We Happy Few - Exploring the Complexities of Military Service

May 16, 2019

Throughout the month of May KISU-FM will observe National Military Appreciation Month with Tuesday broadcasts of the podcast We Happy Few.  "We Happy Few is a podcast created by a veteran, for veterans and it explores the complexities of what military service means through the stories of veterans, their families and their friends.Jason Comstock, host, is an Air Force and Army veteran. Working as a volunteer with Veteran Service Organizations has given him insight into some of the struggles facing the men and women who serve. Jason has been married for over 25 years and earned a degree in History from Idaho State University with a focus on the U.S. Military."

 Veteran Jason Comstock tells his story about the unexpected impact of serving in the War on Terror during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Not until years after returning home, did he and his family feel the full weight of those experiences on Jason's heart and mind.  While driving home from work one afternoon in Pocatello, Idaho, the father of five saw what he believed might be a roadside bomb or improvised explosive device (IED). Even though he knew the possibility of a roadside bomb in his hometown was unlikely, it still caused him to grapple with fear, anxiety and the battle between what he felt and what was logical. The moment was seminal for Jason, as he realized he hadn't left everything behind in Iraq, and maybe he never would. Also, Jason suggested the next episode to use would be The View from a Ship at War featuring an Idaho connection - 

'In this episode, hosts Jason Comstock and Tom Luoma talk with Navy Veteran Keith Gordon and his family about his service during World War II. Keith discusses being drafted and what life was like aboard a ship fighting the Japanese on the water and islands in the Pacific Ocean. He reads a letter sent to him by President Harry S. Truman, and shares his feelings about service and the impact it had on his life.

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