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Hazard Ground

Servicemembers from across the military, sharing their accounts of combat and survival. Hosted by sports talk radio host and Army veteran, Mark Zinno, this podcast brings you inspirational stories of service and resiliency from those who have fought on and off the battlefield. Subscribe to stay up to date when each new episode is released! www.hazardground.com
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Oct 16, 2018

What an absolutely insane story we have for you this week! On April 21st, 2007, Joshua Mantz was shot and killed by a sniper in Iraq. The exceptionally large bullet that killed Josh initially passed through a senior NCO standing next to him, and then severed Josh's femoral artery. After losing a significant amount of blood, Josh was dead for a full 15 minutes before a military trauma team resuscitated him, bringing him back to life. Mantz’s journey from graduating West Point as an Infantry Platoon Leader to ultimately surviving a sniper’s deadly shot in combat, and recovering through the mental highs and lows of such an uncommon ordeal is absolutely incredible. Hear about it all in this very introspective episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.asymmetricmind.com | "The Beauty of a Darker Soul"

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Oct 9, 2018

Steve Kiernan joined the Marine Corps when he was 17. He attended his high school graduation as a Marine fresh out of boot camp. The discipline and drive that the Marine Corps instilled in Steve are what ultimately got him through some of his darkest days - the by-product of becoming a Marine and heading off to war. Just a few weeks into his first tour in Iraq in 2008, Steve was walking point on a security patrol heading back to base in Fallujah when he was hit by an IED. The blast ended up taking both of his legs. The recovery process for Steve was long, grueling at times, and something he almost didn't make it out of. A desire to forge a new path in life significantly different from the one he knew before his injury, gave Steve new hope and a reason to keep living. He's now a short story and essay writer, pursuing an MFA at the University of Oregon. This is another inspirational story of combat and survival you don't want to miss!

www.steven-kiernan.com

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This episode is also brought to you by our latest sponsor, Knife Country USA.  Knife Country USA has the largest selection of knives, cutlery and accessories on the Internet. With over 30,000 models from 500+ manufacturers, Knife Country USA is CONFIDENT they have the perfect item for you. In addition to a tremendous selection, no other company can beat Knife Country USA's commitment to exceptional customer service - their owner personally guarantees it. Go to our website, hazardground.com, and click on the Knife Country USA banner on our Sponsors page. Then enter coupon code: "HAZARD1" at checkout to get 15% off your entire order!

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Oct 2, 2018

Despite the darkness of combat, there always seems to be moments of levity that surface from time to time. Paul Szoldra, whether he believes it or not, is a master at finding those moments. Whether it was Marine boot camp, or the unforgiving landscape of Afghanistan, Szoldra found humor to get him through the boredom, frustration, and nervous anticipation of combat. A near miss from an IED blast that most certainly would have taken his life, was all that was needed to make Szoldra all-too aware of the horrific realities of combat. But none of the darkness, including life-altering and life-ending IEDs, would have been overcome without humor. And so Paul Szoldra eventually left the Marine Corps and started the "Duffel Blog," an online military satire publication that has seen over one million unique readers each month. The Duffel Blog has been praised by everyone from Defense Secretary Mattis, to former Pentagon spokesman George Little, and The Onion's founding editor Scott Dikkers! Check it out on this rather lighthearted episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.paulszoldra.com | www.duffelblog.com | www.taskandpurpose.com/author/paulszoldra2/

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This episode is also brought to you by our latest sponsor, Knife Country USA.  Knife Country USA has the largest selection of knives, cutlery and accessories on the Internet. With over 30,000 models from 500+ manufacturers, Knife Country USA is CONFIDENT they have the perfect item for you. In addition to a tremendous selection, no other company can beat Knife Country USA's commitment to exceptional customer service - their owner personally guarantees it. Go to our website, hazardground.com, and click on the Knife Country USA banner on our Sponsors page. Then enter coupon code: "HAZARD1" at checkout to get 15% off your entire order.

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Sep 29, 2018

Retired Marine Staff Sgt. John Jones loved being a Marine. So much so that after the vehicle he was riding in was blown up by an IED in Iraq on January 3, 2005, one of his primary concerns was if he would be able to continue to serve in the Marine Corps. A twist of fate had put him in the target vehicle: he had made a last minute decision to switch into the vehicle that was hit, just prior to rolling out in his convoy. The blast from the anti-tank mine IED eventually took both of his legs. So his concern was real. But now, over a decade later, John Jones has found a different way to serve his country - through a non-profit called Workshops for Warriors, which trains, certifies, and helps place Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Transitioning Service Members into advanced manufacturing careers. Hear all about this incredible journey on this incredibly inspiring episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.wfw.org

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This episode is also brought to you by our latest sponsor, Knife Country USA.  Knife Country USA has the largest selection of knives, cutlery and accessories on the Internet. With over 30,000 models from 500+ manufacturers, Knife Country USA is CONFIDENT they have the perfect item for you. In addition to a tremendous selection, no other company can beat Knife Country USA's commitment to exceptional customer service - their owner personally guarantees it. Go to our website, hazardground.com, and click on the Knife Country USA banner on our Sponsors page. Then enter coupon code: "HAZARD1" at checkout to get 15% off your entire order!

