Drive On Podcast

Scott DeLuzio

We are committed to helping veterans learn about and deal with the mental and emotional struggles they face both during their deployment and after they come home. We cover topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and we interview other veterans about their experiences and how they’ve dealt with them. Our goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be. read less
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Episodes

Transforming Trials into Triumphs
Jul 2 2024
Transforming Trials into Triumphs
In this episode, our guest is Karis Meier, a military wife and an inspiring author of 'Suffering Redeemed: Finding Strength to Endure, Purpose in Pain and Hope for Tomorrow'. Karis shares her journey of dealing with chronic illness and how her experiences have shaped her perspective on suffering, resilience, and the importance of community support. With insights from her life as a military spouse and her deep-rooted faith, Karis discusses the practical tools and wisdom she has gathered while navigating through life's hardships. This episode explores themes of personal transformation, the therapeutic power of writing, and how suffering can bring unexpected gifts. Listeners will find encouragement and strategies for facing their own challenges, learning to process their experiences, and discovering the strength to endure through adversity. 00:00 Guest Introduction 01:19 Journey Through Adversity 08:48 Insights from 'Suffering Redeemed' 14:06 The Therapeutic Power of Writing 29:01 Holistic View on Overcoming Challenges 41:49 Navigating Life's Transitions Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Website: https://karismeier.comSuffering Redeemed Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Suffering-Redeemed-Finding-strength-tomorrow-ebook/dp/B0BK5Q3LK2/Follow Karis Meier on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086940122365Follow Karis Meier on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkarismeier/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
Irreverent Warriors - Silkies, Service, and Camaraderie
Jun 27 2024
Irreverent Warriors - Silkies, Service, and Camaraderie
This episode features Perla Tapia, who serves in the US Air Force and as the Lead Coordinator for Irreverent Warriors' hikes in Phoenix. This episode shows the impact of camaraderie in supporting veterans and preventing suicide, highlighted by the organization's "silkies hikes." Listeners will learn about the significance of community and connection in addressing veteran mental health and how Irreverent Warriors' events create meaningful, support-filled experiences for veterans. This episode bridges military service, voluntary commitment, and the effects of community support in tackling prevalent issues within the veteran community. Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Website: https://irreverentwarriors.com/Join Irreverent Warriors Phoenix on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/330029989115645/Follow Irreverent Warriors Phoenix on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iw.phoenixFollow Irreverent Warriors on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irreverentwarriorsFollow Irreverent Warriors on Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/iwnationalFollow Irreverent Warriors on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irreverentwarriors/Follow Irreverent Warriors on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@iwnationalFollow Irreverent Warriors on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/80442970Follow Irreverent Warriors on Discord: https://discord.gg/WWCBkCkdaa Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
Military Suicide Loss and the Path to Healing
Jun 20 2024
Military Suicide Loss and the Path to Healing
Jessica Timmerman shares her personal journey of loss and resilience following the passing of her brother, a dedicated service member. Jessica opens up about the challenges her brother faced, including combat experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Africa, and his struggles with mental health leading up to his passing on Mother's Day 2022. Through her story, Jessica sheds light on the importance of support systems for military suicide survivor families, discussing resources and organizations that have been instrumental in her healing process. She also touches on the broader issue of mental health within the military community, emphasizing the need for accessible support and the power of personal connections in overcoming grief and isolation. Her message is one of hope, urging those who are struggling or know someone who is to seek out and offer support, ensuring that no one has to navigate their journey of loss alone. 00:00 Introduction to Jessica Timmerman's Story 01:20 Discussing Military Service and Personal Struggles 05:51 The Importance of Support Systems and Resources 07:12 Finding Hope and Strength Through Connection 09:50 Jessica's Current Endeavors to Support Others 12:30 Ideas for Improving Support for Military Families Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Website: https://www.thefinalsalutellc.comFollow The Final Salute on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefinalsaluteFollow The Final Salute on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefinalsalutellcFollow Jessica Timmerman on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/jessica-timmerman-97059025a Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
Serving Those Who Serve Through Care Packages
Jun 18 2024
Serving Those Who Serve Through Care Packages
