The Veterans Advocate

The Veterans Advocate
The Veterans Advocate Podcast brings you all the resources you need to make a smooth transition from the military. Here you will find interviews with other veterans who have left the military and started their next awesome adventure. Support this podcast:

John West - Atomic Veteran - Agent Orange Veteran - Johnston Island
Feb 18 • 50 min
5RZu4rVsQj75ggmyPdAG John was an Air Force officer stationed on Johnston Island in from 1973-1975. He tells about how agent orange stored on the island leaked into the sand and Ocean at a rate of over 25 barrels a week. Over time, the agent orange…
Dave Doc Joslin
Feb 10 • 41 min
Doc was a combat medic in the Army where he served for over 20 years. When he got out of the Army he felt a calling to continue helping veterans, so he started Alpine Remedy. Alpine Remedy is located in Alaska and exists to aid veterans who physical and…
Richard Kaufman - “The Comeback Coach”
Jan 24 • 35 min
Richard is an Army veteran with quite a story to tell. He was active duty for several years and during that time he was also on drugs. He regularly took acid and was drinking very heavily. When he got into a jam, he knew he needed to get clean. Richard…
Johnston Island Veteran - Ron Parson
Jan 17 • 51 min
Ron Parsons spent a few years on Johnston Island. If you recall previous episodes, J.I. is one of the most conatminated places on earth. The US military launched nuclear missiles from the island in atmospheric tests such as project fishbowl and starfish…
Frank F. - Johnston Island Veteran
Jan 6 • 29 min
If you recall I did an episode on Johnston Island a while back. Its a small Island in the Pacific where the U.S. Military tested nuclear missiles in the 50s-70s. Several of these missiles exploded leaving the island contaminated with plutonium. If that…
Female Homeless Veteran - Shawn Henderson
Dec 26, 2019 • 29 min
Shawn has a powerful story. She served in the military and was injured in the line of duty. She has struggled with mental illness and homelessness. Thru the help of passageways she has been given a hand up and is now looking for ways to pay it forward.…
After Action Report - Ryan Matthews
Dec 26, 2019 • 3 min
Ryan had some great advice to give us in regards to takin on big challenges. He said if a dog is physically capable of doing it, he can train the dog to do it. That applies well to us also. If you are physically capable of something you can train yourself…
Ryan Matthews Dog Training Guru
Dec 15, 2019 • 35 min
Ryan Matthews has trained thousands of dogs of all kinds. He can train a dog to do literally anything that a dog is physically capable of. He started training dogs in the Army and took his knowledge to the big leagues after he transitioned out. He has a…
Welcome to The Veterans Advocate Podcast
Dec 9, 2019 • 4 min
You may have seen some major changes regarding the show. I am happy to announce the next evolution of the show and introduce THE VETERANS ADVOCATE. This is a change I am pumped about because it will help me complete my mission of helping Veterans. I am…
#21 Kia Baker - The Female Veterans Podcast
Oct 23, 2019 • 31 min
Kia Baker hosts the Female Veterans Podcast. She is a Navy Veteran with a passion for helping her fellow female Veterans finding a place to share their stories. We discuss her work with some of those women who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma. I…
#20 World Mental Health Day Special - Air Force Suicide
Oct 10, 2019 • 41 min
This show is a little different that my usual episodes. I talk about military suicide in general and Air Force suicide specifically. This show may be offensive to some that are in the Air Force now, and don’t see things my way. That’s ok, hopefully we are…
#19 Kurt Ballash - Army Veteran and owner of Ballash Woodworks
Oct 7, 2019 • 32 min
Kurt was in the Army when get got out he went back to his roots and started woodworking. He grew up in a family of woodworkers and turned took the skills instilled in him by his father and grandfather into Ballash Woodworks. He makes high quality…
#18 Daryl Miller - Southern California Veterans Coalition
Oct 1, 2019 • 31 min
Daryl is a military Veteran and leader of Southern California Veteran Coalition. At first the group started with a few friends hanging out having a good time, and then became a movement of veterans healing thru socialization and education. Check out the…
#17 Passageways Ltd - Renee discusses being a female homeless veteran
Sep 23, 2019 • 22 min
. I sit down with Renee, a formerly homeless female veteran. She served in the army for eight years where she experienced a TBI from my fall off of a 2 1/2 ton truck. She also experienced some military sexual trauma and sexual harassment. These two issues…
#16 Passageways Interview - Michael Wall formerly homeless Veteran
