Episode 50: “Pepper’s Handler” Dave Nielsen

Episode 50: “Pepper’s Handler” Dave Nielsen
The guys got the honor to sit down with Dave Nielsen. Dave’s service to our country spans almost two decades, first with the 75th Ranger Regiment and then went into a Special Missions unit as an assaulter, dog handler, and sniper. His story was featured in Channing Tatum’s HBO documentary “War Dogs” retelling the story of three dog handlers and their canine counterparts from the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He shares stories of his dog “Pepper” who was killed while rooting out an enemy from a sewer hole in Iraq on the banks of the Tigris River and searched for her all night but had to leave once the sun was coming up as they were in enemy-held territory. Dave also talks about what’s its like to retire a second time (this one for good) and gives advice to anyone considering handling a dog in law enforcement or the military. Besides being one of the nicest guys Dave is very outspoken about loss and open about veteran suicide and how to combat it and although we didn’t touch on it in this episode we highly recommend you listen to his most recent podcast with John Hendricks and Global Recon. Thank you Dave!

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