This week I talked to Doug Hawthorne about IEDs. It was such a great conversation, that I'm making this into a two-part episode. This episode covers Doug's early years in the army and his first deployment to Iraq. Part II will cover his second deployment to Iraq, his tour in Afghanistan, and some shop talk about IEDs.
Today's episode is brought to you by Operation Surf and Veteran Surf Alliance. They're both located in California, and they both work with physically and mentally wounded veterans. Not only is surfing awesome, they have a track record of success. One study found that Operation Surf participants decreased their symptoms of PTSD by 36% while decreasing depression by 47%. Just incredible success. So, if you're out in California and you're struggling, hit them up, they can help. If you're not out on the Left Coast, make a donation if you can afford it.