedom Learning Group Liz O’Brian

Elizabeth O’Brien is an accomplished, high-energy leader with expertise in national partnerships, non-profit relationship building, program development, and community engagement. Elizabeth O’Brien currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Freedom Learning Group – an educational content and services provider powered by a global remote network of Military Spouses and Veterans.
Elizabeth, a Military Spouse, sits on The Blue Star Families Advisory Council, The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network Advisory Council, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. She chairs the state of Virginia Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Previously, Elizabeth served in significant leadership roles as a Senior Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and as Chairwoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, the first Military Spouse named to the role. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, O’Brien spent over a decade coaching college women’s basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hofstra University, and The University of Hawaii. Elizabeth resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her family. On any given day, she and her family can be found competing or cheering one another on at a sporting event. CEO and Founder of Freedom Learning Group ( Founded by a Military family, Freedom Learning Group is the leading educational courseware, content, and services provider powered by a global remote workforce of Military Spouses and Veterans. Freedom Learning Group (FLG) entered the educational courseware industry in 2017 with a cutting-edge business model intentionally designed to fit the needs of Military Spouses and Veterans while keeping them competitive in their respective professional fields.
FLG specializes in educational content development, instructional design, assessment writing, accessibility compliance, ADA accessibility, accuracy review, subject matter expertise, e-Learning, audio-video services, copy editing, and project management. My husband, Nathan, and I launched Freedom Learning Group (FLG) while stationed in Germany with the distinct motivation to provide Military Spouses with the freedom to invest in their career AND support their Servicemember. Military families serve and sacrifice in countless ways and we made it our personal mission to strengthen the career-family balance by providing career opportunities to the Military Spouses serving on the homefront too. We recognized a need in our Military Spouse community that was more than just the absence of a career. Military Spouses shouldn’t have to exchange passion for a paycheck, yearn for a relevant and meaningful career path, self-actualization, value and/or success. A strong family foundation is vital to the health and wellness of our Service Men and Women – family readiness is mission readiness. Raising awareness and developing solutions for the unspoken sacrifice of Military Spouses is paramount to what Freedom Learning Group represents. FLG empowers Military Spouses to take the lead and author their own career journey. Elizabeth O’Brien LinkedIn (Personal):
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Aug 06, 202139:40
Bill Barnett: You Served us. Let Us Serve You

Bill Barnett: You Served us. Let Us Serve You

This episode’s guest is Bill Barnett, Founder & CEO of Mission Hire Me. While he is not a service member or veteran himself, his father did serve in the U.S. Navy. In honor of his father’s service, he carries out the mission to serve by helping veterans find meaningful employment from start to finish. “You served us. Let us serve you.” ( Veterans & Spouses can take advantage of Mission Hire Me. Our mission is to help veterans and spouses obtain meaningful employment by helping them share their stories through the extraordinary power of a video.  MISSION HIRE ME CONTACT INFORMATION Bill Barnett; Mission Hire Me- CEO & Founder LINKEDIN (Bill Barnett): LINKEDIN (Mission Hire Me) FACEBOOK: PHONE: 818-789-8399; 818-618-1149
Jul 30, 202111:57
(S1:E46) Dan Carter
Jul 30, 202143:31
(S1:E45) From the Heart of a Veteran's Mother

(S1:E45) From the Heart of a Veteran's Mother

This episode features Lisa Hiering, a retired Social Security Claims Specialist. She has uncles and grandparents who served in the military as well as her oldest son who is a combat Marine Corps Veteran. So to her, Veterans are Lisa's family. Lisa also talks about the struggles of being a mother of this Marine Corps veteran who struggles with survivor's guilt and post-deployment. Because she is disabled herself, she understands the challenges veterans are facing. The veteran community is where Lisa’s passion lies and so she feels driven to help. Check out SSDI Insider Secrets™ For Veterans on Convene- learn about the Social Security Disability process and see what my Veterans Course is all about! Finding yourself in a place where you need to file for Social Security Disability benefits isn’t easy. Lisa knows because she’s been there. The last thing she wanted to do is file for these benefits. Like many, she wanted to work! Nobody wants to find themselves sitting home with no work income, unable to figure out what to do. Nobody is happy about the possibility of facing a real fight with a big government agency and having no idea where to start. Lisa’s courses contain step-by-step instructions on how to file and build a successful SSDI claim.
The SSDI Insider Secrets® Community focuses on helping our members gain the insight and support to confidently navigate the complex Social Security Disability process. You can schedule a free 20-minute call with Lisa to see if her course is a good fit for you and to discuss eligibility.

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Jul 28, 202122:57
(S1:E44) The Generosity Culture
Jul 21, 202136:60
(S1:E43) Control The Narrative

(S1:E43) Control The Narrative

Lida Citroën is an award-winning personal branding and reputation management specialist who develops the identities of global executives, professionals, military veterans, and thought leaders. She is the author of several bestselling books including Reputation 360: Creating Power Through Personal Branding and Control the Narrative: The Executive's Guide for Building, Pivoting, and Repairing Reputation. As CEO of LIDA360, Lida Citroën is passionate about helping our nation's veterans navigate the military-to-civilian career transition. She is a popular TEDx speaker, Instructor on LinkedIn Learning, and trainer at military installations and events across the country. Ms. Lida Citroen serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors of Concierge Resource, LLC. Ms. Citroen 22 years of experience leading successful branding, marketing, and communications to the company. She works closely with Concierge Resource guiding on strategic brand positioning, developing targeted marketing programs, and creating and managing focused communications to advance their position as a world-class concierge resource to companies, hospitals, and other concierges... businesses. In her engaging and informative presentations, Lida shares the secrets to building a standout personal brand at companies like Abbott Labs, Google, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Sirius XM/Pandora Media, OtterBox, LinkedIn, Mazda North America, Mary Kay Corporate, Comcast and more. A powerful TedX speaker, "Talks at Google" speaker, keynote presenter, and multiple-course instructor on LinkedIn Learning, Lida also writes for and and has been featured on MSNBC, The Hallmark Channel, CBN News, in Fortune magazine,,, Woman's Day magazine, the UK Guardian, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and numerous other media outlets. A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, Lida serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and is active in Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Lida Citroën Contact Information Website: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: Newsletter:
Jul 14, 202135:19
(S1:E42) Eddie Dunn on Tectonic Transformational Time

