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Coming Home Well Directory is a combination of podcasts geared toward educating, supporting and advocating for our veterans and veteran caregiver community.Coming Home Well hosted by Dr. Tyler Pieron is a deep dive into the resources available for veterans and their families that assist with healing the trauma of war. On occasion Tyler is joined by historians as they revisit significant events within our military history to ensure our heroes are not forgotten. Straight To The Point hosted by ...
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In this episode of Veterans for Recovery, host Major John Donovan welcomes Jeremy Drucker to discuss the multifaceted journey of recovery. Jeremy's talks about his background in English literature, his career in public service, and his personal recovery journey. The conversation touches on the complexities of substance use, the importance of a pers…
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In this episode of "Straight to the Point," hosts Dr. Paul Lawrence and Dr. Tyler Pierron tackle the complex question: "Who qualifies as a Veteran?" They discuss the misconceptions surrounding veteran status, particularly the belief that only combat Veterans are eligible for benefits. Dr. Lawrence provides an in-depth explanation of the three main …
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Damia December, Program Director of Veterans Rebuilding Life joins Tyler today to share the organization's mission to catch those who fall through the cracks, providing direct impact services and a comprehensive reintegration program known as Project 360. This initiative is not just about addressing immediate needs but also about rekindling purpose…
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This episode is a deep dive into the transformative journey of V4R guest Mike from the grips of alcoholism to the liberating path of recovery, particularly within the Veteran and service member communities. This episode is not just a story of personal triumph but also a testament to the service mentality that underpins successful recovery. Mike's d…
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Strum the chords of healing with Peg Andre from Guitars for Vets. Discover how this incredible organization orchestrates the power of music to soothe the souls of Veterans battling PTSD, TBI, and other challenges. Peg shares the journey of Guitars for Vets, from its humble beginnings in Milwaukee to its nationwide reach, offering veterans ten free …
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Tyler and Paul talk about the Home Loan Guarantee with the VA with no money down and no private mortgage insurance. Get your pad of paper and pen ready so you can get your ducks in a row to purchase your own home. Call 877 827 3702 to learn more. Support the Show. Tune into our CHW Streaming Radio and the full lineup at cominghomewell.com Download …
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In the early morning hours of 3 June 1969, off the coast of Vietnam, the USS Frank E Evans collide with Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21). As a result, we lost 74 sailors. Joining Tyler today is one of the survivor's of the Frank E Evans, Stephen Kraus to talk about that tragic day and the USS Frank E Evans Association efforts to hav…
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We are catching up with a previous guest, ret. Col. Tom Rempfer as we continue the conversation about finding justice for those who have served. Tom uses his organization Hoping4Justice.org to request Vaccine Mandate Record Corrections by the POTUS. To learn more: Thesis award from the Naval Postgraduate School... https://www.chds.us/ed/anthrax-vac…
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Discover the crucial steps to take after the passing of a veteran loved one as Tyler and Paul engage in a conversation offering a compassionate guide through the complexities of veteran benefits. This episode is a beacon for those grappling with loss, shedding light on the cessation of disability compensation and introducing paths to potential bene…
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This month, John’s guest is Chris Ellis. Chris holds an MBA from Duke University, spent a career as a business consultant and is a person in long term recovery. Chris grew up with a military father and spent much of his career traveling around the country. He shares openly his experiences with recovery and shares insights on how others can benefit …
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Navigating the murky waters of VA rating reductions can feel like an uphill battle, but with the right knowledge and guidance, it's a fight you can win. In today's episode Tyler talks with Bill Libby, Legal Liaison for the Virginia Department of Veteran Services as he walks you through the maze of procedures and rights you're entitled to when facin…
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On Coming Home Well, we shine a light on the incredible journeys of America’s first Black generals, Benjamin O. Davis Sr. and Jr., a father and son who helped integrate the American military and created the Tuskegee Airmen. Their stories, brought to life by Doug Melville, are a testament to perseverance and courage in the face of systemic racism an…
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As a Marine, you quickly learn that the line between chaos and discipline is razor-thin. That's a truth for my friend and fellow Vietnam War veteran, Samuel Verdeja. Samuel lays bare the road from civilian to combat Marine, revealing the raw transformation under the weight of military service and the trials of Vietnam. Our exchange takes you throug…
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Dr. Paul Lawrence and Tyler highlight the critical, yet often neglected, practice of veterans discussing their benefits with their loved ones. Paul sheds light on the emotional and financial chaos that can befall a family when a veteran's passing leaves them uninformed and vulnerable, emphasizing the need for open communication to prevent such a cr…
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Samantha Allen from the Department of Veterans Services honors us with her presence to unravel the transformative PACT Act in our latest episode. She brings to light the profound strides in healthcare and benefits for our heroes, a testament to their endurance and our nation's commitment to them. As Samantha eloquently shares, the PACT Act is not m…
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Brushstrokes meet battle lines with Kris Battles, Artist in Residence at the National Marine Corps Museum. Kris unveils the valor and vulnerability of the Marine Corps through the kaleidoscope of combat art, sharing tales from his dual role as both creator and curator. The Marine Corps Combat Art Program stands as a testament to the power of art in…
