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Discharge Lessons on The Other Side of Military Trauma

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Events are taking place across the nation in recognition of Armed Forces Week. Currently, less than one percent of our population wears the uniform as compared to more than 12 percent during World War II. Those numbers are set to shrink even more in response to the President declaring an end to the 12-year-plus "global war on terror." Thousands of members will exit with discharge lessons in mind of the risks ahead. Perhaps, even greater challenges lie ahead for those on the other side of trauma. 

Lydia Davey, a former U.S. Marine, is one of tens of thousands who experienced military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress while serving, and beyond. As a columnist for Military 1 and The Huffington Post she's defined the lessons learned since discharge, and their application to heal, forgive, and forge ahead. 

She reported that "more veterans than ever before are reporting post-traumatic stress. This is a good thing. Combat is stressful. Rape is stressful. The loss of your buddies is stressful ... we can't muscle through trauma alone." Lydia describes the endeavor of healing and forgiveness as an even greater risk than "donning body armor and loading weapons" during Afghanistan deployment. 

"Challenging your heart to heal as an incredibly powerful thing," she says. Whether you're a veteran who's experienced military trauma, helping a veteran on the other side of it, or simply looking for entrepreneur insights, this episode is one you won't want to miss. Tune in to meet Lydia Davey, successful vetrepreneur, motivational speaker, Founder and CEO of Moriah Creatives Public Relations, project manager, author of The Adventures of Puppi and Burma (a story of a homeless veteran and his two pets), and an "Outward Bound" veteran dogsledding participant.