Family Of A Vet - Life After Combat

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Synopsis

Family Of a Vet is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families learn how to cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and life after combat through real-world, plain language education and resources for heroes, families, and communities.

Episodes

  • “Going against the Grain for Veteran and Military Family Health and Wellness”

    “Going against the Grain for Veteran and Military Family Health and Wellness”

    05/08/2014 Duration: 57min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio show host Debbie Sprague, and her guest Pamela Stokes Eggleston. Pamela has a wide and impressive background in a variety of area’s including public policy, criminology, research, and management fields.  She is an accomplished consultant, advisor, writer, and advocate with a wide expertise, and a special passion for veterans caregiver and family matters.  Since 2004, Pamela has been a caregiver for her husband, a three-time Purple Heart recipient who was combat wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom.      We will be discussing alternative programs for vets and military families, Pamela’s work with BSF as a cofounder and Caregiver SME, and her organization Yoga2Sleep. We will also be  looking at PTSD and TBI holistically, and how using yoga can ease PTSD and TBI..   Tune in on Tuesday, August 5,  2014 from 6:30 - 7:30pm CST Listeners are invited to call-in with questions and comments to: 323-657-1470  

  • Relieving Anxiety and Calming Children with Tapping

    Relieving Anxiety and Calming Children with Tapping

    29/07/2014 Duration: 56min

    Many families living with PTSD have children that are suffering from the effects of Secondary Traumatic Stress, and/or have special needs.  Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio show host Debbie Sprague, and her guest Jondi Whitis, EFT Master Trainer, and co-founder of TappingStar.  Jondi will provide information and tools to help you, and your children to deal more effectively with the challenges of living with PTSD. Tune in on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6:30 - 7:30pm CST Listeners are invited to call-in with questions and comments to: 323-657-1470  

  • RECOVERING FROM THE 4TH OF JULY

    RECOVERING FROM THE 4TH OF JULY

    08/07/2014 Duration: 39min

    Did the 4th of July hit your family like a ton of bricks? In this episode we will discuss various ways Veteran  families can help themselves and their Veterans recover from the stress of firework season.   Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show Life After Combat Caregiver Edition on Tuesday, July 8, from 6:30pm-7:25pm CST with show host Maria Evangelista. Listener Call-in number: (323) 657-1470  

  • Fighting the Barriers to Mental Health Care for Veterans

    Fighting the Barriers to Mental Health Care for Veterans

    01/07/2014 Duration: 57min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio show host Debbie Sprague for a moving interview with Howard and Jean Somers.  You may be familiar with their son, Daniel Somers.  He was a CA Army National Guardsman who returned to civilian life from the Iraq war as many of our warriors do, suffering from invisible wounds.  For Daniel it was not only Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, but also Gulf War Syndrome.  His transition to civilian life ended June 10, 2013 when he took his own life, unable to cope any longer with multi-system health issues.  Howard and Jean have made it their mission to address the multiple barriers that kept Daniel from receiving the proper treatment he so desperately needed.  In that process, the Somers hope to ensure that no other veteran or family suffers as theirs have. The Somers have received an invitation to testify at the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on July 10, 2014 in an open session to conduct an oversight hearing on the provision of mental health care to vetera

  • A Stranger in My Bed - Interview with Author Debbie Sprague

    "A Stranger in My Bed" - Interview with Author Debbie Sprague

    24/06/2014 Duration: 01min

    Join us as we continue our month long series for PTSD Awareness Month.  Our show will feature  a replay of a heart to heart discussion with Life After Combat Radio host and author Debbie Sprague about her new book "A Stranger in my Bed:  8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder".  Debbie will share her experience with her husband's battle with PTSD along with tools and support for those caring for our nation's veterans to give them hope, strength, and wellness for their future.  Showtime: June 24, 2014 - 6:30 - 7:30pm CST

  • The Collateral Damage of PTSD  Suicide

    The Collateral Damage of PTSD & Suicide

    17/06/2014 Duration: 57min

    Join Family of a Vet Life After Combat Blog Talk Radio Show, on Tuesday June 17, 2014 for the on-going series for PTSD Awareness Month with show host Debbie Sprague.  Debbie will be discussing the difficult topic of Veterans PTSD, the alarming number of suicides, and the hidden collateral damage to loved one's.  We will also be talking about how you can help to bring greater awareness within your own community, and share specific action steps. Showtime: 6:30 - 7:30 pm CST Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments to: (323) 657-1470

  • New Opera Opens Hearts and Brings New Healing to Combat PTSD

    New Opera Opens Hearts and Brings New Healing to Combat PTSD

    10/06/2014 Duration: 01h01min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio show host Debbie Sprague for an intriguing interview with Tiziana DellaRovere - author, spiritual director, and artist, who has also suffered the effects of combat PTSD. Learn how Tiziana is using a new and truly unique opera, "The Canticle of the Black Madonna: A Soldier's Journey" to provide a powerful portrayal of how Post Traumatic Stress impacts the veteran and the family, and to provide a path toward healing the souls of those wounded by war. The opera will premiere in Portland, Oregon in September and will bring together community partners, service providers on site to provide resources and referrals, followed by a faciliated post-performance discussion. Tune in on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 4:30 -5:30pm CST Listeners are invited to call-in with questions and comments to: 323-657-1470  

