The Veterans Take Charge Radio Show is dedicated to bringing our country’s warfighters, past, present, and future to you. We share strong stories and tell hard truths while exploring local, national, and international issues that affect our military and civilian families. Two US Army Veterans, a Ranger and a Medic #TakeChargeNow and navigate Battlefield America for two hours in this high speed, low drag radio broadcast show.
Justin Baker deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 75th Rangers and Dave Ramos deployed twice to Iraq with the 520th Area Support Medical Company.
We've got a full house of awesome with Veteran Scotty and SFC Bravo in to talk about some wild experiences, strong stories, heinous acts, and hard truths. Scotty was a part of the CID, exited the military and joined Law Enforcement, and then joined the French Foreign Legion! The conversation that comes up from these dynamic perspectives is amazing! The war on drugs, resiliency, Veterans Court, Corpsmen, and the criminal justice system. Holy smokes, this show is HOT! #TakeChargeNow
This week's show is about the Plight of the Military Spouse and in studio we are joined by Army Spouse Cindy Kao. Cindy is more than an accomplished spouse, she has her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, lecturer at CSUMB, a mother, and more! She breaks the mold is so many ways. Cindy shares her experience and life's direction with us, while keeping the realities of military life in the forefront. Prime example of the Spouse's Plight is that Cindy recently agreed to continuing her professional work just before Big Army gave her husband orders to PCS in less than 12 months. Continuity, resentments, adaptation, support, and struggle are all very real and Cindy and the Take Charge Team talk all about it! #TakeChargeNow
This show comes with a heavy trigger warning. Our guest, Army Veteran JR joined the Infantry at a young age and over the course of his 16 year military experience, spent five of those years in Iraq. JR Shares more than his trauma and understandings of life and death. Please hug your loved ones. Encourage your Battle Buddies. Lean forward and #TakeChargeNow.
In studio is VFW Post 10110 Commander Chuck Woodson to talk about so much more than his 25 year Special Forces career. Chuck is a badass Vietnam Veteran with three D-214 who is currently working on his Bachelors and Masters degrees in tandem. Dude... His post is providing high speed and world class opportunities to network and serve the driving force of Laguna Seca real soon! Our conversation revolves all around where and how we bridge gaps between generations, face the stresses of academia, his international studies in Counterterrorism, and so much more. During the second hour we were joined by 20 year Air Force Combat Veteran and PhD Jannell MacAulay to help us gel the community! Dude!! Former LtCOL MacAulay is so much more than a Leadership.
In studio was formerly incarcerated combat veteran Ron Self and his Chief Operations Officer Samantha Stair to discuss all things Veterans Healing Veterans From The Inside Out! What started as a failed suicide attempt has evolved into a mission of healing and prevention for veteran trauma survivors, with a strong emphasis on previously incarcerated veterans. Samantha's perspective and influence in her role is crucial to the operations and direction of Veterans Healing Veterans. We talked about Ron's upcoming trip to Washington DC and got deeper into the veteran and incarcerated mindset post-trauma. #TakeChargeNow Learn more at veteranshealingveterans.com
Hot and heavy, bringing the heat! Phase One is in full effect and we are not slowing down. Conversation revolves around credibility and accountability in your community in reference to something that happened at the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Cruz. In the second hour we expand the conversation from local to national with talk about the wall that somehow side rails into abortion... #TakeChargeNow
Fight the system or play the game? Fight the game? Play the system? Fix it? U.S. Navy Veteran Craig Hyder returns to the Show with some strong stories that resulted in the creation of one of Santa Cruz's newest veteran organizations, the Veteran Patriots Foundation. Craig was unfairly punished by a legal system that dishonored him and ruined his livelihood to the point of homelessness, all as a result of wrongful accusations. This. This needs to stop. The conversation ramps up into an on-air recognition of how corrupt and abusive "the system" can be and just how right and vindicated Craig truly is. You do NOT want to miss this. Like you did yesterday, watching a lame-o #SuperBowlLIII and a deflated half-time show... Or, that's what I've heard... #TakeChargeNow
Red, White, and Blue. It flows through our veins! In studio, we are gearing up for the Legion Rider's Epic Ride 2019 with Crash, Phinn, El Presidente, and Shameless. These men are preparing to travel thousands and thousands of miles across our great nation in honor of our country's veterans and fallen heroes. We talked about what the Epic Ride's inaugural voyage was like, its challenges and many successes, as well as what the crew can expect for their upcoming (and longer) Epic Ride 2019. Follow along and track with them as they mark their way across our beautiful and patriotic country. facebook.com/EpicRide2019
Fitness and rehabilitation! In studio is Mark Bransky of the National Personal Training Institute of California and our own Army Veteran Will Watts, who is a graduate of Mark's course. There are so many parallels, not only with Personal Training and militaristic physical training, but with Mark's experiences in transitioning from one careen field to another. With his transition came a slough of similar hardships until he found his passion and purpose in physical training and instruction. As a former student, Will gives excellent insight in not only the program, but its applicability and usefulness in recovery. Most notably, Will shares his experience of how Mark's course helped Will to walk again after a life threatening motorcycle accident. DAMN good stuff in here!
We are in a pivotal moment in history for women's empowerment and the freedom of autonomy. We discuss female inspirations and toxicity (masculine and feminine) in our media. This is a very thought provoking conversation that generated some strong phone calls and good banter. During the second hour we speak with Chad Watts and Zack Brown of Scars and Stripes Coffee (www.ScarsAndStripesCoffee.com), We had a great conversation about Purpose, Structure, Teamwork, and Discipline. Within Scars and Stripes is a phenomenal opportunity exclusively for veterans that you do not want to miss! Scope them out and listen here!
Full house in studio as we talk with Jo Romaniello and Chelsea Browne, volunteers with the American Red Cross, Paul Damon of Holistic Veterans, and Will Watts of Fix'd Inc. In the first hour we talked about an upcoming workshop put on by the American Red Cross. The upcoming event is free to veterans and families and fits perfectly with the conversations we have been having over the last few weeks regarding communication and reconnection. Other workshop topics we discussed were about the mind/body connection and the importance of balanced, full wellness. In the second hour we spoke in depth about Holistic Veterans' 100th Anniversary Armistice Day celebration at the Veteran Memorial Building on November 11th, ethical business practices, and "waking up" through the mind's eye. Both Paul and Will share a unique perspective on trauma recovery that is dissected and analyzed to the best of our abilities and damn... my mind is blown...
We get a solid dose of intimate vulnerability from Michael Ledford of Better Tomorrow. He shared with us his initial thirst for vengeance and blood in the military and how his actions led to hard retribution and ultimate forgiveness. Michael led us down his path of traumas and suicidal ideations through to righteous works and saving lives. He ultimately started Better Tomorrow with Shane Hucheson and Ray Kimsey, who both join the conversation, as a way to give veterans and the disadvantaged a chance at recovery. These veterans have been leading the way in spiritual enrichment and works based in faith. Better Tomorrow is a global operation looking for full autonomy in their mission and they are well on their way!