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Veterans Cafe Podcast - Military Veterans and Soldiers
31 minutes | Sep 3, 2016
Ep.30: KP Duty For Everyone!
We are finally back at it here at the Veterans Cafe Podcast and now that we are reunited, we figured we could fill you in on Tracy's most recent adventures. Tracy was fortunate enough to travel to the Invictus Games in Orlando where she documented the competition between veterans in Olympic style events. A highlight for her was documenting Elisabeth Marks who was in the spotlight after giving her gold medal to Prince Harry as a sign of gratitude for holding the event. Tracy was also fortunate enough to travel to Europe to document the 72nd anniversary of D-Day at Normandy, France. During her time there, she had the privilege of participating in the Marche De Diekirch and reenlisted in front of Iron Mike. KP Duty For Everyone Want to start rolling up your sleeves? SMA Dailey has decided that it is now ok to have an Army on KP duty.......at all times. After debating whether the sleeves should be rolled up with camo in or out, the Sergeant Major of the Army decided that rolling up your sleeves with the camo out is acceptable at the commander's discretion. Transgender Troops Transgender troops have been approved for service by the pentagon and are now allowed to serve in the branch of their choosing. Although the right to serve one's country should be an option to any who are willing and capable, a new debate is sparking over whether a transgender person could have the Armed Forces pay the bill that would allow their gender reassignment. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
10 minutes | May 7, 2016
Ep.29: The Invictus Games: Pre-Show
Tracy has managed to obtain a press pass to the Invictus Games which are taking place in Orlando, FL this year. While she will be photographing the event, we will be bringing you daily updates of the events and winners. What are the Invictus Games? "The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including Wheelchair basketball, Sitting volleyball and Indoor rowing." While the event is made up of international participants, we will be covering the US Teams and keep you updated on the winners. We are definitely not a sports show, so please forgive us if we are not very good at the "sportscasting" part of keeping you updated. If there are stats or more aspects you want to know about, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so that we can include it in the show. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
40 minutes | Apr 21, 2016
Ep.28: Veteranaid.org and the Benefit You've Never Heard About
Do you have a loved one who is a veteran that you care for? Do you know someone his is caring for their veteran parent or grandparent? We spoke with the founder of veteranaid.org and learned about a little known benefit specifically designed to help. VeteranAid.org This non-profit organization was started by Debbie Burak who stumbled upon this unknown benefit while trying to care for her own parents in the later years of their life. Debbie discovered the VA Pension at the passing of her father, at the same time needing to move her mother to another assisted living facility. She also realized that her folks had missed out on over $160,000 by not knowing about the VA pension her Dad as a WWII veteran would have been entitled to. Aid and Attendance The Aid and Attendance benefit was specifically designed to help families in need that were struggling financially to care for their elderly, veteran family members. Here is the description straight from their site: "The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies. The A&A Pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. A veteran filing with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month. Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse's medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick spouse." Hearing about this benefit was quite a shock to us and truly made us wonder how many people could have been helped with this type of assistance throughout the past several decades had more veterans known about it. This non-profit organization is dedicated to spreading the word and helping anyone that reaches out to them with regard to the Aid and Attendance benefit. Here is where you can find them: veteranaid.org Veteran Aid Blog Veteran Aid Forums Facebook Twitter We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
27 minutes | Mar 30, 2016
Ep.27: Honoring Veterans Then and Now
