Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers

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Organizational Change and Why It Matters

Guest: Dr. Tom Galvin, U.S. Army War College assistant professor of resource management

 

What does organizational change have to do with stigma? A professor and researcher discusses how top-down, bottom-up and innovative change within organizations such as the military can help to combat various types of stigma within the ranks. 

 

“If we’re talking about stigma, we’re talking potentially about, say for example, the chain of command. Somebody in the chain of command who is treating soldiers differently — or the perception that the chain of command is treating soldiers differently — because those soldiers who do not have EFMP are in some way preferred over those that do.”

 

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Please note that ​the views expressed by Dr. Galvin are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

 

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves: How Stigma Feels

Guest: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill

 

A retired colonel, who is described by bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown as a leadership hero and “a total badass,” talks about her work as a military leader and “Dare to Lead” facilitator, sharing examples of how she has helped people identify emotions and combat feelings of shame and stigma.

 

“I think the first thing we have to do is we have to get really comfortable with identifying it, right? Not just brushing those shame experiences, those shame feelings, that feeling of stigma under the rug. We have to start bringing it into the light.”

 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

 

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Choosing Sides: Being a Pansexual Military Spouse

Guest: Jillian Johnson, Air Force spouse

An Air Force spouse shares her story of coming out as pansexual and how the stigma of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community has impacted her military relationships. She also gives practical advice for supporting someone who comes out as LBGTQ+.

“A lot of time when people learn this about me, especially in the military community, they’re kind of shocked. There still is a stigma surrounding being LGBTQIA+, especially as a military spouse, and it’s something I kind of want to bring awareness to.”

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

 

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Military General with Bipolar Was ”Fit for Duty”

Guest: Retired U.S. Army Maj. General Gregg Martin

 

A retired Army general shares his story of what it was like to experience bouts of mania and depression while on active dutysymptoms that would eventually lead to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. He shares details about how the mental health condition affected his career and what he’s doing now to ensure others don’t encounter the same barriers to getting help or feeling the stigma as he did.

 

“Bipolar I never wanted it, but it wanted me. And it’s never going to leave. It’s always a part of me, and it’s my job to be vigilant and keep it at bay because if you let your guard down, it can come roaring back and take you down again.”

 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

Want to tell your Disruptive Story? Connect with Partners in PROMISE: info@partnersinpromise.org 

 

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How to Cope When Your Child Is Victimized

Guest: Jusika Martinez, Air Force spouse

 

A military spouse and mother shares how her family dealt with the aftermath of her young daughter’s alleged* sexual assault on a military base. The trauma still haunts their family two years later. Jusika also shares the actions she’s taking today so that other military families don’t have to endure the same experiences.

 

“My key takeaway is that the military didn’t believe us. ... To hear them invalidate it and also just kind of brush it to the side is what really has impacted this whole journey. And I think that that’s my one takeaway is that that is one place that we need to get better at.”

 

*cases of assault are considered “alleged” until the guilty party is convicted.

 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

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The Mental Health of Our Military Children

Guest: Kelcey Liverpool, co-founder and executive director of Kids Rank 

 

After years of working with military children, military spouse, mom and nonprofit leader Kelcey Liverpool has identified many of the social and emotional struggles that come with military life. She shares what they are and how she works with military children to get help — and what’s at stake if we let stigma get in the way.

 

“I think that we really have to be mindful of where our military children are now and really be talking about — not just with our civilian friends and providers and communitybut also our military and DoD around how we’re talking and thinking about mental health as it relates to the kids now because they really are our future.”

 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

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Gender Roles and Military Service: More Than a Military Spouse

Guest: Amanda Huffman, author and “Women of the Military” podcast host

 

A combat veteran discusses her transition from airman to stay-at-home mom and the stigma that female veterans often face — even within the military community. Plus, what it’s like being a military spouse who also served.

 

“When people find out I’m a veteran and then they find out my husband is a veteran, the way they treat me and the way they treat him are not the same, and that’s really hard.”

 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

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What Is Stigma? The History and Future of Systemic Discrimination

Guest: Dr. Anna Scheyett, University of Georgia School of Social Work dean

 

A researcher explains the definition of stigma and the impact it has had throughout history from the slave trade to the Holocaust and modern-day conflicts. She also discusses what can be done to bring about change focusing on protest, education and connection.

 

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  • Dr. Anna Scheyett’s podcast presentation on stigma
  • Research by Patrick Corrigan
  • Quote from “Love’s Executioner” by Irvin D. Yalom: "We simply cannot cluck with sympathy and exhort patients to struggle resolutely with their problems. We cannot say to them you and your problems. Instead, we must speak of us and our problems because our life, our existence, will always be riveted to death, love to loss, freedom to fear and growth to separation. We are all of us in this together."

 

 

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the  Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

 

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Military Stigma: Tough Conversations Worth Having

Guest: Michelle Norman, Partners in PROMISE executive director

Michelle Norman shares how stigma has impacted her family since her daughter was born with cerebral palsy and how she navigates the special education world. Plus, a look at what’s to come on Season 1 of the podcast. 

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

Follow us:
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Introducing ‘Disruptive Storytelling’

Disruptive Storytelling With Military Changemakers is a podcast brought to you by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of military children in special education.

On our premiere season we will focus on stories of military stigma. At Partners in PROMISE, we know that having disruptive conversations often leads to real change — both in special education and in the military. 

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