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Get Up Nation Podcast Episode 34 Guests: Alejandro Villanueva & Richard "Buzz" Bryan

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What Up, Get Up Nation? My name is Ben Biddick, the Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player and CEO of Lurong Living, Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Richard “Buzz” Bryan and Alejandro Villanueva. Buzz served in the United States Navy as a corpsman and deployed to Iraq with United States Marines. During his service in combat he earned a Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon with a Star, Fleet Marine Force Device, and more. His commitment and intensity to serve his country and the Marines he patrolled with was unparalleled. When I spoke with some of the Marines Buzz served with, they did not hesitate to share stories about his maturity, leadership, and dedication that contributed to preserving and saving the lives of Marines in combat during the Global War on Terror. After completing his military service, Buzz continued to serve those who went into harm’s way. The intensity of his commitment to serve veterans led him into a variety of dangerous and interesting circumstances to help ensure that veterans were receiving sufficient and satisfying support. His duties as an outreach coordinator for the VA connected him with a person named Alejandro Villanueva.

Alejandro is a veteran himself. He is a graduate of West Point and completed Infantry, Airborne, and Ranger Schools. He served with the 10th Mountain Division and the First Ranger Battalion. He completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. His actions during combat operations earned him a variety of awards and commendations including a Bronze Star with “V” Device. If you are listening to this and you don’t know the significance of the V attached to this medal, it means Alejandro earned this award by demonstrating heroism or valor in combat. More specifically, Alejandro, who stands 6 feet 9 inches tall rescued wounded soldiers while under enemy fire. And by the way, Alejandro is also the starting left tackle of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thank you both for taking time to speak with me through technical difficulties, illness, and busy schedules to record Episode 34 of the Get Up Nation Podcast.

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Music: "Awaken" by Ethan Rank and "I Can't Stay Forever" by Glories

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