For hundreds of years, the United States has effectively sent soldiers into battle, but we have fallen short on bringing them home and assimilating our warriors back to society. Here, we provide information and stories to show civilians how to help veterans come home well because face it, you are the most important part of the battle. You show us we are not alone, and you are the key to us coming home well.
My name is Bob Abbott, and I went to war as a brilliant young man with everything ahead of me. I came back disabled, angry, divorced and broken after serving two tours in Afghanistan. My dream is that no other veteran has to suffer that same fate.
Let me ask you this, what do you say to a veteran sitting alone at a bar? What if they were drinking a beer and had a second beer sitting to their side, with a small card that says “Until Valhalla” on it? What would you do? That’s why we have this show, to help you better know how to help the veteran in a situation just like that, along with many others. While other shows might feature veteran issues to a veteran audience, this is the only show of its kind with the intent to train you, the civilian audience, how to better help us feel normal again.
We invite you to join us, to share in our joy and our sorrows, and to learn from these experts we are lucky enough to call friends.
But you have to bring your own beer.
Bob Abbott is a former Air Force Intelligence Officer and linguist. Really, he’s a former lot of things. He currently is a dad, husband, teacher, journalist, angry veteran, beer connoisseur, and foot masseuse. And all of that is true, except he doesn’t like feet. You can follow his lunacy on Twitter (or really anything) by searching for @thebobabbott. No feet pics.
Air Force Military Police K-9 Handler for 12.5 years. First deployment to Iraq in 2003 asK-9 explosives detection. Retrained into intelligence in 2005. Second deployment to Iraq in 2007 attached to US Marine Corps Explosives Ordnance Disposal. While attached to Marine Corps EOD, he was exposed to numerous IED blasts. The rest of us speak very slowly when talking to Adam, and choose small words.
Wife of a functioning dysfunctional combat veteran who also happens to be a baby factory and work-from-home. Day to life consists of making our little minions happy and trying to be a voice for the spouses of combat veterans. Together, as a couple, we also give back to our community of service members as an outlet of the stresses of every day life. As the lone female, I bring with me a feminine touch and a smart sass that evens out the masculinity of this show.