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When Alan Swanson speaks about his battle with alcohol addiction, it's not just a story—it's a roadmap for transformation and hope. Alan joins us to recount his journey to sobriety through SMART Recovery. His candid sharing on how he moved from the grip of addiction to a place of empowerment is not just inspiring; it's a testament to the power of s…
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Haunted by the specter of war long after his plane touched down, Bob Taylor, a Desert Storm veteran and former B-52 navigator, bravely opens up about his personal battle with PTSD, a struggle many of our valiant servicemembers confront in silence. As Bob recounts the haunting nightmares and the darkness of depression and the profound courage it too…
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Discover the revolutionary shift in veteran healthcare with Meghen Erboe from the Richmond VA Medical Center, as she joins Tyler, to shed light on the VA's Whole Health approach. From health behavior specialists to psychologists, dietitians to movement experts, we discuss the collaborative effort in guiding veterans to set and achieve their health …
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Have you ever wondered about innovative solutions to end veteran homelessness? We're bringing you an inspiring conversation with Dana Spain, the founder and president of Veteran Villages. This visionary organization is reshaping the concept of housing for veterans, redefining the roadmap from homelessness to self-reliance. Let's explore together th…
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What does it take to truly overcome addiction, to find a purpose, and create a meaningful life after military service? Join me, retired Major John Donovan, as I host a deep and enlightening conversation with Timothy Murray, a stalwart in long-term recovery advocacy. Timothy takes us through his personal journey, from the darkness of addiction to th…
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In the episode, Tyler is navigating the crucial transition from military to VA with our esteemed guest, Dr. Omekio Riggins. As the program manager for the POST 9-11 Military to VA program at the Hampton VA, she offers us unique insights into the challenges faced by veterans and the myriad of resources available at the VA to aid in their transition.…
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What if you could step inside the mind and experiences of an incredible woman who bravely served as a helicopter crewman in the British Air Force? Would you be captivated by her tales of deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, or her journey as the only female crewman in her unit for five years? Join us in a powerful conversation with Liz McConaghy, a…
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Meet Peter Hubbard, the man who is using his personal journey of addiction and recovery to lead philanthropic initiatives for mental health and addiction at the University of Minnesota. His roller coaster ride from his teenage years of experimenting with substances, to his transformative work in the recovery community is an inspiring tale of resili…
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There's a quiet storm rumbling in our military ranks—one that's unspoken yet devastating. It's the mental health crisis affecting our service members, and it's a topic we're not afraid to tackle head-on. Join us as we have a conversation with Dan Joseph, a combat engineer who understands this complex issue in a deeply personal way. Having joined th…
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In this interview Liz Booker talks with USAF Academy graduate, F-16 combat veteran pilot, former no. 3 Thunderbird demonstration team pilot, and boy-mom Caroline ‘Blaze’ Jensen about her sweet new picture book, Thundermouse, her career, and how she managed one of the most visible and demanding jobs imaginable as the mother of a toddler. Blaze is th…
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Transitioning from the personal to the professional, Jay Donavan recounts his life-altering move to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2000, and how it marked the beginning of his career in substance use counseling in the military. As a part of the Department of the Army Civilian in Addiction Medicine Intensive Outpatient Program, Jay speaks about how the army pr…
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Are you ready to shift your perspective on mental health crisis response? We're tearing down the barriers with Harley Christensen, an EMT, QMHA, and community education specialist with Cahoots, a mobile crisis intervention program that has been in existence since 1989. Harley enlightens us about Cahoots' unique approach to handling mental health cr…
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Ever wondered what it takes for a veteran to transition into the corporate world? Join us as we sit down with military transition expert, Matt Lewis. Matt's a beacon of light for veterans trying to find their footing in the corporate landscape. Drawing from his own experience, Matt shares the pearls of wisdom from his two insightful books that serv…
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Liz Booker @LiteraryAviatrix talks with fellow retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot Darcy Guyant @dolph_and_gwen about his picture book, Into the Storm: The Coast Guard Adventures of Dolph and Gwen. Darcy started his aviation career in the US Army and transitioned to the Coast Guard, which hires about a third of its pilots from other services throu…
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Unlock the secrets of navigating the maze of Veterans Benefits in today’s insightful discussion with Paul Lawrence, the former Undersecretary for Benefits at the Veterans Affairs. Offering an insider's perspective, Paul unravels the complexities surrounding veterans benefits, clarifying common misconceptions and highlighting less-known benefits tha…
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We're grateful to have Charles Stamper, a former Air Force member, law enforcement officer, and current Operations Manager for the Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program, as our guest. Charles' military service, coupled with his law enforcement experience, has given him a unique perspective on suicide prevention. His insights, drawing from h…
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Get ready to be inspired as we take to the skies with guest Michelle Curran, a former Air Force Major Fighter Pilot and Thunderbird Demonstration Team Pilot. She's here to share how she's using her experiences to ignite dreams in young girls' hearts through her new picture book. With an emphasis on mentorship, the book encourages children to chase …
