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Veterans describe their expectations entering the military, their actual military experience, and their expectations on re-entering civilian life, and actual experience re-entering civilian life.

Stigma Free Vet Zone Michael Orban , Bob Bach

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

Veterans describe their expectations entering the military, their actual military experience, and their expectations on re-entering civilian life, and actual experience re-entering civilian life.

    David Carlson on Rising Up After a Lifetime of Trauma

    David Carlson on Rising Up After a Lifetime of Trauma

    David Carlson is a Whole Wellness Coach at Milkweed Connections LLC, a company founded in 2019 to provide consumers with actionable strategies to overcome addictions, emotional turmoil, and mental health disorders so they can regain their independence and create a healthier lifestyle. David is also a CrossFit trainer at Momentum Sport Fitness, a Rights for All Organizer at ACLU, and an Army National Guard veteran, where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. While serving his country, David completed two tours in Iraq, where he received several honors and awards.











    David joins me today to discuss his troubling childhood upbringing - from being raised in chronic toxic environments, acting out, and getting in trouble with the law to joining the military and rebuilding his life. He shares his battles with substance abuse, why he chose to join the Army National Guard, and how the structure and discipline he received during basic and infantry training improved his perspective about his self-worth and his sense of identity. He shares his experiences while serving two tours in Iraq and the stark differences in structure and discipline between military life and civilian culture. He also shares his experiences with losing sight of his purpose in life, how CrossFit and what inspired him to dedicate his life to serving and helping others.











    “It’s not someone just throwing textbook ideas at you. You need someone to walk by you through that.” - David Carlson























    This week on the Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast:











    David’s childhood upbringing, being raised in toxic environments, and why he decided to join the militaryDavid’s struggles with alcoholism and how it affected his lifeHow serving in the military gave David a sense of pride, respect, self-worth, and sense of identityLeaving home to serve his first tour in IraqWhy he struggled with maintaining discipline after returning homeFeeling ‘let down’ by the stark differences between his expectations of serving his country versus the realities of warFeelings of being responsible for your comrades’ war injuries and fatalitiesStaying committed to maintaining discipline and structure after returning to civilian lifeDavid’s experiences during his second tour in Iraq, how it changed his personality and how he dealt with his post-combat-related depression and suicidal thoughtsWhy he served time in prison, his experiences while there, and why he finally decided to rebuild his lifeWhat inspired him to devote his life to helping other veterans rebuild their lives after the militaryHow CrossFit helps David address the emotional turmoil he still experiences after returning home from combatWhy David believes PTSD never truly goes away - you just develop better coping mechanismsHis opinion and perspective of using medications, peer-counseling support, and VA treatment programs to address combat-related mental health disordersWhy it’s critical for veterans to connect with other veterans for support























    Helping Veterans & Their Families Transition to Civilian Life











    Thanks for tuning into this segment of the Stigma Free Vet Zone podcast, the show dedicated to helping veterans and their families make the transition from the military to civilian life and culture. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe to the show and leave a review. For more stories, insight, and resources on coping with military-related trauma and PTSD, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes across social media to help us raise...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive – Pt. II

    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive – Pt. II

    After growing up in a military family and being inspired by the 1960’s television shows and movies about life in the military, Bob Bach knew he was destined to serve his country.  After graduating high school, Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. At the tender age of 17, he began to learn the true colors of war, the emotional impact it would have on his life, and how it differed from what was portrayed in movies. Bob served 10 months in deployed overseas during one of the gruesomest wars our country has faced - the Vietnam War - before returning back to civilian life with an honorable discharge.











    Bob joins me again today to share his journey of seeking help and finding resources to address his combat-related PTSD symptoms. He discusses how numbing his emotions after returning home and re-entering civilian life impacted his relationships with his wife, children, and loved ones. He discusses his experience with alcohol abuse, how it added to the distress he was already experiencing after returning home, and how he finally found the help he needed to address his emotions and painful thoughts. Bob also explains why it’s important for veterans and their families to understand that the feelings and emotions they’re experiencing when transitioning from military life to civilian life are normal and why it’s crucial for veterans to ask for help and seeking treatment so they can rebuild a normal, healthy life.











    “War, by any number of definitions, is insanity. But where we might trip ourselves up is by thinking that we should apply some notion of normalcy to something that’s insane.” - Bob Bach























    This week on the Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast:











    The challenges Bob experienced with finding resources and services to help with combat-related PTSDKeeping up the facade that warriors do not have weaknessesHow the coping strategy of numbing his emotions that helped Bob survive the Vietnam War later became detrimental to his relationships with his children and loved onesTurning to external substances, such as alcohol abuse, to numb the painFinding the support he needed to get his life and relationship back on track and reconnect with his familyUnderstanding your thoughts, feelings, and reactions are normal after experiencing trauma while serving your countryCommon reactions and responses to traumatic experiencesThe difference between guilt and shame and why Bob believes the feelings of “survivor’s guilt” are really feelings of ‘survivor’s shame’The role of love, nature, and spirituality in the healing process and transitioning back to civilian lifeThe importance of reaching out, asking for help, and seeking counseling and/or treatment























    Resources Mentioned:











    Veterans Affairs Vet Center











    Helping Veterans & Their Families Transition to Civilian Life











    Thanks for tuning into this segment of the Stigma Free Vet Zone podcast, the show dedicated to helping veterans and their families make the transition from the military to civilian life and culture. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe to the show and leave a review. For more stories, insight, and resources on coping with military-related trauma and PTSD, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes across social media to help us raise awareness and help our brothers and sisters and their families transition to civilian life.

    • 41 min
    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive – Pt. I

    Bob Bach on The True Lens of War & Keeping the Will to Survive – Pt. I

    Beyond deep-seated feelings of patriotism and growing up in a military family, Bob Bach’s initial desire to join the military began as a young boy in the mid-1960’s. Moved by the often-glamourized scenes in movies and television shows about wartime heroes, Bob’s desire to serve his country grew more intense as he entered - and graduated - high school. At the age of 17, Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving 18 months - serving 10 months overseas during the Vietnam War era.











    Bob joins me 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.























    “In order to survive in Vietnam - I had to learn how to deny reality. I needed to learn how to fool myself.” - Bob Bach























    This week on the Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast:











    How watching episodes of the 1960’s television show, Combat, piqued Bob’s desire to join the militaryBob’s initial expectations prior to entering the military and how they compared to what he experienced once he enlistedHis first experience of being on patrol while under enemy fireWhy Bob felt ill-prepared for the paradoxes of warDenying reality, learning to numb your emotions, and controlling your fear as a coping mechanism to survive the brutality of warWhy he began feeling betrayed after a few short months of being deployedWhat Bob’s initial expectations of returning home after the Vietnam War were like and how it differed from realityWhy Bob felt disoriented and confused while transitioning back to civilian life after serving in Vietnam and how he coped with these feelingsHow Bob’s friends and family treated him after coming home from warHis wife’s Bob’s transitioning back to civilian life























    Helping Veterans & Their Families Transition to Civilian Life











    Thanks for tuning into this segment of the Stigma Free Vet Zone podcast, the show dedicated to helping veterans and their families make the transition from the military to civilian life and culture. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe to the show and leave a review. For more stories, insight, and resources on coping with military-related trauma and PTSD, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to share your favorite episodes across social media to help us raise awareness and help our brothers and sisters and their families transition 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, 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, or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to t...

    • 38 min

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