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Tuesday, August 22nd
PTSD Treatment for Vets of All Ages
Vietnam Veterans of America spokesman Kris Goldsmith speaks with reporter Jarid Watson about VVA's efforts to ensure that veterans diagnosed with PTSD get the proper treatment both while in, and after leaving the service. Including efforts to help those given "bad paper" discharges while suffering from PTSD.
The Morning Briefing: Trump's Afghanistan Plan
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, host Eric Dehm speaks with ConnectingVets.com Capitol Hill reporter Matt Saintsing talks about President Donald Trump's new strategy for the Afghanistan conflict. Also, Eric and Producer Jake Hughes discuss the tragic collision of the USS John S. McCain by an oil tanker.
Monday, August 21st
The Morning Briefing: Staying Heart Healthy
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, host Eric Dehm speakisn with ConnectingVets.com reporter Caitlin Kenney about the construction of the National Army Museum. Also, VA reporter Jonathan Kaupanger tells us about three new programs the VA is using to monitor your heart.
Friday, August 18th
The Morning Briefing: Home-Buying Advice for Veterans
Host Eric Dehm and Reporter Caitlin Kenney talk about the forthcoming National Museum of the US Army. Reporter Jonathan Kaupanger tells us about four great websites for vets looking for work, and Reporter Jarid Watson tells a horror story about buying a house that happens to be his own.
The VFW: More Than Just A Social Club
The Veteran's of Foreign Wars is one of the oldest, and most well-known Veteran Service Organzations in the nation. VFW's National Communications Director Joe Davis joins Eric Dehm (also a VFW member) to talk about the variety of programs the VFW has, and why the public perception of the organization is often ill-informed.
Thursday, August 17th
Podcast Roulette #1: Fighter, Hacker & Mandatory Fun
Phil Briggs is on a mission to find the best Veteran-focused podcasts. In this episode he discovers; a UFC fighter on
This Week at VA
; a covert hacker who works for the US Intelligence community on
; and hillarious guys who love military history and drinks on the
Pinups for Vets: Bringing Back 1940's Fashion to Raise Money for Veterans
Gina Elise, the founder of Pinups for Vets, Speaks with Eric about her twelve years of putting out a calendar that raises money for veterans, featuring women veterans posing in the style of 1940's era "pin Ups."
The "Forever G.I Bill" is Finally Law!
The national executive director of AmVets, USMC veteran Joe Chenelley, talks with Eric about AmVets national convention, the importance and effect of the "Forever G.I. Bill," and how AmVets is now focusing their attention on making some much needed changes to help pre-9/11 caregivers
Wednesday, August 16th
Ms. Vet USA: What One Woman is Doing to Fight Veteran Homelessness
On this edition of the Morning Briefing, Host Eric Dehm speaks with ConnectingVets.con Capitol Hill reporter Matt Saintsing about Pinups for Vets, an organization that raises money for veteran hospitals. Also, VA reporter Jonathan Kaupanger updates us on the continuing story of the New hampshire VA hospital. FInally, we speak with Lindsey Gutierrez, a finalist for the 2017 Ms. Vet USA competition.
Change is coming to the American Legion ...
American Legion, National Commander, Charles Schmidt talks with Eric Dehm about his time with the Legion and where the organization is headed in the future.
Tuesday, August 15th
Fight for Vets' Rights ... How the VFW gets it done on Capitol Hill
Jonathon Towles, Legistlative Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars, talked with Eric Dehm about the legistlation that affects Veterans including; The Choice Act & The Forever GI Bill.
The Morning Briefing: "Tuesday Aug 15, Get Money Smart"
The "Money Smart Guy" Matt Sapaula talks Veterans financial issues and how to "get your head above water, and keep it there." Reporter Matt Saintsing has Capitol Hill reactions to the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA.
What can the DAV do for YOU? Interview w/ Disabled American Veterans, Executive Dir.
