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Jason Kander on the Journey to Post-Traumatic Growth and Community Building

In this thought-provoking episode, Jason Kander, an Army veteran, lawyer, and former politician, joins me. We explore Kander’s personal journey through PTSD and his advocacy for seeking help in dealing with trauma. Gain valuable insights from his memoir, Invisible Storm, as he shares his experiences of reintegrating into civilian life and finding purpose through post-traumatic growth. Discover Kander’s impactful work with the Veterans Community Project, which focuses on supporting veterans in their transition and providing crucial resources. Join us for an enlightening discussion on PTSD, resilience, and the importance of supporting our veterans.

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Putting on the uniform made me feel two things initially. One, it made me feel deeply inadequate to the people who had earned the uniform and it also made me feel a part of something greater than myself.

Jason Kander

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Resilience and Recovery: Jason Kander’s Story of Overcoming PTSD and Building Community

In this episode of the Passion Struck podcast, Jason Kander joins host John R. Miles to discuss veterans’ difficulties when transitioning back into civilian life and the need for mental health resources. The conversation revolves around his memoir, Invisible Storm, which tells the story of his experience with PTSD and how he built a meaningful life after the military. Kander’s work with the Veterans Community Project provides a support system for veterans struggling with PTSD.

Overall, this podcast provides a unique perspective on the struggles of returning veterans and emphasizes how important it is to seek help for mental health struggles. If you or someone you know is struggling, this episode of the Passion Struck podcast can help provide insights and resources to support those in need.

By listening to Emily and John, you will be able to:

  • Discover the impact of PTSD and mental health on veterans and how to support those affected.
  • Explore Kander’s military experiences in Afghanistan and their relevance to our lives today.
  • Learn the significance of seeking help for trauma and how it can transform lives.
  • Uncover the inspiring story of the Veterans Community Project and its vital work.
  • Delve into personal development and successfully navigate career changes.
  • And much, much more!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]!
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More From My Conversation With Jason Kander About His Book Invisible Storm

Jason Kander’s journey into the military began with a desire to serve his country, following in the footsteps of his family members who served in previous wars. While studying law in college, the tragic events of 9/11 inspired Jason to enlist in the Army and become a military intelligence officer. His deployment to Afghanistan brought him face-to-face with the harsh realities of war, but his experiences didn’t align with the conventional idea of combat he had grown up with in movies.

For years, he discounted his own experiences as not being actual combat. Through his work on the Afghan evacuation, Jason came to understand the trauma he faced during his deployment, ultimately emphasizing the importance of seeking help for veterans dealing with PTSD and mental health.

Battling PTSD

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that affects many veterans who have served in combat zones. It’s crucial for these individuals to acknowledge the impact of PTSD on their daily lives and seek assistance in dealing with it. PTSD symptoms can include anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional numbness, all of which can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. Understanding and addressing these challenges is essential for both the individual and their loved ones.

In the interview, Jason Kander discusses his battle with PTSD after returning from Afghanistan. He dealt with nightmares, night terrors, and emotional numbness, initially unaware that he was even experiencing PTSD. It was not until Kander sought professional help that he could address and manage his symptoms. His story highlights the importance of seeking assistance and recognizing the warning signs of PTSD.

The Stigma Around Trauma

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The stigma around discussing trauma and seeking help for mental health issues can be a significant barrier to veterans receiving the support they need. It’s crucial to normalize conversations about mental health and trauma and encourage open dialogue within families, communities, and organizations. This inclusivity can help break down misconceptions and foster an understanding of the challenges faced by those with PTSD.

Jason Kander candidly discusses the stigma surrounding PTSD and mental health issues for veterans during the podcast. His story emphasizes the importance of destigmatizing these conversations and encouraging veterans to seek help for their trauma. He believes that openly addressing PTSD is necessary for both individual growth and the well-being of the veteran community as a whole.

Resources for Veterans and First Responders
Several organizations provide valuable mental health resources and support to veterans and first responders experiencing PTSD, such as the Veterans Community Project, the Boulder Crest Foundation, and the War Angels Foundation. These organizations aim to improve access to mental health care and create a support network for those in need. Ensuring these resources are available and easily accessed is crucial.

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About Today’s Guest, Jason Kander

Jason Kander, PTSD, post-traumatic growth, veterans, trauma, mental health, memoir, Invisible Storm, Veterans Community Project, Army veteran, lawyer, politician, support, transition

Jason Kander, a former Army Captain, has become an influential voice in the veteran’s community, drawing on his firsthand experiences with mental health struggles. Jason served in Afghanistan, where he encountered various challenging situations that left lasting impressions on his psyche. By openly discussing his journey to recovery and the critical need to seek assistance for trauma, Jason has empowered countless veterans grappling with PTSD and similar mental health issues.

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John R. Miles is globally recognized as an expert in intentional behavior change, leadership, personal mastery, and veteran advocacy. He founded and serves as CEO of PASSION STRUCK®. This media company boasts a significant social media following and tens of millions of annual views on its podcasts and YouTube channels. His podcast, Passion Struck with John R. Miles, sets records and has held the top spot among alternative health podcasts. Furthermore, John is the author of the upcoming book “Passion Struck,” which is set to be published in early 2024.

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