Finding Yourself in Transition: From Cult to Army Captain to Corporate Trainer - Interview with Daniella Young

November 9, 2018

In this episode with female Combat Veteran Daniella Young you'll learn how to navigate your transition to a successful outcome.  After growing up in a seriously bad religious cult, she went on to became a Captain in the US Army, and is now doing CEO forums and has an upcoming TEDx talk – 

Daniella is one of the first women to serve on a ground combat team in active war and is now a Speaker, Writer, and owns her own company. 


How to Effectively Leverage LinkedIn - LinkedIn’s Head of Military and Veterans Programs, Dan Savage, Provides Insider Tips

October 27, 2018

In this episode, you'll learn how one Veteran became a top voice at LinkedIn and how you can effectively leverage LinkedIn to gain the career you desire. 

Daniel Savage, Head of Military & Veterans Programs at LinkedIn, is a West Point graduate, has a Masters from Harvard, and helped launched the Onward to Opportunity program, through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which helps active duty prepare for life after the military. 

But it wasn't always easy. In Dan's words, “Career transitions are never easy. As a military veteran, I found the transition from military to civilian life to be daunting, and the ambiguity around choosing a civilian career path to be disorienting. I’ve been incredibly fortunate – along my journey, a handful of key leaders have invested in me, and I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work on numerous projects geared toward helping others navigate their own transition.”

This episode will provide some insight and a bit of "what to do" and "what not to do" when it comes to your own transition. 

Check out Dan's LinkedIn.

How One of America’s Most Influential and Decorated Combat Veterans, BG Carol Eggert, positioned for Success

October 18, 2018

If you are getting ready to transition or have transitioned - and want a corporate career - this is a must-listen. "How you navigate the military civilian divide" will be revealed in this session.

Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs. In this role, she works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including recruiting, hiring and building talent at all levels of the organization.

Carol brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management. During her career, she served in the Army, the Army Reserve and the National Guard, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, including Assistant Adjutant General, Battalion Commander and Chief of Staff and recently retired as a Brigadier General.

She also has worked with members from all branches of the military, completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, where she conducted a full-scale analysis of women’s initiatives and developed a strategic plan for the economic and political empowerment of Iraqi women under the U.S. Secretary of State.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her contributions to the military, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Carol is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, where she also served on the faculty and was later selected as the Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, two master’s degrees in instructional design and strategic international studies, and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership. Carol serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for West Chester University, and the Boards of Directors for Valley Forge Military Academy Board, the Philly POPS, and PsychArmor.

Her leadership in the private sector has been recognized by HillVets, who placed her on their 2016 list of the 100 most influential veterans in America, and by the Philadelphia Business Journal, who named her one of their 2016 Veterans of Influence.

U.S.VETS is honoring BG Carol Eggert at their annual Gala on November 8 in Beverly Hills. She is receiving their Harry Pregerson Public Service Award for her support of Veterans.

Find out more about Carol Eggert here.

Shaping Your Future After Transition - Interview with GEN. Wesley Clark

October 3, 2018

If you are transitioning, this interview is a must with General Wesley Clark. **please note, due to the General's location, there are some breaks/deadspots in the interview.

The secret to success. Overcoming challenges and adversity. Global warming. And now, a new film that will challenge what we do and why we do it. It’s not every day one gets to interview one of America’s most accomplished soldiers and leaders and gain insight on why he does what he does and how others can follow in his footsteps.

General Wesley K. Clark was always drawn to the military for an unknown reason. It could have had something to do with his father’s service in the Navy that influenced his decision to serve. Regardless, the young Wesley Clark went on to become a West Point valedictorian, a Rhodes Scholar, the Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, an author, co-chair of Growth Energy and now a subject matter expert in how we use and leverage energy resources in Jeff Bridges’ Award-Winning Documentary ‘Living in the Future’s Past.’

This podcast unpacks what makes General Wesley Clark stay one of America's Greatest Assets and how you can follow in his footsteps. 

Life After the Sniper Scope - interview with Rod Rodriguez GWOT Memorial Foundation

October 1, 2018

Viewing life through a sniper's scope was a daily practice for Special Forces, Green Beret Rod Rodriguez. Getting blown up was just a part of life. And when it came time to transition - not by choice - but through a med board, suddenly his daily practice was truly foreign - and more traumatic than his military experience. 

When life changes unexpectedly, how will you respond? 

In this episode, President and Chief Executive Officer at Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation Rod Rodriguez chronicles his military experience, how his wife's transition was polar opposite of his, and his journey to becoming one of America's Greatest Assets after his military experience.

Rod will tell you that he is just a normal kid from New Mexico. And this normal kid from New Mexico, after serving our country with honors, is on a new mission to bring tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in America's longest conflict. 

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation is tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..  

Former President George W. Bush was named as its honorary chairman.

What you'll learn from this podcast is that success takes work. And Rod's humble approach to achieving success is one that many can duplicate. Rod chose to give back as his next mission and purpose. 

What will be your next mission and purpose after military service?

"Continuing my service to others first through established leadership in the military and civilian communities through teamwork as well as collaboration." - Michael "Rod" Rodriguez 


When Death Hits You in the Face - An Operator’s Journey to a new Mission and Purpose

September 29, 2018

Our circumstances can sometimes be overwhelming. When Andrew lost his wife, he had a choice to make. What will you do when death hits you in the face?

Andrew E. Coussens spent nearly eight years deployed as a contractor for a classified US government program that is still active in numerous areas of the world in support of the War on Terror.

He spent three years simultaneously training partner nations in counter-terrorism tactics for the US State Department’s Global Anti-Terrorism Assistance program.

Since leaving these programs, Mr. Coussens has been employed as a consultant for The Activity Group, a company that provides field-trauma solutions for the US military (AFRICOM), Federal law enforcement agencies, SWAT/Emergency teams, and tactical medical programs worldwide.

His first novel is sure to be a best seller. A Failed State is an international war on terror novel that is fast-paced, and very real.

Damien Collins, who struggles with severe anxiety, a troubled marriage, and a custody dispute over his five-year-old daughter, is a member of this elite intelligence-gathering team trying to stop the spread of ISIS and its emergence in the hotbed of Afghanistan. Damien’s team has confidants within ISIS-Khorasan that could turn the tide of the struggle. While Damien’s team rushes to solidify their victories, he has to juggle his own chaos at home.

Check out A Failed State

How A Plane Crash and the USO Changed CDR Don Leingang’s Life / World’s Busiest USO

September 26, 2018

Your transition doesn't have to be difficult. This live, in-person interview with retired CDR Don Leingang, now Executive Director of the world's busiest USO, describes how his plane crash was his first introduction to the USO...and how the USO can support your transition. 

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Finding Mission and Purpose - Bronze Star Purple Heart recipient & Best Selling Author Sean Parnell

September 17, 2018

"...85 percent casualty rate. Lucky to make it back…"

Mike Schindler, host of The Military Wire, interviews one of America's most elite combat Veterans Sean Parnell, former Commander of a 40 Man Elite infantry platoon called The Outlaws, which became one of the most feared American units in the Afghanistan war.

We cover his best selling book, Outlaw Platoon, his latest book Man of War, how he found a new mission and purpose after service and what those who want to support those who have served can do to help. 

There's even a bit of advice for those who are transitioning on how YOU CAN FIND MISSION AND PURPOSE. 

To read more about this great book, visit: Veterans News Report / Sean Parnell 

To purchase Sean's book, visit: Parnell's Man of War