How can business owners and freelancers play a vital win-win role for veterans? Looking for insights on how to support and communicate with combat veterans in your family and at your company? Bill Dean shares his insights of being a company founder, former corporate manager, and a Vietnam veteran. His story includes how being part of a business was a life-saver for him.

Bill’s background includes a veteran of the Vietnam war, 30 years with Hewlett-Packard, and currently a co-founder of OilExTech.

Show Notes

  • MOS =  “Military Occupation Specialties”
  • ‘Through Their Eyes’ videos produced by students at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • US Dept of Veteran Affairs’ National Center for PTSD
  • Non-profit helping veterans in business: Bunker Labs

What Can Business Leaders Do to Help?

  • Support Veteran owned businesses
  • Hire a vet
    • leadership skills
    • Complex  problems
    • Ability to work under stress
    • Team player
  • Provide veteran discounts
  • Provide purpose to vet employees
  • Setup programs

How Can Family Help?

  • Talk to the veteran in your family
  • Have conversations, but don’t confront
  • Okay to let them know what you’re thinking and your concerns
  • If talking is hard, find an activity to do together
  • Listen without judgement

Reconciliation Process

  • It is possible
  • Takes time
  • Reconciliation with self and then other

Dealing with PTSD

  • Not just veterans, first responders
  • Don’t isolate yourself.
  • Nothing to be ashamed of
  • Family members should encourage, not confront.
  • Recognize their contributions.
  • Get help from the VA, US Dept of Veteran Affairs’ National Center for PTSD


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