Nick Rahn spent six years in the US Air Force as a member of the Security Forces, which included four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick is also a mixed martial artist who has fought in multiple tournaments and competitions.

This is a raw, intensely personal conversation in which Nick opens up about a lifetime of highs and lows, from family trauma to IED patrols and discovering a soldier who had committed suicide on base, to a loss of purpose after leaving the Air Force, culminating in his own suicide attempt. From that abyss, Nick emerged with a sense of purpose in the service of others, got back into MMA and founded Warriors Next Adventure.  WNA provides multiple avenues for veterans to heal, get involved with charitable projects and rediscover that sense of camaraderie and purpose that they had during their military service.

Learn more about Nick’s work and Warriors Next Adventure here:

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  1. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'

    Well, this one kicked my ass.  I’m out on a virtual half-marathon run today (Coast Guard run that would have been held, not so oddly, on the coast of North Carolina, but Covid), and I was big laughing out loud at one point, and then later almost weeping and had to shake it off a bit and keep moving.

    This was an unforgettable interview, and really dwarfs some of the navel-gazing stupidity on some of our other still beloved but looking extremely small in comparison podcasts.  Nick Rahn is literally changing lives out there, by showing people who shared his experiences the way, the path forward.  He’s been all the way to the bottom, and all the way to the top, extremes that most of us in the middle will never experience or understand, and what he’s doing to help vets out is the kind of service to others that is a reminder that that’s what we should all be doing every day.

    The “be of service” motto should be the mantra in the workplace, too – helping others do their jobs better, or listening, backing them up, working extra hours to cover someone’s absence, whatever it is – will change everybody’s mindset, in time.  I’ll start putting up sticky notes at my desk so I don’t forget.

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  2. JennaStocker Member

    All I can say is wow. This was a candid, raw, and powerful interview. Thank you @nickp and  Nick for sharing. Amazing.

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  3. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'

    JennaStocker (View Comment):

    All I can say is wow. This was a candid, raw, and powerful interview. Thank you @ nickp and Nick for sharing. Amazing.

    It really is an amazing interview.  I wish I had a magic “share with all of Ricochetti” button.  I’m never this kind of guy, but I really think this is something people *should* listen to.  

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  4. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'

    One more thing, and maybe I still won’t shut up – when the question was asked “What causes fear?”, and there was a pause, I answered in my head “the unknown”, and that was the answer.  That is true for so many people, inside and outside of the military.  People with anxiety, for example, the not knowing is what helps drag them down; for young people the not knowing in other instances, like starting freshman year, is a huge cause for anxiety, but just sharing the “what” and “why” with them, physically showing them (like touring the school), takes that unknown, and the fear away.

    True for a new job, moving to a new city – the more you physically see and do as prep for what it actually is when that new thing starts, the more the fear goes *poof!*.  Not entirely, but it takes it down a bunch of notches.

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