RISE Together Podcast

A huge shoutout and a sincere thank you to Rachel Hollis (author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing) and her husband Dave Hollis for having me and, my co author, Don Yaeger on their RISE Together podcast! Great people and a great experience. We discuss family, service, the beauty of life, the hardships of life, the lessons we have learned and…

Eight Years Ago

This is the 16th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Carlton Kent. Eight years ago he helped lay my Purple Heart medal on my bare chest while I laid in my hospital bed at Walter Reed, because I couldn’t get a shirt over my arms or the tubes coming out of me. Today, I am so thankful, and privileged, to…

We Did It

After 17 months of work and many late nights and weekends in coffee shops, it is so surreal to receive the first bound galley of, my book, You Are Worth It. Only a few of these are printed off to hand out to media outlets, organizations, corporations and significant influencers. The final product will be hardcover with maps, pictures and…

14 Ounces

These holes are from a hand grenade that blew up outside one of the tents where we slept. Thankfully the Marines that would have been asleep here were out on a night patrol when the attack occurred. It was thrown by a 15 year old boy (Reserve any judgment and read my book if you want to know the full…

Five Years

What a journey the past 5 years, since my ceremony, have been. The Medal of Honor is a beautiful burden but I am truly humbled and appreciative for the recognition of my service from my country. I hope and strive to live a life that will make make my fellow Marines, all who have raised their right hand to serve…

D-Day

“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about…

You Are Worth It

It is hard to comprehend that I am, finally, able to create this post. I am grateful, humbled, and excited to announce my book, YOU ARE WORTH IT. Last January, I approached Don Yaeger and Tiffany Brooks with eight of what I thought were good “chapter ideas.” Since our first initial meeting and in the fifteen months since we have…

Video from Afghanistan

I found this going through an old hard drive yesterday. I have no idea how I missed it all of these years but I am so thankful I found it, along with five other videos I had never seen. Even now, nine years later, I have a hard time comprehending the journeys, hardships and complexities of life but I am…

Ten Years Later

I attended a graduation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. One of only two places in the world that makes Marines. After arriving, I realized that 10 years ago to the day I arrived here for bootcamp. So on my way off base I stopped by the barracks where I used to get destroyed to say hey to the…

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