(S1:E42) Eddie Dunn on Tectonic Transformational Time

Eddie Dunn is a national thought leader in the veteran transition and employment space, currently leading a unique and dynamic talent management consulting practice focused on bridging the gap between veterans and employers. Previously, Eddie led the Marsh &  McLennan Veteran Talent Initiative where he more than doubled the total number of veteran hires in less than three years, achieving the coveted recognition as the #1 Military Friendly Employer in the nation. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, Eddie was one of the original architects of the most successful veteran employment program in U.S. history, called the  Veteran Jobs Mission with JPMorgan Chase. Eddie designed, built, and grew the nationally recognized coalition of 150 private-sector companies working to employ our nation’s veterans. In less than three years, the coalition hired more than 140,000 veterans. Since then, the coalition has grown to over 200 members and has hired over 780,000 veterans on its way to a million. Eddie is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army, both active duty and reserves. Having served in the famed 82nd Airborne Division as a young paratrooper and logistician, he later joined the Army Reserves as a parachute rigger and jumpmaster. During that time, he deployed to Ground Zero during 9/11 as a chaplain’s assistant and later for Operation Iraqi  Freedom. He was later promoted to Master Sergeant, where he held the position of First  Sergeant before his retirement. Eddie received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Nyack College,  New York, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, most notably, Glaxo Supervisor of the Year; Combat Action Badge; Army  Commendation Medal; Novartis CEO Diversity Leadership Award; DOD, ESGR “Seven Seals” Award, two-time recipient of the ESGR “Patriot” Award and most recently named a 2021  Veteran Champion of the Year by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Eddie also served as an elected Town  Councilman in Vernon, New Jersey, where he currently lives with his bride of 25 years,  Marie Dunn. More about Eddie Dunn G.I. Jobs® Announces 2021 Veteran Champion of the Year in Corporate America Awards. Pittsburgh, May 18, 2021 – G.I. Jobs® is proud to announce the inaugural 2021 Veteran Champion of the Year (VCOY) in Corporate America awards, a prestigious honor presented to those who champion the recruitment, hiring, retention, and career advancement of U.S. military veterans in corporate America. MBO Partner Member Published Article June 2021 Real Combat vs. Corporate Combat – How Authentic Value Can Transform a Nation Contact Information LinkedIn Website (Veteran Transformation Business Consultant and Thought Leader) Email
Jul 07, 202138:45
(S1:E41) From GED to Graduate Degree: Turning A Mess into A Message

(S1:E41) From GED to Graduate Degree: Turning A Mess into A Message

We spend a lifetime acquiring knowledge and skills. When we're gone the things we learn go with us - unless we find a platform to share our experiences. My passion is to add value to others by sharing my experience through speaking, training and advising. - Joe Manns The tragic loss of his father, and the emotional gravity of the military funeral, inspired Kent West to join the Army. There he found purpose in his life, which was amplified by the 9/11 attacks. West struggles with being medically separated from military service as his Unit is deployed to Afghanistan. Encouraged by his "battle buddies", West finds the courage to seek treatment, and overcome, feelings of separation and PTSD. Realizing that not all fights happen on the battlefield, West has an opportunity to lead his good friend, Stevens, on his journey to healing. Supporting the Film Principle production for this feature film will begin in the summer of 2021 in Florida's Tampa Bay area. We are offering up to four sponsorship opportunities for the film, which include product placement, production credits, set tours during shooting, exclusive access to VIP screenings, and more. Specialist Joseph Manns (Joe Manns) US Army, OCT 1998 - Aug 2002 was inspired to create this film based on a need he recognized in the Military, Veteran, and Public Service communities - the need to normalize asking for help and to bring awareness to the general public that not all fights happen on the battlefield. Military training, not just combat, sometimes comes at a cost. That cost may be injuries, loss of friends during training accidents, real-world traumatic events that occur during training, and feelings of anxiety or depression from military separation. Manns says that he commonly recognized that his "battle buddies" don't see one another as combat veterans or non-combat veterans. In his experience, he often felt like his service was "dismissed" by non-veterans when he didn't have a war story to tell. Already struggling with separation disorder, and guilt of not deploying with his unit because of a medical discharge, he felt undeserving of treatment services offered by the VA. "I don't want to clog up the system for people who need it and deserve it more than me", he said. Manns' hope is that this film will be the vessel that will deliver the message to neutralize the stigma that anyone is undeserving of mental health services.
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Jun 30, 202157:20
(S1:40) LTC Olivia Nunn: Signing Off and Signing Out

