Last updated: July 08. 2014 11:23PM - 1958 Views
By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com



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HAZLETON — A Hazleton-area couple will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Saving Heroes” on the American Heroes Channel.


Retired SSG Erik Olson and his wife, Tiffany Cloud Olson, will be the featured “heroes” in an episode being taped in Northeastern Pennsylvania this week.


The one-hour “Saving Heroes” episode about the Olsons will air on the cable and satellite channel nationwide mid-to-late August with the air date still to be finalized.


According to a news release about the show, the American Heroes Channel (formerly The Military Channel), is part of the Discovery Communications Network. It’s launching a new television show starting July 26 titled “Saving Heroes.”


The series will air at 9 a.m. Saturdays and will run for 23 weeks, honoring heroes from all walks of life. The release said “Saving Heroes” focuses on the heroics of first responders — police officers, firefighters — as well as military personnel. “Saving Heroes” also will feature ordinary citizens who have saved others.


“To even be on the same channel that shows men who stormed the beaches in Normandy, fought in the Frozen Chosin Reservoir, bled in the jungles of Vietnam … those men are my heroes,” Tiffany Cloud Olson said. “I’m honored and humbled The American Heroes Channel is sharing our story with the nation. We are simply Americans doing our part.”


Her husband said it takes courage to fight in war, but it also takes courage to come home from war and deal with it in a healthy, productive way.


“I don’t want any more of my brothers and sisters to commit suicide once home from battle,” Erik Olson said. “In the military, I learned to lead by example and I want to be a part of the solution. My wife and I both want to be part of the solution — that’s our mission. We want our nation’s returned veterans to get support, patience, understanding, jobs — opportunities they have earned and, frankly, deserve.”


Erik Olson is a three-tour combat veteran, hit six times by enemy fire in tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Army’s Special Operations Forces. He spent three and a half years in combat. Among his commendations are two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with Valor.


Since his retirement, Olson is CEO/managing director of Warrior Summit Outdoors LLC, a company he founded with his wife to give a window to the public into what our nation’s war heroes often deal with when coming home. Issues it addresses include post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and help for combat veterans to heal the invisible wounds of war by connecting with the healing powers of getting into nature by hunting, fishing and mountain climbing.


Eric Olson hosts “Warrior Summit Outdoors” on WYLN-TV35 based in Hazleton. The show is airing all over the WYLN TV35 viewing area in Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as on Service Electric Cablevision in the Lehigh Valley, with new episodes monthly.


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