The Yellow Ribbon Fund supports Caregivers: Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson
Deputy Executive Director
The Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund does incredible work with two programs, today their Deputy Executive Director, a former Marine, joins us to make us smart about both of them (RAND Military Caregiver Study) :

(1)  Transitional Housing & Transportation:  “Keeping families together during the recovery process for wounded, ill, and injured service members have always been important to the Yellow Ribbon Fund since it was founded in 2005. Having loved ones at their bedsides encouraging them helps them heal faster and strengthens family bonds. Many wounded warriors are caught in difficult financial situations while after a medical discharge while they wait for the VA benefits to begin. Others are unable to have their children stay with them on base at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center because of changes in base policy. The Yellow Ribbon Fund eases the transition process by providing rental cars, hotel stays and fully-furnished apartments for patients at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir at no cost to military families.

(2)  Hidden Heroes & Heroines: “Many wounded, ill, and injured active duty service members and veterans rely on their caregivers for their day to day activities.  Caregivers take on many forms, they are spouses, family members, friends and acquaintances who devote substantial amounts of time and effort assisting the wounded, ill and injured with an array of advocacy efforts, practical physical assistance, and emotional support to name a few.

Time spent caregiving can lead to the loss of income, health care, and exact a substantial physical and emotional toll. To the extent that Caregivers well-being is compromised, they may become unable to perform their caregiver, family or spousal role, leaving the responsibilities to be borne by our societal community.

In response to the need, Yellow Ribbon Fund developed the Keystone Program. Keystone is defined as the central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. Therefore, a stronger individual or individuals, equal a keystone to the progressive stability arch of patient transition. Without them, those facing obstacles surrounding treatment, rehabilitation, and transition into their communities will face a lower assimilation success rate and a lower quality of life.

Our model is delivered in concert with key partners in the veteran service organization space to reach our desired goals of creating a peer to peer sanctuary, skills, education, and training courses, and follow-on support as they transition back into their communities.


Yeah the VA has problems, but they have good people pushing to get to you: Ben Kaler & Tim Hudak

Ben Kaler

Most of what we read on the front pages of news websites and in our news papers about the US Veterans Administration is not good.  But good things are happening there as President Trumps keeps veteran healthcare and support at the top of his administration’s agenda.  We’ll talk to two Marine veterans who are VA employees and who are pushing from their end to get to veterans who need help:  Ben Kaler served as an infantry officer in 2/4 and Tim Hudak was an enlisted intelligence specialist for HMH-363.

Tim Hudek

During the course of this interview you hear the following websites and phone numbers referred to:

Tim Hodak, Veterans Experience Office, Communications Chief:

Ben Kaler, Veterans Experience Office, Community Engagement Division, Field Consultant – New England:

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

White House Hotline for Veterans:  855-948-2311  (White House VA Hotline serving as an outlet when all other options are exhausted)

Health Care: 1-877-222-8387


MyVA311 (directory assistance and other questions):  1-844-698-2311

The VA Welcome Kit — “Where should I start?” It’s a great resource with very simple steps of how to enroll and find points of contact:

Get your VA ID card in the mail!

How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade:

Vet Centers:

VA Employment:

Veterans Experience Office:

Follow us on Twitter:  @VetsExperience

Bad Haircuts — Helping veterans — President Trump speech at Greenbrier: Mike & Mike

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), takes the stage to address the Republican congressional retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S. February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Yellow Ribbon Fund does incredible work for veterans and spouses who are care givers: Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson is the Deputy Executive Director of the Yellow Ribbon Fund and a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.  We caught up with him and spoke about his career in the Marine Corps, his recovery from a mild TBI and how found his way to a purpose driven career at the Yellow Ribbon Fund.


1st Marine Division will mark 77 years of service with the rededication of the Division Colors: Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)

Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)
President, 1st Marine Division Association

At 0900 Pacific Standard Time on Friday the 2nd of February 2018 at Camp Pendleton the storied 1st Marine Division will commemorate 77 years of service the the Nation and Corps as the Battle Colors of the Division are rededicated.  The 1st Marine Division Association will be center stage during a week of events that culminate in the rededication and a banquet on Friday.

The President of the 1st Marine Division Association, Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret) joined us to discuss his career in the Marine Corps, his time in Vietnam,  the Association and the events of this week.