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John O’Leary welcomes Jamison Sweet on the Live Inspired Podcast a shining example of servant leadership, unwavering dedication, and boundless love for our community.

While filming On Fire the Film, I had the incredible honor of working alongside heroes, experts, and a phenomenal crew of actors. Yet, there was one person who truly stood out: Jamison Sweet.

His humility, excellence, and genuine love for others were unmistakable. As I got to know Jamison, I witnessed his remarkable service and unwavering dedication—not just to our nation as a Marine, but to each person he encountered, including me.

Today, Jamison shares his inspiring journey of serving 15 years in the Marine Corps, which included significant missions like Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He also served as a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer, a role that required immense courage and compassion as he delivered heart-wrenching news to families of fallen Marines. Plus, we share some of our most memorable moments on set.

My friends, this conversation is a tribute to the spirit of service and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Join me as Jamison reminds us how to lift each other up, find beauty in our own paths, and believe in the extraordinary potential within us all.

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  • Seeing his childhood friend Danny as a motivator, Jamison decided to join the United States Marine Corp and wanted to give himself an opportunity to grow and prove to himself that he could face difficult situations.
  • In 1993, Jamison was part of Operation Restore Hope Somalia, which inspired the award-winning film Black Hawk Down.
  • After serving in Somalia and being stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Jamison was assigned to that 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines out of St. Louis, an Inspector Instructor unit, where he led funerals for active duty and retired Marines.
  • After 9/11, Jamie began his role as a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer and was tasked with delivering the news to families of fallen Marines, something he wasn’t prepared for and feelings that still live with him today, decades later.
  • Although Jamison never met Lance Cpl. Jonathan K. Price, in serving his funeral, he was able to form an unmatched bond with his parents and family and his funeral encompassed every angle of his job.
  • If everyone does their part right, it comes together into a beautiful thing. Jamison sees similar teamwork and camaraderie between the Marines and the film/television industry.
  • While working in the Sound Department of On Fire The Film, on November 10, Jamison brought together other service members to take part in the tradition of cutting and serving cake. Because of John’s involvement with FOCUS, Jamison brought John into the ceremony.
  • “We can’t control the things that we can’t control, but you have to do the best that you can to find your peace.”

Did you enjoy today’s episode?

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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?

    The Night Stalkers by Michael Durant.

  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. The innocence of children being a child learning.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. A cup that my dad had engraved with my initials.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My grandparents.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Don't ever disrespect the American flag as many people have died for it.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Take a little bit more risk on the important things.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. This isn't about me. This is about us. Be helpful to others.