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Once an Eagle: Making a Successful Transition is on You

The FourBlock Podcast

Release Date: 02/03/2020

“Even in My Moment of Deepest Despair, I Couldn’t Quit”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part II) show art “Even in My Moment of Deepest Despair, I Couldn’t Quit”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part II)

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“Even in my moment of deepest despair, I couldn’t quit, because that wasn’t who I was. That wasn’t how I was wired.” In an incredibly inspiring two-episode series, Colonel Gregory D. Gadson recounts his experience serving our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years; the harrowing injury that nearly took his life and cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand; his remarkable recovery and what got him through it; and his subsequent career as an actor, entrepreneur, artist, and advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with...

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“Faith Is Being Able to Walk in the Dark”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part I) show art “Faith Is Being Able to Walk in the Dark”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part I)

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“Even in my moment of deepest despair, I couldn’t quit, because that wasn’t who I was. That wasn’t how I was wired.” In an incredibly inspiring two-episode series, Colonel Gregory D. Gadson recounts his experience serving our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years; the harrowing injury that nearly took his life and cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand; his remarkable recovery and what got him through it; and his subsequent career as an actor, entrepreneur, artist, and advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with...

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A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part II) show art A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part II)

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“I’m no different than anyone else. When we go through transition, we go through these cycles of grief, self-pity, doubt, confusion, and all these emotions that are normal – that's human. The challenge is understanding them, embodying them, and rapidly turning them into action. How do I devise a plan to act and move forward?” Hit by a sniper’s bullet at the pinnacle of his military career, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Derek Herrera turned misfortune into his life’s work when he was paralyzed from the chest down. His military career came to a halt, but his life did not. He decided to...

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 'You’re Shot, You’re Paralyzed, You May Never Walk Again’: A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part I)  show art 'You’re Shot, You’re Paralyzed, You May Never Walk Again’: A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part I)

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“The real recovery, mentally and psychologically, was being around the people that I wanted to be around doing something of value and doing something of purpose.” Hit by a sniper’s bullet at the pinnacle of his military career, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Derek Herrera turned misfortune into his life’s work when he was paralyzed from the chest down. His military career was over, but his life was not. He decided to leverage his experience with paralysis in the business world, getting a Master of Business Administration and then launching a medical technology business. In this two-part...

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Future Strong: A Conversation about Veteran Career Transition with Cappfinity show art Future Strong: A Conversation about Veteran Career Transition with Cappfinity

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This week, we’re sharing a LinkedIn Live interview that FourBlock Founder Mike Abrams recently did with FourBlock Podcast co-host Lindsey Pollak and Cappfinity’s Nicky Garcea, called Future Strong. Each week, Future Strong co-hosts Nicky and Lindsey host Future Strong, a LinkedIn Live show where they discuss everything to do with careers and early talent career transition. Mike recently joined Lindsey and Nicky for episode 10 to explore the topic of the military-to-civilian transition. In this episode, Mike shares FourBlock’s mission & history, explains why FourBlock focuses on...

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Breaking Down Barriers: An Army Linguist’s Journey from Iraq to Tesla Government show art Breaking Down Barriers: An Army Linguist’s Journey from Iraq to Tesla Government

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Now a Data Curator at Tesla Government Inc, U.S. Army Veteran Andrea Castle helps her clients realize the full potential of their data by directing outreach, knowledge management, and training efforts. In conversation with host Mike Abrams, Andrea recalls why she joined the Army, and recounts what it was like to enlist for a “peacetime Army” in a pre- 9/11 world and end up being deployed to a “wartime Army” in a post- 9/11 world. Andrea describes her unique experience over two deployments to Iraq as an Arabic linguist with the U.S. Army; discusses her transition to the civilian...

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Healing Yourself by Healing Others: A Candid Conversation About Post-Traumatic Growth show art Healing Yourself by Healing Others: A Candid Conversation About Post-Traumatic Growth

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*Please note - trigger warning: sensitive topics are discussed during this episode, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, survivor guilt, and suicide. “I’m not the only person suffering from this. There are many, many people – veterans and non-veterans – who are suffering from this who need to know it’s a real thing and that there is hope to get past it.” This week, hosts Mike Abrams and Lindsey Pollak welcome U.S. Marine Corps veteran, award-winning photographer and writer, and licensed (FAA) commercial UAS pilot David Daly to the FourBlock Podcast. Deployed...

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How a Marine Grunt Broke into the Intelligence Community show art How a Marine Grunt Broke into the Intelligence Community

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This week, host Mike Abrams welcomes U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, national intelligence professional and FourBlock Career Readiness Instructor Ellis Craig, who shares how he overcame some of the challenges and uncertainty he faced during his military transition and in his civilian career, how he made his way into the professional intelligence community, and how he worked his way up to his dream career. Ellis also shares expert insights and actionable advice for veterans in transition based on his two-plus decades of federal government experience in military operations, domestic defense, and...

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Technology as a Career Path: A Conversation with a Leading IT Recruiter  show art Technology as a Career Path: A Conversation with a Leading IT Recruiter

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This week, host Mike Abrams welcomes private sector IT leader and FourBlock Career Readiness Instructor Bernard Beaullieu to the podcast. In this episode, Bernard shares his expertise about the staffing and recruiting industry, discusses the different approach his company takes when it comes to IT recruitment, and shares invaluable insights from his extensive work and volunteer experience with transitioning service members and veterans. Bernard founded Beaullieu & Associates in 2007 to be the antithesis of today’s recruiting practices by offering a unique, high-end approach to IT...

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Playing Hardball – Transition Lessons in Sports show art Playing Hardball – Transition Lessons in Sports

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This week, we welcome U.S. Army Veteran, inspirational speaker, and FourBlock Career Readiness Instructor Jeffrey (Jeff) Lodick to share insights from his life, service, and military transition; discuss the impact sports had on his life and the parallels between sports and military service; and talk about what inspired him to start his own purpose-driven business to pay it forward and help other veterans with their transitions. Jeff shares a personal experience that changed his perspective, and gives advice for other transitioning service members who want to learn about an industry that...

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This week, FourBlock Founder Mike Abrams discusses a critical lesson in Anton Myer’s classic war novel “Once an Eagle” about what is described in the book as the occupational disease of the soldier. Mike talks about how veterans can learn from this lesson in order to successfully transition into a new career.  

ABOUT US

Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 

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Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.


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