24 episodes

After serving in the United States Marine Corps. Ozzie came back home and was never the same. He has struggled with his PTSD for over 10 years now. At one point separating from his wife for over two years and eventually hitting rock bottom to the point of wanting to end it all and just die.
In June of 2015 Ozzie started an Organization dedicated to serving combat wounded veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI. WWW.OPERATIONWETVET.ORG
Ozzie has an AA in Psychology and is currently a full-time college student working on his bachelors degree. He is also a Mindset Coach with The Overcome Army which offers group coaching and one on one coaching in hopes to be able to continue helping individuals to Survive and Thrive after trauma.
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The Post Traumatic Survival Podcast Ozzie Martinez Jr.

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

After serving in the United States Marine Corps. Ozzie came back home and was never the same. He has struggled with his PTSD for over 10 years now. At one point separating from his wife for over two years and eventually hitting rock bottom to the point of wanting to end it all and just die.
In June of 2015 Ozzie started an Organization dedicated to serving combat wounded veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI. WWW.OPERATIONWETVET.ORG
Ozzie has an AA in Psychology and is currently a full-time college student working on his bachelors degree. He is also a Mindset Coach with The Overcome Army which offers group coaching and one on one coaching in hopes to be able to continue helping individuals to Survive and Thrive after trauma.
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    Ep: 24 - Hunter Cayll

    Ep: 24 - Hunter Cayll

    Hunter Cayll was born with a congenital absence of hands and bilateral club-foot, although he has shown resilience and determination in leading a conventional lifestyle. Hunter, like other adolescents, derives pleasure from engaging in various pastimes such as fishing, baseball, and snowboarding. However, during the autumn of 2014, he made the decision to immerse himself in a new athletic pursuit - the realm of competitive shooting. Due to his unwavering commitment and exceptional work ethic, Hunter has been steadily advancing in competitive matches, serving as a source of inspiration for several others along his journey.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep: 23 - Laurel Stucky

    Ep: 23 - Laurel Stucky

    Since she began competing on "The Challenge" on MTV in 2010, Laurel Stucky has established a reputation for being a fierce adversary, and she gained widespread recognition as a result of her success on the show. Laurel was born and raised in Michigan takes her every thing she does very seriously and has a reputation for making people uncomfortable with her forthright and often brusque approach. She takes no b******t from anybody. But her doggedness to achieve success and her ability to trample over any barrier that stands in her way has proven fruitful over the course of several seasons of the successful MTV series. She has gone on to win in the season called "Free Agents" and came in second place in "Rivals." While going though all that Laurel was been dealing with the demons of having her Virginity taken when she was raped in college. This is her first time sitting down and openly talking about all of it.
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    • 2 hr 26 min
    Ep: 22 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Laura Vendetti

    Ep: 22 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Laura Vendetti

    This is my second interview with Laura. Laura Vendetti comes from a long line of combat veterans dating back as far as the American Revolution. Her father and grandfather served in WWII, and her brother was in most every conflict between 1992 and 2006 as a C 17 pilot. While not a veteran herself, she found herself in a fight for her life in 2018 with breast cancer, a diagnosis she first walked out on and went to Europe instead. She firmly believes the warrior mentality she fought with upon returning from the trip came both from her DNA, the principals her father taught her about life, and the combat veterans she serves as a VA volunteer. A hairdresser by trade and a veterans volunteer by passion, she is working on a SUP certification in order to take veterans with TBI out on excursions, as well as a Mermaid Certification for personal fulfillment and the opportunity to bring joy to adults and children alike! In addition to instigating a music program and teaching self-esteem classes to the children of St. Mary’s Home in Mobile, AL for 6 years (that were abused, neglected and abandoned), Laura has emceed a variety of events in the past several years to include Wounded Warriors In Action, Downs Syndrome Society of Mobile, AL, and numerous events for Gulf Coast Blues Society, which she founded. She has given her testimony three times for Victory Health Partners, the clinic that sent her on the path to wellness, and continues to speak on their behalf. She hopes to continue to have those speaking opportunities to educate people about cancer, and available treatments.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep: 21 - Irvin Flores

    Ep: 21 - Irvin Flores

    Ms. Irvin Flores graduated from St. Thomas University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005. Mrs. Flores was published in Volumes I and II of “Women Moving Forward: A Narrative of Resiliency through Migration and Trauma”. She has worked with domestic violence victims, offenders and the chronically mentally ill both in a community mental health and justice involved setting. She encountered veterans who were justice involved in 2010 and focused on ensuring that proper treatment and adjudication was afforded as they navigated through the court system. Mrs. Flore was part of the Miami Dade Returning Veterans Task Force in 2008-2009 and presented in FADAA 2009 and 2012 highlighting the need to provide accurate treatment and resources to veterans suffering from PTSD and mTBI who are justice involved. Mrs. Flores left her position as a Clinical Director to become a re-adjustment counselor and family therapist at the Miami Vet Center in 2012 and she became the Miami Vet Center Director as of 2022. As an integral part of the Miami Vet Center she focuses on quality and empathic care to trauma impacted veterans and family members. She has been recognized on numerous occasions for her drive and dedication to serving Veterans, their families and widows earning special contribution awards during her tenure. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in counselor Education with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as being an AAMFT-AS Candidate.

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    • 59 min
    Ep: 20 - Monica Vera

    Ep: 20 - Monica Vera

    Miami Dade Police Department Crime scene investigator Monica Vera was born in Colombia. Raised here in Miami and wanted to give back to her own community… She has been with the department for 5 years and Crime Scene for over 3. She graduated from the University of Miami, she is certified in forensic photography, fingerprint analysis, and buried bodies Crime Scene processing. Monica teaches the citizens police academy within the department and is also co-teach crime scene photography to their General Investigation Units and Special Victims Bureau.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep: 19 - Barb Allen

    Ep: 19 - Barb Allen

    After losing her husband in a tragedy that rocked the military, Barb struggled with finding her own will to live. Were it not for her love of her four children, she may not have accepted the help that came her way, and Grief may have claimed another victim. But instead, she began to realize her Will was mightier than she’d believed, and she began to turn the table on Grief.
    Today she is an award-winning author, compelling keynote speaker, and co-host of the popular podcast American Snippets.
    Barbara is a firm believer in extracting value from experience, and using that value to create a life that is rich in beauty, no matter the odds. 
    Barb Allen: https://barballenspeaks.com
    Instagram:  @BarbAllenSpeaks
    Facebook: @BarbAllenSpeaks
    Books:
    Front Toward EnemyHow To Woo A Widow
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

1 Mitch ,

Tim - 28 year firefighter

This was absolutely amazing! I’ve shared this with each and every first responder I know! As a 18-year firefighter, now Lieutenant leading men and women through this mess can be so overwhelming! First Responders need to listen and share this. Thank you!

Kenny Mitchell
Chesterfield Va

Hialeah Fire ,

First time listener

Ozzie, I just heard the Pod cast about “Tim”! I thought it was Awsome! I will be listening for sure! Ben E.

Yami Diaz 9 ,

Very Raw, Real, Genuine.

Ozzie has done an amazing job at providing a platform for all of us to really grasp the world of those dealing with PTSD. The interviews come across as genuine, which allows listeners to really feel and relate to each speaker’s experience. A topic that has been stigmatized is finally coming forward in an environment where listeners can now see that they are not alone. They can also see that each experience is different but that there is a way to seek and find help. Keep up the great work Ozzie and thank you for everything you do!!!! Thank you to those who have come forward to speak and share your personal stories with the public. This is not an easy thing to do. Your courage and strength are appreciated.

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