They are relied on as America’s backbone, but it comes at a cost.
When our troops return home, some find their bodies in dire shape.

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As a Pararescueman, I was well-trained in trauma and crisis medicine. What I learned throughout this journey is that treating symptoms and diseases is not health. Getting at root causes is how we are truly healed. You need to take responsibility and find doctors and practitioners who are committed to your overall health...mind, body and spirit. Roger Sparks
USAF Pararescueman, USMC Recon
Silver Star Recipient

After 25 years of deployments

His mission to heal his mind, body & spirit was just beginning

Join Roger Sparks as he learns what it takes to "sail home" to himself and his family.

Silver Star Recipient and Retired Master Sergeant Roger Sparks served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. The physical and emotional toll of his career affected his body, mind and spirit to a degree he thought he would never recover. Through an introduction into the world of integrative healthcare, Roger pulled a thread that opened up a world of unparalleled healing modalities that would grant him a renewed sense of self. His experience cultivated a mission to spread healing across the world. We invite you to that same journey to regain your mental, physical and spiritual health.

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Rocky Bleier4-Time Super Bowl Champion
Dr. Tony Brooks, DCArmy Ranger
Dr. Lance Cummings, DCNavy Seal (Ret.)
Gregory GadsonCommander US Army (Ret.)
J.C. GlickLieutenant Colonel Army Ranger (Ret.)
Laird HamiltonBig Wave Surfer Icon
Shilo HarrisUS Army SSG (Ret.)
Shad MeshadCaptain US Army
Dr. Tim Novelli, DCFounder Patriot Project
John StocktonNBA Hall of Fame
Hershel "Woody" WilliamsMedal of Honor USMC (Ret.)
In 50 years as a veteran advocate, I’ve never seen anything that shows the full nature of what veterans take on when they commit to protect our freedom and each other. Americans need to be shown the raw power of veterans giving body and soul as they live out the creed “No Vet Left Behind.” Theirs is an eloquent expression of what it means to be human. Shad Meshad, National Veterans Foundation

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Rogers Sparks embarks on his health quest from his home in Anchorage, Alaska, with his first stop in New Hampshire and Jack Heath’s Military Matters podcast. Dr. Stephen Franson introduces Roger to Ralph Fatello, a USMC Vietnam War veteran who runs a healing surfing program. D. On the other end of the country in Malibu, California, Roger experiences High Performance Training (XPT) with surfing legend Laird Hamilton.

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This episode jumpstarts with Roger doing his first civilian sky dive in Middletown, Ohio, after over 3,000 military jumps with Team Fastrax. In Alexandria, Virginia, Gregory Gadson, Commander US Army (Ret.) explains to Roger how his team saved his life after an IED exploded, resulting in Gadson losing both his legs. Rocky Bleier, Vietnam War Veteran and four-time Super Bowl Champion gives Roger a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. On Long Island, New York, Roger shares intimate combat stories with JC Glick, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.).

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Sensei’s Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison have trained over 1100 medical professionals from across the world in contemplative approaches to grieving and dying. Shawn Ganther had the determination to go back to college after serving in the U.S. Air Force. That is where he reconnected with his passion for art. Sarah Rossetti grew up on Guam where her mother owned a bar that we frequented by the large population of military men and women. What started out as a cathartic sharing experience turned into a full-time job for Sarah- aka Invader Girl. Dr. Ken Harris, DC decided to write a book on the subject of “SYNCHRONICITY: The Magic. The Mystery. The Meaning.”

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50 MINS The Price Paid

For 50 years, Shad Meshad has been working relentlessly with Veterans, helping to reintegrate them back into civilian life. He has personally assisted over 100,000 Veterans...and counting. Rocky Bleier had first been drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers then he was drafted by the US Army. Despite a serious leg injury Rocky set his mind on recovery and rejoining the Steelers - winning four Super Bowl Championships. On Shilo Harris’ 2nd deployment his armored vehicle was struck by an IED. Shilo survived but with severe third degree burns on 35% of his body. He is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. James “Sneaky” White was one of the most decorated war fighters of Vietnam. Back on native soil, Sneaky killed the man who raped his wife. Sneaky was sentenced to life without parole. In prison he started his own educational platform where 1,500 inmates earned their Associates Degree through Sneaky’s platform.

