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Who Was Glen "BUB" Doherty - The Cult of Rec Podcast, Episode 2

Kolby Seemann

23 days ago

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In a deeply personal and moving second episode of the Cult of Recreationalism podcast, Sean Lake shares his journey of friendship, loss, and relentless advocacy following the death of his close friend and former Navy SEAL, Glen Doherty.

Remembering Glen Doherty

Sean reminisces about his early days with Glen, detailing their shared adventures and misadventures, from skiing and snowboarding escapades to joining the Navy. It's a narrative highlighting the depth of their bond, shaped by shared experiences and mutual respect.z

Challenging the Government

The conversation takes a serious turn as Sean recounts his arduous legal battle with the U.S. government. After Glen's tragic death in the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks, Sean discovered a loophole in the Defense Base Act that denied Glen's life insurance benefits due to his single status. This revelation sparked a lengthy legal fight to amend this outdated legislation and ensure rightful compensation for Glen's family and others affected.

Quotes from the Heart

  • "You know what? You know, Mr. Brennan, you have the ability to do what's right. I don't believe for a second that you can't navigate how to reach into your pocket and pay Glen's family."

  • "I was so mad... And that's part of, I think, the grief cycle and putting that energy to work."

  • "This was a chapter of my life... a really great opportunity to talk about an adverse situation and a really positive outcome."

Reinforcing Glen’s Legacy

The struggle culminated in a significant victory: not only did the CIA agree to compensate Glen's family, but they also revised their policies to protect future contractors. This change, driven by Sean's determination, ensures that no other family suffers from the same oversight. This change was applied retroactively, providing American families with the compensation and closure they deserve for their fallen loved ones.

A Lasting Tribute

In a fitting tribute to Glen's service and sacrifice, Sean's efforts led to the passing of legislation awarding Glen and his colleagues the Congressional Gold Medal. This honor symbolizes national recognition and gratitude for their bravery. Sean describes a last-minute Thanksgiving phone call to the family of a certain senator.

Join us for this Heartfelt Episode

This episode encapsulates a story of true friendship, an unwavering commitment to justice, and the power of resilience. The story shared is not just about the memory of a fallen friend; it's about changing the system for the better, honoring sacrifice, and the enduring spirit of camaraderie and loyalty.