In September of 1996 two of my nephews, the only sons of my older sister Peggy (Torii and Tyler), were murdered when their father shot and killed them both after learning my sister was leaving him, the husband then killed himself.
Of all the things that I have seen in my three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the murder of Torii and Tyler is by far the worst. Nobody I know, who deals with post-traumatic stress, deals with the horror that my sister has dealt with for twenty-one years.
All these years later, I still speak about domestic violence whenever I’m asked because I feel the need to honor the memory of Torii and Tyler and the courage of my sister. The message: don’t be afraid to ask someone if they need help, don’t be afraid to broach the subject, don’t shy away from it; as easily as you’d pick up someone’s car keys from a bar, talk to them about domestic violence and getting help.
Ken Wilson was a Marine 1stLt/Captain, Combat Engineer in Vietnam in the 1965-1966 time-frame. Ken fought the Viet Cong initially and later the NVA as they infiltrated the area around the Marine Base at Da Nang.
Was leadership different in Vietnam? Were drugs, ears, scalps, civilian casualties and rape part of the environment Ken led in? Ken Wilson says it’s always about one thing — LEADERSHIP.
Listen to a fantastic interview about Ken’s life of leading in the Marine Corps and then leading at Turner Construction where he worked for 38 years before he retired in 2002.
Curtis Jones, GySgt USMC (ret), joins us to talk about leadership and his career in the Marine Corps and his problems with Post-Traumatic Stress… and how he found a better place after crossing paths with Daryl Hill who you’ve heard on ALL MARINE RADIO before.
Daryl Hill, a former USMC Major and infantry officer joins us to discuss his consulting business which focuses on helping veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress and live better lives — additionally, Daryl assists individuals in conquering daemons that hold them back in business.
Dusty Baxley is the Executive Director of Boulder Crest Retreat, a former Army Ranger and an certified Transcendental Meditation teacher; he joined us today to discuss the concept of “POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH.”
(1) The one week resident program
(2) The 18 month team program
(3) The low percentage of PTSD in veterans who were imprisoned at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War, how could that be given the severity of their treatment and experience.
(4) We talk about the origin of the term “Post-Traumatic Grow” — a term born out of the growth observed in parents of children who died after long fights with cancer.
(5) BOULDER CREST RETREAT IS EXPANDING TO ARIZONA! A second facility is in the works and staff is needed. Exciting news!
Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), and his wife Patty Horan joined the program to discuss what it is to live with a traumatic brain injury. In a candid interview we cover:
Part 1: Pat’s career, how he was wounded and how Patty was notified.
Part 2: Rehab, Patty talks the pressure of researching & choosing facilities for follow-on rehab
Part 3: Living today, finding purpose in life and the frustrations of not being able to read and to write.
When asked about how his life is Pat responded “Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God I’m still alive, that’s the greatest thing ever. The second thing is Patty, everything she’s done since I got hurt is just incredible, putting me back together was because of her.” An incredible story.
MajGen Paul Kennedy joins the program to talk combat leadership. MajGen Kennedy was the 1st Marine Division Plans Officer for “The March Up,” commanded 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Ramadi in 2004 and the 2d Marine Regiment in Helmand Province in 2010-2011. In 2013 he was assigned as Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, where he led the initial response to Operation DAMAYAN (Philippine typhoon, 2013) and Operation SAHAYOGI HAAT (Nepal earthquake, 2015).
He is currently the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command..
Grant Newsham, Col USMC (ret), talks the current situation in North Korea and the challenges for the United States in the region that includes South Korea, China, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Calvin Humphry, PFC USMC, who landed on Iwo Jima as a PFC talks about thehow he got to the Marine Corps, the 5th Division’s preparations for Iwo Jima on Hawaii, the landing and days of combat and then how he’s coped with it for all these years! ONE OF THE BEST INTERVIEW ALL MARINE RADIO HAS DONE IN THE LAST YEAR!