Military Opportunities and Transitioning to Civilian Life with Todd Cochrane

Todd Cochrane is a United States Navy Veteran who served 25 years and retired with the rank of Senior Petty Officer. He is the CEO of RawVoice and Blubrry Podcasting, a podcast platform that has built a directory of 950,000 shows. Todd wrote the world’s first book on podcasting and is the founder of People’s Choice Podcast Awards. He is credited with introducing advertising into the podcasting space and was inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2015. His grandfather was a World War II veteran and had a fundamental role in the events that occurred after Pearl Harbor. Today he resides in Quincy, Michigan, having spent most of the last 25 years living in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Todd joins me today to discuss how grasping opportunities can put you in your perfect role in the military and how he made a smooth transition back into the civilian world. Todd shares how he landed rewarding roles, first as Lockheed P-3 Orion aircrew and later working on special projects with VPU-2. He discusses the stresses that a military career can put on spouses and family and the support and resources that the military provides at the outset of a military career and retirement. Todd also shares the values of bonds and brotherhood, which can last a lifetime. 

” When we make this transition to the civilian world, we have to understand them more than they have to understand us.” – Todd Cochrane

This week on the Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast:

  • Why Todd decided to join the Navy and returned to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations) twice to get the service role he wanted
  • Carrying the burden to not disappoint your family and Todd’s experiences on the first day of recruitment training
  • How grasping an opportunity landed Todd his ideal role as aircrew with Lockheed P-3 Orions
  • Arriving in Guam and the rewarding job of an aviation electronics technician
  • The proactive approach that allowed Todd to work for VPU-2 (Special Projects Unit 2) in Honolulu
  • How the employment cycle can be extremely stressful on military spouses and family
  • How support ops play a crucial role in the safety of troops on the ground
  • The support and resources for veterans transitioning back to civilian life
  • How building a business made it easy for Todd to retire and return to civilian life
  • How the military brotherhood and sisterhood creates lifetime bonds

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The Orban Foundation for Veterans is dedicated to bringing greater hope, understanding, resolution, and togetherness on issues of civilian readjustment for all military veterans and their families. Orban Foundation for Veterans promotes the importance of education, identification, understanding, acceptance, and resolution of many of the complex and severe responses to war and military life.

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