Stigma Free Vet Zone

Stigma Free Vet Zone

Latest Episodes

Indomitable Spirit; The Joy of Rebuilding a Life’s Purpose!
November 10, 2023

Former Army medic Chris Swift has shared several podcasts with us. You will find his experiences leading up to this Friday August 12 episode on the podcast episode page of our webpage. Today we contin

Veteran Knows Wounds of the Body and Spirit
September 20, 2023

Veteran Brian Eisch of Luxemburg, WI, spent 20 years in the Army. He was wounded during an ambush in Afghanistan, which resulted in the amputation of one of his legs. Eisch is the subject of a docum

Facilitating Group Healing
September 16, 2023

Mary Haupt is a readjustment counseling therapist at the La Crosse Vet Center in Wisconsin. She works with service members and veterans who have experienced trauma and other adverse experiences while

Working to Understand Moral Injuries
August 27, 2023

Mike Gemignani is a U.S. Army veteran who spent two tours in Iraq as a 13F forward observer with the 1-502 Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He completed a short stint in college befor

Companions on Four Legs
August 04, 2023

Lani Rethaber, executive director of Patriot K9s of Wisconsin, is a Marine Corps and Wisconsin Army National Guard Veteran. Lani has a passion for helping Veterans and in 2019 started as a volunteer a

From Clearing Combat Zone Roads to Clearing the Mind
July 28, 2023

West-central Wisconsin veteran Amanda McCune Cassidys U.S. Army service included a deployment to Afghanistan 2009-2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. During her deployment, she was one of a

‘Uncle Tony’ Seeks Personal Peace
July 20, 2023

Wisconsin Rapids-area veteran Cory Poast joined the U.S. Army when he was 34 years old. He served in Hawaii, and then deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2008, and served a year in-country. He works to find p

Telling the Military Sexual Trauma Story
July 14, 2023

Sarah Blum has experienced first-hand the traumas of war, having served as a surgical nurse in the Vietnam War. She also has experienced another form of trauma faced by many veterans: military sexual

Finding Peace Beneath Parachutes’ Canopies
June 30, 2023

Veteran Jim Osterman set out to make a difference in as many lives as he could. He embarked on a journey to do what he could to help prevent veteran suicide. He found an answer in the peace he knows b

The Art of Transition
June 23, 2023

Ashley Spangberg, a veteran from Strum, Wisconsin, found that making art has been important in her transition from military life, which for her included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She sells her ar