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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 firsthand accounts of war, with a perspective you only get from someone who has lived through it. From WWII to Vietnam, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, hear inspirational stories of service and resiliency from those who have fought on and off the battlefield!
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Apr 16, 2019
Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Kevin Lacz left college to join the Navy with orders for SEAL training. He would go on to graduate with BUD/s Class 246, and eventually land with SEAL Team Three. By 2006, he was fighting in Ramadi, Iraq, working primarily as a sniper and medic. In 2008 he returned to Iraq, working again as a sniper, medic, and also breacher - SEAL certifications that made him the only member of his platoon qualified to participate in any operation the platoon planned. During his time in Iraq, Kevin also worked alongside American Sniper, Chris Kyle. Their close relationship led to Kevin working as a technical advisor, as well as playing himself, in Clint Eastwood's 2014 film, "American Sniper." Kevin talks about that experience as well as surviving combat, and losing not just teammates, but what it's like to lose a piece of yourself on the battlefield, in this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! www.huntingforhealing.org Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Apr 9, 2019
She initially wanted to be an astronaut, jumping headfirst into the Civil Air Patrol program at a young age. But Annie Kleiman would end up taking a completely different path - one very unconventional within the ranks of the Air Force. She would ultimately try out for and be selected to deploy as part of a Cultural Support Team (CST) in 2012 in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment, as an Air Force Officer. The CSTs would place her and other women like her on direct combat missions, performing a vital function of Special Operations - interfacing with the local populace to enable and help form enduring relationships with the locals, specifically with village women, in support of counterinsurgency operations. Following her time with the CSTs, Annie would go on to become a Pat Tillman Scholar with the goal of contributing to future CST work on a larger scale as a civilian. Hear about her groundbreaking journey on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Apr 2, 2019
An absolutely powerful episode this week with the Executive Director of The Headstrong Project, Joe Quinn, on the heels of launching a new chapter in Atlanta. Joe was in his senior at West Point when his brother died in the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Joe believed he was in the best spot to enact revenge on the perpetrators of the attacks, and maybe have a chance to feel somewhat whole again, as he was soon to be commissioned in the Army, and would soon fight his enemies on foreign soil. Unfortunately, war opened his eyes to a new reality - one that couldn't extinguish the mental anguish of losing his brother, but also one where he witnessed his fellow soldiers struggling with the same mental distress. All of this led him to the work he's doing today to help other veterans in the most vital way, with The Headstrong Project. Hear about his journey on this very moving episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.getheadstrong.org Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Mar 26, 2019
Following in the footsteps of immediate family, Duane France joined the Army prior to September 11, 2001. When the World Trade Center towers fell, France was stationed in Germany, away from the immediacy of GWOT planning, but ready to serve, wherever, and whenever. It would be a few years before he'd be "in the fight," but as with most people who served post-9/11, his time would come, with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan during some of the bloodiest times of both campaigns. His experiences during those deployments, along with witnessing the effects of war on his fellow soldiers, would eventually lead him to the mental health profession. Today, Duane France is retired from the Army, and serves as a mental health counselor for veterans in Colorado. Hear about his journey as NCO, teacher, and now provider for better soldier care on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! www.veteranmentalhealth.com | "Combat Vet Don't Mean Crazy" Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Mar 18, 2019
He's now living his life not just for himself, but for those he served with on the battlefield who never made it home. One of those soldiers, in particular, died in an instant right next to him. On December 8, 2005, Adam Mattis was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by an IED containing several explosively formed projectiles (EFPs) near Sadr City in Baghdad. The attack occurred just 28 days before Adam's tour in Iraq was scheduled to end. The officer riding next him was a good friend and someone he highly respected. Following his medical retirement from the Army, Adam lived through the highs and extremely low, low's of surviving such a traumatic experience in combat. Fortunately he found purpose again and has transformed himself into the successful entrepreneur, business and management leader he once was in the private sector before joining the Army. Hear this powerful and moving story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Mar 11, 2019
She went from performing in front of thousands of cheering fans in NFL stadiums, to executing one of the most vital missions in the Global War on Terror. Rachel Washburn was a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader before commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army. Her first assignment in the Army was to a Cultural Support Team (CST) in Afghanistan - a groundbreaking concept where women were embedded with Special Operations units in order to enable and help form enduring relationships with the local populace, specifically with village women, in support of counterinsurgency operations. Rachel shares with us her rewarding, and often dangerous, experience working as an integral part of a CST in combat, and the challenges she and her team faced breaking new ground for the military and working against a virtually invisible enemy. Check it out on this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND! Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Mar 5, 2019
Mike Frazier has one of the most interesting military backgrounds of any of our guests. He served in Iraq in 2003 as part of a Coast Guard tactical law enforcement team, in support of combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following a short stint in the Coast Guard, Frazier enlisted in the Army to become a crew chief. He would eventually earn a billet in the elite and highly specialized 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, more commonly known as the "Night Stalkers." But, a back injury would bring his military career, and his time with the Night Stalkers, to a screeching halt. Mike loved serving in the 160th. The injury, compounded with the dark experiences of combat would lead Mike down a precarious path where suicide was the only form of relief. Fortunately, after hitting rock bottom, Mike found a reason to live, and just recently began opening up about his experiences. Hear about this moving journey on this week's episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.shotatdawnproject.org Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!!
Feb 26, 2019
Imagine being shot through the chest by a sniper in Ramadi, Iraq in 2004, and surviving. Imagine completing a 4-year enlistment as an infantry Marine, surviving combat, and then going on to become one of the Army's elite Green Berets. Now imagine finding out several years after surviving the sniper's round, that you have terminal lung cancer that was misdiagnosed by the military, and there's virtually nothing you can do about it. That's the story of Rich Stayskal. Because the alleged misdiagnosis occurred while Stayskal was in the military, he cannot sue the federal government for malpractice, all due to an obscure 60-something-year-old law known as the Feres Doctrine. But, you can't be a Marine and a Green Beret without being a fighter. And that's exactly what Rich Stayskal is doing - fighting back, against cancer and the misdiagnosis. Hear how, on this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.feresdoctrine.com We also want to thank Rich's attorney, Natalie Khawam, for joining us on this episode to provide the background on Rich's legal case and the Feres Doctrine. Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Feb 18, 2019
Author, journalist, and Marine Officer Philip Caputo served 16 months in Vietnam, landing in 1965 with the first ground combat unit deployed there. Caputo spent much of his time in Vietnam commanding an infantry platoon in fierce combat operations synonymous with the war. A few years later he would leave the Marine Corps and begin writing about his experiences in Vietnam. His memoir on the subject, "A Rumor of War" is a classic, and it wholeheartedly describes the savagery that war can so easily expose in normal, everyday human beings. The similarities between Caputo’s own experiences in war and those of today’s servicemembers who have survived combat are so apparent, yet so often forgotten. Philip Caputo is one of those rare individuals who has bridged the gap from warrior to writer, and eloquently shares with us the excessively important lessons of a war so many people have wanted to forget. And he does it here again on this very special episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.philipcaputo.com Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Feb 12, 2019

