Each week join Retired Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell, Morgan Luttrell, and Producer Andrew Brockenbush as they’ll take you into the "briefing room" to chat with incredible guests who share their greatest never quit stories. This humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining podcast is changing lives and has become a beacon of hope and resilience to those who are facing the impossible. One of the best ways we can support our community is to share their stories so that we might inspire others to Never Quit.
Sam Bonilla: 24 Year Police Veteran, US Marine, Attorney, and Program Director for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy
If ever there was a man who exemplified what a first-class police officer is, it’s this week’s guest, Sam Bonilla. It’s refreshing to hear Sam’s view of police work, and the measures he takes to teach new recruits the discipline and self-sacrifice it takes to be such an officer. In his 34 years’ experience as a police officer in the Chicago area, Sam has become the Program Director for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, a Master Firearms Instructor, and uses his extensive experience to benefit the relationship between civilians and police officers in his area of influence. Sam Bonilla also served as a U.S. Marine during the Gulf War and has been an attorney for over 16 years. It’s people like Sam that raise the bar in police work, community relations and raising the standard for new officers.
In this episode you will hear:
In our police department, we invite the community in our “home” to see exactly what we do, so it’s not a mystery.
We introduce our police officers and the citizens learn we’re pretty normal.
Our mission is to help.
You don’t realize how bad an environment is when you grow up in that environment.
Where you land is not necessarily where you’re going to end up.
The Marine Corps is the first thing in my life I ever succeeded at.
Never stop pushing for what you want, even if it sucks at the time.
There are things you have to do to get to where you want to be.
Your mission’s not over yet. You have to keep moving forward in your journey.
Your experiences will eventually help you gravitate to the top.
The only regret I have is not spending time with the family.
Police officers are second-guessing themselves these days because of the way things are.
If we, as a profession, don’t adapt to society, we will never advance as a profession, and things will not get better.
Police work is a profession that is self-sacrificing. You have to be willing to accept that.
You can’t forget why you got into this profession.
You don’t know how you’re changing someone’s life with just a smile.
My calling is to focus on our civilians that are trying to learn more about the police and the recruits that are trying to be the police.
Never stop serving. It’s your mission in life to keep going.
Against the Odds
In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. Though you may know these stories, you’ve never heard them quite like this. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at http://wondery.fm/teamneverquitATO.
Taya Kyle: NY Times Best Selling Author, Widow of Chris Kyle, Executive Director of Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
What an emotional and incredible visit we have in store this week with special guest, Taya Kyle, widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. She is an author, political commentator, mother, and military veteran's family activist.
Taya speaks openly about her life with Chris Kyle, her heart-wrenching experiences, powerful dreams, and a strong faith which has helped keep her moving forward in life with positivity since Chris’s death. She is nothing shy of an astonishing woman – an inspiration to all.
In this episode you will hear:
I’m really been surprised at how horrible some things have been along the way, yet I realize that I’m happy that I got to experience them and get them out of the way. Now I am who I am and I’ve learned a lot.
The joy with [Chris] and the way he was able to love is extraordinary to me still.
I don’t know of another man who loves the way [Chris] loved.
[Chris] was a game-changer, and he was the person I changed for.
There’s nobody else that is the right mix of things to make me see how it could be better.
It’s different when you really love somebody and you’re ready to have your soul forged.
[Chris] had an all-encompassing gentleness. It was like a spirit that wraps you up and says “you are cared for.”
Even after [Chris] died I could feel that he was still lifting me up.
Tragedy becomes part of your story.
We have the opportunity to turn losing friends into an appreciation of every minute we do have.
I feel good to have absorbed as much as I did, but when they go, it’s never enough.
Some people have a need to put their feelings into anger because when you’re angry you don’t have to feel hurt. It says more about them than you.
I’ll be a lifelong learner.
I’ve changed in that [Chris’s] death doesn’t define me or take me out of the game.
God will heal me in time.
Mike Sauers & Sam Bonilla: Navy SEAL & Marine Discuss Life & Entrepreneurship
What an incredible couple we have in the studio this week. Mike Sauers - Navy SEAL, combat veteran who fought alongside Marcus Luttrell in Ramadi, philanthropist, and owner of Forged Apparel. In selfless fashion, Forged has raised millions of dollars to assist the families of fallen heroes. Mike is an exceptional story-teller, and his stories about military life, extensive travel experiences, and his subsequent entrepreneur life, are authentic and entertaining.
Sam Bonilla is an amazing soul in her own right. As a marine with a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and a certificate in intelligence, marketing manager and concept producer for Forged, social media influencer, model, and Instagram celebrity, Sam is as down-to-earth as they come. She is a joy to listen to as she shares her experiences and perspectives, and a humble servant of people alongside Mike.
