American Snippets

American Snippets

Barbara Allen is a Gold Star wife, author, speaker and veterans advocate. Dave Brown is an investor and lifestyle entrepreneur. Together Barb and Dave bring you inspiring stories from exceptional Americans who will not simply inspire you, but propel you into action in your own life. The goal of American Snippets and their all-star lineup of guests is to re-ignite that spark within you, by showing you the exceptional things being done by Americans all across this great nation. Their mission is to create a meaningful platform that encourages national pride, promotes the American Dream, emphasizes the upshot of giving back, and supports all who honorably serve. Follow American Snippets as they seek out Americans who exemplify resilience and tenacity, and use their message to not only elevate yourself but others too. Find out more at https://americansnippets.com... Show More

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Alex Weber was a senior at Penn State University. He was a college lacrosse player, a member of a fraternity, and had a college girlfriend. He was months away from graduating. A career in finance was practically guaranteed. He should have been high on life and excited about his future - but he wasn’t. Something was missing. A small voice inside of him was chirping, trying to capture his attention. But Alex was so busy and immerse... Read more

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Chris Cruise and his wife sat down to talk, and an idea began forming. They both wanted to represent their home state of Kentucky, but they also wanted this new project to honor military service, as Chri's father is also a veteran. There’s not many things that scream “Kentucky” more than bourbon, they decided, and not many greater symbols of military service than the flag. The first custom flag he made from a repurposed bourbon ba... Read more

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The moment Don heard his partner Jim suggest incorporating helping veterans into Don’s home improvement content, he reconnected with that 18-year-old he once was, and his love of the military came rushing back.  The idea flourished under Don and Jim’s talent and commitment and evolved into a pilot TV show that aired in 2016.  Back Home Patriotic Renovations introduced viewers to two veterans in need of help with home repairs. The... Read more

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Taya Kyle’s world was finally settling down. The hectic schedule of kids’ activities, work, and family life was a welcome one to manage now that her husband was home and they’d pushed through layers of debris that had piled up throughout his years of military service. Everything would be better now, she thought. The worst was behind them. Life was good. They’d made it through things that would break most couples, and come out on t... Read more

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Patrick Bet-David was just a little boy when he piled into that white Renault, next to his sister in the backseat. The ride was fast, with an undertone of urgency. “Don’t look back!” his father yelled to them as he hit the gas and the car rocketed forward. But the command worked about as well as it ever works, and Patrick; turned around to see what all the commotion was behind them. “I looked back, and I saw the bridge coming do... Read more

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Trish was 32 years old the day she started at the Phoenix Police Academy. She was surrounded by men who were younger than her. But instead of feeling intimidated, Trish dug in with confidence. She knew she was physically fit enough to hold her own and never backed down in the field of competition. Trish loved being a police officer. She never felt uncomfortable in the male-dominated field as a female rookie. Instead she slipped ri... Read more

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Sean Stephenson was broken at birth. Doctors told his parents to prepare for their newborn’s death. Their newborn son had been born with so many broken bones, it was easier to count the unbroken ones. He would never survive, they said. Luckily, Sean had no idea he was supposed to die, and his parents had no intention of giving up on their baby. Today, all of those doctors who pronounced a death sentence upon that little bundle of... Read more

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David Vobora took a beating on the field and off as an NFL Player and he fought back every time. He overcame the title “Mr. Irrelevant” after he was drafted and through hard work and determination he shed that title by becoming an elite NFL player. He then battled and overcame an addiction to pain medication due to the severe injuries he sustained throughout his career. It was after retirement from the St. Louis Rams that David ... Read more

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If there's an upside to adversity it's the growth that comes with it. Barb Allen has had her share of adversity - so much that she almost gave up more than once when she felt outgunned in life. But as she shares in her keynotes and our own events, it was only when she felt the most defeated that she decided to do whatever it took to take her life back. Listen in as Barb explains the lessons she's learned not only from her own life... Read more

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April 11, 2019 44 min

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April 4, 2019 42 min

Micah discovered his aptitude for the cowboy life on a trip to Montana. There, he was introduced to the idea of how horses could help heal people, and Heroes and Horses was born. “It’s not a vacation,” veterans are warned. Those who make it through the rigorous selection process will not be pampered, wined, or dined. Rather, they will be pushed beyond their limits, spend days in the saddle and nights on the ground, live off the la... Read more

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“Homeless women need bras.” Those are the four words that reached past all the pressing issues in Dana Marlowe’s mind and wrapped themselves tightly around her heart. Those four words were the proverbial lightning bolt of clarity some people live their entire lives seeking, but never experience. The Washington Post sniffed out her story in 2015. By then, Dana had organized a team of volunteers and collectively, they’d donated ove... Read more

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Fahim Fazli spent the bulk of his childhood in his native land of Afghanistan. His family is of royal lineage, and his parents held prestigious jobs. Still, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, his family's life was shattered. Fahim's family was separated. He was threatened with being sent to Siberia, made a dangerous escape on foot through the mountains, and spent 2 years in a Pakistani refugee camp before his family was re... Read more

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March 14, 2019 40 min

If living quietly and within the confines of a strict budget sounds like your dream plan, you probably don't want to listen to this episode. But if you want to learn more about how to live your own version of your dream life - even if you don't start until you are almost 60 years old- you want to hear Ross Stryker's story.   Ross is living proof that in this country you can have more than one version of your dream life, and live th... Read more

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Living your own American Dream is not dictated by a fixed set of rules or standards. We are all different and so are our dreams and aspirations. Living the American Dream is all about YOU and your right to live freely and pursue happiness.

The sooner you understand this the sooner you can start creating the dream life you want for yourself. Get clear on YOU and what makes you happy. Take stock of your life and define those thin... Read more

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Tyler Merritt is the founder of Nine Line Apparel, the relentlessly patriotic company that thrives on starting conversations between those who serve this country, and those who enjoy the benefits of that service. While Tyler admits he knows nothing about apparel, he does know his way around business and in this episode, he shares how he made all the pieces of the entrepreneurial puzzle fit. Listen in as Tyler talks about his ins... Read more

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Mark L Rockefeller is the CEO of StreetShares, the company with a mission to bring trusted digital finance to America's heroes. Lending money to the military community of entrepreneurs at a faster speed, a lower rate, and a more supportive manner than any bank offers, StreetShares has helped tens of thousands of veterans launch and expand businesses. Listen in as Mark shares his story of risking his own family's financial securit... Read more

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