Jack Mandaville is no stranger to Task & Purpose and decides to really open up on the latest episode of Task & Purpose Radio.

Having served as a Marine, the show opens with Jack discussing the current spike of suicides affecting the active ranks of the Marine Corps. As the group discusses the warrior ethos of the Corps stopping Marines from getting help, Jack talks about his own time getting shot as a 19 year old Marine in training. It's kind of hilarious.

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