Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps
MOS: 6172 CH-46E Air Crew Chief
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.