This week, the Panjwai Podcast brings on its first guest. CPT(R) Matthew Kohler was an Infantry Officer assigned as the Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, B/1-64 in 2012. Matt came to his platoon midway through the deployment, and had to learn to lead in combat on day one. We talk to Matt about several specific events on the deployment, including the injuries to several of his soldiers, and he speaks of the valorous actions of his men. We also talk about the challenges we faced after the deployment , the importance of seeking help and the power PTSD has. This was a long interview, but we decided to keep it intact and at full length because it is powerful. This was a powerfully emotional episode for all three of us. Viewers and listeners that served in combat may find portions of this episode hard watch or listen to. Remember we are always here if you need someone to reach out to.
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