MAR 21, 2019
To commemorate this 15th anniversary, the Vail Symposium hosted an evening presentation entitled “The Journey Home: Celebrating the Resilience of the Human Spirit.”
Three of the Vail Veterans Program’s Purple Heart recipients participated in a live interview:
- Col. Greg Gadson is a West Point graduate with two Super Bowl rings who lost both legs in an IED explosion.
- Capt. Dawn Halfaker, also a West Point graduate, was a Military Police commander when her vehicle was hit by RPG rockets.
- Lt. Jason Redman is a 20-year Navy SEAL whose team was chasing an al-Qaida target when the machine guns started firing.
DEC 18, 2018
LT Jason “Jay” Redman, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, shared his perspective and rules of leadership, drawing from his combat experience and battlefield wounds in Iraq. He stressed the importance of what he calls the “overcome mindset” and how it affects leadership, relationships and unexpected “life ambushes.”
Redman shared his message at the the signature event of the Town of Palm Beach United Way’s Business and Professional Campaign breakfast.
The Chairman of United Way, Stephen Hall Jr. called Redman’s overcome mindset “an inspiration for all. His ability to adapt to the unexpected, lead through adversity, and trust in humanity are qualities we all should aspire to follow.”
OCT 16, 2018
The Combat Wounded Coalition celebrated its 12th Jumping for a Purpose on Saturday at Skydive Suffolk. The event celebrated nine Overcome Academy graduates, a slew of Gold Star families and the life of Ron Condrey.
Combat Wounded Coalition is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist veterans that were wounded in combat to find their purpose and to overcome their injuries, both mentally and physically.
The event marked the culmination of a two-week program.
MARCH 9, 2018
Jason Redman launches Overcome Academy
Jason Redman’s receiving the Red Bandanna Hero Award for his efforts.
Named for Welles Remy Crowther – “The Man in the Red Bandanna” who rescued more than a dozen people on Sept. 11, 2001 – the award pays tribute to the “everyday hero who exemplifies the American Spirit and defines us as a nation,” according to a news release.
A wounded warrior said it’s “incredibly disappointing” to see the controversy over President Donald Trump’s call to a Gold Star widow. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) claimed Tuesday that Trump told the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson during a phone call that “he knew what he signed up for.” Johnson was among four service members killed earlier this month during an ambush in Niger. “I feel as a nation that we are moving down this path where we are politicizing things that really should not be touched,” said Jason Redman, a former Navy SEAL and CEO of Combat Wounded Coalition. “You need to put politics aside. You cannot politicize something like this.”
NOVEMBER 1 2015:
Lessons from the Reforging of a Navy SEAL | with Jason Redman
“The wounds I received, ” wrote Lt. Jason Redman, “I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love.” Redman wrote this on a sign and posted it outside his hospital room during recovery of his terrible injuries. His journey includes a climb to the elite, a humiliating fall from grace and an inspiration to re-invent himself and rebuild his leadership credibility. There is so much to learn from Jason Redman to take our own leadership skills to the next level. -EngagingLeader.com
OCTOBER 5 2015:
In September of 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, LT Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. After 37 surgeries, Jason uses his positive attitude to motivate others and raise awareness of the sacrifices of American military forces and their families. This drive led him to create Wounded Wear, a non-profit organization, and to promote awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members have made in the name of our freedom. -TremendousLifeRadio.com
SEPTEMBER 9 2015:
Former Navy SEAL lieutenant and author Jason Redman spoke words of encouragement to Norfolk Collegiate middle school students about the valuable traits of leadership, perseverance and teamwork. Students were encouraged to write a letter to Redman about how they plan to apply three of his six tenets, overcome, live greatly, love deeply, stay humble, lead always and have no regrets, into their own lives and ensure a successful school year. -NorfolkCollegiate.org
JULY 5 2015:
Former Navy SEAL Jason Redman talks about his recently founded Combat Wounded Coalition, or CWC. The Combat Wounded Coalition is all about creating partnerships with other great organizations out there, profit and non-profit, and we are connecting them to the needs of the warriors. We help them rediscover the hero with a focus on pride, power, purpose and peace. -FOX News.com
APRIL 24 2015:
