She learned to fly before she could drive

Former Army combat helicopter pilot Amber Smith
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What does it feel like to fly a combat mission?

We'll hear all about it from Amber Smith, and she'll describe why she was literally born to be a military aviator.

We talk about her book "Danger Close; My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan"  and how she has gone from flying combat missions in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter to being the former Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Outreach and Public Affairs.
Former Army combat helicopter pilot Amber Smith
Danger Close

Also on this episode, Connecting Vets, Capitol Hill Reporter Abbie Bennet shares stories about new research for PTSD and Phil Briggs discusses the Marine Corps hazing incident that was a real low blow.  

Veterans could be genetically vulnerable to PTSD, research shows

Alleged Marine Corps hazing incident was a real ballsy move

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