23 episodes

The Blue Grit Podcast features conversations with current and
former military leaders, mental health experts, elite athletes, veterans and
other individuals who have overcome significant adversity. Purpose of the
podcast is to de-stigmatize mental illness and provide strategies for
developing grit.

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The Blue Grit Podcast features conversations with current and
former military leaders, mental health experts, elite athletes, veterans and
other individuals who have overcome significant adversity. Purpose of the
podcast is to de-stigmatize mental illness and provide strategies for
developing grit.

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 18 SMSgt (Ret.) Tiwanda Griffin-Greer

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 18 SMSgt (Ret.) Tiwanda Griffin-Greer

    Episode 18 is a conversation with SMSgt Tiwanda Griffin-Greer, a first-hand witness of an active shooter event that tragically unfolded at Lackland Training Annex in 2016. (The event is described in further detail in Episode 6 — an interview with Abby Schroder who survived her husband, Col Bill Schroeder.) SMSgt Griffin-Greer discusses struggling with survivor’s guilt, invisible wounds, and finding a balance between giving 100% to the Air Force and her family.

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 19 A1C (Ret.) BJ Lange

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 19 A1C (Ret.) BJ Lange

    A1C (Ret.) BJ Lange is the comedy coach for the Air Force's Wounded Warrior Program. An actor and comedian, he was diagnosed with cancer while on orders in the Air Force Reserve getting him enrolled into AFW2. A year into temporary retirement, a cancer relapse set him into a mental health free freefall he soon found his resilience via teaching his passion of improv comedy to his fellow wounded warriors and their caregivers - helping them and him heal with laughter therapy.

    Check out BJ Lange's story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVvSd6SW1Go&feature=youtu.be

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 18 SMSgt Tiwanda Griffin-Greer

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 18 SMSgt Tiwanda Griffin-Greer

    Episode 18 is a conversation with SMSgt Tiwanda Griffin-Greer, a first-hand witness of an active shooter event that tragically unfolded at Lackland Training Annex in 2016. (The event is described in further detail in Episode 6 — an interview with Abby Schroder who survived her husband, Col Bill Schroeder.) SMSgt Griffin-Greer discusses struggling with survivor’s guilt, invisible wounds, and finding a balance between giving 100% to the Air Force and her family.

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 19 A1C (Ret.) BJ Lang

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 19 A1C (Ret.) BJ Lang

    A1C (Ret.) BJ Lange is the comedy coach for the Air Force's Wounded Warrior Program. An actor and comedian, he was diagnosed with cancer while on orders in the Air Force Reserve getting him enrolled into AFW2. A year into temporary retirement, a cancer relapse set him into a mental health free freefall he soon found his resilience via teaching his passion of improv comedy to his fellow wounded warriors and their caregivers - helping them and him heal with laughter therapy.

    Check out BJ Lange's story: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVvSd6SW1…&feature=youtu.be

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 20 MSgt (Ret.) David Long

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 20 MSgt (Ret.) David Long

    Episode 20 features MSgt (Ret.) David Long who completed 20+ years of Army and Air Force service. While struggling with PTSD at the end of his military career and still in excellent physical shape, he was unexpectedly diagnosed with a heart condition that led to two major heart surgeries. Determined to find his way back to health, he continued to emphasize fitness. He was enrolled in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program. After competing as a wounded warrior, he continued to find resiliency by giving back and photographing accomplishments of other wounded warriors, illustrating visual proof of their determination.

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 23 Captain (Ret.) Stephen Machuga

    The Blue Grit Podcast Episode 23 Captain (Ret.) Stephen Machuga

    Episode 23 is an interview with Captain (Ret.) Stephen Machuga, the founder and a CEO of Stack-Up.org — an organization that brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. CPT Machuga discusses overcoming his personal and professional struggles through following his passion for gaming. He strategically capitalized on the benefits of video gaming, building a powerful charity and robust support network. He is currently working on developing evidence based practices for suicide prevention through gaming.

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