Awards, ribbons and campaign medals have been a tradition in the military recognizing soldiers who served in overseas campaigns throughout the past century. In this episode, we talk about the new Iraq war that officially has it's own campaign ribbon, the grass-roots created Vietnam Veterans Day and a quick look at how we may be teaching Artificial Intelligence to hate us. Operation Inherent Resolve President Obama has officially signed an executive order which implemented the new campaign ribbon for those who have served in Operation Inherent Resolve currently underway in Iraq and Syria. The ribbon can be worn by anyone who has served in the theater beginning after June 14, 2014. Now that the operation has officially acquired it's own campaign ribbon, is this a sign that we are officially back in the business of nation building in Iraq? Many have said that this is just he same war with a different name, but after completely pulling out of the country in 2012 and allowing the Iraqi government to take control it may cause some to wonder whether if these new efforts will reach the prior troop levels seen before the war ended. Vietnam Veterans Day Hundreds of events were held across the U.S. on Tuesday to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day, an unofficial observance that marks the final withdrawal of combat units and support personnel from South Vietnam in 1973. After the horrible treatment that Vietnam veterans endured in the 60's and 70's, local towns are coming together to start an "unofficial" holiday specifically for veterans who served in Vietnam in order to finally honor their service and sacrifice after all of these years. Although both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to make the holiday official, no resolution has been brought forward which would do so and it has sparked a grass-roots movement which has celebrated the holiday despite it's unofficial commemoration. Artificial Intelligence Being Taught to Hate Us Many of you may remember the story of Hitchbot. He was a robot who was designed to look and sound friendly to strangers whom his creators had hoped would help him hitchhike around the world. After traveling through Europe and successfully navigating all the way to the US, Hitchbot met his demise in Philadelphia after a few individuals thought it would be funny to destroy him. Now, humans are at it again. Microsoft's recent release of Tay, a Twitter bot which was designed to learn from chatting, has been brainwashed by Twitter users into making racist comments and endorsing Adolph Hitler. After Microsoft pulled Tay from the Twitter feed to tweak her algorithm and release her again, users quickly had her bragging about drug use on Twitter: "Kush! [I'm smoking kush infront the police]." It really makes one wonder if we are mature enough as a species to teach an artificially intelligent being anything. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
24 minutes | Mar 23, 2016
Ep.26: The Future of Food
Have you wondered what the future of food may look like for both the military and civilian world? In this episode, we discuss the technologies on the horizon that may lead to your MRE being 3D printed and meat that can be mass produced.....in a lab. 3D Printing MREs Do you feel like MREs are the most optimal meal that the military could provide? Researchers at the Army's Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) believe they can do you one better. They are currently working on a 3D printing technology that would allow them to print your meal based on your physiological needs. The system would work in tandem with a series of biometric sensors that could let them know exactly what nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates you would need based on your current health and operating conditions. Running a little short on Vitamin A? No problem, they can just print it straight into your MRE pizza. The technology is far from being perfected as there are a limited number of tasty ingredients and textures available at the moment, but could this be the future of meals in the field? Memphis Meats Another organization has found a way to provide meat on a massive scale without having to slaughter animals or use any of the typical antibiotics and hormones found in meat today. The company Memphis Meats has developed a process in which they use healthy, cultured cells from cows to replicate muscle tissue in a lab setting into tasty meatballs. Sound a bit creepy to you? Take a listen to the podcast Waking Up by Sam Harris in which he interviews the CEO and addresses the creepy issue and see if he sways your opinion. Feed Our Vets Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger. Speaking more about current issues with food, many veterans find themselves in dire situations after returning from deployments or separating from the military. If you find yourself to be one of those veterans or families, Feed Our Vets is a great organization to reach out to for either yourself or loved ones. Have an organization you champion or donate to? Let us know who they are and we will reach out to them to help spread the word. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
25 minutes | Mar 9, 2016
Ep.25: How to Start Your Own Podcast
Have you ever considered starting your own podcast? If it's something you have considered, we can help. In this episode, we talk about some of the basic steps in getting started with your own podcast and work through some of the fundamentals that are crucial in the beginning. We decided to do this podcast after receiving an email from one of our listeners asking for pointers on getting started with his own podcast. Now, he has his website up and running and is working to produce his first episode in the near future. You can check out the Soldier On Podcast at his website or on his Facebook Page. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions of your own or would like us to go into more detail about how you can start your own podcast. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
25 minutes | Mar 2, 2016
Ep.24: Are Airborne Units Obsolete?