(S1:40) LTC Olivia Nunn: Signing Off and Signing Out

LTC Olivia J. Nunn (Washington DC-Baltimore Area) |Senior Marketing Manager | Social Media Strategist | Podcast Host | Diversity, Inclusion & Equality | Public Speaker | Veteran Affairs Experienced Director Of Communication with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Skilled in developing, executing, and assessing strategic communication, crisis communications, social media, media relations, and operations management. Strong media and communication professional with a master’s degree focused on Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. Lieutenant Colonel Olivia Nunn commissioned as an ROTC Military Graduate through Radford University ROTC program in 2001. LTC Nunn has served in command and staff positions within the United States Army, including three combat deployments to Iraq. LTC Nunn developed the United States Military Academy at West Point’s social media presence and redesigned the Academy’s website while assigned to the academy. LTC Nunn was responsible for developing and mentoring cadets as an assistant triathlon coach of the West Point Triathlon Team. LTC Nunn has served as an official Army spokesperson, lead Strategic Communication Planner, and Executive Officer to the Chief of Army Public Affairs. She assumed duties as the Director of Communication, Soldier for Life in September 2018. LTC Nunn also serves as the Podcast Host for the U.S. Army Soldier for Life podcast series, the lead for Women Initiatives, Diversity, and Inclusion, and social media manager. LTC Nunn’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. LTC Nunn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Radford University, Radford, VA, a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University, and a Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. She is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Joint Intermediate Public Affairs Course, the Public Affairs Qualification Course, the Chemical Officer Career Course, and the Chemical Officer Basic Course. LinkedIn Profile  |  Soldier for Life |  | S2 Analytical Solutions  |  AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association). 2QQrAxSm1d5lwwsdhinN
Jun 27, 202149:03
(S1:E39) Inspiring Military Leaders Through Transition and Beyond

(S1:E39) Inspiring Military Leaders Through Transition and Beyond

Meet Army Veteran Jason Roncoroni of Ponte Vedra, Florida. While on active duty, Jason served as a 15N- a UH60 Pilot. Not only was he a pilot and a battalion commander, but he also earned the Senior Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Wings, Air Assault Badge, and Joint Staff Badge. Currently, Jason is Co-founder and Chief Operation Officer of “Zero Six Group” and Executive Coach at the COMMIT Foundation. It has been said that leaving the military and transitioning back to civilian life might just be the most difficult mission for any military leader to undertake. When military veterans return to civilian life, they’re often confronted with challenges that never occurred to them and that they were not prepared for. For many veterans, it can even feel like an identity crisis of sorts. This is not to mention the impact it has on their families, who also often find themselves starting over again, outside of the community of people who understand their unique set of experiences. Veteran and executive coach, Jason Roncoroni, and psychologist and nationally recognized expert, Dr. Shauna Springer, have come together to create a workbook to help veterans work their way through this pivotal time of transition. Beyond the Military serves as a comprehensive, interactive resource to address the deeper psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of reintegrating into civilian life. It does this through more than thirty exercises presented through the framework of the military decision-making process, so that veterans can confidently, comfortably, and successfully navigate this transition back into civilian life. With this guidance, veterans will be walked through the process of unleashing their full potential outside of the uniform.
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Jun 17, 202136:15
(S1:E:38) Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering

(S1:E:38) Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering

Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT | CSCS | SFMA (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the healthcare and fitness world’s most sought-after experts on movement health. Dr. Theresa Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran, Theresa also played professional softball in Italy as well as semi-professional softball in the United States.
Theresa founded Movement Rx with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can authentically treat patients with the time, care, and movement education they deserve.
Dr. Theresa Larson is determined to deliver movement and mindset health to as many people as possible with her team – including adaptive athletes, as she is an adaptive athlete herself. She is a motivational speaker for companies, helping individuals and teams understand that change is possible and leadership starts within. She also presents on movement and mobility internationally and is the co-creator and lead instructor of the popular Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes program. She recently authored a memoir (WARRIOR) that was published through Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins.
In addition to her practice, wellness and speaking efforts, Dr. Theresa Larson is a huge advocate for Challenged Athletes Foundation, Team Red White and Blue, a veteran non-profit, National Eating Disorder Association, CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete Alliance, and Resiliency Project.
Theresa’s mission is to deliver crucial information to people who need it the most. Anybody who has gone through loss, trauma, or a major change in their life needs to find their new normal again. Through ADAPT Media and the “My New Normal” podcast, she offers stories of motivation and strength, overcoming hardship, and information on injuries from some of the top professionals and organizations in the world.
She believes that our ability to optimally adapt to a new normal is a choice. As the Dalai Lama says, “beautiful things don’t come without some suffering.” 2QQrAxSm1d5lwwsdhinN
Jun 09, 202147:06
(S1:E37) Frogman Leaps into Mindfulness and Meditation

(S1:E37) Frogman Leaps into Mindfulness and Meditation

Jon Macaskill Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States Husband | Father | Retired Navy SEAL | Podcast Host & Producer | Speaker | Leader | Mindfulness Teacher | Expert mono-tasker!  Jon Macaskill, MMT, is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher. This week’s guest on the Mettle of Honor Podcast is Jon Macaskill - Navy SEAL Commander (Retired). Jon Macaskill was born in South Africa and moved with his parents and 4 siblings to the United States when he was 7. He grew up in Ruston, Louisiana where he was an avid track and cross-country runner. After graduating high school, he served briefly as an enlisted sailor in the Navy before receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jon Macaskill, retired Navy SEAL Commander, served in multiple highly dynamic leadership positions during his 24-year military career in the U.S. Navy - from the battlefield to the operations center and the board room. Jon has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, off the coast of Somalia, and in Panama. He also runs a consulting business that brings mindfulness and meditation to high-performing teams to aid in dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression, all while increasing focus, creativity, and productivity. After retiring, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and podcast host, and producer for Veteran’s PATH, a nonprofit organization that works to introduce meditation and mindfulness to veterans to bring them a sense of Peace, Acceptance, Transformation, and Honor. He now does keynote speaking engagements on developing leadership, grit, and resilience at the individual and organizational levels. He also owns his own mindfulness consulting company, Macaskill Consulting, LLC, bringing mindfulness and meditation to high-performing teams to aid in dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression all while increasing focus, creativity, and productivity. Jon’s wife, Beka, also served in the Navy and is now a civilian Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Together, they are the proud parents of three small children, and recently after an adventurous 6 months as a family in an RV, they have settled in Colorado Springs.   |   |   | Instagram @mindfulfrogman | Facebook @mindfulfrogman  | Clubhouse @mindfulfrogman
Jun 02, 202101:01:19


