So much for this being a shorter episode, you guys sent us a giant mailbag full of great questions to [email protected] As the title suggests, we cover quite a wide array of topics, some critical, and some very silly. Learn about Jack’s stories prior to becoming a Ranger, as well as my history in broadcasting. Crack one open, and enjoy two uninterrupted hours of us answering any questions you may have.
Michael Schlitz has been a friend to the show for many years now, in fact you can hear Mike way back on Episode 66 getting into his inspiring story. For those who don’t know, Mike was struck by an IED during a road clearing mission back in 2010 in Iraq, disfiguring and burning practically his entire body. This led to a grueling recovery process as one can only imagine which he describes in greater detail in his RangerUp published article. Through tragedy however, Mike sparked a deep friendship with actor and veteran advocate Gary Sinise leading to a smarthome that catered to Mike’s injuries built by Gary’s foundation as well as a position as a Military & Veteran Resource Manager. Mike now travels the country through his work, and is also a Special Adviser to another great veteran transition organization, GallantFew. We get an update on Mike’s life, and discuss the future of helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic injury, and working to stop the epidemic of veteran suicide.
Also on Episode 438 we cover former US Army Specialist Chelsea Manning being jailed for refusing to testify in a case regarding Wikileaks, Kristina Wong’s piece for Breitbart about the lowering of standards for Green Berets, and we discuss the repercussions of clickbait journalism in today’s society. With Jack’s book a month away from it’s publish date, he’s also getting started on the publicity circuit. His first stop in promoting the book was an hour-long sit-down with Patrick Bet-David for Valuetainment, it’s receiving an incredible response. We suggest you check it out.
Jake Zweig is a favorite of the podcast, although it’s actually been a few years since we’ve had the former SEAL and star from “Dude, You’re Screwed” and “Top Shot” join us. Jake recently reached out to me about a single mother struggling in her current financial situation, as he set up a GoFundMe for the woman he recently met. The initial goal is to help this hard working mom get a car which would be of great help to her, and he speaks with us about where he sees her going from there. Any help would be appreciated from the SOFREP Radio audience. Many of you are probably wondering what Jake’s been up to since his reality show success, as he’s currently working at the University of Illinois on player development for their football team. Football has been Jake’s passion for years and he has a great deal of experience. You may also remember Jake introducing us to NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji, and we get an update on what the Navy Officer has been up to.
Things really get interesting this episode once we get into Jake’s take on the Chief Eddie Gallagher war crimes situation. We end up having a larger discussion about crime and risky behavior in special operations, and the often times illogical behavior of a person who decides to go into this line of work. Jake tells us some crazy stories including an account from his adolescence involving the kidnapping of a banker’s 10-year-old daughter at the house next door to him. I was able to dig up a 1985 article from The New York Times that matches what Jake describes. All that and much more on Episode 437. Crank it!
SOFREP Radio has always had a heavy listenership from the law enforcement community, and that’s why the book “Captain Black: True Stories of a Small Town Cop” peaked Jack’s interest when he came across the book online. Captain Edward Black served for over twenty years in the small town of Kaufman, Texas and is since retired; he doesn’t really have a presence on social media. Luckily we were able to track him down, and have him join us for this installment. Although we hit on some timely issues in the law enforcement community including body cams, anti-police sentiment, and how to deal with mentally ill individuals, don’t get it twisted…the book is actually quite hilarious. Black’s writing style is raw, honest, unfiltered, and you’ll erupt in laughter at some of the crazy stories he relays from his time on the force. We urge you to pick up the book, available now at Lulu.com.
As we’ve been teasing out, next week we will be doing a Q&A episode, which we’ll be recording on March 14th. So, get your questions in before than. Keep them concise, to the point, and stuff we can really dive into for the show. I appreciate the guest suggestions, but those aren’t what we’re looking for on this particular episode. Shoot your best question for us over to [email protected], if it’s good, we’ll get into it.
Joining SOFREP Radio for the first time is Andrew J. Polsky. Polsky has been a professor of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (known as CUNY,) as well as Hunter College, and is now the Dean of his department there. Polsky wrote a fascinating book released in 2012, “Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War.” It covers the decision making by the executive branch during times of war from the dawn of the American Presidency up until when the book was released. Although the book doesn’t cover President Trump for obvious reasons, we get Polsky’s take on what’s happening now. He does a great job at drawing parallels we can infer between decisions made at the executive level of government in the past to current times. You can visit Andrew online at AndrewPolsky.com. As you’ll hear Jack say, this episode is fundamental in understanding some of our previous episodes covering U.S. foreign policy.
“Tanto” is a man that really needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, he’s best known as one of the contractors who served on the ground during the attacks in Benghazi. Kris is a long time friend to the podcast but it’s been a while since we’ve heard from him. We get into where he’s been, and his break from the spotlight as he purged all his social media and felt a need to get away from the public eye for a bit. As you’ll hear Kris get into, he’s not someone out searching for new gigs in media, but sometimes being in his position, a great opportunity presents itself. The latest being “War Heroes,” a docu-series created by Jack Thomas Smith spotlighting those who served in combat. We hear about the premiere for the series taking place in Succasunna, NJ tomorrow (February 28th) which you can attend, as well as a meet & greet with Kris. The details for that are up at WarHeroesTV.com.
We also hear about Kris’s charity work with 14th Hour Foundation, his training courses through Battleline Tactical, and his upcoming book “The Patriot’s Creed: Inspiration and Advice for Living a Heroic Life.” We get the former contractor’s take on recent controversies in the field both in Yemen and in Haiti. As usual though with Kris, we also share some big laughs. Since Kris is starting over with his online presence at the moment, be sure to follow his new Instagram @real_kris_tanto_paronto, as well as his new website KrisTantoParonto.net.
In addition to all that, we answer your emails sent to [email protected], and also get your reactions to “The Punisher” being cancelled on Netflix. We love hearing from the listeners. So strap in, this was a fun episode.