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Solidarity of Service, hosted by Operation Gratitude CEO and Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel and the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for NAMI, Retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer-2 Sherman Gillums, Jr. The show explores inspiring stories about community, connection, and service, featuring true American patriots from all walks of life. The inspiration for the Solidarity of Service came from the two friends' conversations about their desire to help heal a divided nation and the power of service in uniting communities.
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Service & Success

Service & Success

2021-04-0952:38

In this seventh episode of our Solidarity of Service podcast, hosts Kevin Schmiegel and Sherman Gillums Jr. speak with Oscar Mike Apparel’s founder and CEO Noah Currier. Currier is a Marine veteran who was paralyzed in a vehicle accident in 2003, just three days after returning from a combat deployment to Iraq. He says the mission at Oscar Mike is to recognize and highlight those unsung heroes who are making a real difference in the lives of others. The Oscar Mike Foundation and proceeds from Oscar Mike Apparel sales allow OM to host events and opportunities that support injured Veterans and encourage them to get and stay active. Currier says this idea of service to others has been “baked into” his original business model since its inception nearly a decade ago. Gillums, Schmiegel, and Currier discuss what it takes to find success and the responsibility that comes with being a leader of a service-minded mission. Currier shares his vision for the future of Oscar Mike, which also aligns with Operation Gratitude’s mission to build bridges between the civilian and military communities. To purchase an Oscar Mike and Operation Gratitude t-shirt: https://www.oscarmike.org/products/operation-gratitudeWatch this episode: https://youtu.be/VcIPBXJ3xo8
Legacy of Service

Legacy of Service

2021-02-1949:21

“Mom, I want to go change the world, make a difference, and do something that will bring God glory.”In our sixth installment of Solidarity of Service, hosts Schmiegel and Gillums are joined by Gold Star Mom Janice Chance. Chance’s son, Captain Jesse Melton, USMC, was killed in September of 2008 while supporting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan. Chance speaks about preserving her son’s legacy through service to others and using that service to heal. She says she’s made it her daily mission to make a difference in the lives of others, particularly military, veterans, and first responders.Chance also discusses her personal experience with Operation Gratitude and highlights the value of community partnerships and continuous, tangible action to impact and improve outcomes for our nation’s heroes.Watch on YouTube:https://youtu.be/Fk3pPddUviM
In this fifth installment of the podcast that brings you stories of the intersection and spirit of service with exclusive content, Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel and NAMI Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Sherman Gillums, Jr. host Dr. Mark Shapiro, host of Explore the Space Podcast.Shapiro talks about the power of service in connecting communities and bridging divides. He discusses the differences in service and volunteerism and the importance of a service mindset. Mark Shapiro BioMark Shapiro is a practicing Hospitalist and Medical Director in Santa Rosa, CA. He grew up in Santa Rosa and from there went south to UCLA for his undergraduate education. While on the road to medical school, he got his degree in History with a focus on the American Civil War and worked as a sportswriter for the Daily Bruin. He is the host of Explore the Space Podcast: (explorethespaceshow.com)He completed his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and his Internal Medicine residency at UC-San Diego before spending 10 years as a Hospitalist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. He served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Sharp Memorial Hospital before moving back to his hometown. He currently works as a Hospitalist and Medical Director with St. Joseph Health Medical Group at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.When not working or podcasting, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and roasting coffee.
Service & Purpose

Service & Purpose

2020-12-2137:19

In this fourth installment of the podcast that brings you stories of the spirit of service with exclusive content every week, Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel and NAMI Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Sherman Gillums, Jr. host the Honorable Patrick Murphy, the 32nd Undersecretary of the Army.  Murphy reflects on his time in the Army, his family's military commitments, the awards and accolades that he earned and the people he interacted with that got him where he is today.  The conversation covers a range of topics about bridging the civilian/service divide and the need for a national call for service and Murphy's desire to lead a purpose-driven life in serving others.Patrick J. Murphy began serving our nation at age 19, when he enlisted in the United States Army. For the past 28 years, in one role after another, he has maintained that commitment to serve—as a soldier, as the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress, as the Under Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Army, and as a champion for veterans’ issues with an extensive background in health care management and innovation.As the member of a military family, Patrick understands both the challenges facing previous generations of veterans and the experiences of his fellow service members who came of age during the post-9/11 era. Today, he brings a vision focused on innovation, efficiency, and accountability to shaping the future of veterans’ support and empowerment.Patrick’s leadership harnesses the power of public, private, and nonprofit partners to support veterans in finding jobs, starting businesses, and securing quality health care and mental health services. His mission is to help provide all of America’s 20 million veterans—including the more than nine million who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs —with the opportunity to enjoy stability and success. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HZgOursG36E
Continuing to Serve

Continuing to Serve

2020-11-2052:24

In this episode, fellow Marine and COO of Operation Gratitude, Retired Colonel Paul Cucinotta, joins hosts Gillums and Schmiegel for a candid conversation about his call to service both in the military and as Chief Operating Officer of Operation Gratitude.  Cucinotta provides insight into his and his family's personal experiences with service, what it means to wear a uniform, and how he was called to serve in the next chapter in his life.  Cucinotta discusses heroes without capes, the gift of a care package (and why it is much more), and the team at Operation Gratitude.  Watch this episode on YouTube.
Courage to Serve

Courage to Serve

2020-11-1901:00:02

This episode focuses on a conversation with Chief Executive Officer of Operation Gratitude and Retired Marine Corps Officer Kevin Schmiegel.  Sherman Gillums interviews Schmiegel, examining his choice to serve our country, highlighting the characteristics of great leadership, and sharing what gratitude and service means to him. The episode dives into Schmiegel's personal connections in regard to his mentors, his family's choices to serve in different generations, and his call to continue to serve in a non-profit role.  Schmiegel shares insight into the importance of actions and words like the ones President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in this famous quote “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”  He and fellow podcast colleague, Sherman Gillums, Jr. discuss the fears of Americans today, what it takes to find the courage to serve, stories of heroes that were affected by those who give back and how the nation can unite in solidarity of service to bridge any divides and make an impact.Watch this episode on YouTube.
Called to Serve

Called to Serve

2020-11-1701:07:22

In the first episode, Kevin Schmiegel and Sherman Gillums, Jr. give us a backstory briefing of the inspiration for this podcast.  They share stories from their experience in the Marine Corps and the people who influenced them and who they mentored.  The veterans talk about their own families' dedication to service with children of their own in the military, how they came to that decision, and what these dads hope for their children's future.  They touch on tragic events of their past with a focus on learning from them and finding empathy and understanding instead of vengeance and divide.  This episode features the pair sharing their choices to continue to serve as non-profit leaders, discussing Sherman Gillums, Jr.'s role as Chief of Strategy and Operations Officer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and what he has witnessed in regard to the sacrifices of first responders and military. Kevin Schmiegel talks about his dedication to Operation Gratitude as their Chief Executive Officer and how the organization's efforts change people's lives, and "that it goes beyond a thank you".  The leaders see current challenges in America as opportunities to grow as a nation through acts of kindness and "going one step further."  It's clear why these grateful Americans are leaders of their organizations - you get fired up and inspired listening to them speak about healing our nation by finding solidarity in service.This podcast is dedicated to the memory of John D. Ellis, U.S. Army, 1951-1953 (Korean War veteran).Watch this episode on YouTube.
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