Man DOWN! | Afghanistan | Falklands | Northern Ireland | Podcast | #189

Man down! features Chris Thrall chatting with fellow veteran Royal Marines, regarding their experiences in conflict and PTSD.

Man DOWN! | Afghanistan | Falklands | Northern Ireland | Podcast | #189

Former Royal Marine Corporal Ric Coulson served on multiple operational tours including Afghanistan, Iraq and Sierra Leone. Ric witnessed the savage, brutal nature of war fighting and he took part in close-quarter battle. Former Royal Marines Major, Andy Shaw, is a King’s Badgeman and Sword of Honour recipient. Andy experienced the utter horror of combat in the Falklands Conflict. What these two men don’t know about war, isn’t worth listening to. What they do know about its effects, is this.

Transcript from ‘Man DOWN!’ podcast

Andy – The war fighting wasn’t anything like what Ric has been through. The two main events that my organization went through, included an ambush that went badly wrong. It was a fighting patrol that was meant to go and destroy some enemy positions. We had a thing called a, ‘blue on blue’. That resulted in four fatalities and three men very seriously injured.

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UK And EU Army? Our Orwellian Future | Podcast #159

‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the question I asked former para signaler, Mike McCarthy, a director of Veterans for Truth. Mike explains to me why the UK military has no choice but to become part of the EU army defence force. It has already been decided.

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‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’

‘Are we heading for a 1984-like Orwellian future’ and ‘will the UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the fascinating podcast chat Chris Thrall had with former parachute regiment signaler Mike McCarthy.

Transcript from ‘Will UK military merge with EU Army? Podcast #159

C – How are you?

M – Good my brother. I’ve just been out on the hills and I’ve spent my whole day up there, so it was a great. The weather started out as such a beautiful day here in southern Ireland and then the hail came down. So we had a hail storm. We had everything today. The weather was wonderful and great anyway.

C – It is so important to get out mate isn’t it and to make that connection with nature so we don’t get too freaking tunnel-visioned by all this technological, urban, ugliness.

M -You’ve got to be out rain or shine, every single day and yes it’s beautiful. I think it was Kurt Vonnegut whom said, ‘We’re here to have a good time and don’t let anyone tell you different’. Whatever we’re going through, this is the day we’ve been given and we should make it a good one. I try and do that everyday.

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Calling All Veterans & Patriots | The Enemy Within | #149

Calling All Veterans & Patriots. This is a call to action. We need a few good men and women – are you one of them?

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Calling All Veterans & Patriots

This is a call to action for all veterans and patriots. We need a few good men and women – are you one of them? Watch our first podcast here: https://youtu.be/QjqmQTwe1Xc

Transcript from ‘Calling All Veterans & Patriots’ podcast

Chris and Mike

C – Mike, how are you brother?

M – Yep, well, good to hear you, good to see you.

C – So you’ve started a group called Veteran For Action, why is that?

M – It’s Veterans For Truth. When I was in America, I was part of a thing called Veterans for Peace, and I don’t really think you can get peace without truth so I started Veterans for Truth and yeah we did a whole tour, I mean this was after 9/11. I was a commercial pilot on the day of 9/11 and so obviously I knew the official story was a lie, so I got involved with the anti war movement on the West coast. I ended up working for a congressman and presidential candidate because of that work. The whole anti war movement is run by the war mongers really and I was really limited in what I was allowed to do. We travelled around the country but they didn’t want me to talk about the most powerful lobby group in Washington DC that controls both sides of the house, congress and senate. Democrat or Republicans, it’s all theatre and having worked for a congressman and presidential candidate you can see politics is like Hollywood for ugly people…

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Steven Blades Coronation Street | Marines #58

Steven Blades was a serving Royal Marines Commando who has served in Afghanistan, then fought on Coronation Street. After surving a tour of Afghanistan and then losing an eye in a savage street fight, former Royal Marines Commando Steven Blades overcame PTSD to embark on a successful acting career, landing a role in Vikings. Steven has also made numerous other television appearances, most notably in Coronation Street and he’s now starring in ‘Sunray’ , which has been created by Royal Marines Commandos.

