The 38 Challenge was founded in memory of USMC Captain Matthew Brewer and former linebacker at The Naval Academy (#38), who died by suicide in 2021. Hosted by Captain Brewer’s brother, Brandt McCartney, this podcast allows influential warriors, athletes, business leaders, and other inspiring humans the chance to share their unique mental health testimonies to show society that nothing is stronger than showing vulnerability.
Episode 24: Reflection and the Vulnerability Equation with Clint Bruce
Clint Bruce is a former Navy SEAL, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, decorated athlete, and seasoned entrepreneur. He is dedicated to helping leaders protect, perform, endure, and compete while helping veterans and their families transition successfully from service. Clint jumps on the podcast for the second time to reflect on the original conversation he and Brandt McCartney had on the creation of The 38 Challenge, the progress it has made, and where it is heading. Clint also gives his wisdom on vulnerability, the equation for being vulnerable, and how it creates more effective warriors.
Episode 23: Choosing Life and Vulnerability with Ben Smith
Ben Smith is a fitness and nutrition coach, entrepreneur, Army Veteran, and mental health advocate based in Los Angeles. With more than a decade working in health and fitness, he has led programming at respected strength training gyms in LA, developed online training for high performing individuals all over the world, and currently travels the globe as performance coach for clients in the music industry. Ben leverages his platform to promote holistic mind body wellness by candidly sharing his own struggles along the way.
Episode 22: Escaping Darkness, Wearing Scars and Vulnerability with Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy is a Ranger qualified Special Forces Sniper with deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and multiple other deployments around the world. He is also one of the top-ranked mixed martial arts fighters in the world with a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Prior to his retirement from professional mixed martial arts, he was ranked among the top Middleweights in the UFC.
Tim is a seasoned entrepreneur, an incredible father and husband, and an advocate for veterans mental health. Tim and Brandt talk about living in darkness, how to break free from it, what it means to wear your scars, how vulnerability plays into being a warrior, Let’s Talk TBI and a whole lot more.
Make sure to give the podcast a listen, rate and review so that it can continue to grow and help others understand that vulnerability = strength.
Lessons Learned doing The 38 Challenge for 38 days straight : Grit, Overwhelm, Discipline, and Vulnerability
Episode 21: Transition Training, Thought Process & Vulnerability with Tom and Jen Satterly
Those years were spent in the military’s most secretive and elite Special Operations unit, Delta Force. As an Operator and CSM, Tom fought in and lead countless high profile military missions including Operation Red Dawn (Saddam Hussein’s capture) and the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) which was the longest sustained firefight since Vietnam. That 18-hour firefight ended with Tom, along with several of his team mates, running the Mogadishu Mile to safety. Although the physical, mental, and emotional toll of war had compounded over the years, Tom never faced his Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms and in 2013 he nearly ended his life. Had it not been a text from his now wife, Jen, he would have joined the 22 veterans who commit suicide every single day. Tom and Jen founded the All Secure Foundation to help provide training to Veterans transitioning out of the military, and often breach the importance of vulnerability in their work. Brandt, Tom and Jen talk about The Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), what darkness looked like in Tom's life, how Tom and Jen work through this darkness, TBI treatment, and how all of this lead to the amazing work Tom and Jen are doing All Secure Foundation . We get vulnerable, fast. Please continue to rate, review and share these life saving conversations!
Episode 20: Hard Shit and Vulnerability with former SEAL Ray "Cash" Care
Ray “Cash” Care is a Navy SEAL veteran with multiple tours and other numerous overseas security details. Upon leaving SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two (SDV-2), Ray turned his passion and SEAL Team experience to the world of self-improvement and team building.
Ray is not the lead instructor of The Modern Day Knight Project, a “a 75-hour self-development program for men who want to break free from the lower version of themselves,” The Squire Program and the LTD Project.
Ray is in the business of building men into purpose driven leaders, and believes that vulnerability is at the core of becoming great.
On this weeks episode, Brandt and Ray talk about doing hard things, conquering your inner voice, showing love as a Navy SEAL, and of course, Ray shows vulnerability by sharing his darkest moments.
Vulnerability in the Warrior World
The 38 Challenge podcast speaks to a culture that usually doesn’t get to share their vulnerabilities, but has something for all listeners! Combat veterans, college students, and everyone in between will leave these episodes a little more honest and compassionate.
I’m very glad I found this podcast. I love that it touches on MALE mental health & the importance of it! 🙌🏼
This podcast is spreading a message that needs to be more aware by everyone in the world. Mental health is extremely important and the way Brandt is able to speak his story through others is amazing. The amount of people his podcast is impacting, including myself, is astounding. Highly recommend this podcast if you want to hear others story’s about mental health and how to deal with it on an everyday basis. Please spread his message because it is beautiful and you never know who might need to hear the things he talks about.