Drive On Podcast

Drive On Podcast
Helping veterans thrive again.

Burden of Command & Drive On Collaboration
Oct 20 • 60 min
Earl Breon, a USMC veteran and host of the Burden of Command podcast joins me for a joint collaborative episode. Be sure to check his podcast out!
The Catalyst
Oct 13 • 34 min
Kevin Rose talks to us about a rather unique approach that helps veterans learn to de-stress and be more present in the moment.
Mental Resilience & Physical Fitness
Oct 6 • 34 min
Bradley Hecker, a law enforcement officer and EMT talks to us about mental resilience and physical fitness.
Rescue to Recovery
Sep 29 • 39 min
Tracey Brown, a Coast Guard veteran struggled with undiagnosed PTSD for several years before finally realizing she needed help.
Vitanya Brain Performance
Sep 22 • 36 min
John Strickland is a 23 year Army veteran who served in Vietnam and later found himself suffering from PTSD. After discovering Vitanya Brain Performance Centers, John became a franchisee in order to help others increase their brain performance.
Magical Order of Brave Knights
Sep 15 • 36 min
Colleen Marchi is the author of Magical Order of Brave Knights, which is a book that helps children with separation anxiety and other bedtime fears, which can be common in military families.
G. I. Low
Sep 8 • 55 min
Author, and illustrator P. S. Barlow, the creator of the popular G. I. Low comic joins me to talk about the comic, some of his experiences as a Drill Sergeant, and about how humor can help get people through difficult situations.
The Veteran Professional
Sep 1 • 35 min
Mark Delaney of The Veteran Professional talks about career and educational options for service members as they are transitioning into civilian life.
10 Year Anniversary
Aug 25 • 70 min
In this episode, I asked a few of my brother’s friends and family members to share stories about him to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of his death in Afghanistan.
Kruse Corner
Aug 18 • 30 min
Lani Hankins talks to us about the struggles that service members face after leaving the military and coping with the loss of their friends.
Wellness for Vets
Aug 11 • 26 min
James Connor is a Marine Corps veteran who has been working to help veterans replace medications with alternative therapies that help PTSD and other causes of anxiety or depression.
Heroic Gardens
Aug 4 • 40 min
Collie Turner talks to us about her company Heroic Gardens and how it helps veterans and service members “grow hope” by connecting them with plants and nature.
The Spouse Angle
Jul 28 • 32 min
Natalie Gross and Andrea Scott host the Spouse Angle Podcast, where they bring news and relevant content to military spouses and their families.
Choosing To Find The Good
Jul 21 • 51 min
After losing his legs to an IED in Afghanistan, Julian Torres talks to us about how he has been able to find the good things in life and focus on the positives.
Tango Alpha Lima
Jul 14 • 37 min
In this episode I talk to Jeff Daly who is one of the hosts of The American Legion’s Tango Alpha Lima podcast.
How Fisher House Supports The Military Community
Jul 7 • 44 min
Tom Flowers joins us to talk about how the Fisher House is there to help support the veteran and military community in some of their most critical times of need.
Power of Sharing Your Story
Jun 30 • 47 min
Kerri Jeter talks to us about the power of sharing your story.
Ironman Gold Star Initiative
Jun 23 • 48 min
Mike Ergo talks to us about what the Ironman Gold Star Initiative is all about and how it helps Gold Star Families.
Veteran Entrepreneurs
Jun 16 • 41 min
Joey Mac Dizon, a USMC veteran and entrepreneur talks to us about the what it’s like to be a veteran entrepreneur and how he got started.
Hope And Healing For The Veteran Community
Jun 9 • 41 min
Jennifer O’Neill talks to us about the power of an equestrian form of therapy to help vets and their loved ones.
Serve Something Bigger Than Yourself
Jun 2 • 21 min
Holy crap! It’s been a year since this podcast started. This episode is a bit of a recap and a look ahead, with a good message about serving something bigger than yourself.
