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NEW PODCAST: Steven Elliott - Author of 'War Story,' Former Army Ranger

THIS IS EPISODE 327 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Steven Elliott joined the military in 2003 and served as a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. After being deployed to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2004, Elliott found himself in the midst of an enemy ambush. He was one of four Rangers who mistook fellow Ranger Pat Tillman’s position for that of the enemy and fired there. He is one of two Rangers considered likely to have fired the fatal shots. Elliott served the remaining years of his enlistment and returned to civilian life in 2007.

Tormented by remorse and PTSD in the aftermath of Tillman’s death, Elliott descended into the depths of guilt, alcoholism and depression, lost his marriage and his faith, and struggled to stay alive. The war that began on foreign soil had followed him home.

Elliott’s story is depicted in the new book, “War Story: Sometimes The Real Fight Starts After the Battle.”

On this episode of the podcast, we look at Elliott’s incredible story of pain and purpose, love and tragedy and ultimately renewal by the grace of God. He shares about his relationship with Tillman — a former NFL player who left the league to join the U.S. Army — and candidly talks about how forgiveness and faith have freed him from the demons that tormented him for many years.

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