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What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.

What a Hell of a Way to Die What a Hell of a Way to Die

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What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.

    Good Thing Only Americans Were Exposed to Burn Pits, Right

    Good Thing Only Americans Were Exposed to Burn Pits, Right

    DadChat ends at 10:45!
    Nate and Francis discuss the PACT act and the burn pit registry, while trying to pay attention to the fact that the only people eligible for compensation are the people part of the group that did the burning (American military people), whereas everyone from third-country contractors to the civilian populations of the various countries occupied get nothing. We also talk about a story that might serve as an example of how to not steal from the Army.
    For this week’s bonus, Nate is joined in studio by writer and journalist Jasper Lo of the New Yorker. Before you wonder how we managed to get a real journalist on here: it's because Nate and Jasper were in the same unit together a long time ago. They discuss the subtle art of fact-checking, the difficulty of combating disinformation, and whether or not Glenn Kessler carries a katana. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/counterblaste-to-70248526
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 55 min
    RibbonsChat

    RibbonsChat

    Nate is back and he joins Francis to discuss a recent article in Task and Purpose about a dress-uniform ribbon apparently becoming a more select award when it used to be given to everyone. So, why the change? Are we finally done with the GWOT? Is the Army going to stop giving out ribbons like candy? You be the judge.
    For this week’s bonus, Francis pulls a Joe and runs a history lesson about a very badly built boat with our resident boats expert, Carey Shockey. Enjoy the preview in the episode, and if you want the full thing, it’s available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/true-story-of-69912329
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 1 hr
    The Church of Getting Your VA Disability Stolen feat. Steve Beynon

    The Church of Getting Your VA Disability Stolen feat. Steve Beynon

    Quick update for everyone: Nate is out with illness (not covid) and will return soon. In the meantime, Francis is covering down.
    This week, Francis speaks with Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) of Military dot com about a recent story he wrote in which a church set up a cult and strong armed veterans into funding it with their veterans’ benefits, helped people submit false claims in order to steal their disability funds, and much more. Read about it here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/07/20/church-allegedly-scammed-gi-bill-benefits-proof-more-oversight-needed-advocate-tells-congress.html
    We have a Patreon with bonus content dating all the way back to 2017, and $5 a month gets you three monthly bonus episodes. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 45 min
    WhalesChat feat. Sarah B.

    WhalesChat feat. Sarah B.

    Quick update for everyone: Nate is out with illness (not covid) and will return soon. In the meantime, Francis is covering down.
    This week, Francis speaks with Sarah B. (@barnacle_btch) of the It Came From The Sea podcast (@fromtheseapod) on the topic of the Navy, being a linguist, her journey towards ocean science, and the fact that whales don’t get cancer. We hope you enjoy!
    We have a Patreon with bonus content dating all the way back to 2017, and $5 a month gets you three monthly bonus episodes. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
     
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 51 min
    Losing Your Rifle in the Butterfly Reserve feat. Davis Winkie

    Losing Your Rifle in the Butterfly Reserve feat. Davis Winkie

    Quick update for everyone: Nate is out with illness (not covid) and will return soon. In the meantime, Francis is covering down.
    It’s another military news roundup with Davis Winkie (@davis_winkie), reporter for Army Times, and we’re covering topics like ‘What happens when the Texas National Guard abandons a vehicle in the middle of a nature preserve and leaves a loaded M4 with a full-auto mod inside?’ We hope you will enjoy.
    We have a Patreon with bonus content dating all the way back to 2017, and $5 a month gets you three monthly bonus episodes. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
     
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 46 min
    The Military Still Performs Abortions (For Now) feat. Hayley Britzky

    The Military Still Performs Abortions (For Now) feat. Hayley Britzky

    This week, Francis speaks with Task and Purpose reporter Hayley Britzky (@halbritz) about how the Dobbs decision means that the military now becomes the only abortion provider in some US states, despite the degree to which the Hyde amendment restricts the military from performing abotions in all but the direst circumstances.
     
    We have a Patreon with bonus content dating all the way back to 2017, and $5 a month gets you three monthly bonus episodes. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
     
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
    You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 39 min

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401 Ratings

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