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veterans describe expectations entering military, actual military experience, expectations on leaving military life and actual experience after military readjustment

Stigma Free Vet Zone Michael Orban , Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel

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veterans describe expectations entering military, actual military experience, expectations on leaving military life and actual experience after military readjustment

    Indomitable spirit keeps looking and creates the new path.

    Indomitable spirit keeps looking and creates the new path.

    Mark was born and raised in central Wisconsin to a large family. Mark is the eldest male child of

    14 total siblings – 8 boys and 6 girls. Mark graduated from Necedah High School in 1998 and

    joined the Marines in 1999 where he served 8 years of active duty and achieved the rank of

    Sergeant. Mark deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 during operation phantom fury. Mark exited

    the service in 2006 and subsequently attended school at UW Green Bay where he completed

    his bachelor’s degree. Mark has worked in the veteran community since 2012 in both non-profit

    and state government. Mark is presently the development director for Feast of Crispian and is

    on his last semester of his master’s program at UWM.







    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 35 min
    He turned from his father at the bus depot and walked into a life he couldn’t have imagined.

    He turned from his father at the bus depot and walked into a life he couldn’t have imagined.

    Mark was born and raised in central Wisconsin to a large family. Mark is the eldest male child of

    14 total siblings – 8 boys and 6 girls. Mark graduated from Necedah High School in 1998 and

    joined the Marines in 1999 where he served 8 years of active duty and achieved the rank of

    Sergeant. Mark deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 during operation phantom fury. Mark exited

    the service in 2006 and subsequently attended school at UW Green Bay where he completed

    his bachelor’s degree. Mark has worked in the veteran community since 2012 in both non-profit

    and state government. Mark is presently the development director for Feast of Crispian and is

    on his last semester of his master’s program at UWM.







    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 48 min
    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive

    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive

    In part one, Bob Bach joins us today to share his experiences while serving his country through the Vietnam War era. He discusses how television and movies often glamorize the true colors of war, often leading to unrealistic expectations for young military recruits. He shares his experiences of being on patrol while under enemy fire and how coping techniques like controlling fears and anxiety played a role in surviving the Vietnam War. He also shares his experiences of returning home after serving in the military, how his expectations differed from reality, and why he felt disoriented and confused when transitioning back to civilian life.







    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    His dedication to fellow soldiers on the battlefields he provides for them in transition!

    His dedication to fellow soldiers on the battlefields he provides for them in transition!

    Peter Boruski was adopted into a loving family with a strong military history.



    Honored by this history and influenced by it Peter enlisted in the U.S, Army at age 17, and began active duty just after turning 18. Peter had enlisted in the infantry and that is where he served on his tour in Afghanistan. Primarily walking Point and sweeping the roads ahead for deadly improvised explosive devices (IED) Peter had the responsibility to keep his platoon safe from these IED's while on missions.

    On six occasions Peter experienced IED explosions at very close range resulting in Traumatic

    Brain Injuries (TBI) and other injuries earning him the Purple Heart. Devoted to the safety of his platoon Peter would find it difficult to leave Afghanistan at the end of his tour.

      Returning home life was not as it had been before the war. Old friendships were not the same, past interests no longer had appeal, relationships seemed impossible to establish.

    Poor sleep became a problem soothed with alcohol and along with anger other reactions surfaced that stood in the way of happiness, peace of mind and soul.

      Aware he needed help to resolve these reactionsPeter took the initiative seeking out the

    County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO). This would led to an introduction to a counselor, himself a veteran, at the Vets Center. This was life changing and started Peter on a road that now embraced hope and resolution. In time Peter would prepare himself to become a Peer Support Specialist and dedicate his life to providing hope and guidance for Veterans experiencing similar challenges in transition from military to civilian life and culture. Peter follows this passion today through Peer Support he provides at the NHAW R&R House in Pewaukee Wisconsin.











    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Resolving his traumas provides todays healing for others | Victor Kilpatrick Jr.

    Resolving his traumas provides todays healing for others | Victor Kilpatrick Jr.

    Victor Kilpatrick was born in East Chicago Indiana. His parents were loving yet strict disciplined leaders providing good healthy structure. A good athlete his childhood was for the most part happy.

    Victor chose to enlist in the U.S.Navy where he became the ships cook. While his time in service was educational and positive and he is one of few to earn the Enlisted  Service Warfare Pin. Victor was not aware how a harsh, sometimes angry  demeanor suitable for military life would return home to invade his civilian relationships.

    Life after the military was different and transition to civilian life and culture had its struggles. His second marriage would coincide with his search for meaningful purpose. The resurfacing of childhood traumas would force him to face and resolve troubling traumas from his past .

    All of these experiences would lead to his present passion working with veterans as a peer mentor. Victor is a Certified Peer Support Specialist for the state of Wisconsin and currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the R&R House the 1st Peer Run Respite for Veterans in the country.

    “Assisting Veterans in anyway is my passion, and if I can use my lived experience to assist a veteran in their recovery, I’m happy to share it”.









    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Afghanistan Veteran Matt McDonell, punishing, destruction of long term Benzodiazepines withdrawal and new life vision to provide hope and healing for Veterans, First Responders and Health Care Front Line workers!

    Afghanistan Veteran Matt McDonell, punishing, destruction of long term Benzodiazepines withdrawal and new life vision to provide hope and healing for Veterans, First Responders and Health Care Front Line workers!

    Episode 2 Returning to civilian life. Our Guest is Matt McDonell a former Airborne Infantryman  with the 173rd IBCT having served primarily in Germany and Afghanistan. Matt took advantage of educational opportunities available in the military suited to his plans for post military life.  Matt returned home enthusiastic and anxious to get on with life confident the woes that many veterans experienced in transition would not afflict him. A new home with his wife and his business starting strong verified his plans for transition were good ones.

    While in the military Matt was recognized to have PTSD, TBI, cognitive damage as well as pain to back, shoulders and knees experienced as a paratrooper. He also experienced headaches and nightmares.  Matt was prescribed Ambien and Diazepam, a Benzodiazepine, for these conditions.

      Experiencing good results with these medications, life in transition was moving along on a healthy course. A doctor's phone call changed everything . Diazepam was now recognized as possibly more addictive than opioids when used long term. Following  the two week withdrawal regimen the doctor suggested Matt believed the issue resolved.

    Matt could not have prepared himself for  the punishing 18 month battle with withdrawal from Benzodiazepine that would end his marriage and cause the loss of his very successful business.

    Listen in as Matt shares how this  experience dramatically changed his  views on  life and the unexpected direction  now providing education and healing resources for Veterans, First Responders and Front Line Healthcare workers.









    DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban, Bob Bach and Erin Schraufnagel are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, Erin Schraufnagel or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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