Eric Dehm talked with Disabled American Veterans, Executive Director, Garry Augustine about; the services DAV offers, the Choice Act legistaltion, and Garry's insight after dealing with the VA for over 40 years.
Monday, August 14th
The Morning Briefing: "Monday Aug 14, Heroes Vodka"
Founder of Heroes Vodka and Marine Corps Veteran, Travis McVey talks about how he got tired of tires, and started an award winning brand of Vodka. Plus Capitol Hill Reporters Jonathan Kaupanger & Matt Saintsing talk about VA finances and funding for the Choice Plan and legistlation.
VetStory: "Montel Williams- Navy Veteran, King of TV Talk Shows & Activist"
Before Montel WIlliams was a TV celebrity, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and graduated from the Naval Academy. Phil Briggs spoke with him about his military past, how he became one of the most popular talk show hosts in America, and his thoughts on the VA, the opiod addiction crisis and medical cannabis.
Thursday, August 10th
VetStory: "Shooting America- The Veteran Behind The National Park's Epic Photography"
Everyone has seen screen savers featuring stunning pictures of surreal landscapes. First shot by the legendary photographer, Ansel Adams, Army Veteran, Franks Ruggles, is among the few Americans have held the title, The Official National Parks Photographer. Caitlin Kenney recently spoke with him about jumping out planes, romance, bear encounters and his journey from Paratrooper to photgrapher.
Tuesday, August 8th
VetStory: Saffron- The Spice that Fights Terrorism ... and Changes Lives
When Connecting Vet’s spoke with Keith Alaniz, Army Veteran and co-founder of Rumi Spice, we learned how 3 military veterans built a global spice empire by empowering Afghan farmers to grow Saffron. And along the way they're steering money away from the Taliban and the heroin industry.
Monday, August 7th
The Morning Briefing: " Illinois Raises Taxes ... Grunt Style CEO Fights for Workers"
When Illinois raised taxes, Dan Alarik, Veteran and Grunt Syle CEO/Founder, did something pretty surprising. He told The Morning Briefing's Eric Dehm, how he's responding to the tax increase and fighting for his employees.
The Morning Briefing: "The Website All Veterans Should Know About"
Rally Point .com- It's like a combination of Linked In and Facebook .. and it's dedicated to helping the lives of Veterans. Bob McDonald, former VA Secretary and Rally Point's newest board member, talks with Eric Dehm about the site, and what it can do for you.
The Morning Briefing: "Veteran hosts new show on HGTV "
Eric Dehm talks with Marine Veteran, real estate expert, Andy Williams about his military experience and hosting the new show
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
, on HGTV.
Thursday, July 27th
The Morning Briefing: Sculptor of Bronze … Heart of Gold
They are more than just sculptures- the work of Marine Corps Veteran, Cliff Leonard, ensures the memory of fallen service members will live forever in bronze. Eric Dehm interviews the artist who shares some amazing stories.
The Afternoon Briefing: Trump's Transgender Tweet
Jarid Watson and Matt Saintsing discuss the President's tweets about banning transgender service members with Matt Thorn, Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN.
Wednesday, July 26th
Still Serving: The General who Fights for Nebraska
What made a former Air Force General want to go into politics? What is he fighting for now? Eric Dehm talks with Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon.
Recon Capitol Hill: Born To Run ... for Congress?
Do Veterans really win more elections? Do they make better politicians? Where do they usually win? Jarid Watson and Matt Saintsing learn from Dr Jeremy Teigen, Prof of Political Science, Ramapo College, NJ.
Tuesday, July 25th
VetStory: "How to Live Like a Saint" The Miraculous Stories of Father Emil Kapaun,
During the Korean War, Father Emil Kapaun walked through heavy gunfire without getting shot. He pushed enemy soldiers out of the way, without carrying a gun. He carried a wounded soldier for over 20 miles. In this interview Father John Hotze, shares stories of Father Kapaun's actions (or miracles) in a Korean War POW camp and his campaign to have The Catholic Church recognize him as a Saint.
