Chris VanSant had an impressive career in the Army. He retired with twenty-plus years as a Special Operations veteran, operating at the highest level in a special mission unit for a good portion of that time. He took part in eleven combat deployments as both a team member and team leader in 1st SFOD-D, deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa. During that time he took part in 500-plus combat operations. One of those operations was the capture of Saddam Hussein. But, all that time in combat took its toll on VanSant, as it often does despite the person or the unit they serve in, leaving Chris to deal with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the dependence on chemicals that is so often associated with attempts to heal from injury. As you’ll hear in VanSant’s story though, he found a way out of the darkness, and continues to lead a life of purpose, developed through the moments he spent as a warrior in combat. Hear about his powerful journey of combat and resilience on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!
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