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." 

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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.

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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.

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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 themacs@vetscafe.com. 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:

 

 

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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.

 

 

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