Andrew Asks Anything is out

In one of the more serendipitous moments of my life I met Andrew Sullivan at an Equality Diner at West Point earlier this year.  My first splash on his website that references this blog on “The Daily Dish” is “A Veteran Vents”.

He then gave me a huge shout out as I put a team together for Suicide Prevention Awareness.

At one point he asked me to join him in a conversation as part of a podcast series he was putting together.  I obliged and it was a great experience.  After listening to it again, I realize I use the royal “we” more than I should have, and I have a few tin foil hat moments, but that is all me and I stand by it, warts and all.

You have to be a subscriber to listen to the podcast, a modest $1.99 a month, and the link to the article on “The Dish” is here.

I hope it spreads awareness and frank conversation.  As always, a huge thank you is in order to my family who keep me on the level.  Especially my wife and my Mom.  Love you Mom.  Thanks again for reading.



6 thoughts on “Andrew Asks Anything is out

  1. becky


    It took me an entire day to get through your podcast with Andrew Sullivan because I kept thinking about my brother and his experiences with PTSD. Thank you for sharing your story in such a candid way. I will never be able to understand what you and other soldiers are going through, but I got a small glimpse at the weight of the burden you all carry. It makes it easier to have a little more compassion and a little more patience.

  2. mikeypiro


    Thank you for listening and reading. I was completely exhausted at the end of that session and it lasted for days. I am not looking to make excuses or shy away from responsibilities, but what I tried to convey was that this impacts me and my life in almost every way. If I do not receive another message on this blog, you note makes everything I have dont over the course of writing worth it. Thank you.


  3. Davey Leslie

    Just listened to your interview with Sullivan. Thank you so much for your courage and honesty. Wishing you all the best.

  4. Peter Cipkowski

    Geez, Mikey. Thanks for sitting down with AS and getting it out there – that way. I clung to every word as I sat on a train listening and was damn glad to not be behind a wheel for once. Found myself completly absorbed and am now shattered sitting here in a hotel room. I’ll admit I cried a lot and had to work hard not to lose it on the train. But thanks for putting it out there. I benefited from your telling it – that way – and am touched by your compassion and the way you’re a thousand times improvded yet still honest about the struggle. Thanks again, chief – hope you and your family have an awesome thanksgiving.

  5. mikeypiro

    Thank you Peter. I am certainly glad you were on the train. That interview was exhausting and drained me for days. I hope to spread more awareness and not just about Veterans, though they certainly have a special place in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

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