Episode 1: The Introduction

The Common Veterans introduce Kenny and Jeff as our hosts; they introduce the format and structure of the podcast, including what FreedomSystem.org is and why. — Send in a voice […]
April 20, 2023

The Common Veterans introduce Kenny and Jeff as our hosts; they introduce the format and structure of the podcast, including what FreedomSystem.org is and why.

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Common Veterans Podcast

Episode 1: The Introductions

  • The Common Veterans
    • Kenny: 3 Things
      • 12 Years medically retired United States Army
        • Combat Veteran Iraq 07-08
      • 3 Children – 1 Woman who has been my wife for 14 years
      • Work history spans social work, security operations, marketing, graphic design, and media
      • Jeff: 3 Things
        • 30 years in the Air Force, retired as Chief Master Sergeant
          • E-1 to E-9
        • Deploys 5x
          • Operation Jump Start (2008)
        • Retired Goshen, Indiana Police Officer
      • History of FreedomSystem.org (FSO)
        • Blog for Timmie Mangrum and Kenny
          • Was a No-Go due to OPSEC
            • Loose lips sink ships
          • The suicide of Steven James Oelslager
            • Reached out to Kenny the night of his death
              • Kenny missed the reach out
              • Reached out the next morning, and it was too late
              • Deep dark depression for Kenny
              • Kenny was jobless
                • Work One and Elkhart Military Veteran Stand Down with a Heart
                • Kenny did graphics and logo
              • Elkhart Military Veteran Stand Down with a Heart
                • Kenny and Jeff were on the committee that made it a total success
                • More than 200 Veterans showed up all across the state of Indiana
                • Our standards that were set are still being followed by Stand Downs all across the United States
                  • Kenny wrote the marketing standards for Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
                • 2nd Year Brought FSO in as an official 501(c)3 to be able to give receipts to donors.
  • First FSO Board Meeting
    • Italian Restaurant named Rullis
      • Jill loved Jeff and gave us some free drinks
    • All original members put in $100 per family to get the FSO bank account started
  • First big donation was given in honor of Kenny’s children after the birth of his daughter
    • Thank you to the Meeks Family
  • What is FSO today?
    • Cohesive group of Veterans and their families & civilian volunteers to help reintegrate Vets into the civilian world
      • Martial arts
      • Mountain Biking
      • Career Building Skills
      • General Camaraderie
      • Help Navigating the VA and other Veteran Assistance Programs
    • Why?
      • Give back to local Veterans and their families to assist in moving forward with camaraderie
        • To help us
          • All of the FreedomSystem.org board has a servant mentality and need to give back to our Veteran community
        • Next Podcast
          • Heroes
            • Next podcast will be career look back stories of our career heroes

 

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Kenny

Christian. American. Father. Husband. Friend. Brother. Son. Grandson. Uncle. Cubs Fan. Digital.

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