5 episodes

On Return to Base, we rip off the 550 cord and 100mph tape that holds us all together and explore topics that veterans can relate to: calls to service, transition stories, memories of skin and blood left in sand and boots. We'll chat with professionals, philanthropists, businesspeople, and just good f**kin' dudes and gals. Strap in for Return to Base hosted by retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and former Special Forces (Green Beret) Cliff VR.

Return to Base | A VeteranLife Podcast VeteranLife

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

On Return to Base, we rip off the 550 cord and 100mph tape that holds us all together and explore topics that veterans can relate to: calls to service, transition stories, memories of skin and blood left in sand and boots. We'll chat with professionals, philanthropists, businesspeople, and just good f**kin' dudes and gals. Strap in for Return to Base hosted by retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and former Special Forces (Green Beret) Cliff VR.

    Scott DeLuzio | Driving On as a Surviving Son

    Scott DeLuzio | Driving On as a Surviving Son

    CONTENT WARNING
     On this episode of Return to Base, we welcome Army Veteran Scott DeLuzio.
     Scott is the host of the DriveOn Podcast and the author of the book Surviving Sonwhich is available wherever you prefer to purchase books. 
     In Surviving Son he speaks about his service as a National Guard infantryman, and about losing his younger brother just miles away while they were both deployed to Afghanistan. Let this be a warning - some audience members may find this conversation troubling.
     As the host of the DriveOn Podcast, Scott is committed to connecting with current and prior service members and civilians to discuss and share personal triumphs, life experiences and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the Military community.
     
     Scott DeLuzio and DriveOn can be found on the socials listed below.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/driveonpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/driveonpodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/driveonpodcast
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkO9JA_H1z2A8zbvadyhglQ

     If you are having a difficult time as a result of your service - remember, there is always someone to talk to. You can check out the blog I wrote about recognizing the symptoms of PTSD, or listen to our podcast with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Also, the VA Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 ext 1. 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Natalie Oliverio | Veteran Mentor and Partner

    Natalie Oliverio | Veteran Mentor and Partner

    On this episode of Return to Base, we welcome Natalie Oliverio. Natalie is a veteran of the United States Navy and the founder of Military Talent Partners, a company that cultivates military talent through mentorship and career discovery. 
    After working as a corporate recruiter for over a decade, Natalie recognized that a gap existed between what the military was able to prepare service-members for, and what they needed in order to be successful post-military. Natalie made it her mission to build and nurture mentorships while sourcing great opportunities for veterans and their spouses.
     Natalie welcomes you to follow Military Talent Partners on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at the links below and her personal LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalieoliverio/.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Military-Talent-Partners-145763452962363/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilTalent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/military.talent.partners/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/military-talent-partners/

    • 55 min
    Nate Boyer | The Renaissance Man

    Nate Boyer | The Renaissance Man

    Some men see world events and say “someone should do something about that”; other men, men like Nate Boyer say “I should do something about that.”
    On episode 3 of Return to Base, we welcome former Green Beret, Nate Boyer.
    Nate is what some would call a renaissance man. Moved by a Time Magazine article, Nate bought a one-way ticket into the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur. Once there, he was put to work wherever they needed a set of hands and a compassionate human.

    His travel to the Darfur is but a sampling of his extraordinary journey which would see him earn the Green Beret, have a go at the NFL, and sample the bright lights of Hollywood.

    Nate co-founded Merging Vets and Players in 2015 to address the challenges that combat veterans and former professional athletes face in transition once the uniform comes off.

    Nate’s Instagram.

    • 57 min
    Alden Mills | Becoming Unstoppable

    Alden Mills | Becoming Unstoppable

    In this episode of Return to Base, we welcome Alden Mills. Alden graduated from the United States Naval Academy and went on to serve as a Navy SEAL before leaving the military, inventing The Perfect Pushup, and authoring the bestselling books Be Unstoppable and Unstoppable Teams.

    It was no accident that Alden learned the secrets to being unstoppable. From being the kid with two left feet, scoring goals on his own team in every ball sport imaginable, to rowing crew at the Naval Academy, Alden learned to achieve despite great adversity. Lucky enough to receive a billet into BUDs training out of college, Alden suffered through self-doubt, persistent cadre, and uniforms that literally ripped his skin from his thighs to become a Navy SEAL.

    Upon leaving the service, Alden attended business school and became a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Perfect Fitness, the 2009 Inc. 500 fastest-growing consumer-product company.

    Alden founded BeUnstoppable.com in 2021 to help people master the code to succeed at anything, and is a sought after keynote speaker.

    • 53 min
    Bessel van der Kolk | Keeping The Score

    Bessel van der Kolk | Keeping The Score

    In this, the inaugural episode of Return to Base podcast, we welcome Dr. Bessel van der Kolk M.D.. Van der Kolk is a psychiatrist that has been conducting research in the field of Traumatic Stress Studies for decades. He’s also the best selling author of The Body Keeps the Score.
    In Return to Bases’ first ever podcast with Bessel van der Kolk, we discuss the nature of trauma, how trauma rewires the brain as a defense mechanism, and touch on various treatment options. We also discuss the recent collapse of the 20 year mission in Afghanistan.

    Van der Kolk got his start treating veterans while working at the Boston VA Hospital where he observed extremely troubled veterans of the Vietnam War. Having not found any academic literature to prepare one for treating these veterans, van der Kolk began proposing studies that would examine traumatic memories and PTSD. After being rejected by the Veterans Administration, who stated ““It has never been shown that PTSD is relevant to the mission of the Veterans Administration,” van der Kolk left the VA and went to work at Harvard’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center. There he encountered trauma of a different source; namely, child abuse and family violence. It was then he realized that trauma is trauma, regardless of the method of acquirement. Since then van der Kolk has researched and advocated for alternative forms of treatment that help those suffering from PTSD. Treatments like yoga, or mindfulness, and neuro-feedback.

    Sign up for Dr. van der Kolk's 4-week seminar HERE. Don't forget to use coupon code VETLIFECOMMUNITY to save $150 on registration.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Vet_Dude ,

Just wow!

As a fellow vet, I can’t be more energized by the content from this podcast. I don’t this Cliff guy personally but man I would to have a beer with him one day. You have a life long subscriber from me.

itsRyanC ,

Not Just for Veterans

I hit the follow button for sure here. Even though I’ve never been in the service, this content is super interesting to me. I learned a ton from the first guest - really made me think, and I want friends and family to hear it. Really looking forward to the next episodes.

NYMediaExec ,

Outstanding Veteran Content

Great talk, super authentic and relatable. Cliff is refreshing, like a military version of Joe Rogan.

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