156 Megan Bruce – Military Sexual Trauma Movement

156 Megan Bruce – Military Sexual Trauma Movement

Megan Bruce is a Marine Veteran and talented artist, actress, and comedienne. The Movement is her current film project, but much more than a documentary. It is a way to change how Military Sexual Trauma is treated in the Marine Corps. I had talked with Megan Bruce for Episode 88 and 98, and learned a lot from collaborating with her. (Links to podcasts below).

We have talked off and on since then but never met in person. A couple weeks ago we tried to meet up when she came to my area, but things didn’t work out. Then, on a Sunday night, we had the oppurtunity to meet in Boston. I asked her if I could bring my recording gear and Megan said, “Sure, and I would like to talk with you about The Movement.”

I met Megan in a park in downtown Boston. It was a perfect night to be outside and I setup my rig in the part and we started talking.

Even before I hit the record button, it was plain to see that behind the smile, and the exhaustion from being on the road, there is an undercurrent of anger. It seemed that this anger, which has been building up for a while, has now found an outlet in the Military Sexual Trauma Movement. Megan began to talk about her experience with Military Sexual Trauma and why The Movement is going to work.

Military Sexual Trauma Movement as Megan described it is a group of people primarily made up of female Marines. These women have shared their stories with Megan and want to use their experience to make change to how rape is handled in the Marine Corps. Her film project is to capture these stories in a way that makes it impossible for change not to happen.

Listening to what Megan is doing and why in person made an impact on me as she talked about what we can do to end this problem. One can’t ignore the inaction from military leadership once you listen to Megan’s story.

I thanked Megan for her time and told her I am with my fellow Marines all the way. Semper Fidelis

Find out more about the Movement

https://www.endmst.org/

https://www.facebook.com/SgtMegan/videos/794126800984535
Interview with MSTM Founder & CEO, Janelle Marina Mendez

Sgt. Megan Videos

One of Megan’s First Videos

A must watch
Megan can do a lot with comedy. People think Daisy is real!

Sgt. Megan Contact Info


Megan on Oscar Mike Radio


Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!

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155 – MA Secretary of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena

155 – MA Secretary of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena


At Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery – Agawam, MA.

I have lived in Massachusetts for a while. Well, a long while at this point. I am still surprised when fellow Veterans tell me they don’t know their Veterans Service Officer. Massachusetts has taken many steps to ensure Veterans have access to services and benefits. One of the ways this is accomplished is via the Veterans Service Officer. The person in charge of VSOs as they are called is the Secretary of Veterans Services. It was an honor to speak with the current Secretary of Veterans Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Francisco Urena.

This was a great oppurtunity to get information that Veterans can use from the person who is in charge of taking care of us. Secretary Urena went through what VSOs and his office do to address Veteran’s needs in Massachusetts.

We also talked about a recent event where the Town of Weymouth worked with their VSO and Department of Veterans Services. The event was Scott Lobaido’s sculpture to raise awareness about PTS and Veteran’s Suicide. This was an example of a lot of people coming together to present this impactful sculpture to across the entire state of Massachusetts.

I wanted to get Secretary Urena’s perspective on Veteran’s Non-Profits. There is always a concern of how effective an organization can be when there are so many who are working in the same space. Secretary Urena said that resources are not the problem in Massachusetts. The issue is connecting Veterans to those organizations and resources that can provide assistance.

Whether it is an organization or individual looking to help Veterans, the Department of Veterans Services exists to ensure all Veterans in Massachusetts have a “hand up” when needed. Every Veteran in Massachusetts has an advocate where they reside to assist. We are not alone.

I want to say thank you to Secretary Urena and his staff for working to make this interview happen. I learned a lot and gained a better appreciation for how Veterans are served in Massachusetts. Semper Fidelis


What is this craft called? Listen to find out!

Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!

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154 – Jarheads Fallen Seven

154 – Jarheads Fallen Seven

This podcast will sound raw. That is what I wanted though. I recorded right after the candlelight vigil at the Whitman, MA VFW. I purposefully didn’t apply a lot of editing because I wanted it to reflect I how felt, mistakes, sound, and all as we remember the Jarheads Fallen Seven. These were members of a Marine Corps Motorcycle Club who were killed in a tragic accident.

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At the Whitman, MA VFW Candlelight Vigil

Number 154 is dedicated to the memory and service of the following people who were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club. My condolences to the families who are experiencing this tragic loss. Please know that you are not alone.

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The Jarheads Fallen Seven

Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, N.H.