Friday, July 21st
The Afternoon Briefing: Interview w/ Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe talked about: "Jobs for Veterans" in Cyber & Medical fields, and opening Medical & Benefit Centers.
Thursday, July 20th
VetStory: Guns, Dope & Suicide Prevention w/ Doc Todd, Rapper / Navy Veteran
It’s not often that a hip hop artist’s experience with guns includes firefights in Afghanistan. And it’s even more rare when the story of trauma, death and addiction has a happy ending. But, the story of hip hop artist / Navy Veteran, Doc Todd, is truly inspiring. Recently Connecting Vets.com reporter Phil Briggs sat down with Doc as he shared vivid details about his life and his mission to stop Veteran suicides.
Tuesday, July 18th
Deal With It: “Spending a Quarter Billion to Help Vets” The Cohen Veterans Network
Veterans and family members often experience things, which are best treated by mental health professionals. However, finding the right care, the right people and the right locations can be difficult. Thanks to a gigantic investment by billionaire, philanthropist Steven Cohen, The Cohen Veterans Network is building a potential solution for treating these mental health issues. Connecting Vets.com Morning Briefing, Host, Eric Dehm spoke with CEO & Veteran, Dr. Anthony Hasan, about how the Cohen Network plans to help Veterans nationwide.
Monday, July 17th
What Goes Around: Coming Soon "The US Army Museum"
The Army is finally getting its own museum. Tammy Call, the director of the National Museum of the United States Army, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, president of The Army Historical Foundation, spoke to ConnectingVets.com’s Jarid Watson about; the location of the under-construction museum, the registry for Army Veterans to tell their stories, and the fundraising options available for supporters of the museum.
VetStory: Donna Austin teaches "The Things To Do Before You Die"
Donna Austin is an Army Veteran and a mortician. While the secrets to life may still be a mystery, the things every Veteran should do before they reach life's finish line are no mystery at all. ConnectingVets.com reporters Jonathan Kaupanger & Phil Briggs talk with Austin and get some important advice along with some incredible stories.
Friday, July 14th
Deal With It: Cole Lyle & PAWS
Dogs may be man's best friend, but for some Veterans, they can be life savers. The Morning Briefing host, Eric Dehm spoke with Cole Lyle, a Veteran who is getting the attention of Congress, with a bill that would make getting service dogs easier for Vets.
The Afternoon Briefing: Ashley Nicolas, Pat Tillman Scholar
Named for the great NFL player turned Army Ranger, the Pat Tillman Foundation is welcoming the 2017 class of Pat Tillman Scholars. ConnectingVets.com’s Jarid Watson spoke with scholar Ashley Nicolas, about how the foundation was formed, the scholar program for veterans and families, and the work of these scholars in their communities.
Wednesday, July 12th
Deployment to Employment: Scoutcomms- “Now is the Time to be a Veteran Entrepreneur!”
How did a Veteran go from the Army to creating a powerful PR firm that has some of the world’s biggest brands as clients? ConnectingVet.com’s Jarid Watson talks to Scoutcomms CEO, Fred Wellman, about how he helps companies better serve Veterans, and why now is the best time for a Veteran to start a business.
The Morning Briefing: Amazon.com is Hiring Vets
Think you might like to work for Amazon.com? Connecting Vets.com’s Jake Hughes speaks with Tim Bomke, an Army Veteran and a leader helping to build Amazon’s initiatives for hiring veterans and military spouses.
Tuesday, July 11th
The Afternoon Briefing: Microsoft; Trains & Hires Vets
Retired Marine Major General Chris Cortez – now heading military affairs programs for Microsoft – and Jeanna Peterson, the company’s director of government and public relations – talk with ConnectingVets.com’s Jarid Watson about the Microsoft programs designed to help transitioning service members prepare for meaningful careers in IT.