Former Navy SEAL Jason Redman discusses new book, “The Trident,” Concerned Veterans for America, wounded warriors and military families in New York City at the Operation Defend Freedom Concert, on FOX News. Jason talks about many people do not realize nor understand how the families of veterans are affected by the impact of the injuries of war and how important it is to address these problems. -FOX News.com
Retired SEAL Jason Redman talks to CBN’s Pat Robertson about how his faith inspired his recovery. Jason returned home from Iraq after severe wounding in a firefight and has gained an inner strength and drive from his ordeal. Jason’s positive attitude continues to motivate others as he works to raise awareness of all of America’s wounded warriors. -CBN.com, The Christian Broadcasting Network
Redman appears on 700 Club Interactive show to talk about being severely wounded in a firefight in 2007. He talks about how his faith inspired him to recover. In his book, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader,” Jason talks about how the extraordinary devotion of his wife and children brought him home. -CBN.com, The Christian Broadcasting Network
JANUARY 19 2015:
Redman noted that Seth Rogen is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S. He quoted a comment from June 2014 when Rogen stated that being an American made his life “so much easier.” Redman said, “So, Seth Rogen, on behalf of all American veterans who fought for your freedom, you are welcome.” -Hannity on Fox News
JANUARY 16 2015:
Retired U.S. Navy Seal Jason Redman told Sean Hannity that the movie shows Kyle as he truly was. He was an amazing sniper, he was an amazing warrior, but bigger than that, he was this incredible father and brother and teammate to all of us. -Hannity on Fox News
JUNE 18, 2014:
In this program, sponsored by Maron Electric, author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman discusses his book, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.” Jason said, “The only thing that truly stops you from overcoming adversity in life is you. If you absolutely refuse to quit, ultimately you will succeed…”
APRIL 15, 2014:
Jason Redman attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s sixth annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day on April 15, 2014. During the event, Director of Embry-Riddle Military and Veterans Enrolment and Transition Services (MyVETS), Faith DesLauriers said, “We’re very proud to have Jason join us for Veterans Appreciation Day as we honor all veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom.”
APRIL 14, 2014:
Highly decorated former Navy SEAL, Jason Redman discusses his military career and his best selling book,”The Trident.” Jason signed copies of his book following the event, and he was the special guest of President of Embry-Riddle, John P. Johnson, at the Veterans Appreciation Day ceremonies on April 15th, 2014.
DECEMBER 22, 2013:
NationSwell interview with former Navy SEAL Jason Redman. NationSwell focuses on stories of builders, pioneers and innovators finding ways to move America forward. In the interview, Jason Redman discusses how he could have retired to a private life, but instead, he decided to shed that anger, so that he could dress other wounded veterans.
JULY 1, 2014:
Former Navy SEAL Jason Redman interviewed with Warrior Scout’s Ray “Cash” Care to discuss his path to becoming one of America’s elite commandos.War Hero. In this interview, Jason shares a story about when he and his fellow trainees tried to pull a fast one on their instructors during BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training. Jason Redman’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.
JANUARY 22, 2014:
Interview with NRA News, at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Cameron Gary talks to Jason Redman, author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader,” Jason talks about the mental commitment and change in mindset to transition from the battlefield to recovering from injuries of war. Jason says, “It is always darkest before the dawn….” His message to other wounded veterans is,”The sky is the limit once you make that mental commitment to move forward and live that life.”
On the Fox News Huckabee Show, 2014: The Frontlines episode, Huckabee talks with Retired Navy SEAL Lt. Jason Redman. Huckabee asks Redman’s opinion about the government military pension cuts in the new budget plan. Redman and Huckabee also discuss the leadership skills of the U.S. military, and our troops leaving Afghanistan.
NOVEMBER 6, 2013:
U.S. Army Ranger and retired Navy SEAL, Jason Redman, was shot eight times, including in his face just two weeks before due to return home from Iraq. In this FOX and Friends interview, Jason talks about how he was after a senior Al Qaeda leader, in 2007, and walked into an ambush. Redman wrote a book about his experience, called “The Trident” that he hopes will be an inspiration to others to overcome adversity.
