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We Happy Few is a podcast created by veterans, for veterans and it explores the complexities of what military service means through the stories of veterans and their families. The stories span all types of experience, from the monotony of training to the long-term impact of combat to the difficulty in adjusting to civilian life, as well as the challenges families face when one member volunteers to serve in the armed forces. The podcast is hosted by Army veteran Tom Luoma and Air Force and Army National Guard veteran Jason Comstock. They offer veterans the chance to tell their stories in hopes of creating an understanding of just how complex and nuanced the issues facing veterans, especially in this modern era, are. With less than 3 percent of the population serving in the military today, it is critical that civilians understand what it means to "thank" a veteran for his or her service. The Loudmouth project is proud to offer veterans and their families this opportunity to tell their stories and help create a new, more effective system of support.

We Happy Few is a podcast created by veterans, for veterans and it explores the complexities of what military service means through the stories of veterans and their families. The stories span all types of experience, from the monotony of training to the long-term impact of combat to the difficulty in adjusting to civilian life, as well as the challenges families face when one member volunteers to serve in the armed forces. The podcast is hosted by Army veteran Tom Luoma and Air Force and Army National Guard veteran Jason Comstock. They offer veterans the chance to tell their stories in hopes of creating an understanding of just how complex and nuanced the issues facing veterans, especially in this modern era, are. With less than 3 percent of the population serving in the military today, it is critical that civilians understand what it means to "thank" a veteran for his or her service. The Loudmouth project is proud to offer veterans and their families this opportunity to tell their stories and help create a new, more effective system of support.
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United States

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We Happy Few is a podcast created by veterans, for veterans and it explores the complexities of what military service means through the stories of veterans and their families. The stories span all types of experience, from the monotony of training to the long-term impact of combat to the difficulty in adjusting to civilian life, as well as the challenges families face when one member volunteers to serve in the armed forces. The podcast is hosted by Army veteran Tom Luoma and Air Force and Army National Guard veteran Jason Comstock. They offer veterans the chance to tell their stories in hopes of creating an understanding of just how complex and nuanced the issues facing veterans, especially in this modern era, are. With less than 3 percent of the population serving in the military today, it is critical that civilians understand what it means to "thank" a veteran for his or her service. The Loudmouth project is proud to offer veterans and their families this opportunity to tell their stories and help create a new, more effective system of support.

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English


Episodes

No such thing as a former Marine

5/20/2019
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In this episode, 20-year-old Kimono Dixson shares his excitement about becoming a United States Marine at age 18. He talks about what he learned from deployments to the Philippines and Guantanamo Bay, and how he enjoyed seeing the world and being part of something larger than himself. But he also suffered harassment and was ostracized for being an openly bi-sexual black Mormon.

Duration:00:37:18

The Best Worst Day

5/14/2019
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In this episode Jason Comstock and Amy Donaldson talk to Retired Sergeant 1st Class Arlo Doyle about his military career, the impact of multiple deployments, and a long-running joke that nearly became reality. Just days before Arlo was scheduled to return home from his fourth deployment, an attack left him with a traumatic brain injury. He talks about regaining his life and the perspective services has given him.

Duration:00:40:53

The Realities of Women in the Military

5/6/2019
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In this episode Krista Palmer shares her dream of helping others by joining the Air Force with host Tom Luoma. Krista found great joy and satisfaction serving in security forces. Sadly, like an estimated 25% of her fellow female service members, Krista was sexually assaulted; and like so many, no one listened or did anything to help. As a female soldier, she deal with many issues, her male counterparts never even considered. As a result of the assault and a back injury, her military career...

Duration:00:31:09

A soldier's Olympic journey

4/29/2019
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In this episode, Amy Donaldson talks with Army Captain (soon-to-be Major) Chris Fogt about why he joined the military, what it was like to be competing as an Olympic bobsledder for Team USA when the men he trained with were deployed to Iraq, and why he left the sport after the 2010 Games to serve a year in Iraq. Fogt talks about what it was like to represent his country in two Olympic Games, and how it felt to finally earn an Olympic medal in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. We caught...

Duration:00:23:45

'A real veteran': Vietnam in a suitcase

4/22/2019
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In this episode, Jason Comstock talks with Army Veteran Stan Taylor and his wife Anita about his service during the Vietnam War. Although Stan came from a family that served in the military he had no desire to serve but was drafted, and felt he needed to honor those who'd served by doing what was asked of him by his country. Stan discusses being drafted, adjusting to life in the Army, the realities of combat, the life-long pain of losing friends, and what it's like to come home after serving...

Duration:00:33:22

The view from a ship at war

4/14/2019
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In this episode, hosts Jason Comstock and Tom Luoma talk with Navy Veteran Keith Gordon and his family about his service during World War II. Keith discusses being drafted and what life was like aboard a ship fighting the Japanese on the water and islands in the Pacific Ocean. He reads a letter sent to him by President Harry S. Truman, and shares his feelings about service and the impact it had on his life.

Duration:00:19:27

Roadside Uncertainty

4/8/2019
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Story Notes - In this episode, US Army Veteran Jason Comstock tells his story about the unexpected impact of serving in the War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Not until years after returning home, did he and his family feel the full weight of those experiences on Jason's heart and mind. While driving home from work one afternoon in Pocatello, Idaho, the father of five saw what he believed might be a roadside bomb or improvised explosive device (IED). Even though he knew the...

Duration:00:19:20

Unexpected Consequences

4/1/2019
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In this episode, U.S. Army Veteran Frank DeVito shares a story about the unexpected sacrifices service members often make when they choose military service. For DeVito, a mistake on some paperwork meant not having the opportunity to say goodbye to a family member who'd loved and supported him, including his decision to join the military, when he was deployed to Afghanistan. In spite of the heartache, Frank continued to fulfill his responsibilities, and said he still feels like the...

Duration:00:20:24

In D.C. on 9/11

3/25/2019
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In this episode, U.S. Army Sgt. Mandee Stakely talks about being in Washington D.C. when terrorists flew into the Pentagon. As a sergeant in the Army, she had to help young soldiers do the job they’d been trained to do, as well as help them deal with the trauma of that day. Although not in the Pentagon, she was tasked with gathering supplies and food to support the rescue and recovery effort taking place. She shares the impact of that day and how the Army affected her life both while serving...

Duration:00:27:02

Then and Now

3/18/2019
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In this episode Tom Luoma and Amy Donaldson have a very candid and insightful conversation with Bart Thomassen whose Army career spans the front lines of the cold war, to Afghanistan and to Africa. Comparing how our warriors prepared and fought before the end of the cold war to how our warriors prepare and fight post 9/11 provides a picture into how our armed services have evolved over the past 30 years.

Duration:00:21:32

Sacrifice

3/13/2019
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In this episode Amy Alleman talks about the decision she and her husband Micheal B. Alleman made to join the military in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Amy talks about why the history teacher wanted to volunteer with a pregnant wife and two small boys, and what sacrifice meant to both of them. She discusses the realities of that commitment when a solider dies in service to this country, and how her service, quite proudly, continues despite his death. Her...

Duration:00:21:03