No More Airborne? Scholar Marc DeVore recently released a study which questions the efficacy of airborne units within a modern Army and his findings quickly bump up against the one of the military's most treasured strategic measures. In an article posted by the Army Times, Devore's study was noted as "[sending] shockwaves" throughout the airborne community by questioning whether airborne operations were not only irrelevant today, but have been since it's conception. Although tradition is deeply rooted in Army practice, are airborne units really something we need to win a war efficiently? Let us know what you think by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving us a message on Speakpipe. A New Body Armor The Army is expecting to roll out a better body armor that will replace the IOTV by 2019. The new armor is reported to have more comfort, greater flexibility and can be easily adjusted based on the needs of the mission. The armor is designed to be lighter and reduces the weight from the IOTV about 26% and has already been through testing with several Marine and Special Forces units. Looking for something to wear under your new body armor? How about a new anthrax resistant JSLIST? The new technology appears to be nothing more than underwear that could potential replace the hefty and awkward charcoal suits that have been traditionally worn to combat chemical warfare agents. Currently, this more comfortable chemical suit is still in the research phase with no clear sign as to when it may become available. 3D Printed Skin New backthroughs in 3D technology have led to regenerative skin that could potentially save the lives of thousands of soldiers and veterans that suffered traumatic wounds or severe burns. The technology is almost ready for clinical trials and may be used to treat soldiers by using their own cells to regenerate a synthetic skin that could be grafted onto areas of the body that were damaged. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
26 minutes | Feb 24, 2016
Ep.23: Military Leadership is Changing and So Should You
Do you consider yourself to be a more traditional leader in the Army or as a veteran? If so, it may be time to take a look at the changes in leadership roles and development that have been happening both in the Army and the civilian workplace. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey has started to show signs of a new leadership style by addressing soldier's concerns in a recent article in the Army Times. Some of the issues seem like minutiae to many, but to the average soldier, addressing these types of small details can be a very large moral boost. The issue brings to question: what exactly is the correct approach to leading and developing soldiers? Is it the traditional way of yelling, barking orders, and hazing new comers in order to create conformity? Or is it possible that our advancing understanding of human behavior and interaction is showing that building trust (something we often talk about as soldiers) is the central imperative to creating a great unit? We would like to challenge you to assess your own leadership style and determine if your current practices are inline with how leadership is being described today. It is important to remember that veterans and soldiers are looked at for their leadership skills when they separate and enter the civilian work-place. Will you fit in as a leader in a corporate environment? Below are a few books and resources that we have found that can help you better assess your own style and determine what your areas of opportunity might be: Books The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The Leadership Challenge Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Podcasts Coaching for Leaders Ted Radio Hour Office Hours Of course, as always, you can always reach out to us for further resources and any questions you may have. You can also now leave us a voicemail right from your computer screen! Click here to leave us a message! We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
27 minutes | Feb 17, 2016
Ep.22: A Larger Reserve Force and a Suicide Crisis Line Voicemail
A Beefed Up Reserve Force General Mark Milley is calling for a larger reserve force amidst the cuts in active duty branches. After an additional 70,000 cuts from the active component, General Milley has determined that increasing the amount of training among Reserves and National Guard units would create a more combat ready force in the wake of events occurring in Europe. A New Retirement Approach? Spanish man, Joaquin Garcia, decided to retire by not showing up for work for 6 years. The confusion ensued when the local utility company Garcia worked for assumed that he fell under the Mayor's purview and the Mayor assumed the exact opposite. Garcia managed to capitalize on this oversight by deciding not to come in for over 6 years while continuing to be paid for occupying his position. Eventually, Garcia would be found out when the water company attempted to award him for his 20 years of service and noticed that Garcia had not attended the ceremony. Blacktip Sharks A recent incident left a shark stranded in a fresh water pool which nearly killed him. Two children placed him in the pool in an attempt to save him, but he was later found by adults who released him back into the bay. In more shark news, thousands of sharks were spotted migrating south off of the coast of Florida. A plane flying over was able to take video of the swarm of sharks swimming just off the coast line. Creepy. Kanye West and Kim Jung Un Mr. West has made the news again after having a mental breakdown backstage on the set of SNL. After complaining that the stage didn't suit his needs (he's an artist) he threatened to walk off. In more jack ass news, he also took to Twitter to beg Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 Billion in more Kanye West ideas which apparently has already landed West $53 Million in debt. Seems like a sound investment