Facebook Live with Jake Rademacher and George Ohan

Last Monday Morning, Jake Rademacher and George Ohan went live on Facebook to talk about sleep deprivation, finding a job as a veteran, opening up, and more.

A lot of veterans have trouble sleeping. The first thing that Jake suggested was to open up about what you’re going through. It’s common for many vets to set aside emotions, tough it up, and focus on getting the task done, but as George said, if you have something wrong, you gotta get it fixed. It’s all about living a richer, better life. Here’s a link to the Facebook Live Session:

Jake Rademacher is here to answer your questions about sleep and resilience.#Resilience #BrothersAtWar

Posted by Brothers at War on Monday, August 7, 2017

As Jake and George moved on to talk about veterans and employment, more people joined the conversation. They touched on problems that arise when vets are out looking for jobs, discussed how vets can overcome that rough situation and how they can help others to help them.

There are employers who just don’t understand, and those who are motivated to hire vets. According to Jake and George, vets need to show the employers what they can bring to the table. They also need to be good listeners and learn to stand in others’ shoes. Jake and George highlighted the importance of presenting yourself, building people skills, and translating military experience to real workforce experience in the civilian world. Here’s a link to the Facebook Live Session:

Do you know a Veteran that needs a job? We are in Hollywood now with Brothers at War.

Posted by George Ohan on Monday, August 7, 2017

Jake and George are also curious about what you what to talk about and how you want future Facebook videos to be like. They look forward to answering your questions and sharing with you.

Here’s a link to their first Facebook Live Session where they about the “Brothers at War” Resiliency Workshop, interactions between Civilians and Service Members, and getting care at the VA:

In Hollywood with Jake Rademacher talking about Brothers at War.

Posted by George Ohan on Monday, July 31, 2017

This Memorial Day…

When I was a young boy, Memorial Day was exciting. It was the opening of the swimming pool, and after a day of pool games with my little brothers, my family would go to a picnic and cookout of epic proportions. Tables full of watermelon, burgers and brats, corn on the cob greeted my family now dressed up in matching outfits. Is it a wonder that so many of my siblings still wear matching outfits to work?

Now Memorial Day has different meaning. I just received an email from friend that Greg G. was badly injured by an IED in Afghanistan last Thursday. His cousin, Rick P., is a friend of mine who I see at least once a week in the lobby of William Morris. I met three of his cousins a couple of years ago after the NYC opening of Brothers at War. I can’t help but wonder if Greg was one of them. I know that in addition to those injured, eight died on Thursday in Afghanistan.

The fight for the souls of the civilians is ongoing. It is a fight won, one on one, as Marines and Soldiers slug it out across the mountains and in the villages of Afghanistan. For some, their older brothers or they themselves fought a similar fight house to house, block by block in Iraq.

Recently, I had the opportunity to hang out with 700 Soldiers at FT Riley, recently back from Iraq. They said, “Jake you wouldn’t recognize the place.” Basra, a town of six million people, looked like an oil boom town. During the entire deployment, they had only received 3-4 indirect fires (rockets or mortars lobbed into the base). I remember when going from 3-4 a day, to 3-4 a week was a major step forward. If what these Soldiers tell me is true, it seems to me that Iraq is the most significant victory the US Military has had since WW II. While the support is there, do you feel that they have received the praise they deserve for the part they played in this feat?

I looked at the long list of names on the Vietnam Memorial a couple of weeks ago. Each name a gift of life that was cut too short. Each name a tragedy, a tragic memory for their comrades, and a source of pain for their families. Many Vietnam Vets have told me, “I wish you were with us in Vietnam.” I wonder if maybe a side of their story has never made it back from the rice patties of South East Asia. They never lost a battle, but had to endure the scorn of many civilians, the lack of respect from vets of an older generation, “we won our war, what happened to you guys.”

While we think of, remember, and praise those who have fallen in service to our country, I hope we hold a piece of Memorial Day within us everyday and commit to serve their comrades who have made it home.

GI Jobs and Static Line magazines talk about Brothers At War

GI Jobs Magazine is a great resource for our veterans trying to transition back into civilian life. Make sure to check out their website for great career tips or to get help with your resume, find out what your civilian salary should be and connect with others.
In their December issue, they review the film and interview one of our very own, Ben Fischer – you may remember him from the film- to talk about his transition back into civilian life in a wonderful 4-page spread.

Static Line Magazine is a monthly publication for, by and about paratroopers, glidertroopers, air assault troopers, and those with airborne hearts and has been supporting the airborne community since 1947.

Click on the images below (zoom in on each one) to read.

