In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews Army SSG Aaron Hale, on how his passion and family pulled him out of a dark place after experiencing a life altering episode while serving as US Army bomb technician in Afghanistan.
“Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice.” Wisdom from Aaron Hale as he describes his life and the challenges he faced after losing his eyesight and hearing because of bomb blast while serving in the US Army.
Aaron opens up about his struggles with depression and loneliness as he struggled to find purpose after his accident. He shares how his family and ultimately his wife, Makala, supported him as he discovered his passion for cooking that turned into a phenomenal business and a life filled with purpose.
Join Erick as he unpacks Aaron’s story and celebrates a real life American hero.
After serving 14 years in both the Navy as a chef to the Commander of the US 6th Fleet and then transitioning on to becoming an Army team leader in one of the military’s most dangerous jobs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale was blinded by an IED.
Not letting his injuries hold him back, Aaron became an EOD instructor, motivational speaker, mountain climber, white water kayaker, and marathon runner. Four years later tragedy struck again when Aaron contracted bacterial meningitis which robbed him of his hearing leaving him not just 100% blind but completely deaf as well.
Again, Aaron picked himself up, dusted off, and continued to chase the best of what life has to offer.
Today, he’s back speaking and sharing his story, running marathons, he’s a proud husband and father of three boys, a 12 year old and three year old identical twins, runs a thriving chocolate company with his wife, partnered with a fellow wounded veteran and friend to form a real estate investment company, a social media influencer, recently completed his third 100 mile ultra marathon, and just launched a podcast.
This 4th of July, Aaron will run what’s called the world’s toughest foot race, Badwater 135, a 135-mile race across Death Valley to Mt. Whitney.