Hour 1 -- Donald Lungrin tells his story of why he volunteered for the Syrian Army to help them fight
Hour 2&3 -- Joel Skousen (Editor in Chief of the World Affairs Brief and survivalist) talks about getting prepared to survive the collapse
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November 19th, 2014
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2014-11-19 Hour 1 Donald Lungrin
Donald talks about how and why he volunteered for the Syrian Army...
I am 24 years old and my career was ruined by the TSA. I joined the US Army at age 18 as an infantryman. I was only in for about six months, because of a surgery. Rather than taking care of me, the army just discharged me, due to what amounts to timing issues (preparation for the Iraq troop surge caused an overpopulation of infantrymen, so we weren't super valuable at the time). After my discharge, I felt like I needed to test myself, to prove to myself for various reasons that I could handle combat. I originally wanted to go help in Libya in 2011, but was talked out of it. When Syria began heating up, I decided to just go, rather than tell people and let them talk me out of it again. I wanted to fight a fight that I felt like had a clear good team and bad team and Syria seemed like the place. Assad was a really, really bad guy and the rebels seemed to be good. To summarize the trip, I traveled to Syria and joined the Syrian National Army as a volunteer. The Syrian National Army is a secular Muslim branch of the Free Syrian Army. We fought against Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad's Syrian Arab Army (Syrian government forces) and we also fought against Muslim extremists. I use the term "fought" to mostly apply to the group as a whole. I didn't do much fighting, my capacity was to train recruits using my US training and to advise officers in the application of their forces. However, what I ended up doing most of the time was public relations. Being a white Christian, I was able to help raise money by helping to convince local moderate Muslims that my faction was not an extremist faction. Anyway, I don't regret my actions and I cherish my experiences and I am emotionally burdened with the hardships that I left the Syrians to deal with, but when I returned home, despite not being charged with any crimes, the TSA has added me to a terror database and a no fly list and has caused me to lose my career.