Jake

Static Line Magazine Review:

Happy New Year

Happy Holidays and a very happy New Year

To those who have spent a Holiday overseas in a war zone, and are home this
year, welcome home. Scarcity creates a deeper appreciation for this time of
year and I hope this Holiday is truly a blessed time for you.

After spending 7 Christmases in a war zone we were glad to have Isaac and
Joe home this year. Hunter was excited to introduce her new little brother
to Christmas. My little sister Hannah, not wanting to miss out on this
Rademacher rite of passage was following in the family tradition and
spending her Christmas Holiday deployed overseas in Korea.

For those deployed overseas, thank you for sacrificing your Christmas
Holiday to serve us. For those of you in an active AO, our prayers and
thoughts are with you. We wish you continued success in your missions.
Please come home safe and sound.

Our very best to all!

Jake and the Brothers At War team

In the past years, we were able to raise funds for organizations offering
comfort to our nations military and their families. Please see below for a
small list of the organizations that you have helped us to support in 2010.
Thanks to your generosity, we will continue on this path in 2011:

If you would like to send a care package to a deployed service member,
support Operation Gratitude who has sent over 500,000 packages.

Literacy and education are the key to a better future for the children of
Iraq and Afghanistan. To put school supplies in the hands of our service
members to give to these children, please support Operation International Children

Americansniper.org an organization close to my brother Joe and all snipers’ hearts, has been providing much needed gear to our snipers who
operate in the most vulnerable positions to take out those who would harm our service members

To send the children of our fallen warriors on a vacation to create new
memories, friendships, laughs and provide them with hope, give your support
to Snowball Express

During the month January, you can choose to support any one of these
organizations when you make a purchase through out website. Simply click on
the “buy the DVD’ link on top, put in the appropriate key code below at
check out and we will donate $2 to the organization on your behalf; you will
receive a $2 discount on your purchase of a DVD, CD or poster.

Please enter the respective keycodes at checkout while making your purchase.

“package” for Operation Gratitude; “education” for Operation
International Children; “sniper” for Americansniper.org and “snowball” for Snowball Express.

Thank you for helping us to raise over $100,000 for our service members and
their families!

Veterans’ day Post

In making Brothers at War, I had the rare opportunity to embed with a sniper team in the middle
of the Sunni Triangle. These warriors take out some of the worst insurgents before they have
the opportunity to trigger Improvised Explosive Devices to kill US Service Members and Afghani
and Iraqi Civilians and Soldiers. Not only are they extremely effective, snipers minimize civilian
causalities, and also gather valuable Intel.

SSG Joseph Rademacher has deployed multiple times as a sniper in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has been in numerous combat engagements. He currently trains and prepares other snipers
for combat at sniper school in Fort Benning, GA.

With Veterans’ Day fast approaching, Joe would like to reach out to the Brothers at War
Community and bring a worthy organization to your attention. Snipers take big risks to guaranty
safe homecomings for their brothers-in-arms, it is my hope that this organization which helps
them will make it on to your short list of organizations to support this year.

From a recent email from Joe:

“Americansnipers.org is one of the most effective charities for the troops. Many charities send
creature comforts to the troops overseas, which is great, but we would rather have the scope we
need for our rifle than a bag of M&Ms. This organization is designed to increase the lethality of
the American Sniper on the battlefield, which is the #1 casualty producer on the battlefield and
the greatest protective measure for our troops.

The sniper section is the smallest organization inside an infantry unit therefore they often get
forgotten about or neglected when it comes to funds and equipment. I for one have had this
happen to me. Before my second deployment, I worked with my chain of command to send our
sniper rifles to the manufacturer to get a much-needed upgrade. Long story short; we never got
our sniper rifles while in Iraq. How effective is a sniper team without their sniper rifle? We finally
got them back AFTER our deployment to Iraq MINUS the upgrades (the manufacturer actually
took them off) because the unit didn’t want to spend the money to keep the upgrades.

If you ask any operational sniper who has been deployed multiple times they will surely tell you a
story very similar to mine. This organization is designed to have stories like mine end happily ever
after, instead of being told by higher do the best you can with what you got.

This organization is much needed for the sniper community, because it fills a gap that is often
left wide open. This organization has a special place in my and many other sniper’s hearts. They
truly are phenomenal.”

SSG Joseph Rademacher
US Army Sniper School Instructor

Americansnipers.org was first created in 2003 by a small group of US police snipers as a support
network to address the operational equipment needs of US military snipers deployed abroad.
Due to the enormity of the commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan and the differences between the
various units and staff personnel; many American snipers and designated marksmen were, and
still are, having to spend their own funds and enlist their families and friends in procuring gear
and getting it to them in the middle of a war zone. For the past seven years, Americansnipers
has been aiding as many military snipers as possible in over 150 sniper platoons of the military.

