Manage episode 268798634 series 2318390
Jason Silva is a retired Navy SEAL who served for 27 years in the United States Navy. He completed BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training in 1992 and then went on to become a Special Forces Qualified Medic at Fort Sam Houston, TX and a paramedic in South Central Las Angeles, CA with the Las Angeles Fire Department. He served at SEAL Team 5, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and Special Operations Command North, completing 17 combat deployments throughout the world. His awards include the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars with Valor, the Purple Heart, and 2 Defense Meritorious Service Medals, among many others. Jason has a passion for woodworking and spends his free time crafting pieces of art in his mountain woodshop in Colorado.
Jessica Silva has been in the first responder world for most of her career, beginning as an EMT in San Jose and San Diego. After a military relocation, she became a 9-11 dispatcher for the city of Virginia Beach and then as a Community Corrections Officer for domestic violence offenders. In 2011 she started volunteering with a Wilderness Search and Rescue Team and shortly thereafter began training as a K9 handler. In addition to raising two children and riding out 14 post 9/11 deployments, she served as the Ombudsman for several years, was part of the shaping of resiliency programs for Special Forces spouses and families, and is the author of a children's book about military deployments.