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veteran connections

WHY BE
CONNECTED

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rehabilitation

Restoring yourself from the rigors of military life is hard. learn how to do it.

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community

connect with other veterans as they too build the next chapter of their lives.

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leadership

Learn skills to be a winner on and off the battle field while leading others to success.

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growth

As iron sharpens iron, so does surrounding yourself with strong companions. Let’s grow together.

WHY BE
CONNECTED

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Rehabilitation

Restoring yourself from the rigors of military life is hard. learn how to do it.

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Community

connect with other veterans as they too build the next chapter of their lives.

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Leadership

Learn skills to be a winner on and off the battlefield while leading others to success.

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Growth

As iron sharpens iron, so does surrounding yourself with strong companions. Let’s grow together.

What Others Are Saying
About Veteran Connections

RELAX & RECONNECT

As a typical type A personality, military life suited me. I craved structure, power, and perfection. These traits, though admirable in the military, made life hostile at home with my wife and friends. People kept telling me this wasn’t war so I needed to find some peace. Frustrated and pissed off, an old platoon buddy suggested meditation along with some key takeaways from the Veteran Connections Podcast. Meditation and podcasts were nowhere on my priority list, but feeling hopeless for the first time I could remember, I gave it a try. Today, I’m a weekly listener. I learned how to relax, reconnect with those close to me and how to not take life so seriously. Not sure where I would be today without the Veteran Connections Podcast.

WE ARE ALL IN TOO

Being a woman in a male-dominated field is a little unsettling sometimes. When people ask to speak to the director of IT and I show up in a blouse and pencil, clients and partners are often taken back. After spending over 20 years in the Navy, I’m used to being the only woman in the room but sometimes it’s comforting to hear stories of strength and resilience from other women veterans. Since leaving my corporate position, I’ve ventured to build my own IT firm offering HR solutions to medium sized business. Building a company from scratch is hard. It’s encouraging to hear stories on the Veteran Connections Podcast of how other veteran women have been able to dig deep to find success and profit from their passions.

I AM NOT ALONE

After 16 years of constant deployment, a failed marriage and the loss of too many close comrades, I was an absolute mess when I came home from the service for the last time – a total wreck. Alcohol was my only friend and despite my former military successes, my outlook was looking bleak. It wasn’t until I came across The Veteran Connections Podcast that I realized I wasn’t alone. Others struggled with the same problems and I found comfort in the company. Hearing story after story of regular people overcoming life’s biggest obstacles gave me the strength to get sober and be all I could be. The Veteran Connections changed my life

What Others Are Saying
About Veteran Connections

RELAX & RECONNECT

As a typical type A personality, military life suited me. I craved structure, power, and perfection. These traits, though admirable in the military, made life hostile at home with my wife and friends. People kept telling me this wasn’t war so I needed to find some peace. Frustrated and pissed off, an old platoon buddy suggested meditation along with some key takeaways from the Veteran Connections Podcast. Meditation and podcasts were nowhere on my priority list, but feeling hopeless for the first time I could remember, I gave it a try. Today, I’m a weekly listener. I learned how to relax, reconnect with those close to me and how to not take life so seriously. Not sure where I would be today without the Veteran Connections Podcast.

WE ARE ALL IN TOO

Being a woman in a male-dominated field is a little unsettling sometimes. When people ask to speak to the director of IT and I show up in a blouse and pencil, clients and partners are often taken back. After spending over 20 years in the Navy, I’m used to being the only woman in the room but sometimes it’s comforting to hear stories of strength and resilience from other women veterans. Since leaving my corporate position, I’ve ventured to build my own IT firm offering HR solutions to medium sized business. Building a company from scratch is hard. It’s encouraging to hear stories on the Veteran Connections Podcast of how other veteran women have been able to dig deep to find success and profit from their passions.

I AM NOT ALONE

After 16 years of constant deployment, a failed marriage and the loss of too many close comrades, I was an absolute mess when I came home from the service for the last time – a total wreck. Alcohol was my only friend and despite my former military successes, my outlook was looking bleak. It wasn’t until I came across The Veteran Connections Podcast that I realized I wasn’t alone. Others struggled with the same problems and I found comfort in the company. Hearing story after story of regular people overcoming life’s biggest obstacles gave me the strength to get sober and be all I could be. The Veteran Connections changed my life

Pillars

The Veteran Connections Podcast is based on 7 fundamental pillars that have been used to guide Mark’s life to peace, happiness and prosperity.

The ability to bounce back and work through problems is the best way to take control of your life to build a resilient future filled with hope and purpose.

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Rest

Rest is not optional and to be at our best, we have to rest. “He who cannot rest, cannot work” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Reunite

Connecting with yourself and others is key to accepting what you’ve been through so you can give yoruself a fresh start

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Remove

Intentionally removing harmful issues from our lives is key to our well being. To build resilience we must detach stressors, harmful thoughts, and misbehaviors 

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Reset

When we go through traumatic times, we have to reset our minds like computers with a blue screen, dumping your files needing a reboot

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Recon

Searching out what you want and making plans for the future is a major part of the transition process. To reach goals you have to plan for them.

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Resolve

Start trying to actively solve your problems. We all have them and no one is exempt. Write them down, come up with possible solutions, pick the best solution, then start working on it.

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Re-engage

Mentally resilient people learn to get on with it. You move on and you bounce back. By changing your attitude and desires, you stand a much better chance of moving forward much stronger in every area of your life.

Pillars

The Veteran Connections Podcast is based on 7 fundamental pillars that have been used to guide Mark’s life to peace, happiness and prosperity.

The ability to bounce back and work through problems is the best way to take control of your life to build a resilient future filled with hope and purpose.

R

Rest

Rest is not optional and to be at our best, we have to rest. “He who cannot rest, cannot work” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

R

Reunite

Connecting with yourself and others is key to accepting what you’ve been through so you can give yourself a fresh start

R

Remove

Intentionally removing harmful issues from our lives is key to our well being. To build resilience we must detach stressors, harmful thoughts, and misbehaviors

R

Reset

When we go through traumatic times, we have to reset our minds like computers with a blue screen, dumping your files needing a reboot

R

Recon

Searching out what you want and making plans for the future is a major part of the transition process. To reach goals you have to plan for them.

R

Resolve

Start trying to actively solve your problems. We all have them and no one is exempt. Write them down, come up with possible solutions, pick the best solution, then start working on it.

R

Re-engage

Mentally resilient people learn to get on with it. You move on and you bounce back. By changing your attitude and desires, you stand a much better chance of moving forward much stronger in every area of your life.

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