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Welcome to Untold Valor, a podcast with a unique focus on veterans with stories of courage, recovery, perseverance and strength. Listen as veterans share their perspectives on what it's like to battle mental health challenges, combat addictions, and overcome other adversities unique to those who have served. We'll also speak with experts who have valuable experience working with veterans through their recovery journeys. Our mission is to reach veterans with a message of recovery and hope. Untold Valor is made possible by Voice & Vision... Bringing help, hope and healing to individuals, families and communities affected by mental illness, addictions, and disabilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Voice & Vision's work with veterans began with one veteran meeting another who had mental health challenges and was very isolated. The impact of that relationship on both veterans was life-changing, and a mission to expand that work led to CompeerCORPS, a network of military veterans who provide peer mentoring friendships with other veterans. These veterans spend time together each week promoting mental health and substance use recovery through the healing power of camaraderie, support and friendship. Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans' Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Resources: Voice & Vision: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/ CompeerCORPS: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/compeercorps/ #Recovery #WholisticHealth #Community #podcasting #podcasts #podcastcommunity #podcasterthoughts #veterans #camaraderie #support #friendship #mentalhealth #mentoring #UntoldValor #help #hope #healing #individuals #families #communities #mental illness #addictions #disabilities #battle #courage #recovery #perseverance #strength #life #lifechanging #brokenness #willingness #understanding #therapy #communication #thriving #success #negativethoughts #win #openness #suicide #family

Untold Valor: Veterans Recovery in Action Voice & Vision, Inc. & CompeerCORPS

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Welcome to Untold Valor, a podcast with a unique focus on veterans with stories of courage, recovery, perseverance and strength. Listen as veterans share their perspectives on what it's like to battle mental health challenges, combat addictions, and overcome other adversities unique to those who have served. We'll also speak with experts who have valuable experience working with veterans through their recovery journeys. Our mission is to reach veterans with a message of recovery and hope. Untold Valor is made possible by Voice & Vision... Bringing help, hope and healing to individuals, families and communities affected by mental illness, addictions, and disabilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Voice & Vision's work with veterans began with one veteran meeting another who had mental health challenges and was very isolated. The impact of that relationship on both veterans was life-changing, and a mission to expand that work led to CompeerCORPS, a network of military veterans who provide peer mentoring friendships with other veterans. These veterans spend time together each week promoting mental health and substance use recovery through the healing power of camaraderie, support and friendship. Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans' Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Resources: Voice & Vision: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/ CompeerCORPS: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/compeercorps/ #Recovery #WholisticHealth #Community #podcasting #podcasts #podcastcommunity #podcasterthoughts #veterans #camaraderie #support #friendship #mentalhealth #mentoring #UntoldValor #help #hope #healing #individuals #families #communities #mental illness #addictions #disabilities #battle #courage #recovery #perseverance #strength #life #lifechanging #brokenness #willingness #understanding #therapy #communication #thriving #success #negativethoughts #win #openness #suicide #family

    Heroic Gardens: Planting Seeds of Hope for Veterans with Collie Turner

    Heroic Gardens: Planting Seeds of Hope for Veterans with Collie Turner

    Collie Turner is the founder and executive director of Heroic Gardens. This organization has been transforming the lives of veterans through the healing power of plants and nature since 2018. She’s here to share more about the origins of Heroic Gardens, inspired by her familial legacy of military service and a deep-rooted connection to gardening.
    Stay tuned to learn how gardening offers healing benefits, including physical rehabilitation, mental health support, and stress reduction for veterans. We’ll also learn about Heroic Gardens' initiatives, including their award-winning Mission: Windowsill program, and their land transformation projects that have revitalized neighborhoods and fostered a sense of pride and ownership among veterans and their communities. 
    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:35 – Collie’s background + family's military history
    4:10 – The power of gardening for veterans + community impact
    7:53 – How Heroic Gardens operates and engages with veterans
    11:31 – The Mission: Windowsill program
    13:19 – How to get involved as a veteran or volunteer

