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Jason Comstock is helping veterans and their family and friends to share their stories. These stories can cover a broad spectrum of experiences from time in service to the return home and beyond. He hopes that sharing to these stories will help every listener to better understand the sometimes-complicated lives of veterans and their families.

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Family Service Creates

Homeless and broke, Marcy Hehnly decided to meet with an Army recruiter when she was 20-years old. Four years earlier, she’d lost her mother to cancer, which led to struggles with her father as they both tried to rebuild their lives. It was a decision that not only changed her life, but it showed her…

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The Ghost Army Secret

On this episode of We Happy Few Amy Donaldson and Jason Comstock visit with WWII veteran SSgt Stanley Nance and his great granddaughter Madeline about his service and the secret she recently learned. SSgt Nance served in a unit during the war the German High Command dubbed the Ghost Army. His war experience was classified until 1996….

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Too Small to be a Marine

In this episode, Amy Donaldson talks Kelli Pacheco about joining the U.S. Marine Corps, being in the second groups of women to participate in the Crucible – a test recruits must endure after they join. Although she wanted to fly, she ended up going into a computer field. Kelli struggled when she had a child,…

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The Sacrifice of Sons

In this episode, host Jason Comstock has a conversation with his children about how his military service impacted them. When Comstock was deployed (2004), David was 11, and Mason was 8 – and they had three sisters – who all had to deal with their father being sent to combat. They discuss why they felt…

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The Impact of deployment on Family

In this episode, John Ellis shares what he is doing to prepare his children for his upcoming deployment. John serves in the Air Force Reserves and this will be his first deployment. With young children at home, a large part of his own preparation is helping his children understand why Dad will be gone for…

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