21 GUN VETERAN SPOTLIGHT
Donny O'Malley is an actor, writer and of course is the creator of Veterans Entertainment Television - an online streaming service by veterans for veterans. He is the founder of Irreverent Warriors an organization bringing veterans together for silkies hikes with 22 kilos of gear for 22 kilometers in an effort to curb veteran suicide. Donny joins me today to talk about the disconnect between real veterans and service members and the public's perception. Does this disconnect lead to veteran suicide? What can we do to help drop this number down and how is humor, laughter and camaraderie the best medicine we know!
21 Gun Needs You!
22 Veterans die every day in America at their own hands. This number is unacceptable! Post-9/11 veterans are a SMALL community and our experiences are unique. This often leaves our brothers and sisters feeling alone and isolated in a sea of civilians.
I've heard time and again "My story isn't interesting" or "Why would anyone want to hear from me?" This is bullshit! You're alive, aren't you? Maybe there is something in your particular experience that will resonate with someone struggling RIGHT NOW.
You may have taken off your uniform but your watch isn't over.
Are you a veteran? Do You know a veteran? Please email me:
Twenty One Gun
The Twenty One Gun Podcast, in partnership with Irreverent Warriors, is an interview show highlighting the experiences of the modern veteran through the voices of those that served. It is an unfiltered view into our motives for joining, our experiences serving, and how we perceive our place in a society of non-veterans.
Specifically 21 Gun Strives to:
- Connect Veterans to resources by sharing the stories behind many non-profit VSOs eager to assist vets in need.
- Normalize mental health issues. Vets don't like to ask for help but we hate burying our brothers and sisters even more. You're not alone!
- Advocate for veterans by helping civilians understand who we are, what we experienced, and why we do the quirky things we do.
- Assist Active Duty Service Members transition back to the civilian world by sharing stories of the good and the bad. Whether you're in day 1 of boot camp or in year 25 of your career, you will be a civilian again. Being prepared makes all the difference.
- Most of all, to remind veterans that you're not alone, you're understood, you're needed,
and you're loved.
Thank you for visiting Twenty One Gun!