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Carry the Challenge With Rick Collins

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Carry the Challenge With Rick Collins

Jane talks with Rick Collins about the mission of helping young combat vets who are likely to struggle with transition and by extension PTS challenges. It's time to break the stigma and reach out to these young men and women who have been suffering in silence. It's time to Carry the Challenge forth and save some lives.

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Rick_Collins_676473061.jpgRick Collins has always been very active in supporting veterans both here and in the UK. In early 2011 two friends took their own lives. Both were under the age of 26, both were combat Marines and both had been civilians for less than a year. The Die was cast.

Since then Rick has worked diligently to educate himself about the challenges that our young combat veterans face - from reintegration into civilian life issues, to education and employment concerns, and the damning lack of support for those struggling with PTS/Combat Trauma. Vets 360 and Carry The Challenge is the culmination of that education. "One of the biggest challenges we have is to ask/tell/beg today's combat veterans to accept support before cure options are needed or required." When today's veterans leave a world where the stigma of PTS is so damning to career, family and friends, it is only natural that the "go it alone" attitude will stay with them. If seasoned warriors can be open and honest about their own struggles with PTS and transition to civilian life then maybe, just maybe, today's veterans will realize that asking for support is a sign of strength not an inability to cope. For more information about rick and his work visit him on Facebook or carrythechallenge.org.

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About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher is a natural connector, who got her start in the media world through radio in Michigan in 1980. She soon migrated west and has worked at legendary radio stations such as KTYD Santa Barbara, KGB, KSON and KIFM in San Diego. She was awarded the prestigious Marconi Award for her work at the Smooth Jazz station KIFM in 2005.

She researched, wrote, edited and produced the highly regarded and award-winning public affairs program San Diego Update. The Advertising Council recognized Jane for her continued commitment to effecting positive social change. While Jane's network continued to expand, so did her desire to grow her own business. She branched out into the world of voice over with a home studio in the 1990s. She is currently the voice of Cartier, Ferragamo and Michigan State University's program RELAX-Alternatives to Anger.

In 2010 her natural curiosity led her to expand her knowledge and business again, by including marketing and social media for businesses and non-profits. When anyone asks her what she does for a living she responds; "I connect inspired people with one another, especially those with a desire to help others." Helping to elevate other people is one of her personal passions.

Jane has been involved in many international missions. She is part of a team that has been building homes for the impoverished over the past five years in Tijuana. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless on a humanitarian mission in 2011. Recently, she traveled to Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo. She was so moved by her visit; upon her return, she raised money to pay for the education of thirteen children in a school in Keningau.

Her vast connections across all media platforms bring a wealth of passionate and empowered individuals to her show. If you are doing something to make this life experience more rewarding for others...she wants to talk to you.