Memorial day is a day set aside to remember not just those who served in the military (that’s what Veterans Day on November 11th represents), but those who gave their all for the sake of the freedom that we are able to enjoy as Americans. In this episode, I want to highlight a group of women who served during the World War II era. They are known as The WASP - Women Air Support Pilots. Not only discussing the history of wasp but highlighting three with members who are buried in my home state, South Carolina. #YouveGotMettle
May 31, 202118:05
(S1:E35) Echo in Ramadi: They're Not Collateral Damage. They're People

(S1:E35) Echo in Ramadi: They're Not Collateral Damage. They're People

Scott A. Huesing is a retired USMC Infantry Major with over 24 years of service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer. His career spanned 10 deployments and he conducted operations in over 60 countries worldwide. During his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa he planned, led, and conducted hundreds of combat missions under some of the most austere and challenging conditions. As a Marine Infantry Officer in 2006 Scott had the privilege to command Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) while attached to 1-9 Infantry Battalion ("Manchu"), 1st Brigade Combat Team (1 BCT “Ready First”), United States Army (USA) as part of the Surge Strategy in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
In his book, Huesing transports readers to the deadly streets of Iraq in this visceral, gripping portrayal of urban combat. Bound together by honor and surrounded by chaos, they battled on the frontlines of a war without rules against an elusive, ruthless enemy who wore no uniforms and showed little mercy. Page after page, Huesing brings the resilience and bravery of the Marines brilliantly to life and shows how the devastation and terror of combat that left indelible scars on these heroes’ bodies, psyches, and souls. Like earlier classics about men at war--Helmet for My Pillow, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and Generation Kill—Echo in Ramadi is an unforgettable portrayal of war that will leave readers amazed and, at times, moved by the author’s masterful way of capturing the experiences and emotions of combat.
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SAVE THE BRAVE ( The mission at Save The Brave (STB) is to connect veterans through outreach programs to build strength of character. Our essential task is to prevent veteran suicide. STB is committed to providing veterans with Post Traumatic Stress ways to connect in a safe space. STB EMAIL ( Save the Brave is a certified 501(C)3 registered in the State of California.
May 31, 202155:02
(S1:E34) STRATEGIC ACTION: Enlisting A Soldier. Maintaining A Family

(S1:E34) STRATEGIC ACTION: Enlisting A Soldier. Maintaining A Family

Major General Todd McCaffrey | Army Infantry Officer, retired
Service History: Todd served in the Army for over 34 years retiring in the grade of Major General. He completed his military career as the Chief of Staff, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his final military posting Todd served in an array of positions during a career that included seventeen moves and multiple deployments. Among his assignments, he has served in combat as both an infantry battalion and brigade commander; he was the US Army’s Director of Training, and he commanded an Army Training Division assisting US Army Reserve and US Army National Guard units attain and maintain readiness. He remains privileged to have led, served and fought alongside the best men and women this Nation has to offer.
Education/Major(s): BS in Organization Leadership (1986), US Military Academy; MS in Economics/Operations Research (1997), Colorado School of Mines; MS in National Security Studies (2007), US Army War College
Todd assists the Veterans and Military Services Team at the University of South Carolina attract, admit, enroll, and support military and veteran students. He also helps align the university’s world class research capabilities with critical national security challenges.
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Purple Heart Parking. The Purple Heart parking initiative, launched across the Columbia campus, comes with a new parking pass level also launches along with the symbolic space, which is ADA van compliant. The space is set apart with a special paint job and sign provided by Carl Lopez, commander of the South Carolina Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Purple Heart Parking decals at a reduced rate. These decals provide Purple Heart recipients with expanded parking options on campus. Contact Parking Services for details. Phone: 803-777-5160
May 26, 202152:17
(S1:E33) “Get on the Mat” and I'll Tell You about My Hat
May 19, 202155:28
(S1:E32) Mission Transition

(S1:E32) Mission Transition

Matthew J. Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He advises veterans on their transition efforts and employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the award-winning HarperCollins book Mission Transition, a practical guide for veterans in transition and their employers.
Matt serves as the Veteran Transition Assistance officer for his West Point class. He serves as an advisor to the board of YourNexStage in Washington DC (the nation's first veteran collaborative focused on the needs of women veterans), and actively serves several other veteran collaboratives around the country.
During his active duty commissioned service in the United States Army, Matt served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade. During reserve commissioned service, Matt served on the staff of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and commanded multiple regions around the country for the US Military Academy’s Admissions Office. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves, holds a secret security clearance, and serves on the Service Academy nominating committee for his local Congressman.
Matt holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a certified Project Management Professional, and holds the ASCM organization’s Certified Supply Chain Professional designation.

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Additional Advice From Transitioning Troops
Military to Civilian Thesaurus
Understanding Your Financial Needs Exercises

“The most difficult part of the transition for me was disengaging from ongoing activities and responsibilities at my last duty station and focusing on my transition to civilian life. There was more to do than I realized, with medical appointments, moving, required transition workshops, finding a job, and more. It wasn't that I felt like I was indispensable in my last position, but I had projects that I wanted to see through to completion before leaving. Also, the Army was still providing my livelihood, so I felt it incumbent on me to continue to contribute.” Dave Raymond (Former Army Colonel)
May 19, 202143:33
(S1:E31) Amy Apostol & Kate Hudson: Military Spouses Serve Too

(S1:E31) Amy Apostol & Kate Hudson: Military Spouses Serve Too

Advocates for spouses of service members in all branches of service and components as well as veterans and their families. They discussed the challenges of being a spouse, a parent, and a full-time employee while their husbands are at home and on the other side of the world serving their country.

Amy Apostol, Navy Reserve JAG Officer Spouse.
ADVISOR. Broad attorney skill set, including work in areas of national security, cybersecurity, personnel security and insider threat, policy, compliance, data sharing, privacy, GDPR, and litigation. Provides client solutions in evolving operational landscapes that require agility and innovation. Partner with business leaders to empower sustainable, legally compliant actions and policy. Help effectuate change while minimizing risk. Experienced advisor on significant and high-profile issues.

