Nick Lavery is a First Class Father and active duty Green Beret. In 2013, on Nick's second combat rotation to Afghanistan, he and his Detachment fell victim to an insider attack ultimately resulting in the loss of his leg. Following a year of surgeries and initial recovery including the use of a prosthetic at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, he returned to his unit. Refusing a military medical retirement, Nick set his sights on returning to operational status. In 2015, at the conclusion of a challenging, comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate Nick's abilities to operate, he returned to his Detachment and was subsequently deployed once again to Afghanistan conducting full spectrum combat operations. Nick is considered the first Green Beret to return to combat as an above the knee amputee.
Nick is the first amputee to complete the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification course, the SOCP Instructor course, and the Combat Diver Qualification course in military history.
Nick's awards include the Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, Bronze Star with “V” for valor.
In this Episode, Nick shares his Fatherhood journey which includes two children. He discusses how becoming a changed his perspective on life as well as a Green Beret. He describes the inspiration he drew from other combat veteran amputees such as Travis Mills. He discusses some of the principles from his book, “Objective Secure” and how they can help parents and kids set and achieve their goals. He talks about the Fatherless Crisis and how he has witnessed fatherless men find positive male leadership through the military. He offers some great advice for new or soon-to-be Dads and much more!
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