In this episode of the Mandatory Fun podcast, we speak with respected book author, speaker, publisher, and Vice President of Production at Warriors, Inc., Julia Dye, Ph.D. Warriors, Inc. is a unique organization that provides technical advice to the entertainment industry.
Although growing up as a military brat has its issues, it can instill several unique, advantageous traits within an individual.
"Many of them speak more than one language, know more cultures, have seen more of the world, which is great for any kid," Dr. Dye said.
Dr. Dye's book, titled Through My Daughter's Eyes, is a one-of-a-kind, much-needed look at what it means to come of age in a military family today.
Dr. Dye's book cover Through My Daughter's Eyes. (Source: Amazon)
An excerpt from Dr. Dye's book: Through My Daughter's Eyes
Dad wasn't feeling the emptiness like we were. He was busy, I'm sure, fighting the war and leading his soldiers.
You're probably wondering what it's like over there, so let's see if I can make it real for you, like it was for my dad. Start by finding the vacuum cleaner.
Pop that sucker open and grab the dust bag. OK, now pour that over your head. Get it good in your nose and eyes. Hit yourself in the chest and make sure that you cough up a good cloud. It's a start. I'm sure you think it's hot, and yeah, that's true, during the day. At night try walking over a frozen rock garden.
You have to walk over that to get to the bathroom in the dark. And the during-the-day hot isn't like a warm summer day, even here in Texas.
Think living inside a blow dryer. On high. While wearing a suit of armor. We're getting closer. Oh, yeah, and while all that is going on, people are trying to kill you. While you are breaking into their houses.
Dr. Dye and her husband, Marine veteran Capt. Dale Dye. (Source: Julia Dye, Ph.D)
A percentage of the book's profits goes to Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
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To learn more about Dr. Dye visit: WarriorsPublishing.com.
Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and Managing Editor
Tim Kirkpatrick: Navy veteran and Editorial Coordinator
Orvelin Valle (aka O.V.): Navy veteran and Podcast Producer
Special Guest: Julia Dye, Ph.D