Its 7:01 pm
Its not often you meet a Marine and a former police officer and then instantly go to work to solve a mystery. But that is how I met our next interviewee,Rebecca Mahan. One minute I’m being introduced via a phone call and the next spending a couple of hours doing an investigation.
I found Rebecca to be razor sharp,have a warm sense of humor and cherishes her friends and family. She hosts her own show on her YouTube channel where she does what I do here,find great people and have a nice chat with them.
Rebecca served this country as a United States Marine and continued her public service as police officer. She is a certified mediator and earned her Master’s in of all things,Biblical Studies.
Rebecca is working on a new project and was kind enough to reach out to the cheetah and myself to see if we would like to partake in it. While I said “Hell yeah!”,the cheetah is holding out for treats,thats Hollywood for ya!
Rebecca is also a fine publicist and does a lot of event planning in order to promote people she believes in like Shanna Toft of whom I just recently interviewed here.
When I asked Rebecca if she would agree to do this interview,I was holding my breath a little bit,most publicists or folks conducting the interviews often don’t do them theirselves so when she yes,I knew I landed another very interesting person to talk with.
So its with great pleasure I get ask to Rebecca Mahan her 8 Questions!
I am Rebecca L. Mahan and I am a USMC veteran, retired police officer, published author, and TV show host. I am currently working on creating great show content, expanding the show paltform, and always helping others.
What was it like growing up in your house? What are your three favorite memories growing up?
Growing up in my house was different compared to the world we live today. I was able to go out and play so long as I was back home by dinner time to set the table and it was not dark out yet. I had chores to do on Saturday mornings before I could go out and play and I had to take loads of trash bags, pile them on the wagon, haul them to the end of the drive way, and set and stack them (if needed) out on the curb for the trash man on trash day. I also had to do the dishes sometimes by hand.
Eventually we got a dish washer. This was pretty neat because it was a huge portable one that rolled across the room. It was so large you could climb on it if you wanted to. It had a long hose and a connector that would connect the machine to the sink faucet. The fun part was if you didn’t have it connected right or pulled the connector a certain way when the facet was on, water would spray everywhere!
Another fun part of my childhood was winning the class pizza party from the newspaper drive. I was determined to help make our class win so I went around the neighborhood collecting old newspapers from everyone I could. I collected so many that it filled several shoppiing carts full (I don’t remember how many now 2 or 3). I took bike locks and chained the carts together and pulled them to school with my pink ten speed bicycle. This must have been a sight to onlookers!
One childhood memory that brings me to my law enforcement career, aside from having been a police exporer, was when I was about maybe 10 years old. I decided to foot patrol the shopping center near where I lived. I did this somewhat regularly. There was a Sheriff’s Dept. sub station and the desk Sergeant would give me a sticker badge and tell me to check in with him and I would do things such as call in from the payphone nearby to report a car parked in a handicap parking spot without a handicap placard.
You are a United States Marine veteran – why that branch of the service and
what was your experience like?
It is a long story how I came to the Corps, but it was ultimately the recruiter who made the difference. My recruiter knew what my personal goals were and worked with me to meet the requirements for me for enllistment. I had to do a lot of running! My experience was unbelievable! I would do it all over again! The Marine Corps changed my life for the better by showing me what I had inside of me. It showed me how far I could push my self to achieve my goals, how never giving up despite the odds is key to everything, and that team work is critical. You love it but don’t. It’s hurry up and wait. You learn there are both ends of the spectrum to many things and in this you can not just not survive but thrive. You have to know one end to understand the other and this applies to civilian life as well. Now, while going through it though, isn’t something you understand. It’s frustrating and arduous. It is also very rewarding and the pride is undescribable.
Do you feel the Pentagon cares more about its “toys” then veterans who have seen combat and are struggling here at home? Do you have any ideas on how to help soldiers make that adjustment after leaving their branch of the military?
As far as the political climate it concerened, I don’t know if I would say that there has been more care towards “toys” because I don’t quite understand what you mean, but I will say this: There has been a growing number, which can be seen statisitcally and through media, showing veterans whether combat related or not, facing challenges that have not effectively been addressed, resulting in lives being lost and the deterioration of the quality of life in others. The external injuries veterans face from service are difficult, but the ones we do not see are even more significant. There are services available, but there challenges to utilization of them from the veteran feeling comfortable enough to seek treatment, to availibility within the area of that veteran, and more. In addition, each veteran deals with things differently. Therefore, a one type solution or a three type solution doesn’t always fit, even when a veteran seeks help. This then can become even more difficult for the person who is trying to address the things bothering them.
