The After Action Review

Every Veteran business owner has a unique story to tell about their journey through entrepreneurship. Those stories can help inspire, educate, and motivate other Veterans who are either in the middle of their own journey or considering starting one. The After Action Review Podcast (The AAR Podcast) serves as a vehicle to create, promote, and support a network of Veteran entrepreneurs by capturing and sharing their stories with the Veteran community.

The AAR Podcast, is an audio and video podcast for Military and Veteran entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, and non profit organizations. We promote entrepreneurship and Veteran products, business, and service.

Veterans leaving the military with a desire to enter the world of business often have more motivation than they do starting points. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University have a program that aims to bridge that gap for business minded Veterans leaving the military. Marine Veteran Jack O'Toole has been part of putting that program together and shares his insight into why this program might be a good for you. We also talk about the value of an MBA in today's market where it seems like not only do many business professionals have one, but there is a vocal set CEO's, business experts, and educators that are questioning the relevance and value of an MBA. We also talk about how his company, Fresh Air Sensor, is helping to keep the air in our public spaces clean and free of harmful pollutants and nasty irritants. 

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Cryptocurrency is hitting some serious HIGHS and some devastating LOWS which is bringing out investors and speculators from everywhere to try and make it rich. Some entrepreneurs see an opportunity to score that startup money, but is it an investment or a straight up gamble?

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Grunt Style was one of the first Veteran apparel companies to break into the mainstream and inspired countless Veterans to pursue their own entrepreneurship. Dan Alarik talks about how it all started, how it almost failed, and what makes Grunt Style the powerhouse it is.


In this episode we explore what happens when friendship and business mix, and the outcome isn't what was expected. Jimmy Burgess and Paul Volpe talk about their experience parting ways from a mutual business and the toll it had on their relationship. They also offer their advice to Veteran entrepreneurs considering going into business together. 

Jimmy Burgess is the founder and director of True North Enterprises (TNE). 
You can find more information about TNE on Facebook at and on Instagram @TNEleadership

Paul Volpe is the founder and director of Forward March Inc. You can learn more about Forward March Inc on Facebook at

This is the audio version of my written blog post. You can find the original blog at

Happy Veterans Day from The After Action Review Podcast

Chuck Luther is the Executive Director of Disposable Warriors, a non-profit organization that exists to help Active-Duty service members, Veterans, Retirees, and Reservists who have been inappropriately, unethically, or illegally discharged from the military under false pretense and without any of their rightfully-earned military benefits so that they may regain these earned benefits and, more importantly, so that they may regain their reputations and their honor. Through their subsidiary programs, they also assist homeless veterans, actively work to reduce veteran and service-member suicides, and we work with local law enforcement to provide resources and train responding officers in how to handle VIC (Veterans in Crisis) calls involving service members or veterans so that they avoid escalation and potential negative outcomes. 

In this episode Chuck talks about the personal story that lead to his founding of Disposable Warriors as well as his insight into the murky world of Veteran non-profits.


Forward March, Inc. (FMI) is a Service Disabled Veteran-owned small business based in San Antonio, Texas. FMI was formed in 2013 by highly successful retired US Military Members and business professionals. Together they are committed to providing companies with outstanding military talent solutions and military styled leadership training unique in the industry.

Jimmy Burgess and I talk about how the tornado that ravaged Joplin Missouri and doing some heavy soul searching landed him working with FMI, helping bridge the gap between Veterans and industries.

Learn more about Forward March Inc by visiting their website at:
or visit their Facebook page at

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British Soldier and Veteran Entrepreneur Alex Miller joins me on the show to talk about Gen-Kit Exchange. We talk about his business of online kit buying and selling, the common thread of entrepreneurship that runs through Veterans, and his unique perspective on starting your own business.

Gen Kit Exchange is for soldiers and kit enthusiasts who spend too much time browsing kit online, who want a quick, reliable and hassle-free way to buy and sell personally owned military kit. 

 Gen Kit Exchange is an easy-to-use online marketplace for listing and browsing kit that provides listing and purchasing capabilities in a trustworthy, military orientated environment.

Visit Gen-Kit Exchange at:

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Grant Rogers is a former US Army Intelligence professional who's idea for the book "The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma" is bringing the voice of PTSD right from the people who have lived through it.

In this full interview we explore the process of making an idea into a book, PTSD, and what it takes to overcome hardship.

Order your copy of "The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma"

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Patrick is a Marine Corps Veterans and one of the founders of Bastion Defense Solutions LLC. In this interview we talk about the challenges of starting a security company, overseas contracting, and how you can prepare yourself for a career in contracting if that's something your interested in.

If you want to learn more about overseas contracting or interested in the business building aspect of contracting, you get in touch with Bastion Defense Solutions and Patrick at:
Bastion Defense Solutions LLC


Patrick Rifino:

"Bastion Defense is an Evansville, Indiana based company, with zero foreign interest or ownership Bastion Defense is also a Veteran Owned Business (VOB)."

Brad Clark is a US Army Veteran and founder of Via Artisans, a craftsmanship company dedicated to bringing back bringing back the tradition and values of real American craftsmanship. 

