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Mettle is defined as “courage, strength of spirit; stamina - a staying quality. Firmness in the face of danger with fortitude and resilience. Those in the military and veteran communities embody this mettle. Here we learn about these individuals through their personal stories of grit and perseverance. We gain insight about tools used from their toolbox to push through and overcome obstacles that we can use and apply in our own lives.
Tiffany Martschink | info@gap-mettleofhonor.org
#YouveGotMettle | #Martschink | #veteranshelpingveterans | #mentalhealthmatters Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mettle-of-honor/support

The Mettle of Honor Podcast: Veteran Stories of Courage, Strength, & Perseverance Tiffany Martschink

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    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

Mettle is defined as “courage, strength of spirit; stamina - a staying quality. Firmness in the face of danger with fortitude and resilience. Those in the military and veteran communities embody this mettle. Here we learn about these individuals through their personal stories of grit and perseverance. We gain insight about tools used from their toolbox to push through and overcome obstacles that we can use and apply in our own lives.
Tiffany Martschink | info@gap-mettleofhonor.org
#YouveGotMettle | #Martschink | #veteranshelpingveterans | #mentalhealthmatters Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mettle-of-honor/support

    Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor

    Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor

    Kim DeFiori began her military career after graduating from West Point in 2008 as a Military Police (MP) Officer. She deployed shortly after to Afghanistan for a year, serving with military police and infantry companies. She was one of the first women to work alongside Afghan police day and night conducting raids with special operations units. She went on to serve as an aide-de-camp at the Pentagon.

    However, Kim's story doesn't end there. She shares her personal story in this episode of her journey in dealing with the aftereffects of her deployment because, as she says, "The Army does a good job teaching you how to deploy but not how to come home." Part of the trauma occurred back home. Wearing a mask + drinking alcohol and neglecting treatment are not a good mix.

    Kim DeFiori is a mental health advocate wants to reduce mental health stigma and hopes all who are suffering won't do so in silence and isolation but will have the courage to ask for help.

    #LessonsFromThor | #MentalHealthMatters | #VeteransHelpingVeterans |#YouveGotMettle

    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

    Kim DeFiori's LinkedIn Profile

    First H.E.L.P.

    This Able Veteran (https://thisableveteran.org/anxiety-alerts/) | Phone: 618.964.1162 | servicedog@thisableveteran.org | 

    1714 South Wolf Creek Road; Carbondale, IL 62902

    Leashes of Valor (https://leashesofvalor.org/) | "One leash saves two lives... We're bringing service dogs and post-9/11 Veterans together in order to enrich and improve the lives of both."

    Location: 24114 Sparta Rd.; Milford, VA 22514 | Mailing address: PO Box 571; Garner, NC 27529 | EIN: 82-1110902

    AMERICA VET DOGS https://www.vetdogs.org/


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    • 26 min
    USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)

    USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)

    Eric Hohman of Austin, Texas served as a Combat Controller for many years in the US. Air Force, he found it difficult to navigate life. Through his personal ups and downs, he felt the effects of being a CCT had an impact on his abilities to perform in the civilian world. He knew others needed assistance at certain times of their life, and so, the First There Foundation was born.

    Email Eric at First There Foundation  
    First There Foundation on LinkedIn
    First There Foundation on Facebook
    First There Foundation on Twitter
    Eric Hohman for Congress

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    • 45 min
    Michael J. Weiss: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

    Michael J. Weiss: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

    Meet Army veteran SGM (R) Michael Weiss of Moyock, North Carolina. Michael originally entered the military from Southern California and retired after more than three decades of uniformed service. He is now the Executive Officer of J3 Khai Restoration.,

    At my first duty station, Fort Sill, Oklahoma (home of the Army’s Field Artillery), I met, then Master Sergeant Michael Weiss who was the Installation Religious Affairs NCO (56M). At that time, the MOS was Chaplain Assistant (71M).  I believe his last assignment; he was the senior Religious Affairs NCO at TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command). From the first time I met him and throughout my military career, I’ve known him as a compassionate leader.



    It's been a pleasure maintaining contact with him throughout the years. SGM Michael Weiss, #YouveGotMettle



    J3 Khai Restoration Website https://j3khai.fun/about/

    LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-weiss-j3m-khai/





    MICHAEL’S PURPOSE STATEMENT To help people, families, tribes, and nations find, refine and live out their DNA, (Divine Natural Ability) so they, and others, will live abundantly. (John 3:16, 17:3)

    MICHAEL’S GOAL WITH LIFE COACHING The goal for my Life Coaching Sessions is to share in your story so I can help you see that you are truly loved by our Father, and that HE also wants to bring his dreams for you to life!

