Presented by Broken Jarhead – Sponsored by Shure
THE PODCAST: My business partner, Nick, and I started Broken Jarhead: The Broken Podcast as a therapeutic outlet, and it has grown quickly! It’s 15 minutes of impromptu comedy where we read 2 fan-submitted topics and go! We release new episodes Monday – Friday. 2 Marine Vets. 2 Random Topics. 15 Minutes Flat.
THE AWARDS: Being the narcissistic jerks that we are, we looked for an awards ceremony for podcasts and found iHeart obviously, and The People Podcast Awards. We couldn’t find anything for Veterans, so we decided to create it – how hard could it be!? We are proud to announce the 1st Annual Veterans Podcast Awards registering now through July 31, 2021. Our custom trophy is made by a female vet owned trophy company locally and is a Golden War Hammer with a placard listing the details of the award and the Vet Podcast Award logo. What says Vet Podcasting better than a bludgeoning tool and a microphone!?
THE DAY: We scheduled the awards ceremony on September 30, International Podcast Day – which seemed fitting. Then discovered the other award show is the same day. So, being the rational people that Nick and I are, we filed the paperwork and paid the fee required to establish National Military Podcast Day! This occurs October 5th. Since Enduring Freedom began October 6/7, we thought we’d have a day of celebration before a day of remembrance.
THE REASON: One of the best ways to deal with PTSD and other issues is to talk! Many veterans use podcasting in a therapeutic way but quit too soon. We want to encourage the discourse by offering a free awards ceremony and celebrating a National Day! We want to encourage active duty and vets alike to keep pushing and never give in to the demons! 22 Veteran suicides a day is 22 too many!
THE BUSINESS: My name is Shane Cunningham, and I’m the co-owner of Broken Jarhead. BJH dramatizes military stereotypes in the form artwork, patches, challenge coins, apparel, and now, card games. We solicit to the military, with special emphasis on the Crayon Eating degenerates we call brothers and sisters. Joe Dirt asked, “Is this where you want to be when Jesus comes?” If you’re playing our games, the answer should be no. While there is no blasphemes in our games, there’s plenty of vulgarities, and it would be an awkward introduction.
Nick and I opened BJH during the COVID lockdown in 2020 because we were sick of seeing fellow vets struggling with their depression/anxiety/PTSD, struggle even harder since we were in lockdown. I drew the Green Weenie as a morale boost and sent it to some friends, who sent it to others. They wanted more, which I was happy to provide. A few weeks later I was taking requests for art ideas and sending them out. A buddy said, “You should put that on a patch or sticker!” So, we did both – and added apparel. The first patch/sticker was the Embrace the Suck lips. One thing led to another and now we see challenge coins, patches, stickers, original card games, and apparel. Everything down to the packaging is made in the USA. If it’s not made in America, it’s NOT Broken Jarhead.
Check out the Veteran Podcast awards at https://www.veteranpodcastawards.com