    COLLIE TURNER

    Founder and Executive Director of the Veteran Service Organization Heroic Gardens in the Philadelphia region. Since 2018, the nonprofit has helped veterans and their families experience the healing power of plants and nature.
    A daughter and granddaughter of veterans and organic gardeners, Collie has always had a deep-rooted connection to her local veteran community and the plant world. Forming this organization has helped bring attention to plants' important role in our mental and physical health.
    Heroic Gardens was named the 2021 Outstanding Programming Recipient from the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network. In 2022, it received a Commendation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Mission: Windowsill program; one of the top 5 programs in the country recognized in partnership with the VA.

    In 2023, the organization assisted over 700 Veterans, had over 280 volunteers, and led over 80 classes helping Veterans connect with plants as an alternative healing therapy. Not everything has to be treated with a pill!

    EPISODE LINKS

    Heroic Gardens
    https://bit.ly/4cHue4o
    Instagram
    https://bit.ly/3PL99fq                                                                                       

    Facebook
    https://bit.ly/3xlTjlj


    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU
    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)
    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS
    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q
    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 20 min
    Finding Strength in Community and Faith with Lena Fowler

    Finding Strength in Community and Faith with Lena Fowler

    We’re excited to welcome Lena Fowler to the show this week. Lena is a decorated United States Navy veteran with 17 years of service, including deployments in Operation Desert Storm and at ground zero in the aftermath of September 11th. She’s here to share her story, from overcoming personal tragedies to facing the challenges of war and transitioning back to civilian life.
    Listen in as Lena talks openly about her experience with PTSD, her journey to seeking help, and the profound impact of community support and faith in her life. Through her work as the Community Outreach Specialist at the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia, Lena exemplifies the power of giving back and empowering others. Her inspiring story serves as a reminder that, even in the darkest times, there is hope and strength to be found in reaching out and supporting one another.
    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:34 - Lena’s experiences in the Navy, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard + her career-ending stroke
    8:00 - Lena’s journey with PTSD
    11:02 – Finding support, both spiritually and through community, when dealing with PTSD
    14:52 – What Lena is doing now with the VMC Center
    16:19 – Lena’s message to veterans who are struggling

    LENA FOWLER

    Lena L. Fowler is a decorated United States Navy Veteran, serving 17 years, including in Operation Desert Storm and at Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11th. Lena is the Community Outreach Specialist at the Veterans Multiservice Center in Philadelphia, where she casts a wide net to build relationships with corporations, organizations, and schools to support military veterans. Lena is a powerful force for good in the community, using her positive attitude and tireless energy to leave no veteran behind. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, and photography. Lena lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is available for freelance assignments and speaking engagements.

    EPISODE LINKS

    The VMC
    https://www.vmcenter.org/
    Guardian Revival
    https://www.guardianrevival.org/non-profit-financial


    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU
    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)
    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS
    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q
    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 21 min
    Hope Amidst Hardship with Chief Joseph Daly

    Hope Amidst Hardship with Chief Joseph Daly

    We are honored to have Joseph Daly on the show with us today. Joseph is the Chief of Police for Springfield Township and a former U.S. Marine, serving two tours in Vietnam. During his time of service, Joseph received a Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Purple Heart. 
    Join us as Joseph reflects on his remarkable journey from the battlefields of Vietnam to a lifelong career in law enforcement. Throughout our conversation, Joseph reflects on the challenges he faced upon returning home and the vital role that camaraderie and seeking help played in his healing process.
    Stay tuned for a powerful reminder that, even in the face of adversity, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.


