Delta Force Operator’s Life Changed Forever When A Terrorist Killed His Dog: EXCLUSIVE

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Dave Nielsen’s life changed forever the night a terrorist killed his beloved dog Pepper.

The retired Delta Force operator joined me on “American Joyride” to discuss working as a dog handler in The Unit, the night Pepper sacrificed herself to save the team, becoming an operator and the fallout following the death of his dog and friends in combat.

This interview is incredibly raw, powerful and, at times, pretty violent. Having said that, everything Dave talks about is worth every second of your time. He provides a great look at America’s most lethal warriors and the struggles they can endure off the battlefield.

I hope you all enjoyed my conversation with Dave Nielsen, and I encourage you all to dive into more great “American Joyride” content below. It’s all a great reminder of the heroes we have in this country.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Muslims believe (correctly, I’ll add) that dogs are unclean and unsanitary, but to a pretty extreme degree. So they won’t bat an eye killing one to save their own skin if they think they have to. That’s the risk you take putting dogs in harm’s way in that cultural environment.

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