VetStory: Doc Todd brings combat to Hip Hop

Phil Briggs
July 12, 2018 - 4:46 pm

It’s not often that a hip hop artist’s experience with guns includes firefights in Afghanistan. 

And it’s even more rare when the story of a veteran's trauma and addiction has a happy ending. 

The story of hip hop artist / Navy veteran, Doc Todd, is truly inspiring. 

Phil Briggs sat down with Doc as he shared vivid details about his life, his current single "Not Alone" and his mission to stop veteran suicides.

Doc was born George Michael Todd Jr. on February 16, 1985, and raised in the city of Memphis. While study wasn’t his strong suit, he fell in love with writing in high school – that is, writing lyrics for his band, not writing homework assignments.   In the fall of 2007 he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.

Doc spent his military career attached to America’s Battalion, 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, an Infantry Unit headquartered in Camp Lejeune, NC. He deployed to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan in May 2009 as part of Operation Khanjar, the largest aerial insertion of Marine troops since the Vietnam War.  During his deployment, Doc experienced it all – treated his Marines for heat exhaustion and blast/burn injuries, dug holes in the dirt to sleep, kept his Marines’ spirits up through his jokes and raps, endured bilateral atypical pneumonia leading to his own medivac, and lost his close friend to small arms fire on July 2, 2009. In total, 14 members of Doc's battalion were killed in action during Operation Khanjar.  Several more have been lost to suicide and substance abuse since returning home.

Now, Doc has had enough… enough with the pain, enough with not fitting in, and enough with the sorrow and anger of having another friend take his life. Doc took a leap of faith to pursue a mission focused on impacting veterans’ lives through music.

Now the hip-hop album, "Combat Medicine" is exactly what it sounds like: a no-holds-bar look into military life and veteran transition.

His mission is simple – show veterans they’re not alone.

For more information about Doc Todd's music and tour schedule check out 

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