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Sep 18, 2018

This week...Marine and bestselling author of "Echo in Ramadi," Scott Huesing returns! Scott was first on the show before "Echo in Ramadi" was released (Ep. 50), and now he returns to pick up where he left off. This episode focuses on the human condition and the idea of human connection through war and the bonds of the military. It's really what the book "Echo in Ramadi" is all about - the immeasurable strength of the human spirit! Check it out!

www.echoinramadi.com www.savethebrave.org "Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City"

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Sep 11, 2018

What lengths would you go to, to change the world...to inspire others to change the world? Alex Evans, along with three other military veterans, is rowing a boat across the Atlantic Ocean to do just that. He's part of the 1st all-American Military veteran team - aptly titled "Fight Oar Die" - that will race across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2018, in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge - a race that has challenged individuals and teams from around the world for years. Their goal is to increase "awareness of and support for the cognitive, behavioral, and physical health of U.S. Military/Veteran personnel" and inspire them and others to live their best life. In this episode, we sit down with Team Skipper Alex Evans and team psychologist and Iraq veteran, Dr. Jacob Hyde, who will be monitoring the team throughout the race to better understand the effects of mental trauma and extreme duress on the human body. Hear firsthand how this seemingly crazy idea came to fruition, and where it will take the Fight Oar Die Team by year's end...and beyond!

www.usvetrow.org

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Sep 4, 2018

It's hard to put into words the magnitude of Joe Getherall's service to country from the time he enlisted in the Marine Corps to his retirement as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.  One thing is certain though, he embodies the qualities that every great leader should and needs to possess: selfless service, humility, mental-toughness, and courage under fire. He displayed those attributes during his three tours in Vietnam. Known as the "Iceman," he was wounded three times during the war, and was eventually awarded the Silver Star for his actions in combat. That award is now under review for upgrade to the Medal of Honor under Bill H.R. 974, sponsored by Congresswoman Napolitano and endorsed by Senator McCain, for Joe’s heroic actions in Quang Tri Province on December 22, 1966. Hear Joe's description of the battle and what led him to return to Vietnam so many times in spite of the constant bloodshed, on this very special and inspirational episode of HAZARD GROUND!

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Aug 28, 2018

Don't ever say that a little anger can't be turned around for good. Matthew Betley is living proof that a whole lotta disdain for something, if re-directed in the right way, can lead to something pretty amazing. He took his anger, specifically for a highly-recommended international spy thriller he decided to start reading on vacation, but just couldn't finish because it was so poorly written, and turned it into an action-thriller book series of his own. Before that though, he spent ten years as an officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to both Djibouti and Fallujah. He's also a recovering alcoholic, with 9-1/2 years of sobriety. And now he is the author of three books in the Logan West Thrillers Series: OverwatchOath of Honor, and Field of Valor, with more on the way! This is an amazing story of one man who thought he could do much better, and did just that. Period. Don't miss it!

www.matthewbetley.com | Overwatch | Oath of Honor | Field of Valor

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Aug 21, 2018

Thinking he would go to college & follow a much different path, Alex Juedes ended up "dropping out" to follow in his father's footsteps & become a Marine. He loved being a Marine in fact. But, on January 25, 2014, Alex Juedes was manning an MRAP gun turret in Afghanistan when an RPG slammed into the feed tray of his machine gun. Immediately, his right hand was gone and he was bleeding from shrapnel piercing his femoral artery. Alex made it out of Afghanistan alive though, but would never return to the Marine Corps as a rifleman. If he had to do it all over again, he says he would head right back to Afghanistan to fight as an infantry Marine. He speaks humbly of his injuries & what he endured half a world away & back at home. But deep within is a warrior spirit that truly shines through in this episode. He is now helping others exponentially & giving back to those who followed a similar path, returning from combat never to be the same as when they left, through his non-profit, Purple Heart Cruise. This is a special episode, with an incredible warrior, that you don't want to miss!

