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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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Dec 11, 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!

We are very excited to once again 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 at www.combatflipflops.com 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 our sponsors at www.hazardground.com/sponsors!

Help grow the show!  Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!

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Dec 4, 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!

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Nov 27, 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!

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Nov 20, 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!

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Nov 13, 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!

Nov 6, 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!

Oct 30, 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!

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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!
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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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"

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!

The podcast is brought to you once again 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!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!

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

If you shop at Amazon, do us a favor & go 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 the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, and more. 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 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!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!  Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!

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/

If you shop at Amazon, do us a favor & go 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 the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, and more. 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 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.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!

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

If you shop at Amazon, do us a favor & go 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 the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, and more. 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 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"

If you shop at Amazon, do us a favor & go 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, and more.  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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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