From Clearing Combat Zone Roads to Clearing the Mind


West-central Wisconsin veteran Amanda McCune Cassidy’s U.S. Army service included a deployment to Afghanistan 2009-2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. During her deployment, she was one of a few females to do route clearance — working with explosive ordinance disposal technicians from different service branches to clear roads of improvised explosive devices; she also was assigned to train Afghan Army personnel in IED clearing procedures. Her journey back into civilian life has included working on PTS issues, part of which has been controlling alcohol use. Amanda discusses her military-to-civilian transition in the debut of host Pam Graham — herself a U.S. Navy veteran who happens to be Amanda’s aunt.

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