www.purpleheartcruise.org

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Aug 14, 2018
If you’ve ever wondered what the power of the mind looks like, and you’re also looking for some inspiration, then this is the episode for you! John Timar is a former Navy SEAL, who is now the Chief Sales Officer for Kill Cliff, a leading clean hydration and sports nutrition brand for elite athletes. John is also a successful, long-time entrepreneur. As a young man he set his sights on becoming a Navy SEAL despite the many naysayers along the way. In this episode John takes us through the long, grueling journey to become a Navy SEAL, what life was like in the SEAL teams in the ‘90s, and what led him to become a successful entrepreneur. So, if you’re looking for a shot of motivation, or just want to learn how to become a badass in the business world, then check out this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.killcliff.com ... Do you shop at Amazon? Our guess is, you do. So do us a favor and head over to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. Personal shopping, business purchases...It can all be done from that little Amazon banner. It costs you nothing, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating a portion of the proceeds from this partnership to one of the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, etc.  So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today! ... Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!! | Download This Episode |
Aug 7, 2018
This week we step off the beaten path and cover an oft-forgotten operation, and the stellar career in special operations of Steve Dawson. Steve spent 25 years in the Army - most of those with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Special Forces. He spent the better part of his career as an operator with Delta Force. He also took part in the rescue operation of Kurt Muse, an American civilian living in Panama and held captive during Noriega's rule in Panama in the late '80s, also known as Operation Acid Gambit. Acid Gambit is considered one of the most daring hostage rescues ever attempted. In this episode Steve gives a firsthand account of the successful rescue operation, along with some lighter moments as a Delta operator going through the Special Forces Q Course. Hear all about it this week on HAZARD GROUND! ... Do you shop at Amazon? Our guess is, you do. So do us a favor and head over to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. Personal shopping, business purchases...It can all be done from that little Amazon banner. It costs you nothing, and it helps the show out tremendously! PLUS, we'll be donating a portion of the proceeds from this promotion to one of the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, etc.  So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner! ...
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Jul 31, 2018

On April 11, 2011 former Marine, Brian Aft stepped on an IED in Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while on a routine foot patrol. The blast ended up taking both of his legs, and ultimately leading him down a very dark path. He turned to hardcore drugs to numb the pain, and simply get through every day life as a double amputee. Then one day he was approached by former NFL linebacker, David Vobora in a parking lot. Vobora approached Brian with such enthusiasm that Aft thought the giant former pro football player was going to mug him. It turns out, Vobora simply wanted to know what happened to Aft, and if Brian was interested in joining his gym, the Adaptive Training Foundation, as a means of recovering physically, mentally, and from drug addiction. Hear about Brian Aft's unlikely road to recovery with the help of a former NFLer, on this special episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.adaptivetrainingfoundation.org | www.highfivesfoundation.org 

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Jul 24, 2018

Ryan Hepworth worked on some of the most intense trauma cases as an Army nurse. He knew he was going to experience those situations when he volunteered to work in combat trauma. A decision he says was based on a willingness to "know" the patients he was working on. Working in the combat hospital in Afghanistan brought him face-to-face with the worst that humans can do to one another in war. So much so that every time Ryan talks about his experiences in Afghanistan, his words take him back to the moments, the intensity, the smells when so many heavily injured servicemembers were brought to him for urgent, lifesaving care. And it also stirs up memories of those he couldn't save. Talking about it is the therapy that helps him with PTSD, a direct result of his time spent in Afghanistan. This is an emotional episode, but one that is intended to help us all better understand the dark effects that war has on those who've experienced it, and what's needed to keep that darkness from taking one more life.

www.shadowwarriorfoundation.org

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Jul 17, 2018

Richard Prince fought in one of the most horrific battles of Vietnam, and one that often gets overlooked. The battle for Hue City during the Tet Offensive of 1968 was an all-out grudge match & street fight that lasted for several weeks. Prince found himself fighting in one of the most hellish engagements of the battle, below the Dong Ba Tower at the city's imperial Citadel, where many Marines perished. During the fight, Prince was shot through the neck by a sniper, permanently damaging his vocal chords. Fortunately, Prince made it out of the Citadel, and the battle, alive. Fifty years later, Richard Prince returned to the reconstructed Dong Ba Tower in Hue City, with The Greatest Generations Foundation, a nonprofit that provides free visits to battlefields where Vietnam and World War II veterans served. Hear about Prince's fight to survive and save other Marines, and his bittersweet return to the place that had once been hell on earth for him & so many others, on this episode of HAZARD GROUND!

