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.

Episode 37 - Bunker Labs at Capitol Post D.C. Muster 2018

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The Bunker Labs D.C. Muster 2018 took place on March 8th 2018. It was a one day experience designed to showcase military Veteran and spouse entrepreneurs connecting them to their future investors and customers. The event provided the perfect environment for veterans to share their businesses with local experts, investors, and connectors to get feedback and create relationships with the Washington DC-area's business community and impact the region's economic growth.

If you want to learn more about Bunker Labs visit and if you’re in the D.C area be sure to check out

Be sure to visit the Veteran and Veteran Spouse businesses featured in this episode.

Their links are below:

Matt Lembright -

Rennet Dallas -

Tina Claflin -

Lily Dagdag and Patricia Talavera

Anda Greeney -

Angela McConnell - www.

Episode 36 - Kyle Chesnut of Kilo Charlie Clothing

Kyle Chesnut decided to enter a market that has seen a flood of competitors over the last couple of years. What sets him apart from much of his competition is a genuine love of design and a steadfast attitude for success. Although he's relatively new to business he's not letting that slow him down one bit. In this episode we talk about what brought him into the Veteran apparel industry and where he's planning to take it.

Visit Kilo Charlie Clothing at and at Facebook at

Episode 35 - Capitol Post's Emily McMahan and Bunker Labs D.C.'s Seda Goff

 Photo credit goes to the amazing Sniper Eye Chris McPhee ( /)

Photo credit goes to the amazing Sniper Eye Chris McPhee (

Emily McMahan of Capitol Post and Seda Atam Goff of Bunker Labs DC join me to talk about Veteran entrepreneurship, what to know before starting a business, and the 2018 D.C. Muster. These women have been immersed in the world of entrepreneurship for more than awhile and in this episode they drop some serious knowledge you can't afford to miss!

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Emily McMahan launched Bunker Labs DC and is the Director of Capitol Post. After graduation from West Point, Emily was commissioned as a military police officer, and her military experience includes combat deployments supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle. Emily holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Seda Goff is the Director of Bunker Labs D.C. Prior to that, through Seda’s company Lighthouse Global Business, she worked with Bunker Labs companies as a consultant teaching lean startup and helping start founders map out their business ecosystem. Seda is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds an MBA from American University in Washington D.C. 

The Muster DC 2018
($10 off General Admission with Promo Code: AARMuster)


HUGE thank you to Green Beret Media for the photos and video!
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Episode 34 - Jack O'Toole of Fresh Air Sensor

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. 

To learn more about "Next Step" go to

If you want to reach out to Jack O'Toole directly:

To learn more about Fresh Air Sensor go to -


Episode 33 - CryptoTalk

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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Bitcoin: How Cryptocurrencies Work:

Cryptocurrency White Paper:

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Episode 31 - Business Breakup


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

Episode 30 - Chuck Luther of Disposable Warriors

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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.



Episode 29 - Jimmy Burgess of Forward March Inc.


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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Episode 28 - Alex Miller of Gen-Kit Exchange

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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Episode 27 - Grant Rogers, "The Fire Within: Shedding Light on Trauma"

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"

Also available on Amazon!

Episode 26 - Patrick Rifino of Bastion Defense Solutions LLC

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)."

Episode 25 - Brad Clark, Founder of Via Artisans

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
Use Offer Code: "AAR" for 15%off your next purchase!

Episode 24 - Combat Flip Flops, CEO Matthew Griffin

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. 

Check out 3 Take Aways in less than 5 minutes to get an idea of what's waiting for you in the full interview.

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!

Episode 23 - Eric Hadley, CEO of Got Your Six Coffee Co.

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

Episode 22 - Yves Domingo, CEO of MYKE Media

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!

Wanna skip my intro and get to Yves, just go 0:07:24

You can also check out "3 Take Aways" from this episode BUT believe me there's so much more here than I could condense into three takeaways! "3 Take Aways" is at


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.

Episode 21 - Jon Santana, CEO of Iron Age Productions

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

Episode 20 - Veterans Outreach of Texas NORML, Director David Bass

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

Episode 19 - Menehune Soaps LLC, CEO Leinani Davis

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