- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2019

“Somebody’s Gotta Do It” host Mike Rowe celebrated the U.S. military as one of the greatest examples of “true diversity” during an interview on Veterans Day.

Mr. Rowe appeared on Fox News to promote his new book, “The Way I Heard It,” when he recalled meeting Travis Mills, a retired Army soldier-turned-motivational speaker who became a quadruple amputee while serving in Afghanistan.

“This guy had not an ounce of self-pity,” Mr. Rowe said. “Some people hit the reset button to start their life over and some people get the reset button hit for them. And that was Travis. He just simply refused to quit.”


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The former “Dirty Jobs” host said America as we know it would be “nowhere at all” without our soldiers and that one should look no further than our own military to see a shining example of real diversity.

“Is there a greater meritocracy in the world? Is there a better example of true diversity?” he said. “I mean, my friends in the military — the thing that I’m most proud about when I go to bases, when I visit with people, they are utterly colorblind. There’s no conversation about, you know, ‘trigger words.’ There’s no safe space. The military is not a safe space. And we’re having this giant social conversation about what the right words are to use and how to properly treat [them], and that’s terrific. That’s terrific. But in the military, there’s a set of rules, there’s a different reality, and there’s a different commonality.”



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