Sep 17, 2019 • 16 min
This is part 2 of a series highlighting the stories of homeless veterans. Michael is my guest and he tells us about his service, how he became homeless, and how passageways helped him get back on track. Be sure to visit to…
#15 - Passageways Alumni interview - Tony Mascias was a formerly homeless veteran
Sep 4, 2019 • 16 min
This is the first of a several part series featuring formerly homeless veterans. I sit down with Tony to discuss how the became homeless, what it was like to be a homeless veteran, how he found Passageways, and how Passageways helped him get a fresh start…
#14 Aaron Hale - IED blast survivor, blind athlete, and President of EOD Fudge
Aug 26, 2019 • 53 min
Aaron is hands down the most inspiring man I have ever had the pleasure to talk to. He is an executive chef to Navy admirals and had one of the most sought after jobs in the military but felt the calling to do more. He went on to join the Army as an…
#13 Leadership skills with Otis McGregor - Green Beret US Army
Aug 18, 2019 • 52 min
My guest today is Otis McGregor. He spent 25 years in the Army where he served as a Green Beret. Otis has been all over the world standing up special operations units and teaching leadership. Now he does the same for the corporate world with his…
#12 Pete Turner - US Army Ret. and host of the Break It Down Show
Aug 11, 2019 • 46 min
My next guest is Pete Turner. Pete retired from the US Army where he served as a spy both before and after 9/11. We talk about his time in service, what it was like to be a in Army Intelligence, and his opinions on the war in Iraq. Pete is now a…
#11 Interview with Joe Soloski - Libertarian Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 81st District
Aug 4, 2019 • 42 min
My guest today is Joe Soloski and he is running for state senate in Pennsylvania’s 81st district. He has been in public accounting since 1979 and managed his own accounting firm for 27 years. For most of his life he was a conservative republican but he…
#10 Great Mother F*cking Day with Chris Ontiveros
Jul 28, 2019 • 78 min
Chris Ontiveros is an Air Force veteran and CEO of MYGMFDGEAR, a patriotic Vetaran ran apparel company. He creates awesome apparel for patriotic Americans to wear with pride. We discuss the T-shirt business, trump, the borderwall, comunists, area 51 and…
#9 CBD 101 with USAF Veteran Jamie Scott aka The Hempuralist
Jul 12, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode I interview Jamie Scott about her time in the Air Force and she educates me on CBD. We discuss what CBD is, and how it can help treat a wide range of conditions in a safe way. She has written an E-Book about cannabis and how it can help…
#8 Hemp for Victory! - Hemp’s role in WWII and beyond
Jun 24, 2019 • 20 min
Hemp has over 25,000 uses and has been harvested for about as long as humans have been around. Since 1937 hemp has been illegal to harvest in the United States however that changed briefly in WWII. Due to a shortage of hemp being imported from Asia…
#7 After Action Report: Johnston Island - America’s Chernobyl
Jun 17, 2019 • 26 min
This is the first of what I call “After Action Reports” where I will take an interesting point from one of my guests and expand upon it. For the first report, I bring you America’s Chernobyl: Johnston Island. Located in the North Pacific Ocean, Johnston…
#6 Interview with David - A homeless Veteran transitioning back to stability
Jun 4, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode I sit down with David, who lives in the Passageways transition house. He is an Army infantry Veterans with some cool stories and great advice for us younger Veterans. We talk about the Army, his childhood, what it was like to be a homeless…
#5 Memorial Day Message
May 27, 2019 • 7 min
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the nation. But plenty of veterans survive the war, only to continue the fight every day in the form of PTSD and TBI. In this show I give a brief history or memorial day and…
#4 Interview with Lani from Kruse Corner Blog
May 24, 2019 • 45 min
Lani is an Army Veteran who was stationed in Fort Riley Kansas and deployed to Afghanistan during the global war on terror where she served as a logistics troop. She now runs a blog that aims to share her story and provide a meeting place for veterans to…
AH#3 Interview with Sammy J a USMC Veteran, podcaster, and first generation patriot
May 13, 2019 • 51 min
It’s my pleasure to share a conversation I had with Sammy. He is a US Marine Corp veteran, first generation American, great dad to his sons, and an all around awesome and inspirational guy. He gets real with us about his struggles transitioning from the…
AH #2 Riley, Kendrick, and Oscar - Everyday heroes
May 8, 2019 • 11 min
