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Nov 2017

Wills for Veterans

Wills for Veterans is a new initiative of the Federal Bar Association that began at the national level in February 2017. This is a pro bono project where participating FBA chapters are providing will drafting and signing services to any veterans in the local area. The FBA had encouraged all chapters to take part in this program on Thursday, November 9 to coincide with Veterans Day (November 11). All chapters will be free to execute the program as they see fit. So far, 20 chapters have already signed up. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and notaries will perform the services, and volunteer witnesses will also donate their time.

To avoid any type of malpractice liability, the chapters will ensure that all attorneys have an active malpractice policy and that the wills are limited to basic estate planning (no trusts, etc.) If a client needs more specialized services, the chapters will provide a list of local practicing estate attorneys who are available at a reduced rate.
Participating FBA chapters include: Baton Rouge Chapter, Broward County Chapter, Capitol Hill Chapter, Dayton Chapter, District of Columbia Chapter, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Idaho Chapter, Inland Empire Chapter, John W. Peck Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter, Massachusetts Chapter, Memphis/Mid-South Chapter, Minnesota Chapter, New Orleans Chapter, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Northern District of West Virginia Chapter, Pentagon Chapter, Sacramento Chapter, San Antonio Chapter, Tampa Bay Chapter, and William D. Browning Chapter.

Contact person for this project: Todd Hedgepeth, or (210) 652-8579 (DSN 478).

About the Federal Bar Association: 
The Federal Bar Association consists of more than 20,000 federal lawyers, including 1,500 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice, quality, and independence of the judiciary. Through its multifaceted programs, the FBA advocates on federal issues that impact the practice of federal lawyers and the courts; provides opportunities for scholarship and education to the profession; delivers opportunities for judges and attorneys to professionally and socially interact; and promotes high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. The mission of the Federal Bar Association includes serving not just the interests of federal judiciary and the federal practitioner, but also the interests of the community that they serve.

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Oct 2017

Fishers of Trout and Men

Karl Monger interviews U.S. Army Veteran, author and poet Richard Raugust, author of Fishers of Trout and Men. Check out the interview and get your copy here:

Oct 2017

Joel Hunt is the H-Train

Karl Monger interviews U.S. Army Veteran Joel Hunt about his injury, recovery and The H-Train Show. Joel has overcome significant obstacles and he is a force to be reckoned! #purpleheart #tbi #veteran #transitionGallantFew, Inc. The Raider Project The Darby Project Run Ranger Run Heroes Media Group Laura Orrico Public Relations






The Colorado-based #Paralympian and Purple Heart Recipient Gains Momentum With The H-Train Show on Military Brotherhood Radio

Date: August 4, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Orrico Public Relations, LLC

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DENVER, CO – After suffering a traumatic brain injury and leg paralyzation while serving in Baqubah, Iraq, Joel Hunt has beat the odds by competing as a paralympian skier in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Hunt was the first to compete in the Paralympics with his aforementioned brain injury. He is now the host of The H-Train Show, a podcast that is devoted to sharing the stories of veterans. Hunt volunteers his time for this podcast as a way to give back to his fellow veterans.

The H-Train Show is broadcast on Military Brotherhood Radio, which prides itself on being “radio with a reason.” The show features interviews with former veterans, those involved with veteran assistance, as well as notable public figures. Hunt’s intent with the podcast is to see that veterans get recognition and inform them of programs that exist in addition to Veterans’ Affairs.

Hunt joined the Army in 1998 and was injured during his third deployment in Iraq and had to return home to the care of his parents. He soon learned how to continue life in a wheelchair. His parents urged him to attend a military ski camp in 2008 which tested his strength and tenacity. He became nationally ranked by the 2009-2010 ski season, leading him to the Canadian nationals where he qualified for the World Cup and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Following his participation in Russia in 2014, Hunt retired from skiing and began volunteering full-time with his radio show.

Hunt was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana and is now recognized as the first Paralympian from his hometown. He has gained recognition for his athletic talent across the nation, and was given a Purple Heart from Forgotten Heroes. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado with his loving and supportive wife, Kassie Hunt.

Hunt has appeared in USA Today, CBS Local, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is dedicated to sharing his story as a way to provide a voice for injured veterans and to teach others that, tough times don’t last, but tough people do. To interview Hunt on his story or about his podcast, please reach out to the PR contact above for arrangements.

