Episode 93: Featuring Kevin Narcomey and Flossie Hall

Kevin Narcomey -  Founder and CEO of Osceola Consulting

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Kevin Narcomey, Founder and CEO of Osceola Consulting sat down with Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to discuss Osceola Consulting, the services they provide to utility companies and how the company is impacting the local Native American communities. Narcomey, who founded the company 11 years ago, is himself a Native American belonging to the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. He is the youngest of three boys and was raised by a single mother. He tells Carmody that his mom told him if he wanted to go to college he would have to earn it, which led him to apply for a scholarship. Part of that application included writing and essay about what he would do to give back to the community if he received the scholarship and he explains that was always in the back of his mind when he formed Osceola Consulting. The name Osceola, according to Narcomey, is the name of a tribal chief from the 1800’s who lead the resistance of the Seminole tribe to be moved to Oklahoma territory. His great-grandmother walked the trail of tears from Florida to Oklahoma, and the name Osceola is not only his middle name but the middle name of his children. He told Carmody, “When it came time to start the company, a native American owned business, what other name was there to come up with other than Oceola?” The company was founded at a time when the economy not doing so well and hit bottom a couple of years later. When asked why his company still did well, he explains, “One of the things I think with technology and consulting, is really working with our clients to help them solve whatever problem they’re trying to solve. Whether it’s some transformational change or business processes change or technology implementation so that they can achieve their goals. That helps in down times and helps in good times.” Narcomey also discusses some of their clients, what the company does and the technology center that thanks to the sponsoring by Southern California Gas, is on the Indian Reservation in Palm Springs. The center hires locally, trains locally and builds the local work force. It provides tech services, business process support industry solutions and more.

 

Flossie Hall - Founder and CEO Healthy Momma

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Flossie Hall, navy spouse, mother of four and Founder and CEO of Healthy Momma sat down with Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to talk the founding of Healthy Momma, her own struggle with losing weight, and how preparing healthy meals for her family led to her meal preparation service. She also discusses how her business is helping military families. Hall explains, “Healthy Momma is a meal delivery service focused on making healthy food affordable so that it’s accessible to those who need it most.” Unlike the other meal prep services available, Healthy Momma provides fresh cooked healthy and delicious meals that only need to be heated and served. According to Hall, while other meal preparation services cost anywhere from $16 to $18 per meal and require customers to still cut and prepare and cook the meals. Healthy Momma’s meals run from $3 to $8 a meal with the average adult meal costing $6 and they have meals specifically for families and kids. Originally from New York, being a navy spouse she has lived all over the country. After the birth of her second child, Hall tells Carmody her weight got up over 200 which resulted in her not being accepted as an EMT even after passing all of the tests. She then made it her goal to figure how nutrition worked and how to get herself and her family eating healthier. She began doing meal preparations for her family on Sundays, she would prepare all their meals and snacks for the week so they could just heat and eat during the week to maintain healthy eating. According to Hall, it wasn’t long before her friends were asking her to help them do the same thing for their families. People began paying her to do their meal preps so while waiting to attend medical school she began Healthy Momma. “I was very determined to help people see that healthy food can be delicious and it can be cheap and it can be easy. So I had this crazy idea, my husband was deployed I was like I’m gonna run a commercial kitchen. He was like are you sure? Never having taken a business class, never cooked commercially I didn’t even know how to cook when me and my husband got married.” She said, adding, “I started watching the food network I decided if I needed eat better I need to know how to cook better. I don’t want just healthy food, I want regular food but make them healthier.” With the help of a couple of friends they started the business and in a short time they were making 800 meals a week out of her home kitchen. So far the 22 months they’ve been in business, they have served over a half million meals in San Diego County. Hall also talks about the company’s mission to help employ military spouses as well as being attention to struggles military spouses encounter in finding jobs. She discusses what it takes to be successful at losing weight and maintaining the consistency of healthy eating habits, and how it has to include the whole family to be sustainable. “I’m more of a doer and I believe in failing forward. I have a lot of people that I mentor now and a lot of people are afraid to do things. And I’m like, you’re never going to figure it out until you actually do it,” she said.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Osceola Consulting is an award-winning Native American-owned consulting services business. Visit the Osceola Consulting website to get details and what they have to offer. 

2. Healthy Momma is a growing, affordable, and amazing company! Visit their website to learn how it works, view what delicious meals they offer, and how you can sign up! 

Episode 92: Featuring Erin Weidemann, Kate Nowlan, and Kimberly Caccavo

Erin Weidemann - Bible Belles

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Erin Weidemann, Founder and CEO of Bible Belles sat down with Rise Up Radio host James Carmody to talk about Bible Belles and how they have partnered with World Vision to provide resources for parents worldwide. Weidemann, who was a guest on the show last year, is an author, speaker and host of the podcast, Heroes for Her. She was a full-time teacher for over 10 years but quit teaching last year because Bible Belles has morphed into a full time endeavor. She explains that over her years of teaching she began to grow a heart for young people. “Specifically girls and the challenges that they face, not understanding who they are, and what they were created to do and I just felt called to write a book series and create some resources that parents can use to really guide the conversation of beauty, identity and purpose with their daughters at a young age. That would get them ready and prepared to step into whatever leadership role they were designed for,” Weidemann said. Bible Belles is a five book series, each book is about one of five women from the bible. The stories help girls discover what true beauty is, how much God loves them and what their purpose in life is. Weidemann explains the first letter of each woman’s name form H.E.A.R.D. which is a metaphor because a lot of girls out there feel like their voices don’t matter, and she believes the books will help girls discover “God created them to be heard, created them to use their voices in a powerful way for him and for his glory,” she said. Their recent partnership with World Vision will provide the means to reach young girls around the world. “My heart has always been we need to reach the non-English speaking population of the world. This isn’t just something we need to market or reach girls in America that are living here and have more access to all the things that they need to become these leaders, we want to guide them towards these goals God has for them. Girls in the first world face problems that are so different.” She said. World Vision is helping them to do that. 

 

Kate Nowlan & Kimberly Caccavo - GRACEDBYGRIT

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Kate Nowlan & Kimberly Caccavo, founders of GRACEDBYGRIT joined Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to talk about their athletic apparel line made in San Diego and created exclusively for women. Nowlan and Caccavo started GRACEDBYGRIT in 2013 as a direct to consumer brand selling online directly to customers. In 2015 they opened their first store and will be opening another store this year in 2017. It is an athletic apparel for women that is designed to make woman not only look good, but also feel safe and powerful. The women met when Nowlan was training Caccavo for a triathlon in honor of Chelsea King who was murdered in 2010. Caccavo explains, “Kate and I were training for a triathlon. Kate was my trainer for the triathlon and she was really rough and when we were running and I tried to get her to slow down, I’d started talking about what people were wearing, what made women look good, feel good and feel powerful when they ran. We kept talking about it, we thought someone needed to make clothes like these, and a few years later we were still training and still talking and no one had done it.” So we decided why not and we started a company.” Nowlan a trainer, was also a swim coach for the nonprofit organization, The Boys and Girls Club, ran their aquatic center also ran their events and fundraisers. Caccavo was a chemical engineer who worked on the space shuttle and had worked in traditional big business jobs. Partnering their skills, passion for helping women feel safe while looking good created the perfect mix for GRACEDBYGRIT. Nowlan said, “I did not imagine starting a women’s athletic apparel brand until we got to talking about it and then really it did change and I thought this is something we could do together because this is who we both were and what we both wanted.” She goes on to explain, “When we were testing the clothes, it was the combination of Kimberley’s background as a chemical engineer, looking at the construction of things with my experience as an athlete and a trainer to know what would really work well, not only do the fabrics need to provide UPF, but we wanted them to dry and most importantly for women as they age, we wanted them to be compressive, so that you felt really great while you are out there”. Nowlan and Caccavo who have both experienced their own ‘gritty moments in life’, explain how every woman has been through that gritty moment in her life that she thought would break her and at the end of the day, that moment is what gives her her grace. That is why they chose the name GRACEDBYGRIT. The women also discuss how sales of their apparel gives to charity, how they connect in person with their customers and explain the Fit Shop events held at their stores.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Bible Belles helps equip parents and champions of young girls to guide the conversation about beauty, identity and purpose so they can rise up and do the work they were created to do. With their newest release, Deborah: The Belle of Leadership, there are a lot of exciting upcoming things for Bible Belles. Visit their website to learn about the five-book series and all that Bible Belles does to rise up! 

2. GRACEDBYGRIT is a women's athletic apparel company designed to empower women and make them feel safe and protected all while giving back to our community. Designed, made and owned in Southern California by local women. Visit their website to learn more about the amazing brand. 

