honor our veteran dads

Why We Honor Our Veteran Dads with Ryan Michler

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Episode Overview:

The Good Dad Project Podcast is a weekly show that releases a new episode every Monday.  Shawn and I have the highest respect for our military service and we honor our veteran dads.  So, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we wanted to show our appreciation, respect, and gratitude to the men and women who serve our country with a bonus episode with a very special guest, Ryan Michler.

For this episode we really wanted to dive into the life of a soldier who served our country for eight years.  During that eight-year service, he spent twelve months in Iraq where he was literally under fire and attack every single day.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ryan shares what it was like living under daily enemy fire for over a year
  • Discover the Warrior Ethos
  • Ryan shares the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after war
  • Learn how the families of our soldiers share the risk and burden of our veterans

Honor our Veteran Dads

Ryan Michler, veteran and our guest for today’s show, shares several critical lessons he learned from his time in the military.  Even as a young boy, Ryan has always considered himself a patriot.  He was always so inspired to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to serve his country.  At the young age of only seventeen and only a junior in high school, he decided to answer an internal calling to serve his country.

Ryan grew up without a permanent father figure in his life for most of his childhood.  In the military, he found several positive male role models and mentors.  It was in his training and time in the military that has really shaped the man he is today and what he stands for.

Being under enemy fire every day for one year

Ryan dove into detail about his one-year tour in Iraq.  During this episode, Ryan paints a vivid picture of what it was like on a daily basis serving in Iraq.  He lived under enemy fire literally every single day.

Being a warrior and a father

The Warrior Ethos.  “I will always place the mission first.” 

“If you think of your life’s mission as: being a better father, husband, and man…you will focus all efforts towards that goal. 

You will not quit.  You will succeed. 

No matter the challenges, being a veteran has taught me to always put the mission first.  I can take all that I have learned through my military training and implement those same strategies and lessons into being a better man, husband, and father.” – Ryan Michler

Honor our Veteran Dads and their families:

Ryan talks about how hard it was for his wife when he was active in Iraq.  The families of our veterans who are left at home are sacrificing just as much as the veterans themselves.  Ryan shares the importance of not only honoring our veterans, but the families as well.

Raising our kids with a problem-solving mentality

The military teaches problem solving skills and the importance of completing every mission.  One of the greatest lessons we can teach our kids is following through with their commitments (completing the mission).  The greatest gift we can give our kids is room and space to problem solve to figure out ways to complete their missions.  As parents, it’s our instinct to protect and even rescue our kids before we give them an opportunity to problem solve.  Part of Ryan’s mission as a father is giving his kids room to problem solve while instilling the importance of following through on their commitments.

A Special Thanks from the Good Dad Project to our Veteran Dads

Shawn and I would like to personally thank every Veteran Dad who defends the freedoms we enjoy.  If you are reading this, please send this episode to a Veteran you respect, love, and honor.

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Where to find Ryan:

  • www.facebook.com/orderofman
  • www.twitter.com/orderofman
  • www.instagram.com/orderofman
  • www.youtube.com/orderofman 

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  1. Thank you so much for having Ryan on the show. He is a great husband, father, and a true hero. God Bless America and our veterans!

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