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Veterans Corner Radio focuses on what those who have served in the military, and their families need to know to maximize the services and benefits due to them. No matter if you are currently serving or got out 50 years ago, this program will give you answers to questions you didn’t even know you should be asking. Among those who have been and will be sharing their knowledge are those from the Department of Defense (DOD), Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, Natio ...
 
I hear it all the time. "I wish I would have know that before I retired/separated from the military!" What do you wish you would have known before you left the military? What happens once you have your DD214? How do you navigate life as a civilian? When should I start planning? What are my resources? Life After the Uniform is here to answer all of these questions and more. We will connect the people with the expertise to the people with the questions! Plus, you'll hear stories from Veterans ...
 
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Nick Pamperin Executive Director of Veteran Readiness & Employment shares with our audience this powerful education-based program that is complementary to but separate from the Gi Bill assistance of which many of us are aware. The goal of the organization is to assist veterans to find and preparing for jobs within their scope of abilities. Listen i…
 
Abigail Angkaw, Deputy Associate Chief of staff for Outpatient Mental Health Operations, VA San Diego gives us a first look at a developing challenge, Delayed Onset PTSD. We have all heard about our troops returning from war being affected by this mental disorder, but normally it manifests itself in short order. Now the VA is seeing cases appearing…
 
Dr. Patricia Arola, Asst. Under Sec. for health for Dentistry outlines who is eligible for dental care through the VA system and also discusses lower-cost options for government-sponsored dental insurance. More importantly, she also suggested there might be a path to dental care through a referral from your primary care doctor. Listen in to hear th…
 
Charles Tapp, Chief of VA Financial Services explains how VA has established a working relationship with numerous banks and credit unions to supply a cost free, fully functioning bank account to any veteran. Veterans can get these accounts in order for them to receive direct deposit of funds to their account rather than waiting for paper checks tha…
 
This is not your grandfather’s VA, nor is it even that of your dad. The VA is currently on the cutting edge of providing not only up-to-date medical treatment but also advanced medical treatment as well. Listen in to hear Gary Velasquez, CEO, Cogitativo explain how Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence if you prefer, is being used to provide …
 
Dr. Chad Kessler, VA Executive Director of the Emergency Program Office discusses the reasons why going to a VA Emergency Room may be your best option. The Mission Act gives us all the right to utilize Commercial Emergency Rooms but is it the right choice? In many instances, it is not. Listen in to hear why going to the VA medical center Emergency …
 
Dr. Evangelia Katsoulakis came to us at the behest of Dr. Kelly, the chief of the VA National Oncology Program Office. While on this show Dr. Kelly offered to help us find specialists in various cancers who are experts. In the Prostate Cancer area, he suggested we have Dr. Katsoulakis, a specialist on the staff of the James A Haley VA Medical cente…
 
Deputy Director Kevin Friel, Veterans Administration Office of Pensions and Fiduciary Services was on our program back in October of 2021 and the program was so popular in the way he outlined how to control your benefits, we brought him back. In this program he begins by sharing criteria for benefit payments to both veterans and survivors along wit…
 
In today's episode, Erin talks with Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC), Mark Jorges. Mark came on to speak on issues he has seen in service-members who transition and the mental health challenges they face related to adjustment, navigating the VA process, and civilian life. Mark is a U.S. Army veteran and saw all of these issues …
 
Dr. Kevin White MD, Chief of Spinal Cord Injury James A Haley VA Hospital. You will learn so much listening to Dr. White as he speaks to the newest treatment for not only Spinal Cord Injuries but also for several other afflictions like ALS that are a challenge for their department. There is so much being done and various spokes working on different…
 
Ricardo Da Silva, VA Education Services Program Integration Officer shares an Educational office update. Did you know if you have used up your VA education benefits that there may be a second bite at the apple, and you may be eligible for up to one year of what amounts to full benefits? Listen in to hear how. Ricardo Da Silva, VA Education Services…
 
In this episode, Erin talks with US Army Master Sergeant (Retired), Darrell Williams. I could list Darrell's complete bio and CV, and I'm sure you would be impressed (I will provide a few key highlights below), but what is truly special about Darrell is that he is so much more than his professional accomplishments. He is a mentor in every sense of …
 
This interview is with Sabrina C. Clark, Ph.D., Director, VA Center for Development & Civic Engagement (CDCE) (formerly VA Voluntary Service) VHA Office of Operations. VA Director Clark is an exciting person to talk with. She does a great job of explaining the needs for volunteers at our local VAs. There is a job for everyone who wishes to help ind…
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Mike Demo. Mike is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran turned CEO. Mike and I got to sit down and just talk about what life was like in the Marines in the early 2000s and how a mental illness misdiagnosis derailed his career. This episode is all about how Mike’s experience impacted his life after separating from the Mari…
 
