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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

    Dr. Martin Polanco, Founder of The Mission Within & Michael Higgs, Veteran, SEAL Master

    Dr. Martin Polanco, Founder of The Mission Within & Michael Higgs, Veteran, SEAL Master

    On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews The Mission Within Founder Dr. Martin Polanco and Director of Operations Michael Higgs, who was also Command Master Chief of a SEAL team and a 30-year veteran. Cognitive damage is the reality for many veterans and psychedelic treatment is a stigmatized solution to regaining what had been lost in battle. 

     

    Dr. Polanco discusses how psychedelic treatment heals post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and mild traumatic brain injury, while Michael talks about life before and after a single treatment session. They share how ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT are used alongside music and the guidance of a coach and other medical professionals.

     

    Psychedelic treatment is holistic and emphasizes the therapeutic effects of exercise, meditation, eating healthily, and proper sleep. They also talk about the benefits of microdosing and the need to change the narrative on the true healing potential of psychedelics.

     

    Reach out to Dr. Polanco, Michael, The Mission Within through the following links:

     

    The Mission Within website: https://www.missionwithin.org/

    LinkedIn (Martin Polanco): https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin7polanco/

    LinkedIn (Michael Higgs) : https://www.linkedin.com/in/hmhiggs/

     






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    • 38 min
    Ricardo Perez, Former Army Sniper, Scientist, and Author

    Ricardo Perez, Former Army Sniper, Scientist, and Author

    On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Ricardo Perez, former US Army sniper, author of Born To Fail: Embrace Hardship To Forge Your Warrior Spirit, and current research scientist at the University of Washington Department of Virology. He shares his deployment in Kandahar, from carrying around a 50-cal sniper rifle to documenting everything he could through writing.

     

    This became the basis for his book as well as his story of growing up and his journey to become a scientist after life in the army. Ricardo shares that he struggled with depression after his deployment. He recalls the difficulty of finding jobs even as a college graduate and how a strong mindset overcame it. 

     

    For Ricardo, his family remains his primary motivation to achieve his dreams. The proceeds of his book go into the production of his audiobook which features controversial conversations during the Afghanistan war.

     

    Visit Ricardo's Website: https://ricardopperez.com/

    Get a copy of Born to Fail: https://amzn.to/3kKAEpw

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    • 52 min
    Author Kevin Maurer and WW2 Pilot John 'Lucky' Luckadoo

    Author Kevin Maurer and WW2 Pilot John 'Lucky' Luckadoo

    On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Kevin Maurer and Lucky Luckadoo. Kevin is an award-winning journalist and author of critically-acclaimed books, including No Easy Day, the inside story of the Bin Laden raid. John "Lucky" Luckadoo also joins today's show to share his experiences during WW2 and how he collaborated with Kevin to tell his story.

    He shares how he was stationed in England and the virtually unheard-of feat of surviving 25 bombing runs in broad daylight without fighter escort. Lucky shares that they didn’t talk about the war, they just lived it. 

    He comments on the nature of war and how there is nothing to be learned in it. There are no victors, only victims. He says that finding the will to get in the cockpit again and again was a horrific responsibility, but he did it as it was his duty.

     

     Get a copy of Damn Lucky: https://amzn.to/3vplVqb

    Follow Kevin's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerSix

    Visit Kevin's Website: https://kevinmaurer.net/ 

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    • 35 min
    Congressman Michael Waltz, Colonel, Green Beret, and Author

    Congressman Michael Waltz, Colonel, Green Beret, and Author

    On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a current Green Beret who also serves as a Colonel in the National Guard. He is the author of a couple of books including Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan.

    Rep. Waltz shares that one time he jumped out of a plane only to realize his reserve chutes were undone. He also talks about his upcoming children's book Dawn of the Brave. He comments on the waning sense of duty of Americans and taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan.

    On immigration, Rep. Waltz also stresses the need for a managed system. There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and cartels make hundreds of millions per week due to smuggling and human trafficking. Lastly, Rep. Waltz also warns against the CCP and how they are undermining the US.

     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-waltz-0557964/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelgwaltz
    Brave Books website: https://bravebooks.com/






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    • 34 min
    Episode 594: Lee Stuckey, Former Major in the Marines, Founder and President of AHERO and Operation Phoenix

    Episode 594: Lee Stuckey, Former Major in the Marines, Founder and President of AHERO and Operation Phoenix

    On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Lee Stuckey, a former major in the Marines, and Founder and President of AHERO and Operation Phoenix. Lee tells the story of his three combat deployments to Iraq, the trauma that he kept under wraps, and his brush with death.  

    Now focused on healing, Lee shares how his farm has grown and the evolving programs AHERO has for its veteran community. He talks about AHERO's events which connect veterans to the experts who can help them heal, whether it's for anger management or addiction.

    Music for a Hero has been particularly healing and Kevin Adair also comes on the show to perform and bring awareness to their advocacy. Lee further shares the work they do with Operation Phoenix and advises veterans that healing is possible and it’s best done with a community.

     

    Lee's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-stuckey-8216697b/

    Lee's email: aherostuckey@gmail.com

    AHERO website: https://aherousa.org/

    Kevin Adair's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kevinadairmusic

     

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Zachary Armstrong, Navy Officer and Mike Peyton, Navy SEAL

    Zachary Armstrong, Navy Officer and Mike Peyton, Navy SEAL

    On this podcast, Rad interviews Zachary Armstrong, a Navy officer turned motivational speaker and advocate for military members suffering from substance abuse disorder, and Michael Peyton, a former Navy SEAL who is now a leader of top-performing teams, developer, and trainer of elite human performance, and change agent solving complex challenges. Both guests had a long battle with addiction and today share how they overcame this challenge with the help of the community and healthy alternatives.

    Zach is a coach for The Phoenix—a community focused on providing support to those recovering from substance abuse through sober activities and events. He gets vulnerable with his struggle with alcohol and, as a high-functioning alcoholic, was able to hide his substance abuse struggle for years. Based on his experiences in both military and civilian rehab communities, he is driven to ensure the military re-thinks how their substance abuse programs are run. 

    Zach and Mike hope to create an effective rehab program catered to the needs of the military community that focuses on providing alternative methods to recovery.

    Check out the National Sober Active Community | The Phoenix: https://thephoenix.org/

    Zach's email: zacharyjarm@gmail.com

    Mike's email: michael.peyton80@gmail.com

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

BE71986 ,

From one to another

From one SOF guy to another, thank you for having open and honest dialogue. Too many don’t speak out and many who do have a self aggrandizing point or product to sell.

Who we are today and who we are ever evolving into is the story of all people.

Thank you for your efforts bringing honesty forward on behalf of those who don’t.

LeadFrontLines ,

Great show, great content!

I appreciate the entire SOFREP team bringing forward relevant topics with real conversation. These are stories that people need to hear told by Veterans who have been on the front lines. #leadershipfromthefrontlines

donniebaker420 ,

Good podcast

I really enjoy the guests you have but it always sounds like they’re on the phone and not in person. Just seems like it would be better and better sound quality if they did it in person. Also you guys kind of discuss irrelevant topics for what seems to be an absurdly long time so I have to skip forward until I hear the guests voice then rewind to find the beginning of their interview. Chose to listen to an episode because I admire the guest and wanted to hear it and the episode was only a hour long but you guys talked about your personal lives and other topics for 31 minutes, not here to hear about your take on girls being able to join the Boy Scouts for a half hour. Other than poor audio quality and the pre guest discussions, it’s a decent podcast.

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