Mike Farrell -- actor, activist, and Marine – an all around amazing individual joins us in this episode. After spending just shy of two years in the Corps, Mike went through a lot of the same experiences as many young veterans. As he tried to find his way in life that lead to his role as B. J. Hunnicut on M*A*S*H and being the voice for so many people who are often not heard he learned that sometimes, you just need to stop and ask for help.
Eddie Neas joined the Marines on his 17th birthday in 1966 and was in Vietnam shortly after his 18th birthday. A few months after he arrived, he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal for his leadership in the battle of Hue. Years later, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves, retiring as a Sergeant Major in 2000. Since that time, he has been active with his chapter of the Marine Corps League, the L/CPL Robert J Slattery Detachment #206 MCL, named for a Marine he was in boot camp with and fell in combat in Vietnam in 1967.
Every war has legacies. Some we talk about – others we try to bury. One legacy of the Vietnam war is the chemicals that were left behind – Agents Orange and White among them. Named for the band colors on the barrels that contained these herbicides, they were sprayed by the ton over the Republic of Vietnam, and to this day, the chemicals are effecting the citizens there as well as our warriors who were in-country when they were used. One of those warriors, Doc Bernie Duff, is doing his best to bring awareness of this problem to awareness.
It’s estimated that there are 67,000 service members and veterans in the United States who are living with spinal injuries. In the United States, the number is upwards of 1.2 million people, and worldwide the number is just staggering. What was once seen as a life-changing event is now, with the proper medical care, more of a lifestyle change. Jim “Jimmy” McCormack, a walking quadriplegic and director of Operation Regeneration, joins us today to discuss some of the changes that have occurred in just the past decade.
Within each of us there lies a talent, a creative spark, that when unleashed can make a difference. Marine Lt. Col. Mike Corrado has just such a spark, and over the past 20 years, he’s unleashed a musical can of whoop ass on all sorts of topics ranging from the responsibility and honor of standing the watch to protect our great nation to recovering from the physical, spiritual, and psychological wounds warriors suffer.
Hollywood (and all of the other movie centers in the world) has a nut for military stories. From movies such as All Quiet on the Western Front and Hell’s Angels to the new crop like The Green Zone and The Hurt Locker, we often see interpretations of what the men and women in the military go through when they are down-range. There are also movies like First Blood and Coming Home that show what may occur when these individuals return. But, how do these interpretations hold up to reality?
“Out of my 21 years in the Marines, I only “worked” for one year. The rest of the time, I followed my passion.” Gunnery Sergeant (ret.) Charles Wolff, “Gunny Wolf” to his fans, of SemperToons joins us in a free-wheeling conversation to discuss of the funny side of the Marinesand the Military.
Agree with it or not, but this past week saw the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This law effectively caused an estimated 10% of our troops to live a double life, one where they need to hide a major aspect of what identifies them as a man or woman – they’re sexuality. Since before the law was enacted, Denny Meyer was fighting for equal rights for all service members. Denny is the national spokesman for American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) and joins us in this podcast.
Where were you on 9/11? Jim was at a BMW dealership, Gar was in Morocco, David was on his way to work, and our guest Richard Rozzi, a Vietnam era Navy vet, was in divorce court. We all have our memories of that morning that in its way was the impetus for Stand At Ease. In this special podcast, we look at what happened that day and where it is leading our nation and the world.
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Networking isn’t just one of those buzz words that gets tossed around in the business world – it’s something that benefits veterans as they leave the service. In this podcast, Afghani vet Lisa Ghylin of the Metropolitan State Veterans Network joins us to discuss how student veterans at a Minnesota college came together to help each other get the most out of their student experience as well as give support to their brothers and sisters in arms.