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The MisFitNation

Welcome to The MisFitNation Podcast! We started out in 2010 as a band of MisFit Soldiers on a desert plain. In the years since our bond has stayed and we have grown. With this platform, we will share stories of courage, mindset, resilience, and battling those enemies within. We will also highlight the work of Veteran entrepreneurs, Small Business owners, Authors, Musicians, and other Podcasters. While we highlight Veterans we are for everyone. We hope you will be engaged by our work and continue to support us through your listening.

2021 Best Society and Culture Podcast - Veteran Podcast Awards
2022 Top 40 over 40 Podcast Podcast Magazine

Recent Episodes

The MisFitNation Welcomes Author Teri Brown to discuss her new release “An Enemy Like Me”

Jan. 26, 2023

The MisFitNation Welcomes Author Teri Brown to discuss her new release “An Enemy Like Me” Welcome to our Take it Home Thursday show this week. We are glad you are back with us and look forward to hearing your thoughts on th…

Fritznel Octave - Author, Journalist and Advocate for Haiti Joins The MisFitNation

Jan. 24, 2023

Fritznel Octave - Author, Journalist, and Advocate for Haiti Joins The MisFitNation Welcome to our Top it off Tuesday show this week. We are glad you are with us. Fritznel D. Octave, a veteran journalist, stays actively inv…

The MisFitNation Welcomes Jake Thomas USMC Veteran and 5 x Natural Physique Champion

Jan. 19, 2023

The MisFitNation Welcomes Jake Thomas USMC Veteran and 5 x Natural Physique Champion Welcome to our Take it Home Thursday show this week. We are glad you are back with us and look forward to hearing your thoughts on this ch…

Founder and CEO of the Imiloa Institute, Jake Sasseville Joins The MisFitNation

Jan. 17, 2023

Welcome to our Top it off Tuesday show this week. We are glad you are with us. Jake Sasseville is a serial media, music, and hospitality entrepreneur, author, and podcaster. He is the CEO and Founder of Imiloa Institute in C…

Annette and Mark Anderson founders of Cairn The Load and Finding Me Join the MisFitNation Podcast

Jan. 12, 2023

The MisFitNation Welcomes Annette and Mark Anderson Founders of Cairn The Load and Finding Me Welcome to our Take it Home Thursday show this week. We are glad you are back with us and look forward to hearing your thoughts on…

Author, Anti-Bullying Advocate, Shanti Hershenson Joins The MisFitNation

Jan. 10, 2023

Author, Anti-Bullying Advocate, Shanti Hershenson Joins The MisFitNation Welcome to our Top it off Tuesday show this week. We are glad you are with us. Shanti Hershenson’s first two novellas were published when she was in t…

About the Hosts

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Rich LaMonica

CEO/ Host

Rich LaMonica Is a 22-year veteran of the United States Army who
was deployed on multiple occasions in support of the Global War on Terrorism. It was during this career he evolved as a leader of people. His education came from great mentors who showed him how to take care of people. He retired in 2015 and went through an entire year
of self-reflection as he transitioned to civilian life again. Those 365 days from retiring to finding a job taught him valuable lessons about the transition. This has powered his drive to help other veterans as they go through the transition and any other roadblocks they are hitting.
He is a Motivational Speaker who discusses Mindset, Resilience, Grit, and more skills that will make you find your Purpose no matter the journey you have been on.
He is currently finishing up two books while pursuing a Ph.D. from Liberty University in Homeland Security.
He lives by rules and has a motto that resonates with fans of How I met Your Mother “Challenge Accepted”.

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Raymone Byrd

Co-Host/ Marketer

Raymone is an original MisFit. He joined the Army from Cleveland, Ohio where he grew up. He rose to be a sought-after leader in the Army before medically retiring. He has since completed the journey to a degree and is continuing to learn and grow in his profession. He is also a portrait of hard work with unlimited potential. You will not be able to hold your smile when chatting with him.

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Samantha Leonard

Co-Host

Originally from Dallas, TX Sam moved to Clarksville, TN, and spent the time from her adolescence through her young adult life there. It is here where she met her now husband. He is a Soldier in the United States Army and together they are seeing many new locations with a move to Korea on the horizon. They have two boys, Braden who is about to be 10, and Rowan who is 1. Boys are not for the faint of heart and they keep me on my toes. Sam is well-versed in all the pokemon and cocomelon episodes. When not devoting her time to the three boys in her life, she is working on the process of achieving my birth doula certification in the hopes of one day assisting women in the journey of motherhood. Sam is an honorary member of the LaMonica family and loves to enjoy the Italian meals and of course some much-deserved adult time in the Bar. She will bring a different side to the show, different perspectives, and a different voice to listen to every once in a while.

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