Untold Valor: Veterans Recovery in Action

Untold Valor: Veterans Recovery in Action

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


March 30, 2023 14 min

On episode ten of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Captain Ricardo Byrdsong. Captain Byrdsong served in the Navy for over three decades, and he shares his story with us, touching on some of the challenges he faced during and after his military service.

We delve into several topics in this episode, including the hidden challenges of being deployed, the importance of military benefits, and the challenge of retiring early from t...

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Welcome to episode nine of Untold Valor. In this episode, we’ll be hearing from Army veteran Jonathan Bittner. Jonathan spent significant time deployed to the war in Afghanistan where he witnessed a wide array of difficult circumstances.

Listen to this episode to hear about one of Jonathan’s unique bodyguarding assignments and how he processed the trauma of combat and losing friends in battle.

Don’t miss an important part of the epis...

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Welcome to episode eight of Untold Valor. In this episode, we’re joined by Donald “Tate” Carter, who served in the Air Force from 1988-1992 as a Production control specialist in Civil Engineering classification.

As a very active and athletic young man, Donald was shocked when he was diagnosed with asthma and high blood pressure in 1991. In this episode, Donald opens up about how these physical conditions impacted his time in service...

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On episode seven of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Commander Jermaine Wilson, a retired Navy Supply Corps Officer with more than 20 years of dedicated service.

For Commander Wilson, serving in the military is essentially a family tradition. In fact, his father and all three of his siblings are Navy veterans with more than 90 years of service between the five of them.

During our conversation, Commander Wilson shares some of the most im...

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Welcome to episode six of Untold Valor, where we have the privilege of sitting down with John Sheaffer, a veteran of the Army’s 82nd Airborne and formerly Delaware County’s Director of Military and Veterans Affairs. Through his own experiences, John is able to provide clear examples of the difficulties that military veterans often face when attempting to readjust to civilian life after serving in combat. 

Despite grappling with his ...

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In this episode of Untold Valor, Darryl Howell, a former Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, talks about mental health stigmas in the military, the importance of mentorship, and how personal relationships can help overcome destructive behaviors. With 30 years of service in the Navy, Darryl reflects on the challenges faced by soldiers, including being away from family for extended periods and the impact it has on mental health.

As a...

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In this episode of Untold Valor, we’re honored to have Reverend Benjamin Nelson as our guest. Reverend Ben, who regularly hosts the podcast with Marc, shares with us his experience in the Navy and the Marines. He opens up about his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse and tells us how he turned his life around.

Join us for this great story of triumph and for a reminder that no matter how dark things may seem, there's always a ...

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On episode three of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, we’ll hear again from Roy Remone, the volunteer coordinator with CompeerCORPs, an organization that connects veterans with other veterans in recovery. In this episode, we’ll delve into the background of CompeerCORPS, how it works, and its importance in helping veterans overcome their struggles.

Roy explains his role in identifying particular veterans in need who often g...

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Welcome to episode two of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, where we’re thrilled to have Roy Remone share his personal story of struggle, survival and eventual triumph into a life of leadership and service. In this episode, Roy recounts his journey from facing a difficult decision of either joining the military or going to jail as a young man, to overcoming traumas and addictions, and eventually becoming a valuable asset ...

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On the first installment of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, CEO Valerie Melroy will teach you about the organization’s origin, how it led to the founding of CompeerCORPS and a mission to specifically help veterans in the community.

Valerie is joined by co-host Marc Killian and the Director of Compeer and CompeerCORPS, Olga Kobb. Olga describes how their program is designed for veterans to help each other and you’ll also ...

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A quick introduction to the Untold Valor Podcast by Voice & Vision. Hosted by Valerie Melroy, CEO of Voice & Vision, and Olga Kobb, Director of Compeer and CompeerCORPS at Voice & Vision.


Voice & Vision: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/

CompeerCORPS: https://voiceandvisioninc.org/compeercorps/

Information on how to apply for VA Healthcare Benefits from anywhere in the USA: https://www.va....

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