Episode 91: Featuring Jodie Grenier and Debra Falcone

Jodie Grenier - Foundation for Woman Warriors 

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Jodie Grenier, Marine Corps Veteran, Executive Director for Foundation for Woman Warriors joined James Carmody on Rise Up Radio to talk about the Foundation and the needs it is meeting for our women veterans. Grenier, who joined the Marines right out of high school, trained at the Naval Marine Corps Intelligent Center out of boot camp. She served during the invasion of Iraq as an Intel analyst. She tells Carmody, “Essentially my job was to mitigate threats to our troops that were forward of my command center. You have to be able to identify what’s an enemy weapons center from your own friendly. You’re providing information to commanders to make tactical and strategic decision. I learned very quickly I was capable of anything. If you apply yourself and if you commit yourself to learning and being just the best you can be, that no task is a challenge, it’s an opportunity.” She explains that when she got out of the Marine Corps it was during the time when there were no real resources for transitioning veterans especially when it came to assistance or mentorships. Which is why the Foundation for Women Warriors is so important today for our women veterans. According to Grenier there are currently 214,000 women in service today. With the number of women veterans reaching close to two million, the Foundation for Women Warriors mission is to help women veterans become all they can be after their military service. “We circle around the idea that our services are a hand up not a hand out. Coming from a marine background and understanding the veteran spirit is that of a warrior, and it doesn’t cease to exist once you get out of the military. We’re investing in people who are setting goals and attempting to achieve things outside of the military,” she said. The Foundation has a robust resource and referral program with other non-profits to provide women veterans with the services they need. They provide emergency help with rent and other expenses, provide a Child Care Assistance Program and help them connect with civilian business owners and continue their education. “I don’t think any woman that serves our country should have to sacrifice her education because essentially it’s not just an investment in her, it’s also an investment in that child.”

 

Debra Falcone - Taxpayer Advocate Service & Local Taxpayer Advocate

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Debra Falcone is a local Taxpayer Advocate for the San Diego area. She joined Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to talk about the Taxpayer Advocate Service and how it is available free of charge to help taxpayers deal with and resolves issues with the IRS. Falcone has worked for the IRS for 26 years and began working as a taxpayer advocate two years ago. The Advocate Service, according to Falcone, is an independent organization within the IRS that was created and mandated by Congress in 1998 through the IRS Restructuring Act. Falcone explains their job is to reach out the community and reach as many taxpayers as possible to inform them that they are here to help them with any issues they may have with the IRS that cannot be resolved through normal channels. “My job is to help Taxpayer Advocate to become a known organization in our area. I want people to know that when they have tax issues, whether it’s ‘I don’t know where to file my tax return, I need some help, I can’t afford to pay someone to prepare my taxes, or I got a bill from IRS, to I can’t even pay my rent how am I going to pay the IRS. We’re here to intervene for you and to advocate for you to resolve that issue so you can move forward in your life”, she explains. Falcone also wants to get the word out to veterans and military service members that they are here to help them with the unique situations those who serve or served in the military experience. She discusses the IRS levies that military veterans can find themselves being stuck with on their retirement income and how the Taxpayer Advocate is available for them, at no cost. “We have a lot of homeless veterans, and I want to say, I think, the figure I got was some 40,000 people are collecting military pensions and are homeless. That’s a huge amount of people. So how can they not be suffering in economic hardship if the IRS levies them? They’re already homeless. So we want to get those people on their feet financially, the tax portion of their life, get that straightened out.” She went on to say, “If people just have a question, they can call the local number 619-744-7156 or 877-777-4778 National Taxpayer Advocate.” Falcone also discusses a new initiative started this year called “Problem Solving Days, gives examples of the kind of assistance they provide and how they are working with Congress to gain legislative support they need.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. DASpedia is hosting its 2nd Annual Wireless for Veterans Gala and Networking event on Nov. 9, 2017 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA from 4pm - 9:30pm. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Foundation for Women Warriors. It will be an amazing networking event. To get your tickets and learn more about Foundation for Women Warriors and the Wireless for Veterans Gala, head over to their website

2. Taxpayer Advocate Service has a self-help website that is designed to educate taxpayers about common tax issues and steps to take to resolve certain issues in a timely manner and other resources taxpayers may have questions about. Visit the Taxpayer Advocate's website to get all the help you may need! 

Episode 90: Featuring Robert Muth and Maria Keckler

Robert Muth –University of San Diego Veterans Legal Clinic

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Robert Muth, Supervising Attorney for University of San Diego Veterans Clinic joined Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to talk about USD Veterans Legal Clinic and how it is providing free legal help for veterans, military members and their families. Muth, a Marine veteran, is Professor in Residence at USD Law School, and was Chairman for three years of San Diego Veterans Coalition. He joined the Marine Corps after 9/11 and served in Iraq. He explained to Carmody that luckily for him, his transition out of the military went well because he was fortunate enough to have a few individuals who had been Marine Corps veterans take him under their wings. He went to law school where he practiced Corporate Litigation but wanted to make a change and do something that would give back to others. When University of San Diego Legal Clinic was looking to expand their clinical program, he explained it was a great fit which gave him the opportunity to found the veterans legal clinic five years ago. “It’s been really fantastic, we’ve been able to kind of grow the clinic from what was just me and what was a handful of plucky law students, to now we’ve got a number of attorneys, and a paralegal and a lot more plucky law students, many of whom happen to be veterans themselves. We got out and fight the good fight on behalf of veterans, active duty personnel and also their families.” Muth went on to say that University of San Diego has a rich history of providing free legal services to the community. “So on one hand we exist in the legal clinic to provide assistance, whether that be full actual representation or advice and counseling or whatever might be appropriate for that individual.” The Veterans Clinic offers free focused representation to veterans, military members and their families. Muth directly supervises the Veterans Clinic on a day to day basis and explains they have three specific areas in which they help veterans. The three areas include- Dispute resolution specifically for the GI Bill, working with the VA for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries and coming in to represent veterans and file appeals on their behalf, whether it is to make sure they get the medical care they need, disability compensation, etc. and Records corrections. He explains it is the records that drive the types of benefits someone will get after leaving service. He gives shares some stories of veterans they have helped and the impact their work has on their lives.

 

Maria Keckler - President & Founder of Superb Communications

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Maria Keckler, President and Founder of Superb Communication joined Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to discuss her recent experience as one of the keynote speakers at the Inbound Conference that was held in Boston. Keckler, a national keynote speaker, leader, influencer and communicator with a servant leader’s heart is a previous guest and personal friend of Carmody. Her company, Superb Communication, helps companies, shareholders and employees communicate their messages and concerns correctly so their organizations can flourish. According to Keckler there were over 20,000 people who attended the conference, a majority being millennials. “More than 85% of the people there were millennials. So I spent two days really talking to them. I am always wondering, is what I am going to say going to resonate with them. One of the key points I have been talking about lately is Confidence 2.0 which is the idea that whatever got you here isn’t going to get you where you want to go. Our confidence often is built around our degrees, our connections what we have been able to accomplish. At some point we’re going to bump into something that is going to challenge that confidence.” Keckler told Carmody, “It was an honor and a very humbling experience to be there, to be myself. I had wanted to attend that conference for many years, they’ve been around for about five years.” Inbound marketing, according to Keckler, was a concept coined by “A HubSpot”, a technology company that help businesses get their marketing out. She explains, “What was really amazing about their approach to launching their company is that they coined this concept of inbound. Which is really smart. The marketing that you do where you send the flyers in the mail, trying to knock everybody over the head with your message that is outbound, they don’t do that. They add value first, they create eBooks people can down load for free, and are not afraid to share information for free. Being givers first. It caught fire because it’s so unusual”. She shares some of the inspiration she took away from the conference, along with the idea that the main focus is on how to connect with people. It is “the servant leadership of marketing” she said. She also shares some examples of conversations that came out of the conference between her and some of the attendees.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. The USD Veterans Legal Clinic want to create more awareness of the free legal services offered by their clinic, an awareness of the military and veteran communities of common legal issues, and create more awareness of the civilian community of legal challenges for our veterans and military service members. Visit the USD Veterans Legal Clinic website to learn more and how you can get help or spread awareness. 

2. Embracing your story and rediscovering your authentic voice help reclaim your personal power. Maria has many motivation topics and resources to empower. Visit her website to learn more and how she is a Rise Up Servant Leader. 

