Approximately four months have passed since the Afghanistan withdrawal. Since then, Veterans across the country have grappled with figuring out what it means to them. For some Veterans, these last four months could have felt like a painful slog. For others, it could have felt like a chaotic blur that whizzed right on by.
This episode of Borne the Battle features four intrepid Afghanistan Veterans who discuss how they processed their own emotions as the Afghanistan withdrawal unfolded while reflecting on their service. The four Veterans are:
– Marine Veteran Stephen Kupryk served two tours in Afghanistan and now wrestles professionally under the name Steve Maclin.
– Air Force Veteran Amanda Huffman served in Afghanistan as a civil engineer before transitioning out of the military. She now hosts her own podcast addressing real issues women face while in the military, called Women of the Military Podcast.
– Marine Veteran Daniel Sharp served 11 years in the military and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He now runs his own media company to bring laughter to troops worldwide, and hosts his own podcast named The Smoke Pit.
– Marine Veteran Zachary Bell served two tours to Afghanistan and now dedicates a substantial part of his life assisting service members, Veterans, first responders and their families with his project, Veteran With A Sign.
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7:40 processing emotions during this period
8:26 initial intro to Afghanistan Evacuation
14:36 reaction to the evacuation
19:26 reaching out to others to process emotions and thoughts
21:00 where did they go and how they got to where they are now
23:34 having theOpportunity to Go to Afghanistan During Evacuation—what stopped you from going?
28:17 comparing the evacuations from Iraq and Afghanistan
31:23 how humor helped them cope
35:23 “humor is the door to emotional honesty”
36:42 last thoughts on the evacuation
39:10 humor and stories work together to help change people’s perspective