Albert Mazza, 59, of Lee, N.H.

Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside R.I.

Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, N.H.

Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, N.H.

Joanne and Edward Corr, both 58 of Lakeville, MA


I wouldn’t call this podcast my typical kind of podcast. I sat on a park bench in Whitman, MA and recorded this as a way to try to get how I felt out there about the situation. The fact is, the tragic accident could have been avoided.

It is my desire that the memory of the Jarheads Fallen Seven will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis.

Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!

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153 – Ashley Bugge – No Bucket Lists

153 – Ashley Bugge – No Bucket Lists

I got an email from Moni Jefferson (https://www.monijeffersonpr.com/) about Ashley Bugge. Moni does PR work and has a whole part of her business focused on the military. As I read the email, I realized I had heard the name before. Last year her husband, Brian Bugge, died in a scuba diving accident. Moni asked me to reach out and see if Ashley would come on Oscar Mike Radio.

The Bugge family.

Ashley and I connected, and set a time to record. I asked her about her husband and what his Navy career meant to her. It was clear they were in love and having a family was important to them.

She went to describe the accident, and how in just a little over a year life completely changed. However, I didn’t hear any complaining or regrets when Ashley was talking about what happened. Instead she talked about the idea of “No Bucket Lists”.

No Bucket Lists, means living life to the fullest every day. Ashley and Brian believed the life is a gift to be treasured. They wanted their children to be a part of what they were doing so no one was left out or behind. Living life this way didn’t allow for regrets. I believe that came across clearly when talking with Ashley. Yes, a terrible accident struck the Bugge family, but Ashley believes that finding a way to move forward would be what Brian would want. As terrible as this was, her message of resilience and perseverance can speak to all of us.

Find out More

Go to https://www.ashleybugge.com/ to find out more about the Bugge’s story. Ashley is writing a book about her family’s story. I want to say thanks again to Moni Jefferson for making the connection. I am looking forward to talking with Ashley again.

Brian Buggee with a rebreather
This podcast is dedicated to the memory and service of Navy Ensign Brian Bugge

Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!

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152 – Weekend on the Move

152 – Weekend on the Move

Some people have asked me what “Oscar Mike” actually means for me. I wanted to share a bit about what that means at certain times. Here we go.

Braintree Rotary Golf Tournament

At Braintree Golf Club

It was my pleasure to support the Braintree Rotary by doing a LiveCast at their Annual Golf Tournament. “Service above Self”, was said by everyone I talked with during the livecast. I feel that Veterans could benefit by participating or joining the Rotary. You can find out more about the Braintree Rotary by visiting their website – https://braintreerotaryclub.org/

69th New England Irregulars Summer Kick Off

Scott Libby

I talked to Scott Libby in New Hampshire for Episode 97 – https://whoobazoo.com/oscarmike/2018/06/14/episode-97-new-england-69th-irregulars1/ – Getting to see the 69th take off with Cookout was amazing if you had seen all the work Scott has done behind the scenes. This is just the first of many events and it was so good to see the Veterans having a good time.

Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes 10th Anniversary Gala

10 Annual Gala

10 years of being in existence is a major accomplishment for any non-profit. Julie Lovely has been working in equestrian therapy and it was amazing to see the demonstration conducted by one of the Veterans she works with. Happy for Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes.

Thanks to my sponsor Joyce Asack for supporting Veterans!

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151 – Jody Aftermath

151 – Jody Aftermath

I have had several guys ask me about what to do when Jody strikes. This podcast was setup for any guy (or gal) who just got hit with one of life’s storms. Simple things are sometimes the best things when you are in the fight.

I don’t advise turning to alcohol or substances to deal with the pain. You need to keep your head in the game. Keep your business off social media.

Exercise, eat right, and yes, get a library card. Use the library as a way to relax and educate yourself.

Jody is scum no doubt. Remember who did this to you, and focus on getting the best outcome possible. OMR sends

P.S. My next Jody podcast is looking to be a good one

Upcoming events

Project New Hope

June is National PTSD Awareness Month, it’s crucial that we take this opportunity to share and shine a light on the invisible wounds of war. Not all warriors come home only with injuries you can see. Often times, the injuries you can’t see are far more severe.

For some warriors, it can take years to even realize they are living with post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Many try to cope with or ignore their feelings of depression, anger, and anxiety — and that can further impact their entire families. Husbands. Wives. Caregivers. Even children. When their loved ones are suffering, they suffer too.

In July we are offering PTSD “Couple only” week long retreat in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

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