Episode 89: Featuring Nico Marcolongo, Ryan Kelly, and Joe McClain

Nico Marcolongo & Ryan Kelly - GI Film Festival San Diego

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Ryan Kelly, US Navy Vet and local San Diego film maker joins Nico Marcolongo, retired US Marine Corps Officer on Rise Up Radio to talk about the upcoming GI Film Festival. The GI Film Festival which runs from Oct. 18-22 and features films that are directed, written and acted by military veterans. The mission of the festival is to use film therapy to bring healing to veterans and create a community where veterans and film makers can come together also to educate and preserve the legacies of our U.S. veterans. This year’s event features 34 films that tackle a wide range of topics, from World War II veterans, Pearl Harbor survivors, the Vietnam experience and more. Kelly who joined the Navy out of high school became a forensic photo and video expert working with police departments, lawyers etc. About five years ago he and a buddy decided maybe they could turn that skill into something creative and make films. “You see so much of one thing, that the creative outlets become really important. You go from seeing these tragedies nonstop to, oh I can tell stories now instead and have this creative release. It’s definitely translating from a lot of the veterans I meet and work with on films now, they’re finding this new way to express themselves and release a lot of this.” Kelly who has directed four films, won the 2015 San Diego Film Award for his work on “The Reunion”. His current film, “Refuge” will be screening at this year’s GIFF in Mission Valley. Marcolongo, a retired Marine Corp officer who served for 14 years is also the senior manager for Operation Rebound. He has been a member the Advisory Committee for the GI Film festival since the west coast’s inaugural festival. “One of the things about the festival that is really meaningful to me is it’s either about vets or vets make these films. It’s a form of expression for them. A lot of them had difficult experiences through the wars especially recently, and a lot of the topics are topical for today.” He went on to say it’s a great way to get out and really see and understand what vets go through. Both Kelly and Marcolongo discuss the films being shown this year, the stories being told through film, some of which many people are not even aware of. “Our military history has had a rich impact on this region and we don’t want that to be forgotten,” Marcolongo said.

 

Joe McClain - Help Heal Veterans

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Joe McClain, CEO for Help Heal Veterans, joined Rise Up Radio host James Carmody to unpack what Help Heal Veterans does and how they are providing free therapeutic kits to all veterans and military members receiving medical care. Help Heal Veterans, a non-profit organization, provides what they call Therapeutic Kits to injured veterans and military members. These kits include a wide variety of arts and crafts materials like models, puzzles, woodwork, painting, leather-work and much more. These kits help injured veterans and military members improve concentration, relieve symptoms of PTS, depression and help improve motor skills and concentration. They’re also used as recreational and diversion therapy for patients. McClain, a US Navy veteran served in the Navy for 30 years and went on to serve as Congressional Liaison for the United States House of Representative for the Secretary of the Navy. He is a third generation military member and tells Carmody he had one grandfather who fought in WWI, another grandfather who fought in WWII, and his father who was career Army, fought in Vietnam. He also has a son who is currently on active duty. He talks about his desire to continue to serve after getting out of the military saying, “When Help Heal Veterans was looking for a CEO, I answered the call. Help heal veterans is kind of a special place because it’s one of those things it’s what we do for a living. And how we help is not totally obvious to most folks. And it just reminds you that little things can make a big impact on someone’s life.” McClain explains each of the different kits available, how the medium is being used to heal and communicate with injured veterans and how they are helping to heal not only their bodies but their souls. He share examples of veterans who have been helped, and how people can get involved. Help Heal Veterans was founded in 1971. It’s founder was visiting the young Marines at Balboa Hospital, who were injured in Vietnam and when he asked one young man what he could do to help, the Marine told him he was bored so he went out and purchased arts and craft supplies, things that would help to keep their hands busy, and brought them back to the ward and handed them out. According to McClain, Arts and crafts have been a factor in healing for veterans along with occupational therapy and they have 8000 veterans around the country signed up who get these kits at no cost every month.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. GI Film Festival San Diego 2017 is Wednesday, October 18th through Sunday, October 22nd at select venues across San Diego. This festival is unique in the sense that it is the one of only few that exclusively represents stories for, by, and about military service members and veterans. Visit their website to get a schedule and learn more about the GI Film Festival. 

2. To bring awareness to Help Heal Veterans and the impact they are making, visit their website. They are seeking help from local artists to help create kit design and to spread the word and help out veterans and active duty service members. 

Episode 88: Featuring Janis Whitaker and Bill Protzmann

Janis Whitaker - VetCTAP

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Janis Whitaker, Executive Director of VetCTAP (Veterans Career Transition Assistance Program), owner of JP Whitaker & Associates and author of the book, “Interviewing By Example” joined guest hosts, Phil Kendro and Eve Nadeer on Rise Up Radio to discuss how VetCTAP is helping to increase the employment rate for veterans and helping transitioning military members find success in the civilian workplace. Whitaker explains that the biggest issue for veterans and transitioning military members is learning about the job search process. The VetCTAP program provides a free eight module workshop on a monthly basis that provides one-on-one coaching, job search skills training and more. She told Kendro and Nadeer, “We serve a very unique population, maybe people are not aware of that, but most of the people who work with us or attend have actually been in the military 10 or more years, about a third have been retiring. She went on to say, “It’s very interesting, most people feel like military folks can just step from military career to a civilian career but that’s not true, especially if they have been in 10 or more years. Think about that, it’s as if they’ve been in another country for 10 years. Different culture, language, customs and now they’re moving into this corporate world with a different language, culture and customs and they really don’t know how to job search and what to do. We help them with that”. Whitaker also talks about what they focus on during each of the eight modules, gives some examples of their successful clients and how important it is to register quickly because classes are generally open for 20 people or less so they can provide individual help to each student. VetCTAP has a 90% success rate in which attendees go on to find their ideal careers. The program’s workshops are held 8 to 10 times a year, and run for four weeks with classes being held two nights a week. The last workshop for the year will begin the second week of October and will restart again the second week of January.

 

Bill Protzmann - Music Care Inc

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Bill Protzmann, Founder, President, CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer at Music Care Inc. joined guest hosts Phil Kendro and Eve Nadeer on Rise Up Radio to talk about Music Care Inc. and how music is instrumental in helping people heal from PTS, TBI and other emotional, physical and mental injuries. Protzmann was a part of the San Diego Veterans coalition Group’s Spiritual Affinity group, graduated magna cum laude in piano and creative writing and is author of the book, “More Than Human: The value of Cultivating Human Spirit In Your Organization.” He discusses how he uses his passion for music to help bring healing and his time with SDVCG’s Spiritual Affinity Group which led to the founding of Music Care Inc. and played a part in the writing of his book. The purpose of the Affinity Group was to ‘examine moral injury’, which Protzmann explains as what it feels like to have to do something that doesn’t line up with your beliefs. He explains that most people know inside what anger or grief or what fear feels like for them, and when they can find music that resonates for them personally, that is their power music. “Find the music that supports your anger, fear, etc.” Which is what Music Care Inc. teaches people to do. Protzmann said, “It’s a blessed thing to do, being on this mission of reawakening people to what they already know is fantastic.” He went on to say, “Whatever music you love is your power music. You can use that. Once you know what to use that for it becomes a real tool for you.” Protzmann explains that people often don’t know what do to with fear, anger or grief and when those emotions get ‘stuffed down’ they lead to depression or can prevent the body’s ability to heal. “If you can dial into those feelings in a way that’s useful to you, you’ve got something”. There is music that can unpack those feelings and let people feel them in safety. He shares an example of a veteran who ‘found his way home’ through music and how seeing that set him on the path to wanting to help others. “The idea of lifting other people up is so important these days. There’s such incredible work happening and if we can be a part of promoting that or connecting people with that in any way possible, that’s our job, that’s how I see it.”

 

TAKE ACTION

1. In order to help transitioning military, veterans, and spouses who need help with their job search and encourage them to register and use the resources VetCTAP has to offer. Visit their website to learn about to register and what they offer. 

2. It's important for us as a community to come together and find ways to strengthen human connectivity with one another and our inner spirit. Learn more about the power of music and the resources Music Care, Inc. has to offer by visiting their website

 

Episode 87: Featuring Larry Blumberg, Dean Dauphinais and Angel Garcia

Larry Blumberg - Fleet Week San Diego

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Larry Blumberg, retired US Naval Captain and Executive Director for Fleet Week, sat down with Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to unpack the upcoming San Diego Fleet Week events. Fleet Week San Diego is a week long event held Oct. 11-17 to show the men and women of our military that they are appreciated by celebrating and honoring them through a week public events that showcase the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. This year’s event was set in October to coincide with the 242nd birthday of the United States Navy. Blumberg who joined the Navy in the 60’s, has lived in San Diego for over 40 years. He was Co-Founder and Executive Director of the SD Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) from 2005-2015. Blumberg talks about how he had been on board with Fleet Week awhile back, but just he got hooked back up with it at the end of last year. “Fleet Week has actually been around San Diego in one form or another since 1935. It’s got a long history, for many years it was under the Chamber of Commerce,” he said. Blumberg went on to explain, “In early 2000’s it set up its own 501c charitable organization, a foundation called the SD Fleet Week Foundation. Its focus is on the active duty men and women who serve here. There are over 100,000 navy, marine and coast guard men and women who serve right here in San Diego.” He went on to say, “This is our one chance, one week really, to give thanks for what they do for us on a daily basis. They not only serve, deploy to all parts of the world doing defense of our country, they’re our neighbors”. Blumberg describes each day’s events including the ships being open for the public to visit, and this year on Oct. 12th, Fleet Week will have a day exclusively for school children so they can explore and enjoy another first time a new interactive feature called the Innovation Zone which involves high tech equipment. Other events include a SDMAC Breakfast which is open to the public giving them the opportunity to meet the new 3rd Fleet Commander. There will also be a USO Concert in the Park, the Sea and Air Parade which includes navy ships, coast guard ships, marine air craft, navy aircraft and the new addition, vintage WWII military aircraft, a MCRD Boot Camp Challenge and more.

