The VFW – Not Your Grandpa’s Drinking Club
Guest: Marc Garduno
Marc Garduno is the state commander of the Delaware VFW. Marc joins us on the show to talk about the benefits of being a VFW member. Many veterans from the more recent wars associate the VFW with their grandparents generation – like an old man’s drinking club. Marc tells us that nothing could be further from the truth.
Using The Outdoors as a Healthier Coping Mechanism
Guest: Brad Noone
Brad Noone is an Army veteran who has found healing through the outdoors. Brad has participated in outdoor trips and even volunteered with several veteran organizations to help lead expeditions.
Healing Through Artwork
Guest: Edward Santos
Edward Santos was an infantry soldier who served two tours in Afghanistan. In his second tour he was sent home early for medical issues, which led to a passion for the arts.
Gold Star Father On Giving Back To Veterans
Guest: Mark DeLuzio
Mark DeLuzio, talks about how he’s giving back to veterans through his organization B.R.A.V.E. which helps veteran entrepreneurs get their businesses started. They also help veterans find jobs in their industry.
From Homeless Veteran to Successful Business Owner
Guest: Seth Shoultes
Seth Shoultes is an Air Force Veteran who became a successful entrepreneur. His path to get to where he is today wasn’t an easy one. Seth struggled with homelessness after deciding to get away from the toxic situation he found himself in.
Reflections of a Gold Star Mother
Guest: Diane DeLuzio
In this episode my mother, Diane DeLuzio, shares what it is like to be a Gold Star Mother after losing her son (my brother) in Afghanistan. We talk about the coping mechanisms she used and how that turned into an outlet to help others. Links and Resources About Gold Star Mothers founding mother, Grace Darling…
Managing Your Iceberg
Guest: Cory Miller
In this episode, Cory Miller, a tech entrepreneur who seemingly had everything going for him explains mental health with the analogy of an iceberg. Cory is not a veteran, but his story has inspired others to seek help for their own mental health issues.
Reminiscing about SGT Steven DeLuzio and Bubble Gum
Guest: Wes Black
In this episode, we pick up where we left off and begin by talking about my brother Steven. Wes was on the mission that Steven was killed on, so he opens up about how that mission went. Wes and I also share some light hearted stories about Steven that are sure to get a laugh. If you knew my brother, you’d know that it’s hard to tell a story – even one about his death – without there being a funny story involved.
Burn Pits, the VA, and Keeping a Positive Attitude
Guest: Wes Black
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode. Wes Black served with my brother in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this episode, we talk about burn pits, the care veterans get at the VA, and how to keep a positive attitude even when faced with a terrible situation.
Honoring The Sacrifice of SGT Steven DeLuzio
Guest: Scott DeLuzio
In this special podcast episode, I am remembering the 9 year anniversary of the death of my brother, SGT Steven DeLuzio, which is coming up later this week on August 22nd. I’m sharing memories and lessons that I learned from losing someone so close to me.
Air Force Veteran Turned Veteran Advocate
Guest: Kim Petters
Kim Petters is an Air Force Veteran, who has turned into a Veteran Advocate after overcoming her own struggles with PTSD. I wanted to have Kim on the show to talk about how she became an advocate for veteran issues.
A Gold Star Brother on Loss and Legacy
Guest: Chris Weir
Chris Weir is a Gold Star brother, who lost his brother David in Iraq. I wanted to have Chris on the show to discuss what he experienced in losing his brother, and how he eventually made the decision to follow his brother’s path and join the 101st Airborne where his brother previously served.