Steve Kiernan joined the Marine Corps when he was 17. He attended his high school graduation as a Marine fresh out of boot camp. The discipline and drive that the Marine Corps instilled in Steve are what ultimately got him through some of his darkest days - the by-product of becoming a Marine and heading off to war. Just a few weeks into his first tour in Iraq in 2008, Steve was walking point on a security patrol heading back to base in Fallujah when he was hit by an IED. The blast ended up taking both of his legs. The recovery process for Steve was long, grueling at times, and something he almost didn't make it out of. A desire to forge a new path in life significantly different from the one he knew before his injury, gave Steve new hope and a reason to keep living. He's now a short story and essay writer, pursuing an MFA at the University of Oregon. This is another inspirational story of combat and survival you don't want to miss! www.steven-kiernan.com 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!! Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes!