Jeremiah Pauley - Sharing his Unique Army Story to Help Others

My Big Story

A retired US Army Staff Sergeant uses his life-changing experience in Iraq to help others who want to quit at life


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On this episode is Jeremiah Pauley. Jeremiah is a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, and a retired US Army Staff Sergeant.

In Jeremiah’s current role, he helps to spread stories and information that can help US veterans post the 9/11 era — helping to fulfill the objective of the Wounded Warrior Project. And his stories are routed in his own experiences, including a life-changing event in Iraq, and how he found new meaning, or rather, his new why, after leaving the army.

That’s exactly why I wanted to talk to Jeremiah. He’s not just pushing PR for his organization. He’s talking about real experiences — the reality of depression, feeling lost, and how he found his way out of it.

We talk about Jeremiah’s story, the events in Iraq, his dark times, what it really means to look for work as a civilian with only army experience, and he offers some practical advice. After this conversation, I have an entirely new insight to a world I didn’t know a lot about, and a new perspective for individuals creating a life after their service.

I think you’ll learn something new from him, information that can even be applied to a life outside of the military. And Jeremiah is great. He’s easy to talk with and very warm. I’m so glad we had a chance to tell his story.


Key Takeaways

[2:10] Jeremiah talks about his role in the Wounded Warrior Project.
[6:40] The event that ended Jeremiah’s life plan of military service.
[8:26] Jeremiah receives devastating news.
[10:33] What it was like transitioning from being a leader in the army, to being deployed in a hostile environment, to being in the hospital, to coming home to be a stay at home dad.
[12:57] Challenges veterans face as they transition out of the military.
[20:52] Why Jeremiah felt he was in a deep, dark hole, with little hope for a better life.
[24:17] How a phone call from the Wounded Warrior Project helped Jeremiah emerge from his dark place.
[25:47] A bike ride experience turned into a new ‘why’ for Jeremiah.
[29:42] What steps did Jeremiah take to become a better father, and find his deeper why?
[31:02] Why veterans need to figure out what they are going to do in their new life, to fill the void of military experience.
[32:54] Sharing his story makes Jeremiah happy.
[34:47] Who are the people in Jeremiah’s life that keep him going?
[36:43] Jeremiah shares life experiences and how he’s changed over the years.
[39:22] Christopher and Jeremiah examine extrovert and introvert labels, especially as they connect to Jeremiah’s new story.
[39:52] Advice for finding a way out of anxiety or depression.
[43:33] How can friends and family help their loved ones transition from military life to civilian life?
[44:37] Follow along with Jeremiah and the Wounded Warrior Project.
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@Jeremiah R. Pauley on Facebook
Wounded Warrior Project



“Because of you I didn’t quit.”

“You have to surround yourself with the type of people you want to be.”

“Be you. Be passionate.”

“If you’re ever in the position to help someone, you should do it.”

“Do something for someone every day that can never repay you.”

“One of the first things you can do when dealing with anxiety or depression, is to go a day without complaining.”