 

Dean Dauphinais & Angel Garcia - Salute II Heroes Tournament Honoring MSgt Rodney Buentello

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Dean Dauphinais, Marine veteran, Veteran Advocate and co-founder of All Star Vets joined fellow Marine veteran Angel Garcia, Tournament Director for Salute II Heroes sat down with Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody to talk about the upcoming tournament Nov. 12th& 13th in honor of MSgt Rodney Buentello. The tournament is being held to raise money for a scholarship in Buentello’s name. On June 8, 2016 Retired Marine Master Sargent Rodney Buentello, who served once in Afghanistan and twice in Iraq, was awarded two Purple Hearts, drowned after saving the lives of two teenagers who became trapped in the undercurrent of a dam at Texas Bandera City Park. MSgt Buentello was enjoying the day with his family when he saw the teens in trouble, without a thought for his own life he dove in to save them. After getting the teens to dry ground he was pulled under the dam’s fast moving water and drown before the rescue team arrived. “To survive 22 years in the Marine Corps, and multiple tours, 2 purple hearts and to still have that selflessness about him when he’s a civilian when he’s with his family. It’s just really a tremendous thing that we want to make sure that is spread widely”, Dauphinais said. He went on, “This is a true hero, this is not an NBA player that the kids are looking to as a hero this is real hero. So we really want to spread that story. He’s a true brother that we lost.” Garcia told Carmody that he served with Rodney Buentello. “We were actually stationed her at Camp Pendleton, we were roommates. He got me hooked on country music.” He said it was his only unit and Buentello’s first unit. The men kept in contact the whole time, he went on to say, “the last time I saw him was March (2016) in San Diego while Buentello was in San Diego for a Wounded Warrior conference”. When asked about how Salute II Heroes came to be, Garcia explained, “Salute II Heroes was just a crazy idea of mine that just came in my head. I was thinking of Rodney and I was thinking of ways to keep his name alive. He loved softball. Softball is a pretty big down here, a big family environment when it comes to softball. He loved his family so I just said, why not, let’s throw a softball tournament.” Garcia went on to say,“I stared running soft ball tournaments. Rodney was a big softball guy, so I started running these tournaments to raise funds to start a scholarship fund in his name to keep his name alive”. The tournament is about taking a fallen hero and taking something that hero really enjoyed and doing something to honor and remember that person. “A story like this, hopefully it inspires people to think a little bit on and reflect on, maybe I could be doing a little bit something more for somebody else and not just myself.” Dauphinais explained. Dauphinais and Garcia also talk about All Star Vets and what they are doing within communities, getting more involved with kids and how people can become involved with All Star Vets.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Fleet Week is October 11 - 17, 2017. It's a week long event full of appreciation and fun! Head over to their website to learn more and make sure to get your tickets! 

2. To honor and bring Rodney Buentello's story to light, Salute-2-Heroes is having their 3rd Charity Softball Tournament on November 11th and 12th. Visit their website to register and learn all about such an amazing story and event!

Episode 86: Featuring Canine Companions for Independence and Operation Engage America

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Mary Milton and Sondra Thiederman both volunteers with Canine Companions for Independence sat down with Rise Up Radio host James Carmody to unpack just what Canine Companions for Independence does and how they both became involved in it’s important work in helping people with disabilities gain independence. Milton is the Chair for DogFest and is currently training her third puppy for Canine Companions. She explains to host, James Carmody, how she became involved with the nonprofit organization. “My husband and I had Newfoundland, big waterdogs, the last Newfoundland his name was Wizard of Oz, and I used him as a therapy dog and he was a crisis response dog, so we spent many many hours together doing community work, and eventually we lost him just shy of 11 years of age. When that happened I just thought I can’t go through this again. I cannot say goodbye to another pet so that is how I came to Canine Companions.” Thiederman is the Southwest Regional Board Vice President for Canine Companions and also a puppy raiser, she is currently training her 11th puppy. She talks about her love for dogs but explains, “The real thing about Canine Companions is the people and the lives that they change. That’s the real draw for me. The dogs are fantastic, but the human beings that live more independent lives, that’s what gets me teared up actually.” She goes on to say, “The thing too about them that touches me is that these dogs are free of charge to the recipient. They cost roughly $50,000 to create and we’re purely funded by outside funding.” Canine Companions for Independence began in 1975 in Santa Rosa, it provides specially trained assistant dogs to kids, veterans and adults who have special needs with physical, cognitive and/or development disabilities. Dogs are trained in four types of assistance from retrieving dropped items to pulling wheelchairs. Milton and Thiederman discuss how the puppies are raised and trained, and how they are matched with their recipients. They also discuss the upcoming DogFest Walk & Run which will be a day of fun, graduation speakers and demonstrations. The event will be held Oct. 21 and is free to the public.

 

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Howard & Jean Somers - Operation Engage America 

Howard and Jean Somers, Co-Founders of Operation Engage America sat down with Rise Up Radio Host, James Carmody to talk about the reason they started Operation Engage America and the impact they hope to have in helping veterans and their families. The Somers' youngest son Daniel, committed suicide in June 2013. Daniel joined the California Army National Guard in 2003, he was deployed to Iraq when the government was using the Guard as regular army due to the low number of regular troops at the time. His father, Howard explains after he returned from his deployment he attended the Defense Language Institute, majoring in Arabic. He went on to work for a non-government contractor in DC as an intelligence analyst and in 2007 volunteered to take a position in Iraq. “He told us he was at a secure location on a secure base, as it turns out we found out later he was actually going out on missions with special forces. Came back and he was totally different. He was a changed person. He was withdrawn, he was depressed. He was not the same person. Definitely exhibited suicidal tendencies, we found out later that he was even exhibiting suicidal thoughts after his first deployment but we were not aware of that until much later,” His father said. His parents explain how Daniel got caught up in the whole VA mess and had trouble getting a long term relationship established at the VA with mental health providers. They discovered their son was not only struggling with mental health issues but also had multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries all of which Daniel explained in his suicide letter. “Because of that and because of what happened to him we decided that, since we did not know how to approach him, we did not know what resources were available for him what resources were available for us, we decided to do something about that to hopefully help others in the same situation by creating this organization that attempts to bring together resources in local communities with veterans and their families and first-responders so that they know what resources are available to them so that they don’t get to the stage that Daniel got to and our family is in at this point.” The veteran suicide rate is 20 per day and out of that 20, 14 have not touched the VA, and only three out of the six that do make contact with the VA are actually seen by Mental Health providers. Operation Engage America is working to initiate conversations with our government to get in how it can make a change and get suicide prevention and mental health talked about.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Canine Companions for Independence is holding their DogFest San Diego on Saturday, October 21st in NTC Park at Liberty Station. DogFest registration starts at 8am and the walk begins at 9am followed by a day full of fun! Be sure to head over to their website to register and learn more! 

2. Howard and Jean with Operation Engage America want to make sure our community is aware of all the resources that are available for those in need in hopes to reduce to number of Veteran suicides, along with other issues of financial insecurities, mental health problems and homelessness. Head over to their website to learn how we can all Rise Up together and spread awareness.

 

 

Episode 85: Featuring Greg Bond and Gary Rossio

Greg Bond - Director of Military Education for Penn State World Campus

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Greg Bond, Director of Military Education at Penn State World Campus sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to discuss the importance of education and how Penn State World Campus is helping active duty military members and their families attain higher education. Bond, who served 28 years in the Marines, was deployed to 10 countries, including serving in 2004 for tsunami relief in Thailand and Indonesia and earned three Masters Degrees during his military service. It was, he explains, his life’s mission while getting his Masters to use his interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help motivate and inspire others to appreciate the value of an education. Penn State World Campus is an online campus for Penn State University which makes higher education accessible to people throughout the world. Bond oversees the outreach efforts for the military community. He explains that the professors are trained how to deal with military students. “If a marine says I have duty tonight and I can’t make the online class. The professor is not going to say, ‘well you fail the class’. The professor is now going to say, ‘totally understand let’s do a work around, let’s see where we can do it’.” He goes on to explain that every step of the way military students are guided by a military representative and they have academic advisors to help guide them. The World Campus which was started in 1998 with four programs and 41 students today has over 125 programs, over 13,000 World Campus students and about 4000 military students which make up 25 to 30% of its student population. The online campus serves active duty military member, their families and veterans. Bond, says it was his father’s words that instilled in him the importance of getting a good education, telling his son at a young age, “Greg I don’t care what you do in life, but my only guidance to you would be get an education. I don’t care if you’re a ditch digger, be an educated ditch digger. It doesn’t matter what the job is, it’s about getting an education to better yourself.”

