NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Some war stories never make the news or history books, but they're major events that forever change the lives of those involved. On each episode of Panoply Media's new podcast, Battle Scars, host and former soldier Thom Tran talks to fellow veterans of our most recent wars.
Tran enlisted in the Army when he was 18 and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2003 after he was shot in the back of the head during a firefight in Iraq. Tran ultimately retired due to his injuries in 2005. Comedy became Tran's therapy after combat, so he's made it his mission to bring comedy to deployed soldiers with his group, The GIs of Comedy.
With Battle Scars, Tran encourages other veterans to open up about their experiences and share the sometimes sad, funny and action-packed stories with listeners.
"As a stand-up comedian I literally have a stage and a microphone to tell my story of service in the Military, and even I am still learning that the healing doesn't happen unless you share those stories," said Tran. "Battle Scars is a stage that we can give to other veterans to tell their stories and subsequently begin or continue to heal."
Guests on this season of Battle Scars include: a teenage soldier left with horrific scars who turned his life around and became a TV star; a British medic who used his own body to shield a wounded friend from enemy fire; and an Indian-American woman who joined up to escape her abusive parents and follow her dreams.
Below is a summary of the final episodes of this season of Battle Scars (episode dates are subject to change).
December 7: Chantelle Taylor, the first British woman to kill an enemy in battle.
December 14: Senator Tammy Duckworth relives the day her helicopter was brought down.
December 21: Lt Col Arnold Strong on the time he stood on a massive booby trap bomb and survived.
December 28: Green Beret (and NFL player) Nate Boyer on hunting suicide bombers in Iraq.
January 4: A Special Forces veteran who saw action in Africa.
January 11: The sniper who was shot through the throat… but fought on and won a medal.
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