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Char Westfall

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Best of Team Never Quit - Char Westfall: Wife, Mom, Surviving Spouse of Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, Author of A Beautiful Tragedy

Team Never Quit

In this week's episode, we highlight one of our most popular episodes as June marks the anniversary of Operation Redwing. Char's husband, Jacques Fontan, was one of nineteen servicemen killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down during Operation Redwing in Afghanistan (from which the film Lone Survivor is based.) As a result, she has written a book, A Beautiful Tragedy, in which she speaks openly about the anger and bitterness that experience birthed, and her battle to regain her life, to heal within, and to serve others in the process. In this episode you will hear: Jacques was killed when Char was only 29 years old. We heard car doors shut. And they came to the door in uniform.  I remember asking them, “So there’s still a chance?” and he couldn’t answer me. I’ve accepted that Jacques is gone, and he’s not coming back, but he’s not going away. I wanted to find somebody that would allow me to still respect and honor Jacques, and not just put him away on a shelf and act like that never happened. With my faith and my love for him, I saw how he was there hearing me through the darkest and hardest times. With faith in God, you can be mad and you can have your moments. God wants to hear that. If, on social media, you see the name of a fallen, look them up and get to know them personally. That helps them to never die. Losing Jacques wasn’t beautiful but what I’ve been able to make of the situation and make my life from it is the beauty in it. There’s a lot to think about when you start to date after the tragedy of losing your husband. We all want to honor the men who paid the ultimate price, but we also need to lift up the women they leave behind. I was lucky enough to find amazing love twice.

1hr 11mins

9 Jun 2021

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Season 3 | Char Westfall | Gold Star Spouse | Author | Episode 29

The Protectors

Char Fontan Westfall joined The Protectors to discuss growing up in a Navy family, the sudden loss of her husband, finding the right help after loss, her faith, and a ton of other topics.  About the book: A BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY: A NAVY SEAL WIDOW'S PERMISSION TO GRIEVE AND A PRESCRIPTION FOR HOPE. On June 28, 2005, nineteen U.S. service members perished in the mountains of Afghanistan. The author’s husband, Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, was one of those killed.The mission, Operation Red Wings, has become one of the most well-known operations in contemporary warfare. Only one survivor lived to tell the harrowing story, resulting in books, speeches, and a blockbuster movie, Lone Survivor. Perhaps more importantly, the mission created much-needed public awareness and curiosity about the realities of war and survival. But there have been no books, speeches, or movies written about the other survivors: the women and children whose lives changed forever that summer day. While each widow and family processed the tragedy differently, Char became absorbed in anger and bitterness. Coping with grief was unfamiliar and scary to her. She hated God, whom she had trusted all her life, and blamed Him for losing her husband in such a violent manner. Before she knew it, she was on the front lines of a battle to regain her own life. When all seemed lost, the kindness and persistence of a neighbor brought renewed hope and restoration to her horribly broken heart in a surprising and refreshing way.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theprotectors)

30mins

5 Apr 2021

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American Hero & Ancient Technology - Char Westfall / Frank Joseph - 081820

Beyond Reality Paranormal Podcast

Char Westfall shares her story as the widow of a Navy Seal killed in Afghanistan. As told in her book - A Beautiful Tragedy - Char went through very dark times until she discovered to hidden "silver lining" of losing her husband. In the second part of the show, Frank Joseph discusses high technology of ancient cultures. From the pyramids of Egypt to ancient cures for cancer, the pre-medieval world was far more advanced than we generally know. Books - www.amazon.com/shop/jvjtaps Host - JV Johnson - www.facebook.com/jvjparanormal  Patreon - www.patreon.com/johaw--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brparanormal/support

1hr 24mins

20 Aug 2020

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AG Show with guests Jon Oglesby and Char Westfall

KDXU

Fall sports among Covid and recovering from tragedy

44mins

29 Jul 2020

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Navy SEAL Widow Char Westfall Shares How She Overcame Tragedy and Found Hope

Motivation Plus Marketing Podcast

In this episode of the Conservative Business Journal Podcast, John Di Lemme interviews Char Westfall about her new book, A Beautiful Tragedy: A Navy SEAL Widow's Permission to Grieve and a Prescription for Hope. During this inspirational podcast, Char shares... → When she met her late husband, Jacques Fontan, and his journey to become a SEAL when she was finishing college → The night he proposed marriage after he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) → How she grew up as a Navy brat and Jacques had been in the Navy for a while → Her father's advice for her as a Navy wife → What happened on June 28, 2005, nineteen U.S. service members perished in the mountains of Afghanistan. Char's husband, Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, was one of those killed. The mission was Operation Red Wings. → How she was told that Jacques was killed and her feeling that something wasn't right before she actually found out → Who told her that her Jacques was killed in action and why that was important to Jacques → How her anger and loss of faith almost destroyed her life → When she met her new husband, Drew, and how he got her to go back to church to open her heart to God → While she doesn't understand why Jacques was killed, she knows God was with her during the darkest times → How she figured out she wasn't defined by the tragedy and why she decided to honor Jacques by living her life → How she met Drew, married, and had children and why/how Drew supported her journey to overcome the pain of losing Jacques and continuing to honor the fallen  → How the lone survivor of the mission, Marcus Luttrell, continues to honor the fallen and support military members and their families → What the American flag means to her as a symbol of freedom Plus so much more!

35mins

28 Jul 2020

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Navy SEAL Widow Char Westfall Shares How She Overcame Tragedy and Found Hope

Conservative Business Journal Podcast

In this episode of the Conservative Business Journal Podcast, John Di Lemme interviews Char Westfall about her new book, A Beautiful Tragedy: A Navy SEAL Widow's Permission to Grieve and a Prescription for Hope. During this inspirational podcast, Char shares... → When she met her late husband, Jacques Fontan, and his journey to become a SEAL when she was finishing college → The night he proposed marriage after he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) → How she grew up as a Navy brat and Jacques had been in the Navy for a while → Her father's advice for her as a Navy wife → What happened on June 28, 2005, nineteen U.S. service members perished in the mountains of Afghanistan. Char's husband, Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, was one of those killed. The mission was Operation Red Wings. → How she was told that Jacques was killed and her feeling that something wasn't right before she actually found out → Who told her that her Jacques was killed in action and why that was important to Jacques → How her anger and loss of faith almost destroyed her life → When she met her new husband, Drew, and how he got her to go back to church to open her heart to God → While she doesn't understand why Jacques was killed, she knows God was with her during the darkest times → How she figured out she wasn't defined by the tragedy and why she decided to honor Jacques by living her life → How she met Drew, married, and had children and why/how Drew supported her journey to overcome the pain of losing Jacques and continuing to honor the fallen  → How the lone survivor of the mission, Marcus Luttrell, continues to honor the fallen and support military members and their families → What the American flag means to her as a symbol of freedom Plus so much more!

35mins

28 Jul 2020

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2 (7-21-20): Char Westfall, author and Navy Seal widow

Rush To Reason

2 (7-21-20): Char Westfall, author and Navy Seal widow by John Rush

52mins

21 Jul 2020

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Char Westfall: Wife, Mom, Surviving Spouse of Navy SEAL Jacques Fontan, Author of A Beautiful Tragedy

Team Never Quit

What an incredible story of resilience Char has to share today. Her husband, Jacques Fontan, was one of nineteen servicemen killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan (from which the film Lone Survivor is based.) As a result, she has written a book, A Beautiful Tragedy, in which she speaks openly about the anger and bitterness that experience birthed, and her battle to regain her life, to heal within, and to serve others in the process. 

1hr 6mins

24 Jun 2020