To donate go to Americansnipers.org. Further, throughout the month of November and
December, simply enter “sniper” at check out and you will also receive $2 off your Brothers At
War DVD and we will be donate $2 to americansnipers.org.

I cannot think of a better way to honor veterans than to support their brothers in arms working

hard to ensure more safe returns.

To all the veterans, thank you.

Jake Rademacher

Election Night

Recently, I was able to lend my support to one of our Iraq War Veterans running for Congress. I was honored to be present in San Diego on Tuesday night to support Nick Popaditch (pictures below).

As a Marine, Nick was involved in some of the most pivotal tank engagements of the Iraq War, including the push into Iraq and the battle for Fallujah. While a Tank Commander and Gunny Sergeant in the USMC on his third deployment during the battle for Fallujah, Nick received a Silver Star for Valor. The next day he was hit in the head with a rocket. Footage of him attempting to pull himself out of his burning tank, blood streaming down his face was captured by a camera man, and then broadcast around the world. Filmmakers and Major News Networks used Nick’s image to portray the war as a lost cause. They never asked him what he thought.

I met Nick at Troopathon where we both appeared to raise money to send care packages to our troops serving overseas. We met over dinner. I told him that he ought to flip the script and do a campaign commercial where he used that image and then told his own story. Nick instantly liked the idea. Here is the finished spot, “Flip The Script”

My producing partner from Brothers at War, Norman Powell was inspired by Nick’s courage, integrity, and perseverance and agreed to produce a couple of spots with me. He came up with a second concept based on Nick’s belief in our Chain of Custody, our responsibility to protect the gifts given to us by our fore fathers and pass them down to the next generation.

Click here to see “Chain of Custody”

Nick won the Republican Nomination. Then started the race a 50-point underdog against a 9-term incumbent in a district where 70% of the voters were registered democrats. He turned down special interest money, and spoke from his heart, in the process building a strong corps of supporters in his district. The weekend before the election, his opponent Bob Filner, released a commercial that said Nick had not voted in the last 11 years, “does he really care…” Not only had Nick voted, in 2004 he had gone to the polling station, recently back from Iraq, blind in both eyes, and used Braille so that he could vote. Over the course of his campaign in spite of his opponent out spending him by 600%, Nick gained 31 points on his opponent, and finished with 41% of the vote.

Regardless of your party affiliation, or thoughts on different issues, I thought you might enjoy the opportunity to get to know Nick. I was inspired by his integrity, passion for our country, and desire to serve. Norman and I put this together so that others could have the chance to spend 5 minutes with Nick:

“Nick Popaditch”

Even Abraham Lincoln lost his first election. If you think that Nick should run again in the future, go to popaditchforcongress,com and tell him how you feel. It is my hope that we can get Gunny Pop to run again. We need more like him in Leadership positions in our Government. I think he has also a set a wonderful example for our wounded war heroes that their war wounds need not keep them from serving again.

Chosin

A couple friends of mine, Marines Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler, both Iraq War Vets have a documentary about the Korean War called “Chosin” coming out in NYC this weekend and LA next weekend.

“Chosin” won the best doc award at the GI Film Festival this year, and had a predominately veteran crew working on this film about our Korean Vets. The filmmakers will attend screenings on the weekend, and I will try to make it to one of the LA screenings myself! What our American vets did at Chosin was extraordinary and I look forward to seeing some of these revealing interviews. Because these veterans were being interviewed by recent combat veterans, I think the film may provide some special insight.

Please do take a look at their website and make sure to “like” their facebook page and follow them on twitter @frozenchosin. And of course, tell your friends.

If you have a chance to check it out, let us know what you think. Here’s where it’s playing in the next 2 weeks:

In New York at The Village East Cinema 10-16 September, show times are 12 noon & 9:50 PM.

In LA at the Laemmle Sunset 5 17-23 September. Show times posted next week!

Jake

Have a great school year and a happy labor day.

Looking at my niece Hunter growing up by the minute, my heart goes out to all the children of our soldiers who are starting this year with some of the changes being a military family can bring: some may have just moved to a new town and must start by making new friends, some have welcomed a parent back home, others may have had to say goodbye to one.

For most of these kids, an afterschool activity, whether it is sports, science, art, or music will be a great way to fit in, have fun, discover a hidden talent, and maybe for a moment, forget and just be a regular kid.

