Dakota Meyer and I talked on Sunday at length. We kicked around everything from Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem, being recently married to Bristol Palin, drinking beer with President Obama, appearing on David Letterman, and what he’s up to now. Our full discussion can be found on SOFREP’s iTunes podcast airing August 30th, 2016.
Receiving the Medal of Honor
Here’s a little bit of knowledge about the Medal of Honor (MOH). There have been 3,498 recipients of the medal. Out of those recipients, 14 have been awarded the medal twice for two separate acts of heroism and bravery. This is unfathomable to me. There has been one female recipient of the medal – her name is Mary Walker. Mary was a nurse who was awarded the MOH, and later revoked of the acknowledgment by the Army. She was posthumously reinstated for the MOH a year after her death.
There are three different versions of the MOH. They include Army, Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Dakota was awarded the MOH for his actions in Afghanistan on September 08, 2009. You definitely need to listen to our podcast for the whole story behind his act and how he’s using this platform for bettering those around him. A teaser:
He keeps his MOH where…
A. Framed on the wall
B. In a junk drawer
C. Placed on top of his parents dresser
Click here to learn more about the Medal of Honor from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The few, the proud, the Marines
Dakota defines himself as a Marine, not a MOH recipient. The ethos and culture of the Marine Corps remain embedded in his blood. He still keeps in contact with the drill instructors from Parris Island who instilled the importance of honor, courage, and commitment. The virtues of never leaving a man behind are part of what propelled him to heroic heights. When asked how he wants his legacy to be remembered, he simply replied; “as a Marine.”
He recently got involved in two causes where he centers the majority of his attention.
International Harbor Foundation – International Harbor Foundation (IHF) combats human trafficking and domestic abuse with advocacy and action. Led by U.S. Special Forces veterans, the foundation is dedicated to ending human trafficking and domestic abuse at home and abroad.
The foundation encourages governments to combat the human trafficking epidemic. Human traffickers get the most business in regions with political, economic, and security instability. After demolishing their organizations, the foundation works to keep them out for good. With the help of our partners we give locals job training, security advice, medical assistance, and economic aid. These measures ensure that traffickers will not return to the survivors’ communities.
After the rescue comes an even harder battle: rehabilitating human trafficking survivors. They connect survivors with other organizations and therapeutic resources to help them reclaim their lives.
Hiring our Heroes – Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.
Early on, our team adopted two strategies: (1) grassroots engagement and (2) public-private partnerships. Through our commitment-based engagement of the business community, more than 1,000 job fairs held across the country and on military installations overseas, and a suite of free online career tools, we’ve worked with our partners to help hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find jobs.
To date, more than 28,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes events. More than 2,000 companies of all sizes have committed to hire 710,000 veterans and military spouses as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, there have been more than 505,000 confirmed hires.
Marriage and Fatherhood
Dakota recently married Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Vice Presidential Candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. He is a new father and dedicated family man. I asked him what it was like as having Sarah Palin as a mother-in-law. He replied by saying that they just talk about ordinary everyday things. These discussions involve taking the kids to the park, cooking dinner, and what their weekend plans consist of.
Make sure you tune into SOFREPs podcast to hear the full interview with Dakota Meyer, Ian Scotto, and myself on August 30th, 2016. I guarantee, you will be intrigued by Dakota’s story, his view on the military, and our current political climate.
Learn more about Dakota at dakotameyer.com
Feature image provided by MSNBC
Cited: international harbor foundation, congressional medal of honor society, us chamber of commerce