Thomas Brennan – Marine turned Journalist – Founder of The War Horse

Thomas J. Brennan The War Horse Newsroom

The road to journalism began on November 1, 2010. Thomas Brennan was a Marine Infantryman in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He says it was the worst day of his life – a rocket propelled grenade took down four Marines, Brennan among them.

A year later and in the process of medical retirement, the photos an embedded journalist took of that day were crucial to Thomas’s recovery.

Wrestling with the loss, Brennan had little recollection of the events, and having difficulty expressing in speech, he picked up a journal and began to write. An acquaintance at the New York Times agreed to help Thomas polish his grammar. But three hours later was asking if they could publish his story.

That was 2011.

Inspired by the stories from WWII veterans and seeking a new call to service, Brennan founded non-profit The War Horse in 2015 with a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign. Today The War Horse boasts a growing staff and a reputation for serious investigative reporting.

And they are master storytellers, refreshing in a day when most for-profit journalism is sensationalized opinion disguised as news.

The Spotlight

We asked Thomas Brennan to step into the Spotlight on the VeteranCrowd Network. Watch the episode on our YouTube Channel.

Listen to the podcast on Anchor.

Visit The War Horse Newsroom online at

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About your host

Bob Louthan veteran VeteranCrowd
Bob Louthan – VeteranCrowd

Bob Louthan is a VMI Graduate, Army veteran, and executive with over 25 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and private capital formation. He founded the VeteranCrowd Network to bring veterans and veteran-led businesses together with each other and the resources they need to prosper.

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