VOAV Podcast - Voice Of A Veteran

VOAV Podcast - Voice Of A Veteran

Voice Of A Veteran was founded by Heston Russell, a former Special Forces Commander, in order to provide a platform to discuss those conversations that we have been hiding from. Vulnerability, Authenticity, Courage & Character - all will be tested as listeners are taken through experiences from Special Forces missions around the world, to contemplating suicide and deconstructing the physical, mental and emotional resilience that has enabled each guest to succeed and fail in their lives. If you are struggling with purpose, identity, or understanding of how to unlock your true potential; you’ll hear from people who have achieved greatness or fallen from such a height - then tune in to take away the lessons on offer. #VOAV


August 20, 2021 72 min

There’s a difference between getting told “you can do it” and actually getting the mental image of yourself in that place. The mindset required to achieve elite levels of high performance, isn’t for the faint hearted. It was just 10 years ago that Heston took the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard over to Afghanistan and today in a slightly different circumstance - they sit down together again and bring a refreshing conversation of ...

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Join VOAV team Heston Russell & Sam Asser (on Mumma Russell’s back deck) for a new podcast episode and conversation on creating boundaries - time and space for High Performance.


This episode was inspired by a question sent in from Kimmsy - So thank you for sending in your questions and keep em coming.


In this episode we discuss;


- Ways to stay intrinsically grounded

- Importance of creating time & space in serv...

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With everything going on in the Veteran community, our team moves fast. The inspiration came on Sunday night to stop, drop and record a podcast on the lounge room floor between event planning and posting pins. 

Sam joins Heston on the episode to have your questions answered and to offer you the latest updates on VOAV.


They discuss:

  • Barriers, Blocks & The Definition of Community
  • Testing the Layers of Resilience for Selectio...
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    In this episode Heston is joined by his wing woman and VOAV engine room Sam Asser. They are currently on the road (in a hotel room in Canberra) and decided to discuss the last couple of (chaotic) weeks in VOAV, reflect on ANZAC Day and Sam’s civilian perceptions — Whilst also accidentally diving into a mental fitness session with Heston on identity ruptures and receiving love.

    They Unpack:

    - VOAV being on the road for the last c...

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    April 23, 2021 112 min

    This week we are re-sharing an episode from the Life on the Line Podcast. Heston’s episode with Alex has had some incredible feedback that we wanted to share it with the VOAV community as well.

    In this episode you get to know Heston, the man behind the media. From where his journey began — the trials, tribulations, achievements and transformations. The times that saw him hit his absolute greatest personally and professionally, and...

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    In this episode Heston chats to Dan about his book Courage on Fire. 

    As a self confessed non-reader of books, Heston finished Courage to Fire within 3 days -  butchering it with a highlighter and page folds in the process. Appreciating every ounce of honesty, authenticity and relatability that it offered.

    Without giving away all the juicy parts (that you need to go and read for yourself). They dissect some key topics from the boo...

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    This episode demonstrates humility, responsibility and the importance of being your authentic self in service and out. Dan Keighran VC is someone leading the way in representing exactly that. The mateship that keeps him grounded alongside his true desire to effect change, Dan talks openly about the ways he maintains and stays true to being just a normal bloke, committed to helping others.


    They dive into topics like: 

  • What was ...
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    April 2, 2021 47 min

    An Ambush is a surprise attack on someone and Heston goes in for the kill with this one - Pap gets caught in  the authenticity ambush, but comes out alive - only after the walls close in on him during Heston’s question interrogation rampage.


    Safe to say we now know way more than we probably should, about the man, the myth, the fitness legend Andrew Pap.


    We know he is a sucker for a block of Kit-Kat, Sleeps on his back, snor...

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    In this episode Heston sits down with Andrew Pap - Self made warrior of mindset, perspective, discipline and fitness - Founder of Everyday 365.

    To Heston’s surprise, physical fitness was just a byproduct to the depth and substance of self and situational awareness that Pap offers the world. Physical fitness is his vehicle to transcend others to lives of service with appreciation of their own unique strengths and weaknesses along t...