Dr. Wang-Rodrigues discussed the current need for blood, both in the VA and the civilian world. The pandemic has struck again. Both rules and fear have kept many from donating. The VA is currently at a reserve of one day’s blood supply. They ask that, if you can, please become part of their Roll Up Your Sleeves VA blood drive. You can go to any blo…
 
Today’s episode is for military members still serving, veterans, and military spouses. Do you or your spouse have a mentor? Someone you can talk to, ask questions, and bounce ideas off of? Someone who understands your situation and can guide you to your next goal? What if I told you that my guest today is part of network that provides this type of …
 
Director Fromm is back to bring us information on the Champ VA insurance program. What is it? How does one qualify for it? What is the cost associated with it? Will it cover you if you are traveling or living offshore? These are just some of the questions that this program will answer.By William N Hodges
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Bill Kieffer. Bill is a U.S. Army veteran turned career transition coach. His advisory firm focuses on military career transitions, executive coaching, and strategic talent management. Bill is also a coach for the Honor Foundation which is a unique transition institute created exclusively for the U.S. Special Ope…
 
Ben Peterson is an Afghanistan War veteran who was taken by the reception he received when he came home from his tour of duty. He was welcomed by bands playing, flags flying high, and cheering crowds. This is in stark contrast to the pictures he had seen when the Vietnam veterans came home. He also noticed that the Vietnam vets, even after being tr…
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Sophia Spadacino. Sophia served 9 years Active Duty in the U.S. Air Force before transitioning into the Reserves where she currently serves as a First Sergeant. Sophia earned her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UMD and worked for 4 years at the VA as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Voc Re…
 
Director Fromm talks with us today about the VA’s Foreign Medical Program. Did you know that if you lived overseas or were traveling in a foreign country, you might have some medical benefits coming to you should become sick or injured? Should you develop any Service-Connected injury or illness, any treatment relating to those issues may be within …
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Wanda “Sistah Solder” Petty, a 21-year Army Veteran and Chief Voice Officer of She Vet iNC. Erin and Sistah talked about different options for female veterans to get on their feet, be productive citizens, and live a comfortable lifestyle by using their creative talents to work remotely. Also discussed was how to …
 
Montel Williams started out in the Marine Corps and was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned as an Ensign and spent in excess of 22 years in the Navy. Like many of us, he feels a need to give back to those who served. His very successful media career has led him to a new show, Military Makeover. He works with both…
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Will Orr, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired. Will and Erin had an open and honest conversation about Will’s life. In his own words: “I grew up in a very precarious environment; having been born to two high-school dropouts, we struggled as a family to make ends meet. A blended family of 6, we moved often and were homeles…
 
Jason Latona, Chief for Specially Adapted Housing at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC. discusses the Adaptive Housing program. Chief Latona and his staff work to assist eligible Veterans and Servicemembers to access the housing adaptation grants that Veterans have earned to live more safely and independently. Eligibility could me…
 
In today’s episode, Erin talks with Rob Spedden, USMC. Rob grew up in Omaha, NE and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on October 26, 2004. He had a seemingly typical career – promoted on schedule, deployed, PCSd, took a special duty assignment as a recruiter, got married. For almost 17 years nothing seemed out of the ordinary. That was until April …
 
Assistant Director Terry Rouch of the Policy and Procedures Branch of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Section, explains current VA home loan opportunities and debunks a number of myths concerning the agency. He points out that the VA has an extensive program not only for new homes but also for refinancing. In FY 2021 over 1.44 million loans were covered,…
 
What is your gut reaction when you hear anything about the VA Disability Claims process? Do you feel angry? Confused? Overwhelmed? For many Veterans, interactions with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seems like a necessary evil. You know you need to work with the VA to find out if you can get disability compensation for an illness or i…
 
Jackie Imboden, Acting Asst. Director VA Policies and Procedures shares with you the latest on presumptive conditions both from Vietnam and also from more recent actions involving Iraq, Afghanistan, and other middle eastern countries. Congress has finally added three new presumptive conditions and in addition, the Secretary of the VA, being proacti…
 
Your military service earned you several education benefits. And maybe you know a little bit about each of the VA Education programs, but aren’t quite sure which one is best for you or your dependents. I know the idea of sitting down and trying to sift through information on tuition assistance, credentialing assistance, Ch. 30, Ch. 31, Ch. 33, and …
 
In one of our recent programs with Joe Stenaka VA Director of Information Security Operations, we took a look at Cyber Security and he shared information on Cyber Crime and how to prevent it. Chief Financial Officer Charles Tapp approaches scams and other illegal actions from the point of what to do if you get caught up in one or even suspect that …
 
Who am I? We all ask ourselves this question, and it's no different for veterans. For many people, there’s no clear-cut answer. There isn’t just one path, or one identity, that seems to fit. If you’re a multi-passionate, creative type, you may explore many different opportunities and find that each of them fits in some way. This was the case for my…
 
Joe Stenaka. VA Executive Director of Information Security Operations and VA’s Chief Privacy Officer discusses cybercrime and how you can protect yourself from Identity theft and internet/phone scams. He also talks about the proactive steps the VA is taking to protect your information and defeat the scammers. Listening in whether a veteran or not w…
 