Our guest this week is one we like to call a special veteran guest. It isn't necessarily a story of combat and survival in the traditional sense. But it is the story of a man who served his country in the Army, during the Cold War, and then went on to inspire millions through his career as a wrestler, and then as an Ultimate Fighting Champion and mixed martial artist. He is a six-time World Champion and Hall of Famer in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Outside the octagon, he's also a successful businessman, bestselling author, and actor on the rise. And if that wasn't enough, he's a founding member of MVP (Merging Vets and Players), an organization dedicated to helping veterans and pro athletes find purpose together, when they've taken off the uniform. He is Randy Couture on HAZARD GROUND!

www.vetsandplayers.org | "Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage"

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Feb 5, 2019
Marissa Strock joined the Army seeking a sense of direction in life. She knew the military and going to war would present challenges, but what she experienced on Thanksgiving Day 2005, was furthest from her mind when she signed on the dotted line with her recruiter a relatively short period before. On that day in 2005, Marissa, an MP, was the gunner in a Humvee as part of a convoy that was hit with a massive IED in "The Triangle of Death" near Baghdad. The explosion occurred nearly under her feet while standing in the gun turret. Marissa would eventually lose both legs as a result of the blast, and face immense challenges that have nearly taken her to the brink of death. And she has faced those challenges with an attitude and grace that are nothing short of inspiring! Hear her complete story on this very powerful episode of HAZARD GROUND! Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Jan 29, 2019

Circumstances beyond his control brought him to the 75th Ranger Regiment. But once he made it in and earned the coveted scroll and beret, retired Sergeant First Class Jeremy Tindell found a home. So much so that he stayed in the Regiment after suffering a severe back injury in a training accident. Tindell retired from the Army after 13 combat deployments. And has now found a new passion as an active member of Merging Vets & Players - an organization designed to help both combat veterans and pro athletes transition from battlefield and playing field to new careers and new beginnings. Hear all about this Ranger’s journey from working in a machine shop to becoming an elite combat veteran in this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND!

