Untold Valor Podcast – Season 1

Trailer: Introducing Untold Valor by Voice & Vision

A quick introduction to the Untold Valor Podcast by Voice & Vision. Hosted by Valerie Melroy, CEO of Voice & Vision, and Olga Kobb, Director of Compeer and CompeerCORPS at Voice & Vision. Resources: Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988 then Press 1    Chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat   o…

Ep 1: Introducing Voice & Vision And Origin Of The Untold Valor Podcast

On the first installment of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, CEO Valerie Melroy will teach you about the organization’s origin, how it led to the founding of CompeerCORPS and a mission to specifically help veterans in the community. Valerie is joined by co-host Marc Killian and the…

Ep 2: Military or Jail? Roy Remone’s Story of Finding Purpose After Trauma

Welcome to episode two of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, where we’re thrilled to have Roy Remone share his personal story of struggle, survival and eventual triumph into a life of leadership and service. In this episode, Roy recounts his journey from facing a difficult decision of ei…

Ep 3: How CompeerCORPS Helps Veterans Overcome Struggles with Roy Remone

On episode three of Voice & Vision’s podcast, Untold Valor, we’ll hear again from Roy Remone, the volunteer coordinator with CompeerCORPs, an organization that connects veterans with other veterans in recovery. In this episode, we’ll delve into the background of CompeerCORPS, how it works, an…

Ep 4: The Power of Faith – How Reverend Ben Overcame Addiction & Found Redemption

In this episode of Untold Valor, we’re honored to have Reverend Benjamin Nelson as our guest. Reverend Ben, who regularly hosts the podcast with Marc, shares with us his experience in the Navy and the Marines. He opens up about his struggles with alcohol and drug abuse and tells us how he turned …

Ep 5: Overcoming Mental Health Stigmas In The Navy with Darryl Howell

In this episode of Untold Valor, Darryl Howell, a former Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, talks about mental health stigmas in the military, the importance of mentorship, and how personal relationships can help overcome destructive behaviors. With 30 years of service in the Navy, Darryl refle…

Ep 6: Life After Combat – Revealing Insight On The Return To Civilian Life with John Sheaffer

Welcome to episode six of Untold Valor, where we have the privilege of sitting down with John Sheaffer, a veteran of the Army’s 82nd Airborne and formerly Delaware County’s Director of Military and Veterans Affairs. Through his own experiences, John is able to provide clear examples of the diffic…

Ep 7: Generations of Service – Dedication To The Navy with Jermaine Wilson

On episode seven of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Commander Jermaine Wilson, a retired Navy Supply Corps Officer with more than 20 years of dedicated service. For Commander Wilson, serving in the military is essentially a family tradition. In fact, his father and all three of his siblings are Nav…

Ep 8: Beyond the Diagnosis – How Donald Carter Coped with Physical Challenges While in the Service

Welcome to episode eight of Untold Valor. In this episode, we’re joined by Donald “Tate” Carter, who served in the Air Force from 1988-1992 as a Production control specialist in Civil Engineering classification. As a very active and athletic young man, Donald was shocked when he was diagnosed wit…

Ep 9: The Bodyguard – Overcoming Loss On And Off The Battlefield with Jonathan Bittner

Welcome to episode nine of Untold Valor. In this episode, we’ll be hearing from Army veteran Jonathan Bittner. Jonathan spent significant time deployed to the war in Afghanistan where he witnessed a wide array of difficult circumstances. Listen to this episode to hear about one of Jonathan’s uniq…

Ep 10: Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help – Ricardo Byrdsong’s Three Decades In The Navy

On episode ten of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Captain Ricardo Byrdsong. Captain Byrdsong served in the Navy for over three decades, and he shares his story with us, touching on some of the challenges he faced during and after his military service. We delve into several topics in this episode, i…

Ep 11: Battling Shame & Mental Health Stigmas with Darcy Rideout

On episode eleven of Untold Valor, we sit down with Darcy Rideout, a courageous veteran and mental health advocate who shares her powerful and emotional journey with depression. Darcy discusses the impact of military culture on mental health and the stigma that often surrounds it. She openly reve…

Ep 12: A Veteran’s Journey Through Darkness: John Byrd’s Battle With Addiction & Vision Loss

On episode twelve of Untold Valor, we sit down with John Byrd, a legally blind veteran who overcame a drug addiction and now dedicates his time to helping others. Listen as John shares his emotional rollercoaster of experiences, from the moment he realized he needed help to how he rebuilt his lif…

Ep 13: Beyond Battlefield: Marley Ganthier’s Advice When Returning To Civilian Life

On episode thirteen of Untold Valor, we welcome Marley Ganthier, a highly decorated military veteran with an extensive career, including service in Kuwait and Iraq. In this insightful episode, Marley Ganthier shares her journey from joining the Army to becoming a Paralegal Specialist and eventual…

Ep 14: A Bold Approach: How Race Impacts Mental Health Care for Veterans with Ricardo Byrdsong

On episode fourteen of Untold Valor, we’re joined again by Ricardo Byrdsong, who shares his experiences navigating race and mental health in the military and discusses some of the unique resources available to minority military veterans. Tune in to hear about the benefits of race-based support gr…

Ep 15: The Power of Connection & Breaking Down Barriers in Veteran Mental Health Care with Jonathan Bittner

On Episode 15 of Untold Valor, military veteran and therapist Jonathan Bittner returns to the show to give us further insight into the ways CompeerCORPS can help veterans. He’ll detail why the help veterans need often goes well beyond substance abuse and into more nuanced challenges in the mental…

Ep 16: The Power of Support – Why Veterans Must Share Their Stories with Dr. John Taylor

On Episode 16 of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Dr. John Taylor, a retired Marine who shares his inspiring story of service and sacrifice. You’ll learn about John’s unique personal and military background, his personal struggles with both mental and physical health issues, and why he’s so passiona…

Ep 17: Decoding VA Services with Brian Natali

On Episode 17 of Untold Valor, Marine Corps veteran Brian Natali joins the show to share his extensive knowledge about accessing care through Veterans Affairs. Brian is the Chief of the Division of Veterans Services and Programs for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and…

Ep 18: Tax Savings, Emergency Assistance & Other Benefits For Veterans with Brian Natali

On Episode 18 of Untold Valor, Marine Corps veteran Brian Natali joins the show again to shed light on some of the essential services available to veterans. Tune in as Brian dives into the intricacies of real estate tax exemptions, explaining who qualifies, the impact it can have, and how to appl…

Ep 19: The Strength of Military Families with Nena Stetson

On Episode 19 of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Nena Stetson, a licensed clinical social worker, and an army spouse for more than 20 years. Nena shares her unique perspective on the struggles and support systems within military families and delves into the challenges faced by spouses and children …

Ep 20: Trauma, Faith & Recovery: Cheryl Gricoski’s Experience Navigating Life’s Challenges As A Veteran & Spouse

On Episode 20 of Untold Valor, we’re joined by Air Force veteran Cheryl Gricoski. Cheryl has the unique experience of being both a military veteran and the wife of a veteran. She candidly shares how her first marriage was affected by her husband’s trauma and his reluctance to seek therapy. This t…

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