The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.

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Mar 26th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
Tricare is wonderful to have, but many military families have a hard time navigating the referral and claims system when they need to see a specialist. It can get even more tricky when a family member is given Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) status. One milfamily member shares her experience navigating the system and some tips she found that were helpful.
 
Susie Liberatore is the owner at Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over ten years of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase. Her fields of design expertise are branding development, and social media marketing. She is the face and voice of Visions2images. Susie is an entrepreneur, she has several businesses and wears many hats for all of them. She has been able to help businesses thrive and grow with her help.
 
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Mar 19th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Combat Recovery is a long process and not every program is right for everyone. In this episode, I talk to one veteran who has found help with one faith-based program that works to help the whole family. It's unique model and course is something worth taking a look at for anyone going through the recovery and reintegration process. This episode contains talk about sensitive topics such as combat trauma, suicide, and PTSD. Please be aware if you are triggered by any of these topics before listening.

Bryan Flanery is an Army Veteran and national speaker. During a deployment to Afghanistan with 1-320th Top Guns, his vehicle rolled down a ravine. He suffered injuries including a broken neck, dislocated shoulders, hip damage, ACL tears and a Traumatic Brain Injury. His unit was given a Presidential Unit Citation for their bravery in battle. By the age of 28, Bryan had endured eight significant surgeries and was struggling to manage chronic pain due to his injuries. But his toughest battle was against an unseen enemy. This enemy was far more deadly than the physical injuries he faced. Secretly, Bryan faced a battle against PTSD and combat trauma on a daily basis. Tired of the emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Bryan attempted to take his own life. Every day over 20 veterans complete suicide. Bryan is a veteran that lived. Through a miraculous intervention, his suicide attempt was unsuccessful. Reeling from the failed attempt, and still battling the trauma from his past, Bryan was invited to attend a REBOOT Combat Recovery healing course. Within only 12 weeks, his life was transformed. An awakening of faith in Bryan’s life restored his sense of purpose, wellness and joy. Soon, Bryan was leading trauma healing courses and helping others who had walked the same road he had walked. Due to his extensive community involvement, Bryan was recognized in 2015 by the Nashville Business Journal as an Impact Veteran during their inaugural Veteran Awards. Today, Bryan has personally facilitated courses serving over 300 military families and speaks around the country inspiring civilians and veterans alike. In 2017, Bryan earned his Bachelors of Social Work from Lipscomb University. He is the father of four children and lives in Clarksville, TN.

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https://rebootalliance.com/

Twitter: @RebootBryan

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Mar 12th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Have you always wanted to write a book about your military life experiences? One military spouse is on a mission to help others tell their stories and experiences. We talk about the whole process of how an idea becomes a book. If you're an aspiring author or know one, this will be one episode you will want to listen to as Brunella spills some industry secrets and helps you choose the right path for you to get published.

Brunella Costagliola is an Award-winning author and best-selling editor. She was awarded the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America for her children's picture book My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do? Helping Military Children Cope with a Brain-Injured Parent. Brunella specializes in writing and editing military books, often helping her clients navigate the publishing industry and guiding them on the path of successfully becoming published authors. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking traditional Italian cuisine, and taking pictures of her two resilient military children. She is a proud Air Force wife.

Find Brunella:

www.themilitaryeditor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/themilitaryeditor

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Mar 5th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

PTSD is a topic you often hear about in the military community. But it's often in the context of one traumatizing event. In this episode, I explore the topic of PTSD with one veteran but also how you can get re-traumatized or have many little events can affect you. We do talk about workplace sexual harassment and instances of gun violence, so be advised before listening with young children or if you are triggered by those topics.

Annette is a military spouse, mother to two teenagers (one being in college) and veteran who served in the Army for over seventeen years as a Chemical officer including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She retired and decided to trade in her boots for converse sneakers to be able to make up for lost time with her now teenagers. Since her retirement she has PCSd from Fort Polk, LA to Fairfax , VA to support her husbands military career. Her blog A Wild Ride Called Life incorporates stories from her post military life in which she shares how she lives life with being a mom suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression. Along with writing her blogs she also writes for other social media sources and does a podcast. You can check out more about Annette on Instagram, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Medium, The Mighty, ITunes and Podbean.

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www.awildridecalledlife.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/awildridecalledlife/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/awhitt24

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awildridecalledlife

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