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Jul 10, 2018

This week we return with another episode with the living legend, Mike Vining. Mike has taken part in so many unique missions as an Operator and EOD Technician. And we cover a handful of those in this week's episode. From Vietnam to Presidential elections, to prison riots, to the bombing of Khobar Towers, Mike Vining brings you firsthand accounts of rare special missions, and some pretty intense moments on the ground and in the air. Check it out, on this Part II episode with Mike Vining!

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Jul 3, 2018
This week's episode is a little less about combat engagements, and more about another deadly threat amongst veterans: suicide. Master Sgt. Orlando Reyes served in three combat deployments to Iraq, but never faced a greater enemy than the one within. The stress from those deployments, the PTSD, and the failed relationships that resulted, drove Reyes to attempt to take his own life. Luckily for him, and others, he wasn't successful, and because of that, he's vowed to help save others from suicide. He has since become a top suicide prevention trainer for the Marine Corps, and was even named Marine Corps Times' 2014 Marine of the Year. Once a Marine who worked tirelessly on the battlefield to keep Marines alive, now Reyes works to save the lives of those Marines who have left it!
 
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Jun 26, 2018

Wanting to do more for his country and serve in a time of war, Ben Kesling joined the Marine Corps to become an officer at the start of the Global War on Terror. As most conflicts do, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan changed him. But not in a way where he wanted to bury their memory, but more along the lines of understanding them and what effects they have on not just veterans coming home from war, but also those whose soil has been occupied. So, following his time in the Marine Corps, he went back to school to become a journalist, in hopes of putting his experience in war to good use in conveying the seemingly never ending conflict to those who had never been. He now reports for The Wall Street Journal, and spends a good portion of his time focusing on veterans affairs. He's a unique individual with a rare perspective on two wars that have affected so many people, and he shares that perspective on today's episode of HAZARD GROUND!