I think there is always opportunity to improve current methods surrounding those transioning from the military. The transition out is not the same for everyone who leaves the service. Some of the best things I have found that help others veterans are: veterans talking and networking with other veterans; veterans having as many resources, to include civilian resources, at their fingertips as possible (even if the resources are not local); and family members and others being patient with them. One other thing I think is very important, and I say this to the veteran, “Do not place pressure on yourself to prove anything now. You already have proved to yourself and everyone else who you are and what you can do, now take the time so look at what you might ENJOY doing and pursue those things both in work and leisure.”
You continued to serve the people as a police officer,what led you down this path?
In your honest opinion,do you feel our nation’s gun culture has led to huge upsurge in police shootings or has this always been the case but thanks to public awareness and social media,its just now come to light?
I am retired now but have known that I want to be a police officer since I was a child and I started out foot patrolling my shopping center, to the Police Explorer program, then on the Marine Corps. and then putting myself through the police academy.
Our gun culture has been a hot topic for a long time. I think there are many factors leading to a rise in violence, but law abiding citizens are not committing crimes involving guns. So the culture of guns and police shootings would have to be more narrowed for me to properly answer this question. For example, would the xyz sub culture in blank city pertaining to guns lead to a rise in citizen on officer shootings.? I don’t think there has ever been a time I am aware of that it was as dangerous for an officer and in my opinion this comes from an erosion of many things to include respect and morals.
Do you think the police face as much stress as a highly trained combat soldier on a daily basis?
Yes. I also think that this is an area where there is not enough help offered to officers who have been exposed to trauma after trauma. We now have seen the highest number of officers who have taken their own life this year than in any previous year. I am not going to say there are not resources offered to officers. However, there is an underlying concern for a person who is on active duty in the military or in law enforcement who seek services for issues relating to mental health that they will either be released from duty without a regular honorable discharge or in law enforcement officer will lose their job all together. In both cases, the person then will have difficulties seeking additional employment else where. Even though an injury a person incurred on the job from being involved in some traumatic event happens within an area of the brain, it is just as significant as an injury on any other part of the body, it is not perceived that way. With this in mind a person then my not seek help to heal. Our society has slowly started to bring help to officers, but the stigma is still there. The fear is still there.
You are a certified Mediator….what exactly does a Mediator do?
Mediators try to find a way where both parties can agree to a resolution. It is also known as conflict resolution. I do not have a mediator practice, but I am a solution oriented person and I try to use these skills whereever and whenever I can.
What has been the three most pieces of advice anyone has given you?
Never Give Up.
Be Honest/Have Integrity.
Talk about “Rebecca Sounds Reveille”,how did you start your show?
Who have been your favorite guests so far?
My show started out from me trying to sell my book, “V.O.T.E., Victims Overcoming Traumatic Events.” I was going on radio shows to talk about my book. I enjoyed being on the radio and realized I could help and reach more people by having my own radio show. So I did. Then I won 2 awards for my shows. The title of the radio show was the same as the tile of my book. I later was told the tv show was an oppoetuntiy and I thought about it. I wanted the show to be more upbeat. A wake up call. That is what Reveille is in the military. The sound play to wake you up. So, that became the title and the show is designed to ensure its a win for all. The audience can take away something they can use to make their lives better from each episode, even inspirational. The guest is able to share themselves and I get to do what I love- help others.
What were the last three books you read and what did you take away from them?
Let me give two books I recommend to all those I help to change their lives because these made a significant impact on mine:
Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend and Co-Dependent No-More by Beattie.
The last one to all law enforcement and those who are helping those with domestic violence and other trauma- V.O.T.E., Victims Overcoming Traumatic Events.
Who are your three favorite authors and what makes them special to you?
I don’t have a favorite author. I read a lot. I have many, many, many books. My favorite genres are self help and true crime.
The cheetah and I flying in as guests on Reveille but we are (as always) a day early and you’re playing tour guide,what are we doing?
Because of my injuries I am resting and going over the biographies of my guests. My guests and my audience are of utmost importantance. I want to connect with both because there is a message to heal and overcome. I will have to sit in front of the camera the next day without showing any sign of my own pain, so I rest. I would tell you behind the scenes that doing my show has healing for me too.
I like to thank Rebecca for taking the time off her busy schedule to chat with us.
Her new project will launching soon and we’ll update everyone on when it is launched.
For now,you can follow Rebecca via her social media platforms
You can follow her on InstaGram
You can also exchange some tweets on Twitter
Come join the Rebecca’s new YouTube channel
Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll make sure Rebecca sees any questions or comments you leave for her.