The mission of Veteranology is to help young veterans make informed and fulfilling transitions into the civilian world. I interview veterans who have chosen many different paths towards success and individuals with vital information for new veterans.


  • If you think your transition out of the military is a huge one...

    If you think your transition out of the military is a huge one...

    05/08/2018 Duración: 57min

    We're back! Deavon and I go right into discussing our recent life changes that led to us being off the air and how they led us to recording yet again.  We dive into the idea that our transition out of the military was almost a decade ago at this point and looking back it seems less of a challenge than our more recent ones. The conversation is pretty freeform, but should be enjoyable!

  • Friday Formation - My Journey in Texas Helping After Hurricane Harvey

    Friday Formation - My Journey in Texas Helping After Hurricane Harvey

    07/01/2018 Duración: 52min

    A little late in sharing this story, but I'm happy I got to tell it.  I got to serve next to amazing Americans who all on their own volition drove and flew down to Texas to help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  I'm truly honored that I got to join the teams from Mountain Primal Meat Co. and Merging Vets with Players in bringing aid to the Beaumont, TX area. Deavon runs the interview on this one, and we cover: What led up to my decision to drive down to Texas with no idea where I was going, and how I got somewhere I could be effective. The efforts and victories of the Mountain Primal crew and the team from Merging Vets with Players. The turnout of "regular" Americans coming out of the woodwork to help their neighbors. What I'd do differently if something like this happened again and I wanted to help.

  • Friday Formation - Enlistment Nostalgia, Humanizing Leaders, and Post Service Isolation

    Friday Formation - Enlistment Nostalgia, Humanizing Leaders, and Post Service Isolation

    07/01/2018 Duración: 40min

    What it says on the tin, plus tangents.

  • Nate Boyer  Denver Morris - Merging Vets with Players

    Nate Boyer & Denver Morris - Merging Vets with Players

    06/01/2018 Duración: 45min

    In this episode I'm joined by two veterans:  1) Nate Boyer, a US Army veteran and Special Forces soldier followed a path through football, playing for the Texas Longhorns and then a single pre-season game with the Seattle Seahawks, and 2) Denver Morris, a fellow Marine infantry veteran from 2/7 and Program Coordinator for the Los Angeles branch of Merging Vets with Players (MVP). Nate, along with his co-founder Jay Glazer, started MVP with a mission "designed to address challenges that many combat veterans and professional athletes face when transitioning their service/professional life towards a new mission in their civilian life."  They do this by challenging its members with group fitness classes and fostering peer-to-peer support among the team.   Denver, MVP's first success story, joined them very early on and was their first employee. In the interview we discuss: The loss of identity when leaving the service and getting past it Nate's belief that anything is possible. Denver's brush with suicide and jo

  • Veteranology 33 - Interview with Dan Helmer

    Veteranology 33 - Interview with Dan Helmer

    28/09/2017 Duración: 38min

    Our guest today is Army veteran Dan Helmer.  Dan began his Army career at West Point and after receiving his commission was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion 68th Armor Regiment, right after they had just invaded Iraq.  A lot of his service story will come up early in the interview so I don’t want to spoil anything, but I do want to highlight that he was instrumental in creating the Counter Insurgency Academy that would then change our strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dan is now living in Virginia, where he continued his service in the Army reserves, and on top of it all is now running as the democratic candidate for Virginia’s 10th congressional district. Two topics Dan made sure we hit during his interview were why it's important for veterans to run for office, and why we need a new set o veteran democrats in congress. We get to spend a good time listening to his ideas on leadership, problem solving in the military and how it translates elsewhere, and what he's planning on bringing to

