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Military Veterans Podcast

Gavin Watson
68 episodes   Last Updated: Jun 10, 24

This portable podcast is hosted and edited by Gavin Watson, a British Army veteran of 16 years.  He talks to other military veterans, allowing them to share their stories and experiences from before, during and after service.  This podcast will give non-military personnel the chance to gain a better understanding of military life and gain an insight into what the transition back to civilian life can be like. These strong individuals may inspire, after dealing with diversity, resilience and possibly life changing injuries or illnesses. If you’re a veteran missing your time in the military, this is a great way to rekindle that fire. Regardless of service, rank or time served....every veteran has an experience to share. Sometimes, they just need an opportunity to do so. This podcast is recorded and edited in Gav’s free time.

Episodes

Steve joined the British Army in 1986 and served for 12 years, as part of The Queen’s Regiment, which later amalgamated and became part of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR). He reached the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl).In this episode Steve talks about joining the British Army as a Junior Soldier at Shorncliffe, before heading to Bassingbourn Barracks. He shares being posted to Canterbury, then moving over to Aldergrove in Northern Ireland, and followed by a move over to Episkopi in Cyprus.Steve also shares a tour to the Falkland Islands, and then another posting to Northern Ireland, this time in Omagh. During this time, the Regiment amalgamates with The Royal Hampshire Regiment and Steve talks about the challenges with these Regiments merging. After leaving the British Army and finding his feet, Steve becomes a Fire Fighter, and completes another 12 years service. Watch Episode on YouTubePart 1: youtu.be/HqHRXl6oqQEPart 2: youtu.be/ecfN02GJcb0TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/militaryveteranspodcastX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.If you've enjoyed any episode from the show, please head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and give the show a 5 star rating. It really will help the show be found by others. Many thanks! Message at the end of the recording is from your host Gav, giving you information on how you can support the show through Patreon.Supporting monthly would help the show record future episodes and help with the upkeep of previous recordings. £5 a month will give you access to bonus recordings, where Gav and the guest chat about things that don't make it into the main recording. Thank you.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 021 - Cpl Tony Brooks from 10th February 2022.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Tony talks about his mental health when he returns back to the USA after operational tours with Special Ops, and how he got help to deal with scenes from Operation Red Wings 2.He shares his journey in becoming a Chiropractor,  as well as writing his book 'Leave No Man Behind', plus some great advice for others in joining the military or leaving to become a veteran.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/HqxFChZRJNwPart 2: youtu.be/IqXabCeX5j4TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 020 - Sgt Richard Foster from 10th January 2022.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Richard talks about living with PTSD and coping by being busy and structuring his life around having no down time. This included becoming a lawyer and owning his own ranch.He also wrote a book about his time in the Vietnam War, to help others understand what it's like fighting a war on the ground,  called Kilo 3.Lastly Richard gives some great advice for people thinking of joining the military and also great advice for veterans out there - talk to another veteran.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/1eovBSLy20EPart 2: youtu.be/DzoGTv5G7rcTikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 019 - SSgt Gaz Crick from 10th December 2021.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Gaz talks about his transition out of the British Army, creating his own business Northern Signs/Northern Wraps, which is still going strong and growing.He gives advice to people leaving the military and wanting to venture down the route of building their own business and following their passion.He also gives advice for anyone wanting to join the military, and the opportunities that might show up.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/H7ftyzYk5WcPart 2: youtu.be/4UNLq6VjcbMTikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.
Stu initially joined the Royal Marines Commandos in 1998, then moved over to the Parachute Regiment in the British Army and served for a total of 17 years, reaching the rank of Sergeant (Sgt). He specialised as a Sniper.In this episode Stu talks about going through and completing training at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), before choosing to move over to the British Parachute Regiment. He shares operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and was also part of exchange programs with American and Italian Paras. Plus the steps he took in becoming a Sniper.Stu also shares operational tours in Afghanistan, with the first including a life changing incident where a mine strike took place in Kajaki. He would loose his right leg from the blast, but he was eager to rejoin his team on tour, and after rehabilitation became the first amputee to redeploy out to Afghanistan. Stu went back to the crater in Kajaki where the incident happened, which helped him with his mental recovery. Later a movie would be released based on this event called ‘Kajaki’, or ‘Kilo Two Bravo’ for the U.S. market.Watch Episode on YouTubePart 1: youtu.be/G1ItjhpKrPEPart 2: youtu.be/vw1zuXJh0ZwTikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/militaryveteranspodcastX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.If you've enjoyed any episode from the show, please head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and give the show a 5 star rating. It really will help the show be found by others. Many thanks! Message at the end of the recording is from your host Gav, giving you information on how you can support the show through Patreon.Supporting monthly would help the show record future episodes and help with the upkeep of previous recordings. £5 a month will give you access to bonus recordings, where Gav and the guest chat about things that don't make it into the main recording. Thank you.