In this episode you will hear:
Ideas can be birthed in any setting; they’re limited to the imagination.
You should always take pride in your country.
America was forged – Everything great was forged.
It’s too bad that some establishments that have existed for over 100 years, are probably not going to make through this pandemic.
Never question an order from a marine [in battle].
If you don’t have pride in your country, then what do you really have?
Just like great team guys, we busted out some bungie cords and tied a karaoke machine to our golf cart.
Every great nation, has to have pride.
You have your real life, and then you have your social media life.
Being a marine is not as sexy as it looks on TV.
There are criteria for what is considered a dive bar:
Mainly whiskey selections
A picture of Burt Reynolds
Smokey & the Bandit memorabilia
A Juke Box
Spilled Beer Stains on the pool table
Huge “mints” in the urinals
No separation between the urinal & the toilet
Cat Zingano: Bellator MMA Fighter, First Mom to Compete in the UFC, 2X National Champion, Shelter to Soldier Ambassador
What an amazing story of the relentless pursuit of a dream by this week’s guest, “Cat” Zingano. Beginning with a love of wrestling at age 12, she developed into a 4-time All-American and national wrestling champion. She is currently a mixed martial artist (MMA) and has won a world championship title and the Rio de Janeiro State Championships in Brazil. She also became the first mom to compete in a UFC fight and the first woman to win a UFC fight by technical knockout. Listen in and be inspired by Cat’s non-stop life adventures along her path to success.
In this episode you will hear:
Like the military, we all sign up for it. It’s a risk, but it’s a choice.
As a kid, I often felt misguided and what always brought me back was sports – being part of a team.
I didn’t look for people to pick on, but I’d put a target on people who were being mean to other people.
When you have a goal and it doesn’t mean to you what it once meant to you - it’s so defeating.
I want to finish in a way I can be proud of.
Your kids are challenging sometimes, and while you love your kids, you still have to have your own outlet.
I don’t ever want to ever forget how much it sucks to regret that I didn’t finish wrestling the way that I wanted.
I want to walk away having checked all the boxes.
I don’t want the hard times to dictate what I do with my goals.
The 15-20 minute fight is nothing, compared to the training camps.
I’d never had to pick a song to beat someone’s ass.
If the beginning of the fight hadn’t gone the way it had, it wouldn’t have been so interesting. They got to see everything. They got to see a comeback.
To still be struggling for money when you’re one of the top 5 in the world is tough.
I’m supposed to take my losses and learn something from it.
I accept my losses, but I want to know and learn what I can change - what can I do to make myself a different version of that person that maybe wouldn’t have lost.
How many times do you have to suck at something before you’re good at it?
Eddie & Andrea Gallagher: The Story of The Man in the Arena
If ever you wanted to hear a true story of the relentless pursuit of truth, this is the one you need to listen to. This Navy SEAL and highly decorated combat veteran Eddie Gallagher, with 20 years of service to our country and 9 deployments in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq was accused of war crimes while being innocent all the while. At the end of his 2017 deployment, accusations escalated to a point beyond ridiculous and was imprisoned for 9 months without ever being charged.
His wife, Andrea, spearheaded the “Free Eddie” Campaign effort to prove his innocence and fought tooth and nail to do so. After an unbelievable series of events, including terrorism against his family and young children, Eddie’s innocence was proven.
Eddie and Andrea have written the book The Man in the Arena to tell Eddie’s almost unbelievable story.
In this episode you will hear:
None of the accusations against Eddie were about war crimes.
“They locked me up in solitary, and nothing was explained to me.”
There’s no bail system in the military.
The UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) makes it possible to put people in jail without charges.
The level of terrorizing inflicted on our family shocked me to the core.
I thought: “No one’s coming to help us.”
The truth will prevail no matter what happens.
“I truly feel that God called us to this. He let us go through this for a purpose, and that purpose is way bigger than us.”
Eddie’s story can be paralleled with the story of Joseph in the bible. That story was a guiding light for us.
If they can do this to us, they can do this to anyone – and these guys are heroes.
Failure to protect one of their warfighters that served 20 years, is the biggest black eye, but we're gonna use it to make an impact on a larger scale to bring change to the UCMJ, and the way that we treat our military service members.
“She’s [Andrea's] the true hero of the story.”
They held machine guns and assault rifles to our children’s heads.
[Eddie] was being restricted from legal counsel, contrary to what we, as Americans, constitutionally have.
“Take failures and learn from them.”
“We’re gonna stand up for what’s right.”
“If we had quit, they would have taken him out for the remainder of his life.”
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