Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps

MOS: 6172 CH-46E Air Crew Chief

Unit: HMM-364 

Age:29 years old


VO2 EVENTS TO DATE:

Ran the Dunn and Darth. Have attended several VO2 meetings. Donated towards VO2.

 

VO2 FUTURE EVENTS PLANNED:
Plan on running and competing in more VO2 races and fundraisers. Would  like to become more involved and possible be on VO2 committee. Help plan  future events.


PRE VO2 STRUGGLES:
Before I started  attending VO2 meetings there were a few struggles that I had to  overcome. After serving for 5 years, the Marine Corps became my family,  will always be my family. When I’d come home on leave I felt homesick  and want to go be back with my Marine brothers. I felt like a stranger  in my own family at times. Getting so use to the life style of the  Marines it was a huge change getting use to becoming a civilian again.  Anxiety became an issue, more so in big crowds so I turned to drinking  hard alcohol and pulling myself away from certain things and events.  Even though my family is the best and is always there for me at times I  still felt like I was missing out on not being around my brothers who  shared some of the same struggles.


HOW HAS VO2 CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Since being involved in VO2 I’ve come to see the struggles that others  have and how I can relate to them. VO2 has been that opportunity not  only for myself but for other veterans to express their feelings and  struggles they are to overcome. It has allow me to open my eyes and want  to help my brothers/sisters in need. I’ve also seen how VO2 has helped  other veterans in everyday life to have good days, weeks, years. There  will always be struggles being a veteran but with VO2 it is easier to  overcome the life changes we all have encountered. I’m very honored to  be apart of such a great group and so happy to have the support needed  to overcome personal struggles.


Semper Fi.