Estimated reading time 3 minutes, 57 seconds.
In to episode 101 of The Hangar Z Podcast, brought to you by Vertical Valor Magazine, host Jon Gray provides part two of his conversation with Jimmy Hatch, a former Navy Seal, founder of Spikes K9 Fund, and author of Touching the Dragon.
Hatch’s story is truly inspiring. He is a former Navy Seal, master naval parachutist, and he was involved in over 150 missions between Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Africa. Hatch was also an expert K9 trainer and handler as a Navy SEAL.
Hatch writes about the battles he fought overseas as well as the battles he fought on the home front after being critically wounded while attempting to rescue Army deserter Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl.
In Hatch’s book Touching the Dragon as well as in this conversation, Hatch courageously discusses the ever-important topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by opening up about his own battle as he worked to heal from the career-ending gunshot wound that exploded through his femur, requiring 18 surgeries and 12 months of recovery in which he had to relearn how to walk.
Hatch talks about the nonprofit K9 organization he developed to protect our nation’s working dogs called Spikes K9 Fund.