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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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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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Apr 3, 2018
Trey Grissom entered the Naval Academy to play football & left there to become a Marine after highlighting his collegiate football career in one of the great Navy upsets over rival Notre Dame in 2010. The rigors of the Academy & college football prepared Grissom well for leading Marines in combat. But as combat goes, nothing ever fully prepares you for that experience, except the experience itself. That sentiment is reflected in Grissom's thoughts on his combat tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as well as in his reflection on probably one of the most high profile assignments a Marine can undertake - platoon commander at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw several Marine burials at Arlington National Cemetery, bringing honor & dignity to those who didn't make it home alive. This episode goes deep inside the mind of a Marine who has been in the unfortunate position of laying his brothers to rest both on & off the battlefield, but has exemplified the leader he is by handling this duty with incredible poise & strength. Check it out! This week’s episode is brought to you by our new sponsor Adidas Outdoor & Five Ten shoes. Again, this is gear we use, put to the test, and stand behind 100%!  Otherwise they wouldn't be a sponsor. Go to hazardground.com/sponsors and click on the Five Ten banner for FREE SHIPPING! Supporting our sponsors helps support the show!
Mar 27, 2018
As a Green Beret, Joe Serna has been through just about everything in combat: he's been blown up a couple of times, shot at, and nearly drown in an armored vehicle when the road under it gave way next to a canal. And with all those combat injuries, most certainly comes PTSD, which Joe has most certainly battled. The breaking point came a few years ago when Joe was arrested for drunk driving. He subsequently broke his probation & ironically found an unintended healing point when the judge who sentenced him spent the 24 hours in jail with him knowing that Serna's PTSD makes confined spaces torturous. When you listen to Serna speak, you can tell that his love of life & family is what keeps him alive. It's what kept him engaged with the judge that one night in jail, so the walls "didn't exist." And it's what helped him push past simple luck those dark days in combat. This is another inspiring episode you don't want to miss! This week’s episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Trust us when we say these meals are incredible. We eat them and haven't had a bad one yet! They're healthy, convenient, and worth every penny! Click on the link below to get $40 Off Your First 2 Boxes of Blue Apron! (FOR A LIMITED TIME. Save $20 Week 1 - Save $20 Week 2) http://blue-apron.evyy.net/c/1216935/436055/2880
Mar 19, 2018
From a young age, Cliff Anders wanted to fly helicopters in the military. Getting into the cockpit seemed to be a breeze for Cliff, but getting to war, to "do his part," was not so easy. He was in flight school during September 11, 2001, but it would be several more years & a few moves around the world to various Apache & training outfits, before Cliff would finally see combat. You see, Cliff is a determined individual - so much so that he & a fellow pilot would call the Army's Personnel Command every night during their tour in Korea to try & get reassigned to a unit heading to fight in the Middle East once the Global War on Terror kicked off. In the end Cliff would have to wait nearly 5 years before finally seeing combat. And when he did, he was thrown straight into the lion's den. On this episode, Cliff Anders talks about those first experiences flying in combat & how they changed him as a person & the incredible connection he formed with those soldiers on the ground who he supported by fire, but only knew by voice. This is another great episode you don't want to miss!! This week's episode is brought to you by Blue Apron! Get $30 off your first order of Blue Apron by going to HAZARDGROUND.COM/SPONSORS and clicking on the Blue Apron banner!
Mar 13, 2018
Josh Jespersen's entrance into the military wasn't exactly conventional. But then again, there really isn't much about Josh that is "conventional." And he's just about the nicest & decent human being you'll ever meet, too! Once in the military, Josh quickly earned the Trident of a Navy SEAL & went on to honorably serve several years as a SEAL, surviving combat tours in Iraq & Afghanistan. After leaving the Navy he co-founded Mission Memorial Day - an organization that has set out to bring back the true meaning & recognition to Memorial Day by serving "not only those who made it back from the battle field, but also those who didn’t." Mission Memorial Day (MMD) honors those who never made it home from war by encouraging decoration of monuments or servicemembers' graves, or engaging in a physically demanding activity or small expedition. Aside from co-founding MMD, Josh also holds the speed record for climbing & snowboarding down all of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks in just 138 days - a record previously held by a professional big mountain skier. In a nutshell, Josh is the epitome of the silent professional - he's truly a warrior & inspirational dude, & we are honored to have him on the show! Don't forget to subscribe, rate & review on iTunes...Every review helps grow the show! www.missionmemorialday.com | @joshjespersen | www.hazardground.com This week's episode is once again UNOFFICIALLY brought to you by NO COW protein bars. 1g of sugar & they still taste great! "No Cow, No Bull, No Whey!" Try 'em today...Tell 'em Hazard Ground sent yah! www.nocow.com
Mar 6, 2018

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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www.warriorsheart.com | @jbradford_official | www.hazardground.com

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Feb 27, 2018
This is sure to be part one of a multi-interview series with US Army & Delta Force legend, retired SGM Mike Vining. Vining enlisted in the Army in 1968. He served in Vietnam as an EOD tech, but after 10 years in EOD he started looking to transition to Special Forces as a medic. He soon found himself, however, going through the selection process for the newly formed 1st SFOD-Delta, more commonly known as "Delta Force" as the Unit was looking to add more EOD techs to its initial roster. Vining successfully graduated the 1st selection class for Delta, and would go on to serve with Delta for the better part of his career. Vining served in many high level operations. So in this episode we dive deep into Operations EAGLE CLAW (Iran) & URGENT FURY (Grenada). Today, Mike Vining spends his time writing, hiking, rock & mountain climbing, & alpine & backcountry skiing, while doing important research work for the National EOD Memorial & working as a committee member for the National EOD Association. This is a very interesting episode, so don't miss it! And don't forget to subscribe, rate & review on iTunes!
 
