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Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is a national 501(c)(3) public charity that devotes all its energy and resources to supporting the men and women wounded in combat who were awarded the Purple Heart medal. WWIA supports these phenomenal Heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities at no cost to them. We do this to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

WWIA Podcast Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

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Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is a national 501(c)(3) public charity that devotes all its energy and resources to supporting the men and women wounded in combat who were awarded the Purple Heart medal. WWIA supports these phenomenal Heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities at no cost to them. We do this to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

    Episode 37: Veteran Entrepreneurs-Interview with Brett Baker of VAUSA

    Episode 37: Veteran Entrepreneurs-Interview with Brett Baker of VAUSA

    WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel continues his veteran entrepreneur series as he welcomes Brett Baker to the program. Brett is a retired Army Ranger, husband, father of two, and the co-founder and visionary of VAUSA. VAUSA creates meaningful jobs and community for military families through strategically building remote teams for veteran and faith-based businesses. VAUSA prioritizes people over profits, believes in using their business as a ministry, and is passionate about using their God-given gifts to serve others. Brett's other passions include mentoring transitioning veterans, homeschooling his two children, and running a homestead just outside of Savannah, Georgia.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 36: On Leadership and Mentors-Interview with Major General (Retired) Douglas Crissman

    Episode 36: On Leadership and Mentors-Interview with Major General (Retired) Douglas Crissman

    We have an exceptional episode for you today as WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel welcomes a close friend and a true American Patriot to the podcast, General Douglas Crissman. Doug is a West Point graduate, having served more than 33 years in the Army, retiring as a Major General in 2021. Doug earned a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, taught on the faculty at West Point, served two tours in the Pentagon, and was the senior U.S. Army officer assigned to the British Army.
    An Eagle Scout, former Scoutmaster and avid outdoorsman, Doug enjoys hunting, hiking, and backpacking and recently completed several hundred miles on the Appalachian Trail. Since retiring from the Army, Doug divides his time and energy between helping to raise the next generation of Army leaders as an Army Senior Mentor, providing corporate leadership development to Fortune 500 companies as a Senior Advisor with Thayer Leadership, strategic advising as an independent consultant, and sharing his passion for the outdoors as an Assistant Manager for an outdoor gear store in Northern Virginia where he now resides.
    Although a recent member of the WWIA Board of Directors, he has been involved with the growth and development of the Foundation since its inception in 2007 and looks forward to helping guide it’s continued progression to Honor, Connect, and Heal our Nation’s combat-wounded, Purple Heart recipients.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 35: WWIA 2023 Year In Review

    Episode 35: WWIA 2023 Year In Review

    2023 is in the books, and it has been another outstanding year of serving, honoring, and changing the lives of America’s combat-wounded veterans. On this first episode of the New Year, WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel provides us with WWIA’s year in review. John gives an overview of the Foundation’s mission throughout 2023, including some of the year’s highlights, as well as what’s in store for the upcoming year.
    Over the past 17 years, it has been and remains a high honor and privilege to partner with so many incredible patriotic Hosts, Guides, Volunteers, Donors, Supporters, and remarkable communities across North America to bring Honor, Connection, and Healing to our Heroes. We move into 2024 with anticipation and gratitude, and we hope that the new year will bring you blessings, health, and happiness!
     
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    • 39 min
    Episode 34: Interview with Purple Heart Hero John Samuels

    Episode 34: Interview with Purple Heart Hero John Samuels

    WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel recorded this episode on location at WWIA’s Northern Healing Center, Camp Hackett, in Phillips, Wisconsin. This recording was done at the conclusion of the 17th Annual Camp Hackett event in late October of 2023 and features one of the remarkable Purple Heart Heroes that attended the event, Mr. John Samuels. John is a proud patriot and Marine Corps veteran having served from 2001 to 2005. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 20 years and they share 4 incredible children together. John continues to serve others long after his military career concluded, always seeking to give back to those in need. This episode gives you a unique look inside one of WWIA’s missions on the ground level and in real time from the perspective of a Hero attending the event. We appreciate John sharing his story with us, and it’s a great and entertaining episode that we are proud to share with you.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 33: Interview with Eric Martinez, Owner and CEO of Pursuit Energy

    Episode 33: Interview with Eric Martinez, Owner and CEO of Pursuit Energy

    WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel welcomes Mr. Eric Martinez. Eric is the Owner & CEO for Old Dogs New Tricks, LLC - a product development and marketing company that owns a portfolio of consumer-packaged goods products that includes energy drinks (Pursuit Energy), energy shots & powders, ready-to-drink & packaged coffee, beef and game jerky and dog treats all sold under the Pursuit brand.
    Before becoming an entrepreneur, Eric worked in a private equity firm as a managing director with oversight over certain portfolio companies. During his career, Eric held senior executive positions in various privately held and private equity owned companies including ProCare Automotive Service Solutions, Leo Burnett USA, Outboard Marine Corporation and Favorite Brands International. Early in his career, he held executive and management positions within publicly held companies including IMC Global, General Electric (GE Plastics), Amoco Corporation, and Ernst & Young.
    Eric earned a Master of Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is a CPA. He currently resides in Wisconsin with his wife Becky and two heelers, Harley & Buehl.
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    • 55 min
    Episode 32: Veteran Entrepreneurs-Interview with Charlie Buntin of Cigars on the Boulevard

    Episode 32: Veteran Entrepreneurs-Interview with Charlie Buntin of Cigars on the Boulevard

    WWIA Founder and CEO, John McDaniel, welcomes Mr. Charlie Buntin to the WWIA Podcast. Charlie is a veteran entrepreneur, a retired Army Major, having proudly served our country from 2004 through 2016. Charlie began his military journey as a former member of the Tennessee Army National Guard, before attending the University of Tennessee at Martin where he commissioned through ROTC as a 2LT in the Army Engineer Corps. In 2005 he deployed with the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq. Charlie also served with the 1st Infantry Division, the Delta Company 35th Engineer Battalion 1st Engineer Brigade, and the 2nd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq. Charlie also served as an instructor of the ROTC program at Middle Tennessee State University for 3 years before returning to Fort Hood for his final assignment as a member of 3rd Corps HQ. His awards include the Bronze Star medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal 1 oak leaf cluster, Joint Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge.  Charlie is the co-owner of Cigars on the Boulevard, a veteran-owned premium cigar bar and lounge located in Apollo Beach, Florida.
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    • 46 min

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