Megan Richards, an army combat veteran and the executive director of Packages from Home, joins us to discuss the substantial impact of care packages on military members stationed abroad and veterans in need. We talk about Megan's personal journey from joining the army unexpectedly, facing the complexities of military life, and how her experiences shaped her role in providing morale-boosting support to the military community. The conversation highlights the evolution of Packages from Home, from its grassroots beginnings to its current outreach, fulfilling 50 requests daily from military members across 176 countries and supporting canines in service. Further, it explores volunteer opportunities with the organization, emphasizing its initiative beyond simple care packages to include support groups and events for veterans, showcasing the breadth of their commitment to the entire military community. This episode is a compelling listen for those interested in military advocacy, volunteerism, and the power of community in supporting our service members and veterans. 00:00 Empowering Through Care Packages 02:17 A Personal Journey in Service 07:31 Supporting the Military and Beyond 23:23 The Growth of Packages from Home Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Website: https://www.packagesfromhome.orgFollow Packages From Home on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PkgsFromHome/Follow Packages From Home on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/packagesfromhome/Follow Packages From Home on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/packages-from-home/Link to Donate: https://secure.packagesfromhome.org/np/clients/packagesfromhome/donation.jsp?forwardedFromSecureDomain=1&campaign=115&&test=trueLink To Crown Royal PBP: https://pack.crownroyal.com Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
MANA House's Fight Against Veteran Homelessness
Jun 13 2024
MANA House's Fight Against Veteran Homelessness
In this episode, Rachel Masch-Perez, the Community Engagement Director at MANA House, dives deep into the critical issue of veteran homelessness. We explore the multifaceted challenges veterans face, including substance abuse, mental health issues, and the hurdles of reintegration into civilian life, contributing to homelessness. Rachel provides a behind-the-scenes look at how MANA House, a peer-run organization in Phoenix, Arizona, offers personalized resources, support, and advocacy to help homeless and formerly homeless veterans. This episode shines a light on essential assistance programs, the impact of community and belonging, and the broader social factors influencing veteran homelessness. Listeners will gain an understanding of the specialized support provided to veterans, the specific demographics at higher risk, and success stories from the community, emphasizing the importance of targeted assistance and the power of collaboration in addressing veteran homelessness. Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Websites: https://www.manahouseaz.org/https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/all-locations/veteran-serviceshttps://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/blog-categories/veteranshttps://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/Follow Rachel Masch-Perez on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.masch.54Follow Rachel Masch-Perez on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-masch-9ab402a3/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
A Veteran's Journey to Healing
Jun 4 2024
A Veteran's Journey to Healing
In this episode, we look into the inspiring journey of Mark Perna, a former Marine Corps infantryman with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Mark shares his experiences from the battlefield to the trials of reintegration into civilian life, touching on themes of resilience, healing, and the power of self-discovery through challenging times. His story unfolds through discussions on overcoming the aftermath of combat, exploring non-traditional paths to healing, such as yoga and meditation, and the role of community and support systems in facilitating growth and recovery. This conversation sheds light on the complexities of the veteran experience, highlighting the importance of facing fears, embracing change, and finding solace in connection and purpose. (00:00) Welcome to Drive On (00:25) Introducing Mark Perna: A Marine's Story of Resilience (00:58) Parenting After War: Sharing Stories with the Next Generation (03:22) Marine Boot Camp: Preparing for War (08:32) Deployment to Afghanistan: The Reality on the Ground (13:19) Combat Experiences: The Intensity of Firefights (48:39) Returning Home: The Challenge of Reintegration (49:22) The Harsh Realities of Combat and Its Aftermath (51:18) Struggling with Trauma and Seeking Solace in Risky Behaviors (01:00:57) The Journey Towards Healing: From Medication to Meditation (01:11:56) Finding Peace Through Yoga and Embracing New Beginnings (01:24:05) Skydiving: A Leap Towards Self-Discovery and Love (01:32:55) Reflections on Service, Sacrifice, and the Path to Healing (01:39:33) Is It Service Connected?: The Misadventures of a Paratrooper Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1 Transcript View the transcript for this episode.
Dogs For Our Brave
May 30 2024
Dogs For Our Brave
This episode dives deep into veterans' support through service dogs, highlighting the support available for those who served. Our guest, Bryan Pieschel, director of veteran services at Dogs for Our Brave, shares his enlightening journey from an army medic in Baghdad to supporting wounded veterans. The conversation covers the vital role of service dogs in offering hope, independence, and support to veterans dealing with physical and mental challenges, diving into the specifics of how these dogs are trained and matched with veterans, the financial aspects, and the impact they have on veterans' lives. This episode not only sheds light on the challenges faced by veterans transitioning back to civilian life but also emphasizes the importance of support systems and resources available, making it a must-listen for anyone connected to the military community or interested in the incredible bond between humans and their canine companions. Links & Resources Veteran Suicide & Crisis Line: Dial 988, then press 1Website: https://dfob.orgFollow Dogs For Our Brave on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogsForOurBrave/Follow Dogs For Our Brave on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dogsforourbrave/Follow Dogs For Our Brave on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DFOB_HQFollow Bryan Pieschel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-pieschel-aa206b28a/Follow Dogs For Our Brave on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dogs-for-our-brave/ Transcript View the transcript for this episode.