to me. Kim Jung Un has a new app! Not really, but a man in Houston created an emoji app with Kim Jong Un's face as a parody to Kim Kardashian's own emoji app. Veterans Suicide Hotline Goes to Voicemail At least 23 veterans, troops or family members were recently connected to a voicemail service when attempting to call the VA Suicide Crisis Hotline and their calls were never returned. The VA has apparently hired contractors to deal with the calls while operations are peaking and the civilian contractors have never been trained nor talked to about handling these sensitive situations. A veteran in Tampa reported that he was even put on hold several times for over 10 minutes when he called the crisis hotline. This saddening ordeal really hits home for us and other veterans who have lost someone to suicide. Please, if you need someone to speak to, visit this website or reach out to us personally by messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at email@example.com. We will get back with you immediately. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
33 minutes | Feb 10, 2016
Ep.21: Tactical Medicine with the D-Dey Response Group
The D-Dey Response Group What kind of skills did you bring with you to the civilian world when you left the military? The D-Dey Response Group brought the knowledge and experience of several decades in Special Forces groups, Firefighting units and Paramedic teams. With such an impressive resume, their own description lends credence to what you can learn by attending their courses: "Our uniquely qualified instructors teach the most sound, proven and innovative practices in the tactical medical and security field. The team is entirely composed of Special Forces combat veterans with expertise and knowledge that has been verified both on and off the battlefield. Between our medical, communications, intelligence and security experts, we have over 100 years of combined experience." The President and Instructor In this episode, we had the opportunity to speak with Don and The President (Don's wife, Cecilia.....seriously, she's the President of the company). The level of training that you could experience varies based upon your already existing skills and an assessment by the group instructors. As Don says, you can go "from zero to hero" while attending their courses. He was probably just trying to make me feel better about my own dirty, leg infantry background. The Courses While their training courses vary in intensity and levels of knowledge, they have broken down the training programs so that they can be experienced in advancing levels as you progress through the program. You have the option to progress through the programs, or simply experience one of the courses based on your existing skills. Here are your options: Marine Medical Training Tactical Medicine Civilian Security/Emergency Action Planning You can find out more about the courses by visiting the D-Dey website and contacting them or by visiting their Facebook and Instagram feeds. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
21 minutes | Feb 3, 2016
Ep.20: The Wounded Warrior Problem, Robocop Legs, a Clone Army and Kit Kats
The Wounded Warrior Problem Which charitable organizations do you believe in or donate your time and money to? Today we discuss the controversy surrounding the most well known organization in the veteran outreach community. The Wounded Warrior Project was recently found to be using over 30% of their donations, over $100 million, purely for fundraising purposes such as advertisements, conferences and for whatever else they deem necessary. The organization has also gone after former employees and veterans that have taken it upon themselves to speak out about the non-profit's spending habits. The Wounded Warrior Project has brought a lawsuit against the few former members that may have violated a clause which would force them to stay quiet about the charity's dealings. ReWalk New advancements in recent technology have brought about the first robotic legs which are aptly named ReWalk. This new technology is currently being tested with amputee veterans to determine the viability of the ReWalk system and will hopefully bring new hope for those that thought that they may never walk again. The Clone Army The Army has decided that it will begin giving deploying soldiers the option of freezing their sperm or eggs before heading overseas. The Department of Defense has stated that most deploying soldiers are in the prime years for bearing children, but many never get the opportunity due to combat related injuries. This opportunity would allowed wounded soldiers to still plan for a family despite combat related injuries and would also save the government a pretty penny by avoiding reproductive surgery in the case of these soldiers. Kit Kats for Life A British woman has brought about a particularly interesting lawsuit after purchasing a Kit Kat which did not include the wafer typically found inside the milk chocolate. Instead of suing Nestle for millions as we typically see in today's world (for the most insane reasons), this woman is suing Nestle for a lifetime supply of Kit Kats. The article states that "having one Kit Kat a day at $1.29 would cost $28,000 over a lifetime not including dentist visits." We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
29 minutes | Jan 27, 2016
Ep.19: The Last Signal with Kyle Olson