 

Gary Rossio - San Diego Veteran's Coalition

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Gary Rossio, an Air Force veteran, local Co-Founder of San Diego Veterans Coalition, Champion for Physical and Emotional Health Action Group and former CEO of the VA Medical Center sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about how SDVC is working to help veterans get the healthcare they deserve and need. San Diego County has 125,000 active duty military members and 225,000 veterans and Rossio discusses that the idea of the SDVC was to move the healthcare system out to where the patients live and not make them drive to La Jolla where the VA hospital is. The idea behind the SDVC is based on building and using the relationships with other veteran service organization to offer veterans complete services in healthcare, employment, housing and education. “About 1% of the population now is currently wearing a uniform and its all-volunteer. These young men and women are out there serving the country doing a great job and our job is to create that safety net to which veterans’ and families don’t fall through, we want to support them,” Rossio said. He also explains there are over 150 organizations involved in the coalition. Rossio, whose main focus is on providing healthcare to San Diego’s veterans goes on to talk about the goal of PEH (Physical and Emotional Health) is to help veterans become “their own best healthcare provider”. He talks about his experiences working for the VA, the increase in veteran patients which has gone from 25,000 unique patients in 1989 when he began working with the VA to 87,0000 veterans treated last year. Rossio points out that any veteran who is 25-30 today is probably going to live to be 80 plus and that’s another 50 years of service in which healthcare is going to be key. According to current statistics, 20 veterans a day are committing suicide which makes emotional health programs so important for veterans today. He gives the audience a list of signs to look for to help prevent suicide and discusses two great programs, Mental Health First Aide and QPR both of which help people learn how to intervene with those who may be suicidal. He also talks about the upcoming Women’s Veterans Summit coming up Oct. 13th at San Diego State.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Penn State World Campus wants to ensure that our Military Community is aware of a Penn State degree and the importance of education. The benefits and resources the university has to offer veterans, active service members, and their spouses is endless. Pursuing a degree is not easy but Penn State World Campus gives their students cognitive knowledge, critical thinking skills, friendships and relationships that are indescribable. Head over to their website to learn all about what they have to offer or contact Greg directly at gbond@psu.edu

2. Gary and San Diego Veterans Coalition's desire is to engage the full community of San Diego in assistance to our warriors. They want to bring community awareness of the groups and resources that exist and call to action for addition community support. You can find more information on their website or email Gary directly at garyrossio@gmail.com

 

 

Episode 84: Featuring David Bareño and Renee VanHeel

David Bareño - Think Box Concepts

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David Bareno seized the opportunity to announce that he has a 5-week old baby that has so much influence on him just like how his parents has a lot of influence on him. David was born and bred in San Diego just like his parents. He has a strong passion to give back to the community and he believes that he got the passion from his parents. He talked about how the urge to give made him establish his organization –Think Box Concepts just to help people get their business back on track. He also talked about being able to play golf after spending several years learning and not getting it right. He likened it to real life situations when you try to learn something but not being in the right frame of mind keeps hindering you. One thing is for sure, no one knows how long and hard you practiced and really, no one cares but what they care about is your eventual success. This is not only applicable to golf but to all other endeavors. Towards the end of his interview, David helped to introduce the next guest – Renee VanHeel with whom he is already acquainted.

 

Renee VanHeel - Pay It Forward Processing

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Renee is known for her company, Pay It Forward Processing. It is a credit card processing company. However, there is something distinct about it. The company earmarks certain amount of money for charities on each swipe of credit card. She is also passionate about helping people. She figured out that most small businesses struggle to remain afloat and she decided to assist as many as she can. Her house got burnt several years ago and that inspired her to raise $5 million through the help of Fired Up Sisters (a group she formed) as a donation to assist several victims of tragic fires. She explained that up to 400 women willingly joined the group to help out. She also mentioned the fact that watching her friends get ripped off and overcharged led to her decision to startup a credit card processing company. Towards the end of her segment, she explained how people can join her initiative and key into her philanthropic objectives.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Think Box Concepts is a growing and powerful company that has many resources for other companies and small businesses that they want to share with our community.  Visit their website to learn more and how they can help you. You can also reach David on his twitter @davidofsd

2. Pay It Forward Processing wants to help rescue businesses from contracts and poor customer service within the credit card industry. Pay It Forward Processing provides businesses with an ethical way pf processing credit cards and also give back to the community. Visit their website or email info@pfprocessing.com or info@esbcharity.org

Episode 83: Kevin Cortes, Phil Kendro, and Chris Soriano

Kevin Cortes and Phil Kendro - Marine Corps Veteran's Birthday Ball

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Phil Kendro and Kevin Cortes, both retired US Marine veterans and previous guests of Rise Up Radio sit down with Rise Up host, Jared Kelley to discuss the upcoming Marine Corps Veterans Birthday Ball and the Veterans Beer Club. Kendro was a flight instructor during his military service and currently flies for San Diego Sky Tours. Cortes is on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Veterans Coalition. The men talk about how difficult the transition process can and often is for military service members retiring from the military and going back into civilian life. It was that experience that led both Cortes and Kendro to want to do something to help out other service members in San Diego. Kendro explained, “We’re transition Marines, and we’re very fortunate that this guy across from me, Kevin, had a brainstorm probably about a year and half ago and said we really need to reach out to the community and come up with an idea.” There are 2500 veteran related nonprofits in San Diego and Cortes explained, “When we were transitioning we didn’t have anyone in the civilian SD community that was giving us a hand up. We had to navigate all that San Diego had to offer with respect to veteran resources. We had to go on our own and figure it out.” That led them to create the Veteran’s Beer Club. Cortes added that they’re not promoting beer drinking, “we just called it something that has an attractive name and we’re here to promote networking. “ The US Marine Corps will be celebrating its 242nd birthday November 10th, but often according to Cortes and Kendro, although former commanding officers get invites to go, what happens is a lot of folks once they depart military service aren’t getting the invites. Going to a ball as a retiree isn’t always a good fit. “So there is kind of an identity loss there, “Cortes said, adding, “I think the key factor in that is never forgetting. That’s a resonating theme throughout our service. Never forget where you came from, being a Marine is something that is part of our DNA. And being a Marine is something we need celebrate and we can never forget, it doesn’t stop when you get out of uniform.” Kendro explained the concept of having a veteran’s ball was born. The Ball is also a benefit with money going to the Marine Corps Scholarship Program, Toys for Tots and the San Diego Veterans Coalition. All veterans are invited, not just Marines.

 

Chris Soriano - Clever Talks

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Chris Soriano, CEO and Executive Board Member of Clever Talks joined Rise Up Radio host, Jared Kelley to talk about rallying people in San Diego around the veterans and to discuss Clever Talks upcoming Tactical Fest which will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. Clever Talks holds events with inspiring speakers who are viral stars and different YouTube celebrities, and well known successful businessmen and entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban. Soriano told Kelley that he wanted to inspire a lot of people through using ideas. They put on a conference that included some YouTube celebrity and viral stars as speakers, and from there began getting a lot of people approaching him telling him how the conference had really changed their lives. He and his team also began to realize a majority of their audiences were military. “From there we said, let’s go all in and figure out why these military troops are coming to the events, why do they want to get inspired and what are they searching for”. He added that things just pivoted from there. When asked why he does this, he said, “My heart string that was tugged constantly was really ideas. An idea is a thought or suggestion to a possible course of action. When you have an idea that is where your life changes.” He went on to say, “I want to dedicate my life finding some of these best coolest ideas. I wanted to create this unique platform where people can share their ideas and make them a reality.” Soriano unpacked the what and the why of the upcoming Tactical Fest. The event will include several great tactical companies, like 5.11 Tactical and some great defense companies. He also told Kelley there will be a night-vision escape submarine that the community can board. He explained that they have been able to partner with the Maritime Museum who is letting them use their B-39 Submarine so that the community can wear night-vision goggles and experience what it’s actually like to “get in there and navigate like you’re on a Special Forces team.” The National Guard will be there and there will be food trucks, lots of demonstrations, a beer truck and more. Soriano also shares how he got Mark Cuban to speak and their event this past January. 