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Jan 21, 2019

As we mark our 2-year anniversary, it is an honor and treasure to have retired Sergeant First Class and Green Beret, Michael Rodriguez on the show for our 100th episode! Rodriguez, his wife, and son are all combat veterans. Between the three of them they have 16 deployments, with Michael serving 9 of those in combat. He was medically retired after 21 years of service, and continues to serve to this day as as a member for President George W. Bush’s Military Service Initiative Advisory Council; and most notably he is the president and CEO of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. Rodriguez has also contributed significantly to research on Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress, so much so that he was inducted as a Fellow into the lauded “Explorers Club” based in Manhattan, NYC. Hear all about Michael's journey from his first combat deployment with the 10th Mountain in Somalia to what he's doing today to help veterans across the globe, on our 100th episode of HAZARD GROUND!

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Jan 14, 2019
Her job as a combat photographer was to chronicle war, combat, human strife, and disaster relief efforts among other significant moments in history. But over time it became a much, much more weighty task. One that she was passionate about executing, but one that would ultimately take a heavy toll on her body and mind. Stacy Pearsall is one of the most decorated combat photographers in the U.S. military's history. During three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. She is also one of two women to win Military Photographer of the Year and the only woman to win it twice. She has sacrificed so much for service to her country and her fellow servicemembers. But, most importantly she has given immensely to ensuring history won't forget some of its most pivotal sagas and those that have served before and after her. Hear all about it, and the incredible work she's doing now, on the latest episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.stacypearsall.com | www.veteransportraitproject.com | www.ccforp.org | "Shooter: Combat From Behind The Camera" | "A Photojournalist's Field Guide" Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!
Jan 8, 2019
We are extremely excited to have two very special guests on the show this week! On the heels of the premier of their new movie, "Sgt. Will Gardner" which hits select theaters, On Demand & Digital outlets January 11, 2019, actors Max Martini and Michael Hagerty join us to talk about the film, the importance of helping veterans when they come home from war, and war's effect on the human condition. "Sgt. Will Gardner" tells the story of Iraq War veteran Will Gardner, played by Martini, who is struggling with the lingering effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from his time in combat. A cross-country motorcycle trip provides the journey for Will to ultimately make the important move toward finding peace. Martini wrote and directed the film which Hagerty produced. The two partnered up to make the film and give back to veterans by not only telling a much needed story, but also donating a portion of the film's proceeds to three charities which support veterans suffering from TBI, PTSD and veteran homelessness. Check it all out on this Special Edition of HAZARD GROUND!  Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!
Dec 31, 2018
He had no intention of making the Air Force a career when he entered the service as a graduate of the San Diego State College ROTC program in 1957. But, Merrill "Tony" McPeak would go on to become the 14th Chief of Staff of the Air Force and retire as a 4-star general, closing out a career that included flying 269 combat missions in Vietnam and flying with the Air Force's elite aerobatic team, the Thunderbirds. His experience in Vietnam is well-chronicled in the recent Ken Burns documentary, "The Vietnam War," on which General McPeak worked as a technical advisor, ensuring utmost accuracy throughout the film and that the documentary told the complete story of all sides affected by the war in Vietnam. In this episode, General McPeak speaks to that roll, as well as some of the lighter-hearted moments flying combat missions in Vietnam, and his encounter with President George H.W. Bush when he was in office. Check it all out on our 2019 inaugural episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.generalmcpeak.com | "Hangar Flying" | "Below The Zone" | "Roles and Missions" Do your Amazon shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!
Dec 17, 2018
Stuart "Stu" Steinberg has lived an adventurous life to say the least. Enlisting in the Army during the Vietnam War, he would eventually serve as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist from 1967-1971. During his 18 months in Vietnam, he would have one of the most dangerous jobs in the services, and his experience there would eventually paint the picture his recently published book, "This is What Hell Looks Like" so vividly describes. Following Vietnam, Steinberg would go on to earn his law degree, an advance law degree, and eventually teach at the Georgetown University Law Center. For several years as a capital defense investigator he would experience cases whose disturbing nature was innately characteristic of the hell seen in war. Hear how Stu Steinberg survived that hell, and has now gone on to live a life of service helping other veterans, on this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND!  "This is What Hell Looks Like: Life as a Bomb Disposal Specialist During the Vietnam War" Do your holiday shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!
Dec 10, 2018