    #mentalhealthmatters | #bipolar | #veteranshelpingveterans | #YouveGotMettle |


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    • 31 min
    MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)

    MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)

    In honor of Memorial Day, I couldn’t think of a better guest to come on than Scott DeLuzio. However, this only an excerpt of his episode where he speaks about his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action (KIA) just miles away from him in Afghanistan. His full episode will come out at a later date (in a few weeks). 
    Scott DeLuzio is an Army Combat Veteran (NG Infantryman-Afghanistan), an Author (Surviving Son), an Entrepreneur (Amplify Plugins), and a Podcast Host (Drive On Podcast).
    Surviving Son is a compelling true story that provides the reader with an insight into the life of a combat infantryman who fought in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away. 
    On Drive On Podcast, Scott has this mission: "I talk about topics such as mental health, PTSD, relationships, leadership skills, and interview other veterans about their experiences and how they've dealt with them. My goal is to give hope and strength to veterans and their loved ones who might be struggling with their own situation, whatever that may be."
    Connect with this week’s guest via links below: LinkedIn http://linkedin.com/in/scottdeluzio Book https://survivingsonbook.com Company https://amplifyplugins.com Podcast https://driveonpodcast.com RESOURCES
    The Veterans Crisis Line can be reach by a couple of different methods:
    Their website is https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
    Call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) For Veteran Crisis Line, press "1"
    Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can call 1-800-799-4889
    You may also send a text message to 838255
    To chat online, go to https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat/
    Stop Soldier Suicide https://stopsoldiersuicide.org/
    Can be reached by phone at 1-855-838-8255
    Vets for Warriors https://www.vets4warriors.com/
    1-855-838-8255


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    • 20 min
    Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious

    Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious

    Approximately two years ago, Robin Phoenix Johnson retired after over twenty-six years of military service in the United States Army. As a retired veteran, Robin is still on a mission with a different purpose. Her new purpose in life is healing people, organizations, and communities through humor.  She created Best Medicine Brigade to BE HEAL*ARIOUS and give veteran and military spouse comedians performance opportunities.   Robin performs stand-up comedy and produces comedy showcases using professional military veteran and military spouse comedians for clubs and private events nationwide. Instructs comedy bootcamp courses and motivational speaking about the applied and therapeutic use of humor for mental health. She performs and produces PG-13 (clean if desired) comedy all over the country.  Robin's passion is the applied and therapeutic use of humor for mental health.
    Robin Phoenix is a Certified Humor Professional with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor as well as a comedy boot camp mentor for Armed Services Arts Partnership. Robin, #YouveGotMettle
    Mentioned in this episode
    The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor https://www.aath.org/
    The Military Women’s Memorial https://womensmemorial.org/
    More about Best Medicine Brigade
    Website: www.bestmedicinebrigade.com | Email: robinphoenix790@gmail.com
    The Comic List https://thecomiclist.com/premium/member/robinphoenix/
    Professional Social Media Accounts
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bestmedicinebrigade | Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/bestmedicinebrigade/groups
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bestmedicinebrigade/ | YouTube: Best Medicine Brigade YouTube Channel
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-johnson790/

    #HumorHelps #HumorTherapy #VeteransHelpingVeterans #MentalHealth #VeteranMentalHealth #YouveGotMettle

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    • 28 min
    S2:E85 Ricky Johnson

    S2:E85 Ricky Johnson

    USMC Veteran Ricky Johnson from Missouri shares his story of life prior to, during, and after military service. Ricky Johnson is a Marine Veteran and North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (with Veteran stamp) and is trained in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention and Trauma Informed Care. In addition, Ricky is certified in Critical Time Intervention and implements this model in his daily work activities. Mr. Johnson was also a mentor with the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court team and is a member of the Western North Carolina's Recovery Alliance. Most recently Ricky was awarded the 2019 NC Tides “Empowering Hope Award” for his tenacity, strength, and self-determination in overcoming adversity, while inspiring hope and empowering others through their own personal and life journey. In the year of 2020, Ricky was appointed by the North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore to the North Carolina CFAC Committee (Consumer and Family Advisory Committee). Our mission is to spread awareness, discuss consequences and share the gift of hope. #YouveGotMettle

    Next week's episode of The Mettle of Honor Podcast, we will hear from a retired US Army Ordinance Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Robin Phoenix Johnson. Mental health is a topic that's near and dear to her heart. In her episode, we hear how she uses humor as means of healing of healing which is why she started her company Best Medicine Brigade. You will see how HEAL*arious she is as we talked about her organization.


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

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Authenticity Is Key

I like the comfortability of the environment and authenticity of the podcast. The first episode with Annette Whittenberger shows a veteran with great strength and vulnerability. The second one with Trillity shows what pressing through and humility looks like. These two and the others are amazing interviews. Tiffany is setting a great example for all veterans to move forward in and through their transition from the military and to be honest and vulnerable enough to seek out the help and support needed to live life to the fullest!

rah1080 ,

Great host...great show!

Entertaining while 100% honest and completely unscripted.

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Life-changing Stories

Tiffany has arranged an impressive cast of characters to tell life-changing stories, and she is an amazing interviewer! Highly recommend this podcast.

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