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Oct 2017

Buddy Sosthand - Stuntman, Patriot, Podcast Host

Karl interviews Buddy Sosthand, a military brat, nationally recognized award-winning stuntman who has appeared in films such as The Expendables, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Captain America: Civil War. He is now the co-host of The Great American Podcast, alongside television actor John Pirruccello.  Watch the video of the interview here.

From his biography:

While a conservative, Sosthand works hard to produce a non-partisan podcast and is what we call a “Happy Warrior”. Born in Great Falls, Montana, Joseph Willie "Buddy" Sosthand II, was part of a military family who eventually settled in Texas. He graduated with a degree in philosophy from Texas State University and began working on films in the late '90s. After starting as an actor, leadman, and production assistant, he transitioned into stunt acting in the early 2000's, eventually becoming known as the go-to for some of America’s biggest and most recognizable stars and recording artists.

Sosthand has doubled for the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Dr. Dre has had success with everything he has set his mind to - from film and music, to owning his own clothing line, American Stuntman 76 Clothing. He holds a World Taurus Award for his work in Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest and has been nominated multiple times for a SAG Award. He is now the owner of Buddy Loves Stunts, Inc. The happily married, father of triplets resides in Los Angeles and actively continues to work in film and television.

Sosthand speaks fluent Spanish and spends some of his free time doing volunteer work in Mexico. He is also the son-in-law of conservative author, Shelby Steele. With The Great American Podcast, Sosthand strives to impart the values of Americanism to its listeners. He is interested in American stories as they relate to the greatness of the United States. Buddy loves weighing in on a vast variety of fun and entertaining topics from American history to entertainment and politics to current events. He is both honored and excited to have been recently nominated for a prestigious MAGA Award for his new show. The awards will take place in D.C. this summer. 



The Great American Podcast is a show that focuses on American exceptionalism. It is hosted by Buddy Sosthand and John Pirruccello. Sosthand is an award-winning stuntman who has worked in major blockbuster films, including The Expendables and Pirates of the Caribbean 2, while Pirruccello is a television and film actor who has appeared on such shows as Two and a Half Men and Thundercats. Sosthand and Pirruccello work with the idea that every American should have a voice on their show, but that the voice may also be challenged. The Great American Podcast is intellectually curious about the human condition, as well as current events. The podcast was born with the intent to engage listeners and interviewees with pride and integrity. 

From The Great American Podcast you will find shows like On The Porch and Buddy’s own BRoll. The wide range of guests include Natalie Foster, host of Love at First Shot to Award winning documentary filmmaker Eli Steele to Steve Lolli of Accidentally Funny. While the Podcast is relatively new, it has already gained a lot of momentum and has received a nomination for the prestigious MAGA Award, an event that is set to take place in D.C. this summer. 

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Aug 2017

Steve Maguire - a Lifelong Night Operation

Steve Maguire was blinded by an explosion while leading a patrol in Vietnam. He describes his situation as "a lifelong night operation" and has been a leader in the veteran community ever since recovering from that fateful day.
Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, Maguire has written two books - one an autobiography about his life and experiences, the other a novel based on his experiences in Vietnam.
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Aug 2017

Sail Ahead: Healing Wounded Veterans through Sailing

One of my favorite interviews ever, Sean and Killian - two brothers who started Sail Ahead: Healing Wounded Veterans through Sailing. I'm working from temporary space, so apologies in advance for any warbling in the recording. This is good stuff and kudo's to these two for what they are doing. We need more like them. 


Jul 2017

Bill Bradley, Coal Black Exotics

US Army Ranger veteran Bill Bradley talks about transition from active duty and finding purpose in life after the military.



Jun 2017

Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder

In this interview, show host Karl Monger interviews Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.  Born from the tragic loss of her husband, TAPS has helped countless survivors of loss.  Herself a veteran, Bonnie is an inspirational leader.



Bonnie Carroll is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a military veteran, the surviving spouse of the Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the leading national Military Service Organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a military loved one. Ms. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash on November 12, 1992.

