Today we’re talking about healing the painful wounds of war, PTSD, and the real meaning of sacrifice.
Today I’m joined by my Dad and World War II Veteran, Jack Gutman, who at the age of 18 participated in the Normandy Invasion. Hear first hand what it was like to prepare, participate, and survive one of the most grueling days in human history, and find out what he did, what he learned, and how he healed the PTSD that inevitably resulted.
Born in San Francisco in 1925, Jack Gutman grew up in a tough neighborhood of New York City where survival meant belonging to a gang. His gang was the Panthers.
At 17 ½ years old, wanting so desperately to serve his country, Jack convinced his father to sign for him and he enlisted in the Navy.
After training for months as a Medical Corpsman, his first active-duty took him to England to prepare a hospital for the aftermath of the invasion of Europe.
On D Day he landed between Utah and Omaha Beaches in the invasion of Normandy, having the difficult task of caring for those killed and wounded during the attack.
After dealing with undiagnosed PTSD for 66 years, he finally got counseling from the VA and today leads a happy, healthy life.
Today he is a one of the last living World War ll Veterans who are healthy, lucid, and able to share with us the realities of D Day,
He is also an active comedian, public speaker, and author who loves speaking to students and touching lives with his story.
Recently he was video interviewed by the Smithsonian World War ll Museum in New Orleans and this interview is now part of the museum’s archives. He has appeared on Martha MacCallum’s Fox News show, The Story, on Ben Shapiro, in countless video interviews, and of course, on his daughter, Paula’s, radio show and Podcast, Change It Up Radio.
Check out the video below to watch our interview:
- One Veteran’s Journey To Heal the Wounds of War by Jack Gutman
- Let Freedom Ring: D-Day Veterans Return to Normandy–75 Years Later – A documentary by World War II veteran, George Ciampa
- Contact Jack Gutman at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jack Gutman on Twitter
- Saying The Right Thing When You Don’t Know What To Say
- Grief… When Will This Pain Ever End?: A Guide to Finding Your Way Out of the Depths of Despair After Suffering Profound Loss
- Chakras, The Magnificent Seven
- Paula Shaw on Facebook
- Change It Up Radio on Facebook
- If you have any questions or would like to book a session, contact Paula at (626)-864-0756
- Learn More About Host Paula Shaw
- Email Paula at Paula@ChangeItUpRadio.com
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