Hazard Ground
Ep. 170 - Matt Klein (Army Infantry/"Battle Tribe")
Matt Klein grew up with vivid stories of his grandfather flying dive bomb missions in World War II. His grandfather had signed up shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Much like his grandfather, Klein joined the military shortly after 9/11. He signed up to serve in the Infantry - a job that would provide more than its fair share of hairy moments through two combat deployments to Iraq as the insurgency there gained steam. A chance opportunity to take the NYPD entrance test eventually led to Klein leaving the Army and becoming a detective with the NYPD. An avid and talented artist, whose father was a career animator with Walt Disney and Warner Brothers, Klein now serves as a Forensic Sketch Artist. He's also the creator of Rendar ART and Battle Tribe - a cool, Star Wars take on military operators. Hear how Matt Klein survived some very close calls in combat, including an IED blast for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, to earning a coveted spot as one of three Forensic Sketch Artists with his unit in the NYPD, on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!  <a href=https://www.instagram.com/mattrendar/?hl=en target=_self>@mattrendar</a> | <a href=https://www.etsy.com/shop/BattleTribe target=_self>Battle Tribe</a> Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Shop Amazon</a>! As an Amazon Associate We Earn From Qualifying Purchases...You Know The Deal! (Paid Link) Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on <a href=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hazard-ground/id1194875626 target=_self>Apple Podcasts</a>!
Ep. 169 - Gary Wetzel (Vietnam/Medal of Honor)
It's safe to say that fate has been on Gary Wetzel's side since the day he stepped foot in Vietnam. He survived 5 helicopter crashes; he's a living recipient of the Medal of Honor from his time there; he was shot, stabbed, and blown up on the battlefield; and he's come full circle in meeting those who treated him after his 5th helicopter crash, decades later. That 5th crash and subsequent firefight that earned him the Medal of Honor came on January 8, 1968. Wetzel's arm was nearly blown off in the initial engagement, forcing him to fend off a multitude of enemy fighters with just one arm and a machine gun. Decades later, Wetzel continues to honor the lives he saved that day, as well as the lives of those he couldn't by sharing his story with groups all over the country. He wears the medal for them, and for the unsung heroes, especially those who never made it home from war. Hear his incredible story of courage under fire, honor, and service on this Memorial Day edition of HAZARD GROUND! Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Shop Amazon</a>! As an Amazon Associate We Earn From Qualifying Purchases...You Know The Deal! (Paid Link) Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on <a href=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hazard-ground/id1194875626 target=_self>Apple Podcasts</a>!
Ep. 168 - Justin Lascek (Green Beret)
Strap in folks, because in this episode we go deep into the life and survival of Justin Lascek. Justin is a Green Beret Medic, who was blown up a little over a year ago while fighting in Afghanistan. The blast ended up taking both of his legs, and a couple of other vital parts which you'll hear about in the episode. What the blast didn't take was Justin's indomitable warrior spirit, which is undeniable when you hear him tell his story. Ultimately, his strength, cultivated well before he enlisted, and his will to live carried him through the excruciating pain of an aggressively fast recovery. This episode gets deep, it gets dark, it gets light, and it's one you don't want to miss. Hear it all, and even how Justin Lascek went from combat wounded to inspiring others through his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience and touring with musician Sturgill Simpson in support of the Special Forces Foundation, on this powerful, latest edition of HAZARD GROUND! <a href=https://www.instagram.com/justin.lascek/?hl=en target=_self>@justin.lascek</a> | <a href=https://www.specialforcesfoundation.org/ target=_self>Special Forces Foundation</a> | <a href=http://www.sturgillsimpson.com target=_self>www.sturgillsimpson.com</a> | <a href=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-justin-lascek-podcast/id1506679739 target=_self>The Justin Lascek Podcast</a> Support the podcast by supporting our sponsors at <a href=http://www.hazardground.com/sponsors target=_self>www.hazardground.com/sponsors</a>! <a href=https://www.amazon.com/?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hazardground-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=e29606c6beec65385120ec7be74942c2&camp=1789&creative=9325 target=_self>Shop Amazon</a>! As an Amazon Associate We Earn From Qualifying Purchases...You Know The Deal! (Paid Link) Help grow the show! Spread the word, tell a friend!! Subscribe, rate, and review on <a href=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hazard-ground/id1194875626 target=_self>Apple Podcasts</a>!