Welcome to The Veteran Woman Podcast! I am your host, Airial Re’nal.
I’ve had the pull to podcast for a while now but I allowed fear to sink in and overcome me. I stalled and I procrastinated while it kept pulling me and tugging at my heart and then I finally decided to just do it. By the way, I want to give a shout-out to Scott Doucet, Podcast Host at Podcast Bay, co-founder of The Podcast Discovery Center on FB and my amazing podcast producer and consultant!
Why am I podcasting?
Let me start by telling you a little bit of a story: I served active duty in the Army for 12 years and got out in 2014. I spent almost two years trying to figure out what I wanted to do after I got out of the military. I thought I was ready, I had everything together: resume, job lined up, a degree, everything.. What I didn't realize is that I wasn't as quite as emotionally ready as I thought. My last couple of years in the military were trying. From being sexually assaulted by my supervisor, to experiencing racial discrimination, to complete breakdown (I was in a mental institute for 5 days), to major panic attacks and depression, I didn't want to live any more. I felt hopeless and purposeless.
The adjustment was difficult. I had been attending therapy for about 2 years and on meds. I was back and forth trying to decide what I wanted to do in life. In addition, every time I went to therapy, I felt as if a scab was constantly being picked. I felt stuck, I wanted and needed to move forward past the pain. Because of this, I signed up for a discovery call with a life and business coach. Little did I know, that conversation would change my life. I was reminded of my strengths, my passion, my purpose, I was reminded that I wasn't alone. It was then I decided I wanted to serve others in the same capacity. I hit the books and became certified coach and shortly after, founded The Veteran Woman, LLC.
The Veteran Woman is more than just a company or business, it’s a persona, as well as a movement. I created The Veteran Woman entity in order to help women make the necessary life decisions without all the red-tape. This podcast serves as one of the platforms to empower, inspire, and encourage women veterans and those who love them; provide a platform to share their voices and stories and for advocacy and awareness without bureaucracy or red-tape.
Do I serve male veterans? Do I serve civilians? I won’t turn anyone away because of their gender or military affiliation, or lack thereof. My target demographic is women veterans because I am one and I understand first hand some of the struggles we go through both in and out of the military.
I'm welcoming guests from all backgrounds – men, women, veterans and non-veterans. A veteran by my definition is anyone who has ever served even one day in the Armed Forces. So, whether you've been honorably discharged, dishonorably discharged, seen combat or not: you are a veteran. I am looking for both women and men who have followed their heart, recognized the value of their experiences, and are enjoying purpose, prosperity and fulfillment in their lives. I am looking to have wholehearted conversations about life stories and how you have overcome obstacles and barriers.
Authenticity and openness are highly important so I’d like to have you share insights and wisdom to help others move closer to their own vision. Through increased confidence, clarity and self-belief or specific skills, strategies and tactics. If you have an inspiring personal or business story to tell or are an expert in your own field with valuable skills to share, I want you!
I am a huge advocate for veterans, women veterans, and mental health. Things may, at times, skirt the lines of politics to get the word out to the people who can influence and make policy changes. Awareness brings change. Be aware, I do things in my own way!
You can expect interviews, solo shows, and even live shows where you’ll be able to call-in. So stay tuned. Ultimately, I want to create a platform where you can share and get answers to the questions you have and have a podcast that YOU look forward to listening to that’s relevant to you. I highly encourage you to provide feedback. So one way to do so is by visiting theveteranwoman.com. You will see a tab labeled “Podcast”; There you will find the menu option “Feedback & Suggestions”.
I want to thank everyone who has pushed me, inspired me, and supported me throughout this journey as well as those who will continue to do the same. If you’d like to be a patron, sponsor, or advertiser visit: theveteranwoman.com. I’m also looking for artists and creatives to share music, songs, and poetry on the show. This is free promotion for military vets that fall in this category. To be a guest or co-host for the show: visit: theveteranwoman.com.
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Twitter and Linkedin: @airialrenal
Skip the B.S
Your story matters
Sharing your story will help others heal and you to heal
No bureaucracy or red-tape
Your voice matters
The truth that’s the hardest to tell should be told the loudest
You are unique
Show up and show out
Live life limitlessly