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SITREP is the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services Podcast – a show where we aim to inform and inspire by bringing you the stories of New York City veterans, military families, and community supporters. Guest interviews feature candid conversations with DVS staff, constituents and community partners about their trials & triumphs, and about what drives them to continue serving.

Episode Date
Ep 13: Joe Bello
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this episode we chat with stalwart of the NYC veteran community, Joe Bello. Bello talks about leaving New York to join the Navy, the mentorship he received from Vietnam veterans and his commitment to continuing their legacy of advocacy, and about how he sees himself as serving as a bridge between generations of veterans. Joe Bello serves as Secretary of the New York City Veterans Advisory Board. He is a US Navy veteran and has been an active veteran advocate and organizer in NYC for more than two decades.
Jun 12, 2019
Ep 12: Vu Nguyen
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this episode we chat with servant leader and ardent champion of continued service, Vu Nguyen. Vu talks about finding purpose after the military, forging bonds through manual labor, and about making an impact for underserved New Yorkers. Vu Nguyen is the Senior City Impact Manager for the Northeast Region of The Mission Continues. He is a US Navy veteran and alumnus of George Mason University.
May 29, 2019
Ep 11: Coco Culhane
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this conversation we hear from tireless advocate and indefatigable lawyer, Coco Culhane. Culhane talks about leaving her dream job in journalism to pursue a career in law, filling the gaps in need in the veteran space, and about channeling rage to achieve social justice. Coco Culhane is the founder and director of the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches the Veterans’ Rights Clinic. She has presented on veterans’ legal issues and conducted trainings for attorneys, social workers, and students across the country.
May 15, 2019
Ep 10: Kwesi Douglas & Jason Loughran
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />To kick off the start of Mental Health Awareness Month we hear from two Navy Veterans and fellow DVS team members. They talk about the transition from military to public service and speak candidly about the important role that peer connections played in their respective journeys of overcoming stigma and asking for help. Kwesi Douglas is the Director of Digital Services at the Department of Veterans’ Services. He served as a Navy Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division, deploying three times in support of OIF. Jason Loughran is the Associate Director of Special Programs at the Department of Veterans’ Services. He is a veteran of the US Navy.
May 01, 2019
Ep 09: Kristen Rouse
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this conversation we hear from one of New York City’s most dynamic and effective community advocates. Rouse talks about her journey from the Gulf Coast to Brooklyn, her deep appreciation for the military and its rich history, and about finding inspiration to effect local change after working in City government. Kristen Rouse is the President and Founding Director of the New York City Veterans Alliance. She is a veteran of the US Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard serving as both a non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer.
Apr 17, 2019
Ep 08: Derek Coy
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this conversation we hear from Marine Corps veteran, advocate, and champion of selfless service, Derek Coy. Coy talks about the formative experiences that led him to the military, the ups and downs of transitioning from Texas to NYC, and about why he considers the Big Apple the best place in the world to be a veteran. Derek Coy is the Veterans’ Health Officer at the New York State Health Foundation. He’s a veteran of both the military and non-profit space having held positions at the Doe Fund, ACLU, and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) prior to joining NYSHealth.
Apr 03, 2019
Ep 07: Bryan Doerries & Monique Rada
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this episode we talk about using ancient Greek plays to act as catalysts for community-driven discussions about uncomfortable issues, and about using age-old approaches to help individuals heal from trauma and loss. Later in the conversation we hear about how one individual, DVS Coordinator Monique Rada, has connected with the performances on multiple levels. Bryan Doerries is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. Monique Rada is a Navy veteran and Engagement Coordinator at the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.
Mar 20, 2019
Ep 06: Pam Campos-Palma
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this conversation we hear from a fierce community advocate about the movements she’s leading to combat power imbalances, and the formative experiences that have shaped her life & career. Pam Campos-Palma is an Air Force veteran, organizer, strategist, movement leader and community advocate focused on justice, peace & security, and empowering the disenfranchised.
Mar 06, 2019
Ep 05: Kyle Bibby & Richard Brookshire (Part 2)
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In part two of our conversation with the co-founders of the Black Veterans Project, we learn more about Kyle and Richard’s mission to archive, amplify, and advocate on behalf of their community.
Feb 20, 2019
Ep 04: Kyle Bibby & Richard Brookshire (Part 1)
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In part one of our conversation with the co-founders of the Black Veterans Project, we talk about the experiences that shaped them in and out of uniform, and how they’re using what they’ve learned to continue serving their community.
Feb 06, 2019
Ep 03: Betsy Montañez
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In this conversation we hear from a true servant leader about what it takes to build a supportive infrastructure for student veterans and about the community bonds forged through teamwork & physical exertion. Betsy Montañez is the Assistant Director of the Veterans and Military Resource Center at NYU’s School of Professional Studies. She has more than 13 years of experience working in veterans higher education.
Jan 23, 2019
Ep 02: Titus Battle
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Titus Battle is a veteran of the US Army Reserves recently housed by DVS. He is currently serving as a Resiliency Facilitator for Volunteers of America. In today’s conversation we hear his tale of survival and self-discovery – an unbelievable journey spanning four decades of trauma, addiction, and homelessness, but ultimately defined by his resilience.
Jan 06, 2019
Ep 01: Commissioner Loree Sutton & Deputy Commissioner Jeff Roth
<img src="" alt="itunes pic" /><br />On our inaugural show, we hear from the senior leaders of DVS. The team tells us about how they first came to work in City government and their collaborative process of setting and executing the agency’s vision and mission. They talk about continued service, reframing veteran narratives, and about the kind of department they hope to leave for their successors.
Dec 27, 2018