Vincent (Rocco) Vargas is a man of many talents, to include being a part owner of Article 15 Clothing, Black Rifle Coffee Company, Leadslingers Whiskey, Warfighter Tobacco, and various other pursuits.  He’s also a Youtube Star, public speaker, author, cooking show host and musician among other things – in short, he’s a renaissance man.

We have a open and honest conversation about various topics, to include:

• What he’s learned as an entrepreneur

• How he uses humor to discuss difficult topics

• His military transition and struggles

• Veteran’s owning their transition

• His favorite Article 15 Shirt

• His favorite Youtube Video that he’s starred in

 

  

Give An Hour is a national network of mental health professionals that have pledged to provide free, confidential support to military veterans and their families.  Over the past 10 years, they have provided thousands of hours of care to our community and are working to change the way that we think about mental health.

On this week’s podcast, we have the privilege of speaking with Nancy St. Claire and Rebecca Morrison, two incredible ladies who are working hard at Give An Hour’s mission.

Nancy is a licensed therapist and currently serves as Give An Hour’s COO.  She began her journey as a cultural anthropologist serving alongside soldiers in Iraq.  After seeing war first-hand, she ultimately decided to study psychology and practice in a clinical setting.

Rebecca is a program specialist at Give An Hour and works closely with organizations like Team RWB, Team Rubicon, and The Mission Continues to provide peer support and suicide prevention programs.  She is a Gold Star spouse and has also worked with families and survivors at TAPS.

We have a very honest and sometimes raw conversation that covers:

• Why we should stop using the word ‘stigma’

• The importance of maintaining our mental well being

• The value of seeing a counselor and asking for help

• Why you should absolutely ask ‘the question’

Team RWB really appreciates Give An Hour’s work and their partnership.  Nancy and Rebecca are making a difference and we know you’ll appreciate their perspective on this very important topic.

  

Paul Szoldra is a journalist at Business Insider, and the founder of the wildly popular military satire site The Duffel Blog, an online magazine with a vast military readership (The Secretary of Defense, James Mattis is known to be a reader).

In this week’s episode, we talk about the origin story of The Duffel Blog, as well how he creates and cultivates the irreverent, biting, relevant content that The Duffel Blog is famous for.  In addition, here are some topics we cover:

• The article on the Afghan president (one of his favorites): http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/08/man-in-afghan-presidents-uniform-shoots-secretary-of-defense-in-latest-green-on-blue-attack/

• His talk at Got Your 6 Storytellers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t18RJaT_KF4

• His work at Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/author/paul-szoldra

• Thomas Brennan’s The War Horse: http://www.thewarhorse.org/

• TM Gibbons-Neff at WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/thomas-gibbons-neff/

• CJ Chivers at NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/by/c-j-chivers

• His new project: WTF, over. http://www.wtfo.email

Connect with Paul via social media:

  • @paulszoldra
  • @duffelblog

  

David Oclander is a retired Army officer, who felt moved to dedicate his post-military life to inner city education.  He’s been a teacher and administrator in both Chicago and Detroit, and is working hard to shape our education system in America.

In this week’s episode, we talk about his experiences, as well as some of his views on the American education system, as well as:

• The importance of physical activity at school

• How adults can be the biggest impediment to kids learning

• Trust between teachers and kids, and why it’s critical

David is an amazing person, and incredibly inspirational!  We’re excited to bring you this episode!

 

  

 

It is hard to find a story, or a person, more inspiring than Lisa Hallett.  In 2009, her late husband John was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, John’s unit suffered numerous casualties during that deployment, leaving the entire community stunned and hurting.  With three very small children and a heavy heart, Lisa knew that she had to find a way to move forward.

Lisa and some of the family members around Joint Base Lewis-McCord used running as a way of dealing with grief and supporting each other.  In 2010, Lisa and her co-founder, Erin O’Connor, started wear blue: run to remember.  The organization aims to create a support network for military members and their families and to provide a living memorial for our country’s fallen.

We have a great conversation covers the founding story of wear blue, the importance of honoring and remembering, and so much more.  Lisa is brave woman that is doing her part to make the world a better place, and we’re proud to call her a friend.