 

TAKE ACTION

1. The University Club is hosting the San Diego Marine Corps Veterans Birthday Ball Celebration on Saturday, November 18th. They are inviting ALL San Diego Veterans to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday. Head over to their website to get more details and purchase tickets. Any questions can be directed to usmcveteransball@gmail.com and vbcsandiego@gmail.com

2. Clever Talks is hosting Tactical Fest on Saturday, September 9th 11am - 5pm at Waterfront Park San Diego. It will be an unforgettable experience. Mark your calendars and head over to their website to get all the details. You can also contact Chris directly at Chris@CleverTalks.com

 

 

Episode 82: Featuring Patriot List and VETality Corp.

Colin Supko - Patriot List

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Colin Supko, Founder and CEO of Patriot List joined Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to unpack what Patriot List is and what spurred him to create it. Supko served 18 years as a Navy SEAL Commander and is currently Commander for all of the west coast’s Reserves SEALs. He began his SEAL career in 2002 and was deployed twice to combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Supko is was also co-founder for Munitio.com, a consumer electronics and ventured funded company. While he was deployed, Supko told Carmody and Kelley, that a fellow SEAL’s wife had put a car up for sale using one of the usual marketplace websites, when she met with the man who wanted to purchase the car, he robbed her, taking her purse at gun point. Providing a safe place for active military, veterans and government employees and their families is why Patriot List was created. Patriot List is a free mobile application for military members and their families. With Social Media marketplaces becoming more and more unsafe, Supko explains, “The key component of our marketplace, unlike every other marketplace in the world is that we require every one of our users to verify their identity through the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs, so you always know you are dealing with another veteran." He went on to say "Removing that anonymity allows us to incentivize great behavior, because when two people agree to do a transaction with one another each one of them has the opportunity to rate the other one. Those ratings last your entire time you’re using the mobile app.”

 

Michael Owen and VETality Corp.

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VETality Corp. is an organization created by military combat veterans to help their fellow military veterans transition back into society. Michael Owen, a decorated Marine Combat veteran and Executive Director of VETality Corp. joined Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to discuss why VETality Corp was created and the programs they have in place to help fellow veterans. Sean Major and Abraham Bradley who themselves are also combat veterans who are working with VETality also join the discussion. Owens talks about his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, and the difficulty he experienced coming back into civilian life after having witnessing so many casualties and losing so many comrades who were killed in action. After coming out on the other side of those experiences, he explains that he, began getting calls from guys that had transitioned out of service who were having suicidal feelings, getting hooked on drugs or were simply down and out who were looking to him for help. So he and a lot of other combat veterans got together and said, “Hey, when we had a uniform on we got stuff done. So let’s get stuff done now in the civilian world.” He went on to say, That is kind of what the catalyst was to VETality.” We’re still able, we’re still here let’s help our brothers and sisters who are transitioning out.” Owens, Bradley and Major also talk about VETality’s Can For Vets program, which turns cans into cash to help veterans. They also unpack how the Operation Change Lives program which was launched as a Donation Box program is using that spare change to change lives. Major explained how simple this program works , “I don’t like having fifty cents in my pocket, I have a change jar at home well here it is, you just got done shopping drop 30 cents in and at the end of the week, cents make dollars and dollars make sense.” The men also discuss VETality Security Solutions and how helping veterans get their Security Guard licenses and how they sit down as military instructors to teach schools and businesses how to mitigate the possibility of having and active shooter incident and how to defend yourself and survive such an event.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Patriot List is a valuable and important tool for our military and veteran families that we want our community to be aware of! Visit their website or contact Colin at colin@patriotlist.us to learn more and spread the word!

2. VETality gives back to our Veterans and transitioning military members and provides tremendous resources to help increase employment opportunities. In order to work side-by-side with community leaders in San Diego, to increase employment opportunities, visit their website to learn more and spread the word.  

Episode 81: Featuring Geoffrey Goldstein and Brad Pagano

Geoffrey Goldstein - Goldstein Golf

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Rise up radio recently hosted Geoffrey Goldstein. This man is a great golfer who has carved a niche for himself in teaching people how to play golf. Instead of focusing on getting better on the game, he prefers to teach people how to be a better player despite running his own golf course. While on Rise Up Radio, he shared a few stories about himself. Goldstein has risen to the point that he has several CEO’s and other top functionaries among his clients. What really surprised him and also inspired him to go into being a golf teacher and not just a golf player, is the fact that a lot of people even, CEO’s of multinationals, get nervous to play golf in the full glare of a lot of people. According to Goldstein, he also started from a humble beginning. In fact he came into San Diego in 2013 with just $50. It took the support of is a wife and Mike, a CEO that would become Goldstein’s first top executive golf client. Over the years, Goldstein has been able to teach a lot of people to become talented golfers.

 

Brad Pagano - San Diego Financial Literacy Center

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Our second guest on Rise Up Radio was Brad Pagano. He is the founder of San Diego Financial Literacy Center. This organization educates and empowers people within its community to become financially successful. They have raised several entrepreneurs and also made a lot of people financially successful. Brad Pagano laid it all bare on Rise Up Radio. He talked about mentoring people to change their spending habits. Poor spending habit has a way of plunging people further into debt. He mentioned that a lot of people have the habit of spending all they earn. He explained why and how that kind of people will continue to struggle financially no matter how much they earn. He talked about opportunities being available for people to come and to enjoy their services. While they offer a lot of services, Brad Pagano says they do two things best which are providing education and providing resources for financial success.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. Goldstein Golf provides knowledge for all skill level golfers and the understanding of the Ball Flight Laws. To bring more awareness to all that Goldstein Golf has to offer, visit their website or you can email Geoff at coach@goldsteingolf.com

2. San Diego Financial Literacy Center (SDFLC) provides meaningful skills to our community. SDFLC wants to educate our community and encourage people to engage as volunteers, donors, and supporters. You can invite SDFLC to businesses, schools, or organizations for free educational sessions. Visit SDFLC's website or email them at info@sdflc.org

 

Episode 80: Featuring Patriots Honor and All Star Vets

Chief Master Sargent Brent Hammond & Whitney Bibbins - Patriots Honor

Brent Hammond and Whitney Bibbins of Patriots Honor sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to talk about Patriots Honor’s program, Golf4Patriots. Hammond, a retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant, is CEO and co-founder of Patriots Honor. He helped out with other nonprofits after retiring and wanted to find a way to give back. After having the opportunity to play golf with about 30 amputees at Admiral Baker’s Golf Course, seeing the veterans having fun, he decided they needed to do something like that. He said, “We need to get these guys back into the recreation hobbies and the passions that they had before their injuries. We were hoping that would make an impact in their life. And so far with the individuals we have helped, we have really seen a difference in them.” Bibbins explains what he has learned and why he loves this program. “What I’ve learned out of all of this is when these guys joined they were warriors, that’s why they got into the military. After they have been injured severely, what really sticks in my brain and my heart is these guys come home and they want to get back into life and they’re still warriors regardless, whether it’s to play golf or to swim or to scuba dive, whatever it is. It’s just amazing to see these guys and we just want to help them with their recovery.” The two men discuss the experiences of the participants at the golf tournaments, and how they receive whatever their passion is directly after the tournament is complete. They also talk about the upcoming August 28th golf tournament which will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Golf Course.

Dean Dauphinais & Marcus Chischilly - All Stars Vets

Dean Dauphinais and Marcus Chischilly, Co-Founders of All Star Vets, recently sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about All Star Vets. All Star Vets was established in May 2016 and helps to empower veterans through holistic sports programs. Dauphinais, a Marine veteran had been serving veterans in various capacities for about 10 years. He explains how he had the desire to do something on his own and noticed there was a gap in services in the way veterans are being helped to get healthy. He explained that he wanted to do something outside of the medical model, which is prescribing medication to veterans and limited modalities of healing. Dauphinais told Carmody and Kelley, “We came up with All Star Vets as a way to promote health in a more holistic manner. And in a way that also brings veterans together. And nothing does that better than sports, I don’t think”. He went on to say, “By using sports as the vehicle to bring our vets and their families together we can organically engage in discussions about what our vets are going through.” Chischilly, a Marine veteran is also an international adaptive sports competitor. While serving in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED and lost his left leg above the knee. He talks about his experiences with depression and his realization that there was going to be a lot of things he would have to adapt to after his injury. Chischilly talks about how adaptive sports helped him and how they are working to help others. He told Kelley and Carmody, “We really started this All Star Vets thing with the mindset that we wanted to change the availability not just from a healthcare standpoint, but as Dean said, changing the way that veterans look at sports. But look at outlets to relieve some of the residual effects that are deemed just from military experience in general.”

 

TAKE ACTION

1. To help support veterans and this empowering organization, Patriots Honor invites veterans and the public to play in their charity golf tournament or provide support in any way to their Star Recipient, Julian Torres. Their Give Back Gold Tournament is at Rancho Bernardo Inn Gold Club on August 28th. Visit their website to learn more and to register for the event.

2. All Star Vets wants to raise awareness and increase quality of life for our veterans and active duty servicemembers and their families. You can help spread the word of the growing and most robust Veteran's Wellness initiatives. Visit their website or email Dean directly at dean@allstarvets.org or Marcus at marcus@allstarvets.org.

