Branch of Service: ARMY

MOS: 11B Infantry

Unit: 1/8th INF, 2/35 INF, 2-27 INF, 2-12 INF. Currently CO. National Guard.

Age: 32


WHAT VO2 EVENTS HAVE YOU BEEN A PART OF?

2017 Big Dog Brag Mud run Colorado Springs / Pueblo


WHAT UPCOMING VO2 EVENTS DO YOU PLAN TO BE A PART OF?

Volunteering with community events, and be able to participate more in the events to bring awareness and support to the org.


WHAT STRUGGLES DID YOU HAVE BEFORE VO2?

Before VO2 being active duty its hard to seek help for anything, as it  caries the burden of being label weak and loosing confidence of your  subordinates and peers. So I kept all my struggles to my self until I  push everyone away and causing me to find a solution in Alcohol. Making  ripples in all aspect of my life from work to family.


HOW DID VO2 COME INTO YOUR LIFE AND HOW HAS VO2 CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

When I found VO2 it was by accident I walked in to the gym seeking to  improve my physical health, coming to find out I found more than that. I  showed up to my first meeting coming from just having the biggest loos  in my life and seeing how everyone was supporting each other by  listening and having some input when they asked for it, not forcing  anyone out of there comfort and  only sharing what there comfortable  with. As it came to my turn it was the first time in that long month  that I was able to express my self and let out some of the struggle and  pain I was holding in knowing I didn’t make sense as I lost my  composure. I don’t think if everyone there realized how much just them  being there and giving me the opportunity to talk and them listening  help me over come a part of that struggle, making me realize I can  better my self little by little mentally and physically. I have come to  find not just a support group or gym but a group of people that over  time I come to call friends and some close to family, helping each other  over come any obstacle that gets in our path.


V/R
Oscar E. Castaneda Avila