Today we talk about what it means to be a Guerrilla, Jojo's role in the biz and leaving the military. Guerrilla Radio will differ from The Vetrepreneur Podcast as a Video Blog more focused on fitness and health topics.
We haven't posted in a little while as we were updating our artwork and intro music to coincide with the new brand.
The first 5 mins of this podcast will explain all of the changes and have some new information on up and coming episodes. Plus a new program that Combat Flip Flops has just rolled out.....if you are a vet you need to listen to this.
Plus, the new intro is BADASS..........seriously BADASS.
Lastly, if anything we have done (podcast, gear, blog, etc) has provided you any value PLEASE go to iTunes and give us a 5-star rating and leave us a review.
"Our 3 founders are all former Army Officers that lost more soldiers by suicide than they did in combat."
*****There is an editing mistake around the 19th minute that was noticed after the fact.******
Everyday, 22 veterans commit suicide, which is why we go a little off-script for this episode.
Episode 8 is all about a non-profit called stopsoldiersuicide.org.
From their site:
"We take a unique “triage” approach to helping those who seek us out.
We don’t bandaid the issue with a single answer or 1-800 number.
We “fill the gap” that other organizations are simply unable to do right now.
Stop Soldier Suicide was founded and is led by ex- and active-duty military. We have a personal understanding of what our brothers and sisters are going through. The red tape, the fears, the combat, the deployments, the “coming home.”
As such, we know the problems and issues of military suicide are too complex for a single answer. It might be a financial, housing, relationship, job or substance abuse issue driving feelings of being overwhelmed or depressed. It could be physical issues of TBI, loss of limb or paralysis or mental issues of PTS or depression and anxiety.
Our three-pronged approach means every individual gets the right help and care for their situation. Our Resource Center is our core and how we offer help to those in need. This Center is staffed with volunteers who either have their BSW, MSW or are in training to receive those degrees, all led by our fully licensed MSW (Masters of Social Work) Triage Director."
Carl Churchill spent 21 years in the Army retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Shortly thereafter, along with his wife, he started a premium coffee company called Lock N Load Java. In this episode of the Guerrilla Radio Podcast he shares his tips and ideas that he accumulated over his career in the Army as well as his impressive career in the private sector.
Jon Gilson is the founder of Again Faster and the AF Project, which supply trainers all over the world with high-quality fitness equipment and high-quality business advice, respectively.
He is also a seasoned trainer and lecturer spending several years on the CrossFit HQ seminar staff and advisory board, traveling the world and sharing his knowledge with others.
He will be in Fort Wayne, IN on March 7th for his 1.0 Seminar...you can register here.
I first met Jon in early 2009 at my CrossFit Level 1 Seminar in Boca Raton, FL.
He started his fitness equipment company (Again Faster) in his apartment while providing immense value to others which provided him with a huge platform to offer quality products to an enthusiastic and rapidly growing customer base...the CrossFit community.
His strategy on providing value first, is the key to building a valuable brand and business.
This inaugural podcast for Guerrilla Radio is an interview with Matthew "Griff" Griffin the founder of Combat Flip Flops. We discuss how he came up with the idea for his business, put it into action and built a successful brand from the bottom up.
Griff is an Ex-Army Ranger with 4 combat tours and offers a lot of great advice for the experienced entrepreneur or anyone just getting started.
Listen to the episode and see how Combat Flip Flops is changing the world.
Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, community connection, and distinct designs communicate, "Business, Not Bullets"--flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade.
About Us An Army Ranger walks into a boot factory. That's how it started.
After serving multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, Army Rangers Matthew "Griff" Griffin and Donald Lee knew they wanted to do more for the people living in these nations.
The idea was simple: create an environment that gives people living in post-conflict nations the opportunity to peacefully rebuild their economy by manufacturing badass products.
We knew we should, we knew we could-- so we did.
After multiple production runs, stops and starts, community support and a refusal to accept defeat, we've turned the corner. Now a team comprised of two veterans, a former bass player and a few idealists took one idea and transformed it into a globally recognized mission and universally respected brand.
Unapologetically, we make cool shit in dangerous places.
Flip flops were just the start. We've taken a product that people in nearly every country on the planet wear, and made it a weapon for change. Right now, all our flip flops are made in Bogota, Columbia, providing jobs and investing in people who desperately need it.
We've done that with all the products we sell.
That's why our USA made Claymore Bag's flip the script, on traditional weapons of war. Instead of carrying bombs, these bags act as a carry-all for business tools like iPad's, laptops and more.
Our Cover and Concealment sarongs are handmade in Afghanistan by local women. Each one takes three days to make, and each sale puts an Afghan girl into secondary school for a week.
The Peacemaker Bangle and Coinwrap are sent to us straight from artisans in Laos - and they're made from bombs. Each bracelet sold clears 3 square meters of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from a region rocked by long-term war - saving lives and providing economic opportunity.
We do this because it's our job to show others what's possible, then encourage them to join us.
Combat Flip Flops Bad for Running. Worse for Fighting.