Col Kim Campbell's story is one of perseverance, and living proof that shutting down the urge to quit or give up, will ultimately lead to what others told you wasn't possible. At a young age she set her sights on attending the U.S. Air Force Academy to ultimately put herself on a path to become an astronaut. Several "No's" and a few roadblocks later, Kim Campbell earned her way to becoming an A-10 pilot. And that "no-quit" attitude is exactly what she needed in probably her most jarring moment as a fighter pilot: the day she was nearly shot down in combat over Iraq. Her plane was so badly damaged that she had to pilot it using manual controls. When it was all over, she would be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. It's one thing to fly and engage the enemy in combat, but it takes a special kind of composure to safely land a badly damaged aircraft in a war zone. Col Kim Campbell's story is truly inspiring, and it was an honor to have her on the show! Do your holiday shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Dec 3, 2018
Feeling an obligation to serve his country and fight for those lost, especially the first responders, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Dave Burton went into a Marine Corps recruiting office on 9/12. To his surprise, there wasn't another person in line to sign up. He wasn't dissuaded though, and he enlisted that day. He left for boot camp at the age of 25. Following boot camp and the School of Infantry, Burton first deployed to Iraq in 2003 as part of the initial invasion force. There he would fight in the battle of An Nasiriyah as part of Task Force Tarawa. Burton would go on to deploy three more times as an Infantry Marine between Iraq and Afghanistan, before leaving the Marine Corps. In this episode, he shares what those deployments meant to him, the permanence of war and its violence, and the indelible memories of going to war as a United States Marine. www.shootoutforsoldiers.com We are very excited to announce our newest sponsor, Combat Flip Flops!  If you go back into the early HAZARD GROUND archives, we had the founders of Combat Flip Flops, Matt Griffin and Don Lee on Episode 20. Born out of the idea to bring peace to war-torn areas of the world through thriving business, Combat Flip Flops' mission is to create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Their willingness to take bold risks, community connection, and distinct designs communicate, "Business, Not Bullets"--flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, Combat Flip Flops works to empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade. And now, our listeners will be able to benefit from that mission by getting 15% off every order when you use the coupon code "HAZARD1" at checkout! Do your holiday shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting all of our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Nov 26, 2018
Anthony Swofford joined the Marine Corps in 1988, setting in motion a series of events that would put him on the front lines of the liberation of Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Storm, and eventually help launch his career as a writer and producer. He's probably best known for writing the book, "Jarhead" - a very honest memoir of a Marine's life on and off the battlefield. The book would eventually be released as a major motion picture under the same name in 2005, with Swofford being played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Swofford takes us back to the uneasy days on the "berm" in the desert, and candidly recounts his time at boot camp and going through scout sniper training in the Marine Corps. It's not often we get the chance to speak with veterans of Desert Storm, especially someone who has done so much with the experience. So sit back, and enjoy this latest episode of HAZARD GROUND, with writer, producer, Marine - Anthony Swofford. We are very excited to announce our newest sponsor, Combat Flip Flops!  If you go back into the early HAZARD GROUND archives, we had the founders of Combat Flip Flops, Matt Griffin and Don Lee on Episode 20. Born out of the idea to bring peace to war-torn areas of the world through thriving business, Combat Flip Flops' mission is to create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Their willingness to take bold risks, community connection, and distinct designs communicate, "Business, Not Bullets"--flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, Combat Flip Flops works to empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade. And now, our listeners will be able to benefit from that mission by getting 15% off every order when you use the coupon code "HAZARD1" at checkout! Do your holiday shopping with us, and give back to veterans organizations at the same time! Go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting all of our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Nov 19, 2018
In a matter of seconds Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely's life was changed forever. After the blast and while he was flying through the air, he knew "they" had finally got him. On March 26, 2010, while leading his patrol back to base camp in Afghanistan, Cpl. Nicely stepped on a pressure plate mine. The blast almost instantly took all four of his limbs, forever changing how he would live his life, if he would live at all. Nicely would survive the blast, becoming a quadruple amputee, as well as an inspiration for others. He considers himself lucky and fortunate that he and all of his men came home from that fateful deployment alive, and would get to be with their families and friends once again - a testament to his warrior spirit that lives on to this day. Hear how Todd Nicely survived more than just the explosion that nearly took his life over 8 years ago, on this very inspirational episode of HAZARD GROUND! If you shop at Amazon, go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors! Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Nov 12, 2018
Jim Reese spent a good part of his military career in 1st SFOD-Delta, and has been called "one of the finest special operators in the modern military" by the Commander of Coalition Forces of Iraq and Afghanistan. He played a pivotal role in the first stages of the Global War on Terror, right after September 11, 2001. His initial role was to bridge the gap between the Department of Defense and the CIA leading up to and through the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. And from there he was instrumental in leading the hunt for Osama bin Laden in the early days after the invasion. From these efforts and his time working in Special Operations, Jim Reese understands leadership in combat...leadership in times when it matters most! Hear his unique story, and what it's like to lead at the highest levels, on this follow-up to Veterans Day episode of HAZARD GROUND! If you shop at Amazon, go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Nov 5, 2018
