Veterans Day is meaningful and impactful. To those who served, those who didn’t and those who lived through the service with those who did, this day is one of several days throughout the year that military service is honored and respected.

But how much do you really know about that service? What, specifically, do you know about a service member’s experiences? In order to truly honor the service of those who have sacrificed to defend our country’s freedom, maybe it would be beneficial for you to take some time to develop a deeper understanding of what veterans experienced during their time in the military.

To help with that, I thought I’d share with you a selection of podcasts that could assist in a deeper understanding. I’m the host of a show on the Change Your POV Podcast Network. This is a network of shows, all on the same podcast channel, that helps veterans in all aspects of transition. Whether it’s daily motivation, getting your mind right, remembering where you came from, playing hard, getting the job, or making a job, each of the shows have a different focus on what it means to truly transition out of the military. At the same time, it helps those who have never served, but support service members, truly understand the impact of military service.

Every Monday, the hosts release a short show talking about a particular quote, and how it applies to them. In this episode of Motivation Monday, Bennett Tanton shares a quote from one of our most iconic (and divisive) generals, George S. Patton:


Every Tuesday, we release a show hosted by me, also called Head Space and Timing. On the show, we talk about what we talk about on the blog: the need to get your head right before you try to tackle anything else. Don’t do it backwards…trying to get a job or repair a relationship while we don’t have things set right in our own head is counterproductive. One of the best episodes, which shows how people are trying to bridge the divide between veterans and those who haven’t served, is my interview with Bryan Doerries and the Theater of War project.


On Wednesdays, our resident Operator, Special Forces Veteran Jeff Adamec, shares his thoughts on how to revive the warrior spirit and remember where we came from by sharing his thoughts on military history and the impact of those who have gone before. While Jeff has some really great episodes of the Changing Hearts and Minds show, including this one where he and I talked about my personal hero Rick Rescorla, this episode talking about Medal of Honor Recipient Jason Dunham is a great introduction to his show:


On the Change Your POV Network, we not only work hard, we play hard, too. And we don’t just talk about integration, but we demonstrate it, too. Andrew McDowell, the host of our Thursday show, Neophyte In The Woods, is not a veteran, but hangs out with us anyway. He focuses on outdoorsmanship, conservation, and his appreciation for military service and those who have served. On this episode, he has another of our hosts and his daughter on the show. Want to know what happened? You’ll have to hunt (pun intended) for the next episode.


Along with playing hard, we certainly deal with some serious business. The first show in the network, ATTACK  Fridays, is a show co-hosted by Eddie and Bennett. A show that was released on 10 November 2017, however, will give listeners a clear understanding of what veterans experience in combat. Eddie interviews a brother in arms, Chris Badilla, about the first battle of Sadr City, also known as Black Sunday, and the National Geographic miniseries, The Long Road Home.


Finally, to round out the week, we have a show focused on entrepreneurial endeavors and growing your business, Remove Before Flight, hosted by Air Force veteran Kevin Fairbanks. On this episode, Kevin interviews Diana Rau, one of the co-founders of Veterati.



There you have it. All you need to know about veteran transition, in one place. One podcast. You don’t have to hunt for the fun, the work, the history, the motivation, and the discussion about veteran mental health…we’ve done it for you. Take some time this weekend, as you’re travelling, working, playing, to listen to each of these episodes. It will take some time, sure…but it will also be worth much more than a brief, “Thank You For Your Service.”

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Duane France

Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.