Sheep Dog Nation Podcast
Introducing a groundbreaking podcast tailored exclusively for our veterans and first responders: ”Sheep Dog Nation Podcast.” In this unique series, we delve into the shared experiences, challenges, and triumphs of those who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our communities and nations. Through candid conversations, expert insights, and heartfelt narratives, ”Sheep Dog Nation Podcast” offers a safe and supportive space for veterans and first responders to connect, share their stories, and find solace in the company of kindred spirits. Whether you’ve worn the uniform or served on the frontlines, this podcast is your go-to source for inspiration, resilience, and a reminder that you’re never alone in your journey. Join us as we celebrate the indomitable spirit of our guardians and provide a platform to honor their unwavering commitment. Subscribe today, because together, we are stronger.
Wednesday Oct 18, 2023
Wednesday Oct 18, 2023
CEO and Founder of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance speaks with Col. Ed Larkin SGM Mike Welsh US Army (Ret) about veteran issues, VA Medical Centers, and the needs of combat veterans.
Col. Edwin W. Larkin
Ed Larkin has built a career of achievement and consistent contribution by embracing the concept that any obstacle is a chance to learn and drive positive change. The architect of a career that has woven through time zones and high-stakes environments, he has skillfully blended his resourcefulness, problem-solving expertise, and collaborative approach into a steady leadership style that has guided a broad range of operations through times of growth and transformation.
Ed graduated from North Adams State College in 1986 and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in October 1991. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff/Senior Guard Advisor U.S. Army Central. Over the course of his career, he has served in a variety of billets, including Public Affairs/Public Relations, Executive Officer, Brigade Team Chief/Commander, Legislative Liaison/Congressional Fellow, and Battalion Commander to name a few. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 and is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
SGM Michael A. Welsh
Mike Welsh is a 27-year retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major. He has been appointed to serve on the DoD Traumatic Brain Injury Panel by the President of the United States. He is a mentor for Team River Runner and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Mike entered the U.S. Army in April 1979 and retired in April 2007. He worked heavily in the areas of Intelligence, Information Warfare, Strategic Communications, Drug Enforcement, and Public Affairs. He has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, and retired from the Army after being critically wounded in Afghanistan in 2006.
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Sheep Dog Impact Assistance
Founded in 2010, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a national non-profit founded and headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas, that provides charitable services benefiting the overall well-being of our nation’s “Sheep Dogs” (Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and EMS personnel) through Get Off The Couch™ programming. SDIA exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s heroes through Outdoor Adventures (physical activity), Warrior PATHH training (mental wellness) and Continued Service/Disaster Response (volunteerism) programs.
Our nation’s heroes have an innate desire to serve, and their service gives meaning and purpose to their lives. After an injury or shift/tour of duty ends, that meaning and purpose is often lost. Post-traumatic stress, injuries, depression, addiction, and isolation plague our Sheep Dogs to the point of thinking about and/or attempting suicide. Through our Get Off The Couch™ programming, Sheep Dogs who have suffered similar traumas & experiences gather together for camaraderie and opportunities to continue serving, which helps prevent suicides in our Veteran and First Responder communities.