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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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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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A soldier’s Olympic journey

In this episode, Amy Donaldson talks with Army Captain (soon-to-be Major) Chris Fogt about why he joined the military, what it was like to be competing as an Olympic bobsledder for Team USA when the men he trained with were deployed to Iraq, and why he left the sport after the 2010 Games to serve…

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‘A real veteran’: Vietnam in a suitcase

In this episode, Jason Comstock talks with Army Veteran Stan Taylor and his wife Anita about his service during the Vietnam War. Although Stan came from a family that served in the military he had no desire to serve but was drafted, and felt he needed to honor those who’d served by doing what was…

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The View from a Ship at War

In this episode, hosts Jason Comstock and Tom Luoma talk with Navy Veteran Keith Gordon and his family about his service during World War II. Keith discusses being drafted and what life was like aboard a ship fighting the Japanese on the water and islands in the Pacific Ocean. He reads a letter sent to…

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Still Uncertain

When I decided to tell the story featured in this week’s We Happy Few Podcast, I thought I knew what I wanted to say. In fact, I wrote it down; read it, and re-read it dozens of times. It got where I had it memorized to the point that I used the same inflections and pauses…

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Roadside Uncertainty

In this episode, US Army Veteran Jason Comstock tells his story about the unexpected impact of serving in the War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Not until years after returning home, did he and his family feel the full weight of those experiences on Jason’s heart and mind.  While driving home from work one afternoon…

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Unexpected Consequences

In this episode, U.S. Army Veteran Frank DeVito shares a story about the unexpected sacrifices service members often make when they choose military service. For DeVito, a mistake on some paperwork meant not having the opportunity to say goodbye to a family member who’d loved and supported him, including his decision to join the military,…

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In DC on 9/11

In this episode, Sergeant Mandee Stakely talks about being in Washington D.C. when terrorists flew into the Pentagon. As a sergeant in the Army, she had to help young soldiers do the job they’d been trained to do, as well as help them deal with the trauma of that day. Although not in the Pentagon,…

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Then and Now

In this episode, Tom Luoma and Amy Donaldson have a very candid and insightful conversation with Bart Thomassen whose Army career spans the front lines of the cold war, to Afghanistan and to Africa. Comparing how our warriors prepared and fought before the end of the cold war to how our warriors prepare and fight…

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The Alleman Family is a living example of sacrifice

By Tom Wharton HYRUM, Utah – A decade has passed since the fateful day in Iraq when Corporal Micheal Alleman died in an attack that killed three Americans. He left a wife, Amy, and two young sons, Kennet and Kai, behind. What happens to a family when a husband, father, son and brother dies suddenly…

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