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How a Dog Healed a Veteran (Scott Landreth)

Aug 31, 2020

Scott Landreth served in the Army from 1975-1982… due to the classified nature of many of his missions, he can’t tell you a whole lot other than that he was stationed in several stateside locations, as well as Greece, Germany & other “undisclosed places.”

I met Scott when he walked through the doors of one of our meetings with Rambo, his service dog. Scott acquired Rambo after decades of living— and enduring— Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD on his...

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Same Warrior, Different Mission (Michael Thorin)

Aug 24, 2020

My friend Michael Thorin served in the Army from 1990-1994, and then the Alabama Army National Guard from 1994-2009.  He deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he served as a scout, providing security for convoys, quartermaster supply missions, and fuel and essential supply deliveries. Michael saw combat during his tours. He left the Army as a Sergeant qualified as a Scout, Communications Specialist and a Combat Medic.

Today, Michael suffers from several medical issues he...

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We Made It— You Can, Too (Sara Gilliam)

Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Sara Gilliam is a cognitive scientist specializing in event processing, trauma, mental health, psycholinguistics, and metric construction. She has worked in academic, government, hospital, and industry settings AND she’s featured in the Crosswinds documentary, Honoring the Code.

Sara is in the process of becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC). She recently finished working at an Intensive Outpatient Program that serves as an alternative to...

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If You Drink… (Chris Turner)

Aug 03, 2020

Chris Turner is a singer/songwriter from Ninety Six, South Carolina and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

I first met Chris a few years ago at the first Songs of Hope event (Songs of Hope = an event Crosswinds created to generate awareness about veterans + PTSD + Moral Injury. Veterans are matched with singer-songwriters who put their stories to music.) Chris performed at the beginning of the show…

While in the military, Chris served as a Field Wire Communications...

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Serve in the Field You’ve Been Planted (Robert Caridi)

Jul 27, 2020

In this episode of the Warrior Hope podcast I talk with Pastor Robert Caridi, a leader I met when he attended our first Centers of Hope leader training event this past February in Birmingham, Alabama.

Robert was born to in an Italian-American family in North Bellmore, New York. He was raised Roman Catholic, and followed all the required religious practices attending mass regularly. He graduated college with a BS in Education, and earned a Master’s in Special Education— a subject...

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Faith on the Front Lines (Don Malin)

Jul 20, 2020

Lt. Col. Don served as a chaplain in two tours of duty in Iraq & Afghanistan.  He retired in 2013 as the Chief of Chaplains of the Mississippi National Guard. In his civilian life Don continued his service assisting veterans through the Vet Center in Jackson.

Don has a unique relationship to Crosswinds— on multiple levels. For the purposes of our talk today, though, Don is the man that turned Bob (the founder of Crosswinds) on to the idea of PTSD.

Bob had begun Front Porch...

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Freedom & Joy (Ginger Branson)

Jul 06, 2020

In this episode of the Warrior Hope podcast, we talk with Ginger Branson, a Desert Storm veteran (relative to this talk) and member of Mensa (probably relative in some way).

Ginger (LTC-Ret, US Army) served in Desert Storm with the 251st Evacuation Hospital January 1991 through May 1991. During the 16 weeks the 251st Evac Hospital was operational in Saudi Arabia, they admitted 2,250 patients, performed 428 major operative procedures, and recorded 36,374 outpatient visits. They were told,...

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Past pain can be a platform to empower others (Willie Hampton)

Jun 29, 2020

“Hamp,” as everyone calls him, is a magnet. With 8 years of military service, 25 years in civiil service, and now leadership at the local DAV chapter (Disabled American Veterans), people are drawn to for life + hope + encouragement.

But he hasn’t always felt like that. (And, he’ll tell you, sometimes he still doesn’t feel that way.)

In this episode of the Warrior Hope podcast we go way back to Hamp’s days on the submarine, talk ab out his time as a Navy...

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Choosing Joy Amidst Pain (Gloria Williams)

Jun 08, 2020

Staff Sgt. Gloria Williams served in the United States Air Force as a communications specialist stationed in Europe, the Philippines and stateside. 

She gets great joy from sharing her experiences in service as a way of helping others.  Gloria is particularly interested in providing help through Mental Wellness forums. 

In this talk, Gloria opens up about the hurt she experienced in the military, specifically as a victim of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). She talks about how...

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Emotional Health = Part of Total Health (PTSD) (Andy)

Jun 01, 2020

In this talk we discuss the importance of emotional health— as a component of overall health. 

 You see, we’re all multi-faceted people, having various parts to us. 

  1. Physical 
  2. Spiritual
  3. Intellectual
  4. Social / relational
  5. Emotional 

We readily identify with the first four- but maybe not the fifth.

And, we generally OWN and notice the OBVIOUS issue in any area with the exception of emotional issues.

 

Only as strong as the weakest link

Turns out,...

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