Podcasts

Episode 21

2023 Mark Sanders Award Winner

Date Recorded: August 23 & August 24, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Donal Cieutat, Robert Wilson and Sam Mitchell
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, the guests will discuss the 2023 National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ Mark Sanders Award, which was presented to the Opelika Career Center in Alabama for exceptional service to veterans. They will describe the various partnerships and programs that allow them to assist veterans, especially those with significant barriers to employment, in securing jobs and careers.

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Episode 20

Promoting Registered Apprenticeship to Attract Veteran Talent

Date Recorded: September 8, September 12 & September 15, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Carolyn Renick, Joe Dan Banker, Nicholas Morgan and Katie Adams
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, our guests will discuss how apprenticeships are an important part of the veteran employment process. The discussion will include benefits of apprenticeships for veterans and employers, the process of participating in apprenticeships, and other important information related to Registered Apprenticeship programs.

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Episode 19

Why Hire Veterans? Conversations with HIRE Vets Medallion Award Recipients

Date Recorded: August 21 & August 23, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Jerry Flores, Marty Estrada, Leo Deon, Gerry Cruz, Nadine Rodriguez, Justin Spencer and Tracy Thibodeaux
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, our guests will introduce veteran service providers and employers to the HIRE Vets Medallion Program and discuss the benefits to both veterans and businesses when they hire veterans.

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Episode 18

Serving Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Date Recorded: August 18 & September 13, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Karen Land, Jonathan Narcisse, Jennifer Steigerwald, Rashida Williams, Savannah Wood and Zella Richards
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, our guests will define the criteria used to identify veterans experiencing homelessness. In addition, they will introduce a wide variety of programs and resources that will aid veteran service providers in serving veterans experiencing homelessness.

This podcast is accompanied by the Serving Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Resource Guide

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Episode 17

Serving Veterans with Substance Use Disorders

Date Recorded: August 16 & August 24, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Fred Volpe, Marlon Burton, Darrick Cunningham, Dr. Holly Geyer, and Nancy Ise
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, Serving Veterans with Substance Use disorders, the guests will provide veteran service providers with knowledge and resources to enable them to work successfully with veterans with substance use disorders.

This podcast is accompanied by the Serving Veterans with Substance Use Disorders Resource Guide

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Episode 16

Continuing Conversations: Serving LGBTQ+ Veterans

Date Recorded: May 5, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Sarah Chung, Jody Davis, and Heather Sperry
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, Continuing Conversations: Serving LGBTQ+ Veterans, guests provide a discussion of the resources available to LGBTQ+ veterans and offer insight into why some LGBTQ+ veterans may not seek out services or be fully aware of the services available to them. Participants share their experiences working with and/or being LGBTQ+ veterans and overview some of the unique needs of LGBTQ+ veterans and ideas on how to connect them with resources and support.

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Episode 15

Addressing Burnout and Secondary Trauma for Veteran Service Providers

Date Recorded: May 2, 2023

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Brian Bride, Latoya Henderson, and Stacey Owens
Description: In this episode of the NVTI podcast series, Addressing Burnout and Secondary Trauma for Veteran Service Providers, guests will define and discuss burnout and secondary trauma and how they may impact veteran service providers. This material will serve as a resource to veteran service providers and provide guidance on how to recognize and address burnout and secondary trauma they, or their peers, may experience when working with their veteran clients.

This podcast is accompanied by the Addressing Burnout and Secondary Trauma for Veteran Service Providers Resource Guide.
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Episode 14

Serving Veteran Spouses

Date Recorded: August 19 & August 25, 2022

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Nathalie Grogan, Mallory Huerta, Pam Langley, and Marcus Lane
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, our guests discuss how to best serve veteran spouses. The panel defines what it means to be a veteran spouse, discusses common misconceptions about veteran spouses, explores the unique employment issues faced by veteran spouses, and much more.

This podcast is accompanied by this Serving Veteran Spouses Podcast Resource Guide
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Episode 13

Supporting Veterans with Accessibility Needs

Date Recorded: August 10 & August 18, 2022

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Nikita Floore, Nuno Medeiros, and Micah Foster
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, our guests discuss how to successfully support veterans with accessibility needs. The panel defines accessibility, provides advice to service providers and employers to create an inclusive environment, discusses the importance of cultural competence, and much more.

This podcast is accompanied by this Supporting Veterans with Accessibility Needs Podcast Resource Guide
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Episode 12

DVOP/CVSO: Promising Practices to Connect and Serve

Date Recorded: August 15, 2022

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Mike Farmer, Nathalie Grogan, and Zach Migura
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, our guests discuss how Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and other veteran service providers can best collaborate with County Veterans Services Officers (CVSOs). The panel explains the role of a CVSO, the ways veterans find and secure CVSO services, how CVSOs and DVOP specialists can work together to serve veterans, and much more.
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Episode 11

