All Things Military, Veteran & VA

Adam Gillard

US Veterans and Active Duty Military discuss everything that affects our soldiers in the field, their benefits (VA and Colorado), and solutions to their problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, addiction, transitioning to civilian life, and VA Disability.
read less
BusinessBusiness

Episodes

A Military Spouse's Perspective on Arming Teachers
May 6 2024
A Military Spouse's Perspective on Arming Teachers
Drawing from the profound experiences of military life and the complexities of parenting, Megan—a military spouse and mother to three—joins me to share her unique perspective on the highly charged debate around arming teachers in Colorado Springs' District 20. Our discussion ventures beyond the mere policy implications, touching upon the emotional and psychological effects such measures could have on both educators and students, and the significance of local school board elections in shaping educational integrity.The safety of our kids in school is a topic that hits close to home for all of us, and Megan's activism in the school community as we grapple with the idea of concealed carry for teachers highlights the broader conversation on how we can best protect our children. We reflect on the FASTER program's initiatives, the potential impact on teachers' psychological wellbeing, and the use of School Resource Officers as an alternative. The heartrending reality of active shooter drills and their impact on our youngest ones is a stirring call to action for every listener concerned with the future of school safety.But our journey doesn't stop at the school gates; it takes us around the globe as Megan and I explore how different cultures can reshape our political ideologies and the trust we place in our government. From the social safety nets in Germany to the challenges faced by American middle-class families and educators, we tackle the intricacies of economic pressures and the responsibilities we carry in framing a truthful narrative of American history for our children. Join us as we navigate these waters, confronting the critical issues that shape our lives and the world our children will inherit. www.EPCCPV.org or info@epccpv.org
The Role of Veterans in Shaping Politics: A Conversation with Pablo Capistrano
Jan 7 2024
The Role of Veterans in Shaping Politics: A Conversation with Pablo Capistrano
Have you ever wondered how veterans continue to shape our political landscape post-service? Join me as I sit down with Pablo Capistrano from the El Paso County Democratic Party Veterans Outreach Committee to unravel the depths of veterans' political activism and the pressing need for their voices in today's democracy. Pablo sheds light on the importance of dispelling myths about party allegiance, particularly the notion that military support is a Republican hallmark, and urges voters to align their ballots with their personal values.Our conversation doesn't shy away from the tough questions, as we examine the challenges of engaging constructively with conservatives who don't subscribe to extremist ideologies. I share anecdotes from my own life about the delicate art of discussing politics with friends and family who hold different views. These stories highlight the transformative power of empathy in political discourse, hinting at the potential to bridge divides and foster understanding through respectful conversation. Furthermore, we dissect the worrying trends within the Republican Party, drawing parallels with examples of democratic backsliding internationally and underscoring the crucial role of independent and unaffiliated voters in pushing back against these trends.The episode wraps up with an exploration into the deepening influence of right-wing extremism on local issues, such as school board elections and cannabis legalization movements. Through my discussion with Pablo, we spotlight the significant impact that local community action can have, especially when it comes to protecting the integrity of public education and supporting veterans' needs. If you're looking for a thought-provoking listen that combines personal insights with an impassioned plea for civic engagement, this is the episode for you. www.EPCCPV.org or info@epccpv.org
Psychedelics and the Path to Post-Traumatic Growth with Matt Simpson
Nov 7 2023
Psychedelics and the Path to Post-Traumatic Growth with Matt Simpson
What if you could transform your biggest traumas into your greatest strengths? Join us in a deep dive as Matt Simpson, author of 'Worth the Fight: Acting for a Better World,' charts a remarkable course from corporate America to an empowering servant to the military and veteran community. Matt’s story is one of selfless service, donating all the profits from his book to veteran charities and facilitating over 100 psychedelic experiences to help veterans navigate from post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth.As we lean into society's perception of trauma, Matt brings forth the compelling idea of how our deepest wounds can birth our most significant strengths. He recounts experiences with the Heroic Hearts Project and his recreational plant medicine journeys, emphasizing the necessity of forging connections with the world around us for our mental health. As we wrap up this enlightening discussion, we delve into the complex realm of recreational psychedelics use and its benefits, with Matt sharing pragmatic advice to better navigate this space. Don’t miss out on this conversation that promises to be both inspiring and enlightening, as we learn about the liberating energy of trauma, the transformative power of plant medicines, and Matt's dedication to healing and empowering the veteran community.Psychedelics & Limitless Personal Growth Meetup:https://www.meetup.com/psychedelics-and-limitless-personal-growth/Wim Hof App: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/wim-hof-method-mobile-appWim Hof Method: Potent guided breathwork: For full effect 4-5 rounds 40-50 breaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tybOi4hjZFQ www.EPCCPV.org or info@epccpv.org
Navigating the Maze of Biased News and Political Messaging
Sep 16 2023
Navigating the Maze of Biased News and Political Messaging
The fine line between news and propaganda is blurring, with biased sources and echo chambers dominating the American political landscape. This episode takes you on a journey through this maze, shedding light on the right's repackaging of pro-life messaging and the alarming possibility of democracy's end game. Get ready for a deep dive into how to determine valid news and spot hidden biases, while understanding the impact of tying news to a personality rather than the truth itself.The ripple effects of American politics are felt globally, and the world is watching. We unpack the global perceptions, from mistrust to outright paranoia, fueled by President Trump's handling of sensitive nuclear secrets and military strategies. Brace yourself as we question the corporate takeover of media, its stifling of independent voices, and the dangerous potential of fear-based messaging that can strip away the rights of minorities and disadvantaged communities. Are you ready for a reality check? The cult of personality around President Trump has deep-rooted effects, creating echo chambers that breed mistrust and fear. We explore the anti-woke movement and the rise of celebrity politics, and how these factors are impacting the political discourse. We end this episode on a solemn note as we discuss the effects of pervasive news consumption, and how we can reclaim balance by reducing our screen time and connecting more with the world around us. Lastly, we delve into the hypocrisy behind politicians' promises and the importance of staying informed, making this episode a must-listen for those invested in the future of democracy. Tune in! www.EPCCPV.org or info@epccpv.org