On Blog Talk Radio, host Navy SEAL David Rutherford explains the highest commitment of a Navy SEAL. He talks about how you can apply that same level of commitment throughout your life, embracing the Navy SEAL mindset. David welcomes Navy SEAL Jason Redman, founder of Wounded Wear, to talk about his incredible experiences as a Navy SEAL.
Midrats, Episode 200: Navy SEALs in the Long War, on Blog Talk Radio, Jason Redman, retired Navy SEAL, is interviewed about the arch that spans the immediate post-Cold War era through the Iraq War. The interview discusses the observations and lessons that a front line leader experiences, and insights as one that was injured in service.
AUGUST 8, 2013:
Karl Rove’s Wall Street Journal article tells a story of heroism and endurance – the story of Jason Redman. After 21 years of service, Navy SEAL Jason Redman, was shot eight times in Fallujah. Redman wrote, “The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deep love.” Redman says he is incredibly tough and will have a full recovery.
JUNE 4, 2014:
On a Spokane, Washington News KXLY Channel 4 broadcast, Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman has grave concern about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap. While talking with local law enforcement at Gonzaga University, Redman expressed his anger about the five prisoners the U.S. swapped for Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban. In response to his opinion of the prisoner swap, Redman stated that negotiating with terrorists is totally unacceptable.
APRIL 27, 2014:
New York Post article by John Byrne, “Wall Street looks up to the Navy, not fellow traders,” discussed how the real Wall Street heroes are not people like Leonardo DiCaprio, but patriots like U.S. Navy SEAL Jason Redman. Chief Executive of the Security Traders Association of trading professionals cannot say enough good stuff about Redman. This author has never been on 60 Minutes nor had a movie made about him yet, but still has been labeled a hero on Wall Street.
JANUARY 20, 2014:
Leading Edge Strategies founder, Jeffrey Price talks to Retired Navy Seal Jay Redman about recovering your reputation one act at a time. Redman revisits his experience in U.S. Army Ranger’s School and how, at first, he felt it was a punishment and not an opportunity. Redman discusses his severe injuries and his road to recovery. Retired from battle, Jason is still a true leader and an inspiration to all of us.
DECEMBER 5, 2013:
Investor’s Business Daily writer, Curt Schleier, wrote an article for Investors.com about how Jason Redman maintained a positive attitude throughout his recovery as a wounded veteran. Jason Redman took no prisoners with the note he posted on the door of his hospital room. Redman shed his anger to help other wounded veterans. Riddled with gunshot wounds in a 2007 fire fight, Redman somehow continued to maintain a positive attitude.
DECEMBER 1, 2013:
Navy SEAL Lt. Jason Redman is interviewed on ABC 7 Chicago Community Connection, Eyewitness News, discusses his 2007 injuries. During that time, Redman had a chance to forge relationships with several first responders. Redman discusses his numerous surgeries, his recovery efforts, and how the medical care workers and supporters really make a difference in our communities.
SOFREP.com article, by Brandon Webb about Jason Redman being critically wounded in a fire fight, in 2007, in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. The note that Redman hung on his hospital recovery room door went viral, and he has inspired many to overcome adversity. Webb described his feelings while reading Redman’s inspirational book, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.”
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Jason Redman talks about his book, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” with Military.com’s James Barber. Barber asks Redman about why he decided to pursue a military career and about the myth versus reality of being a Navy SEAL. In 2007, Redman was wounded during service to his country, and Barber asks Redman about his determination during his long road to recovery.
NOVEMBER 5, 2013:
There are many good books on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” is not just about a SEAL in Iraq but about a SEAL at war with himself and his determination and perseverance to overcome and be victorious. His story is reviewed as an inspirational read and gained a high star rating.
Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman’s book, “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader” is listed in the Navy’s reading list, in the Essential category. Redman’s story provides valuable lessons in leadership. His inspirations of courage, commitment and dedication span throughout his career. Redman was severely wounded during service to his country, and the lessons that can be learned from him from all Navy warriors should be taken to heart, as they face life’s adversities.