Today I talk to Scott DeLuzio (@scottdeluzio) about the need to drive on and reclaim your strength after experiencing hardship. Scott DeLuzio is an Army veteran who served in the CT Army National Guard as an infantryman between 2005-2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott is the author of Surviving Son and the host of the Drive On podcast.
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In This Episode, Scott DeLuzio And I Discuss How to Drive on and Reclaim your Strength
Scott DeLuzio tells a compelling true story about the life of a U.S. Army combat infantryman fighting in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away. We discuss how people from all walks of life who have faced incredible hardship can choose to survive, learn from the experience, and make themselves and those around them stronger.
- How the early events in his life shaped who he is today.
- Why he decided to join the National Guard.
- His mental health suggestions and why it is so important to act and not keep the pain inside.
- The impact of losing his brother while they were both deployed to Afghanistan.
- We talk about some of his leadership advice on a variety of topics.
- Why he started the Drive On podcast.
- His recommendations for aspiring podcasters
- Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
- And much more…
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More From My Interview With Scott DeLuzio
During our interview, I asked Scott why he wrote Surviving Son.
Scott DeLuzio explains, “My younger brother, Steven, and I both were deployed to Afghanistan at the same time, where he was tragically killed in action. And that clearly had a profound impact on my life, my family’s lives, and everything. And it really set me in a bad direction. I was not coping with the grief of losing him, the PTSD that I had experienced, and all the other stuff I was dealing with.
I wasn’t doing it in a very healthy way. And eventually, I realized that I needed to do something different to get the help that I needed. And once I started doing that, I realized just how many other people are out there in the military and veteran communities who are struggling the way I struggled, and I realized that you don’t have to go down this route and struggle by yourself; there are resources available, you can get the help that you need, you just have to know where to look and know what to do.
And so that’s the background of why I started doing some of the stuff that I’m doing now on my Drive On podcast, which focuses on these issues to raise awareness for some of the resources that are available for military veterans. We talk to people who have struggled with homelessness, addiction or PTSD, or any number of other issues that plagued the veteran community. And we talked about what they did to come through on the other side in a better place, and all with the hopes of providing hope to the listeners, who might just be sitting there thinking that all hope is lost for them.
They don’t really have any good options ahead of them. And when you start hearing about other people who are in very similar situations, and they have a message of positivity, a message of hope, then it gives that listeners a little bit of hope, as well says, okay, maybe I haven’t tried everything, maybe there’s something else that I need to try.”
Thanks, Scott DeLuzio!
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- Vet Center
- IAVA Quick Reaction Force (QRF) 1-855-91-RAPID (72743) (24/7)
- Hold My Guns
- American Gold Star Mothers
- Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
- Folds of Honor
- Gold Star Awareness
- Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
- National Association of State Directors of Veterans
- National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
- The Society of Military Widows
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
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About Today’s Guest, Scott DeLuzio
Scott DeLuzio hosts the Drive On Podcast. Scott is an Army infantry veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2010. After that deployment, several individuals that Scott served with took their own lives. Scott realized that those individuals survived combat in an area where people wanted them to die, only to lose their lives when they come back home to a place where people wanted them to thrive.
Scott realized this problem was widespread amongst the military community and didn’t want to wait for another fellow veteran to take their own life. That was the spark that caused Drive On Podcast to come to life.
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