“Coffee is a product favoring sociability, friendship, and conversation and it should always be consumed with someone else.” - Ernesto Illy
Feed Me Fuel Me (@feedmefuelme) episode 081 with Sam Floyd - Operation Coffee
It's amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee. Just ask our guest this week on Feed Me Fuel Me (@feedmefuelme), Sam Floyd (@operationcoffeeguy). Sam has been on quite the journey, and that is putting it lightly. As an infantry Marine, he as seen the worst of humanity. As a combat veteran, Sam battled PTSD for years. He would mask his suicidal ideations by lying about how well he was doing. Unbeknownst to those closest to him, Sam was in a very dark place. As a result of his inability to effectively cope with his demons, Sam lost a marriage, and sabotaged other relationships and opportunities. After relocating from the desert oasis of Scottsdale, back to his midwest roots in Wisconsin, Sam would turn to the bottle, trying to drink his problems away. One fateful day, over a cup of coffee with a friend, he was simply asked, "What do you want to do?" The answer was easy, "I don't want people to feel as alone as I have felt." In that moment, Operation Coffee was born. Using coffee as the vehicle to have the hardest, most challenging conversations with comfortable ease, Sam is on a mission to drive awareness to veteran suicide. Operation Coffee is his platform and is a beacon for those, civilian and veteran alike, who are going through hard times to better cope with their stress. Operation Coffee isn't about the coffee. No, it is an outlet, providing awareness through the deep, meaningful conversations and relationships that result over a cup of coffee. We are honored to share Sam's journey with you this week in support of all that he as overcome, as he uses coffee as the vehicle to make a difference. We thank Sam for his authenticity and vulnerability. So brew yourself cup of your favorite roast, have a seat and enjoy what can happen over a simple cup of coffee!
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