Surviving Devastating Loss w/ Matthew Bocchi

September 20, 2022
Hosted by Chris Meek

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Matthew Bocchi is a survivor of devastating loss, emotional and psychological trauma, and sexual assault after his father, John, lost his life during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Matt then began speaking in front of high school audiences throughout the greater New York City area about his experiences. On this edition of Next Steps Forward, he joins program host Chris Meek to deliver his message of hope and perseverance. The awestruck reception that Matt has received led him to write his memoir, Sway, which is the first story told by a child of 9/11 and details his hell of going through addiction and how he eventually learned to cope with his crushing loss from one of the most tragic days in American history. Matt is in long-term recovery, with plans to continue writing and speaking about inspiration and resilience. Matt will offer insights on how to persevere through adversity and come out the other side stronger, as well as how to survive in the most difficult of circumstances. He will also speak to the importance of remembering those we have lost for how they lived and not only for how they died.

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Chris Meek

Chris Meek believes in the American spirit of individual empowerment and service to others, especially those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As someone who lived through the horrors of Ground Zero on 9/11, Chris had no way home but to join others as they put one foot in front of the other to make their way forward. Since that day, Chris has committed himself to empowering and motivating fellow Americans to keep taking steps forward, no matter what life throws their way.

Chris has spent the last decade serving as the co-founder and chairman of the national nonprofit SoldierStrong, which is dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierStrong carries out its mission by providing revolutionary medical technology to VA medical centers, including exoskeleton suits to help paralyzed veterans walk again and virtual reality equipment to help treat post-traumatic stress.

He also serves as an advisor on the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force. In this role, he shares a responsibility to raise awareness about mental health, facilitate research and define a plan to prevent suicide. In 2020, Chris launched ReachStrong, a nonprofit aimed at empowering all Americans to care for their overall well-being. Chris is also a financial services executive at S and P Global, Inc, in New York City. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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Episode Directory

September 2022

  • 9/27/2022: Building Meaningful Relationships w/ Susan McPherson Coming Soon
  • 9/20/2022: Surviving Devastating Loss w/ Matthew Bocchi Listen Now
  • 9/13/2022: Thoughtful Action w/ Bryce Cherryholmes & Saul Martinez Listen Now
  • 9/6/2022: Supporting Today’s Veterans w/ George Casey and Joel Kupersmith Listen Now

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