BOARD MEMBER. Gamma Phi Beta Facilities Management Company Board of Managers: make decisions about non-profit spending and operational priorities. Mission Hire Me Advisory Board: support fundraising efforts and make key partnership connections. (

COMMUNITY SUPPORTER. Fort Hunt Little League Board of Directors: support community engagement, public relations, and member experience
-Be The Good Project Volunteer: support efforts to address food shortages and hunger crisis in the DC metro area

EDUCATOR. Adjunct Professor @ Albany Law School. Guest Lecturer on cybersecurity and insider threat issues. Speaker on topics such as cybersecurity, data privacy, insider threat, military families, and women's issues.

MENTOR. Provide career guidance and support for law students, attorneys, teachers, IT professionals, military spouses, and transitioning veterans through programs such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes AMPLIFY program, Veterati, and Military Spouse JD Network.

FOUNDER. Founder and creator of TechnoLawgicGals, a supportive community for women attorneys in privacy and tech. (
-Founder and creator of Wattage Careers, a career strategy platform aimed at imbuing energy, creativity, and success into the process of career growth and development.
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Kate Hudson, (Active-duty Army officer Spouse). A passionate civil servant and lawyer committed to improving the experiences of the American public with their government. Over the past seventeen years, I have served in the public and nonprofit sectors at key interaction points for citizens: elections, the justice system, the federal civil service, and government oversight. I work to make the government agencies and systems that serve the American public more accountable, efficient, responsive, and more accessible. I love to learn how the 'sausage' gets made and strive for ways to improve it.
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May 12, 202134:21
(S1:E30) Chair of the VA Board of Appeals Also Appeals for Those Suicidal

(S1:E30) Chair of the VA Board of Appeals Also Appeals for Those Suicidal

Cheryl L. Mason serves as the Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. As Chairman, Ms. Mason leads a team of approximately 1200 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys, and operations and administrative professionals to meet the Board’s mission of conducting hearings and deciding appeals on benefits and services for Veterans and their families. Ms. Mason is accountable for the efficient and effective management of Board resources and executing a budget in excess of $190 million. The Board is the Secretary’s designee to decide appeals arising from all three administrations: Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration as well as the Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Mason is the first woman to hold the position of Chairman. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Mason held several positions at the Board including Deputy Vice-Chairman, Veterans Law Judge, and Counsel. She also served as an attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority, a Department of the Air Force civilian at HQ the United States Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and as an instructor at Central Texas College in Germany. Ms. Mason is the spouse of an Air Force veteran, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), and is the daughter of a World War II Navy Veteran who died by suicide. She advocates for changing the culture and increasing awareness surrounding mental health and suicide awareness/prevention. Chairman Mason also is a key leader in the military spouse employment initiative, working to share best practices to encourage recruiting, hiring, and retention of military spouses to support military readiness as well as transitioning Veterans. Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Ms. Mason received her B.A. with a Distinction in Political Science and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Ms. Mason began her legal career in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska. MSJDN_MISSION_STATEMENT MSJDN supports military spouses in the legal profession by advocating for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys; educating the public about the challenges faced by career-minded military spouses and their families; encouraging the hiring of military spouses; and providing a network connecting military spouse attorneys with each other and their supporters.
May 05, 202139:47
(S1:E29) Army Veteran with Autistic Twins

(S1:E29) Army Veteran with Autistic Twins

Samual Silver is an Army veteran and currently a real estate agent. He's been assisting Southern California across many communities since 2003. In this episode of the Mettle of Honor, Sam is joined by his wife who is a nurse, as they discuss life as parents of twin teenagers- one of which has ADHD and the other who is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He also talks about life as a Jewish service member - Jewish via ethnicity and religious belief.
Having been honored by the local media and positively reviewed by countless past clients, I continue to retain a strong following, bringing folks what they need and want, regardless of their deadlines and the like. I'm passionate about real estate and helping people, and upon visiting my website, you'll get the best idea of what to expect when we work together. As a top-notch REALTOR® who stops at nothing to help my clients, you'll be thrilled with what we could do together. What will you find when you visit his website for the first time? When you're ready to sell your home, you'll see he specializes in many varieties on the local market and then some. Perhaps you invested in commercial property. Maybe you've got a luxury home in a golf course community you want to sell. Let Sam Silver, real estate agent, guide you. Except for the time he served in the United States Military, his entire life has been in Southern California, so he knows these communities. As I continue to educate myself on the market and the latest methods and tricks of the trade, there's truly no one better suited to help you list and sell your property.
Sam Silver Reliable REALTOR®! (License #: 01412755)
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May 01, 202141:47
(S1:E28) Shelly Huhtanen on Autism in the Military Family

(S1:E28) Shelly Huhtanen on Autism in the Military Family

Shelly Huhtanen, an Army wife and mother balancing a military life with a special needs child, said she has to plan her entire day to set her family up for success. Mark, Shelly, Broden, and their older son Hayden moved to Fort Hood in 2009 and enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – an Army-wide service that takes into consideration what reassignments and jobs are best for families who have special needs children. The program also helps families connect with community support and services. "Sometimes I think we let the big Army push us into jobs where our family might not have the best care, but you can shape that and influence it," Mark said. But even with that help, it's still a struggle. In a constantly changing military setting, Broden doesn't do well with transitions. Even the smallest change in a daily routine can throw him into a tailspin. "When I pick him up from therapy, if I take a left instead of a right he will scream until he realizes where we are going. It can turn into a two-hour tantrum," Shelly said. It controls every aspect of their lives; where they go, who they see, and what they do.
Shelly Huhtanen is the author of the book Giving Voice Silent. This book is compiled of intimate short stories that involve a military family raising a child with autism. Issues such as stress involved with deployments, transitions with PCS moves, and fighting for an appropriate education are discussed. To connect with Shelly Huhtanen, she can be found on LinkedIn at For more information about her book, Giving Voice To The Silent Many, please visit The book can be purchased on Amazon through this link:
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The Council of Autism Service Providers supports our members by cultivating, sharing, and advocating for provider best practices in autism services. The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Our member agencies care for more than 50,000 children and adults with autism across the United States and have collective revenues approaching 1 billion dollars. We serve as a force for change, providing information and education and promoting standards that enhance quality.
The mission of the National Autism Law Center is to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals on the autism spectrum and to serve as a resource for such individuals and their families, as well as to the service providers and attorneys who support them.
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services VR prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment. Our goal is to ensure that “quality happens one person at a time.”
Apr 27, 202101:17:00
(S1:E27) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

