Veterans Overcoming Obstacles is honored to announce our Veteran of the month for August 2019 is Steven Hancock.
Stevens story is heartbreaking, incredible and one of a veteran who hit rock bottom and refused to quit. Congratulations Steven this is so very much earned.
Branch of Service: Navy
Rate: Master at Arms
VO2 events taken part in so far:
Future VO2 Events/Goals: Tough Mudder is the next event. I would like to improve my all around fitness as well as possibly accomplish the Spartan Super next year.
I was deployed to Japan and the Middle East. I worked in patrol, dispatch, customs, and physical security.
My pre VO2 struggles are many. First and foremost I am a suicide survivor. During my last deployment in Bahrain I attempted suicide by jumping from a 5th floor balcony. The injuries I sustained left me paralyzed from the waist down. I was dealing with PTSD and was not receiving the help I needed. I was hospitalized for a year for recovery and during this time I went through a divorce. I then met my current wife (Jami) over five years ago and she has stuck by my side ever since. Through struggles with the VA and a massive breakdown and battles with opiates and alcohol I hit my lowest low a little over two years ago. I found myself threatening the ones I loved and myself and landed in jail. After going through treatment and essentially finding myself, life began to get back on track.
My journey with VO2 took a lot on pushing and encouragement. A buddy of mine introduced me to Chris two years ago. Soon after that, Jami began training with Lexi and kept asking me to try a class. On my own time I decided I needed something new in my life to really push myself to the limit and get my fitness back on track. I immediately wanted to accomplish the Spartan Sprint and set out to do so with the help of VO2 and an awesome gym family.
"Embrace The Suck"