No Barriers

Exploring Resilience with Veteran, Aaron Hale

Episode Summary

Erik and Dave kick off our November series of episodes focusing on Veterans with Ret. Army Veteran, Aaron Hale. Aaron has experienced more than his fair share of hardships including being blinded by an IED and losing his hearing from bacterial meningitis a few years later. But, he has turned his tragedies into triumphs. Aaron is a wonderful father, husband, athlete, speaker, and entrepreneur. His lessons on resilience are more important than ever during these unprecedented times. A special thanks to CoBank for their generous sponsorship of our Veteran series.

Episode Notes

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 a 9-year-old son and the recent addition of identical twins, runs a thriving chocolate company with his wife, and recently completed his first 100-mile ultramarathon.


Purchase Aaron's Extraordinary Delights here.

Follow Aaron and his Extraordinary Delights on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@EODConfections)

The Boston Herald covers Aaron's journey to the Boston Marathon

Aaron Hale featured on ESPN

Watch Aaron's story on Fox News

Watch Aaron's story on VIMEO