  • Medal of Honor Monday #2 - Colonel William E. Barber

    Medal of Honor Monday #2 - Colonel William E. Barber

    23/08/2017 Duración: 04min

    This week's Medal of Honor citation reading was suggested by Veteranology listener and recent guest Jeff Fowler.   All our citations will be read from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website, Today's Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company F in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assigned to defend a 3-mile mountain pass along the division's main supply line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from Yudam-ni to Hagaru-ri, Capt. Barber took position with his battle-weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in and set up a defense along the frozen, snow-covered hillside. When a force of estimated regimental strength savagely attacked during the night, inflicting heavy casualties and finally surrounding his position following a bitterly fought 7-hour conflict, Capt. Barber, after repulsing the enemy gave assurance that he could hold if supplied by airdrops and requeste

  • Veteranology Interview #27 - Jeff Fowler

    Veteranology Interview #27 - Jeff Fowler

    08/08/2017 Duración: 38min

    Today’s guest is Jeff Fowler, a Marine veteran, machine gunner, and former squad leader from 2/7 Weapons Company. Jeff wanted to share some valuable insights on our VA education benefits with the Veteranology audience, as well as speak about his own challenges and triumphs after leaving the Marine Corps for a new path. Jeff currently works for the Social Security Administration and has found it to be an incredibly rewarding career. We cover using your Voc. Rehab and GI Bill benefits to their full potentional, what it's like to hike the Appalachian Trail, and the mindset shift a veteran must make from making a difference on the battlefield to making a difference in your local community.

  • Medal of Honor Monday #1 - Capt. Ed Freeman

    Medal of Honor Monday #1 - Capt. Ed Freeman

    07/08/2017 Duración: 04min

    We are proud to announce our newest weekly segment here at Veteranology, Medal of Honor Monday.  We will work to read one citation each week to not just inspire you to charge your own hills but to make sure these stories or heroism and duty continue to be heard. All our citation will be read from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website, Today's Citation: Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infa

  • Friday Formation - Fathers Day Edition

    Friday Formation - Father's Day Edition

    09/06/2017 Duración: 42min

    Deavon and Jay form up in the studio and discuss Father's Day and what it means to them.  Deavon shares his memories of becoming a father, 10 days after his EAS date.  Going even further Deavon gives us his take on being both a father and a step-father, along with what it's like sharing a house with the 5 women he cares about most. Deavon and Jay end the episode with sharing stories about the dads who raised them and the positive effects those men still have on their lives. -------------------------- We'd love to hear your own thoughts about Father's Day!  Please leave us a comment, story, or funny meme on our Facebook page at

  • Friday Formation#1 - Memorial Day 17

    Friday Formation#1 - Memorial Day '17

    27/05/2017 Duración: 01h21min

    Today's episode marks Veteranology's first Friday Formation, where Marine Veteran Deavon Black and I break down topics that affect veterans, and share our own stories in dealing with those topics and specific situations.  This is our Memorial Day '17 episode and we went into it with a few topics we were hoping to hit, mainly our person relationships with Memorial Day itself. We end up discussing how Memorial Day has affected us throughout the years since leaving the service, our own healing journeys, and a "healthier" alternative to approaching Memorial Day when discussing it with civilians. I also have a pretty emotional reaction to trying to discuss a past Memorial Day that meant a lot to me.  I get choked up quite a bit but I left most of this episode unedited to keep the message open and real. Semper Fi, Godspeed, and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with your family, friends, and fur-babies.

  • Veteranology 026 - Alex Pedersen, COO at Polco

    Veteranology 026 - Alex Pedersen, COO at Polco

    09/05/2017 Duración: 36min

    Today’s guest is Alex Pedersen, an Air Force Academy graduate and veteran who is now the Chief Operating Officer at Polco, a civic engagement and analytics company. Its primary product is a web-based platform for local governments to get input from their communities and then use that data to drive decisions. Alex and I met at VETCON 2017 in March, where he competed against several other veteran entrepreneurs for $10,000 in funding.  It was his first "official" pitch but he's be informally promoting Polco for a few years now. Alex graduated high school in 2004 and driven by the events of 9/11 decided he wanted to serve his country.  After hearing about the Air Force academy from a friend he decided it would be the best place to challenge himself, not just physically but academically as well.  Once he graduated and was pinned a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force he was accepted to grad school.  He attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he earned his Masters in Public Policy, focusing on Internationa