In this special Veterans Day edition of HAZARD GROUND, Mark talks with United War Veterans Council (UWVC) Executive Director, producer of the NYC Veterans Day Parade, and Marine veteran of the Panama Invasion and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Mark Otto. Otto only spent four years in the Marine Corps, but he packed a lot into those four years, playing a key role in two large military operations, among other special work. Following his time in the Marine Corps, he went on to become a regular trader on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange. Today, Otto continues to support veterans by leading multiple veterans' advocacy volunteer events and programs through the UWVC. He even shares with us an incredible story of his connection with the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and how the circumstances surrounding that event came back to visit him decades later after his involvement in Desert Storm! www.uwvc.org This episode is once again brought to you by our latest sponsor, Cabela's - the world's foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear! Cabela's provides everyone, from the expert hunter and angler to the family looking to get away on a weekend camping trip with the right gear at the best prices! So if you're looking to outfit your next big adventure, or just looking for some great gear to use around the house or cabin, go to our Sponsors page, hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Cabela's banner. You have to go through our Sponsors page if you want to help out the show...And make the most of your next outdoor adventure! We are still running our Amazon promotion, so if you shop at Amazon, go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Oct 29, 2018
Sometimes it's the invisible wounds from war that are the most difficult to diagnose and treat. The indicators are subtle, if ever apparent. There's more mystery than science, and the wounded are left with the burden of proof and most often hopeless for a cure. That's exactly what happened to Carolyn Furdek. A former NCAA Division 1 swimmer, graduate of West Point, four-time Ironman athlete, and a seasoned combat veteran and leader with multiple combat deployments between Afghanistan and Iraq, Furdek began suffering from severe mental health issues during one of those deployments. She effectively "shut down" and for several years, doctors were baffled by her illness. Eventually Carolyn found the path that led to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, taking her life and career back from the invisible wounds. Hear how she did it in this very inspiring episode of HAZARD GROUND! "Locked-in: A Soldier and Civilian's Struggle with Invisible Wounds" This episode is once again brought to you by our latest sponsor, Cabela's - the world's foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear!  Cabela's provides everyone, from the expert hunter and angler to the family looking to get away on a weekend camping trip with the right gear at the best prices!  So if you're looking to outfit your next big adventure, or just looking for some great gear to use around the house or cabin, go to our Sponsors page, hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Cabela's banner.  You have to go through our Sponsors page if you want to help out the show...And make the most of your next outdoor adventure! We are still running our Amazon promotion, so if you shop at Amazon, go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! And Knife Country USA continues to support us with amazing deals and 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! Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes! | Download Episode |
Oct 23, 2018
Following in the footsteps of family members who had served before him, Zach Iscol earned his commission after graduating from Cornell University in 2001. He actually passed up a flight contract and joined the infantry so he could get to combat sooner, fearing he might miss the war while working his way through a lengthy flight school. In 2004, he eagerly volunteered to re-deploy to Iraq and fight in Fallujah shortly after returning from his initial combat deployment there. All of these actions speak volumes about the person Zach Iscol is to his very core. It doesn't take long to understand that he's a man of fortitude and a critical thinker who understands the necessity of selfless service. He has carried those attributes beyond his time in the Marine Corps, founding such organizations as Hire Purpose - a company that helps veterans find meaningful employment - and co-founding Task and Purpose, a news site for veterans, by veterans. Hear his inspirational story of combat, survival, and service in this episode of HAZARD GROUND!

www.taskandpurpose.com www.hirepurpose.com | "The Western Front"
 
We have a new sponsor this week!  Cabela's - the world's foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear!  Cabela's provides everyone, from the expert hunter and angler to the family looking to get away on a weekend camping trip with the right gear at the best prices!  So if you're looking to outfit your next big adventure, or just looking for some great gear to use around the house or cabin, go to our Sponsors page, hazardground.com/sponsors, and click on the Cabela's banner.  You have to go through our Sponsors page if you want to help out the show...And make the most of your next outdoor adventure!
 
We are still running our Amazon promotion, so if you shop at Amazon, go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away!
 
This episode is also brought to you once again by our incredible 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!
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!
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