315 – Lynn Rolf – Program Director for the VFW

315 – Lynn Rolf – Program Director for the VFW

I consider this a follow-up to number 314 which dropped on October 20, 2022 (https://oscarmikeradio.com/314-jesse-james-dupree-everyone-can-make-an-impact/). I was given the opportunity to learn more about the VFW’s UnMet Needs Program. VFW Program Directory Lynn Rolf helped set up the interview with Jesse James Dupree and as we were talking, I came to realize that a lot goes on behind the scenes. Lynn took the time to talk with me and share what the VFW does when it comes to helping Veterans.

Lynn was a military police commissioned officer in the Army.
After he left the Army, Lynn went back home where he got connected with the VFW. It was there that he discovered a new purpose after his military service.

Currently, Lynn is the Director of Programs at the Veteran for Foreign Wars at the national level. Lynn was able to share how the UnMet Needs program has helped Veterans, and as you will see how the program left a lasting impact on his life.

Go to https://www.vfw.org/assistance/financial-grants to learn more and apply. Thank you for talking with me Lynn, glad to know we like similar types of music!


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Walter and Pat – Abington, MA WWII Veterans

Walter and Pat – Abington, MA WWII Veterans

Abington Massachusetts Veterans Service Officer Adam Gunn reached out to me about interviewing two brothers who served during World War Two. Pat, “Skinny”, who is 101 years old and his brother Walter who is 99 years old grew up and served out of Abington, Massachusetts.

Walter served in Military Police in the Army. Skinny was a Supply Depot Manager in the Marine Corps. Skinny is the oldest person and Marine that I have ever had on Oscar Mike Radio.

Joining us was Massachusetts State Representative Allyson Sullivan who grew up in Abington and knows these Veterans well.

This story is unique that two brothers served in different branches, in different parts of the world and then came home and made lives for themselves after World War Two.

Thank you, Adam Gunn and State Representative Allyson Sullivan, for putting together my time with Walter and Skinny. World War Two Veterans are a treasure, and I appreciate how you both work to preserve the legacy they built for us.



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310 – Brothers in Healing

310 – Brothers in Healing

Note: This conversation contains mature subject matter and language about PTSD and the effects of PTSD.

I want to start off with a thank you to Paula Anne of Ablaze Entertainment for introducing me to Chris and Woody. I am proud to support those who are first responders, EMS, and law enforcement personally and as Oscar Mike Radio.

Chris and Woody have over four decades of law enforcement experience. They came on Oscar Mike Radio to talk about how PTSD affects Law Enforcement. Over the course of their career, situations they experienced started to take their toll on them and negatively impacted their lives

Knowing they needed help, Chris and Woody went to Deer Hollow Recovery and Wellness to get help for their trauma. After going through treatment, they were committed to helping their fellow Law Enforcement brothers and sisters avoid a permanent end to temporary problems. And so, Brothers in Healing was formed to get immediate aid to those in need. You can go to https://brothersinhealing.com/ – to find out more and support Chris and Woody’s mission.



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307– F.E.A.R Part One – Not A Lion, Not Even a Sheep

307– F.E.A.R Part One – Not A Lion, Not Even a Sheep

Sean Carnell is a Marine Corps Veteran. He has borne the cost of serving our country physically and in spirit. Seeing how the cost of service affected his fellow Marines and friends he started looking for a way to make a change so Veterans wouldn’t have to go through what he is still going through daily.

How does Sean Whalen fit into all this? Sean Whalen, amongst other things, runs the apparel company, Lions not Sheep. In 2016, he told a bunch of people including Sean Carnell that they had won a trip to Utah to go on an outdoor trip.

Sean Carnell and other Veterans were excited to get to go on a trip where they could relax and enjoy the company of a person, who at the time, was having a lot of success with his brand, Lions not Sheep. Sean Whalen never came through. Recently the FTC assessed a $211,335.00 judgment against Sean Whalen for making his apparel in China, then ripping out the tags and sewing made-in-America tags inside his apparel. We got a real American hero here folks. (Sarcasm intended for full effect).

Some might say Sean Whalen’s lack of follow-through is not a big deal. Quit whining, quit complaining, but to a Veteran suffering from PTSD, it is another promise broken, it raises questions if anyone truly cares. It was at this point in 2016 that Sean said enough is enough. Maybe others wouldn’t follow through on what they said, but he would, and now F.E.A.R. is underway.

You can reach out to Sean directly at sean.c@veteran.me

Watch the video from 2016 – https://www.facebook.com/721249559/videos/10154535711619560/

Read the FTC’s Action on Lions Not Sheep

Federal Trade Commission Finalizes Action Against “Made in USA” Offender Who Ripped “Made in China” Tags Out of Apparel, Replacing Them with “Made in USA” Tags | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)



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306 – Lakeydra Houston – MST Survivor and Advocate

306 – Lakeydra Houston – MST Survivor and Advocate

Lakeydra joined the Air Force as a Military Police MOS. She is a Military Sexual Trauma Survivor

This story is about holding leadership responsible, so this does not happen to the service members who follow us. Lakeydra talks about fighting through the betrayal of what happened to her, and the resilience needed to become an advocate for those who are going through military sexual trauma. She started K.EY. (Knowledge, Empowerment, Y-Unity) to continue serving Veterans.

Lakeydra is a panelist for The Veteran Counseling Veterans – Military Sexual Trauma Conference. The conference is from August 26-27.

There is still time to get tickets to this event. Thank you, Lakeydra, for talking with me, the work you are doing



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