Beyond the Battlefield: From Hellfire to Inner Peace - The Aubrey McDade Story
In this compelling episode, we delve into the extraordinary life of Aubrey Leon McDade Jr., a man who defied the odds and overcame the harshest of circumstances. Hailing from impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in Fort Worth and Houston, Texas, Aubrey faced a daunting challenge: escaping a life of crime and violence while striving to be the first in his family to graduate high school.
Join us as we hear firsthand from Aubrey about his life-changing encounter with divine intervention that led him to join the Marine Corps. With sheer determination and against all odds, he achieved the bare minimum to pass the ASVAB and embarked on a journey that would forever shape his destiny.
Through candid and poignant storytelling, Aubrey takes us on his three deployments and harrowing experiences in Iraq, including a fateful day when his son was born, and he left for combat just hours later. But the true battle began when he returned home, struggling for years to cope with the haunting memories of Fallujah, Iraq.
Discover the resilience and strength that Aubrey displayed during his service as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, as he weathered personal challenges while molding the next generation of soldiers. Despite his pride and toughness, he found the courage to seek help and embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery.
This episode takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions as Aubrey shares how his wife became the anchor of his newfound peace, guiding him towards a genuinely happy and fulfilling life. We explore his role as the Program Director for LaDainian Tomlinson at the Tomlinson Center, where he imparts leadership skills and fosters a culture of excellence in Title 1 schools nationwide.
Join us for an inspiring and heartwarming conversation as Aubrey Leon McDade Jr. opens up about his unwavering resilience, his triumph over trauma, and the strength he draws from his family as he continues to write the next empowering chapter of his life.
This episode was edited by our amazing intern Jacob Brusseau!