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Jun 19, 2018
We're back from a short hiatus, with an incredible guest! Retired Air Force Colonel Tommy Goode has led an unconventional career as an Air Force helo pilot. From the story behind how he made it into the flight program, to flying the rescue/recovery mission after the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, to now flying fire attack helicopters...Tommy Goode is no ordinary pilot. He's about as humble as they come, but when you hear him talk about his time in the air, you know he's the real deal! Check out the complete story this week on HAZARD GROUND! This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! Now for a limited time, New Customers get $30 off their first order!  So get on over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Blue Apron banner…Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
May 22, 2018
He completed five combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan as both an infantry Marine and Marine Special Operator. He has been awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for Valor for actions on the battlefield during those deployments. He has seen the hellish, unlucky, and simply chaotic side of war, and lived to tell about it. After eight years of service, he left the Marine Corps to become a writer. Now Elliot Ackerman is an accomplished author, who has plenty of life experience to keep the pen on paper for years and years to come. And out of all of the living that he has done, and accolades earned, he approaches life with a humility unexpected from someone so accomplished. And that's what makes his story a must-listen. Hear all about it on this episode of HAZARD GROUND! "Dark at the Crossing" | "Green on Blue: A Novel" This week's episode is brought to you by our newest sponsor, Onnit! Looking for Total Human Optimization? Head over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Onnit banner and check out all the great products Onnit has to offer. Think clearer, train better, perform at your peak…Get Onnit.  Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
May 15, 2018
Facing a draft notice and challenged by his Marine father to prove his mettle, Jim Hackett signed up for the Marine Corps in 1967. The war in Vietnam was heating up considerably in the late '60s, and Jim Hackett the Marine - and a crack shot at that - was heading right for the meat grinder. Except a funny thing happened at boot camp graduation: Hackett wasn't immediately sent to the infantry. Instead, as a top graduate of his class, he was sent off to "Secret School" to learn how to track the enemy on the battlefield, at close range no less. By the time Jim made it to Vietnam, the war was quickly headed toward the height of chaos. Two Purple Hearts and a full enlistment in the Marine Corps later, Jim Hackett left the military to take on other pursuits. He bounced back from his combat experiences to become a working actor, and live an incredibly interesting life after the war. Hear all about it on this episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.tggf.org This week's episode is brought to you by our newest sponsor, Patagonia clothing and gear! Whether you're into fishing, hiking, climbing, surfing, or just need a good rain jacket, backpack, or travel gear, find the sustainable and ironclad solution at Patagonia. Backed by their Ironclad Guarantee, you will not be disappointed with their products and customer service. So get on over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Patagonia banner for FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75…Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
May 8, 2018
This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we have a very special guest. Dianne Layfield is the proud mother of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, who was killed in action on April 6, 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dianne was gracious enough to sit down with us and share Travis' story, as well as talk about her journey coping with his passing, and experiencing some unexpected and amazing discoveries that followed. Parent or not, this is one episode everyone can take a little something from. Dianne has done an incredible job keeping her son's memory alive, and we are absolutely honored to have her as our guest on this week's episode of HAZARD GROUND! This week's episode is brought to you by our newest sponsor, Patagonia clothing and gear! Whether you're into fishing, hiking, climbing, surfing, or just need a good rain jacket, backpack, or travel gear, find the sustainable and ironclad solution at Patagonia. Backed by their Ironclad Guarantee, you will not be disappointed with their products and customer service. So get on over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Patagonia banner for FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $75…Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
May 1, 2018
What an absolutely amazing story! Driven by a keen interest in medicine & a desire to give back to his country, Karl Holt joined the Army to become a Green Beret medic. After several years of assessment, selection, & special forces training, Holt found himself in the heat of combat, putting his SF medic training to use. On one particular mission though, while trying to escape an overwhelming counterattack, the helicopter Holt was riding in crashed & literally fell out of the sky into a 2-story building. There were few survivors. Badly injured, Holt managed to escape the wreckage with the help of his friend & fellow SF teammate. Following recovery & many, many surgeries, he decided to pursue his Medical Degree, so he could continue to serve & help others as a physician. With the help of the Pat Tillman Foundation, through which Holt is a Tillman Scholar, he is on his way to completing medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you're looking for motivation...inspiration, you're certain to find it in this unbelievable story of the Green Beret-turned-White Coat, Karl Holt! www.pattillmanfoundation.org This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! Now for a limited time, New Customers Get 5 Meals Free With Your First 2 Orders…That's 5 Meals Free With Your First 2 Orders!  So get on over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Blue Apron banner…Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
Apr 24, 2018
This episode with JC Glick could have gone on for hours...That's how good conversations with JC, especially those about leadership, can be. JC went from battle tested Army Ranger, serving over 11 combat tours between Iraq & Afghanistan, to leadership consultant, couch & author. He's been tested in just about every way imaginable, from making it through a difficult childhood to leading special operations soldiers at some of the highest levels in the US military in combat. And what came out of that cauldron is one of the finest leaders you'll ever meet. JC Glick now works as a leadership consultant who advises at the strategic, operational, team, and individual levels, including at Fortune 500 companies & for the Denver Broncos & Carolina Panthers of the NFL. Hear how he went from combat Ranger, to struggling with PTSD and suicide, to arguably one of the greatest modern day thought leaders on education, development & resilience on this cerebral & very inspirational episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.kenningassociates.com"A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown" This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! Now for a limited time, New Customers Get 5 Meals Free With Your First 2 Orders…That's 5 Meals Free With Your First 2 Orders!  So get on over to www.hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Blue Apron banner…Remember, support for our sponsors goes right back into making Hazard Ground the best show it can possibly be!
Apr 17, 2018
A combination of factors led Lewis Nelson to enlist in the Army after college - 9/11; a family history of military service; and a history degree with a job that was going nowhere. So Nelson enlisted to become a linguist, and after several years of specialized training found himself in Iraq on two separate deployments with the 101st Airborne Division. While deployed, Nelson ran the gamut of combat occupations, from intelligence collection, to running convoys, to helping combat arms soldiers clear houses. All of it seemed pretty natural and exciting to someone who lives life on the heels of the next adventure. But the return home & reintegration with normal life is where the adventure of war caught up with Nelson. He found himself battling a new enemy - PTSD. Hear his story & how he worked through those struggles on this very enlightening episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.wanderingveteran.com | "Life After Loyalty" This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! Now for a limited time, if you order Blue Apron through our website, you’ll get $60 off your first 6 weeks of deliveries…So get on over to hazardground.com/sponsors, click on the Blue Apron banner…And Discover a better way to cook!  
Apr 10, 2018

Matt Gallagher thought he was just keeping a regular blog of his time spent in a war zone as a way to chronicle daily life as a Platoon Leader during the Iraq War in 2007-08. Little did he know that his blog, aptly titled, "Kaboom" was a much bigger hit on the internet than he thought. His chain of command was even okay with it, until, as Matt puts it, "they weren't." And soon the US Army was shutting the young officer's blog down. But, with the internet being the internet, Matt's war journal & war memoir-in-the-making never left the internet (you can still find it online today). And what "Kaboom" did was help Gallagher organize his thoughts about the war, provide levity to the daily grind & sludge factory that war often becomes, & help shape an author-in-the-making. Matt Gallagher is now out of the army & is an accomplished author. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Atlantic," "The Paris Review Daily" & "Wired," as well as other publications. Hear how he went from "Kaboom" to novelist on this very enlightening episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.mattgallagherauthor.com www.wordsafterwar.org | "Kaboom" | "Youngblood"

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