The Veterans Nation

By Matt Eversmann

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Hosts Tori and Matt Eversmann (1SG, US Army, retired) discuss using the art of disruption to beat the Veterans Predicament. They are dedicated to introducing disruptors from all around the world to anyone stuck in transition hell, otherwise known as The Veterans Predicament.

Episode Date
Tori and Matt chat with Union College men's ice hockey coach Rick Bennett about winning the NCAA D-1 National Championship and being accountable

In six seasons as the head coach of the Union College mens Ice hockey team, Coach Bennett has been to 2 Frozen Fours, 4 NCAA Tournament berths and 1 National Championship.  He doesn't just coach hockey, he develops his players into accountable men of action. As the 2018-19 approaches listen to his story from Providence College to the NHL to Union, and his fondness for his WWII veteran grandfather, Erik Bennett.  We dedicate this episode to Rick's grandfather and his mates who saved the world.

Aug 13, 2018
Forgotten Soldiers Outreach CEO Lynelle Zelnar has been supporting our troops with care packages for 14+ years. She talks about her love of our soldiers and giving back till it hurts.

Tori and Matt welcome Lynelle Zelnar to the Veterans Nation.  She is founder and CEO of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. She and her dedicated volunteers have sent over 400,000 care packages to our warriors since 2003.  The need is great and somehow she always gets it done.  Her story of selfless service and dedication is inspiring and compelling.  She needs your support.  There are soldiers deployed with no support from home.  Can you imagine being deployed for a year with no touch of home?  Please be generous and support the FSO.

Aug 06, 2018
USMC veteran and EOD technician Tim Colomer tells his story from getting blown up in Iraq to owning a successful JDOG Junk Removal business

Tim Colomer leveraged his strengths as a US Marine EOD technician and built a successful business owning a JDOG Junk Removal franchise.  With admittedly no small business experience, his mastery of small unit leadership learned in the USMC proved to be a key ingredient in his success.  Tim is as inspiring as he is gracious and his thoughts on maintaining a strong sense of military culture at JDOG are worth remembering.

Tim continues serve others as an ambassador for the EOD Warrior Foundation.

Semper Fi

Aug 01, 2018
Entrepreneurship Ranger Style. 5 Army Rangers share their stories of transition and how to succeed in business.

Twin brothers and real estate agents Jason and Kevin Droddy of The Droddy Group, Sharps Marine Service owner Doug Gray, Corey Goltz from Cadily and HG Commercial Cleaning, and Dave Diemer the principal of Reach 29 LLC a private security company join the Veterans Nation with their real life experiences as entrepreneurs.  Totally unscripted and down to earth, these men hit the small business world as hard as they hit any ranger mission.  Ironically, all 5 of them served in the 3d Ranger Battalion at Ft Benning, GA.  Each has made a mark in their respective fields with tenacity, dedication and a bullet proof support system.


Brain Rules by John Medina

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

7 Habits of highly effective by Stephen Covey

Art of War by Sun Tzu

Science of Success by Charles Koch

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell



Jul 16, 2018
Mouth Party Caramel founder BG Purcell joins the Veterans Nation to talk about overcoming extreme setbacks, building an empire as a second career and eternal optimism

Tori and Matt welcome BG Purcell to The Veterans Nation.  Listen to her journey from a successful landscape architect in Seattle to an extraordinary caramel creator and entrepreneur in Baltimore.  Her caramels are made with love just like her team.  Visit Mouth Party Caramel and join the thousands of sweet toothed fans who enjoy the best caramel from Baltimore. Sponsored by Eversmann Advisory


Jul 09, 2018
Tori and Matt discuss the current unemployment rate and what it really means to veterans and ultimately how to avoid the pitfalls of the Veterans Predicament

Tori and Matt talk about unemployment from both the veterans point of view and the employers lens.  It will take a village to create the best opportunities for both, but, it is definitely possible.  Starting with the 4 P's; people, product, pay and position we can build a strategy to connect the best talent with the best companies.  Thats the Veterans Nation.

Jul 06, 2018
Former Army Ranger and FBI agent Clint Watts talks about how Russians and terrorists influence us through social media.

