About Today’s Guest:

JJ Pinter is the Executive Director of Team Red, White, and Blue. As Team RWB’s 2nd employee, he has played a key role the development, growth, and operation of the organization. JJ works closely with board members, staff, and volunteer leaders to ensure the delivery of excellent programs that deliver impact. He provides strategic guidance in addition to building and managing critical partnerships.

JJ is a West Point graduate and combat veteran, serving as a Field Artillery officer. After his military service, he held both leadership and analytical positions in the construction, defense and medical industries. He currently resides outside Louisville, KY with his wife and 3 kids, where he loves to coach youth sports and be outdoors with his family.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • JJ’s background and experience
  • Shifting from corporate culture to the veteran support space
  • Beginning of Team RWB
  • Team RWB Programs
  • Impact of RWB’s core mission on mental health
  • Quantifying the value of wellness
  • A benefits-centric transition mindset compared to a well-being centric mindset
  • Keys to successful transition:
    • Fitness
    • Friendship
    • Community Activities
  • Transactional transition versus Transformation transition
  • Self-agency in transition
  • Giving veterans what they want rather than what organizations think they need
  • Resisting the idea that military service is something that needs to be recovered from
  • Journal Article: Team Red, White & Blue: a community-based model for harnessing positive social networks to enhance enrichment outcomes in military veterans reintegrating to civilian life
  • RWB as an outcomes-based organization
  • The Enriched Life Scale
  • Integrating mental health into transition
  • Eagle Nation Podcast
  • Soling problems at the lowest level with the least resources required
  • Using data to back up results

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Team RWB Web Site

Eagle Nation Podcast

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JJ Pinter on Social Media:





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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.