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.

 

Elisabeth Marks

 

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.

Tracy reenlistment at 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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

Direct download: vetscafe-30cfinal.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT
Comments[0]

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

 

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

 

      Podcasts

 

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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

Direct download: vetscafe-23final.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 7:00am EDT
Comments[0]

A Beefed Up Reserve Force

General Mark Milley

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 Jong Un Emoji

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.

Veterans Crisis Hotline

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 themacs@vetscafe.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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

Direct download: vetscafe-22final.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 5:35am EDT
Comments[0]

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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

Direct download: vetscafe-20final.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 7:00am EDT
Comments[0]

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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

Direct download: vetscafe-014final.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
Comments[0]

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 themacs@vetscafe.com or visit our Facebook Page.

 

Direct download: vetscafe-013final.mp3
Category:army -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT
Comments[0]

1