Jul 2, 2021
In this Episode we discuss the delusion of disability and the reality of mixed abilities with (Ret.) US Army Command Sergeants Major Gretchen Evans. Gretchen was a successful senior military intelligence analyst and paratrooper, operating in several high tempo and dangerous missions around the world including Grenada, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2006, while working as a sergeant major in Afghanistan, a mortar blast threw her into a concrete bunker wall. She suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and lost 95% of her hearing, ending her career in military service. Gretchen received the Bronze Star for valor and heroism in combat.
Gretchen’s story is featured in the new 2020 bestselling book, What’s Within You, and Gretchen and her adventure racing team, Team UNBROKEN, is featured in the “World’s Toughest Race” on Amazon Prime, hosted by Bear Grylls and produced by Mark Burnett. Team UNBROKEN is the first totally disabled team to ever compete in this arduous adventure race. Their desire is to bring awareness that disabilities do not define or limit what is possible with hard work, grit, gumption, and a rope team.