On today’s show it’s BWebb and Mark Donald discussing Mark’s latest book, Battle Ready. Later on the program we take listener calls and hit up the mail buoy.
Mark is a physician assistant, author, professional speaker and leader in the non-profit community. Born to Mexican mother and Caucasian father, Mark grew up appreciating the value of ethnic diversity. Inspired by his parent’s ideals for “service for others before self,” and a desire to escape the difficulties of home, Mark enlisted in the Marine Corps at the early age of 17.
It was during his training as a Reconnaissance Marine he discovered his calling to medicine, and by the end of year would don a Navy uniform. Mark continued to serve the country for nearly a quarter of century as a Navy SEAL, Corpsman and Medical Service Corps officer. Following retirement, Mark worked with a number of programs supporting military, veteran and wounded causes while completing his memoir Battle Ready – Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic.
In addition to public speaking, Mark serves as the Executive Director for NSW Kids, a not-for-profit that helps provide educational and counseling services to the children of Naval Special Warfare. He has served as Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and sat on the board of directors for the Legion of Valor, OASIS Group and the Special Operations Medical Association.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. His military decorations include the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” for combat distinction, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Special Warfare (SEAL) breast insignia, Naval Parachutist breast insignia, the Honduran Medal of Merit and various unit and campaign ribbons.
Great show with a fascinating guest. I vote for a combat medic video interview!!
Have to agree with you Brandon about the NRA. LaPierre makes me cringe sometimes!
Great book, shows the inner fight in a warrior and medic. Awesome story!
Mark, it is a true honor to hear about your work. And the truth is the money only matters if you can't feed your family. The rest of it all comes down to doing something that matters. Thank you for finding a way to truly make a difference. I think that you're absolutely correct about sustained stress and the damage that "mild" brain trauma injuries cause. They're beginning to find out that these things do indeed make a difference. They make a difference in teenagers playing football and soccer, and they make a difference with warriors, fighting for our nation. Thank you so much for all of your service. Not only in war, but afterwards, too. Good to know that my donations are going to a very good place.
Mark has had a great career, and I'm humbled by his continued work with Nonprofits. Those old EA-6B's were fuckin' killer, ugly but deadly! Always hated sitting side by side, makes it tough on the Photographer. Look at the ol' Hoovers, those poor jokers in the back punched the roof. That had to hurt! Had a buddy that rode Whales outta Rota, those where a SERIOUS DEATH TRAP! It's official SOFREP: BANNED BY THE USN! You know it's good if it's UA!