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Noah Galloway is a veteran who sustained injuries in an IED attack on his second deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. He lost two of his limbs and sustained severe injuries to his right leg and his jaw.
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Like many disabled veterans, Galloway became withdrawn, out of shape and depressed. The former fitness fanatic and athlete was drinking, smoking, and sleeping his days away. But late one night, Galloway realized that there was more to him than the injuries. He walked out of his room realizing that he was setting the example for his boys of what a man is. And for his little girl, the example of how a man should act and it terrified him.
He needed to make a change, and he needed to do it fast. He joined a 24-hour gym and started eating right. He participated in obstacle races and adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races.
Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, Galloway doesn’t take excuses from his clients, fans, or followers – and finds ways to get things done. Galloway was a season 20 participant of Dancing With The Stars in which he took third place following his appearance on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine and numerous other publications.
Most recently Noah joined WWE Superstar John Cena and three other veterans on American Grit, a military-inspired show on the Fox Network that splits 16 of the toughest men and women into four teams of four who work together to face survival challenges. It’s Galloway’s job to push his team of civilians to act as a team and go beyond their limits.
The show airs Thursday, April 14th at 9/8 central on Fox.
- Logan Nye: Army veteran and WATM Associate Editor
- Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and WATM Managing Editor
Selected links and show notes from the episode
• ‘American Grit‘ on Fox
• [00:00 – 17:00] Talk about American Grit
• [17:00] Family time after filming American Grit
• [20:00] Big fish in a little pond. Noah’s hometown fame
• [25:00] Training civilians
• [28:00] Noah’s VA experience at Walter Reed hospital
• [33:00] Noah’s regret: not integrated with the other veterans at Walter Reed
• [35:00] Noah changes his life around for his kids
• [38:00] Noah’s book and dealing with depression
• [41:00] Veterans are more successful than the American average
• [45:00] Dealing with the VA and mental health care
• [49:00] Changing the VA system survey
Music license by Jingle Punks
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- Heavy Drivers