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DAV veteran podcast

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The DAV Podcast sheds light on important topics and challenges facing America’s veterans while also sharing the stories of veterans whom have been impacted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) through its mission of keeping our promise to America’s veterans.

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Listen to some of the latest episodes of the DAV Podcast below

May 15, 2024

Elizabeth DePompei speaks with DAV life member and former Air Force combat photographer Stacy Pearsall about the highs and lows of her more than 10 years in uniform and her PBS show dedicated to sharing veterans’ stories far and wide.

April 17, 2024

As DAV unveils its newest women veterans report, a group of women veterans gathers to discuss the facts, figures, and paths forward for our sisters in arms. You can read the report “Women Veterans: The Road to Mental Wellness” at The DAV document is the third to focus on women veterans in the last decade and the first to focus exclusively on mental health.

February 28, 2024

DAV 1st Junior Vice Commander Coleman Nee reflects on his recent trip to climb Africa’s tallest peak with other disabled veterans. DAV’s Elizabeth DePompei gets to the bottom of how they got to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

January 30, 2024

Brian Buckwalter speaks with Jacob Weber about how his relationship with his Vietnam veteran grandfather sparked an enduring passion for volunteering for veterans. Now a college student and a top recipient of a DAV scholarship, Jacob continues to serve but also wants to make a career out of helping veterans.

January 19, 2024

Rob Lewis speaks to Robert Spangle, a Marine and fashion photographer, on how clothing and dress impact Afghan men as they navigate living with armed conflict.

December 28, 2023

Matt Saintsing speaks with Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down,” to discuss the book’s impact 30 years later and the heroism exhibited during the Battle of Mogadishu.

December 21, 2023

Brian Buckwalter speaks with Marine veteran Carrie Roeger, a business owner and vetpreneur, on how DAV helped grow her restaurant and bar and what other veteran entrepreneurs need for success.

December 20, 2023

In this episode, Rob Lewis sits down with DAV’s Membership Director Doug Wells to bring to light the value and opportunities of DAV membership.

December 19, 2023

DAV Department of Ohio 2nd Junior Vice Commander Ginger MacCutcheon opens up about her experience with military sexual trauma (MST), and how she got help.

May 30, 2023

DAV’s Brian Buckwalter sits down with Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe, for an informed discussion on the military-civilian divide and what veterans can learn from community.

January 20, 2023

Marine Corps veteran John Hinners opens up to DAV about his time in Vietnam, the conflict’s aftermath and how DAV helped him secure the benefits he earned.

December 27, 2022

Now that the Honoring Our PACT Act is law, DAV Deputy Legislative Director Shane Liermann spells out what the landmark bill means for veterans of all generations.

November 30, 2022

DAV National Membership Director Doug Wells breaks down the many advantages and discounts available to DAV members.

August 17, 2022

The 2022 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic wrapped up in Snowmass, Colorado this spring, with disabled veterans reaching new heights in adaptive sports.

May 24, 2022

DAV Deputy Legislative Director Shane Liermann sits down with Senator Jon Tester for an update on a major bill impacting veterans of all eras.

May 5, 2022

Vietnam veteran Randy Schmidt shares his experience from Vietnam and how a fellow Marine continues to shape his life in Episode 21 of the DAV Podcast.

April 7, 2022

DAV’s recent acquisition of Patriot Boot Camp will connect service members, veterans and their spouses with resources and tools to bring their business to the next level.

March 22, 2022

In the newest installment of the DAV Podcast, we talk about the recent movement on Capitol Hill with a few pieces of legislation that would expand VA care for veterans who endured toxic exposures, like burn pits.

September 14, 2021

In our bonus podcast episode, we talk with Marine veteran and DAV member, John Bernard. John’s son, Josh Bernard, was killed in Afghanistan on August 14, 2009–exactly 12 years prior to the US evacuation from the country. John gave his recollections of 9/11 and thoughts on what Josh’s service means in the great context of the war and the current situation in Afghanistan.

September 9, 2021

In Episode 18 of the DAV Podcast, we reflect back on September 11, 20 years later and what the day meant to so many, including many of those that served.

September 2, 2021

In the latest episode of the DAV Podcast, we take a deeper look at the minority veteran experience by talking to some subject matter experts, including Lindsay Church (Minority Veterans of America) and Danica Gonsalves (Veterans Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program).

August 30, 2021

DAV helps over 1 million veterans and their families every year and part of that help includes a disaster relief fund. In Episode 16 of the DAV Podcast we take a closer look at how the program works and the veterans it helps.

May 5, 2021

The DAV Charitable Service Trust was formed in 1986 to advance programs and services that cater to our nation’s veterans as well as their caregivers and families. By supporting the work of the charitable organizations that offer these services, the Trust plays an essential role in ensuring that America fulfills its promises to those that served. In Episode 15 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at its impact.

February 8, 2021

Suicide prevention is one of the most pressing issues facing the veteran community today. In light of the ongoing pandemic and the social isolation so many are facing, it’s more critical than ever that we’re continuing to have the difficult conversations and look for ways to address the motivating factors of suicide. We take a deeper look at this very important topic in the latest DAV Podcast.

December 3, 2020

White Ribbon VA is a national call to action that’s aim is to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and to promote a positive change in the culture that would allow actions from the pledge to become the norm. In Episode 12 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at this topic and more.

September 21, 2020

As DAV turns 100, we take a look back at where it began with an in-depth look at the life of our founder, World War I veteran and Judge Robert S. Marx in Episode 11 of the DAV Podcast.

June 1, 2020

In Episode 9 of the DAV Podcast we explore some alternative therapies veterans are using to help tackle some of the health issues they are facing.

April 20, 2020

In Episode 8 of the DAV Podcast we look at the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities, women veterans. We spotlight how the expanding role of women in our armed forces is necessitating changes to an array of VA policies and programs. Plus, we talked to Staff Sergeant Jessica Smiley, one of the first enlisted female National Guard soldiers to earn the coveted Army Ranger tab.

March 3, 2020

In Episode 7 of the DAV Podcast we tackle some toxic exposure topics and tips on filing claims related to toxic exposures. Plus we take a deeper look at Mefloquine, a drug widely prescribed to U.S. Service Members, and the drug’s growing list of long-term effects.

December 18, 2019

In Episode 6 of the DAV Podcast we look at the growing population of LGBT veterans and talk with Lindsay Church the CEO of Minority Veterans of America and Dr. Michael Kauth, Director of the LGBT Health Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

November 22, 2019

In Episode 5 of the DAV Podcast we talk about those that served that are Missing in Action and hear from people that have been directly impacted. Plus, we look at how many are honoring these brave heroes and working hard to bring them home.

September 12, 2019

Every single day in the United States, twenty veterans die by suicide. It is becoming a growing concern in the veteran community and its impacting people across America. In Episode 4 of the DAV Podcast we discuss the epidemic and hear firsthand from those impacted directly by it and look at some of the resources available for help.

June 20, 2019

In this episode of the DAV Podcast we take you mountainside to Snowmass, Colorado, the home of the DAV and VA co-hosted National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Here veterans with TBIs, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, amputations and other severe disabilities are challenged to overcome perceived limitations.

March 6, 2019

In the pilot episode of the DAV Podcast Jim Sursley, a triple-amputee combat Vietnam veteran, discusses his 50th Alive Day anniversary and post-war service, actor Gary Sinise talks about his work to help veterans and his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, and we go inside DAV’s Transportation Network.

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