As coronavirus spreads across the world, this fiery pod comes to you from deep inside the two American epicenters of outbreaks: Seattle and New York. We may find a vaccine to protect us from the coronavirus, but there is still no vaccine for stupid. And it continues to spread even faster than the virus itself. Stupid is highly contagious. And it’s rampant inside the White House. But this episode is an antidote. It brings you news you can use, a tone to inspire and a conversation to empower.[1:03:40} Captain Florent “Flo” Groberg (@FlorentGroberg) is a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, best-selling author of 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor, Chief of Staff at Boeing, and a human motivational machine. He’s the first foreign-born recipient of the nation’s highest military honor since the Vietnam war. He’s a great immigration success story. He served on the front lines of America’s wars. And on one fateful day in 2012 in Afghanistan, Flo was badly wounded by a suicide bomber attack, after saving the lives of many in his unit. He answered the call when the moment came—and that 8 seconds changed his life forever. It took four of his friends. It shattered his body. It pounded his mind. But he dug deep. Physically. Mentally. He’s candid about how hard it can be. He knows isolation. He knows depression. He knows struggle. And as we all face the prospect of self-isolation and COVID-19, this is a must-listen for all Americans.
Flo struggled through an incredibly painful, lonely, long recovery. Just like we will as a nation now after coronavirus. But just like America will, Flo rose up. And he overcame the adversity. Now, he teaches and inspires others. And he’ll teach and inspire you. From inside a locked-down New York City, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) talked to Flo on National Medal of Honor Day from his home in Seattle. There he continues to lead his community now–as his home has become the front line in the war against the coronavirus. He’s insightful, he’s passionate, he’s real. And it’s exactly the kind of conversation we need right now–to lift us up and help us through this.
Meanwhile, the military and Department of Veterans Affairs struggle to get a handle on the virus, Trump wages war against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bernie Sanders refuses to drop out, cops and firefighters are struggling to get protective gear, the porn industry is stepping in to help, and DJ D-Nice is launching amazing virtual house parties on Instagram attended by Michelle Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and our host, independent activist and Iraq Veteran Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff). Paul takes you through the issues you need to know about–issues that often aren’t covered in the mainstream media but affect all of us.
This episode is possible thanks to support from the awesome folks at Bravo Sierra. Bravo Sierra believes the U.S. military established the original wellness lifestyle – optimized physical and mental fitness, founded on a unifying ethos of respect, service and integrity. Bravo Sierra (@BravoSierra_USA) develops critical innovation performance products in direct collaboration with those that deserve it most – our active duty service members. Bravo Sierra has pioneered a business model that directly contributes 5% of all sales to Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs dedicated to the well-being of U.S. service members, veterans and their families.
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