Michael “Rod” Rodriguez is a retired Special Forces Green Beret with nine deployments, from his first in Somalia with 10th Mountain Division to his last in Afghanistan with 7th Special Forces Group. His last assignment as a Green Beret was as a Sniper Instructor at Fort Bragg, NC (Range 37). After 21 years of continuous service, he was medically retired for numerous injuries he received while in service to our great nation.
He comes from a military family, his Grandfathers served during WWII, and his father is a Vietnam Veteran. His wife retired recently after 21 years in the U.S. Army, and his eldest son is currently serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and recently returned home from Afghanistan, marking the 16th deployment for the Rodriguez Household. He advocates for Veterans and their families and speaks publicly on the need to decrease the misunderstanding between civilians and the military. He is an active advocate for Art and the impact it has on everyone’s lives; he practices his very own in the form of metalwork and blacksmithing.
In this Episode, you will learn:
- Kelly and Rod’s background
- The importance of memorials in remembrance
- Required changes to the Commemorative Works Act to build the memorial
- Getting input on the development of the monument
- Multigenerational aspect of service
- Four tenets of the memorial:
- Empowerment through Education and Engagement
- Memorials are for all veterans, not just the veterans whose service is memorialized
- Transitioning from awareness of veteran mental health to acceptance of veteran mental health
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