I have talked with numerous veterans who have told me that their identity was so intertwined with their military affiliation that they had a difficult time understanding who they were as an individual. When you aren’t sure who you are as a person, the path from service member to civilian can be a challenging one. We feel lost, unsure of next steps,…
 
This interview is with Sabrina C. Clark, Ph.D., Director, VA Center for Development & Civic Engagement (CDCE) (formerly VA Voluntary Service) VHA Office of Operations. VA Director Clark is an exciting person to talk with. She does a great job of explaining the needs for volunteers at our local VAs. There is a job for everyone who wishes to help ind…
 
Think you know just about everything there is to know about the Uniformed Services? Well, you may, BUT, are you familiar with the U.S. Public Health Service? In today's episode, Erin talks with Carma Connor-Marroquin, a Registered Dietitian and retired U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) officer. Carma is passionate about sharing the career path ava…
 
Dr. Cynthia Grant, VA Deputy Director of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation has spent a lifetime helping our troops put their lives back together. In 2018 she was the Commanding officer of the combat trauma hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In her new role with the VA, she is dedicated to helping our vets get and keep their lives on…
 
How to Successfully Navigate the Mil Spouse Life – Alison Woehrman There is so much more to someone’s identity than what a podcast title suggests. Meet Alison Woehrman, who is not only a 20-year mil spouse, but also a mother, strength and conditioning coach, and podcast host. After college, Alison spent almost 10 years as a dolphin and sea lion ani…
 
Under Secretary Quinn is the top person in the National Cemeteries Administration and he shared the importance of preregistration in order to even things out at the time of death. He spoke on many issues important to veterans and their families but the Veterans Legacy Program was dear to his hart, The VA now has a program where friend and relatives…
 
In this episode, Erin talks with retired USAF veteran turned Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and author, Curt Sheldon. Curt discusses his book, Well & Faithfully Discharged: Financial TTP for Military Retirement, and gives tips on what to expect financially when you retire or separate from the military. Several important tactics, techniques, and …
 
David K Dunning is the new director of what will be one of the Top Ten VA hospitals in the country when the new medical tower comes online in early 2022. It will be one of my goals during 2022 to interview as many of the top VA Hospital Directors as I can to get their combined take on what is important to veterans' care. It is my hope that I will b…
 
Coming from a 15+ year background as a marketing professional and military spouse, Lindsey Hanson Dumser discovered the path that allows her to merge her two passions by launching her personal branding firm, Evolve to Fly, in early 2021. Lindsey loves to use marketing techniques to teach people how to promote themselves. Whether they are looking fo…
 
Welcome to the first episode of the Life After the Uniform Podcast! This is not only the inaugural episode, it’s also my birthday! So, what better way to kick off a brand-new podcast, my birthday, and a new year than by interviewing the woman who has known me since birth, my mother, Terie Hynish?!? But Terie isn’t JUST my mom. She’s also a 30-year …
 
In 2018, Brian was a U.S. Air Force MSgt (E-7) just starting to prepare for retirement. He was attending transition assistance programs, learning about different retirement options, and trying to navigate how to transition from military member to civilian. But one seemingly innocuous LinkedIn post went viral and changed the trajectory of his path! …
 
January begins our fifth year of broadcasting Veterans Corner Radio and as you may know, we have expanded to four stations sharing our message. Almost two years ago we added another way to listen to our programs by starting a podcast. The podcast Veterans Corner Radio can be found on all podcast providers. Within the podcast, you will also find a l…
 
In this episode of Veterans Corner Radio, host Bill Hodges will be giving you an update on Presumptive Diseases and explaining what they are and what the VA is offering to do. The VA is not a static entity and things are changing all the time is therefore in your best interest to constantly listen in as Bill shares the latest information on changes…
 
I’m Erin Silver and I want to welcome you to my Podcast, Life After the Uniform. I grew up as a military brat with a mom in the Navy so I did what any reasonable child would do – I enlisted in the Air Force. I was Active Duty, then a traditional reservist, and now I’m an IMA. I’ve lived in 7 different states and attended more schools than I can rem…
 
Mr. Kimble shares with our audience the five general claims areas for disability benefits. I must admit that several of the suggestions he makes had not crossed my mind and had I knew them earlier I would have used the information in filing my claims.By William N Hodges
 
Murphy, Executive Director of Compensation Services for the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. Executive Director Murphy, discusses the VA’s effort to speed up claims and to reach out proactively to our Desert Storm and Gulf War veterans to ensure they are informed on the new presumptive disease approvals as well as making sure that their f…
 
Dr. Kim answers a wide range of questions on the why, when and how of getting flu shots. But she goes much deeper, dispelling some of the myths associated with the flu shots or actually any of the current shots that are there to keep us and our family protected. By the way, were you aware that the VA has established a network of 70,000 outlets for …
 
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