What Yoga, Bird Watching, and Home Base All Have in Common – with U.S. Army veteran Joshua Maloney

Today's episode is another installment of Home Base Nation: Veteran Stories with Joshua Maloney, a Cape Cod-based U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran. Josh is no stranger to Home Base, having participated in our Training for First Responders when he was a Barnstable, MA police officer, and as a patient with us in 2019 when he participated in our Intensive Care Programs, or ICP. Today, Josh works with the Veterans Yoga Project a yoga teacher and as their New England Regional Director, is a full-time student at MA Maritime Academy, studying marine science, safety, environmental protection, and is an avid bird watcher. In our conversation with Josh, he shared openly about his journey from active duty to now, telling us what service means to him, about his dark struggles with depression and alcoholism, what finally led him to seek help, and how mindfulness and wellness practices like yoga, bird watching, and his developing career in environmental protection not only helped him overcome his PTSD and save his life, but have helped him become the incredible advocate that he is today for himself, his fellow veterans, and the world. 


If you are your loved one is experiencing any emotional, mental health struggles, you are not alone and please contact Home Base at (617) 724-5202, or visit www.homebase.org  

Theme music for Home Base Nation: "Rolling the tree" by The Butler Frogs

Additional music credits include: 
Piano music written by Lucy Little and performed by Cheryl Freeze
"Cadillac" by Ron Hirschberg
"Fish Ladder" by Ron Hirschberg

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Producer and Host: Dr. Ron Hirschberg
Producer, Sound, Editor: Lucy Little
Chairman, Home Base Media Lab: Peter Smyth

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