The Loudmouth Project

Posts by Jason Comstock

A Marine’s Wife

As a newlywed in 1968, the last thing Jean Donaldson expected was for her husband of five months to come home from a trip to Salt Lake City with news that he was leaving college to join the U.S. Marine Corps. She was five months pregnant with their first child (who happens to be Loudmouth’s…

What does the Oath of Enlistment mean?

The Oath of Enlistment is something all branches of the military have in common. In this special Veterans Day episode, we invited service members and their families to share their thoughts on what the oath means in their lives. Those who share their feelings are: Keimon Dixson, Krista Palmer, Josh Hanson, Marcy Hehnly, Ninzel Rasmuson,…

Finding family in ‘the suck’

Sgt. Mike Hendry joined the U.S. Army after deciding college wasn’t the path for him. He gravitated to the grittiest assignments and found purpose alongside his brothers in the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain Division (light infantry) for “six years and 16 weeks to the day.” He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in two…

A mother’s sacrifice

Teota Coppock shares the story of her son Army Sgt. Brandon Parr in this conversation with Jason Comstock and Amy Donaldson. Like many Americans Ain the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Brandon Parr felt like he had to serve his country in the only way he knew how. While his mother was worried, she…

A lifetime commitment

Ninzel Rasmuson’s desire to serve her brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces didn’t end when her service in the Air National Guard ended. In this episode, she talks about the impacts of working as a mishap investigator, having sons that serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, and starting a nonprofit (Honor365) that helps veterans…