Erin Schraufnagel grew up in Northern Illinois and attended college at UW-Platteville, in Platteville, Wisconsin. She joined the Marines during her junior year of college, and served 12 years in the Marine Reserves. After two tours overseas she got out of the service to spend time with her husband and children. Nowadays Erin’s the head cook for a small Christian school, teaches swim lessons and drinks way too much coffee. Erin spends her free time running triathlons and volunteering with Warrior Partnership at MCW.
Bob was born and raised in Milwaukee and enlisted in the Marines after graduating from high school in 1968. He was honorably discharged after a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969-’70 when he was 19.
Vietnam service was exhausting, terrifying and often demoralizing. However, Bob learned unforgettable lessons from his comrades in combat including this truth attributed to an anonymous Marine 2nd Lieutenant who said, “Courage is endurance, for one moment more.”
After attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the early 1970s, Bob graduated from a radio-tv training school in 1975 and began a career as a broadcast news and sports reporter. He covered countless news events and also announced Marquette University men’s basketball on radio and Wisconsin Badger basketball on television. He was a reporter and on-air host at WUWM-FM in Milwaukee, an NPR, for almost 25 years. Bob retired in 2014, and later was elected to the Milwaukee Press Club Media Hall of Fame.
Bob is married to Joan and has three children and three grandchildren. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bob is honored to participate in the “Stigma Free Vet Zone” podcast and partner with veterans who have courageously chosen to share their stories, thoughts, and feelings. There is so much for all of us to learn.
Minhi Kang is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin interested in pursuing Psychiatry. Her academic experiences include molecular, clinical, and quality improvement research as well as managing the student-run free clinic and gardening produce for local food banks. Outside of school, she spends her time playing various instruments, painting watercolors, walking dogs, and camping.
Michael Orban served as an infantry soldier in Vietnam. He experienced many punishing physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural reactions when returning home. With a focus on the veteran and military family he is dedicated to improving transition from military to civilian life through education while working to disarm stigmas that might endanger that transition. Read more about Mike on Who We Are.
Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast Program Format
Mission: Visit every corner where the veteran or family members will hear our voices! deliver the experienced voices of veterans and familiy members in resolving the unexpected experiences of military life. From confrontations with suicide thinking, rage, isolation, loss of a sense of self identity and many other reactions we promote education , understanding, resolution and acceptance. We believe the mental health profession is responsible for creating and maintaining very damaging therapies and we want to be with the wave of demand for change
- Podcast format: Our Interviews with Veterans and Military Family members will specifically avoid wherever possible all stigmatizing and damaging terms such as PTSD, PTS that might in any way demean the honor and integrity of Veterans, veteran family members or any other guests.
- Format will be casual discussion:
- Veteran or guest will lead us though the following;
- Their Life before entering the military;
- Their Expectations on entering the military;
- Actual Military Experience(s);
- Expectations on leaving the military and returning to civilian life;
- Actual experience(s) returning to civilian life and culture.
- Discuss their awareness of any stigmas, the effects of those stigmas positive or negative on their readjustment to civilian life:
- Veteran or guest will discuss what, if given the opportunity;
- What the would do differently in their transition from Military to Civilian life and culture.
- Veteran or guest opinion on the truth, perception, value, danger, harm given to and suffered by stigmas.
- Periodic monologues by the hosts on topics concerning the mission statement of the podcast.
- Interviews may be followed by a Mad Minute described here as a one-minute opinion by the host on a controversial issue or topic affecting Veterans or their families.
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