[music] – My client
today is Joe Owen, a police officer
from Orange County, California. And he unfortunately was at the
Harvest Festival, Route 91, in Las Vegas, Nevada,
when a gunman opened up on the crowd and killed 58 people. [music] [buzzing] So tell me a
bit about yourself, man. – I was in the Marine
Corps for four years. I was a machine gunner
with the 3rd battalion, 7th Marines,
out of 29 Palms. Couple deployments to
Iraq and Afghanistan. – Yeah, I was
in the Marines, too, man. – Yeah?
Oorah. – That’s right, brother. I was a machine
gunner as well. How do you compare
Afghanistan to Iraq? – Afghanistan was a
much more beautiful place. – Yeah, that’s true. – There were settings
that could have been on a postcard, near the water,
near the mountains. Green, lush.
[music] It’s just the way of life,
still that they maintain over there. Iraq, they were parts we
were in that was pretty rundown, pretty dirty. – You never made it
up north then in Iraq? – No, no I didn’t
make it up there. – Yeah, it’s weird. Like, when you’re traveling,
all of a sudden it’s like rolling hills, green. I was like.
– Oh, wow. – This is Iraq?
– Yeah. Yeah, but in terms of, you know,
the experience, Iraq we were there
at the tail end, a few fire fights
here and there. Afghanistan was a
much different beast. I mean, we trained hard. You know, we were going
into a very kinetic area. We saw combat. We contacted, and you
know, days into the insertion at Afghanistan. Where you didn’t see
nearly that much in Iraq. [music]
[buzzing] There was one part in
Afghanistan that we set in and dug fighting holes,
and I had two other guys, you know, in my
fighting hole with me. And we spent 53
days in that capacity. You know, no showers,
you know. Definitely no rest rooms. We were eating MREs
for that amount of time. But, you know, you look
up, and there’d just be mountains and rivers. – Weird, right?
– Kind of put– – Surreal.
– –put aside what your different experiences
that were, whether it was fire fights or taking
pot shots here and there. There’s definitely, you know,
different aspects of it. – Yeah, for sure. [music]
[buzzing] While I was there, my
really good buddy took a RPG to his vehicle. – Was he all right?
– Yeah, he was all right. He had shrapnel
all across the face. And lost a little
part of his ear. – Yeah, you
don’t need that, right? – Yeah. I call him Splinter,
from Ninja Turtles. [laughter]
– There you go. – He’s not appreciative
of the nickname. – No?
– Nah. – Well, you know,
you gotta earn it, right? – Right.
– You ever miss it? – Yeah, there are
good definitely times. You’re over there
with your brothers, and you know, you get into
the mix with them and it’s definitely a feeling that
you don’t get every day. – But then when
you’re thinking about it, you’re like no.
I’m good. – Yeah.
[buzzing] – All right, brother,
I think we’re done, man. – That’s it?
– Yeah. We’ll walk around over to
the mirror and check it out. What do you think, bud? [music] – That’s awesome.
Perfect. [music] Real excited to
see the work Tony did. Captured what I
wanted perfectly. – Well, we’re all done.
– All done, man. – Let me see that.
– Check it out. – Oh wow, bro. – The tattoo was so I
wouldn’t ever forget those that did ultimately
pay the price that day. – All right, brother.
– All right. – Thanks man.
– Thanks again. – Appreciate it, bro.
– Yep. [music]