Episode Show Notes:
Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery.
In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom, Jodi, and guest Robin Kelleher, Co-Founder and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, discuss how Hope For The Warriors provides financial education, scholarships, internships, and employment opportunities to service members and their families.
“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are.
Ep. 33 – Hope For The Warriors with Robin Kelleher
Robin Kelleher, the CEO and co-founder of Hope For The Warriors, shared her extensive background, including her entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion that have led the organization to success.
Hope For The Warriors was founded in 2006 by military spouses who wanted to provide comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families. The organization is focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources. She tells the story of how they got started with an event to bring the community together.
Supporting Military Spouses and Families
Robin explains how the organization has been providing scholarships, internships and employment opportunities to military spouses for over 16 years. She also explores how the organization has evolved over the years, noting that since they are actively involved in the community, they are able to be on the pulse of what is needed most.
This led the organization to address the challenges of post-traumatic stress and the stigma around mental health. Robin adds that if we can help solve those issues in the military community, the general public would also benefit. She explains how there is past precedence of this, where findings amongst the military community have led to better outcomes for the civilian population.
Podcast Launch and Impactful Stories
Robin also notes that their organization has launched a new podcast that helps further their mission to serve service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors has been providing support to the military community for 16 years, addressing food insecurity, home insecurity, and employment.
The organization has raised $75 million, but Robin stresses that they can always use further support, and tells the listeners how they can get involved to provide meaningful support. She says that the easiest way is to go out to their website: https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
Hope For The Warriors has had a positive impact on the community and is helping to create a brighter future for those in the military.
Jodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute.
- Last episode’s Military Minute: What is the most watched YouTube video of all time?
- Answer: Baby Shark Song
- This week’s Military Minute question: In 1952 the US Air Force created Project Blue Book to study what?
- Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode.
- Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50.
Tom closes the episode by asking listeners to go to www.afbank.com and subscribe to the show, as well as leave a rating and comment on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
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