Episode 79: Featuring Huntley Paton and Stephanie Brown

Huntley Paton - San Diego Business Journal 

Huntley Paton, President and Publisher of the San Diego Business Journal sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jarod Kelley recently to unpack how the SD Business Journal is helping local military members and veterans. Paton, a 30 year veteran of business journalism said it is the SD Business Journal’s job to track money around the San Diego economy for people who need to know these things because their customers are in San Diego. It’s about connecting the dots by having a pulse on what is going on in San Diego. “We’re trying to give people real market intelligence that helps them right here in San Diego,” he said. Paton explains how San Diego’s workforce has the highest percentage of former military than anywhere else and it is the fifth largest market for veteran owned businesses. This makes the military paramount to San Diego’s economy. He goes on to say he started looking around the market to help people but didn’t see a lot of things that were entrepreneurial based and he wanted to find something he could do in that regard. This desire led to the Journal publishing a list every year of veteran owned businesses. “It’s really important to recognize they are in the fabric of our community and we wouldn’t be close to what we are if it weren’t for the veterans,” Pat explained. He goes on to explain how he connected with The Rosie Network.

 

Stephanie Brown - The Rosie Network

Stephanie Brown, CEO and Founder of The Rosie Network joined Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody along with guest Huntely Paton to talk about what The Rosie Network is and how it got started. Brown, a retired Navy Seal Admiral and military spouse grew up in the military, her father is a Vietnam veteran. As an adult she moved to D.C. started her own business and met her husband who was in the Navy. She explains how a year later she found herself packing up to move overseas because of her husband’s deployment. She tells Carmody and Kelley, “I got the ‘Welcome to the Navy’ packet and letter basically saying don’t expect to have a job or a career. Which I took issue with, and thought that doesn’t apply to me, I’m a go-getter I’ve started and run businesses, I’m going to be fine. But low and behold I found myself in the same position that so many other military spouses today are in…one of being unemployed or underemployed. We have one of the largest employment rats in the country, military spouses, it’s almost 30%. Underemployment is over 90%. “ The Rosie Network is a network of veteran family owned businesses across the country, who are helping to end underemployment and unemployment for military spouses. Brown explains how the Network was born because of a broken pipe in the laundry and flood in her laundry room while her husband was on deployment. After meeting Huntley Paton she realized they would make a great partnership. She explains, “One of the things that we do is provide no cost training mentorship through our office here in San Diego. It’s called Military Entrepreneur Development Center. We cut the ribbon on it last year.” 

 

TAKE ACTION

1. The Rosie Network's programs help build stronger and financially resilient military families through entrepreneurship and business workshops. The Rosie Network and San Diego Business Journal work as a collaboration to help these veteran and military businesses succeed. To recognize and honor the importance of military to San Diego and nurture the veteran-owned companies, a Veteran and Military Entrepreneur Conference and Awards will held. It will be held on October 25th and in order to honor their guests who participate in their programs, sponsors to support are still appreciated. To learn more about these empowering individuals and business and to get involved and sponsor, head over to The Rosie Network or San Diego Business Journal websites. 

Episode 78: Featuring Major General Anthony Jackson, USMC (Ret.) and CAPT Howard Warner, III

Major General Anthony Jackson, USMC (Ret.)

Major General Jackson sat down with Rise Up Radio co-hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley. Major General Jackson is married to Susan Gail Steinbach with two sons – Blaine and Brian Jackson. He retired from the United States Marine Corps on January 1, 2012 after over 36 years of meritorious service. He got both his Bachelor’s degrees and his Master’s degrees in History from the famous San Jose State University in 1971 and 1973 respectively. Due to his series of achievements, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letter from California State University and San Jose University in May, 2011. He attended several military and nonmilitary courses in several reputable military and nonmilitary institutions all through his remarkable career. Maj. Gen. Jackson was appointed Director of California State Parks in November 2012. He also served as Commanding General, Marine Corps Installation West. It will really take a dossier to outline all the feats he achieved. He was on Rise up radio and he shared his humble background and the guiding principles all through his life. Apart from his achievements, what is most striking about Major General Jackson is his humility despite his social, financial and military status.

 

CAPT Howard Warner III, Commanding Officer for Naval Base Point Loma

 Capt. Howard Warner III, the Commanding Officer, Naval Base Point Loma also was Rise Up Radio's guest. Warner is a native of San Diego, California. He got a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from United States Naval Academy in 1989. He also got a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in 2002. In addition, He got a Master of Science Degree in National Strategy from National War College in National Defense University in 2005. During the interview, Warner shared some of his contributions to his team and the Naval base where he serves. One of the principles Capt. Warner inculcated in his teams is never to allow defeat to define who they are. They should never allow defeat to demoralize them. As final words to his teams, Capt. Warner said everybody should decide what kind of leader they want to be. Do they want their team to succeed at the expense of their people or they want their team to succeed as a result of their people.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. For more information about either of our guests, Major General Anthony Jackson, USMC (Ret.) or CAPT Howard Warner III, you may contact our team at Rise Up at RiseUpRadioSD@gmail.com

Episode 77: Featuring Megan Thomas and Sara Vaz

Megan Thomas of San Diego Grantmakers and Sara Vaz of Nordson Corporation Foundation

Megan Thomas, Senior Director of Collaborative Philanthropy of San Diego GrantMakers sat down with Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody and special co-host, Derrek Abbey recently to discuss the unique work San Diego GrantMakers is doing in the San Diego area. Thomas, who was born and raised in San Diego attended college on the East Coast and worked for the National Geographical Society for six years. She has 20 years’ experience working in the nonprofit/philanthropic fields. She studied business at Yale University with a focus on how to manage a nonprofit organization. She returned to San Diego and began working for San Diego GrantMakers. She tells Carmody, “It’s a really unique organization. SD GrantMakers is a membership association for organizations that make grants. We’re not handing money out routinely, we are a place of gathering for those who are doing that to learn how to do it better more effectively and in collaboration with one another.” According to Thomas she discovered by becoming part of the nonprofit sector she could be a voice for not only those who are being affected with challenges, but for those who are trying to make solutions happen. Thomas describes how people come to SDGM to learn how to give funds for grants and how to make sure that money is doing the best job possible. She also unpacks the ways SDGM is working with Nordson Corporation Foundation and other organizations in the San Diego area.  

Sara Vaz, Program Officer for Nordson and manager of Nordson’s Corporation Social Responsibility Activities, joined Rise Up Radio host, James Carmody and guest Megan Thomas to unpack what Nordson Corporation does and how she is working with San Diego GrantMakers in their collaborative funding programs. Vaz herself is also on the board of directors with SDGM. Vaz, who grew up in Utah moved to San Diego 17 years ago for graduate school. She started working for the International Rescue Committee helping refugees to find employment. She tells Carmody that although she loved it, she realized she wasn’t equipped to be providing direct service to clients “due to a lack of being able to put up boundaries”. She talks about how discovering that lead her to decide it wasn’t the best profession for her, but that she still wanted to be in a helpful kind of field. Which put her on a path that eventually lead her to Nordson. Nordson, established in the 50’s, has been giving 5% of all their pre-taxed domestic earnings to charity each year, and has given over $8 million back to their communities. She explains, “I work for our corporate foundation which is headquartered in Ohio so I really am a staff of one here even though I have 600 colleagues here in Carlsbad, I am the only one doing the work that I do locally. So I really don’t have colleagues to bounce things off of on a day to day and really a network locally so for me GrantMakers is that network.”

TAKE ACTION

1. Both, Megan and Sara want to help connect people and institutions and to understand the importance of philanthropy. They want to inspire others to contribute themselves and think strategically about how they invest in themselves according to their own passion! If anyone would like to learn more or get involved, visit San Diego Grantmakers or Nordson Corporation Foundation's website. You may also contact Megan Thomas via email at Megan@sdgrantmakers.org

Episode 76: Featuring Carl Jepsen and Tim Ney

Carl Jepsen - ManKind Project

Carl Jepsen, Certified Leader and trainer for ManKind Project sat down with Rise Up Radio Host James Carmody, to talk about how the ManKind Project is empowering men to be servant leaders and to make a difference in the lives of others. Jepsen, a Naval Veteran, behavioral scientist and retired dentist discusses the path that led him to the ManKind Project. Jepsen grew up on a farm and tells Carmody he was the first member of his family to attend college. He received a scholarship to University of Washington Seattle and was “grabbed by the Navy” as he graduated from dental school. He continued to practice dentistry while in the service. He shares his experiences of becoming a Big Brother, getting involved in service clubs and churches gave him a passion for wanting to pay it forward. He tells Carmody how being a Big Brother was just reinforcement to him of the importance of the giveaway as he calls it. “To give of my time in support of a youngster who is growing up.” He goes on to explain that in 1993 a colleague told him he should take the Warrior Training Adventure course. “I investigated, read about it, paid the fee and showed up.” Jepsen has been attending the ongoing weekly meetings since then and has hosted one in his home for 20 years. He goes into details about the upcoming New Warrior Training Adventure coming up in August, and what that 48 hour experience brings into the lives of the men who participate.

