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23 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
The Health of Women Veterans, Ep 4: PTSD, MST, & Obstacles to Healing
This episode explores the military experiences that impact the mental health of women veterans and the challenges they face when attempting to address these issues. The veterans featured discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. Please be advised. This is the final episode of our special series on the health of women veterans.
28 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
The Health of Women Veterans, Ep 3: Life After a Combat Injury
Women veterans discuss their combat injuries and how they worked to create a new life after service. Part of a special series on the health of women veterans.
16 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
The Health of Women Veterans, Ep 2: Show No Weakness
This episode explores the cultural factors that prevent women in the military from reporting illness and injury. Part of a special series on the health of women veterans.
21 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Stories of LGBT Veterans, Ep 1: Across Generations
The NYC Department of Veterans' Services partnered with SAGE Vets and the Generations Project in June 2019 for a live storytelling event featuring personal stories told by LGBT veterans. Veterans represented different service eras, including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
17 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
The Health of Women Veterans, Ep 1: Motherhood in the Military
Women veterans discuss parenthood in the military and share stories of family separation and loss. This episode is part of a special series on the health of women veterans.
22 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
The Black Veteran Experience, Ep 3: Black Woman. Veteran. (In that Order)
"You always have to be better. You always have to do more." Black women share stories about their military service and discuss the consequences of confronting stereotypes and speaking out against harassment.
18 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Stories of LGBT Veterans, Ep 2: The Black LGBT Veteran
After a near-fatal attack in Afghanistan, a black veteran considers whether to come out to his family and fellow soldiers. This episode features James Fitzgerald, Director of the New York City Veterans Alliance. The story told in this episode was recorded at a live storytelling event hosted by the New York City Department of Veterans' Services, SAGE, and the Generations Project in June of 2019. The event featured personal stories told by LGBT veterans from different service eras, including WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the War in Afghanistan.
18 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
The Black Veteran Experience, Ep 2: Post-9/11 Veterans
Why do so many black servicemembers struggle to identify as veterans after coming home from serving in Iraq or Afghanistan?
21 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
The Black Veteran Experience, Ep 1: Across Generations
Black veterans of different eras discuss family, service, and maintaining dignity in the face of discrimination. This episode features stories from Terry Holliday of the NYC Department of Veterans' Services, James Fitzgerald of the NYC Veterans Alliance, Maj. Boyd Melson, Amber Patton, and Janna Williams.
21 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Coming Home: Stories of Transition
The first episode of SITREP Season 2 profiles the stories of transitioning veterans. From losing a community to regaining a sense of purpose, we explore the challenges and successes veterans experience when they come home from serving their country. This episode features interviews with James Fitzgerald, Director of the NYC Veterans Alliance, as well as Amauri Espinal and Monique Rada of the NYC Department of Veterans' Services.
37 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Ep 13: Joe Bello
In this episode we chat with stalwart of the NYC veteran community, Joe Bello. Bello talks about leaving New York to join the Navy, the mentorship he received from Vietnam veterans and his commitment to continuing their legacy of advocacy, and about how he sees himself as serving as a bridge between generations of veterans. Joe Bello serves as Secretary of the New York City Veterans Advisory Board. He is a US Navy veteran and has been an active veteran advocate and organizer in NYC for more than two decades.
37 minutes | May 29, 2019
Ep 12: Vu Nguyen
In this episode we chat with servant leader and ardent champion of continued service, Vu Nguyen. Vu talks about finding purpose after the military, forging bonds through manual labor, and about making an impact for underserved New Yorkers. Vu Nguyen is the Senior City Impact Manager for the Northeast Region of The Mission Continues. He is a US Navy veteran and alumnus of George Mason University.
33 minutes | May 14, 2019
Ep 11: Coco Culhane
In this conversation we hear from tireless advocate and indefatigable lawyer, Coco Culhane. Culhane talks about leaving her dream job in journalism to pursue a career in law, filling the gaps in need in the veteran space, and about channeling rage to achieve social justice. Coco Culhane is the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches the Veterans’ Rights Clinic. She has presented on veterans’ legal issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, social workers, and students across the country.
39 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
Ep 10: Kwesi Douglas & Jason Loughran
To kick off the start of Mental Health Awareness Month we hear from two Navy Veterans and fellow DVS team members. They talk about the transition from military to public service and speak candidly about the important role that peer connections played in their respective journeys of overcoming stigma and asking for help. Kwesi Douglas is the Director of Digital Services at the Department of Veterans’ Services. He served as a Navy Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division, deploying three times in support of OIF. Jason Loughran is the Associate Director of Special Programs at the Department of Veterans’ Services. He is a veteran of the US Navy.
35 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Ep 09: Kristen Rouse
In this conversation we hear from one of New York City’s most dynamic and effective community advocates. Rouse talks about her journey from the Gulf Coast to Brooklyn, her deep appreciation for the military and its rich history, and about finding inspiration to effect local change after working in City government. Kristen Rouse is the President and Founding Director of the New York City Veterans Alliance. She is a veteran of the US Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard serving as both a non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer.
34 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Ep 08: Derek Coy
In this conversation we hear from Marine Corps veteran, advocate, and champion of selfless service, Derek Coy. Coy talks about the formative experiences that led him to the military, the ups and downs of transitioning from Texas to NYC, and about why he considers the Big Apple the best place in the world to be a veteran. Derek Coy is the Veterans’ Health Officer at the New York State Health Foundation. He’s a veteran of both the military and non-profit space having held positions at the Doe Fund, ACLU, and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) prior to joining NYSHealth.
41 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
Ep 07: Bryan Doerries & Monique Rada
In this episode we talk about using ancient Greek plays to act as catalysts for community-driven discussions about uncomfortable issues, and about using age-old approaches to help individuals heal from trauma and loss. Later in the conversation we hear about how one individual, DVS Coordinator Monique Rada, has connected with the performances on multiple levels. Bryan Doerries is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. Monique Rada is a Navy veteran and Engagement Coordinator at the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.
30 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Ep 06: Pam Campos-Palma
In this conversation we hear from a fierce community advocate about the movements she’s leading to combat power imbalances, and the formative experiences that have shaped her life & career. Pam Campos-Palma is an Air Force veteran, organizer, strategist, movement leader and community advocate focused on justice, peace & security, and empowering the disenfranchised.
26 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
Ep 05: Kyle Bibby & Richard Brookshire (Part 2)
In part two of our conversation with the co-founders of the Black Veterans Project, we learn more about Kyle and Richard’s mission to archive, amplify, and advocate on behalf of their community.
31 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
Ep 04: Kyle Bibby & Richard Brookshire (Part 1)
In part one of our conversation with the co-founders of the Black Veterans Project, we talk about the experiences that shaped them in and out of uniform, and how they’re using what they’ve learned to continue serving their community.
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