(S1:E27) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

In 1987, a young woman working in the West Wing of the Reagan White House was introduced to a dashing Army colonel. She was a 2nd lieutenant in the Air National Guard. He was a Vietnam combat veteran. They fell deeply in love. Within months they married. On November 12, 1992, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, 44, who was the assistant adjutant general of the Alaska Army Guard at the time, was making a routine flight to a facility in Juneau from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage in an Army C-12F twin-engine Beechcraft along with seven others. The guard were preparing for an instrument-aided landing when the plane crashed on southern Chilkat Peninsula. They died shortly after the crash. This week’s guest is his surviving spouse, Bonnie Carroll- an American widow. "We had five wonderfully happy years together," Bonnie said. "Then he was gone. That August, I got together with some of the other families who lost loved ones that day. We chartered a helicopter and visited the crash site. It was on the side of a mountain, and the remains of the plane were still there. For us, being at the site provided finality, and was very much a healing experience." While that experience may have helped stanch some of the emotional bleeding, the ache of loss only grew deeper. Bonnie looked around for some group that might offer support. There was none. "No group was there for all those who lose a loved one serving in the Armed Forces to reach out to," she said. All that winter, Bonnie Carroll thought about that void, thought about creating an organization to fill that void, talked to folks who could empathize with her pain: others who had lost a husband or a wife, brother or sister, son or daughter; officials in the Pentagon and the VA. In October 1994, she launched the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Today she still serves as the President & Founder of TAPS- the leading national Military Service Organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a military loved one. She is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Contact Information for Bonnie Carroll T.A.P.S. Social Media T.A.P.S. Website LinkedIn (company) LinkedIn Profile (personal): Facebook Page: Twitter:
Apr 23, 202139:22
(S1:E26)The 14th Presidential Commander: When Blue Stars Turn Gold

(S1:E26)The 14th Presidential Commander: When Blue Stars Turn Gold

Meet Gold Star Widow, Alison (Dart) Banholzer of the Washington, D.C/ Maryland area. Alison, originally from Redmond, WA, married U.S. Air Force pilot, Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) David Banholzer. In early 2014, David achieved his dream. Not only had he flow Air Force 2 followed by piloting Air Force 1, LTC David Banholzer was appointed by then, President Barrack Obama, as the 14th Presidential Commander of Air Force One! Driven by pure passion and creativity, Alison Banholzer, mother of two fabulous gymnasts, Kate and Caroline, launched "Wear Your Spirit Wearhouse" from her kitchen table in 2004. Meanwhile, David was pursuing his dreams as an Air Force officer and pilot. The girls were growing up and both David’s and Alison’s dreams had come true. "Wear Your Spirit Wearhouse" outgrew the kitchen table and moved into a commercial space and LTC David Banholzer was piloting and commanding the most prestigious piloting position any pilots could ask for. Tragically, later that year, David was diagnosed with terminal cancer and eventually lost his battle in 2017. To honor David’s legacy of service, Ali and her team are committed to excellence. They provide the highest standards of service possible to customers all over the country. If you look at our logo, hear us talking about spirits soaring or things taking flight - now you know why! "Everyone knows what it feels like to have your spirit take flight and soar. That pure rush of happiness! My story has taught me that life is short and should be celebrated. Let's celebrate together!” -Ali Banholzer

Apr 21, 202135:54
(S1:E25) if you never felt like quitting, you never started living
Apr 14, 202154:21
(S1:E24 USMC VET) The Smoking Panda

(S1:E24 USMC VET) The Smoking Panda

Joey Mac Dizon | Hopatcong, NJ | USMC Veteran | Military and Veteran Program Coordinator at Hope For The Warriors | CEO of The Mobile Cigar Lounge & Belleau Wood Cigars | The Mobile Cigar Lounge is led by a highly experienced and motivated team of military veteran entrepreneurs.  The Mobile Cigar Lounge is dedicated to giving back to our fellow veterans, active service members, and first responders. The goal is to assist veterans with various challenges they face, connect them with the resources and tools they need and ultimately be a support system for our servicemen and women. BACKPACKS FOR LIFE Backpacks For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the homeless and at-risk veteran communities. The goal is to assist veterans with the various challenges they face, connect them with the resources and tools they need and ultimately be a support system for our servicemen and women. JOEY MAC DIZON CONTACT INFORMATION WEBSITE: |  EMAIL:      PHONE: 201-618-7776  LINKEDIN
Apr 07, 202152:56
Rear Admiral Melissa Bert: 1st Female JAG & Chief Counsel of the USCG

Rear Admiral Melissa Bert: 1st Female JAG & Chief Counsel of the USCG

Rear Admiral Melissa Bert serves as the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Prior flag assignments held by Melissa Bert include the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and Deputy Director of Operations for U.S. Northern Command.
Before promotion to flag-rank in 2016, she distinguished herself in service in both legal and operational capacities.
As a lawyer, she was Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Office, supporting U.S. engagement with the International Maritime Organization and providing legal advice on a variety of policies – including the Law of the Sea, drug and migrant interdiction, homeland security, search and rescue, pollution response, port and vessel safety/security, counter-terrorism, Arctic policy, and environmental protection.
For her legal expertise she was awarded the Young Military Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard by the American Bar Association in 1997 and the Judge Advocates Association Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in 2006.
Operationally, she was Chief of Staff for the Seventh Coast Guard District, responsible for oversight of Coast Guard operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. During the attacks of 9/11, she was the Operations Officer for Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach protecting one of the nation’s most valuable ports. She previously served aboard two cutters, including as Executive Officer of the Cutter Red Birch in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rear Admiral Bert is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and George Washington University Law School. She has been a national security fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a military fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. She has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and University of Miami Law School.

