Mark Seavey has hosted 86 episodes.
Mark grew up in Maine and Massachusetts before deciding to move south and attend The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Following graduation he decided not to go into the military despite having four years of ROTC and moved to Washington DC where he worked for various non-profits.
Looking for some adventure he enlisted in the Infantry in the Reserves and later National Guard. He deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina in 1997 as part of the first call up of combat arms units of the National Guard since the Vietnam War.
On a lark he took the Law School Admission Test in 2000 and began law school at Antonin Scalia Law School “to prove any random infantryman can become a lawyer.” In the latter half of his second year he dropped out to volunteer for service in Afghanistan as an infantry squad leader, and received his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Since returning from that deployment he finished law school, founded a veterans organization, passed the bar exam, got married and now has three young children.
He has worked for The American Legion since 1998, working his way from VAR to Legislative and then to the Media & Communications Division. He has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC and a host of other channels as a war reporter and an expert on “Stolen Valor.” His articles appear in The American Legion Magazine and the Legion’s blog at burnpit.us.
Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado has hosted 88 episodes.
Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado proudly served her country as an Army National Guard veteran for over eight years and continues to serve her community as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Veterans Health Administration and Founder & CEO of GuideOn Education Consulting LLC. Ashley is a consummate professional and a leading voice in supporting America's military-connected community.
Ashley is a driven, passionate, and strategic visionary that has experienced increasing organizational responsibility in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has dedicated her career to building nationally recognized programs, brands, and communities through strategic communications and marketing. She focuses on improving the outcomes of non-traditional students in higher education, empowering call-to-action storytelling to demystify the military-civilian divide, and improving local, state, and federal policies and programs.
Over the past seven and a half years, while working in higher education and pursuing her education, Ashley graduated debt-free with three degrees and received over $63k in scholarships! Ashley earned her Public Health from the Consortium of Eastern Ohio of Public Health, a Northeast Ohio Medical University program emphasizing concentration in military transition, family policy, and community wellness. She also holds bachelor's degrees in The Science of Education and The Science of Organizational Supervision with a minor in Psychology from The University of Akron. Ashley is currently pursuing her second Masters's in Public Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
Ashley was a 2019 top ten finalist for Ms. Veteran America, an accomplished Legionnaire helping foster University of Akron American Legion Post 808 as a Past Commander, a volunteer across multiple military spouse and family organizations; a national women veteran advocate, academic, and community liaison to a plethora of policy and issues about the veteran community.
Ashley has been featured on numerous podcasts, publications, panels and recognized for her outstanding achievements by non-profits, state, and federal organizations. Ashley is a force to be reckoned with, challenging others with the mantra: I Can. I Will. Watch Me.
Jeff Daly has hosted 89 episodes.
Jeff hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After high school he joined the Marines and is one of "The Magnificent Bastards" of 2nd Battalion/4th Marines.
With DD-214 in hand, Jeff returned to Michigan to study Economics and Political Science at Kalamazoo College. After college, Chicago and The Second City Conservatory was his next stop. Then it was off to LA to pursue fame and fortune...stay tuned.
In Los Angeles, Jeff got reconnected with veterans through American Legion Hollywood Post 43 and also Veterans in Media and Entertainment. In addition to various positions and duties in the American Legion, Jeff is active with SAG-AFTRA serving on the Military Affairs and Communications committees for Los Angeles local.
Jeff enjoys long walks and is looking for....oh, not that kind of bio?