Helping Veterans and the Community
May 26 • 40 min
In this episode, Christopher Page talks about the importance of community involvement.
Memorial Day
May 19 • 16 min
All about Memorial Day. What it is, and more importantly what it isn’t.
Perfectly Hidden Depression
May 12 • 55 min
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Margaret Rutherford, the author of the book Perfectly Hidden Depression. We talk about the book, seeking mental health treatment, and a lot more.
May 5 • 19 min
Americans are getting angrier and more outraged than ever, and it’s not really doing any good. In this episode, I’m talking about Fortitude, a new book by Dan Crenshaw.
What the American Legion is All About
Apr 28 • 37 min
Veterans are looking for a few things after getting out of the military and organizations like the American Legion are offering exactly what they are looking for. Learn what the American Legion is all about in this episode.
Healing Through Service
Apr 21 • 60 min
Aaron Quinonez, affectionately known as SGT Q talks about how serving others has helped him and others recover from difficult times.
Leave No Marriage Behind
Apr 14 • 35 min
Daniel Faust from Learn & Live talks about helping veterans thrive at home, at work, and everywhere in between.
Confident Couples and Strong Relationships
Apr 7 • 44 min
Bud and Sara Dunn are co-hosts of the Confident Couples podcast. In this episode we’ll break down what it takes to build and maintain a strong relationship.
Physical Isolation Not Social Isolation
Mar 31 • 34 min
The phrase “social isolation” gives the wrong impression. We should keep the social, while maintaining a physical distance.
The World Isn’t Ending
Mar 24 • 16 min
Good news! The world isn’t ending (even though it might seem like it is).
Living a Successful and Formidable Life
Mar 17 • 41 min
Lyn talks about the persistence needed to live a successful and formidable life.
Reinventing Your Career Path
Mar 10 • 39 min
As veterans we know the struggles of reinventing our careers all too well. Lyn walks us through how we can reinvent our career after the military.
Knowing Your Core Values
Mar 3 • 41 min
In this episode Lyn Christian talks about the importance of identifying and understanding your core values.
Happy Birthday Steve
Feb 25 • 18 min
In this episode, I wish my brother, Steven DeLuzio a happy birthday, and talk about what it means to have purpose.
Having an Operational Mindset
Feb 18 • 48 min
Jeff Banman talks with us about having what he calls an operational mindset. You don’t want to miss this one.
Helping Others Find Their Passion
Feb 11 • 30 min
In this episode, we talk about what Annette has been up to since getting out of the military and how she has been helping others who have struggled with PTSD and other mental health issues.
Drug Rehab For Veterans
Feb 4 • 33 min
Sam Huss is with RehabSpot, which helps helps get people struggling with addiction get back on the road to recovery.
Cultural Differences and Rebuilding a Nation
Jan 28 • 41 min
Amanda talks about her time in Afghanistan as part of the PRT in Kapisa. Part of her job was building schools and other facilities, which is not an easy task in a war torn country like Afghanistan.
Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Jan 21 • 36 min
Jason Mosel has made incredible physical accomplishments. But he’s not a natural born athlete. He keeps pushing himself outside of his comfort zone though, which enables him to attempt these huge tasks.
Loss of Identity After 17 Years of Service
Jan 14 • 33 min
In this episode, Annette Whittenberger talks about the loss of identity she experienced after serving in the Army for 17 years.
Helping Veterans With Dr. Sherry Walling
Jan 7 • 47 min
Dr. Sherry Walling is a clinical psychologist, speaker, yoga teacher, podcaster, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. We touched on a wide range of subjects. Veteran suicide, the VA, when the right time is to seek help, relational and moral injuries,…
Year End Recap and Looking for Feedback
Dec 31, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode, I take a look back at the first six months of the podcast. Reflect on some of the lessons learned from the guests, and ask for suggestions from the listeners for content in the new year.
Christmas Eve Episode Handling The Holidays
Dec 24, 2019 • 17 min
The holidays can be tough. It doesn’t have to be a dreaded time of year though. Let’s get through it together.
