In 2010, Rob Jones walked slowly down a dirt road in Afghanistan.  Holding a metal detector, he scanned the path for IEDs and, unfortunately, he found one.  The explosion severely wounded him, taking both his legs instantly.  Since that time, Rob has been on a new mission: to recover, return stronger, and inspire people to overcome their setbacks.  He’s earned a bronze medal in the Paralympics, ridden his bike across the country, and is now running 31 marathons in 31 days…all despite the fact that he is a double, above the knee amputee.

On this week’s podcast, we have a great conversation about:

• His mindset during recovery

• How he stays healthy during such brutal physical events

• What he’d say to Veterans who are currently struggling

• How you can get involved and help.

You can support Rob and learn more about it at www.RobJonesJourney.com.  More importantly, you can find opportunities to come out and be a part of the journey yourself!

 

  

 

Star Cathcart is an amazing lady, and a incredible leader.  She’s on the tail end of a year-long fellowship with Team RWB, and we spend some time talking about her experience and what she’s learned.   

In this episode we discuss:

• Her service in the Marine Corps

• Her battle with MRSA, and how her illness forced important reflection in her life

• Authenticity, and why it’s so important to her

• Her journey as an Eagle Leader Fellow (ELF), and how it’s changed her life

 

  

 

Billy Hurley is a former naval officer, and currently the only military veteran who is an active golfer on the PGA tour.  In addition to being a fantastic ambassador for the military, he’s an accomplished leader and all around great guy.

In this episode we discuss:

• His service in the Navy

• His road to the PGA tour

• How he views his responsibility as the sole veteran on the PGA Tour

• His views on leadership, and how is naval service has affected his golf game

 

 

  

 

David Smith is a Marine combat veteran and respected advocate in the veteran community.  After an extremely difficult deployment to Iraq, that included a friendly-fire incident, Dave found himself lacking confidence, purpose, and direction.  Eventually, his depression led to him nearly taking his own life.  An outpouring of support from friends and family convinced him to start owning his recovery and take back his life.  Since that time, he’s graduated from UC Berkeley, shared the stage with President Bush, and built a new life in Norway!

Dave and I have a really in-depth conversation that covers:

• Why you should always push for your stretch goals.

• Why pursuing love (in all its forms) is the most important thing you can do.

• How to feel truly alive and engaged.

• The challenges of depression and suicide

• And so much more.

Dave is an extremely interesting and thoughtful guy and we know you’ll enjoy this conversation.  You may want to grab a note book because this one is full of valuable take-aways!

 

  

Mycal Anders is a Marine Corps Veteran, business owner, fitness expert, dad, husband, and a lot more.  Known affectionately as ‘Coach Derz’, Mycal has become a voice for good in both the veterans and fitness spaces.  

This is one of the most honest and insightful conversations we’ve had on the Eagle Nation Podcast.  We cover a ton of really interesting topics – even the prickly ones, like:

• Being willing to start at the bottom and work your way up

• Adapting your military leadership experience to the civilian world

• Using your voice and platform to spark social change, or not

• The importance of investing in oneself

• And so much more!