Still Serving: Vets4Warriors; Vets Give others Help & Hope
For anyone who has ever experienced DEPRESSION … THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU. In the words of retired Army Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, “There is help, and there is hope”. Connecting Vet’s Eric Dehm spoke with Graham about Vets4Warriors, a phone support line & website, staffed by Veterans, who can instantly help Military, Veteran and family members deal with a variety of issues.
Monday, July 10th
VetStory: Deported Veterans, Hector Barajas
It’s hard to imagine that after serving our country, some Veterans get deported. But it happens- and it even happens to Veterans with an Honorable Discharge. To understand this issue and explore what’s being done about it, Connecting Vets reporters Matt Saintsing & Phil Briggs, spoke with Hector Barajas, founder of the Deported Veterans Support House, in Tijuana, Mexico and California Congresswoman, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan.
Thursday, July 6th
Women Warriors: SWAN and the Linguist who helped women around the world
Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) is no ordinary advocacy group. Former Army Linguist Janiece Marquez is no ordinary Veteran. Her story is a tale of empowerment for women that spans the globe. From Nashville to Afghnistan and from South America to Africa, she has made a difference. Connecting Vet's Jard Watson spoke with her and SWAN Program Associate Anna Stacey about SWAN's purpose and one Woman Warrior's incredible journey.
Wednesday, July 5th
Women Warriors: Kate Germano- Too Tough for Marines?
Paris Island Boot Camp is known for being tough. Marine Veteran Kate Germano, former Commanding Officer, 4th Recruit Training Battalion at US Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, may be even tougher. She made headlines when she was called "too tough for the Marines Corps". Connecting Vets Eric Dehm spoke with her and Best-Selling author, Kelly Kennedy about Kate's story and the state of women in the military today.
Friday, June 30th
Deployment to Employment: Street Shares
Are you a VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS in search of funding? Do you have an idea for a business, but lack capital? Them THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU. Connecting Vets Eric Dehm spoke with Mark Rockefeller, a Veteran who founded Street Shares, a program where investors actually compete to help fund Veteran owned business ventures.
Tuesday, June 27th
Deal With It: Homeless Women Veterans
What can be done to address the needs of homeless women Veterans? Connecting Vet's Eric Dehm spoke with Journalist, Author, Speaker and Harvard graduate Lily Casura to find some answers to this vexing issue.
Friday, June 23rd
Did a Canadian sniper make the world's longest kill shot?
Jack Murphy is a U.S. Army Special Operations sniper and editor of SOFREP.
"Preparing For A Successful Civilian Career" Dept of Labor VETS
Matt & Mika, from the Dept of Labor's, Veteran Employment & Transition Services program, recently spoke with Eric Dehm on The Morning Briefing. They gave great advice and important resources avaiable to Veterans making the transition to a civilian career.
Thursday, June 22nd
It's All Relative: No Greater Sacrifice Foundation
War demands sacrifices from soldiers. Retired US Army Colonel Tim Karcher, knows all about sacrifice- he lost both legs during his 3rd tour in Iraq. But, few ever recognize the sacrifice that families bear. Connecting Vet's Jarid Watson spoke with him about his families emotinal journey and how the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, honors the children of fallen and wounded Veterans with college scholarships.
How CrossFit saved a Veteran SEAL
As a Navy SEAL, Brian Grogan trained to be in peak physical condition. After his time in the military, he wound up in the hospital- and what put him there was something many of us do each day. Connecting Vet's Phil Briggs spoke with him and got advice about health, happiness and how CrossFit, may have saved his life.
It's All Relative: "Team Courneen" A Disabled American Veteran Story
Alexis Courneen, a disabled Coast Guard Veteran along with her husband and caregiver, Jason, describe their journey and discuss how the VA is treating them different than Post 911 disabled veterans. Connecting Vet's Eric Dehm sits down with them for their emotional and heartfelt story.
It's All Relative: DAV Caregiver Update
In this episode Disabled American Veteran's Adrian Atizado talks with Connecting Vet's Jarid Watson about the issues and challenges facing Veteran caregivers today.