    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:30 – Joseph’s time in service
    4:16 –Joseph’s battle with survivor guilt + functioning post-traumatic stress
    8:45 – Finding support and closure through connecting with fellow veterans
    10:27 – Joseph’s transition from the military to the police force
    12:58 – Seeking help without hesitation + treating others with kindness
    16:13 – Joseph’s message of hope for our listeners

    JOSEPH J. DALY
    Joseph J. Daly started his career as a police officer in March of 1970 and has served as the Springfield Township Chief of Police since January 2009. Prior to police work, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1969, where he was promoted and served as Combat Field Sergeant. He completed two tours in Vietnam, finishing his last tour as a Weapons Platoon Commander. During his service, Joseph received a Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Purple Heart. 
    Married: For 52 years to Donna, three children; Denis (Wife Amy), Donna Noga (Husband Christopher), and Tracy O’Connell (Husband Paul). Five grandchildren; Olivia Payton Noga, Matthew Joseph Daly, Nicholas Christopher Noga, Allison Paige Daly, and Paul Joseph O’Connell
    Education: Monsignor Bonner High School, FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement-related courses with Temple and Penn State Universities, Carnegie Leadership School, University of Virginia Executive Development, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development course
    Hobbies: Spending time with grandchildren, reading, fishing and physical fitness

    EPISODE LINKS

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
    https://www.va.gov/
    https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/


    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU


    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)


    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS


    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q


    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 19 min
    Getting Back to Your Civilian Self with Marine Andrew Nelson

    Getting Back to Your Civilian Self with Marine Andrew Nelson

    We have a fantastic conversation for you today. We are joined by Andrew Nelson, a Marine Corps veteran who served for 10 years and completed two combat tours. He’s here to discuss his experiences during and after his service, highlighting the challenges he faced and the support systems that helped him navigate through them. 
    From finding purposeful work to seeking therapy and building a support network, Andrew offers valuable insights and advice for fellow veterans. Tune in to hear his inspiring story of courage, recovery, and perseverance, and gain valuable perspective on the transition from military to civilian life.
    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
    0:00 - Intro
    2:03 - Andrew’s decision to join the Marine Corps, experience in the military, and work with the Department of Veteran Affairs
    7:22 – How having a strong support system helped Andrew transition to civilian life
    13:22 – Andrew’s decision to start talk therapy with the VA
    16:24 – Andrew’s involvement with community service and commitment to serving those in need
    19:43 –  Andrew’s advice and recommendations for fellow veterans

    Andrew Nelson
    Andrew E. Nelson was raised in the city of Chester, PA and graduated Chester High School in 2004. At 19 years old he joined the United States Marine Corps. After ten years and two combat tours, Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011, he completed his career as a Staff Noncommissioned Officer in the Marines and was honorably discharged. After the Corps, he began working in government with roles ranging from federal with the Department of Veteran Affairs to local municipalities.
    He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S., and a MBA from Fox School of Business at Temple University. 
    He is the proud father of 3 amazing children--Amoni, Ariya, and Andrew II. His experiences in life have inevitably shaped his perspectives and personal credo to be pro-community. He came back to Delco, purchased his home, and began working to make a difference by sharing his experiences and working to help our communities flourish.

    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU
    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)
    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS
    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q
    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 24 min
    Job Readiness and Beyond with Keith Moore and Danielle Veltri of EDSI

    Job Readiness and Beyond with Keith Moore and Danielle Veltri of EDSI

    We are excited to sit down with Keith Moore and Danielle Veltri from EDSI (Educational Data Systems Incorporated) in today’s show. EDSI is a workforce development company that started in Dearborn, Michigan, and now operates in 30-40 offices across the US. 
    Listen in to learn how EDSI supports veterans in their post-military journey through job placement assistance, training, case management services, and behavioral health advocacy. Keith and Danielle discuss the unique challenges many veterans face when transitioning to civilian life and the importance of having a veteran-focused team to provide support.


    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:                                               
    0:00 - Intro
    1:48 - EDSI’s origin + how they help assist veterans with job readiness 
    3:20 – The importance of having a veteran staff + where you can find EDSI locally and online
    7:01 – Finding meaningful job placements for veterans
    8:12 - Identifying transferable skills for employment + the diverse services provided by EDSI
    13:40 – Dual enrollment in the EDSI program +  taking the first step


    Keith Moore
    Keith Moore, a Business Service Representative, has dedicated 7 years to his role at EDSI. He takes pleasure in utilizing his skills to offer career opportunities to job seekers within the programs. Graduating from Eastern University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management, Keith earned the Distinguished Applied Research Project Award during his time in school. This recognition was granted for his exemplary academic performance and leadership skills in developing a strategic business plan for a nonprofit organization.


