Why are we here?

As much as I would love to say the Veteran Talk Show answers this lifelong philosophical question, I just want to tell you the purpose of this show. I have wanted for the longest time to put together a Veteran podcast where we get to sit around and hang out. One of my favorite things to do since I got out of the Army is to just talk forever with other Veterans. Well, I finally pulled the trigger and started the recording phase. After our first episode, I realized if I was going to broadcast a bunch of bro vets on a talk show, then there has to be a higher purpose. There has to be a reason or a cause behind what we’re doing, not just entertainment.

I have had many conversations with other Veterans about the struggles we go through, both during and after Military Service. Veterans see so many things from alcohol and drug addiction to sexual harassment and assault. I have talked to many other Veterans who not only work to help people in these situations, but plenty who have gone through it themselves, including myself. This is why we’re here: To help Veterans in need.

I have created the resources page on our website to help fellow brothers and sisters fight through whatever it might be they’re going through. I reached out to Richard Kauffman and he agreed to allow me to put his information here. If you are like Richard and want to help Veterans with whatever they’re going through, then fill out the contact form on the resources page and let us know you want to be a resource partner.

My name is Ryan Smeltz, a ten year Army Military Police Veteran with one deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Having served at Fort Polk, LA, Baumholder, Germany, and Fort Hood, TX, I now live in Raleigh, NC with my fiancé and our puppy.

Since receiving my beloved DD214 in 2015, I worked sales in many different industries. Putting to work my interpersonal communication and leadership skills, I started multiple businesses and worked for many different companies.

Finding joy in the opportunity to talk, I started yet another podcast. Connecting with Veterans throughout the local community, I invite them on the show and we exchange “war” stories.

We laugh, we cry, and we offend, but most importantly, we have an outlet for our voice. It may not be your traditional type of therapy, but it’s effective and we want to share it with the world.