Last week I had the privilege to interview Margaret Stone, co-founder of Veterans Healing Initiative. A former Human Resources Executive in New York City, she left that to pursue her passion of helping veterans with the dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse. Veterans Healing Initiative funds programs and treatments aimed at helping veterans with this dual diagnosis. Listen to the interview here. The New American Veteran blogtalkradio show is now available as a free podcast through iTunes. Search gallantfew from iTunes and it will pop right up.
I also learned about an excellent nonprofit called Grace After Fire. Grace has been created by women veterans for women veterans to offer a safe and confidential venue – a social network. Women can share common experiences and offer unique peer support for wellness while providing increased access to resources for healthcare, family and self. Utilizing social media, these women veterans can instant message, write blogs and participate in forum discussions.
Tune in this week as we interview JB and Lona Spisso. JB is a retired US Army Ranger and Sergeant Major and Lona served as a Captain on active duty. This dynamic duo’s company, Elite Leadership Training does some cool work with collegiate and professional sporting teams, as well as individuals and corporations.
First Saturdays finally starts this upcoming Saturday! If there isn’t a First Saturday in your community, set one up! It doesn’t cost a penny and doesn’t take much time. Let’s have veterans gathering for a cup of coffee the First Saturday of each month at 0800 local time all across the country with an aim of furthering social networking and expanding our professional networks.
Remember GallantFew exists to help veterans transition from active duty to their new civilian lives – with an initial focus on US Army Ranger veterans. For more information or to sign up as a mentor/volunteer, veteran seeking services (or to donate), please visit GallantFew.