Tim Bomke had an appointment with his Army recruiter on the morning of 9/11/2001.  The events of that morning only strengthened his resolve to serve.  A few years later, Tim and his platoon were patrolling in Iraq, when a massive IED hit his vehicle.  Badly wounded, he started on a new journey of recovery, resilience, and continued service.
Over the past several years, Tim has advocated for veterans and military families in both education and employment.  He is a co-founder of Microsoft’s Military Systems and Software Academy, spent three years working in veteran/spouse programs at Starbucks, and currently leads the effort at Amazon.
We have a great discussion that covers:
• Tim’s mindset during his recovery and rehabilitation
• The power of finding a purpose
• Why veterans and military spouses are great assets
• And so much more

  

 

Dr. Anthony Hassan is truly a luminary in the field of military behavioral health with more than 30 years experience in/out of uniform. He’s driven change in the military, at the University of Southern California, and now in his role as CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) – a revolutionary effort led by philanthropist Steven Cohen to radically improve the state of mental health care available to veterans in America.

 

We have a rich conversation in which we cover:

• His military career and why he’s so passionate about military behavioral health

• The Cohen Veterans Network and why they’re different.

• Misconceptions about veterans and mental health

• PTSD and why it’s not only a veteran issue

 

 

  

 

With over 500,000 veterans and family members using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, supporting and advocating for student veterans has never been more important.  On this week’s episode, we talk with Jared Lyon, President and CEO of Student Veterans of America to discuss the opportunities and challenges of going back to school.

A Navy submariner and diver, Jared has circumnavigated the globe and deployed multiple times in support of the Global War on Terror.  His post-military school is even more interesting.  It includes working in the defense industry, starting multiple businesses, working in Major League Baseball, college, grad school, and ultimately becoming the CEO of a large nonprofit organization.

Jared and his team at SVA are the foremost experts on higher education for veterans and we have a really fun and interesting talk about this incredible important topic.  We know you’ll enjoy it!

 

  

 

 

Brandon Young is not only Team RWB’s Director of Development (where he’s one of the best in the business), but he’s also a former Army Ranger with a tremendous career.  He’s got an incredible story, and he shares it with us in this amazing podcast.  He’s a long time friend, so this podcast was a joy to produce for us!

We have a rich conversation in which we cover:

• His military career

• Why he left the Army after 11 years (captured in Violence of Action)

• His writing and why it’s so important to him

• His evolving views on the needs of the American Veteran

 

  

 

You probably haven’t heard of Donovan Haggas, but you should definitely hear from him.  His professional journey has taken him from Air Force Special Operations (CCT), to corporate America, and finally back to the military community as a DOD contractor.  However, his personal journey is even more interesting.

Through years of ups, downs, and hard choices, Donovan has emerged as one of the calmest and most balanced people I know.  And, it hasn’t happened by accident.  On this week’s episode, we cover a ton of important topics, including:

• Learning to accept the world as it is

• Committing to growth in times of struggle

• Focusing on quality and fighting the fear-of-missing-out (FOMO)

• “Extreme balance”

• Being a great parent in sub-optimal circumstances

• And much more

You may walk away from this episode with a few answers, but you’ll definitely walk away with some questions.