In this episode we talk about making your passion or hobby into a sustainable business. We also talk about the importance of legacy and how his business is fighting the IKEA trend of disposable furniture.

"Their products are designed foremost for function and longevity – to make life easier, more beautiful, and to help you accomplish a task. On top of lasting forever every piece is beautifully designed and hand crafted. Every piece is made by hard working American hands that care deeply about the quality of their work."

Visit Via Artisans at
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Combat Flip Flops has been featured on Shark Tank and their CEO's Matthew Griffin delivered one of the most memorable TED Talks in recent history. One of the most remarkable things about Combat Flip Flops is the way they created a successful business around helping people.  Griff will take you through the challenges of starting a business in a war zone and how they made it all work.

*Every product Combat Flip Flops sells puts an Afghan girl into secondary school for a day.

*Each Peacemaker Bangle or coinwrap sold clears 3 square meters of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from a region rocked by long-term war - saving lives and providing economic opportunity. 

Visit Combat Flip Flops and pick up some really cool flip flops, awesome stuff, and learn how you can help their cause!

Got Your Six Coffee Co. (GY6CC) is passionate about helping veterans and others who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect us. Because of that a portion of all the profits from Got Your Six Coffee go to their non-profit, GY6 Foundation which has a primary mission to ‘serve those who serve’.

In this interview we talk about the struggle of starting a business when it feels like back is up against a corner, the value of finding a purpose bigger than yourself, cutting negativity, and how inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places.

Be sure to visit and Follow Got Your Six Coffee Co

Yves Domingo is a US Marine Corps Veteran and CEO of MYKE Media, a company specializing Internet marketing for the food and beverage industry.

In this hour we talk about the power of social media, emotional intelligence, and what takes to go from Military mindset to Sales mindset!

You can find Yves Domingo and MYKE Media on Facebook at
Be sure to visit MYKE Media at to find some awesome opportunities to sign up for free webinars and learn more about MYKE Media.

Jon Santana DELIVERS for you Veteran entrepreneurs who want to get into the comic book industry BUT I have to emphasize here there are GOLDEN NUGGETS of info in this episode for ANYONE interested in starting a business. Do NOT miss this interview because you're not into comics! Trust me on this, you will NOT be disappointed. 

Iron Age Comics is an independent comics publisher producing dynamic titles featuring various genres to include super heroes, science fiction, and supernatural thrillers. 

Reach out to Jon and Iron Age Comics!
Instagram: Iron_Age_CMX
Twitter:  @Ironageprod

David Bass is the Director of the Veterans Outreach for Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a trans-partisan, educational 501c4 nonprofit that focuses on cannabis law reform. 

Texas NORML’s mission is to change marijuana laws so that it reflects the majority opinion of Texans which is that the responsible use of cannabis by adults and patients should no longer be subject to penalty.  Our focus is to increase public awareness of current laws regarding cannabis, as well as the legislative system and legislation regarding cannabis consumers in Texas.

You can reach David at



Twitter: @TexasNORML

Navy Veteran Leinani Davis of Menehune Soaps LLC joins me to talk about Soap, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the challenges of that come with starting and running a soap business! It's a slippery slope as we talk soap on Episode 19 of The AAR Podcast!

Menehune Soaps will leave you clean and feeling as fresh as the island breeze!



Instagram: Menehune_Soaps

Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton, founders of Regroup 4 Vets join me to talk about some of the amazing changes that their non-profit organization has undergone since last year when I last spoke to them.  Visit their links below and stay tuned for their crowdfunding campaign coming soon where you can help support this amazing organization.

ROI for watching this video is learning more about the non-profit process and how Regroup 4 Vets dealt with some of the challenges that arose as not only the organization grew but so did the scope of the mission. We also talk about the value of project management and how that applies to non-profits.

You can learn more about Regroup 4 Vets at:


ReGroup LinkedIn

ReGroup Facebook
ReGroup Twitter

Daisson Hickel is an Active Duty US Army Special Forces Soldier and CEO of Java Can. The Java Can is the first all in one espresso kit which fits in a military ammunition can. The idea for The Java Can was conceived of on the dangerous and rugged mountain tops of Afghanistan and now The Java Can can go wherever your adventures take you. In this interview Daisson talks about what The Java Can means to him, his challenges and successes as a small business owner while also being an Active Duty Servicemember, and what lies ahead for his company.

If you want to learn more about The Java Can visit:

and follow the Instagram account at @thejavacan (

Facebook comedian Eazy Mac joined me on The After Action Review Podcast to discuss comedy, branding, why he does what he does. All that and more with this very talented and very funny guy!

Be sure to follow Eazy Mac on Instagram: @ilovemccullen and follow him on

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Episode 15 - McNeely Roya, Security Expert and CEO of Trishield Integrated Security, LLC joins me on The After Action Review The AAR Podcas to discuss ransom ware, cyber security, and why small business should be concerned

Contact McNeely Royal at:
TriShield Integrated Security

Amuse joins me to talk about comedy, branding, and being Facebook Famous

instagram @amuse31
Visit Amuse on YouTube!