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Feb 20, 2018
Our guest this week is not the typical guest we tend to feature on "Hazard Ground." But we felt it was important to have Steve Cannon on to talk about service & leadership, as he is someone who's embodied those ideals for a very long time. Steve Cannon is currently the CEO of AMB Group, LLC - the Arthur M. Blank family of businesses, which includes the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, whose business operations Cannon currently leads. He is also a West Point graduate and qualified Army Airborne Ranger, who served in West Germany during the fall of the Iron Curtain. Prior to joining AMB Group, Cannon served as president & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, where he was responsible for leading operations that generated record sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion. Cannon's leadership philosophy, work ethic, and all-around attitude on perseverance & resilience are the reasons he's been so successful, while continuing to be a down-to-earth, humble & all-around good human being. This is a must-listen episode...Don't miss it!! www.blankfamilyofbusinesses.com | www.johnnymac.org | www.hazardground.com
Feb 13, 2018
We are honored to be joined this week by special guest & author/journalist/filmmaker Sebastian Junger. Junger is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author of such works as "The Perfect Storm," "War," & "Tribe." He is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film "Restrepo" was nominated for an Academy Award. As an award-winning journalist who's covered news stories around the world, he's received both a National Magazine Award & a Peabody Award. He is also known for directing "Korengal," the sequel to "Restrepo." Hear how Junger got his start in journalism and filmmaking; hear about his interaction with Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was assassinated just days before 9/11; and what it was like to live alongside, in combat no less, the soldiers whose story he was sharing with the world...On this very special episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.sebastianjunger.com | www.restrepothemovie.com | www.korengalthemovie.com
Feb 6, 2018
We return this week with a guest who at first, humbly, didn't really believe she had much to offer to the podcast or our general audience. But she in fact does have something important to share, & sharing her story is yet another reason we do the podcast each week - to help others whether they've been in the military or not. Margaux Mange is a living example that you can find a way to heal from PTSD & the traumatic effects of having your brain literally rattled in combat. While serving in Iraq, Margaux survived multiple IED blasts, one of which killed her best friend, literally in front of her. For a long time she suffered through finding the right therapy to even try & heal from the blasts & the loss of her friend. It wasn't until she discovered the healing effects from outdoor pursuits that she actually started to recover. Nothing will bring back the people she lost through war, but she can now live the rest of her days for them. She's even climbed Denali, just for them. Catch this highly inspirational story of combat & survival on this week's episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.missionmemorialday.com | www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk
Jan 30, 2018
There are simply too many positive things to say about Chris Van Etten to fit in this short intro, but what we will say is that his drive & motivation to move beyond his injuries & inspire others is infectious & invigorating. In 2012, while on patrol as a Marine in Afghanistan, Van Etten stepped on an IED. The blast took both of his legs as well as the life of his best friend. The accident took its toll both physically & mentally on Chris. Unsure where his drastically changed life was headed, Van Etten started working out religiously to clear his head. The physique he attained eventually landed him as an underwear model with Jockey's inspirational "Show ’Em What’s Underneath" campaign. And a desire to pursue projects that help motivate & inspire others has driven Van Etten toward acting, where he currently plays "Chet" - also an injured vet - on ABC’s daytime drama, "General Hospital." Van Etten also continues to work as a motivational speaker, and if this episode of "Hazard Ground" doesn't inspire you, we're pretty sure nothing will. So many good stories in this one, so check it out! www.bravacreativegroup.com | www.opboom.org | @chrisvanetten_official
Jan 23, 2018
Today we pick-up with Ryan Pitts' story as the Anti-Afghan force begins their deadly and sustained assault on Pitts and his observation post, in the vicinity of Wanat Village, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008! If you like the show, please subscribe/rate/review on iTunes!  It helps the show tremendously, and we always appreciate the feedback!
Jan 16, 2018
On the one year anniversary of Hazard Ground, it's probably fitting that we share part one of the two part story of how Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat. His is a story that defines the reason we do the podcast every week - to tell the stories of service, sacrifice, of unbreakable spirit, and strength in the face of insurmountable odds, with the hope that these stories will help others, whether they've served in the military or not. Sergeant Pitts received the Medal of Honor with humility and grace, and it's evident by his words that he doesn't believe it was just him who earned the Medal of Honor, but it was him alongside every one of his fellow soldiers who fought bravely on that dark day of July 13, 2008, along with those who didn't return. And Ryan Pitts, who is now out of the Army, understands the duty that comes with the recognition of distinguished gallantry. Hear how Ryan Pitts became a recipient of the Medal of Honor, and what he's doing now to carry on the legacy of his fallen brothers, on this one year anniversary episode of Hazard Ground!
Jan 9, 2018
We should consider ourselves fortunate to have someone like Scott Huesing to carry on the story of the brave men of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines who fought daily in Ramadi, Iraq from the winter of 2006 to early 2007. During that period, Ramadi was considered the deadliest city in Iraq. Huesing and his Marines likened it to living in Hell. Scott Huesing served for over 24 years in the Marine Corps, both as enlisted and a commissioned officer, retiring as an Infantry Marine Major. His career included 10 deployments which have put him at the center of major operations in over 60 countries worldwide, leading and conducting combat missions in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. But it is his time leading Echo Company in Ramadi - the "Magnificent Bastards" of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines - that seems to have left the deepest impression on Huesing in all of his time in the Marine Corps. The Hell that he and his Marines lived through is captured so vividly in his new book, "Echo in Ramadi" which will be released in February 2018. Above all the book is a fitting record that explains the indelible scars of those Marines who lived through Hell in Ramadi, while carrying on the memory of those who didn't return. www.echoinramadi.com | www.bravacreativegroup.com | www.savethebrave.org | "Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City"
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