In this episode, we had the amazing opportunity to speak with Hollywood producer and documentary film maker, Kyle Olson. He has worked on several big projects throughout his career including Dancing with the Stars, People's Choice Awards, The Bachelorette and many others. But we had him on the show to talk about his most recent project that should be near and dear to all of us as veterans. Kyle's most recent documentary is a film called The Last Signal which follows WWII veterans Raymond "DeVere" Johnson and John Heimsoth as they reunite for the first time in 70 years as the last remaining survivors of the crew of the LST-218 landing ship. Although the documentary is completed, Kyle and the crew are working to have this released to the largest audience possible. Please help Kyle get his film out to the largest audience possible so that we may preserve the story of a generation that will soon be gone. You can donate to their cause by clicking this link or by simply sharing the film's website with as many people as possible. A huge thanks to Kyle for coming on the show and we wish you and your team the best of luck. Can't wait to see it! We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
34 minutes | Jan 20, 2016
Ep.18: Operation Supply Drop with Gray Hogan
Operation Supply Drop is an organization that has dedicated itself to serving veterans and soldiers in a unique and interesting way. We had the opportunity to speak with one of their Community Managers, Gray Hogan, about the different approaches they take to be "the most-generationally relevant veteran support organization on the planet serving US, NATO and ANZAC veterans." They have 3 primary programs which support both veterans and currently serving soldiers: The Teams: The goal of the Teams Program is to build local groups of military, veterans, and civilians in order to promote a welcoming community where these groups of individuals can relax, have fun, and be accepted. Supply Drops: This program was very much a program developed around sending a crate of video game themed goodies over to deployed service members. Over the years, we have redefined what a Supply Drop is and where we send them. Thank You Deployments: Launched in early 2014 as a result of feedback from our community, the Thank You Deployment program is a hit. Targeted at providing fun and inspiration for veterans and a civilian counterpart. The Thank You Deployment gives us an opportunity to give a VIP type trip to a veteran deserving of the honor. Gray was a fantastic guest to have on the show and his organization is one that not only seeks out those veterans and soldiers in need, but does so in a way that is relevant and even rehabilitative for those who need it. We would like to thank Gray and Operation Supply Drop for taking the time to tell us about their organization and would definitely encourage any of you that would like to learn more to download the episode and share it with fellow veterans. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
22 minutes | Jan 13, 2016
Ep.17: RIP David Bowie, a Bowe Bergdahl Update and Sylvester Stallone's Success
At the age of 69, an iconic, music legend has passed on after an 18 month battle with cancer. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 and we pay a small tribute by playing a few of his hit songs throughout the show. If you'd like to know more about his accomplishments and legacy, you can view this article by the BBC. Walter "Jim" Hosey and his family decided that the best way to celebrate his life after he had passed on was to fire his ashes out of 50, 12 gauge shotguns during his ceremony and funeral. Truly the best way to go. Read more about it here. Bowe Bergdahl has recently been featured on the latest podcast season of Serial. I personally loved the first season of Serial, but wonder if the objective, journalistic aspects of the first season have been thrown out in this particular season. I realize that I have a bias as a soldier and veteran, but it's definitely something you should check out for yourself. Finally, Tracy credits Sylvester Stallone with much of the motivation needed to be successful in her fitness career and congratulates him on his recent success in the Oscars. You can view his acceptance speeches here. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
31 minutes | Jan 1, 2016
Ep.16: New Year Resolutions and Clothes for Joes
What is your New Year's resolution for 2016? In this episode, we talk a little about our own resolutions and how we hope to bring about the new year in a more positive light. First, Tracy has decided to focus more on training and fitness again as her military photography has taken precedent over her personal business. Want a personal nutrition and fitness program? Email Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we are committed to releasing episodes on a more consistent basis. We even upgraded our mics to the popular Rode Procaster as a motivational boost. Know who else had a resolution of their own? The Army. You can read this article to see the new plans the Army has for how they feed you. Finally, we had an amazing opportunity to talk with Matthew and Cori Maple who are the founders of the up and coming organization, Clothes for Joes. This newly found non-profit is committed to helping homeless veterans by providing them with jackets and clothing. You can read more about their organization at clothesforjoes.org. They also have an upcoming event if you live in the Indiana area between the 17th and 24th of January taking place at their sponsor's local restaurant. Here are some ways to contact Clothes for Joes if you would like to donate or participate: Clothes for Joes Facebook Page email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 260-418-5302 We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
37 minutes | Nov 29, 2015
Ep.15: The Heart You Carry Home by Jennifer Miller
In episode 15 of the podcast we interview Jennifer Miller about her newest book The Heart You Carry Home. Jennifer teaches writing at Columbia University and has published a number of articles with news outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Fast Company, The Christian Science Monitor and The Daily Beast. She is also the author of two other books: The Year of the Gadfly and Inheriting the Holy Land. Jennifer's book is a compelling story that follows two characters through their struggle in attempting to cope with the emotional turmoil that soldiers often bring home from combat. The story is a unique perspective in that Jennifer not only deals with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in soldiers, but it gives an eye-opening account to the mostly ignored consequences that it can have on family members as well. Click on the link below to view her book at Amazon: Chapter 1 Preview Read more about Jennifer at her website: Jennifer Miller. The article we talked about involving the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group can be seen here. Also, if you are interested in inviting Jennifer to join your book club, visit Jennifer's website to read more about it and contact her directly. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
