When service members leave the military and become veterans, they often times have difficulties. When they don’t know where to turn to identify the coping strategies that work best for them it can be a hopeless feeling. Some of these issues include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness, addiction, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and a variety of others.
These episodes of Drive On Podcast cover coping strategies for veterans. They aren’t your traditional “talk therapy” that many people think of.
If you, or someone you know, needs immediate assistance, please check out the resources for veterans page. There, we have a wide variety of options on an easy-to-navigate page.
Overcoming Mental Health Hurdles After Combat
Guest: Dave Pecirep
Dave Pecirep was a combat veteran who struggled with his own mental health after returning home from Afghanistan. He spent some time getting his own mental health in order before eventually returning to college to get his Master’s in psychotherapy.
Being Your Own Advocate And Other Lessons Learned From Depression
Guest: Brooke Siem
Brooke Siem is unlike many of our guests in that she’s not a veteran. However, her story is one that sounds all too familiar to many veterans.
Soldier And Educator On Resiliency
Guest: Chip Rankin
Chip Rankin is an educator and a soldier in the Army National Guard. Chip has found through mentoring others that those who have been more resilient and not been caught up in “mind traps” have been able to work through their struggles easier.
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.
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.
Dealing With Pain
Guest: Scott DeLuzio
Dealing with pain, whether it’s from the loss of a loved one, a physical pain, or something else entirely can take it’s toll on us all. In this episode, we dive into some of the benefits that pain can bring. It isn’t all bad, and when we make it through, we usually end up better…