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!
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Two men...One of them wanted to work in special operations from the start, & ended up serving a long career in the most elite forces in the U.S. military, fighting in The Battle of Mogadishu all the way into the Global War on Terror. The other holds the unique distinction of playing in both Nirvana & Soundgarden before deciding to join the Army & going on to serve in Special Forces for the rest of his military career. They are "Brad" & Jason Everman, both the truest form of modern day warriors you'll ever meet. And now both of them are returning to their music roots to form a new band called "Silence and Light" with the intent to give back to the community they served with, through music. They plan to record an album this summer with a major producer, & give all proceeds from the record back to veterans & service charities! These are two incredible humans on an episode you don't want to miss!
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