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Spreading our mission on The Ted Show Live

Today, our Founder, Suzanne Oliver joined forces with Ted Bogert on The Ted Show Live.  In this quick 37 minute interview, Suzanne discusses how her military experiences shaped her, Veterans, coaching tips, how to use NLP to help better yourself and your business and so much more.

Watch the Facebook Live video above and be sure to check out more great content from The Ted Show Live on Facebook.

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Suzanne Oliver has a very unique and empowering history. Her company, Heart of a Fighter, is about giving back to those who have given bravely and selflessly to their country and fellow man. It is Deployment to Employment leveraging Veterans skills into a Civilian workplace.

Started by Suzanne Oliver, a veteran herself, Suzanne attributes having overcome great challenge throughout her life by tapping into the Heart of a Fighter each and every time she has been faced with a personal battle.

Suzanne is no stranger to facing fear, and overcoming great obstacles to blaze a path. In a Time magazine article in 1979 titled, “Women in non-traditional roles” Suzanne was highlighted for becoming one the first female flight crew in the military.

When she entered the military in 1976, she knew she was signing up for something that would test her but she had no idea what would be in store. First was the uphill battle of being the only female in the squadron and wanting to become the first female flight crew. The guys were not all that thrilled about her being there and she was tested time and again. She overcame that and in 1977 she became a qualified aviation mechanic and was pinned with gold wings of Naval Aviation Flight Crew.

A short time later, Suzanne met the love of her life and she felt like she was on top of the world, her challenges behind her. Just 2 years later though she would be tested in a way she never imagined. She lost the love of her life in a helicopter crash. Feeling like only time would heal her, Suzanne carried on.

Time did go by and several years later met the man she would marry. A year after being married, they had a child on the way and 5 months into the pregnancy, the unthinkable happened. Her husband passed away and Suzanne was left with figuring out once again how she was going to survive as a single mother. This time though she knew she could not grieve, she could not fall apart; she could not play the victim. She had a child on the way. That was when she says she really forged the Heart of a Fighter.

The emotional roller coaster she had been on was stopping there. She tapped into her Heart of a Fighter and did what she had to do to take care of herself and her unborn child.

She entered the work force and used all the skills she had learned in the military to rise to the top at her position and soon was making more than enough money to support herself and her daughter. After 30 years in Sales she is now giving back.

Today, Suzanne proudly stands with her head high, grateful for the experiences that her military training has brought her. She has been able to take the challenges of her past and use them to enjoy a life of joy instead of the pain. Suzanne is committed to helping others who have been through life’s challenges to do the same. She works everyday to give opportunities to Women Veterans who are facing the same challenge of transition to civilian life or just to live a life where they are not simply surviving, but thriving.

Suzanne is a Certified Life & Business Coach, Graduate of Anthony Robins Leadership Academy, and Steve Linder Strategic Brain Graduate of Neuro Strategies and A Master NLP Practitioner and Neurostrategist. Read more about Suzanne on her bio.

Home-based telehealth for vets

Home-based telehealth for vets

In 2009, during my first deployment, I stepped into a two foot hole severing the ligaments in my left ankle and partially ripping my Achilles Tendon. What I thought was a simple ankle injury instead confined me to a wheelchair and changed my entire life.

I am one of the thousands of veterans that have been unable to obtain adequate healthcare simply because a physical and / or mental difficulty prevents us from stepping out our front door and into our assigned VA Healthcare Facility. In the years that followed, I found myself being labeled the “problem patient” or being called “non-compliant” because of appointment cancellations.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been denied rescheduled appointments, referrals and even medication because there was absolutely no way for me to get there.

Thankfully, there is always that one nurse, and usually that doctor, that knows why the struggles are there, and shares a reassuring smile that says they are more than willing to help. This experience is reoccurring when there is a transfer to a new state and you are unable to remain with the providers that you have developed that much needed trust with.

An app called VA Video Connect is, what I believe to be, the golden solution to the stressors of seeking help within our VA healthcare system. According to an article posted on Health Data Management, this telehealth app allows veterans to attend virtual consultations with primary care and mental healthcare providers from the comfort and security of their own homes.

Frankly, I would have been elated by that announcement alone, but it also talks about a proposed rule issued by the VA that would waive state licensure requirements in order to allow VA providers to continue to administer care without being restricted by state lines.

But wait, there’s more!

A second article, this one posted on MeriTalk, announces a second app called he Veteran Appointment Request Application (VAR) that contains features allowing veterans to make, cancel and track VA medical appointments as well as providing a messaging system and email notifications.

Something, like a new app, may seem insignificant in comparison to the million other things going on in our daily lives… but when you take a moment to think about all the veterans who, because of trauma, disability or age, are unable to reach out for help when they desperately need it, the progress we just made is priceless.

How to cover the cost of your Project Management exam with your VA benefits

How to cover the cost of your Project Management exam with your VA benefits

There is great news for Veterans who receive educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  If you’re working toward your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI), the VA will reimburse you for the cost of the exam – I know because I just did it and received my reimbursement!  Below are the step by step instructions you should follow:

  1. At successful completion of the PMP exam, login to your PMI account

  2. Click on my PMI

  3. Click on my certification info

  4. A profile tab will appear, click on order history

  5. Print off the receipt as proof of payment for the PMP exam

  6. Next, complete the Application for Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees (VA Form 22-0803)

  7. Make a copy of your exam results page in your PMI account as proof you passed the exam

  8. Mail these three documents to the required VA regional processing office (found on page 2 of VA Form 22-0803)

joey pmp certificate

Important Notes: Exam fees for PMI members are $405, non-members $555. 

Additionally, those who are full-time students/currently enrolled in higher education will only pay $30 to become a PMI member.  Simply verify your status by providing PMI with enrollment information.

The VA will utilize one half month/one full month of your benefit allotment, depending on the cost of your licensing/certification test fees (please note that I personally used my Post 9/11 GI Bill in this example).

As Veterans, we have access to outstanding educational benefits and the above is a testament to that fact.  Why pay out of pocket for the PMP exam when the VA will cover it? Just follow Joe’s lead, and let us know if you have any questions we can help with!