She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association and a Proctor in Admiralty in the United States Maritime Law Association.

She is also the founder of the Women’s Leadership Initiative supporting mentoring and professional development for Coast Guard women in uniform and civilians.
Mar 28, 202139:45
(S1:E22) What’s Your ROI?
Mar 24, 202146:09
(S1:E2) Combat Engineer Turns Molecular Biologist | Dr. Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D.

(S1:E2) Combat Engineer Turns Molecular Biologist | Dr. Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D.

Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D. CEO & Founder at Free to Feed  | Doctoral Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology  |  Combat Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Trillitye wrote, “Instead of a legacy, my family passed down generations of physical and sexual abuse.  I wanted more for my children than hospitals, foster homes, and courthouses.  I  dreamed of a  day when  I could provide unity, support, and stability for my family.  Throughout my adolescent years, I often thought about my future.  I decided the only way to achieve my dreams was to continue my education beyond high school and to surround myself with highly successful and motivated individuals. The means to accomplish this occurred during my last semester of high school when an Army National Guard recruiter visited my school.  At only seventeen, I enlisted in the National Guard, and I am proud to say that I am still serving today. At nineteen years old, I deployed to Iraq. I was faced with the harsh realization that the country to which I was deployed did not share the freedoms that I had experienced in my life.  Consequently, I witnessed true adversity as I was thrust into a world where poverty, hunger, and rampant disease were a part of everyday life. Being one of the few women in the country to serve in the military has proven to be an integral part of my identity.  I discovered that the abuse inflicted upon me as a child does not define the woman I am today. I have overcome my past and will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.  The military has given me the strength to shed the yoke of abuse and focus on the amazing career and philanthropic opportunities that await. My passion as a Molecular Biologist and mother of two led to my founding Free to Feed™, Inc.  Free to Feed™ creates science-based content for allergen-free breastfeeding and is developing products to empower parents through infant allergies. Idaho Business Review | Article by Alex Stephens | 16 March 2020 |  Trillitye Paullin, 2020 Women of the Year Trillitye Paullin's contact information: Free to Feed Website: Dr. Trill | Free to Feed Email Address: LinkedIn Profile: Free to Feed Podcast: Podcasts | Free to Feed
Mar 23, 202140:02
(S1:S1) A Wild Ride Called Life

(S1:S1) A Wild Ride Called Life

Meet Annette Whitenberger | Retired Army Chemical Officer | Author | Blogger | Military Spouse
She is a mother of two, a wife to an active duty Army Officer who is still serving in the military (26 years and counting!), as well as being an author, speaker, and podcast host. Her time in the Army includes a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Annette's blog, A Wild Ride Called Life ®, LLC. incorporates stories from her post-military life in which she shares how she lives life as being a mom and military spouse living with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She also hosts a podcast titled “The Truths We Hide” in which not only does she share her story, but she also has guests who share theirs and offers advice to others to help them know that they are not alone.
Annette is no stranger to finding herself in some of the darkest areas of life. Like many veterans, the transition from military life to civilian life was a difficult transition. It’s these times when many veterans find themselves in the search of their true identity outside the military uniform. Listen in to this episode of The Mettle of Honor to hear her talk about some of these stories. Her book, A Wild Ride Called Life, will be coming out in the summer of 2021.

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Trauma Survivors Network.

For more information about Annette, visit Freedom from Trauma, or contact her at any of the links below.
LINKEDIN PROFILE:🎗annette-whittenberger🎗-a953a227
FACEBOOK: A Wild Ride Called Life | Facebook
Mar 23, 202141:60
(S1:E3) Shauna Springer, Ph.D. on WARRIOR: Know Thyself. Know Thy Tribe

(S1:E3) Shauna Springer, Ph.D. on WARRIOR: Know Thyself. Know Thy Tribe

Doctor Shauna Springer, Ph.D – known as “Doc Springer” in the military community, is one of the nation's leading experts on trauma, military transition, and close relationships. After serving 8 years as a frontline psychologist in the Department of Veterans Affairs, she transitioned to Senior Director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S.). Her devotion and passion over the past decade have resulted in earning a rare form of trust with military leaders and combat warfighters. In her current role as Chief Psychologist of Stella Center, she works to advance a new model of treatment for trauma-related symptoms that fuses biological and psychological interventions.  Dr. Springer’s work has been featured on CNN, Business Insider, THRIVE Global, VICE, US News and World Report, NPR, NBC, CBS Radio, Forbes, Washington Post, and Military Times. She is co-author of the best-selling book, Beyond the Military, which explores the psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of military transition. Her newest book WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us brings the worlds of the warrior and those they protect together to shine new light on things that many thought we understood: Trust, Stigma, Firearms, The Imploding Mind, and Connection.  Dr. Shauna Springer was also a guest on DOV Baron's podcast- Leadership & Loyalty- where she talks about the impact of COVID  on mental health.  The link to that episode is:   Doctor Shauna Springer's Contact Information WEBSITE: LINKEDIN PROFILE:  EMAIL ADDRESS: LINKEDIN SHOWCASE PROFILE:
Mar 19, 202133:14
(S1:E21) My Weapon of Choice? Strength and Perseverance

