Patrick Mather is a former United States Army Special Forces operative with the Green Berets and a West Point graduate. He is currently a special agent in the United States Diplomatic Security Service. After serving in the military, Patrick has taken multiple extended trips into some of the most remote areas in the U.S. by himself. We talk about the survival skills he acquired in his special forces training and during his tours of duty in Columbia and Afghanistan. We also talk extensively about his experiences living in the wilderness alone, the affects this has on the psyche, and the lessons learned from extended time away from the trappings of modern civilization. At the end of every episode I usually ask the guest where people can find them and support their work, Patrick recommended the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit that provides free education and support for the children of Special Forces members who were killed or severely wounded during their military service. If you are able to, please support their work.
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