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 018 - SCPO Thom Shea from 10th November 2021.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Thom discusses the challenge of leaving the military and the SEAL teams after 23 years service, with steps forward in writing books and creating a leadership company to help businesses and individuals.Thom also shares some great advice for people thinking of joining the military, and advice for veterans out there, which includes finding something that scares you.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/-I3ugxVDOF4Part 2: youtu.be/PqJEZa5oxy4TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.
Sally joined the British Army Reserves (previously Territorial Army) in 1998, and served for 22 years, reaching the rank of Major (Maj). Sally was a Physiotherapist within the Royal Army Medical Corps.In this episode Sally talks about joining the Officers’ Training Corps, and shares how she also joined the British Army Reserves. She did 8 years as part of the Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), which included a deployment to Afghanistan in her role as a Physiotherapist, and being the Officer Commanding (OC) for her department.Sally also shares her journey leaving the British Army Reserves, and the challenges she faced with her mental health, after being diagnosed with Recurrent Major Depressive Disorder. Sally is now a National Ambassador for the Army Cadet Force, holds multiple Guinness World Records for marathons around the world, and has an MBE for services to mental health and charities.Watch Episode on YouTubePart 1: youtu.be/2_ZlHP6DR4oPart 2: youtu.be/e869X8F25i8TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/militaryveteranspodcastX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.If you've enjoyed any episode from the show, please head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and give the show a 5 star rating. It really will help the show be found by others. Many thanks! Message at the end of the recording is from your host Gav, giving you information on how you can support the show through Patreon.Supporting monthly would help the show record future episodes and help with the upkeep of previous recordings. £5 a month will give you access to bonus recordings, where Gav and the guest chat about things that don't make it into the main recording. Thank you.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 017 - SAC Rachel Williamson from 10th October 2021.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Rachel talks about her journey in becoming team captain for Team UK at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. She was the first female team captain for Team UK at any of the Invictus games.She also shares how she is coping with her injuries and gives some great advice for others either joining the military or about to leave.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/yg58dgRd_-kPart 2: youtu.be/D8QmodfOWcATikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.
Dinga joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1963, and served for 37 years as an Aircraft Engineer, reaching the rank of Chief Technician (Chf Tech).In this episode Dinga talks about joining the RAF through the RAF Apprenticeship Scheme, and learning the basic skills as an Aircraft Engineer, before being stationed at many different locations around the world. Which included the UK, Singapore and Germany, where he gained experience working on many aircraft from Hawker Hunter jets to Wessex helicopters.Dinga also shares being stations around the UK in the latter part of his career, where he got to work on an array of aircraft including Tornado jets, Victor Tankers, Hawks and Hercules. He talks about the steps he took when leaving the RAF, after a 37 year career, and what that transition back to civilian life was like for him.Watch Episode on YouTubePart 1: youtu.be/aTisWc3zMHIPart 2: youtu.be/r0lrgoGfhv8TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/militaryveteranspodcastX:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.If you've enjoyed any episode from the show, please head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and give the show a 5 star rating. It really will help the show be found by others. Many thanks! Message at the end of the recording is from your host Gav, giving you information on how you can support the show through Patreon.Supporting monthly would help the show record future episodes and help with the upkeep of previous recordings. £5 a month will give you access to bonus recordings, where Gav and the guest chat about things that don't make it into the main recording. Thank you.Support the Show.
Full Episode: Ep 016 - Sgt Darren Carew from 10th September 2021.In this Veteran Viewpoint: Darren shares his journey in wanting to take control of his life by having an amputation of his left leg, after injuries from an IED incident whilst on tour in Afghanistan, caused him limitations in living his life. Plus what the rebuilding and rehabilitation steps were after his surgery.He also talks about how sport has helped him go further, as a competitor and as a coach/mentor for others around him, which is a big drive for him today.Watch Full Episode on YouTube:Part 1: youtu.be/E7_gKXYtK90Part 2: youtu.be/yuX12VoQnW8TikTok:tiktok.com/@militaryveteranspodcastInstagram:instagram.com/VeteranViewpointTwitter:twitter.com/MilVetPodcastLinkedIn:linkedin.com/company/military-veterans-podcastMerchandise:milvetpodcast.com/merchSend us a Text Message.Support the Show.