This is part seven of Operation Giving Back and Operation TP Pyramid with music promoter Michelle Baxter and the State Commander for the VFW, Brian Walker.
Both fundraisers are part of Tennessee VFW Commander Brian Walker’s outreach for 2021-2022.
Seeing the fundraisers come to fruition after setbacks from COVID-19 has been the result of a lot of effort, teamwork, and collaboration between Veterans and Civilian Groups.
We all want to thank Alan and Hoshall (http://www.allenhoshall.com/) for doing the work to put together the toilet paper pyramid on Saturday, April 9th at the Collierville VFW.
It has been a privilege and honor to talk about this work over the last seven days. I came to realize that these seven stories only scratch the surface of all the work and contributions from others to see this event come to life. I am looking forward to tomorrow.
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Chris Turner is a Marine Veteran who is a rising Country Music Star. He is working with the Department of the VFW in Tennessee and the Crosswinds Foundation to launch the Freedom Tour. This is more than just a concert. It is the means to give people the tools they need to help others with Moral Injury and PTSD.
The Freedom Tour launches April 30th at the Bold Patriot Brewery Nashville, TN.
This is Part Three of a Five Part series about Irreverent Warriors in Tennessee. Part One was with Bobbi Smith – Taylor from Chattanooga, and Part Two was with Zack Jenkins from Nashville, Tennessee.
I met Nick Sawall earlier this year in a short trip to Nashville. In talking with Nick, he told how me how important Irreverent Warriors was to him at certain points in his life. The aspect of camaraderie is the foundation for the outreach Irreverent Warriors does. Nick has lived this and found it works.
Nick has worked hard to prepare for this event. The number of sponsors and volunteers that are supporting the 2020 Memphis Hike speaks to the effort Nick and his team have done for this hike.
Andrew Farrer reached out to me on Instagram about coming on Oscar Mike Radio. Come to find out he had met Scott Libby who has been on Oscar Mike Radio and asked if I would talk with him about the Nashville, TN Silkies Hike.
Irreverent Warriors was founded by Captain Donny O’Malley USMC Ret., and Sergeant Ryan Loya in 2015. They believed that humor could heal a person. https://www.irreverentwarriors.com/about/ Read the story about how this organization is using comradeire to prevent Veterans’ suicide.
Andrew went on a couple of hikes and wanted to do one in Nashville. He has been working since January to coordinate the hike in Nashville. Right now he has 150+ hikers signed up. He is working to make the hike a great experience and is already looking for ward to doing on in 2020.
The first part of this podcast, Andrew was candid about his situation and how he got to certain places in his life. In a way, this hike is a way to leave the past behind and turn over a new life.
Listening to Andrew talk, I can tell you that this is the reason to Oscar Mike Radio. Andrew had bad things happen to him and made bad choices, but he is looking stay sober and show other people that you can change your life at anytime if you put in the work. It is a great story, and I can’t wait to meet Andrew one day. He is Oscar Mike.
Episode 90 is here!!! This starts the official countdown to Episode 100! Time flies and I have been having fun ever since this started. One of the big things going forward that I can now announce is Oscar Mike Radio which as you all know is part of the Whoobazoo will now be streaming to Radio Massasoit.
Episode 88 with Sgt Megan was the very first episode, and I am excited that Oscar Mike Radio will be heard by a younger demographic.
The Word – Sock Puppet Silliness
Was this so heinous that it cost two people their careers?
Look at the image to your left. This is Master Sergeant Robin Brown (E-8) with the Tennessee Air National Guard. She was removed from her position at the Joint Public Affairs Office after this video hit critical mass on social media. I looked at this video and while I could argue that it wasn’t exactly, 100% military proper, based on the weight of the collars in the room it certainly wasn’t a moment that warranted the reaction by the brass. The brass being Major General Terry Haston who kicked out MSGT Brown, forced the retirement of the Colonel who presided over the ceremony. His main crime was he did not raise his right hand during the ceremony. Adam Weinstein, Senior Editor for Task and Purpose & Navy Veteran sums up how I feel with the following article. Everybody Involved In That Dino Puppet Reenlistment Video Just Got Fired .