  • “Losing Tim” - Army Captain, Ranger, Paratrooper, Moral Injury  Suicide

    “Losing Tim” - Army Captain, Ranger, Paratrooper, Moral Injury & Suicide

    27/05/2014 Duration: 56min

    Join Family of a Vet Life after Combat Radio show host Debbie Sprague for a difficult, and tender hearted interview with Janet Burroway, author of eight novels, numerous plays, musicals and a Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University.  Janet is also the mother of Tim – An Army Captain, Ranger, Paratrooper, and contractor for humanitarian mine removal in Iraq.   After Tim committed suicide, two months after returning home from Iraq Janet wrote a memoir  - “Losing Tim” about her son’s despair, shame, moral injury and suicide, and searches for the answer to the question “why”? Join us for an open and hard look at a young man who succumbed while fighting wars in two theaters, public and private. Showtime: 6:30pm - 7:25pm CST Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments to: (323)657-1470         

  • Welcoming the Season of Change, Celebration, Grief and New Possibilities

    Welcoming the Season of Change, Celebration, Grief and New Possibilities

    20/05/2014 Duration: 59min

    This is the time of year when many families are celebrating life transitions.  Graduations, and Weddings, and are all part of life transitions that bring joy, happiness and loss.  Change is a universal topic, and most people understand that it is a normal part of life.  However, we do not always take the time to fully understand the process of change, and the variety of emotions that we encounter during the transition between what was, and what this new thing will bring.   Join Family of a Vet Life After Combat Blog Radio Show host, Debbie Sprague on Tuesday, May  20, 2014 as she discusses how joy, celebration, anger, fear , grief and new opportunities are all part of the change process.  Listeners will find new ways to embrace life transitions, and open their minds and hearts to new possibilities. Showtime: 6:30pm - 7:30pm CST Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments to: (323) 657-1470  

  • Armed Forces Day - Appreciation for Our Military and Our Military Caregivers

    Armed Forces Day - Appreciation for Our Military and Our Military Caregivers

    13/05/2014 Duration: 54min

    Join Family of a Vet Life After Combat Blog Radio Show host, Debbie Sprague on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 for heart warming and heart breaking stories shared by Military Caregivers Sandra Ownby, Melissa Comeau, and Jennifer Henkel as they share their appreciation for our armed forces, as well as the devoted families that care for them long after their Armed Forces service is finished. Hear about the challenges that these families face, learn their "best advice" for other military caregivers, and understand why being a military caregiver is so gratifying. Showtime: 6:30pm - 7:25pm CST Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments to: (323)657-1470   

  • The Rewards  Challenges of Military Spouses

    The Rewards & Challenges of Military Spouses

    06/05/2014 Duration: 57min

    May is Miltary Spouse Appreciation Month! Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show host, Debbie Sprague and her guest Laura Newcomer on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 , 6:30-7:30pm CST for an insight into three generations of life as a military spouse. Laura's experience began when she was fourteen and her stepfather joined the Navy, and she began the adventure of a lifetime. As a young woman, she married an active duty Navy man, and they had two daughters during his military career. One of her daughters is married to an active duty Airforce man. Laura will share the rewards and challenges of being a military spouse from her own experiences, and also how things have changed for military spouses over the course of three decades. Can't Listen In Live? The show is recorded so you can listen at your convenience. Just return to this link to find the show recording. Listeners are invited to call-in with questions & comments. Telephone: (323) 657-1470    

  • Honoring Our Military Children With Awareness

    Honoring Our Military Children With Awareness

    29/04/2014 Duration: 56min

    April is Military Child Month.  Join Family of a Vet on Tuesday, April 29 as we pay tribute to, and gain more awareness of the Military Children who, just like their parents are serving our country.  Show host Debbie Sprague and guest Debbie Nichols, Founder, and CEO of Military Children’s Collaborative Group, Inc. . We will be exploring how military children might feel different, most military children look like any other child in school, but they have invisible pain.  They also face unique challenges such as feeling isolated and face many challenges when they are separated from their parent during deployments or training.  We will also discuss one of the biggest challenges today, which is identifying where military children are located, and how we can take action to address this problem.  Finally, we will learn ways that you can help improve the military child's life while they are experiencing a separation from their parent. Show Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm CST                   Listener Call-in Number: (323) 6

  • Domestic Violence Experts Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

    Domestic Violence Experts Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

    22/04/2014 Duration: 58min

    Join Family of Vet Blog Talk Radio Show on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm CST.  Show host Debbie Sprague will be joined by six experts from One SAFE Place, an agency that provides domestic and sexual abuse crisis intervention services.  These experts will help listeners to have a better understanding of domestic violence, share available resources across the nation, explain why victims stay, talk about the warning signs, discuss how children are affected, and answer the important question, can abusers change? The show will have important information for those who care about a loved one that may be in an abusive situation, as well providing vital information for those who are currently in an abusive situation.   Listeners are invited to call in with questions to (323) 657 - 1470  

