Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Some firefights and bomb blasts never make the news or the history books, but they’re still incidents that changed the lives of those involved. In each episode, host and former soldier Thom Tran talks to fellow veterans of our recent wars. We hear from a badly burned vet who became a TV star; a medic who says God answered his prayers on the battlefield; and one of the few women soldiers to take an enemy life in action. Thom also shares his memories of fighting in Iraq, where a sniper's bullet came within an inch of killing him. Sometimes raw, often funny, but always arresting.

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I Tried to Help Land the Blackhawk

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Senator Tammy Duckworth lost her legs to an Iraqi rocket, but doesn't regret going to war.

27 Min

Dec 14, 2017

The First Woman to Kill in Battle

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When the Taliban ambushed Chantelle Taylor she killed an attacker... and entered the history books.

28 Min

Dec 6, 2017

When I Went to Iraq it Killed My Dad Back Home

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Kate's alcoholic dad fell off the wagon when she went to Iraq, destroying her family life.

23 Min

Nov 30, 2017

24 min
Nov 23, 2017

Many soldiers never see an actual dead body, but Arti Walker-Peddakotla saw hundreds and hundreds.

27 min
Nov 15, 2017

Combat medic Manny says his prayers are often answered, but God won't let him save every badly wounded comrade.

25 min
Nov 9, 2017

JR Martinez was badly burned in an explosion, but learned to see value in his changed appearance.

2 min
Nov 1, 2017

Iraq veteran Thom Tran talks candidly to others who served in our recent wars about their battles.

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