Veterans Services Hosts “This Is Why We Stand” Podcast at Center for All Ages

Dr. Michael J. Doria (L) discusses his work on traumatic brain injuries with This Is Why We Stand podcast host Joe Archino (center) on Westchester Talk Radio.


It was “Good Morning, Center for All Ages!” once again on Saturday, January 11, 2020 as FSW’s Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains became a recording studio for Westchester Talk Radio’s popular veterans’ podcast (now also available on video), This Is Why We Stand.

This Is Why We Stand podcast guest William Nazario’s jacket carries a vivid reminder from his service in Vietnam.

That’s when Andrea Molina, FSW’s Director of Veterans Services and Vet2Vet programs teamed with Joe Archino, host of the popular podcast on Westchester Talk Radio to tell four veterans’ moving stories of surviving war and forging their experiences into new missions of advocacy back home.

Vets Treating Vets

A particular highlight of the podcast was hearing from Coast Guard veteran Dr. Michael J. Doria, PhD, MPH, MRC, MC, former Clinical Neuropsychologist and Program Manager of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Programs, who discussed his recent founding of Vets Treating Vets, Inc. (VTV) a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

VTV’s mission is to improve veterans’ access to immediate emergency mental health care, especially in the areas of neuropsychology, psychological trauma and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

Watch Dr. Michael J. Doria discuss his work on veterans’ mental health and traumatic brain injuries here.

Other guests were Vietnam veteran William Nazario, Vietnam veteran Thomas J. Giorgi and Army veteran, FSW Veterans Services very own Victor Gonzalez.


Joe Archino and This Is Why We Stand

Joe Archino created his This Is Why We Stand website in 2016 and podcast in 2017 to use the broadcasting experience he gained at Iona College Radio as a means of giving Westchester County veterans a platform for sharing their experiences in combat and back home.

This Is Why We Stand podcast guest Thomas J. Giorgi holds up a photo of Easter services in Vietnam in 1972, the first holiday he ever spent away from his family.

FSW’s Veterans Services program and The Lanza Family Center for All Ages look forward to hosting This Is Why We Stand many times during 2020 and will post details here and on our Resources for Veterans and Families page as they become available.