Branch of Service: ARMY
MOS: 11B Infantry
Unit: 1/8th INF, 2/35 INF, 2-27 INF, 2-12 INF. Currently CO. National Guard.
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.
Oscar E. Castaneda Avila