Watch previous episodes of Veterans' Voices below.
Service Animals, broadcast January 16th, 2017
We explore the difference between Service Animals and Companion Animals with insight from animal trainers, organization leaders and veterans with pets. We also highlight local and national resources for adoption and training.
This is My Child, There are Many Like It but This One is Mine, broadcast December 19th, 2016
This episode features themes of child development and parenting as a veteran are explored. Author Vincent Vargas joins via Skype to discuss his children's book about military parents.
Get Straight Answers, broadcast November 21st, 2016
This episode addresses questions and concerns around getting veterans benefits. Our expert panel gives straight answers about eligibility for these valuable benefits and dispels myths around compensation.
Substance Abuse: Know Thy Enemy, broadcast October 17th, 2016
Tools and resources are offered to identify when someone needs help and how to find them help. Guests shed light on the topic by sharing their own struggles and experiences with addiction.
Even You Can Prevent Suicide, broadcast September 19th, 2016
This episode gives veterans and caregivers suggestions on how to approach a conversation around suicide if someone they know is hurting. Guests offer suggestions on discussion tools and community resources.
Challenge, Live and Give, broadcast August 15th, 2016
A highlight of events that challenge veterans, both physically and emotionally, as well as events that let the veteran give back and feel alive.
Looking Back on 2 Years, broadcast July 18th, 2016
The Veterans' Voices celebrates its 2nd Anniversary! Join us as we talk about the impact the show has had in the veteran community and look back at some of our favorite stories, and moments.
Final Honors, broadcast June 20th, 2016
A discussion of Final Honors and what that means for the family. Veterans from Honor Guard organizations as well as active duty military personnel join the discussion.
Veteran Service Organizations, broadcast May 16th, 2016
Veteran organizations are a great way for vets to get involved in their community and interact with other vets. Meet organizers from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Vets.
About Face, broadcast April 18th, 2016
The veteran self portrait project About Face gives veterans an outlet for self expression. Meet the creators of this project and see a real time painting demonstration by the instructor.
Vets Serving Vets, broadcast March 21st, 2016
This month we celebrate the veterans who reach out to other veterans in their community offering their support and service. We profile several veterans who continue to make a difference in the lives of their peers.
Moral Injury: The War after the War, broadcast February 15th, 2016
The topic of Moral Injury is discussed through a lively panel dialogue. A definition of both PTSD and Moral Injury is given to clarify the difference and show similarities of both issues.
2015 Highlights Special, broadcast January 18th, 2016
Journey with us through our past year of programming to experience our viewer’s favorite moments as well as our most memorable guests and compelling veteran topics.
Women in the Military, broadcast November 16th, 2015
This female-centric show discusses issues unique to women in the military and the transition back to civilian life for female veterans. Hosted by veterans Linsay Rousseau and Melissa Margain.
The Veterans' Voices Vietnam Special, broadcast October 19th, 2015
Guests reflect on the war, coming home, and then returning to Vietnam years later. A Vietnamese refugee gives her perspective on fleeing during the fall of Saigon.
Veterans and Homelessness, broadcast September 21st, 2015
Veterans and Homelessness Outreach coordinators from the VA & county discuss services for homeless veterans. A formally homeless vet shares his success story.
Live from VetCon 2015, broadcast August 17th, 2015
VetCon is an opportunity for veterans to gather and network with employers, schools, benefits, and most importantly, each other. Our live episode includes interviews with attendees and organizations.
Gold Star Families, broadcast July 20th, 2015
The term Gold Star Family describes those who's loved one was killed during active duty. Military families join the show to discuss what they went through when their loved one was lost.
The Family Serves As Well, broadcast June 15th, 2015
Serving in the military doesn’t just impact the service member, the family also serves. In this episode Blue Star Moms and family readiness experts will share their experiences and perspectives.
Your VA: Cal Vet, broadcast May 18th, 2015
The final installment Your VA: CalVet outlines programs they offer including Vet Homes, Home Loans and Veteran Services as well as a special Memorial Day tribute with footage from General Mattis.
Your VA: Federal Veterans Affairs, broadcast April 20th, 2015
This is the 3rd episode in our “Your VA” series. The VA’s structure and history is discussed. Guests include the Director of VA Nor CA Health Care, reps from the Regional VA in Oakland as well as the Concord VA.
Your VA: Contra Costa Veterans Service Office, broadcast March 16th, 2015
Take a tour and meet the staff of Contra Costa’s Veteran Service Office. This county department was created to help veterans and their families obtain veterans’ benefits from federal, state and local agencies.
Reboot 3: Veterans Serving in the Community, broadcast February 16th, 2015
Reboot 3: Veterans Serving in the Community highlights the opportunities and importance of veterans continuing to serve in their community. This show features community service opportunities that exist for veterans looking to extend their spirit of service and connection to their community.
Reboot 2: Jobs for Vets, broadcast January 19th, 2015
This is our employment show and the 2nd episode in our “Reboot” series. “Jobs for Vets” highlights the challenges and rewards veterans face when looking for employment. Guests include successfully employed veterans, employment counselors and employers who specialize in hiring vets.
Reboot: From Service Member to Student, broadcast December 15th, 2014
This is the education for veterans episode. VA benefits are discussed and how they can help student veterans pay for their continued education. Guests include local college students and program leaders who will share their experiences and insights.
"The War Ink Special", broadcast November 17th, 2014
This episode profiles the War Ink virtual photo exhibit sponsored by the Contra Costa Library. War Ink shares the stories of veterans through their tattoos which memorialize fallen comrades and tell the stories of combat in their own words. Guests include War Ink co-creator Jason Deitch and various participants.
Suicide: It's Worth Talking About, broadcast October 20th, 2014
This poignant episode discusses suicide in the veteran community and offers resources for those needing immediate help. Guests include VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator Brian Adkinson as well as veterans Brian Vargas and Joshua Stanley who share their emotionally
Caregiver Support, broadcast September 15th 2014
Caregivers: the unsung heroes who provide critical support to veterans. Resources and benefits for veterans and their caregivers is discussed. Guests include Mike Conklin from the Sentinels of Freedom Program as well as Shon Tamblyn from the VA Caregivers Support Program.
Post War Stress and Daily Life, broadcast August 18th, 2014
This show outlines veterans who have used creativity as an outlet to cope with their combat experiences. Authors Joe Callaway, Bon Whitworth and Zakariah Bass discuss their combat novels. Photographer and veteran Dottie Guy shares her artwork and discusses re-entering civilian life.
Pilot Episode, broadcast on July 21st, 2014
The first episode of this live, call-in series produced for veterans by veterans. Nathan Johnson introduces himself as the host and highlights the topics that will be covered in upcoming shows. An overview of the website is shown as well as discussion of the resource and event pages.