Supporting veterans to achieve career success as they navigate the challenges of transitioning out of the military. Each week we will bring you a new mentor who will teach you the lessons they have learned as they traveled the military transition path before you.
Celebrating One Year of the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast - Part 2
Surprise! I know I said that last week was our final episode of the season, but we had so much fun recapping the highlights of the last year, that I invited Bob Newlin and Jonathan Fisher to join me to share their favorite episodes. We highlight Episode 2 with Keith Forte, Episode 8 with Ben Killoy, Episode 15 with Misty Moreno, Episode 16 and 17 with Herb Thompson and we look at another clip from Episode 19 with Adam Braatz. Jonathan and I revisit my resume episode with Alfredo Torres and we wrap up with the gentlemen of the Military Transition Roundtable, Episode 50 with Matt Scherer and Episode 52 with Don Gleason.
Celebrating One Year of the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast
We are welcoming back our friend and, now three-time guest, Chris Dreisbach to recap his favorite episodes from the last year. We are so grateful to have you as our listener and want to thank you for tuning in to all the episodes. These recaps will wrap up our Season 1 of the show. Be on the lookout for Season 2 in early January 2022. More details to come!
Episode 57: Growing Stronger Through Adversity with Lakeydra Houston
Lakeydra Houston is currently going through her transition process as she retires from the United States Air Force. She is in the SkillBridge program and offers some insight on what the inside of the program looks like. In addition, Lakeydra talks about her experience with sexual assault in the Air Force and how her avoidance of that experience and other personal tragedies led her to a place where she attempted suicide. Laykeydra is committed to advocating for other victims and she talks about how she fought her way through the darkness to thriving today. If you or someone you know is struggling or having suicidal thoughts, you can reach help with the Suicide Crisis Number at 800-273-8255.
Episode 56: Showcasing Your Personality with Charlie Wells
After retiring from the US Marine Corps, Charles Wells had an easy transition. He quickly landed a good job in the private sector through networking. Within a few months, he was able to secure a position with the federal government, where he gets to continue making a difference for military service members. He attributes his "easy" transition to his mindset. Charlie is known for his humor and outgoing personality, but he has so much great advice about the military transition in this episode including his 6 steps to success, creating LinkedIn content and the importance of being authentic.
Episode 55: Navigating the Veteran Benefits Process with Cheryl Mason
Cheryl Mason is the Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals. As a military spouse of a former USAF officer and the daughter of a veteran, Cheryl understands the veteran benefits process, both from a leadership perspective and a personal viewpoint. Cheryl gives input on navigating the benefits process, both as you transition and throughout your life as your needs change. However, she also shares her military spouse perspective of the transition and the importance of mental health awareness as her US Navy veteran father and veteran brother both committed suicide. She shares many resources as well as the Suicide Crisis Number at 800-273-8255.
Episode 54: Military Transition Q&A with Jonathan Fisher
Jonathan Fisher is preparing to transition from a career in the US Army in aviation maintenance into the IT and cybersecurity career fields. He has taken charge of his transition and been very active, perhaps too active as we will discuss in the episode. He comes on to ask me questions about transition burnout, pursuing SkillBridge opportunities, how often and what to post on LinkedIn, how to translate transferable skills when you are taking your career in a new direction and how to take advantage of all the Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) out there without getting overwhelmed. Jonathan also shares his news about landing two great SkillBridge offers and how he made the decision of which one to accept, even though the other one was his "dream" opportunity.
This Podcast Should Be Mandatory For Transitioning Personnel…
This is an absolutely amazing resource for transitioning military personnel, I’m astounded I had to find it for myself on LinkedIn and no one told me about it! With a wealth of personal stories from vets across the services that are extremely relatable, each interview has at least one valuable takeaway. Many of the lessons intersect, reinforcing just how important they are for transitioning personnel. Can’t recommend it enough, thank you for what you do!
Great insights regarding transition
The information presented on this podcast has been so beneficial during my transition. Lori does a great job discussing with guests the importance of finding purpose, resume tips, and overcoming challenges. Highly recommend to learn more about transitioning successfully to a new chapter in life.
The guests that Lori has on this podcast are stellar! They bring so much insight of their own experiences transitioning out of the military and into the private sector. That, combined with Lori’s extensive knowledge and experience helping vets embark on their next career after the military makes this podcast a must-listen.