Hero Games Podcast

Hero Games Podcast

We preserve the legacy of SOF Service Members, SOF history, and other high performers in our community through storytelling and meaningful conversation.

Episodes

January 28, 2024 41 mins

Questions from the PEOPLE!

1. Depression and how I handled it.

2. Our new LLC: Mountain/Youth Survival, Leadership and Culture Consulting, Purpose Finding Treks, and Violent Encounter Prevention and Survival.

3. "What is something you want, but don't have?" 

4. 2024 Hero Games

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HGC Instagram: https://w...

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Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is changing your perspective to find gratitude everywhere.

Links to articles referenced during episode:

1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301826526_Does_gratitude_writing_improve_the_mental_health_of_psychotherapy_clients_Evidence_from_a_randomized_controlled_trial

2. https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/#...

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November 26, 2023 17 mins

Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is finding your purpose. Stop waiting for it to find you.

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Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willie's Instagra...

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October 29, 2023 11 mins

Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is the duality of PEACE and WAR. 

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Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willie's Instagram: https://www.instagram...

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October 22, 2023 12 mins

Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is WIN or DIE. Burn the ships, and let 'er rip tater chip!

Support the show

Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willie's In...

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Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is prioritizing SERVICE over MONEY. Money is NOT a core value.

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Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willie's Ins...

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Self-examination from HGC Founder, JD.

This week's topic is being content with where you are, while staying hungry for improvement.

Support the show

Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willi...

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The boys are back in town! In this episode, all three HG Podcast hosts - JD, Johnny, and Willie - sit down with former Army Ranger and owner of OG Pumpkin, Angel Cortes, to discuss some hard hitting topics.

We talk WAR STORIES, survivor's guilt, Angel's kidney donation, ketamine therapy, and leaving your mark on your community.

Grab some tissues, crack a beer, and get ready to laugh your ass off.

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In this episode, Johnny returns to Co-Host alongside JD for an amazing conversation with Gold Star Wife, Niki Dahlke. SSG Jason Dahlke was Killed in Action during Objective Berlin on 29 August, 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and his family was honored at this year's Hero Games.





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Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.inst...

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In this episode, JD and Willie sit down with return guest, Army Ranger, Logan Lewis. You may remember Logan from Episode 14 where we talked Ranger Regiment, Afghanistan, and the death of his Squad Leader SSG Kevin Pape. If you haven't listened, head there now!

As for this one, we talk leadership; empathy, burnout, ego, good leaders and bad leaders.

If you're looking for an in depth conversation about lea...

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In this episode, JD and Willie sit down with return guest, Zack Garner. You may remember Zack from Episode 11 where we heard his story of trauma and recovery.

Life has it's ups and downs, and Zack is now enjoying a series of fortunate events. He's fresh off the 7x Project where he travelled across the world visiting 6 of 7  continents for a series of runs, swims, and sky dives collectively with the team involved....

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In this episode, JD and Willie sit down with Bad Ronald, the man who made the man behind Hero Games Charity. This is not your typical episode.

If you're struggling to find your purpose, this episode is for you. Enjoy!

0:00-6:52    Introduction

6:52-28:05    Growing Up in the 60’s-‘70s

28:05-41:35    Doing Extra

41:35-53:49    Nails in Tires

53:49-1:08:45    Faith

1:08:45-1:14:48    Getting Through Failures

1:14:48-...

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In this episode, JD and Willie sit down with former 1/75 Ranger, Logan Lewis, to discuss life in the Ranger Regiment, the tragic death of his Squad Leader, SSG Kevin Pape, Ranger Indoc, and the mission of his organization, Black Flag Nation. Buckle up, suckaz!

0:00-2:25    Introduction

2:25-7:05    Baby Lou/Joining the Army

7:05-45:09    Haters and Supporters

45:09-1:10:26    Life in the 75th Ranger Regiment

1:10:26-1:21:20    War Stori...

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In this episode, JD and Willie sit down with Kyle Crim, Business Developer at Strike Force Energy (SFE). 

Support the show

Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnty5/

Willie's Instagram: https://www.instagra...

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SGT Jonathan Kelly Lee Peney, a Combat Medic in 2nd Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, was Killed in Action (KIA) on June 1st, 2010 while coming to the aid of one of his wounded Rangers.

We sit down with his mother, Sue Peney, and his mentor, SFC Todd Fingerlos, to talk about the man Jon was.

This episode is full of emotion. From from the story of how Jon died, to the emotional roller coaster associated...

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Just a year ago Zack was blind, partially paralyzed, heavily medicated, and slowly dying. Today he sits down with JD to talk about his journey from the trenches to the mountain peaks.

Zack is a former Green Beret and DoD Contractor, and  is now the Vice President of Tactical Relief. Tactical Relief is a CBD company who is exploring non-pharmaceutical solutions to Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Anxiety.<...

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In this episode, JD starts with a message regarding mental health and how Hero Games Charity is affecting it's supporters.

Later, JD shares details regarding the upcoming Mountain Survival Challenge, including some secrets that can only be found in this episode. Those secrets will undoubtedly provide favor to competitors who listen.

JD finishes the episode with future plans and the way ahead for Hero Games Ch...

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You are not a victim of your circumstances unless you choose to be. Brett's story of childhood trauma is one for the horror films, but he didn't let it define him. After years of mental and physical abuse, Brett found who he was through hard work and determination. We hope that his story inspires you to be the best version of yourself.

Support the show

Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC I...

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Mike Reagan is a 25-year Special Forces Operator with a career full of outrageous stories. In this laughter-filled episode, we discuss his time in the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, 5th Special Forces Group (A), 10th Special Forces Group (A), USASOC, 7th Special Forces Group (A), USAJFKSWCS, National Assessment Group, Mobile Technology Repair Complex, and GoTenna. 

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April 26, 2022 39 mins
In this episode, JD conducts a Q/A answering questions regarding the 2022 Hero Games fitness competition on July 16th, 2022, honoring SGT Jonathan K. Peney.

Support the show

Hero Games Charity Website: https://herogamescharity.com/

HGC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/herogamescharity/

JD's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jdxhgc/

Johnny's Instagram: https://www.instag...

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