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.
It's not every day you get to call your Commander by their first name. This week Ramos talked with one of his most influential Commanders, COL (ret.) George Patrin. Not only does Doctor Patrin have an extensive career in the medical field, both hands-on and as administrative leadership, his continued passion gained strength through adversity when his youngest son killed himself after seeking the exact care that George has been seeking to fortify. Through this, the Serendipity Alliance (www.SerendipityAlliance.org) was born and on mission to educate, advocate, and support not only our country's veterans, but their families as well. Ultimate goal - End Suicide. We talked about the healthcare model and the differences between "Sickcare" and "Healthcare", where to hold accountability, and the importance of #TakeChargeNow Share this with those you love!
This is the last live broadcast of 2017 on KSCO and we ended with an intelligent young man who represents the future in studio with us. Cyrus Kamkar has a unique and interesting passion for our country's Warfighters and has been presented the opportunity to utilize his passion for a school project. What started as a focus on WWII veterans has morphed into a cultural immersion into the veteran life. We recapped some of the highlights of 2017 and caught some great calls. This is a great way to end 2017 and prepare for 2018. #ProudAndSteadfast
Our conversation cuts through the heart of rhetoric and into cold, hard facts. Despite personal opinions, there may be huge opportunities on the way for America with President Trump's name attached. We talked about a few current events, one in great detail, and generated strong phone calls. One caller in particular attempted to bring some heat but ended up with contradictory sweats... The second hour was all about help and communication. Army Veteran Jordon Kestner of Tennessee is the head of Operation Help a Vet and Stealth Performance Communication and holy crap, this veteran exemplifies #TakeChargeNow. We talked about his experience and extensive modalities of helping the homeless, veterans in particular, and how coordinated his efforts are. His experience and intentions brought us to the topic of disaster prevention and communication. Jordon is changing the game of technical and systemic communication with his developments! You do not want to miss this.
This show was overwhelmingly charged with graphic and almost controversial personal testimony of sexual assault. The victim has come forth and shared some very strong and challenging testimony in Baker. Gianna Matthews joins the conversation with sharp commentary and some much needed perspective regarding victim's rights and false accusations. During the second hour we talked about the presidents left by previous court rulings and is congress should be confined to term limits. All this and more!
This week Baker was talking some strong shop with Air Force Veteran Keenan Roop! They discussed the future of #TakeChargeNow and what it means to lead from the front in business and mentorship. With wellness being at the heart of everything we do, the strongest weapon on the battlefield is being used in full effect! The cell, immigration, motivations to Take Charge, the direction of intent... these are some strong themes in this weeks conversation!
This was fantastic insight and discussion regarding veteran business and Vetrepreneuership with Veteran Community Builder of GoDaddy, keynote speaker, and Air Force veteran Heather Dopson! We had a great in-studio conversation that provided a much needed point of view into the health and wellness of business and mission. We, as a country, need to INVEST in the continued training, education, and experience of our country's warfighters. Veteran AJ contributed strong insight to the privatization of veteran healthcare and we talked extensively about the importance of veterans on the front-lines of business ownership. This is strong work!!
The Veterans Sportsman Alliance came back in studio, and this time they brought their K9 Division! We had a great talk with Brett Johnson, Tom and Michelle Connelly, and Rick Marchetti about their work in the K9 Division and why service animals are effective and important to our warrior community. They also brought Scrap-Iron, Dixie, and Maveric, their newest animals in training for us to meet. The VSA has an exceptional program in the works and is not exclusive to our local area. We talked with their Head Trainer, Marsha Tonkinson of Arizona, about all of the rigors that goes into training a service animal. Ramos almost left the station with Marveric...
It is always an honor and privilege to have Air Force LTC Dr. Joel Wallach on the program with us. Doc has a tremendous number of professional achievements under his belt, way more than we could capture in a two hour segment. We talked about his military experience, pharmacotherapy, nutrition science, traumatic wound rehabilitation and all sorts of great nuances within field of recovery. A good amount of you, our audience, have inquired or shown interest in the Veterans Take Charge Health Team and for you, this broadcast was intended! Don't miss this episode with one of our personal and professional mentors
Shows like this are why we do what we do. We had some great laughs and emotional moments, while sharing strong bits of ourselves. We talked about the Monterey County Veterans Day Parade (which was a complete success) with Tony Virrueta and COL Larry Brown! We were joined by Vietnam veteran, former Combat Medic and Rifleman Terry Plank to talk about what Veterans Day and "moral injury" means to us. This was a fantastic roundtable conversation that only got better when Travis DeYoung came in to talk about the upcoming screening of documentary "Almost Sunrise", followed by a discussion panel. This event is going to be a powerful way to open the conversation about post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic growth, moral injury, suicide, community, and healing.
What does it mean to accept responsibility for your actions? Recent sentencing in the case of Bowe Bergdahl sparks the majority of conversation today, but the conversation ranges from desertion and the UCMJ to media generated lies and breathing techniques. We did a good amount of #HuntTheGoodStuff and welcomed your phone calls. Holistic Veteran Paul Damon was in with us and brought owner and operator of Breath+Onenes, Carrie Burr. Together, they are holding a holistic veteran's event on Veterans Day at Breath+Oneness and we learned about what's to come.
JP, our WWII veteran is back! Among other things, JP shared his experience with the Honor Flight program, bringing WWII veterans to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. for free. Along with JP, we talked with Cathy Conway of Hospice of Santa Cruz about the upcoming screening of the Honor Flight movie, taking place on , and veterans in hospice care. JP always has great things to share and discuss, and today he let us have it! We talked church, generational differences, his views on the VA, and the Honor Flights. Excellent time!
This week we are honored to have David Toombs on the program. His son, John Toombs, took his own life on VA property in November 2016 and David shares his story. In the first hour we talked about the VA, its history and intentions, and what their strengths look like. With Mr. Toombs, we talked about their shortcomings and the issues surrounding John's suicide. This is a great discussion, touching on both sides of the coin.