Tori and Matt get a lesson from former FBI agent Clint Watts on the impact social media has on our entire country at the hands of a few bad actors.  The origins of fake news, how the Russians manipulate the press and even being engaged directly on Twitter, Clint is an expert who makes complex subjects easy for the rest of us.  Follow him @selectedwisdom

Jul 02, 2018
Army Ranger, Johns Hopkins and UNC grad Nick Black joins the Veterans Nation to talk about Stopping Soldier Suicide, embracing failure, and awesome fatherly wisdom

Nick, Tori and Matt talk about philanthropy and how Nick is working to Stop Soldier Suicide.  He talk about his 27 months deployed in Afghanistan and how his military experience continued to shape his future well after he took off his uniform.

Jun 26, 2018
Hear the founder and CEO of the Black Rifle Coffee Company Evan Hafer discuss the importance of having a strategic plan, an awesome cup of coffee and making every single day EPIC

Matt and Tori learn the most valuable lessons from BRCC founder Evan Hafer.  His story from a garage start up to incredible profit is beyond inspirational.  Hear him speak of his love of work, coffee and his desire to help his brother and sisters from the gun club.

Jun 22, 2018
Congressional candidate for Marylands 1st District, Army Ranger and new father Jesse Colvin talks to the Veterans Nation about a lifetime of service and being a disruptor to the current political world

Jesse Colvin talks about service and civility with Tori and Matt.  His passion for disruption and the prospect of joining 99 other veterans currently running for congress are wonderful threads for all to hear.

Jun 19, 2018
Lessons learned from Baltimore's lacrosse wizard Tyler Steinhardt

Matt and Tori discuss the lessons learned from Shootout 4 Soldiers founder Tyler Steinhardt.  Lacrosse, Baltimore, Veterans and disruption, its all here.

Jun 19, 2018
Interior Designer and former world class equestrian Robyn Ayers joins The Veterans Nation to discuss elite athletes, entrepreneurs and her road to business success

Matt and Tori talk shop with interior designer Robyn Ayers.  A former world class equestrian, Robyn put her passion to her purpose and made a successful business.  Join the Veterans Nation to hear her awesome story.

Jun 18, 2018
Tyler Steinhardt joins The Veterans Nation to talk about Shootout For Soldiers, entrepreneurship, lacrosse and giving back to both the community and supporting our wounded soldiers.

Baltimore's own lacrosse wizard talks about Shootout 4 Soldiers, helping wounded veterans and disruption.

Jun 18, 2018
Tori and Matt discuss the lessons learned from the interview with Mat Best from Article 15 Clothing and Black Rifle Coffee
Jun 15, 2018
Mat Best from Black Rifle Coffee shares his thoughts on transition, reinvention and a sense of humor
Jun 11, 2018
Matt and Tori follow up on Alison Levine's summit on Mt Everest and Beyond
Jun 08, 2018
Alison Levine: Disrupting her way to the summit of Everest

NYT Best Selling author and explorer Alison Levine joins the Veterans Nation to share her journey to Mount Everest TWICE!  Hear her story of dealing with failure, reinvention, role models and of course disruption.  Alison is a much sought after speaker, an incredible educator (Senior Fellow at the Coach K Center and Board member at the Thayer Leader Development at USMA) and a ferocious dog lover who just happened to climb the highest peaks on all 7 continents.  With house band Arthur Garcia

Jun 06, 2018
The Veterans Nation

Tori and Matt talk about buckets of time.  The good time, the bad time, and the wasted time.  Going from a time sensitive world (like the military) to a world where time seems arbitrary can be frustrating.  M & T discuss their success understanding time. With house band Arthur Garcia

May 28, 2018
The Veterans Nation

Matt and Tori talk about how BHD was made and Matt's account of the entire project from his interview with Mark Bowden to filming in Morocco to the red carpet in Hollywood. They share the opportunities and voice that the movie has presented and how this will help defeat the Veterans Predicament. With hip music by Arthur Garcia.

May 28, 2018
The Veterans Nation

Are you a veteran or getting ready to transition out of the military? Are you asking for a different reality than many of your veteran friends who’ve transitioned out before you? Are you sick & tired of being penalized, marginalized, and undervalued because of your lack of college education or degree? That’s what we call the Veterans Predicament. The world has good news for you. We believe it’s time to disrupt the veterans predicament. Hosted by Tori Eversmann, former Army wife, and my Matt Eversmann, retired Army 1SG of Black Hawk Down fame, the Veterans Nation podcast distills the knowledge of inspiring guests who have embraced disruption in their own lives. Through compelling discussions and interviews, Veterans Nation takes a deep dive into what it means to be a disruptor. Music written and composed by Arthur Garcia.


May 28, 2018