IRAQ UPDATE, MUQTADA AL-SADR VISITS SAUDI ARABIA & THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY UNITS IN IRAQ: Jerry Durrant

Jerry Durrant
Col, USMC (ret)

Jerry Durrant, Col USMC (ret) joined us to talk about his time as a LCpl in Vietnam in 1970 as well as his thoughts on Iraq today.

He is currently part of a private company that does military education for the Iraqi military.  He has interesting things to say about where Iraq is and what is next for the war-torn nation.

He raises concerns about Sunni’s being eliminated from the Iraqi military, the upcoming Kurdish referendum and genuine surprise at the visit Muqtada al Sadr made to Saudi Arabia recently.

Durrant is a great representative of the Marine Corps and a thoughtful guest.

THE LONG ROAD BACK FROM A HEAD WOUND: Justin Constantine

Justine Constantine
LtCol USMC (ret)

Justin Constantine, LtCol USMC (ret), joined the program today and we had an impromptu discussion about living with a head wound where the bullet essentially destroyed much of your mouth. Justin’s candor is incredible as he recounts his journey from that day to the present.

LIVING WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), & Patty Horan —- Part 3: Living Today, Finding Purpose in Life

CPT Pat Horan, US Army
Patty Horan
Patty & Pat Horan

Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), and his wife Patty Horan joined the program to discuss what it is to live with a traumatic brain injury.  In a candid interview we cover:

Part 1:  Pat’s career, how he was wounded and how Patty was notified.

Part 2:  Rehab, Patty talks the pressure of researching & choosing facilities for follow-on rehab

Part 3:  Living today, finding purpose in life and the frustrations of not being able to read and to write.

When asked about how his life is Pat responded “Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God I’m still alive, that’s the greatest thing ever.  The second thing is Patty, everything she’s done  since I got hurt is just incredible, putting me back together was because of her.”  An incredible story.

LIVING WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), & Patty Horan —- Part 2: Rehab, Patty gets out front

CPT Pat Horan, US Army
Patty Horan
Patty & Pat Horan

Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), and his wife Patty Horan joined the program to discuss what it is to live with a traumatic brain injury.  In a candid interview we cover:

Part 1:  Pat’s career, how he was wounded and how Patty was notified.

Part 2:  Rehab, Patty talks the pressure of researching & choosing facilities for follow-on rehab

Part 3:  Living today, finding purpose in life and the frustrations of not being able to read and to write.

When asked about how his life is Pat responded “Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God I’m still alive, that’s the greatest thing ever.  The second thing is Patty, everything she’s done  since I got hurt is just incredible, putting me back together was because of her.”  An incredible story.

LIVING WITH A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY: Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), & Patty Horan —- Part 1: Pat’s Career & War

CPT Pat Horan, US Army
Patty Horan
Patty & Pat Horan

Pat Horan, CPT US Army (ret), and his wife Patty Horan joined the program to discuss what it is to live with a traumatic brain injury.  In a candid interview we cover:

Part 1:  Pat’s career, how he was wounded and how Patty was notified.

Part 2:  Rehab, Patty talks the pressure of researching & choosing facilities for follow-on rehab

Part 3:  Living today, finding purpose in life and the frustrations of not being able to read and to write.

When asked about how his life is Pat responded “Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God I’m still alive, that’s the greatest thing ever.  The second thing is Patty, everything she’s done  since I got hurt is just incredible, putting me back together was because of her.”  An incredible story.

COMBAT LEADERSHIP: MajGen Paul Kennedy, USMC

MajGen Paul Kennedy joins the program to talk combat leadership.  MajGen Kennedy was the 1st Marine Division Plans Officer for “The March Up,” commanded 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Ramadi in 2004 and the 2d Marine Regiment in Helmand Province in 2010-2011.  In 2013 he was assigned as Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, where he led the initial response to Operation DAMAYAN (Philippine typhoon, 2013) and Operation SAHAYOGI HAAT (Nepal earthquake, 2015).

He is currently the Commanding General of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command..

 

VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH: Justin Constantine

Justine Constantine
LtCol USMC (ret)

Veterans comprise 1% of the population and 10% of small business owners, Justin Constantine shares about his message to entrepreneurs when he speaks around the nation.

Justin and Mac discuss the term “post-traumatic growth” — Justin’s life was fundamentally changed when he suffered a gun-shot wound to the head in Iraq in 2006 — the discussion centers around trauma and the path after that experience… does it head towards “growth” or “disorder” AND what governs that?

LEADERSHIP, DISCIPLINE, RECRUITING AND RECRUIT TRAINING: MajGen Paul Kennedy, USMC

MajGen Paul Kennedy, USMC
Commanding General
Marine Corps Recruiting Command

MAJGEN PAUL KENNEDY, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command joined us to discuss his career, changes in how the Marine Corps recruits women, gender and recruit training as well has online behavior.

A great, candid interview where the terms “leadership” and “discipline” surface in every aspect of the interview.

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