SrA Daniel J Johnson was an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technician in the USAF. In early October 2010, while deployed to Afghanistan, Airman Johnson was instrumental in using mine detection equipment to clear and safe approaches and areas enabling his Team Leader to prosecute and Coalition Forces to provide overwatch security. In fact, on the last days of Dan’s life, the team engaged and defeated six IEDs and performed two post-blast analyses gleaning valuable intelligence. Notably, during the initial phase of operation, Airman Johnson bravely approached and cleared an area heavily laden with IEDs and was single-handedly responsible for saving the life of an Afghan National Army Soldier who was severely injured by a concealed booby-trap. Airman Johnson selflessly provided combat lifesaver care.
On 5 October 2010, at approximately 1:45 PM, his team and their supported unit were returning to a safe staging area when an IED detonated, seriously injuring his Team Leader, six Soldiers, and mortally wounding SrA Daniel J Johnson. By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty in the service to his country, Airman Johnson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
You’ll notice a special photo of Dan with the American Flag behind him. Dan’s genuine love for our Nation’s flag was poignantly reflected in the practice he made of strapping a neatly folded 3X5 flag over his heart every single time he was called to don the bomb suit. While deployed to Iraq, he was told that when wearing the bomb suit, every extra ounce worn beneath it added an extra pound of discomfort and pain. This flag weighed 14.4 ounces. He was strongly encouraged to consider attaching a small flag with Velcro to his undershirt to ensure his comfort while out on a call. Airman Johnson declined that suggestion explaining that he would wear that flag over his heart for every call/mission he would go on. Upon returning home after deployment, he presented that flag to his mother. It now proudly flies at his mom’s home, reminding her every single day that her son was a passionate hero of integrity who deeply loved his country.
Stories live forever, but only if we have the chance to tell them.
We are asking for your support as The Heroes Journey moves forward to create a digital production of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret.
Last Out: The Movie will turn our story into a tool that is both valuable and timeless. Our goal is to share Last Out on digital platforms and through in-person watch parties across the United States on Memorial Day 2021 to honor those men and women who have given all for our country.
The Heroes Journey Story
The Heroes Journey helps military veterans find their voice and tell their story in their transition from military to civilian life. Our services include therapeutic storytelling and interview skills workshops, social connection gatherings, online learning courses, and books on transition.
The most notable project The Heroes Journey took on between 2018 and early 2020 was producing the national tour of the play Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret. Last Out was written by Scott after he’d reached the lowest point in his own struggles with transition after 23 years in the military.
“I've experienced trauma as a former Green Beret and combat veteran. I went through my own struggle with depression and transition challenges. In fact, I almost took my own life six years ago. After two decades of service I came home to a world I didn't recognize, inhabited by people who didn't seem to know the first thing about me. When I reached the lowest point in my struggles with transition I turned to written story as a form of therapy. I realized that although the story was mine, I was talking about the frustrations of hundreds of thousands of transitioning military members. I found story as a way to close those transition gaps and help heal the wounds of war.”
Sadly, COVID has grounded us and we are unable to share this message with the warriors who need it the most right now. With the social distancing required to battle the virus leaving veterans feeling isolated and cut off from their support systems, we need to tell the Last Out story. But in this time of uncertainty and growing isolation, a play is not enough.
What if we can do better?
Together we can!
We're asking for your support as we move forward to create a digital production of the play. Last Out: The Movie will turn our story into a tool that is both valuable and timeless. Our goal is to share Last Out on digital platforms and through in-person watch parties across the United States on Memorial Day 2021 to honor those men and women who have given all for our country.
Filming is complete. We are now going into production. But we can't do it without you. Our ask is simple. Help us tell this story of modern war in a way that’s never been told, in a voice that's never been heard - the voice of veterans and military families.
Help us send a message to our warriors and their families that they are not forgotten, despite the pain we are going through as a nation. We would appreciate your donation at any level to help us contribute $5000 toward the production costs of filming Last Out: The Movie.
Thanks so much for your help in reaching our goal.