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Resilience: Spike’s 26-Year Military Journey and the Power of Positivity

In this episode of The Unseen Journey, hosts Guy and Ashley are shedding more light on the unseen side of veterans’ lives. This week they explore the veteran story of Operation Red Wings Foundation Donations Director, John “Spike” Garcia. With an impressive 26-year military career, Spike shares his journey, including transitioning out of the Air Force and his role in supporting veterans through the foundation.

 Key Points:

  • Introduction and Superpower Dreams (00:00:0000:04:02):
  • Introducing The Unseen Journey as a podcast supporting veterans and their families.
  • Spike shares his nickname origin and a fun question about choosing a superpower.
  • Spike’s Military Journey and Berlin Wall Experience (00:04:0200:13:01):
  • Spike delves into his extensive 26-year military career.
  • Reflecting on his time stationed in Germany and witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • Discussion on transitioning out of the military and the challenges faced.
  • Director of Donor Relations Role (00:13:0100:24:48):
  • Spike talks about his role at Operation Red Wings Foundation and the natural progression from military service to supporting veterans.
  • Emphasizes the importance of positivity, community service, and spreading awareness about available resources for veterans.
  • Impact of Operation Red Wings Foundation (00:24:4800:30:53):
  • Highlights the foundation’s programs and their life-changing impact.
  • Expresses gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the organization’s mission of saving lives.

Quotable Moments:

  • “It’s not even work;  What’s that saying? If you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.” (20:26)
  • “I’m a firm believer that positivity breeds positivity. So, if you find yourself with people who want to help and people who are doing good things, I mean, it’s just a win-win.” (22:32)



The Unseen Journey is proudly brought to you by the Operation Red Wings Foundation.