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Recovery isn't a solitary journey but something that's deeply entwined with the power of connection and empathy. Join me, retired Major John Donovan, and my guest, Navy veteran Dave Wehlage, as we unravel the threads of our military experiences and the unique challenges we've faced in our recovery journeys. Listen closely as Dave bravely exposes th…
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Experience the magic of storytelling through music as we converse with Mike Byer, the executive director of Operation Song. Stay hooked as we unveil the power of music in helping veterans to transform their unique stories into touching songs. Operation Song is a unique initiative that connects veterans, active-duty military, and their families with…
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Are you ready to explore the labyrinth of mental health among veterans, particularly the pressing issue of suicide? Let us guide you in this deep dive, with the assistance of our experienced guest, Megan Flaherty, a licensed clinical social worker from Hampton VA, who shines a light on suicide prevention - the VA's top clinical priority. We dissect…
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Dive into the thrilling world of aviation and military history as we explore the awe-inspiring life of Valerie Andre with acclaimed author Charles Morgan Evans. A woman of unparalleled courage and determination, Valerie Andre shattered gender stereotypes to become the first female pilot and doctor in the Vietnam War serving in the French Air Force.…
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Ever wondered how your military experience can be the foundation of an education career? Join me as I welcome Dr. Kim Moore, a 20-year veteran of the United States Army with a doctorate in educational leadership. She shares her inspiring transition from the military to the classroom, revealing how her roles as a company commander, platform instruct…
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Join me on a heartwarming journey as we welcome Katie Blue, an inspiring woman who has tirelessly battled substance use disorder, on Veterans for Recovery. Her unbelievable transformation to a recovery champion, coupled with fascinating tales from her Army career and an invigorating passion for skydiving, is sure to inspire every listener. We remin…
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Did you know 1 of every 4 medicare patients in hospice are veterans? Comfort and quality at the end of life is the topic today as Tyler talks with Helen Bauer, host of The Heart of the Hospice, a podcast that supports people who are providing the care as well as the people who are consuming the care. Helen and Tyler discuss exactly what hospice is,…
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Author, retired Air Force Colonel, former flight test engineer, and Executive Director of the Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, Eileen Bjorkman, talks about her new book, FLY GIRLS REVOLT: THE STORY OF THE WOMEN WHO KICKED OPEN THE DOOR TO FLY IN COMBAT. Eileen weaves her own experience as an Air Force flight test engineer …
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In this monthly podcast, Major John Donovan is chatting with SGM Andy Miller, U.S. Army, Ret. Andy is a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder. Andy shares freely and candidly his insights, thoughts and suggestions on how service-members can find recovery and bring others into the rooms of recovery. Website: recoverycommunitynet…
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Veterans Club Inc This organization runs the gamut of resources for our veteran and veteran families. Get your paper and pen ready because Tyler's guest Jeremy Harrell, founder of Veteran Club Inc and Army Combat Veteran, is going to give you a very long list of what they do at this incredible organization. So get ready and be sure to reach out if …
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In this interview, Liz Booker talks with Lieutenant Commander Ronaqua Russell about how she found her way into Coast Guard aviation, her participation in hurricane relief efforts as an HC144 pilot, the experience of receiving the Coast Guard Air Medal at Moton Field, home of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the role mentorship has played in her success as …
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If you have not tapped into Echoes of the Vietnam War you MUST check out this podcast. Tyler talks with Michael Croan, host of Echoes of the Vietnam War Podcast and part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, about this amazing podcast that honors our warriors and their sacrifices. Michael is a phenomenal capturer of stories and relays them back to…
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Paul Dillon joins Tyler for Part 3 of 3 to discuss mental health parity and the Kennedy Forum. The Kennedy Forum is a national non-profit organization formed by former U. S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy in 2013 to erase the stigma of mental illness in the United States, and to ensure mental health parity, so that mental health is treated the same…
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In this conversation with Mandy Hickson, author of An Officer Not a Gentleman, she talks about her experience as a Tornado GR4 combat pilot for the British Royal Air Force and how she has translated that experience to the business world as a motivational speaker. Mandy faced many of the challenges common to women in male-dominated fields with deter…
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In this episode Tyler is honored to chat with Gary Powers Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cold War Museum at Vint Hill and son of Gary Francis Powers. Gary revisits what happened to his father after he was shot down by the Soviets while flying the U2, his captivity and the aftermath. As a result of his dad being shot down and the lack of …
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Today Tyler and Paul discuss OTH, Other Than Honorable Discharge and how a Veteran can gain benefits if they were not honorably discharged from service. There is different gradation of dishonorable discharges but in this episode Tyler and Paul will discuss only OTH. If you are disabled and have an injury, apply for disability compensation. Once the…
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Stress Tested, Crisis Aware and Ready to Bounce Tyler talks with Mary Kelly, about her 6 stages of every crisis, challenge, or change and how to push through these stages. Applying your leadership skills when needed in effective ways to give certainty to those you lead. Listen in as Mary is a proven leader, coach, author and Naval Officer and Comma…
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