New podcast focuses on vaccines and veterans suicide

Team Tango is back from its appearance at The American Legion National Convention, which included a special podcast featuring VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

This week’s episode of The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast features a range of issues of interest to the veterans and military community. Leading off, co-host Jeff Daly introduces the Department of Defense policy that servicemembers must get the COVID vaccine or face possible consequences.

“Plunge ahead, people,” co-host Mark Seavey advised, noting how it can’t be worse than over a decade of MREs.

Co-host Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado discusses how purpose plays a role in the transition of servicemembers back to society, and how it can play a role in reducing the rate of veterans suicide.

“You go into the military, you have a purpose and the stakes are sky high … and then you are done,” Gorbulja-Maldonado said, adding that a purpose can be found in continuing to serve. “That’s what makes The American Legion so attractive to some people. It gives the opportunity to continue to serve.”

If you or a loved one are struggling, call the VA Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, Press 1; or text 838255. It’s a confidential service, available 24/7, for veterans, servicemembers and their family members.

Don’t miss this episode. Download and listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or view it on YouTube. All of the 90 episodes, including the special series honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11, are available on the podcast webpage.


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