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 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

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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

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Episode 18 - Regroup 4 Vets, Founders Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton

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

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Episode 17 - Daisson Hickel, CEO of The Java Can

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 (

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Episode 16 - Eazy Mac aka Miguel McCullen joins me to talk comedy, branding, and trolls!

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

While you're at it be sure to follow The AAR Podcast on Facebook and YouTube!
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Episode 13 - Navy Veteran and Aspiring Writer Bia Brown

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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

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Episode 12 - Veteran Athletes Mitchell Bruner and Erick Rodriguez

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

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

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Episode 11 - Rosie Babin, CEO and Founder of Help Our Wounded

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

Episode 10 - Ryan Hunt, CEO of Mountain Up Cap Company

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

Episode 8 - Jamey Gadoury of Outsider Consulting

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:


Episode 7 - Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton of Regroup4Vets

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 at and on Facebook at

Special Shout Out to: out their mugs!)

Episode 6 - Anna Baker and Casilda Clarich of Your Smart Closet

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.


Episode 5 - Rod Rodriguez

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...

Episode 4 - Steven Boyd of Rescues 4 Warriors

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. 


Episode 3 - Joey Zente of Veteran's Jiu Jitsu

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.


Episode 2 - Luvina Sabree of So Natural Organic Restaurant and Marketplace

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.