Serving Justice-Involved Veterans

Date Recorded: June 24 & July 8, 2022

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Jennifer Carter, Jose Sandoval, and Joseph Swyrtek
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, our guests discuss best practices, common misconceptions, and important factors to consider when assisting these justice-involved veterans in finding appropriate services and employment. They discuss the Justice-Involved Veterans Network (JIVN), Veterans Trial Court (VTC), and the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) and how these programs can assist veterans. They also talk about the support they provide to justice-involved veterans while incarcerated to help to reduce the risk of recidivism. We cover these topics and more in this NVTI podcast.
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Episode 10

Supporting Entrepreneurship in Veterans: Helping Veterans Start Businesses

Date Recorded: July 5, 2022

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Stanley Kurtz, Laura Wages, and Billy Wright
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, our guests discuss the services available from the US Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) and share success stories. They discuss the first step they recommend to a veteran interested in starting a business and the programs that support veterans along the path of entrepreneurship. They cover the role of Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs), and program including Boots to Business, Boots to Business Reboot, SCORE, and several other programs and services that can be critical to veterans’ success. A resource guide with helpful links has been provided to complement the podcast. Listen to this NVTI podcast to learn more about how you might help the veterans you serve along this exciting journey to business ownership.
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Episode 9

Serving Women Veterans

Date Recorded: May 19 & 20, 2022.

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Heather Deters. Melissa Washington. Nancy Glowacki. Nona Mallicoat
Description: In this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, four veteran women share their personal journeys along with advice for veteran service providers. Those spotlighted include Heather Deters, a recent retiree from the Army who continues to serve her fellow veterans as one of five Home Base Iowa Career Planners; Melissa Washington, a Navy veteran, now serving as CEO and founder of the Women Veterans Alliance; Nancy Glowacki, an Army veteran who currently works at the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) with her focus on women veterans; and Nona Mallicoat, a Marine Corps veteran who is the Deputy Director of the Employment Connections Division of the Washington State Employment Security Department.
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Episode 8

Strengthening America’s Trucking Workforce

Date Recorded: February 24, 2022.

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Guests: James Rodriguez and Jesus Davila.
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, James Rodriguez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Department of Labor VETS talks with Jesus Davila about the trucking industry as a viable and welcoming career option for veterans. Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Davila discuss their time serving as Marines and the transferability of the skills honed during service to the trucking industry.

In support of the Administration’s Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce, DOL VETS worked with Federal Partners and the White House to create a list of federal resources for transitioning service members and veterans pursuing careers in the trucking industry. You can read DOL’s Fact Sheet and find other employment resources at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets. You may also want to read the FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration’s Unprecedented Actions to Expand and Improve Trucking Jobs.
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Episode 7

Effective Collaboration Between Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) Staff and Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Grantees

Date Recorded: September 08, 2021.

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: Karen Frias, Sheryl Gillum, Chris Mills, Brian Ottlinger.
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the collaborative efforts of JVSG staff and HVRP grantees that have helped veterans experiencing homelessness access resources and find employment, best practices for working with veterans with significant barriers to employment, and about innovative veteran outreach techniques that have been employed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Episode 6

Serving Native American Veterans

Date Recorded: September 08, 2021.

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Host: Hannah Toney
Guests: JP McCoy, Paul Pelot, Archie Barrow
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about Native American veterans and various tribal communities. Guests share their own personal accounts of working with Native American veterans and offer some resources, best practices, and other critical information to help service providers.

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Episode 5

Serving LGBTQ+ Veterans

Date Recorded: July 23, 2021.

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Host: Dan Griffiths
Guests: Bradley Aune, Nathaniel Boehme, Matthew Freeman, Joanna Michaels
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ veterans face as members of both the LGBTQ+ community and military. Guests share their insight and some resources to better support LGBTQ+ veterans.

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Episode 4

LVER Staff Skills

Date Recorded: April 12, 2021.

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Host: Greg Davis
Guests: Randall Coon, Michael James, Edward Dupass, and Raymond Clay
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the function LVERs serve as well as the skills and tools they need. Guests discuss their experiences establishing connections with local businesses and forging mutually beneficial relationships that create opportunities for veterans.

Continue the conversation on this podcast at the Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice.

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Episode 3

DOL VETS Leadership

Date Recorded: March 29, 2021.

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Host: Greg Davis
Guests: James D. Rodriguez
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the future of VETS, including the HVRP and JVSG program. A special guest highlights their leadership role and exciting new initiatives underway at VETS.

If you have questions for DOL VETS, visit the Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice and post under the topic !! Ask a Fed !!

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Episode 2

DVOP Specialist Skills

Date Recorded: February 8, 2021.

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Host: Greg Davis
Guests: Timothy Rockefeller, Paul Cortez, Joe Henle, Brent Camery
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the essential skills that DVOP Specialists need to better serve veterans. Guests discuss their experiences serving veterans and share opportunities and resources to further develop these skills.

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Episode 1

Serving Rural Veterans

Date Recorded: December 4, 2020.

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Host: Dan Griffiths
Guests: Katie Baillio, Eileen Boylston, Brandon Harting, Danny Wyatt
Description: On this episode of the NVTI Podcast Series, learn about the unique challenges facing rural veterans in the job market. Guests discuss their experiences serving rural veterans and share opportunities and resources to better support them.

Continue the conversation on this podcast at the Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice.

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