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American Veteran

Basic Training: Overcoming the Odds

Basic Training can be dangerous, and recruits are pushed to the edge mentally and physically. Tom Beaudry was not a strong swimmer when he started basic training with the Coast Guard. Army Veteran Courtney Ruhlman had a fear of heights, and Michael Jackson could not complete the extreme runs required in Marine boot camp. How did these vets overcome their own personal challenges, and push through?

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Episode 4: The Reckoning
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55:06
American Veteran

Episode 4: The Reckoning

How veterans and civilians find common ground, and move America forward together.
Season 2021 Episode 4
Episode 3: The Return
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55:06
American Veteran

Episode 3: The Return

Hollywood war stories mostly end with the hero’s return. In reality, the road back to civilian life is less certain.
Season 2021 Episode 3
Episode 2: The Mission
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55:05
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Episode 2: The Mission

Military life shapes service men and women in profound, unexpected ways.
Season 2021 Episode 2
American Veteran Season 2021
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55:05
American Veteran

Episode 1: The Crossing

There is a very stark line between before boot camp and after boot camp.
Season 2021 Episode 1
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