  • Hidden Heroes – Caring for Military  Veteran Families

    Hidden Heroes – Caring for Military & Veteran Families

    15/04/2014 Duration: 55min

    Join Family of a Vet Life After Combat Radio show on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 From 6:30pm – 7:30pm (CST)  for an emotionally packed show with host Debbie Sprague, and her guests Steffanie Smith and Pam Busenius who are Fellows with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Caring for Military Families. Debbie, Steffanie and Pam have just returned from “storming the hill” in Washington DC, and will share their personal stories of caregiving for their veteran, as well as their experiences of sharing the message of our  5.5 million military and veteran “Hidden Hero’s” who are selflessly caring for those who served us.  Listeners are invited to call-in at:  (323) 657-1470  

  • HOPE -The Road to Healing

    HOPE -The Road to Healing

    08/04/2014 Duration: 01h03min

      Join for this weeks Family of a Vet - Caregiver Edition Blog Radio Show on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Host Debbie Sprague will be talking with Doug Kirk, Vietnam Veteran and honorary Chaplain for Family of a Vet.  Doug will be sharing stories and words of  Hope and Healing.  There is a growing and very tragic number of deaths due to  suicide among veterans today.  The lines will be open for listeners who would like to call-in and ask questions of give comments. The call-in number is (323) 657-1470     

  • Addictions  PTSD: Recovery, Hope  Healing

    Addictions & PTSD: Recovery, Hope & Healing

    01/04/2014 Duration: 56min

    Addictions and PTSD often go hand and hand, and can be devastating to members of the military, veterans, and their families.  Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show host Debbie Sprague, and her Guest Brad Long for an insight into this growing problem.  We will also look at the historical and spiritual perspective of addictions, along with a variety of treatment models.  Brad will share tips on how family and caregivers can support their loved one through the recovery process.  Brad Long is a US Navy Veteran, serving in the Persian Gulf Operations, and has extensive training and experience in substance abuse and theological counseling. Tune in on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm CST Listeners are invited to call-in with questions at: 323-657-1470 Can’t listen live?  The show will be recorded, and you can return to this link at your convenience.  

  • Veteran Farming: Tools and Resources for Success

    Veteran Farming: Tools and Resources for Success

    25/03/2014 Duration: 59min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show Host Debbie Sprague, and her Guest Dave Nervo for an informative and inspiring show on Veteran’s farming opportunities.  Our guest  Vietnam Vet, Dave Nervo has a long  history of service to the Veteran population, and is now starting  a new project in Hydroponic gardening.  Dave has an extensive knowledge of programs, resources, funding sources, and training opportunities available for veterans who are interested in exploring the field of agriculture as a career option.  We will also talk about Dave’s personal interest in gardening, and learn about his personal experiences in a variety of gardening and farming projects. Tuesday, March 25, 2014  -   6:30pm – 7:30pm CST Listeners are  invited to call-in with questions to 323-657-1470 Can’t listen to the show live?  The show will be recorded,  you can return to this link at your convenience to listen to the recorded version.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Caregiver Roundtable

    Traumatic Brain Injury Caregiver Roundtable

    18/03/2014 Duration: 01h01min

    The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Traumatic Brain Injuries are common for our returning veterans.  Are you the caregiver, or loved one of a veteran with a Traumatic Brain Injury?  Join us for a roundtable discussion about TBI and strategies to keep your veteran safe and improve overall quality of life.  Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show – Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm CST.

  • VA Home Loans: Will It Work For You? Program Guidelines  Q A

    VA Home Loans: Will It Work For You? Program Guidelines & Q &A

    05/03/2014 Duration: 01h01min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show Life After Combat Caregiver Edition on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 6:30pm-7:30pm CST.  Show host Debbie Sprague, will be interviewing her guest Chris Endress, Professional Mortgage Broker about the most recent guidelines for VA Home Loans.  Chris believes that many people may be surprised to learn about the wide variety of home types, and financial Situations that qualify under today’s guidelines.  Chris will also provide a comparison of VA Home loans and other alternate loan programs, which are currently available, and provide information on VA Interest Rate Reduction Loans.  Debbie will go over frequently asked questions with Chris, and listeners are invited to call-in with questions.   Listener Call-In number: (323) 657- 1470   Have a question that you would like to ask, but can’t call-in?  Give Debbie the question on Facebook, via private message and she will include it on the show.   Can’t Listen Live?  The show will be recorded, and you can return to this

  • Caregiving and Sex - A Reality Check

    Caregiving and Sex - A Reality Check

    26/02/2014 Duration: 01h01min

    Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 for a replay of a very popular show, on a topic that  many are relunctant to talk about. Intimacy is an issue that Family of a Vet has become rather famous for being one of the few who are brave enough to address.  Many caregivers and their spouses aren't able to share, or get support on what really happens in the bedroom when youre juggling physical disabilities, TBI, and/or PTSD. A panel of FOVs "from the trenches" experts will be talking frankly about making love keep working, despite the changes and challenges. Showtime: Tuesday, February 25, 2014      6:30pm - 7:30pm CST  

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