Straight Scoop for Vets   and Friends 

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Ted Skibyak is a member of the New Mexico National Guard and a certified New Mexico Law Enforcement Officer and a Licensed New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic.  Ted joined Straight Scoop for Vets in 2015.


ted@forwardflag.org


​John McGill joined the Marine Corps in 1964 and served one tour in VietNam.   After four years of active duty he transferred to the Marine Corps reserves, retiring in 1989.  John retired as a supervisor from Yellow Freight Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In July 2013 John and Roger Pipkins formed Straight Scoop for Vets with a grant awarded to “raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans and offer preventive measures” in rural southeastern NM. John is a Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW) and instructor.

Roger Pipkins joined the Army in 1962.  After leaving the military, Roger worked in the medical profession and then went into business distributing orthopedic implants as an independent distributor.  He retired in 1994 due to his health.  He is 100% service connected. He and John McGill formed Straight Scoop for Vets in July 2013 with a grant awarded to “raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans and offer preventive measures” in rural southeastern NM. Roger holds the following current certifications: Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW) and instructor; Advanced QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention trainer; WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator; and, CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) trainer. Email: roger@forwardflag.org

- Who We Are

Brian Swanhart was inducted into the US Army in 1968.  He served in the Republic of VietNam 1968-69 with the 9th Infantry Division.    Retired from the US Census Bureau in 2007, Brian joined Straight Scoop for Vets in 2013. He is a Certified Peer Support Worker (CPSW), a certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention trainer, and a certified trainer in CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means).


brian@forwardflag.org