Navy Veteran and aspiring writer Bia Brown joins me on The AAR Podcast. We talk about her experience writing her first short book and the lessons she's applying to her burgeoning writer career.

You can find her book
"How To Be Charlie One" on Amazon 

Be sure to follow Bia on:
Instagram: @HowToBeCharlieOne

These amazing Veteran Athletes talk about Sponsorships, Veteran Athletes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA! Show your support for these Vet Athletes by visiting their Facebook Athlete pages and dropping them a Like! Also be sure to visit their sponsors and let them know you heard about them through their athletes on The After Action Action Review on Facebook!

Mitch Bruner @TheBodyMitchellBruner
Erick Rodriguez

Mitch & Erick - Twinwolves Martial Arts Academy
Mitch & Erick - Illuminate 24 Hour Gym
Mitch - RogueAmerican Apparel
Mitch - Complete Nutrition
Erick - @GWBOOCH (on Instagram)

Help Our Wounded (HOW) was founded by Rosie Babin in 2009 to help severely wounded service members, and those who care for them by providing direct aid, resources and support. While there are many resources for veterans, the needs of severely wounded veterans and their caregivers are more complex.

HOW acts as a resource for the emotional and medical challenges facing caregivers. In addition, they coach and educate caregivers and soldiers as they navigate the complex rules and paperwork required to obtain help from the DoD and other agencies.

Learn more by visiting

This episode I talked to Army Veteran Ryan Hunt, CEO of Mountain Up Apparel. Mountain Up is a Veteran apparel company that's redesigning how we view Veteran head gear. Taking it's inspiration from the spirit of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, Ryan's company continues to ascent to new heights from a sticker designed on a cell phone to a warehouse of merchandise and business partnerships. If you're thinking about starting your own line of Veteran apparel, Ryan might have some words of wisdom just for you.

Use promo code: PANDO20 to recieve 20% off your purchase

I sat down with Veterans Michael Harris and Kevin McNease, moderators for the Facebook group Drinkin Bros Austin to talk about military humor, the VFW, and how a Facebook Group is bringing Veterans together.

This is definitely NSFW folks, you've been warned!

Click here to find out more about Drinkin Bros Austin

Jamey Gadoury is a full time graduate level Christian Counseling Student and consultant in both the public and private sectors. He particularly enjoys working with organizations to problem-solve, build healthy teams, and develop leaders. 

Jamey’s first career was as an Army infantry officer, where he experienced the challenges of crisis management and operating with ad hoc teams in Iraq and Aghanistan. After leaving the Army Jamey spent six years in the human capital development / talent management industry. He’s worked program management, curriculum development, creation of multi-media case studies, executive coaching, hiring panel consultation, developmental workshops, and longitudinal organizational interventions.

Jamey Gadoury can be reached at:


Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton are the founders of the Regroup Foundation which is dedicated to creating self-sustaining ranches where Military Service Members/Veterans can live while they “ReGroup” to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. We talk about the challenges faced by Veterans during their transition period from the military, their organizations efforts to make their vision a reality, and how to come back from life's toughest challenges. 

Learn more about the Regroup Foundation and on Facebook at

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Anna Baker is a Texas native and former US Air Force cryptologist.  In 1997, she got her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Schreiner University and in 2012 received her MBA from Baylor.  After 17 years in the corporate world, she co-founded Your Smart Closet with Casilda.  Anna is also the Manager of the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission.

Casilda (Casi) Clarich is a Texas native and a University of Texas alum.  She received her MBA from Baylor in 2012.  With her extensive background in marketing and her life-long entrepreneurial spirit, Casi  is the founder and CEO of Your Smart Closet.  She also serves as Director of Marketing and Membership for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Coming off of National Guard Annual Training, didn't have a guest this week. So its just me for this one talking about my journey so far in business, podcasting, some upcoming projects. Its short...

Steven is a 13 year US Army Infantryman disabled Veteran who’s served as a Jump Master, Long Range Surveillance Team Leader, and Sniper Team Leader.  He is the founder of Rescues 4 Warriors, a non-profit organizationthat funds adoption and training of shelter dogs for Veterans as companions and as service dogs. His story of finding his dog Django and their journey through healing is a true inspiriation. 


My guest is the founder of Veterans Jiu Jitsu and a Marine Corps Veteran, Joey Zente. For many Veterans trying to find a new purpose is hard enough without the added stress of trying to integrate into civilian life. Joey uses Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to help Veterans find a reason for fitness as well as creating an environment where any Veteran can feel at home. Always FREE and it's come as you are.


I sat down with Luvina Sabree, US Army Veteran and owner of So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market. Great conversation about growing up in Chicago, the challenges of being a Muslim business owner on top of being a Veteran, and her recent television debut on Kitchen Impossible! It was a great talk despite the audio issues. 


I sat down with Mike Allred, owner and head coach at SICFIT Round Rock in Round Rock TX. Mike has been a close friend since we first started working together as contractor for the same company and I've had the privilege of watching this gym grow from an idea to its grand opening. We got to talking about the fitness industry, some of the ways this gym came together and some of the challenges involved with having land lords. Mike is a 10 year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and his made his passion for fitness into his business.