Deployment to Employment: Black Rifle Coffee
Evan Hafer is the CEO of Black Rifle Coffee, and he's a US Army Veteran. Connecting Vet's Eric Dehm talked with him about what he did in the Army, how he translated those skills into starting a business and how he is now poised to take on the giants of corporate coffee.
Still Serving: Force Blue
For some Special Operations Force Veterans diving was their job. But for many, the images of war were not left in the water. Force Blue is an organization that helps heal our warriors and along the way helps heal the coral reefs in the Carribean.
Thursday, June 15th
Its All Relative: Auxiliary is the Backbone of the VFW
If you've moved to a new area, and you're looking for support, the local VFW can offer veterans and their families the community they need. The VFW Auxiliary's Megan Zinn-Sanchez tells Connecting Vets' Caitlin Kenney that two years ago, the Auxiliary - which is meant for spouses - opened up membership to husbands, not just wives, to become more inclusive to veterans families.
Deployment to Employment: Transitioning is a "Shock"
After 6 years in the Army, Shelly Pelcher tells Connecting Vets that stepping out of Fort Benninig was "tough." Only four months out, Shelly is learning how to transition to civilian life and corporate America. Hear her advice, and avoid her own pitfalls.
Deployment to Employment: Two Marines Moving
One unemployed Marine had a crazy idea: hire only transitioning vets to start a furniture moving company. Two Marines Moving started in 2008 and has grown to two hubs, Northern Virginia and South Florida. Connecting Vets' Jake Hughes talks with owner Christy Gutman about why they only hire veterans.
What Goes Around: WWI Vets: They Literally Went Through Hell
As we come upon the 100 year anniversary of World War I, it's important to remember WWI veterans, even though they are all gone. Connecting Vets' Eric Dehm talks with Chris Isleib. from the World War I Congressional Centennial Committee about the sacrifices of the men who fought the first modern large scale conflict.
Tuesday, June 13th
Bookshelf: Blood in the Woods
After two tours in Afghanistan, Army vet J.P. Willie sat down to write a book, and came up with this terrifying story of coming of age - and horror - in an idyllic small town Louisiana. Willie shares the story behind the story with Connecting Vets' Jake Hughes. Soon to be a major motion picture!
Lost in Transition: Lessons Learned
Every vet has his or her story on just how hard transition can be. Human Resources Manager and Air Force retiree, Ryan Alrich, gives Connecting Vets' Jarid Watson some pointers on how to transition smoothly.
Getting Schooled: Like Computers? Is Coding for You?
Looking for a new career? Computer programming is a great choice for veterans. Connecting Vets' Eric Dehm talks to Dave Molina, the founder of OperationCode.org, a website meant to bypass the red tape to help vets learn the business and find jobs.
It's All Relative: American Legion Auxiliary
When you think of the American Legion Auxiliary, do you think of tea and cookies? They realize veterans and their families are younger and more active than ever. Connecting Vets' Caitlin Kenney found out they're hoping you'll be their first phone call for support and and community.
Monday, June 12th
Dealing With It: Helping Survivors of KIA and Suicide
“The best thing in the world is to put a smile on someone else’s face to honor my brother,” Gold Star family member Christie Berkey says. Connecting Vets' Phil Briggs learns how TAPS – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – supports families left behind after suicide, KIA, or early death.
Wednesday, June 7th
Homes for the Brave: Providing vets with more than just a home
“You can do anything. And there’s nothing wrong with reaching out for help to get there. It’s still you doing it." Eric Dehm with Air Force veteran Stephen McBergin and CEO & executive director of Homes for the Brave, Vince Santilli.
Tuesday, June 6th
Deployment to Employment: From Marine to CEO
This veteran has a great intro into his name: Ready? "Former Marine, All-American, Silver Star recipient, UFC fighter and Fox Sports commentator Brian Stann took a walk down memory lane with Connecting Vets' Eric Dehm.