However, many Guard and Reserve families are so financially stretched they cannot afford the fees for sports, fine arts, or tutoring programs so crucial to their children’s sense of well being. Children of wounded warriors face similar financial difficulties along with the challenges of learning to adapt to the physical, mental, and emotional changes in a loved one.

Our Military Kids, founded in 2004, stepped in to fill some of the gaps these families may face with a simple grant program that pays for children’s activities.

The Brothers At War team felt this was a great organization to raise funds for with our back to school post. Eligible families apply for a grant and within days of receiving the application in the Our Military Kids office, a packet is sent to the child thanking them for their service to our country and notifying them of the award, and a check is sent directly to the activity’s service provider.

During the month of September, with every purchase made through our website, we will donate $2 to Our Military Kids on your behalf. You will also receive an additional $2 off the purchasing price.
Simply click on the “buy the DVD” button on the upper right to be taken to our store page. And make sure to enter “ourkids” at checkout.

You can also make a donation directly to Our Military Kids by visiting their website . If you know a family that could benefit from a grant, please direct them there. And make sure to mark your calendar: During the month of October, you will be able to vote for them through the Pepsi Refresh Project and hopefully help them win big!

Once again, I want to thank you all for the support you have provided. Your feedback and suggestions by email or on our Facebook and Twitter walls, is always welcome. Keep it coming!

Have a great back to school month, and enjoy a wonderful, family-filled Labor Day weekend.

Jake Rademacher and The Brothers At War team.

Happy 4th Everyone!

I wanted to wish all of you out there a Happy 4th of July! Thank you to all who have walked in the footsteps of our forefathers and paid the price for the freedom that we all enjoy. America was a dream. It is a reality because of the many sacrifices and achievements of our warriors in the field and the families back home that have sent them in to the fray.

The toughest fight we are embroiled in at the moment is in Afghanistan. Not only are we fighting the Taliban and Al Queda and their allies, but we are also fighting for the people. Empowering them was a key to success in Iraq and it will be a vital key to success in Afghanistan.

I have shared the experience that many of our service members have had in having all our pens cleaned out by children. David Scantling recently back from Afghanistan, told me that having a pen is a status symbol for children there, because all of the important people have pens. In a country with a pre war 11% literacy rate (Library of Congress), it is not hard to imagine why.

Handing out school supplies builds a link between our service members and also helps support a more educated populace. This one on one relationship builder has also helped the literacy rate in Afghanistan improve to 28% (UN Development Report).

We thought it appropriate to show support on July 4th for Operation Iraqi Children that buys and supplies service members with school supplies to the children Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Iraqi Children was created by Gary Sinise and Laura Hillenbrand after soldiers passing through the Iraqi Villages discovered the poor states of the schools and the lack of basic supplies, making it a struggle for children to simply “learn.” In partnership with People to People International, many soldiers stationed in Iraq (and in other nations served by American troops) work together on their days off to gather supplies sent by friends and families and give them to local schools.

There are many ways to support OIC: the folks close to Kansas City can donate their time and help assemble School Supply Kits to be shipped; those further away can build their own kit and mail it to them. (Please visit the How you can help tab on their homepage 

Finally, you can also help the BAW team raise some much needed funds for them. Just enter “independence” at checkout and Brothers at War will donate $2 for every DVD, or limited edition signed poster, and $1 for every mini-poster bought during the month of July. You will also receive a 10% discount on your purchase.

And thank you again for your amazing support. By being active in our Facebook community, forwarding our newsletter to friends and family, purchasing the film and simply talking about Brothers At War, we are able to continue sharing our story all over the world.

Happy 4th of July!

Jake

Happy Father’s Day

This father’s day, Major Isaac Rademacher has a special reason to celebrate. Logan Theodore Rademacher was born just in time to be with him for Memorial Day.

Is he cute or what?

But it reminded me of other years when Isaac has been deployed during Father’s Day, and brought to my mind all those service members who will not be home to celebrate it this year.
Youtube Isaac’s 4th deployment and family

This father’s day, we wanted to support an organization which helps fathers who have been wounded serving our country provide a home for themselves and their families. Our Executive Producer, Gary Sinise has been supporting this organization and brought it to my attention. Building Homes for the Heroes provides individuals, corporations and members of the community with the opportunity to help to build homes for 
families of disabled and injured veterans, giving them the opportunity to rebuild their life. For more information, please visit their website

In order to support Building Homes for the Heroes, we are doing a Father’s Day special. Click on the “Buy the DVD” link at the top and enter “father” at checkout: In addition to receiving a $2 discount off the purchase price, we will donate an additional $2 to Building Homes For Heroes on the sale of every DVD!

Thank you for your continued support. Happy Father’s Day!

Jake