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We Happy Few Podcast

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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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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Semper Fi: Understanding the Marine who raised me

This episode features a conversation I’ve wanted to have all my life. I was raised by a Vietnam Veteran – a Marine. Throughout my childhood, pieces of my father’s service manifest in what he said, what he believed and sometimes in how he treated us. I learned the Marines’ Hymn and understood my dad’s political…

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The meaning of the Purple Heart

In this episode of We Happy Few, Jason Comstock and Amy Donaldson speak with Army veteran Layne Morris and his wife Leisl about the impact of military service on the family, especially the spouse. Layne shares his experience of serving in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war on terror, being wounded and dealing with…

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Saved by service

In this episode Dan Paget, veteran US Army Tanker, talks about the lessons he learned while serving in the military. He shares how leaders had an impact on his life, not only while he served but long after his military service ended. In spite of being diagnosed with a condition called alexithymia that makes it…

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Military Intelligence: Serving to protect

In this episode, Levi Lee tells how serving in the Army helped him take control of his career. He discusses how serving as an intelligence analyst boosted his career and helped him feel like he was protecting his fellow soldiers, including his brother, who served in the Marine Corps. He completed his mission with accomplishments…

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Still my guys: Continue-ing Mission

In this episode, Sgt. Josh Hansen talks about the purpose he felt working to keep his fellow soldiers safe as he cleared explosive devices from roadways as they traveled throughout Iraq. After being wounded and leaving the Army, he realized his responsibility to the men and women with whom he’d served never ended. He found…

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No such thing as a former Marine

In this episode, 20-year-old Keimon Dixson shares his excitement about becoming a United States Marine at age 18. He talks about what he learned from deployments to the Philippines and Guantanamo Bay, and how he enjoyed seeing the world and being part of something larger than himself. But he also suffered harassment and was ostracized…

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The Best Worst Day

In this episode Jason Comstock and Amy Donaldson talk to Retired Sergeant 1st Class Arlo Doyle about his military career, the impact of multiple deployments, and a long-running joke that nearly became reality. Just days before Arlo was scheduled to return home from his fourth deployment, an attack left him with a traumatic brain injury….

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The Realities of Women in the Military

In this episode Krista Palmer shares her dream of helping others by joining the Air Force with host Tom Luoma. Krista found great joy and satisfaction serving in security forces. Sadly, like an estimated 25% of her fellow female service members, Krista was sexually assaulted; and like so many, no one listened or did anything…

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