 

Tim Ney - Armed Service YMCA San Diego

Tim Ney, Executive Director for Armed Services YMCA San Diego, sat down with Rise Up Radio Host, James Carmody to talk about how the Armed Services gives much needed support and help to active military men and women and their families in the San Diego area. Ney, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant discusses the path that led him to his position and breaks down what the organization does for our active military men and women. He tells Carmody, “This is the second best job I ever had because my first best was being in the United States Marine Corps. I’m blessed every Monday morning to wake up and go to work. I can’t wait to get into work on Mondays because taking care of service members and their families is a tremendous opportunity for us.” After his service of eight years he worked in various jobs and ended up working with a lot of nonprofits and discovered his passion for wanting to help others. He shares some examples of families who have been helped and how they work with other organizations to get the military members and their families help and support they need. Ney explains, “Even if our organization doesn’t have a program or service that will handle it, there are plenty of other nonprofits, we call them our natural partners, that can facilitate and take are of these families.” 10% of the nation’s military are in San Diego and in order to provide the help and support they need it’s important to have those connections with those ‘natural partners’ which are organizations or people who perform outstanding services in the areas the Armed Services don’t, such as helping with financial support. He goes on to talk about some of the services they such as in home clinical counseling which offers support for PTSD, TBI, marital counseling, etc. He also explains the various community events they hold for military families, such as Operation Kid Comfort, Father-Daughter Dance, Christmas You Missed, Back To School and the Holiday Toy Drive.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. The "New Warrior Training Adventure" is an amazing experience for men serving and supporting other men! The New Warrior Training Adventure is August 25 - 27th at Valley Center and if you or someone you know, is interested you can contact Art Garcia at (619) 708-0846 and also visit their website for more information. 

2.The Armed Services YMCA San Diego wants to support and make a positive impact for individuals and their families who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Anyone who wants to learn more or get involved can attend a program tour on the 4th Thursday of every month. Visit their website to learn more! Tim can reached directly by phone as well at (858) 751-5755 ext. 101

Episode 75: Featuring Sean Bradford and Josh Collier

Sean Bradford - Men With A Purpose

Sean Bradford with Men With A Purpose, sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to unpack how Men With A Purpose is working through discipleship and fellowship to impact San Diego with the gospel. When asked to explain what discipleship and fellowship mean for him, Bradford tells Kelley and Carmody, “Discipleship, fellowship to me...that is life. Christ calls us to be disciples but he does it in a very particular way. He doesn’t’ just say, hey go be disciples, go learn something, he says come follow me. That’s the invitation but it’s also the opportunity.” Bradford explains the MWAP get together the second Thursday of the month for a luncheon to have fellowship where Jesus Christ is lifted up in prayer, song and teaching. They have a speaker, someone who is doing something of interest within the community, and building disciples one person at a time. “That was Jesus model. He spent time with 12, focused on 3, spent most of his time with one and they changed the world.” Bradford is also a board member on The Jesus Film. He talks about the impact this film has had all around the world. The film came out over 30 years ago and is the most watched film of all time. According to a third party audit company, last year this Jesus Film ministry has gone out to 220 million people, is views 600,000 times a day and is in over 1500 languages around the world. Bradford explains that 99% of the world has this exposure to Jesus in their own language. He went on to say, “For every $100 they bring in through donations, 1000 people hear the gospel, 100 people indicate they are following the Lord and one church gets planted. I don’t know of any other ministry that has that kind of impact per dollar.

 

Josh Collier - Youth for Christ San Diego

Josh Collier, Executive Director for San Diego’s Youth for Christ sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to talk about how he became involved with Youth for Christ and what the ministry does to help the youth in San Diego and around the world. Collier who has been the executive director since July 2015, explained that he was involved in a small church plant in his home town of Tacoma, WA and wanted to reach youth on a local school campus. He reached out to Youth for Christ and they encouraged him to come and volunteer. He shares how he got more and more involved with Youth for Christ and how a calling he and his wife felt to move was answered when someone told him the San Diego YFC was looking for a director. Collier discusses the nonprofits mission and the heart of Youth for Christ, which comes from their calling to share the gospel and to love kids in a holistic way. He goes on to explain that there are so many youth who are falling through the cracks, kids who have a parent who is in jail (Angel Tree kids) and kids in the juvenile system. YFC comes alongside those youth to help them overcome the challenges and the life they are facing every day. To give them someone they can depend on, to be there for them. He said, “Our partner in ministry, Prison Fellowship tells us that Angel Tree kids, kids who have a parent in jail, statistically two out of three follow their parents to jail, which is startling. When that risk becomes reality, they’re no longer high risk, they’re in crisis. In that moment of crisis we can enter in and bring a message of hope and restoration.”

 

TAKE ACTION

1. If you would like to become a part of Men With A Purpose or get more information, visit their website. If you are encouraged or want to encourage others with the word of God, you can also contact Sean directly at sean.bradford@icloud.com to get more information. 

2. The number of youth in crisis is growing and YFC's goal is to help have a positive impact. If you, or someone you know wants to help or become a part of YFC, you can visit their website or contact Josh at josh.collier@yfcsandiego.org.

 

Episode 74: Featuring US Coast Guard Sector San Diego and SDSU Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center

US Coast Guard Sector San Diego

San Diego is the 21st largest Coast Guard City in the country, a designation that is given by Congress to cities that show overwhelming support to the men, women and families of the US Coast Guard. San Diego demonstrated that and congress agreed. Three members of Coast Guard Sector San Diego sat down with Rise Up Radio host Jared Kelley and special guest host Phil Kendro to unpack just what the Coast Guard does, share some personal life saving experiences and to talk about its impact in the San Diego community. One of the guests, Captain Joe Buzzella, Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of San Diego, explains they have 11 mandated missions. In San Diego the Coast Guard does everything from escorting cruise ships out to make sure their transiting outbound is safe, to enforcing and securing safety zones to keeping the environment safe, saving lives through search and rescue and law enforcement. Of all the five US Armed Forces, the Coast Guard is the only military service with law enforcement authority. The guests also explain that their maritime boarder covers a much larger area than most people realize, going from all the way to the south of L.A, their responsibility also extends to Arizona and the southern parts of Utah and Nevada. The men and women in the Coast Guard are constantly patrolling to keep drugs from coming into the country as well as being involved in trying to stop illegal immigration on the maritime side. Commander Rob Potter, Response Chief for Coast Gard Sector San Diego, who is also a helicopter pilot, and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross medal, shares the intense details of the daring rescue which saved 20 people and resulted in his receiving the medal.

 

Holly Shaffner & Amanda Etter - SDSU Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center

Holly Shaffner, Military Liason Officer at San Diego State University and military veteran joined Amanda Etter, Education Advisor and Veteran Advocate at SDSU, also a military veteran, joined Rise Up Radio host, Jared Kelley and special guest host Phil Kendro to talk about the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center. Shaffner said one of the reasons she chose SDSU herself is because they have such a great veterans program. “Amanda and I are both very passionate about what we do. We love helping our active duty veterans and military families to get into San Diego State and sometimes navigate that tricky admissions process. We are just very blessed out there at SDSU to have a great veterans program and a great veteran’s center”. Etter discusses the development of a new program called Women Veterans Success, a program that not only assists veteran students on campus but those within the community. She tells Kelley and Kendro, “What we’re trying to do is to really empower and engage women veterans while addressing any needs and challenges that they might have. We aim to create clearer, less stereotypical picture of who women veterans are. The program is based around three pillars of success. Academic success, promoting their personal wellbeing and increasing their professional success.” Both Shaffner and Etter talk about some of the challenges women veterans face, explaining that it is not about how women have needs more important than their male counterparts, but that those needs are just different. They also share details about the first ever upcoming Women’s Veterans Forum event that will host 500 military connected women. The Forum will feature keynote speakers and a mixer to help veterans connect with opportunities.

 

TAKE ACTION

1. The US Coast Guard continuously strive to bring an awareness of water safety to the public and the importance of their operations and missions. The Coast Guard is hosting an Open House on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 10am-12pm where you can experience the significance of their duties and celebrate the Coast Guard's 227th Birthday! Click here for more information about the event or visit their website to learn more about the US Coast Guard. 

2. Education and admissions can be complex, which is why SDSU Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center want to share their resources and programs with our local Veterans to help ease that process. If you or someone you know, would like to get involved or admitted, contact Holly at hshaffner@sdsu.edu or visit their website.