Tuesday, January 23, 2018

S1E9: "I've Grown Very Strong Love For This Country"

Ryan Selig and Jeremy Readdy are seniors at Elk Grove High School pursuing futures in the military.  Ryan is currently enrolled in a Recruit Sustainment Program with the Army National Guard, and Jeremy will graduate EGHS to become an active duty army soldier.

In this podcast, Ryan and Jeremy share their reasonings for joining the military, their hopes and fears of their role in the army, and provide advice for those who may be interested in pursuing this future career.  

These young men also touch on the importance of U.S. citizens being aware of what veterans have going through, including PTSD and high suicide rates.  If you would like more information regarding veterans and PTSD, you can find it from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs website.

If you'd like to support veterans through Elk Grove High School's Veteran's Day Assembly, please contact Stephanie Kezios or through Elk Grove Village's Packages for Patriots.

Monday, January 8, 2018

S1E8: "I Just Keep Myself Positive"

Elk Grove junior Ben Jasutis has had medical issues that early in his life called for radical surgery. In spite of all of the difficulties he has had, Ben is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. His story is a story of perseverance, hope and humility.

This story is a great story to kick off 2018 as we all reflect on the year ahead and what kind of year we have the power to make. Ben has some lessons in that regard, for sure.

To get a sense of what Ben went through, he shared some photographs from his surgery, which occurred in May, 2003.

Featured in this podcast is the song, "You Write Your Story," by 21AD*. You can listen to the song below and others from the band.

*This song was licensed from Smartsound.