Ms. Carroll served in Baghdad, Iraq as the Deputy Senior Advisor for Programs in the Ministry of Communications. In that capacity, she managed the execution of a quarter billion dollars in US Supplemental funds for the reconstruction of the telecommunications capability in Iraq, the modernization of the postal service, and creation of the Iraq Communications and Media Commission. She continues to work with Iraqi surviving families facing traumatic loss.

Before going to Iraq, Ms. Carroll was appointed to be the White House Liaison for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, she served as director of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and ensured the development of programs to aid families coping with a traumatic loss in the military.

Carroll retired as a Major in the Air Force Reserve following 30 years of service, where her career included service as Chief, Casualty Operations, HQ USAF. Her last assignment was on the HQ USAF National Security and Emergency Preparedness staff in the Pentagon. Prior to joining the USAFR, Major Carroll served 16 years in the Air National Guard as a Transportation Officer, Logistics Officer, and Executive Officer.

Ms. Carroll holds a degree in Public Administration and Political Science from American University and a degree in Equine Science from Springfield College. She has completed Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government's Executive Leadership Program on International Conflict Resolution, and is a graduate of several military service schools, including the USAF Logistics Officer Course, Squadron Officers School, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Academy of Military Science (Distinguished Graduate), and USAF Basic Training (Honor Graduate).

Ms. Carroll has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council, the VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, and is past co-chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. She currently serves on the Defense Health Board and the Board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

She is the author of Healing Your Grieving Heart After A Military Death and has authored numerous articles on grief and trauma. She has appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC's The Today Show, and other national programs speaking about military loss. In addition to receiving the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ms. Carroll was featured in People Magazine as a "Hero Among Us" and received recognition as "Washingtonian of the Year." She has also received the "National Citizen" Award from the Military Chaplains Association and the "Faithfully Serving America" Award from the American Legion. She was named a recipient of the Community Heroes Award by the Military Officers Association of America, and been recognized by the Defense Department with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and has received the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award.

During her earlier career in Washington, DC, Ms. Carroll lived and worked on Capitol Hill as a political consultant on Presidential and Congressional campaigns and consultant on aerospace and national defense issues. In the federal government, she held Presidential Appointments in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, including a senior level position within the West Wing of the White House as Executive Assistant for Cabinet Affairs. In this capacity, she served as liaison for President Reagan with his Cabinet, coordinating domestic and economic policy implementation. In the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush, Ms. Carroll served in the White House Counsel's Office, assisting with the legal review process for Presidential nominees to the Cabinet and other senior government positions requiring Senate Confirmation.

Ms. Carroll divides time between her home in Anchorage, Alaska and the TAPS National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.



May 2017

Marine Corps veteran Joe Lee, USO Senior Multimedia Specialist

Karl Monger interviews Marine Corps veteran and trained combat correspondant Joe Lee.  Joe now is the senior multimedia specialist for the USO.
My mission is to produce content that connects. My tools and talents include cinematography, digital media, traditional reporting, photojournalism, and print storytelling. Trained as a Marine Combat Correspondent by the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in 2002, my core training in mass communication is well-rounded and my experience includes more than 20 years in both the government and private sectors of the industry. A natural on both Mac and PC; Nikon and Canon; as well as AVID, Adobe, and Final Cut, my eye for aesthetic and natural grasp for the story arc helps me craft compelling narratives for brands, news agencies and individuals. 

When donor dollars are sacred, mission delivery becomes critical. In my current high-profile role at the USO, I often work remotely and independently to deliver feature stories and critical visual components for high-value brand campaigns on location under a variety of conditions. I shine under pressure and on tight deadlines, thinking and communicating strategically with a variety of people. Coveted for my ingenuity both on and off the job, I was hired in the fall of 2016 as a Teaching Assistant in UX Engineering at Harvard Extension School.

My well-rounded academic background includes traditional journalism as well as front- and back-end web and video production technologies. My work experience includes newspaper editing, magazine feature writing, film production, operations, sales and management, installation media management and public relations, as well as IT project management and general business startup operations.

As an entrepreneur, I've successfully built both online and service-oriented businesses and I excel at maximizing growth while minimizing early investment by choosing optimal business models and practicing core business best practices.

May 2017

Retired Army Chaplain Matthew Owen Williams - This Veteran Life

This Veteran Life - Retired US Army Chaplain Matt Williams.  Singer, song-writer, healer.  Interview by Karl Monger. Get his music at