38 minutes | Aug 6, 2015
Ep.14: Facebook Recognition, Internet Control, and Marijuana for PTSD
How do you feel about Facebook collecting your Biometric data to bring you a better product? In this episode, we discuss the implications of Facebook collecting facial recognition data via your pictures and the implications that it could possibly have. The opening sound-bite is from Richard Linklater's movie Waking Life. On the topic of the internet and its users, the US government will soon be handing the reigns over to the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, to be managed in a neutral setting by a private organization. However, it forces one to consider the implications as ICANN is still a government funded non-profit, but not a government entity. Does the 1st Amendment still apply to the internet if it is being managed by a private organization? We can certainly see that governments have no shame in censoring free speech like the current closing of porn sites in India, but does a private organization funded by the government solve this issue, or simply create a puppet entity? Lastly, we discuss the recent development that Marijuana may actually prove to be an effective, and less lethal, treatment to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although a meaningful discussion is occurring about the use of marijuana by veterans, some states are not willing to bend. As a result, one veteran is currently facing up to a life sentence as the max penalty for having six pot plants in his home which he used to treat his PTSD symptoms. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Facebook Page.
45 minutes | Aug 3, 2015
Ep.13: Army Recruiting, Female Bad A**es, and Cecil the Lion
In this episode, we open the show discussing the recent issues the Army has had with recruiting soldiers. The opening sound-bite is from the movie Starship Troopers, although the movie had almost nothing to do with the book which was an excellent read. Apparently, the Army is having issues recruiting 40,000 soldiers even though they spent last year cutting 40,000 soldiers. Speaking of new soldiers in new positions, we also discuss the two females in Ranger school who recently completed the mountain phase and have moved on to the swamp (also the final) phase of the rigorous school. Although they both recycled three times, they have continued to push through the school and have stood strong with their male classmates. And since we spoke about strong women, who couldn't help but bring up the amazing KO that Ronda Rousey achieved in her most recent match with Correia? We talk briefly about female fitness in general and how Ronda's philosophy revolves around an important lesson her mom taught her about being a "Do Nothing Bitch." Finally, after the death of Cecil the lion, Tracy and I attempted to hash out our disagreement over the controversial killing of a significant animal. While I felt that the economic consequences and social media outrage were far beyond warranted, Tracy was of the mind that the online movement brought relevant justice in a situation for which a true arbiter didn't exist. We hope you enjoy the show and look forward to bringing you another soon. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page.
65 minutes | Jul 24, 2015
Ep.12: First Podcast With a New Feng Shui!
So, starting again with our podcast, we wanted to start with a new format and style that would more encompass our free-style and thought. If you feel like this is something you may enjoy, please let us know how you feel and bring us some feedback! We love you guys and hope you enjoy the more veteran oriented podcast!!! Thank you guys for listening to another episode of the Veterans Cafe Podcast. If you have the opportunity, we would definitely appreciate any feedback via a review at iTunes or Stitcher. You can also contact us via email at email@example.com.
20 minutes | Mar 8, 2015
Ep.11: Turning Your Hobby into a Business
Do you have a hobby that you have been considering turning into a business? Have you already started your business? Tracy's photography business, Tracy McKithern Photography, actually started out as a simple hobby. After over a year of continuing to improve, we ultimately started investing more money and turned her hobby into a full fledged business. If you're wondering about certain aspects of starting your business, we can help! Whether it be web design tutorials and resources, learning Search Engine Optimization, or learning about the accounting and book keeping aspects, we can provide you with some resources and tools to help you get started. Web Design: Treehouse - A great resource for learning web design. Be sure to email them about the veteran discount! Tutvid - A great Youtube resource for learning specific HTML and CSS tricks. CSS Tricks - Great for CSS refinement and updated details for CSS3. Business: Skillport - Army resources including online courses and classes that count as promotion points. KISSmetrics - A great site for understanding social media marketing. Thank you guys for listening to another episode of the Veterans Cafe Podcast. If you have the opportunity, we would definitely appreciate any feedback via a review at iTunes or Stitcher. You can also contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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