PTSDog Service Dogs For Vets With PTSD
Dec 17, 2019 • 55 min
Joaquin Juatai is a disabled veteran and an author of the book PTSDog: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Service Dog. He also hosts The Service Dog Show with PTSDog, which is broadcast on WDVR. He educates, supports, and advocates for other veterans…
Overcoming Mental Health Hurdles After Combat
Dec 10, 2019 • 36 min
Dave Pecirep was a combat veteran who struggled with his own mental health after returning home from Afghanistan. He spent some time getting his own mental health in order before eventually returning to college to get his Master’s in psychotherapy.
Army Mom on Post Traumatic Stress and Suicide
Dec 3, 2019 • 52 min
Valerie Pallotta is an Army mom, whose son Josh deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. After returning home, Josh suffered with Post Traumatic Stress for several years. Unfortunately he lost that battle in 2014.
Being Your Own Advocate And Other Lessons Learned From Depression
Nov 26, 2019 • 47 min
Brooke Siem is unlike many of our guests in that she’s not a veteran. However, her story is one that sounds all too familiar to many veterans.
Soldier And Educator On Resiliency
Nov 19, 2019 • 36 min
Chip Rankin is an educator and a soldier in the Army National Guard. Chip has found through mentoring others that those who have been more resilient and not been caught up in “mind traps” have been able to work through their struggles easier.
Marine Corps Veteran On Not Being Afraid To Fail
Nov 12, 2019 • 45 min
Tony Perez is the general manager and VP of the security product group at GoDaddy. Before that though, Tony did two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps. After getting out of the Marines, Tony dipped his toe in the entrepreneurial waters. He’s downright…
Soldier, Military Spouse, And Mother On Deployments With A Newborn
Nov 5, 2019 • 33 min
Natalie talks about some of the struggles she faced as a new mom who gave birth to her first child just before her husband was deployed. She was able to lean on the support network on base through Facebook groups and classes as well as nearby family to…
Finding Purpose Through Yoga And Music
Oct 29, 2019 • 39 min
Steve Alvarez served in the Connecticut Army National Guard and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during his military career. After getting out and struggling with finding his place in the civilian world, he came to the conclusion that there is life…
The VFW – Not Your Grandpa’s Drinking Club
Oct 22, 2019 • 46 min
Marc Garduno is the state commander of the Delaware VFW. Marc joins us on the show to talk about the benefits of being a VFW member. Many veterans from the more recent wars associate the VFW with their grandparents generation - like an old man’s drinking…
Using The Outdoors as a Healthier Coping Mechanism
Oct 15, 2019 • 51 min
Brad Noone is an Army veteran who has found healing through the outdoors. Brad has participated in outdoor trips and even volunteered with several veteran organizations to help lead expeditions.
Healing Through Artwork
Oct 8, 2019 • 44 min
Edward Santos was an infantry soldier who served two tours in Afghanistan. In his second tour he was sent home early for medical issues, which led to a passion for the arts.
Gold Star Father On Giving Back To Veterans
Oct 1, 2019 • 32 min
Mark DeLuzio, talks about how he’s giving back to veterans through his organization B.R.A.V.E. which helps veteran entrepreneurs get their businesses started. They also help veterans find jobs in their industry.
From Homeless Veteran to Successful Business Owner
Sep 24, 2019 • 38 min
Seth Shoultes is an Air Force Veteran who became a successful entrepreneur. His path to get to where he is today wasn’t an easy one. Seth struggled with homelessness after deciding to get away from the toxic situation he found himself in.
Reflections of a Gold Star Mother
Sep 17, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode my mother, Diane DeLuzio, shares what it is like to be a Gold Star Mother after losing her son (my brother) in Afghanistan. We talk about the coping mechanisms she used and how that turned into an outlet to help others. Links and Resources…
Managing Your Iceberg
Sep 10, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Cory Miller, a tech entrepreneur who seemingly had everything going for him explains mental health with the analogy of an iceberg. Cory is not a veteran, but his story has inspired others to seek help for their own mental health issues.