  • Veteranology 025, Pt.2 – Duane France

    Veteranology 025, Pt.2 – Duane France

    26/04/2017 Duración: 35min

    We continue and conclude our interview with retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Duane France, discussing his transition out of the army and into mental health counseling.  In the second half of the interview we dive into: How veterans sometimes hold themselves back by not allowing themselves to make an impact on others' lives. The cohort of 9/11 veterans, their strengths, and their impact. The irrepressible sense of self tied to being a veteran, and where it fits in among our other ideas of who we are. General Mattis's mention of "Post-traumatic growth" And much more... By far though, my favorite portion of part 2 is discussing the importance of finding both meaning and purpose.  These two ideas come together and without one or the other we hamper our feeling of hope.  Duane breaks down the distinction between the two and gives examples of what life is like when you have one, but not the other. Important Links: Headspace and Timing Blog The Family Care Center in Colorado Springs

  • Veteranology 025, Pt.1 - Duane France

    Veteranology 025, Pt.1 - Duane France

    11/04/2017 Duración: 45min

    In episode 25 I'm joined in the studio by Duane France, a retired Sgt. 1st Class who has built a career as a mental health professional after leaving the service.  Duane has continued to serve the veteran community in a myriad of ways.  He's currently a mental health professional working at a private practice in Colorado Springs.  Second, he's the Director of Veteran Services at The Family Care Center where he specializes in caring for veterans and their families.  Third, he manages a program that provides counseling to his local veteran court.  Finally, he writes the Headspace and Timing blog featured on In part 1, Duane and I discuss is time in service and how that experience pushed him towards a career in mental health counseling, while touching on the following topics: The challenges that a serviceman can face when joining the military during wartime and how that can affect the course of their career and their perspective of what it means to serve, especially as their branch tran

  • After Action Report - Redmond Ramos

    After Action Report - Redmond Ramos

    04/04/2017 Duración: 20min

    Redmond Ramos revisits Veteranology to give an update on what he's accomplished since our last chat during Veteranology #18.  Besides working on a Macy's athletic wear campaign and booking more motivational speaking gigs, Red landed an opportunity that has me quite jealous.  He is one of the contestants on this season of The Amazing Race. In this quick 20 minute episode Red shares a bit of what's going on behind the scenes of the race, his partnership with fellow racer Matt Ladley, and how they used smiling to hide their true thoughts while competing against the other teams. The 29th season of The Amazing Race launched on CBS March 30th, and new episodes premiere every Thursday at 10/9 central.   The Amazing Race's website. Redmond and Matt's bio videos for the show.

  • Torie Fisher

    Torie Fisher

    15/03/2017 Duración: 53min

    Our guest today is Torie Fisher, a veteran of both the US Army and National Guard. Torie is now the founder of Backward Flag Brewing, a craft brewery and taproom located in Forked River New Jersey. She started her business nearly 2 year ago with two other partners, and after they both quickly dropped out she carried on and moved forward on her own. Now she has a staff of about 8, made up almost entirely of veteran volunteers who she gives most of the credit to regarding the brewery’s continued success. On top of running the brewery, Torie is currently building a non-profit to run in parallel to her company, with the mission of teaching veterans brewing and business skills while building their professional network. Discussed in this episode: The Federal Technician Program, Helping other find purpose, Joining the National Guard after active duty service, the beers on tap, and much more. Outro Link:  

  • Veteranology 023 - Justine Evirs

    Veteranology 023 - Justine Evirs

    07/03/2017 Duración: 47min

    Our guest today is Justine Evirs. She is currently the Senior Director of Programs at Service to School. Since leaving the Navy, she’s become an intrapreneur and a subject matter expert on finding and closing the gaps of service found in campus programs and policies related to veteran education. Before joining Service to School she was hired at the college of San Mateo to be their first veteran services program coordinator. Altogether, Justine has dedicated the last 6 and a half years to transforming academic advising and program development for the active duty, military spouse, and veteran communities. On today’s episode Justine and I discuss the personal challenges that got her started on her current career path, the trends she sees in how veterans interact with and navigate their college experience, the statistics behind how many veterans are first generation college students, and much more. You can reach out to Justine Evirs on LinkedIn. Check out Service to School, non-profit that provides free applicati

