In recent years, several new veterans organizations have popped up to help our men and women in uniform transition from the service to civilian life. Instead of providing a place where veterans can get together to drink, these new organizations are looking to offer vets a sense of meaning and mission that they often lose after they hang up their uniform. My guest today is head of one of these new organizations. His name is J.J. Pinter and he’s the Deputy Director of Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB for short) — a veterans organization with the goal of getting vets and civilians together to work out.
Today on the show, J.J. and I discuss the issues facing vets that Team RWB is trying resolve, such as getting them reintegrated back into their community and staving off feelings of depression. We then discuss why Team RWB decided to make fitness their primary focus and why exercising with other people is one of the best remedies for melancholy and malaise. Finally, J.J. and I talk about why it’s so important for civilians to interact and connect with our vets and how they can do so through Team RWB.
- What is Team RWB? What sets it apart from other veterans organizations?
- How Team RWB got its start
- Why organized fitness is filling a need that veterans aren’t getting from other organizations
- How exercising together helps curb some of the negative effects of PTSD, depression, and other issues that plague veteran’s upon returning home
- Why so few vets return to their hometown upon returning from service
- The kind of fitness programs that Team RWB chapters are engaging in
- Why it’s important to get civilians involved in a veterans organization
- The benefits that civilians realize when joining a vets organization
- The community service projects that Team RWB undertakes
- The importance of community service to a returning veteran
- Why the original model and vision for Team RWB didn’t work
- The dearth of good leadership in America, and how veteran’s can help fill that gap
- The approach that Team RWB takes to leadership development and training
- How civilians and vets alike can get involved with Team RWB
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- Team RWB’s research page
- Physical Activity and PTSD
- Exercise Interventions for Mental Health
- Aerobic Exercise and Behavioral and Neural Plasticity
- My podcast interview with Joe Klein about Charlie Mike
- Simon Sinek
- Brene Brown
- “Saturday Spotlight” — stories of people whose lives have been changed by Team RWB
- My podcast interview with David Danelo about life after combat
Connect With J.J. Pinter and Team RWB
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