Reminiscing about SGT Steven DeLuzio and Bubble Gum
Sep 3, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, we pick up where we left off and begin by talking about my brother Steven. Wes was on the mission that Steven was killed on, so he opens up about how that mission went. Wes and I also share some light hearted stories about Steven that are…
Burn Pits, the VA, and Keeping a Positive Attitude
Aug 27, 2019 • 79 min
This is part 1 of a 2 part episode. Wes Black served with my brother in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this episode, we talk about burn pits, the care veterans get at the VA, and how to keep a positive attitude even when faced with a terrible situation.
Honoring The Sacrifice of SGT Steven DeLuzio
Aug 20, 2019 • 21 min
In this special podcast episode, I am remembering the 9 year anniversary of the death of my brother, SGT Steven DeLuzio, which is coming up later this week on August 22nd. I’m sharing memories and lessons that I learned from losing someone so close to me.
Air Force Veteran Turned Veteran Advocate
Aug 13, 2019 • 43 min
Kim Petters is an Air Force Veteran, who has turned into a Veteran Advocate after overcoming her own struggles with PTSD. I wanted to have Kim on the show to talk about how she became an advocate for veteran issues.
A Gold Star Brother on Loss and Legacy
Aug 6, 2019 • 40 min
Chris Weir is a Gold Star brother, who lost his brother David in Iraq. I wanted to have Chris on the show to discuss what he experienced in losing his brother, and how he eventually made the decision to follow his brother’s path and join the 101st…
A Military Spouse’s Point of View on Parenting and Deployment
Jul 30, 2019 • 34 min
My wife, Vicki DeLuzio talks to us about being a new mother while I was deployed and some of the struggles that came along with that.
Call for Guests
Jul 23, 2019 • 5 min
Looking for guests!
Help Others By Helping Yourself
Jul 16, 2019 • 17 min
Transcript Think back to basic training when you learned combat lifesaving skills. Or maybe you learned this later on in your military career. I don’t know when everyone is first introduced to it, or even if all MOS’s are taught these skills. As an…
Dealing With Pain
Jul 9, 2019 • 20 min
Dealing with pain, whether it’s from the loss of a loved one, a physical pain, or something else entirely can take it’s toll on us all. In this episode, we dive into some of the benefits that pain can bring. It isn’t all bad, and when we make it through,…
Veteran Entrepreneurs
Jul 2, 2019 • 18 min
Veterans have a lot of skills and qualities that can make for a good entrepreneur. If you’re a veteran and struggling to find a job, you might want to consider the path of entrepreneurship. Running your own business isn’t for everyone – it can be a tough…
Keeping Your Cool by Being Prepared
Jun 25, 2019 • 24 min
It’s easy to lose your cool when you aren’t expecting bad things to happen. When something happens unexpectedly, we often times find ourselves in a panic and a rush to make things right again. When we prepare for the worst we often times can avoid the bad…
Jun 18, 2019 • 34 min
From the episode: It’s funny how we sometimes expect that other people will know exactly what we’re thinking. We also assume that we know exactly what other people are thinking. Think about when you were in the military. Every aspect of a mission was…
Dealing With Civilian Pettiness
Jun 11, 2019 • 13 min
It seems like people complain about everything from getting a coffee order wrong to it being too hot or cold outside. While complaining about these things isn’t something new, it is something we often times see as an annoyance. But what if we reframed our…
Preparing For A Civilian Career
Jun 11, 2019 • 31 min
When we get out of the military we aren’t always as prepared as we think we are for applying to a civilian job. In this episode we talk about: How to figure out what job you’d be good at. Where to get the skills or qualifications you might need for a new…
Intro to Drive On Podcast
Jun 10, 2019 • 1 min
Welcome to Episode 0 of the Drive On Podcast! In this episode, I will introduce myself and the show, discuss the types of content we’ll cover on the show and who this podcast is for. There are so many different topics that veterans struggle with, and I…