  • 022 - Ian Faison

    022 - Ian Faison

    27/02/2017 Duración: 45min

    Getting hired is tough, no matter who you are.  Veterans face their own hurdles to finding employment, but there are people and organizations on our side, one of them is Ian Faison.  Ian has spent his post-service career helping leaders build amazing companies.  He's been hired by companies to build better veteran hiring practices, and gives them the tools to connect smarter and faster with the 1% of the US population that serves in the military. Beyond his work in the military hiring arena, he's also an avid mentor when it comes to veteran entrepreneurs, often giving them valuable insights into sales and business development practices that can take their company to the next level.  Ian has taken this drive one step further, and joined a team of vets to create VETCON, the "veteran entrepreneur [vetrepreneur] conference, an annual gathering of visionaries, hustlers, and game-changers from around the world. We promote the international community of veterans who run their own businesses." VETCON takes place thi

  • Veteranology 021 - Paul Warmbier

    Veteranology 021 - Paul Warmbier

    29/01/2017 Duración: 59min

    Paul Warmbier is a Marine Corps combat veteran who served two tours with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.  After leaving the service he pursued a career in teaching, becoming an English teacher and serving both middle school and high school aged students.  He's now completing his Master Degree is Nonfiction Creative Writing. After visiting with two of his best friends at a wine tasting event, and a lot of wine, the trio of veterans decided to start their own winemaking business.  Now, Dauntless Wine Company is making their third vintage, and are well on their way to having a complete winemaking operation from land to vine to bottle.  You'll hear the passion for wine throughout the interview. Currently, the Dauntless Wine Company is raising $10,000 and is less than $1,500 away from their goal.  If you'd like to lend them a few bucks, check out their Kiva loan page here.  Unlike GoFundMe, or Kickstarter, you don't pledge money for a prize, but get your money back on a monthly repayment schedule.   Other links from t

  • Veteranology #20 - Jeremy Starr

    Veteranology #20 - Jeremy Starr

    22/11/2016 Duración: 53min

    Jeremy Starr always knew he wanted to serve his community and during high school he made the decision to join the ranks of the United States Marines.  He wanted to help in the Global War on Terrorism and ended up serving two tours in Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, as a mortarman within the Weapons Company. His active duty service would not be his only call to duty.  After leaving the Marine Corps he decided to pursue a career as a firefighter, eventually starting his career in Milwaukee, his hometown.  Now, he's recently been promoted to lieutenant of Special Teams, where he trains for urban rescue operations.  On top of that, he's still serving in the Marine Corps reserves, which he joined two years after leaving the active service. In this episode Jeremy and I discuss the important of finding your "why," not just in life, but in your everyday decisions.  We tackle the challenges of feeling like the old guy amongst younger peers, and the loss of the "I've got your 6" mentality that is bred into your a

  • Veteranology #19 - Liam Fuller

    Veteranology #19 - Liam Fuller

    11/11/2016 Duración: 01h05min

    In this episode of Veteranology Marine Corps infantry veteran Liam Fuller shares his story of leaving the Corps, finding his next path, and building a business that not just benefits him, but the lives of his employees as well. Liam has built Blackguard Customs LLC, a custom metal & wood fabrication shop that specializes in functional works of art.  Under his leadership and with the help and guidance of many friends, family members, and mentors the company grown into a great success. He didn't start off with the goal of building this business, and he didn't know it'd become as big as it is now when he got started.   Top quote from the episode: "It's not about the dollar at the end of the day, it's about the quality of life for my staff and my family." If you would like to contact Liam or purchase Blackguard Customs products you can visit the website here: To learn more about the Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlager Foundation for PTSD and difference it is making in the li

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