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Steven Blades Coronation Street

After surving a tour of Afghanistan and then losing an eye in a savage street fight, former Royal Marines Commando Steven Blades overcame PTSD to embark on a successful acting career, landing a role in Vikings and working alongside Milo Gibson.

Transcript from ‘Steven Blades Coronation Street’ podcast

Chris and Steve

C – Steve, how are you brother?

S – Hello mate, I’m all good, how are you?

C – I’m fantastic mate,  I’m absolutely delighted to be talking to you. It’s very kind you’ve come on pretty short notice. I came across your profile on Facebook or was it Instagram.

S – Yeah we’ve been connected on Facebook for quite a bit, I’ve been seeing your stuff for quite some time as well.

C – Yeah bad luck! It’s really interesting I’ve just been chatting to a fascinating guy called Ryan the holistic health coach. He’s ex marine and he’s down there in Australia. We were just saying about the Instagram thing, the whole approach to it is really interesting. He’s taking the approach I’m starting to take, which is just to be honest on Instagram. It seems to really resonate with young people now.

S –  Yeah, I think that’s the best way to be on social media, I just try to be as honest as possible, but it’s a big market now especially with businesses and companies collaborating with people…

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Incoming! Suicide Survivor | Iraq | Afghanistan | #64

Incoming Suicide Survivor, is a Bought the T-shirt podcast featuring Garry Curtis and Chris Thrall. Garry is a former Royal Marines Commando and has operated in every major conflict over the last twenty years.

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Incoming! Suicide Survivor

Garry Curtis is a former Royal Marines Commando who has operated in every major conflict in the last twenty years. He has been bombed, shot at and held hostage. He has seen things people shouldn’t see. Garry talks openly about his PTSD and trying to take his life.

Transcript snippet from ‘Incoming Suicide Survivor’ podcast

Chris and Garry

C – Gary how are you brother?

G – Hey Chris, how are you? Welcome to my garden, London Town! How are you mate?

C – Yeah I’m alright mate, that’s the best backdrop I’ve had on the podcast so far.

G – Glad to hear it.

C – That’s not like a video is it?

G – No, no it’s quite real, I’ll have to try and keep the noise of the vehicles down to a minimum if they go past.

C – Are you in central London then?

G – Yeah, yeah I’m up in Soho today.

C – So, I think out of everyone I know you have the most action packed, adventure packed traumatic media packed story that’s out there. We first got into contact when you wrote your book Incoming…

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Stolen Valor Exposed | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty #70

Stolen valor exposed, sees Chris chatting with Ben regarding the truth behind eteran impersonation.

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Stolen Valor Exposed The Truth Behind Walter Mitty

My most heroic guest to date helps me explore the truth behind veteran impersonation aka Water Mitty or Stolen Valor (valour – UK spelling)

Transcript snippet from ‘Stolen Valor Exposed | The Truth Behind Walter Mitty’ podcast

Chris and Ben

C – Ben, how are you brother?

B – I’m doing good how are you?

C – Running out of clever replies, that probably aren’t really that clever.

B – When someone asks me this at work or whatever my usual reply when someone asks me how are you? I answer loving life. No matter what type of day it is, it’s positive affirmation. Sometimes good is just as sufficient, but I think if you say that enough times it gets contagious and other people start to say it whether they mean it or not.

C – I don’t mean to be rude to my guests but they’ve got to sort out the way they fricking speak man. All this “I’m good”. This is England, we’re British and we’re very proud about that. We’re not nationalistic but we’re proud not to have to copy other countries. People can speak how they want, of course they can but I do think though. I think people who are easily swayed with their language just start saying what other people say. You know like this ‘passed’ thing instead of died. They use ‘passed’. I personally think there’s a lot to dissect there…

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Supporting Veterans With PTSD | Media Mind Control #26

Supporting Veterans With PTSD, features Graeme Bint chatting with Chris Thrall. Graeme is an ex airforce paratrooper and an expert in the topic of PTSD. We discuss sham-wars and the media mind control.

Transcript Snippet from ‘Supporting Veterans With PTSD’ podcast

Hello Friends,

Today I talk to Graeme Bint all about sham wars, media mind control and soldiers suffering with PTSD. This is a must watch video for all young men and women thinking about joining the military or doing your PRMC. Graeme Bint is a former RAF paratrooper with a fascinating insight on the above topics plus his thoughts on the military industrial complex and the banking scam.

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Special Boat Service Legend | OP Spartan Founder | #24

Special Boat Service Legend, features Stephen Burns MC chatting with Chris Thrall about his time with The Royal Marines, then going on to join the SBS. He now runs ‘Operation Spartan’ which is a unformed services and veteran community.

Special Boat Service Legend | OP Spartan Founder | #24

Transcript snippet from ‘Special Boat Service Legend’ podcast.

Hello Friends,
In this podcast I talk to SBS legend Stephen Burns MC, about his time in the marines and SBS. We also talk about the struggle of leaving military service, including finding focus after hitting the self destruct button with drink. Stephen used ‘Rock2Recovery’ to understand where his PTSD originated from. He now runs ‘Operation Spartan’ which is a unformed services and veteran community. A spellbinding journey from rock bottom to the tip top.

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My 999 mile run to raise awareness of veterans suicide

Hello Friends!

My name’s Chris Thrall. I’m an author, adventurer and former Royal Marines Commando. I’ve explored eighty countries on seven continents and backpacked through all of North, South and Central America. I’ve caught piranhas in the Amazon, swum with bull sharks in Belize, set a world record fire walking and driven a bus from Norway to India and back for charity. I’m a qualified pilot and skydiver and have scuba dived on icebergs in the Antarctic Polar Circle …

But I now I’m asking for your help!

On September 1st 2018 I will be running an ultramarathon a day (an ultramarathon is any distance over a marathon) for 999 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I will run solo, unsupported and carrying up to 14 kilos of food, water and camping equipment.

My mission is to raise awareness of ‘under-the-radar’ veterans’ issues, such as mental health, homelessness and the shockingly high rate of suicide. As such, I am supporting the Baton foundation, a non-political, not-for-profit charity staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.

If you’ve read my memoir ‘Eating Smoke’ you will know I left the forces and ended up homeless in Hong Kong and in severe psychosis from crystal meth addiction. But my struggle began back in the UK, where I spent two years suffering from chronic depression and PTSD. My friends disappeared and I avoided all professional help because the medical community couldn’t understand the mindset and experiences of a former service person.

I was lucky. When I finally crawled out of the darkness, a fellow former marine working for the Royal British Legion stood there ready to help. Following a brother-to-brother chat, he secured me a career development grant and I went on to volunteer my services for free teaching and mentoring streets kids in Africa. In fact, I not only worked in post-war Mozambique but went on to achieve every goal I ever dreamt of, including graduating with a degree in youth work and become a bestselling author. And now I hope to inspire others who are struggling.

I’ve done almost no training for this #999miles challenge, having spent two years in constant pain from degenerative spinal injuries – in fact, my most recent operation was last week. It’s only following four hospital procedures and months of physio that I can run – well, hobble – again. I have a neurological condition called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, a form of brain damage caused by long-term use of opiate medication. As a result, I have slowed-down thinking, limited sleep, constant headaches and spasms in my legs when I’m even slightly dehydrated.

But the clue is in the 999. For no matter what pain and hardship I endure, it will never be as much as some of our veterans are going through. So please help me out …

You can run with me, or donate £5, or simply share this #999miles challenge on social media.

The Facebook page is: Donate Here

Please donate at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/999miles (or type ‘Thrall’ in search bar)

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I can tell you from personal experience, you will make a difference.

Thank you