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49 MINS A Better Way

There are few people who understand the opioid epidemic more than Dr. John Rosa who has been on this frontline for years. Rebecca Koch explains Compassionate Integrity Training. Charles DuBois, the President and CEO of Standard Process explains the difference between whole food supplements and synthetic supplements of very little nutritional value. Dr. Stephen Franson, DC whiteboards the basics of the chiropractic healthcare paradigm. Shilo Harris brings Roger to meet Dr. Tim Novelli, DC and founder of The Patriot Project. There are 9,200 chiropractors across the country providing complimentary chiropractic care to military veterans. NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton admits to his secret weapon: Dr. Craig Buhler, DC

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68 MINS Brain Matters

Dr. Michael Longyear explaines that using the principles of neuroplasticity can improve the brain and nervous system for the purpose of correcting neurologic problems, preventing neurologic degeneration and optimizing neurologic performance to improve quality of life. Doctors Dr. Scharlene Gaudet, DC, Dr. Michelle Eisenmann, DC and Dr. Leonard Wright, DC put Roger through the neurological ringer at Synapse: Human Performance Centers’ state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Bruce Harmon, DC uses an Anatomage Table, a state of the art, life sized LED computer system with detailed anatomy visualization and surgical simulation tools.

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Dr. Lance Cummings, former Navy SEAL, DC believes that anyone can train their bodies to perform but without mental toughness you cannot become the best version of yourself. Dr. Tony Brooks, DC was part of the Army Ranger Regiment that first went into rescuing 16 Special Forces soldiers after their Chinook helicopter was shot down during Operation Red Wings.. George Casuse and Roger have an ntense conversation about PTSD and veteran suicides. After a prestigious career in a leadership role in the Air Force, Tony Negron’s new mission is to “educate” the private sector on how lucky they would be to hire veterans in their corporations. When warfighter Dr. Barry McAlpine, DC focused his passions into chiropractic and has helped countless veterans and civilians.

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42 MINS Never Forget

There are two very powerful images from the battle of Iwo Jima: one is the American flag being raised at Mount Suribachi and the other one is of the American flamethrower. Roger to sits face to face with Woody “Hershel” Williams, the Medal of Honor Recipient who was the actual flamethrower from Iwo Jima!. Roger and fellow Pararescueman Jimmy Settle visit the Korean and Vietnam War memorials in Washington DC to pay their respects. They go to the National Guard museum to see Roger’s flack jacket and hoist cable from Operation Bulldog Bite on display. Roger received the Silver Star for selflessly saving 5 lives and returning 4 soldiers who were killed on the battlefield. He visits with his mother Ann, and sister Tracy in the house where he grew in Fort Worth, Texas before returning home to Alaska and his wife Jennifer. Our audience learns that Roger’s special needs son Oz, has been making his own behind-the-scenes film called the “Oz Reports”. This “quest” is just the beginning for Roger’s pursuit of optimum health.

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42 MINS The Mad Man

The Mad Man tells the story of veteran advocate and founder of the Vet Centers and The National Veterans Foundation, Shad Meshad. Shad has been called The Mad Man because of the passion and drive he brings to the fight for his fellow veterans’ rights, specifically veterans who are at risk of spiraling down into despair. Shad’s been fighting for nearly 50 years to keep his peers from committing suicide. While the film explores Shad’s background and how he came to dedicate his life to service for veterans, it is more a film about character and compassion, resolve and intent in an age when it seems there is little of either to be found.

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85 Mins Force Blue

The story of Force Blue grew out of a dive trip co-founders Jim Ritterhoff and Rudy Reyes took to the Cayman Islands for a scuba diving vacation. Reyes, a former Recon Marine who struggled with PTSD and depression since returning home from multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the experience was nothing short of life changing. To him diving meant hauling 200 lbs. of gear underwater to destroy a potentially dangerous target. What Cayman offered was transformative. Reyes immediately proposed scheduling another trip so that he could bring down more of his Recon brothers, including Roger Sparks who trained Rudy as a Recon Marine, for the same experience. Jim and Rudy expanded the idea to pair up combat divers with marine scientists, conservationists and journalists to unite these very different worlds. “

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