Proud American

Proud American

The Proud American Series at FOX News Channel has always been a perfect way to celebrate and remember the many Americans who have fought for the country’s freedom. In this podcast series, Johnny Joey Jones reminds us of many now and before worked very hard to secure the freedoms we enjoy today – especially during this unprecedented time. These include our front line workers taking on this pandemic, our essential workers walking into work every day and all those risking their lives for our democratic freedoms. The Proud American Podcast Series with Johnny Joey Jones will celebrate all of our Proud Americans.

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July 27, 2021 18 min
"After serving 14 years in both the Navy as a chef to the Commander of the US 6th Fleet and then transitioning on to becoming an Army team leader in one of the military’s most dangerous jobs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale was blinded by an IED. Not letting his injuries hold him back, Aaron became an EOD instructor, motivational speaker, mountain climber, white water kayaker, and marathon runner. F...
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Proud Americans make this country and the people around them better with their actions and dedicated service. Karen Worcester is the co-founder and Executive Director of Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit dedicated to remembering our fallen, honoring those who serve and teaching the next generation about value of freedom. Karen and her husband Morrill have taken a quiet idea for a solemn purpose and inspired millions of A...
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Most people aspire to do one exceptional thing that inspires others and makes a difference. For some that means charity work, for others public service or military service, and for many of us its simply having a family and raising kids. For Army veteran Amber Smith, she has excelled in all the above as one of the few female pilots to fly the KIOWA armed reconnaissance helicopter on combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, a TV anal...
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Who doesn't love good music that tells good stories? For many, that’s country music. But music is more than the background noise to a good time. It inspires us to dream about tomorrow and reminisce of yesterday. It connects us on a shared emotion or lifestyle, the music we love doesn’t just tell a story - it tells our story. Granger Smith is a country music star, but he's also so much more. His Yee-Yee brand and its leading...
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From the battlefield to the newsroom, veterans in mainstream media are rare and important. Proud Americans believe in freedom, fight to protect it and exercise their own rights with respect and courage. Pete Hegseth is arguably one of the largest veterans voices in television news, and a necessary perspective when it comes to questioning decisions made that affect our military and their families.
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Proud Americans like you and I come from all walks of life, and our guests are no different. From regular folks doing extraordinary things, to celebrities who’ve put time into making this country a better place for all of us, Proud Americans are worth celebrating. And today’s guest is no different. Mark Zinno is the host of the Hazard Ground Podcast where war heroes share their stories of combat and survival, as well as a sports ta...
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Last year we introduced you to a Proud American named Emily Domenech, who used her smartphone and patriotic spirit to bring the headstones of our heroes to their friends and family on Memorial Day, when COVID-19 restrictions prevented them from visiting Arlington National Cemetery in person. This year, Emily has teamed up with Ryan Manion of the Travis Manion Foundation for a collaboration called "The Honor Project." Emily ...
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From Homer’s Odysseus to Wilfred Owen, the idea of a warrior poet has captured our attention for generations. For a man or woman to go from the brutality of combat to the vulnerable expression of creating art may seem odd or unnatural, but for many of us, whether it be making something with our hands or writing how we feel in words, self expression and vulnerability are a necessary part of healing our minds after war and injury. Ri...
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Politics has become perhaps the most intense team sport in our country today. Differing political views often divide people, but in the case of today’s podcast guest, having conversations about politics has brought an important friendship into my life with documentary film maker, Gotham Chopra. Growing up in Boston he became an avid sports fan, and after starting his career with Channel One News covering the war in the Middle East,...
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Often in life we meet people who just don’t stop. They don’t stop at the first sign of adversity, they don’t stop achieving goals, they don’t stop trying new things, and perhaps most importantly they don’t stop inspiring others. These people aren’t as rare as you think, but those who use this passion for life to become elite are. Christmas Abbott is one of those people. If you’re a fan of the CrossFit games, NASCAR, reality TV or f...
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This time of year is a special time for many all over the world. Parents, guardians, grandparents, loved ones, etc. work tirelessly to make the holiday season feel special for children, and presents are only one part of that. Good food, time with family, traditions old and new, and the opportunity to appreciate the life we have really makes this season come to life. In this episode of the Proud American podcast, Marine Corps Vetera...
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It’s rare that we get the opportunity to talk with someone who’s life has taken the full arc of going from a family in need, to leading the very non-profit dedicated to helping those families. In this episode of the Proud American podcast, Marine Corps Veteran and host Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to the CEO of the Independence Fund, Sarah Verardo. After seeing the gaps in care and assistance offered to her husband, a severely w...
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There's a popular phrase, “in a world full of dark, be a light.” As simple as that sounds, it can be difficult to find those moments or people that bring light into the darkness many of us feel from time to time. In this episode of the Proud American podcast, Marine Corps Veteran and host Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to Jake and Sean, two friends and healthcare workers whose “Bad Joke Thursday” videos bring joy and giggles t...
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In this episode of the Proud American podcast, Marine Corps Veteran and host Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to the CEO and President of Dorsey Pictures, Chris Dorsey. He's an avid sportsman, entrepreneur, conservationist and Proud American who truly loves the world God created for us, and has dedicated his time to the work it takes to preserve and enjoy the outdoors. He also produces Joey's Fox Nation show, Fox Nation Outd...
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In this episode of the Proud American podcast, Marine Corps Veteran and host Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to Stewart Hunter, a founding and managing partner of Benchmark Mortgage and organizer of the annual Boot Shoot fundraiser, and Chad Fleming, a career Army Ranger who went on to deploy five times after losing a leg in combat. Stewart and Chad now work together at Benchmark, organize the annual Boot Shoot designed to raise mo...
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On this special crossover edition of the Proud American podcast, host Johnny Joey Jones teams up with the famous Robertson family for a special Unashamed X Proud American podcast. Here's what Joey had to say about it: After eight years in the Marine Corps and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the things I enjoy most now is getting into the outdoors to hunt or fish. These experiences are always best when you can do it...
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Being a "Proud American" is paying an enormous sacrifice while serving our country, but coming out stronger and using your experience to help others dealing with not only physical, but mental and emotional wounds. Knowing how many service members go to war just to come home and fight another war within themselves is hard to fathom. In this episode, Marine Corps Veteran and Proud American Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to J...
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Being a "Proud American" is vowing to protect your country in any way you can, big or small. Few professions demand as much from us as serving in the military, and few others are as thankless as police officers keeping us safe here at home. In this episode, Marine Corps Veteran and Proud American Johnny Joey Jones introduces us to someone you may know as Detective Alvarez on the hit TV show Gotham, but on top of being a suc...
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Being a "Proud American" is taking a personal tragedy and turning it into a truly life-changing blessing. September 11th, 2001 changed the lives of every American. For many, it simply changed what everyday life is like in this country. For others, that day changed the entire trajectory of their lives. We went to war and our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters paid that price. In this episode, Marine Corps Veteran and P...
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Being a "Proud American" means honoring the men and women who have given their lives in order to protect the lives of complete strangers. At this point in time, the coronavirus has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, but many people were surprised when national cemeteries were restricted to only immediate family members on Memorial Day. In this episode, Marine Corps Veteran and Proud American Johnny Joey Jones introd...
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