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When a ship is in peril the captain will call for “All hands on deck”! The Orban Foundation has answered this call and is actively addressing the mental health needs of Veterans throughout the community “.

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My experience with the podcast is how incredibly real it is when other veterans share their true-life stories of struggles of their physical and mental health with others. It is raw and straight to the heart of the matter. The audience gets the real “boots on the ground” picture of what the veterans have gone through during their deployment and during their recovery at home.

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“Mike Orban has been an invaluable friend and advocate to my family. When my son David came home from his second deployment to Iraq, with a diagnosis of PTSD, MIke walked with us on the difficult journey of reintegration”

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There are so many veterans and their families that have benefited from his (Mike Orban’s) knowledge, expertise, and stigma free messaging at the The Highground and I hope others throughout the country have the opportunity to do the same

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On behalf of our Commencement Committee, Board of Trustees, and our institution, I would like to thank you (Mike Orban) for the positive impact that you have had and continue to have on our community, and most especially for the work that you have done to prepare medical students to interact with Veterans.

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“Although the lessons from Vietnam continue to be mentioned in public discourses, students often do not comprehend the challenges that soldiers faced there as well as the impact following their return home”

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Knowing the large number of military families Veterans in the Washington County and the need of their healthcare needs, Mike Orban contacted the Milwaukee VA Vets Center in Washington County

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Since 2018 Michael Orban has participated with NAMI Washington County in CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) training for Washington County Sheriffs and West Bend Police. Michael will participate again this October 2021 in the next training session.

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Mike Orban was honored to receive this award for his dedication and work with veterans and military families in Washington County, Wisconsin

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Washington County Red Cross Military Real Heroes Award 2013

“SFVZ is one of the many resources that currently exist in and outside of the veteran community that provide candid, no-nonsense conversations and dialogue with veterans like myself who served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 20 years”

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The Stigma Free Zone does just that by providing a platform for veterans like myself to discuss critical issues and exchange of ideas in a long format dialectic that is crucially needed in today’s information age. I am forever grateful to Michael and the staff at the Stigma Free Zone Podcast for the opportunity to part of this growing movement as well as their time and hard work making this a reality.

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I’ve been asked, “what’s the value of the podcast”?
“if it saves just one life”!

This is the actual picture I (Michael Orban) received during a late night call from a young veteran. He had displayed these 3 items on his bed in a moment of strong urge and low resistance to ending his life. After hours of conversation focused on hope and cemented by trust we watched the sun rise from our separate ‘bunkers’. Sometimes a break in a pervasive thought can open the mind to hope and the next step to healthy resolution. This veteran took that healthy step.


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