    Danielle Veltri
    Danielle Veltri has been with EDSI for 19 years, serving as the Business Services Team Lead at the Delaware County EARN Center. With approximately 30 years in the Social Service field, she has always been driven to help people. Danielle and her team are responsible for recruiting employers willing to hire veteran clients. They host hiring events, encouraging face-to-face conversations rather than just resume submissions. Constantly working to connect great candidates with employers, Danielle finds great happiness when clients share their employment success stories, knowing her team played a role.


    EPISODE LINKS
    EDSI Delaware EARN Center
    https://bit.ly/3HGWLZK

    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU
    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)
    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS
    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q
    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 19 min
    Stronger Together: Veteran Fellowship, Mentorship, and Advocacy with Colonel Arthur L. Jenkins, Jr.

    Stronger Together: Veteran Fellowship, Mentorship, and Advocacy with Colonel Arthur L. Jenkins, Jr.

    Join us for an inspiring episode with Colonel Arthur "Art" L. Jenkins, Jr.  We’ll learn more about his 40-year military journey, from his early enlistment to leading as the Taskforce Medical Commander for Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) in 2021, and what he has learned about veteran hardships along the way. 
    Stay tuned as Art talks about the important role that mentorship played throughout his life and discusses the need for veterans to come together and support one another. Now serving as the Delaware County Director for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in Pennsylvania, he aims to raise awareness about the health and financial benefits available to veterans and their families.
    Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
    0:00 - Intro
    2:22 – Art’s background in the military
    9:36 - The challenges and diverse experiences of military service
    12:38 - Connecting veterans with the right resources
    21:27 – Art’s new role at the Delaware County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs


    Colonel Arthur L. Jenkins, Jr.

    "Art" completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and graduated from Reserve Component Officer Candidate School. Commanding the 2290th United States Army Hospital in Washington D.C., he was appointed as Commander of the Department of Defense's largest Wounded Warrior Company for Reservists and National Guardsmen.  Art served as the Mobilization Medical Officer for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command and led the 1493rd Combat and Operational Stress Control Battalion, co-authoring the SWAT concept for stress reduction among Servicememembers and their families.
    After Resident War College, he became Deputy Commander of the Innovation Army and Applications Group. In 2021, as the Taskforce Medical Commander for Operation Allies Welcome, he aided in resettling over 50,000 Afghan Allies in the U.S. and oversaw significant clinical operations during the COVID pandemic.
    His accolades include the Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with Bronze Device (2). Art, the only Medical Geneticist in the Army Reserves, contributed significantly to education and STEM initiatives, completing an advanced curriculum at the Howard University School of Medicine. He is married to Nicole and has four children. 


    EPISODE LINKS

    The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
    https://www.delcopa.gov/vetaffairs/index.html


    Delaware County Veterans ID Discount Program
    https://www.delcopa.gov/vetaffairs/discountprogram.html

    RESOURCES

    Need immediate help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line via phone, text or online chat. Dial 988 then Press 1 or text 838255 or use the online chat at https://bit.ly/3OunXzg

    Voice & Vision: https://bit.ly/3miwFoy

    CompeerCORPS: https://bit.ly/3GgKryU
    Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://bit.ly/40PtrrN or call 877-222-8387 (M-F 8am-8pm EST)
    To apply for veteran’s benefits and find resources in Pennsylvania veterans need to contact their County Office of Veterans Affairs as listed in this document: https://bit.ly/3m8PBWS
    View more about PA’s resources for veterans:  https://bit.ly/416cf0Q
    Financial support for Untold Valor is provided by a Veterans’ Trust Fund grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

    • 28 min

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