I want say thanks to Ben Biddick, US Army Veteran, host of the Get Up Nation Show who recommended the book – The Warrior’s Book of Virtues
I got to talk to two of the three authors of a book that has had a positive impact on me. Richard Bryan and Matt Bloom recounted their military experience and how this shaped their focus to write this book. The Warrior’s Book of Virtues is written in a way that anyone military and civilian can benefit from reading it.
Talking with Richard and Matt, I thought about how individuals with different backgrounds in life and the military came together to create something that is needed now more than ever. Thanks for talking with me an Semper Fidelis
I talk about meeting David Roberts and Josh Morin at the Volunteers of America Veterans Leadership Dinner on November 14th. David was being honored for his work in raising awareness and funds to support survivors of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club Fallen 7. Joshua was there with David and it was an honor meeting them both. During the dinner, we all agreed that we are going to work together for Josh and other Veterans who need help. No one gets left behind, Brothers Forever.
Thanks to everyone who took time out of the schedule over the last couple of weeks to talk with me to make 7 Days of Oscar Mike Radio happen. I feel a sense of accomplishment, and understand I have a lot of work to do to improve. I love doing this, and Volunteers of America – Massachusetts https://www.voamass.org/get-involved/…
Sponsor Information I am thankful to my sponsors Joyce Asack of Asack Real Estate and Mark Holmes of Reaper Detailing and Powerwashing for their support of America’s Military and Veterans.
If you watch the video and like the new logo check out Vet Unite on Facebook. Mike Damon is doing great things! Red Seal Martial Arts is also coming on board as a sponsor. Thanks for your support! Flag Courtesy of Patriotic Woodworking
Thanks to my sponsors Joyce Asack and Mark Holmes for supporting Veterans!
If you have been watching the videos, you will notice that there have been changes to the logo. This is due to the work of Marine Veteran Mike Damon. Mike is the founder of Vet Unite – https://www.facebook.com/VetUnite/. He also owns and operates Last Call Designs. https://www.facebook.com/bvsigns/. I trusted Mike with Oscar Mike Radio, you can trust him too!
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
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.
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.
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!
Bill reached out to me on Facebook Messenger about coming on Oscar Mike Radio. He asked me if I would come out and talk to him at his headquarters in Worcester, MA. I headed up on cold morning in February and found the office pretty easily.
I met Bill and said introduced myself. The first thing that stood out were all the coats and toys in his office. He explained that they were a donation from UNUM Insurance Company https://www.unum.com/ and would be given to children of Veterans in need.
Bill got a laugh out of me with some good natured ribbing about me being a Marine. I had learned about Bill’s Air Force Career and gained a massive amount of respect for what he did when he served.
We moved the conversation to how Bill got Project New Hope off the ground. There is this desire that Bill has to serve and be of service. Meeting the other volunteers who popped in and out to work the mission was one of the highlights of the day.
There is also a Project New Hope Office in Westfield, MA. By car is it 60 miles one way to Westfield. That is a lot of ground to cover for any non profit organization. Bill and his team are committed to Veterans and I was glad to make the trip to meet everyone. A big shout out to BOSE for supplying headphones to troops. Thanks for my pair Bill, they sounded great!