This episode is about the recent shootings in America. Three mass shootings in two week, and three heroes you need to know about. In each of these situations, there were men who stood up and took action. They no doubt saved many lives, and their memories…
American Heritage # 1 Joe interviews Seth
May 1, 2019 • 69 min
This is the first episode of the new series called American Heritage. In this episode my friend Joe interviews me about my military service. We talk politics, history and mental health before I go take the conversation way off into left field and forget…
Final Episode of OD Green, but you haven’t heard the last of me
Apr 27, 2019 • 4 min
This is the final episode of OD Green, but the show aint over! I have changed the name of the podcast to American Heritage. I feel this better captures what it is I am trying to do here and the makeover helps me leverage social media to get the word out.…
#14 Patriot Speeches: Patrick Henry’s Liberty or Death
Apr 23, 2019 • 8 min
I am going to start sharing some speeches from a book called American Patriotism in Prose and Verse. This book contains famous speeches on patriotism by well known Americans from 1775-1918. The first speech is from the Virginia Convention by Patrick Henry…
#13 Jeremy was a professional funeral bugler
Apr 9, 2019 • 52 min A good friend of mine Jeremy was in the Army reserve band. I did not know it but for this podcast, but Jeremy has honored over 100 veterans by playing the bugle at their funeral service. He has some great stories and is a…
#12 Nukes and dad bod with Joe
Apr 1, 2019 • 87 min
In this episode I talk with an old friend about the life of an Air Force Security Forces troop. We discuss nuclear weapons, Russian gangsters, and sustainability. —- Support this podcast:
#11 Breaking into Saddam Hussein’s palace and mental health for veterans
Mar 11, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode Niel and I discussed visiting Saddam Hussein‘s many places located in Baghdad Iraq. We talk specifically about the victory over America palace and how it’s name is totally misleading. About halfway through a transition to talking about…
#10 Honoring Air Force Cross recipient SrA Jason Cunningham KIA March 4, 2002
Mar 4, 2019 • 4 min
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#9 Susan and Jennifer declare war on Veteran Homelessness
Mar 1, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode I talk to Susan about a veteran centered non profit she started called Passageways. She and her daughter have combined forces to start Passageways, a local veterans group in Wichita Kansas. Their goal is to stop veteran homelessness once…
ODGP Episode 8: Interview with Scott Davis from Faces of Valor
Feb 23, 2019 • 33 min
Scott and I discuss his project called Faces of Valor where he interviews WWII and Korean War veterans. Scott has conducted over 60 interviews so far and everyone one of them is great. You can find Scott’s interviews at or search…
ODGP Episode 7: Interview with USAF Veteran “Wild Bill”
Feb 18, 2019 • 65 min
Wild Bill is a Veteran of the USAF. He served 30 years as a weapons loader, arming combat aircraft of all types with bombs including nukes. He is full of life and faith and has many stories to share with us. —- Support this podcast:…
ODGP Episode 6: Interview with Air Force veteran Rose
Feb 10, 2019 • 70 min
In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Rose. She is veteran, former commissioned officer in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam war, a lifelong nurse, one time Catholic nun, and all around awesome lady! —- Support this podcast:…
ODGP: Episode 5. Niel is back for round 2
Feb 9, 2019 • 60 min
Niel served as an infantryman in the Army and deployed twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is back to finish out the second half of his interview. We discuss life as an Army recruiter and tell stories from his deployments. As usual I do very little…
Boeing B29 history and “Doc”
Feb 6, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode I give a brief history of the Boeing B29 Superfortress. I also talk about “Doc” which is a fully functional, flight ready B29 and is only one of two in the entire world. if you are a fan of military history and aviation you will love this…
Niel gives the scoop on Team Rubicon
Feb 3, 2019 • 31 min
A good friend of mine Niel swings by to discuss team Rubicon and politics. —- Support this podcast:
Kilroy lives!….again
Jan 28, 2019 • 7 min
In this episode I talk about the World War II fictional character Kilroy. —- Support this podcast:
OD GREEN Battle for Alaska and the Aleutians
Jan 26, 2019 • 28 min
This story is a breakdown of the events leading up to the invasion of the Aleutian Islands by the Japanese. I also discussed the conditions, American logistics, and the battle of Attu. —- Support this podcast: