Despite the darkness of combat, there always seems to be moments of levity that surface from time to time. Paul Szoldra, whether he believes it or not, is a master at finding those moments. Whether it was Marine boot camp, or the unforgiving landscape of Afghanistan, Szoldra found humor to get him through the boredom, frustration, and nervous anticipation of combat. A near miss from an IED blast that most certainly would have taken his life, was all that was needed to make Szoldra all-too aware of the horrific realities of combat. But none of the darkness, including life-altering and life-ending IEDs, would have been overcome without humor. And so Paul Szoldra eventually left the Marine Corps and started the "Duffel Blog," an online military satire publication that has seen over one million unique readers each month. The Duffel Blog has been praised by everyone from Defense Secretary Mattis, to former Pentagon spokesman George Little, and The Onion's founding editor Scott Dikkers! Check it out on this rather lighthearted episode of HAZARD GROUND! www.paulszoldra.com | www.duffelblog.com | www.taskandpurpose.com/author/paulszoldra2/ If you shop at Amazon, do us a favor & go to www.hazardground.com, click on the Amazon banner on the home page, and do your Amazon shopping from there. Personal shopping, business purchases...It can all be done from that little Amazon banner. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING, and it helps the show out tremendously! THE BEST PART IS we'll be donating the proceeds from this partnership to the vet organizations featured on this podcast...Merging Vets & Players, Shadow Warrior Foundation, Mission Memorial Day, The Greatest Generations Foundation, The Pat Tillman Foundation, and more. So help us out, help out these great organizations, and head over to hazardground.com and click on the Amazon banner today, and shop away! This episode is also brought to you by our latest sponsor, Knife Country USA. Knife Country USA has the largest selection of knives, cutlery and accessories on the Internet. With over 30,000 models from 500+ manufacturers, Knife Country USA is CONFIDENT they have the perfect item for you. In addition to a tremendous selection, no other company can beat Knife Country USA's commitment to exceptional customer service - their owner personally guarantees it. Go to our website, hazardground.com, and click on the Knife Country USA banner on our Sponsors page. Then enter coupon code: "HAZARD1" at checkout to get 15% off your entire order. Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening...Spread the word, tell a friend!!