#117 Is Hiking a Cure for PTSD? Sean Gobin

Can vets walk off the devastating impacts of PTSD? Do long-distance hiking, biking and river paddling journeys offer far better treatment for the emotional and psychological damage of war than pills or therapy offered by the VA? 

Sean Gobin is a United States Marine Corps veteran who served 12 years as an Infantry Rifleman and Armor Officer. He tells us his own personal story. 
After returning home from several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Sean hiked the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. In 2013, he founded Warrior Expeditions and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

Since 2013, Warrior Expeditions has provided veterans with everything they need to complete a three to six month-long outdoor expedition at no cost. Their journeys offer them the opportunity to decompress from military service and come to terms with wartime experiences. Participants have reported significant improvements in physical, mental, and social well-being during and after their journeys.

Warrior Expeditions outfits veterans with some of the most highly rated equipment and clothing available from the outdoor retail industry.  Participants get a monthly $300 stipend to purchase what they need. Community support is an important part of the program, with volunteers offering vets transportation, lodging, and food along the route.

Here's more about the Ernest Hemingway short story mentioned in this episode... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Two-Hearted_River

#116 The Case for Passion in Our Lives

Neil deGrasse Tyson became passionate about astrophysics when he was a teenager. Best-selling science journalist. Mary Roach is well-known for her humor and curiosity as she explores the science of keeping human beings intact, sane and awake during the extreme circumstances of war.

This "Fix It" episode is about passion and is inspired by our many guests. They bring their wisdom, emotion and enthusiasm with them as they describe what turns them on about their work and expertise.  

Obstetrician-gynocologist Rose Gowen, born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, speaks about her mission to get her small city with a large obesity problem to exercise more and eat better food. "Pretty much all of my father's side of our family has diabetes," she says.

Emily Esfahani Smith's passion for learning from strangers prompted her to write the book "The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters." She talks about the roots of her discoveries.

Author, investment expert and asset manager Karen Firestone  has spent her professional life studying financial risk. She explains why risk "applies to other aspects of life beyond investing."