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    March 19, 2021 28 min

    Heston and Scotty are back on the rooftop and this episode is like listening to a conversation between the boys that you aren’t supposed to hear. Heston gets pulled up on making excuses and playing victim to his own mental and physical health game. It is a provoking episode that will help you unlock the reminders you need in your own mental and physical health and inspire you into positive action. They discuss:

  • Personal self asse...
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    March 12, 2021 43 min

    In this episode Heston Russell sits down with former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, AC. During this very open conversation they talk on transitioning from duty & service and in particular from Tony’s political perspective and personal experience.

    They draw and discuss parallels between both of their unique experiences - in the military and parliament - with authentic accounts spanning personal and professional refle...

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    March 5, 2021 72 min

    People from all walks of life experience the struggles of life transitions, mental health hurdles and coming to terms with who you are at your true core in order to show up to life authentically. 

    Heston sits down with Australia’s greatest olympian Ian Thorpe to discuss his Journey to Authenticity.


    They get real on:  

  • Transitions in life 
  • Having a superior mindset
  • Why practise is key
  • Mental Health in young people
  • A journey throug...
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    During the Christmas & New Year’s period Heston travelled around the country connecting with politicians, Veterans, families and everyday Australians. He found that there was a lot of emotion coming out and he used that time to ground some truth and unravel a lot of his own personal spiral during his transition from the military. 


    Join Heston & Scotty in this episode as they open up and dive into some key topics such as...

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    February 19, 2021 47 min

    Heston & Scotty get back on the mic and reflect on the back end of 2020 and refocus in on what’s next. Join them as they discuss:


    - The simple life, that was deployment

    - Impacts, anxieties and influence of your environment

    - Self sabotage at it’s best

    - Seeking and accepting responsibility

    - “On the ground”

    - Lessons on balancing life and increasing productivity

    - Border closures

    - Self help & the daily renewabl...

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    This episode was such a key conversation in helping Heston to draw out lived experiences in the Military, that we wanted to share it with you here. 

    Heston was interviewed for The Lead Wasps Podcast with David Ure, and they took on a deep dive conversation about 

  • Life in Service
  • Leadership and planning
  • Outside the Wire
  • Mateship and Bromance
  • Special forces
  • Career highlights
  • Suicide ideation 
  • The Brereton report
  • Cultural Change
  • Let us know...

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    February 12, 2021 35 min

    Failings in culture are failings in leadership, with all the conversations in 2020 focused around Culture & Leadership (or lack there of) - Heston and Scotty sat down to discuss their lived experience and the exact needs for consideration within these moving forward.

    They discuss:

    - Warrior culture

    - Lazy Leadership

    - The Modern Warrior

    - Alpha Males

    - Females in Special Forces

    - Layers of Culture, Leadership and Diversi...

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    February 12, 2021 31 min

    2020 provided an abundance of complex and confusing times for our Veteran community and the wider Australian public.

    In this episode Heston & Scotty spend time unboxing some very key messages and Veteran support systems.

    VOAV is here to support and activate all the people of Australia - to make and take the action that is needed - it all begins with education and understanding.

    They unbox:

  • Loss of Purpose and Identity - und...
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    February 5, 2021 51 min

    Join Heston and Scotty in this episode as they zero in on Scotty’s recent injury that saw his identity crushed.

    Scotty openly shares the mental, physical and emotional journey it took to not throw it all in and instead navigate another one of life’s challenges with authenticity and cheeky bio hacks.

    They dive into:

    - Purpose & Identity

    - Depression & Mental Fitness

    - Navigating the times when your mind goes quiet

    - Li...

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    January 29, 2021 57 min

    The end of 2020 was a chaotic sprint, with the Brereton report being in the spotlight and Heston taking the action needed to defend the backs of our Veteran community.

    In this episode (with a few deep inhales and exhales) Scotty helps Heston to unpack what life has been like behind the scenes.

    This one is fully loaded:

  • Authentic purpose and service outside of self
  • Quality Leadership
  • Overwhelming support from the Australian public
  • E...
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    Get ready to properly meet and Scott Evennett, the former Commando and co-host of the Voice Of A Veteran Podcast.

    In this episode Heston and Scotty take on a conversation with questions Heston has never asked Scotty before.

    They take you on the highs and lows of Scotty’s journey and will have you considering your own values and purpose in life.

    They explore:

  • Responsibility Vs Entitlement
  • Path Finding and Finding
  • Purpose Assumptio...
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