Jan. 23, 2023

Episode 129: Zachary Garner “Purpose and Redemption”


This week in the studio a man who spent over a decade in service to this country. He held assignments with 1st ID, 10th Mountain Division, and 7th Special Forces. This guest has always lived his life with purpose, whether trying to become famous as a punk rock musician, biking across the United States to raise awareness for Mental Health, or pushing his body to the limits with Extreme projects and competitions. This amazing guests has fought and recovered from some of the most devastating injuries imaginable, from Grand Mal seizures, Necrotizing Faciitis, and even being hit by a car during a half Ironman only to wake up in an ambulance wondering where he was. I am so honored that this guest is joining me in the studio. He is a former Green Beret, a 7x participant, and a hard Motherfucker to KILL. Please welcome Zachary Garner.

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Zachary Garner

Former Green Beret, 7x participant, and hard to kill mf’er

Zachary grew up in Indiana and joined the U.S. Army in 2004. He served for 10.5 years, completing multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, closing out his career at 7th Special Forces Group as a Green Beret. In 2015, Zack rode a bicycle across the United States (5,500 miles) to raise awareness around mental health issues in the military, and non pharmaceutical options for them. He then went on to become an endurance coach for cyclists until he was strike by a car during a 1/2 Ironman. During the recovery process he realized he missed serving his country, and deployed 4 additional times as a contractor.

In 2020 Zack was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, which would later spread into his bones and heart He spent ten months in the hospital, had over 30 surgeries, and 2 strokes throughout the course of 18 months Zack was forced to find a new purpose for himself. That purpose bacame sharing his experience and the lessons he learned throughout his recovery with the veteran community, in hopes of providing solutions to obstacles veterans face, and helping them overcome their own obstacles in a healthy manner.