WHEN SACRIFICE CALLS PODCAST
After returning home from a Reserve Military Mobilization to Afghanistan, Lesley experienced unexpectedly challenges as she transitioned back to her civilian life. As she reflected on the challenges she faced, she realized she was not alone in these struggles as a military reservist in today’s demanding security environment.
Over 1.2 million Americans serve as military reservists and National Guard. These Americans are being called upon more now than ever before. Lesley created a platform through her podcast, “When Sacrifice Calls” to share the stories of sacrifice and service common to this group of Americans juggling civilian life and military service.
Since launching the podcast military reserve service members have flooded Lesley with requests to share their stories. Her podcast is quickly becoming a recognized opportunity to give Reservists a voice and platform to share their stories and strengthen their identities. Her podcast is bringing increased awareness to unique challenges faced by this community and better enabling military leadership and civilian communities across the country to support this important subset of service members.
In just three months since the podcast launch, “When Sacrifice Calls” has reached nearly 1,000 unique listeners and continued to grow. Lesley has featured thirteen military reservists from all service branches on her weekly show.
She and her guests have openly and honestly discussed challenging topics including depression, military moms deploying away from children, health problems, job loss, foster parenting through deployment, bureaucratic frustration, life balance and more.
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