(S1:E21) My Weapon of Choice? Strength and Perseverance

⚠️TRIGGER WARNING⚠️In this episode, there is a discussion containing details of sexual assault and suicide. If you are sensitive to these topics, I encourage you to proceed with caution and only listen if you feel as though you are able to do so. Lakeydra Houston | Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex | Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate | Public Speaker | K.E.Y. Fit Company | HR Recruiting Manager | Mental Resiliency Advocate | YouthMentor Meet Air Force veteran Master Sergeant Lakeydra Houston of the Dallas, Texas area. Lakeydra entered into the military as a Security Forces Airman, became an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter, and is currently serving as a Recruitment Manager. She’s a volunteer for VETS2INDUSTRY and is a Sexual Assault Prevention & Mental Health Advocate. With Key Fitness Company, she is found empowering people and businesses to create a connection between physical and mental fitness. "My goal is to empower our military and civilian community to become fit mind, body, and spirit through veteran assistance, wellness resources, resiliency workshops, mental sharpness techniques, and mentorship. Our focus should be on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; we all matter.  I am a SURVIVOR of suicide, sexual assault, and a wellness/mental health advocate. This is the driving force behind the vision of my business, KEY (Knowledge/Empowerment/You-nity) Fit, to help others understand there is hope." Features include Dateline NBC, Live at the Table, VCV, and V2I. “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” Dr. Steve Maraboli Let’s heal mind, body, and soul. Knowledge • Empowering • You-nity  LINKEDIN  COMPANY WEBSITE: Air Force Veteran Brian Arrington, the CEO, and Founder of Vets2Industry was a guest on the Mettle of Honor (S1:E5)  VETS2INDUSTRY: Brian Arrington: 
Mar 17, 202150:46
(S1:E20) The Original Private Benjamin

(S1:E20) The Original Private Benjamin

Annie Brock | Army Veteran | LTI President & Founder Annie spent 9+ years in the US Army. She, as an enlisted soldier, was a Human Resources Specialist, Paralegal Specialist, and found herself not only airborne qualified, but was one of the first 100 females in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Annie commissioned as an Army Officer serving as a specially trained Aeromedical Evacuation Aviator flying UH-60 and UH-1V helicopters. As an Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps, Annie served in Landstuhl, Germany in the late 1980s as an Interim Supervisor, OIC of MEDCEN's Outpatient Clinic. Annie has a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master’s in Public Leadership with specialization in Multi-Sector Management from George Washington University. She also earned her certifications in both the lean six Sigma green belts (LSSGB) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB). Annie Brook is the CEO and Founder of the Leader Transition Institute (LTI). The Leader Transition Institute assists individuals who are transitioning from one industry sector to another, with a special emphasis on service members, veterans, and their spouses who are transitioning from active military service to the civilian sector. Changing Focus is designed for service members who will leave, or who have left, active duty within the next/past two years. All veterans, regardless of when they left active duty, are eligible to attend. ANNIE BROCK CONTACT INFORMATION Company Website: LinkedIn Profile:
Mar 10, 202157:03
(S1:E19) Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass

(S1:E19) Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass

“The Leader of Character” formula others want to follow is
Hard Work + Perseverance = Success
In Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters, Vice Admiral Sandy Stosz, US Coast Guard (retired) draws upon her 40 years of extensive experience and wisdom as a woman directing mostly all-male teams in front-line leadership positions to provide tools that will help leaders, particularly those at the middle level, reach their goals and succeed. The purpose of the book is to provide tools that will help leaders navigate complexity to reach their goals and succeed at every level. Character-centered, proven leadership principles emerge from Admiral Stosz’s engaging, personal stories that teach leaders how to find, and then become, an inspiring mentor; implement effective diversity, inclusion, and equity programs; successfully lead in an ever-changing environment, and much more.
Current Volunteer Experience
Chairperson, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Sailing Council (August 2018 – present)
Flag Officer Advisory Council Arizona State University (January 2019 – Present)
Board Member, The Flag and General Officers Network (June 2018 – Present)
Board Of Advisors, Darley Defense (January 2019 – Present)
"Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters" can be purchased at this link:
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Mar 03, 202146:18
(S1:10) You Are A Masterpiece. Go Act Like It
Feb 27, 202139:50
The Grit Institute: Commit, Learn, and Launch

The Grit Institute: Commit, Learn, and Launch

Shannon Polson, Optimist | Badass | Speaker | Veteran | Author of “The Grit Factor” (HBR Press) | Founder of The Grit Institute: building courageous, compassionate, creative leaders with a focus on grit and resilience in a time of challenge and change.

At age 19, Shannon Huffman Polson became the
youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the
highest mountain in North America. She went on
to reach the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt.
Kilimanjaro and spent more than a decade
traveling the world. Yet it was during her experience serving as one of the Army's first female attack helicopter pilots, and eventually leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that she learned the
lessons of leadership that forever changed her life.
Where did these insights come from? From her own crucibles of experience - and from other women. Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World, and the founder of The Grit Institute, a leadership institute committed to whole leader development and a focus on grit and resilience.
As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class keynotes and training to companies and organizations on leadership and grit.
After serving for a decade in the armed services, Polson earned her MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and led outstanding teams in the corporate world at Microsoft. Polson lives with her husband and two boys in Washington State.

The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World
With its gripping narrative and relatable takeaways, The Grit Factor is both inspiring and pragmatic, a book that will energize and enlighten current and aspiring leaders everywhere—whether male or female.
Learn more from publisher Harvard Business Review “Truly one of a kind, a giant and unique step forward” - Tom Peters, co-author, In Search of Excellence
“...will inspire and instruct new generations of leaders in any context. A must-read." — General Charles C. Krulak, US Marine Corps, Retired, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps


Feb 24, 202135:29
(S1:E17) USMC Veteran Amy Forsythe is live in 5-4-3-2...

(S1:E17) USMC Veteran Amy Forsythe is live in 5-4-3-2...

Meet Marine Corps Veteran Amy Forsythe of San Diego, CA. Amy is a Communications and Visual Information Strategist. In the military, Amy served as a Comb