NQL 304 - JR Spear


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Welcome to Episode 304 of the No Quit Living Podcast.

NQL is a personal development podcast designed to help you achieve your goals and desires. Whether you found us from Forbes, Inc Magazine, CEO Magazine, CIO, New Theory, or elsewhere, we're thrilled you are listening. Through hearing the inspiring stories and tips from the greats, we will all find it easier to stay motivated.

After graduating from high school, JR joined the Navy in 2003. Strongly involved with his church, he was later drawn to the role of Religious Program Specialist (RP) during boot camp. Transferring to this position meant not only working hard, but serving with the Marines. “In the beginning, I didn’t choose to go into the Marine Corps side, but I fell in love with it,” JR admitted.

As an RP, JR had a unique responsibility. Chaplins are combatants but aren’t allowed to carry weapons, even for protection, so JR’s duty was to provide them security. He also aided in administrative tasks.

Then his life changed: Amid a 9-month deployment in Iraq, JR was wounded in the line of duty. Reflecting on the scary incident, he shared, “I was very fortunate. I walked away and survived it while some of my peers did not… I am only alive by the grace of God and was able to walk away with few injuries.” More than a decade later, JR is still dedicated to his recovery and remains in physical therapy.

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