Branch of Service: United States Army
MOS: 19D Cavalry Scout
UNITS SERVED IN:
1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment (Fort Knox, 95-96), 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry (Korea, 96-97), 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment (Germany 97-00), 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry (Korea, 00-02), 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment (Germany 02-04), 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry (Fort Carson, 05-07), 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment (Fort Carson 07-13), 8th Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (Korea 13-14), 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment (Fort Carson 14-16)
VO2 EVENTS YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF:
I have attended a few VO2 group sessions and would like to participate in as many VO2 events as possible. My eyes are set on any 5K/10K runs and the obstacle course event in the spring and summer. My goal through VO2 is to just lead a better healthier life both physically and mentally.
PRE VO2 STRUGGLES & HOW VO2 HAS HELPED:
I have had issue dating back to post 1st deployment in 2004, but like every other trigger puller in the service I refused to admit it and saw seeking help as a weakness. Three deployments later and a trip to Korea things continued to stack up. I did manage to avoid any substance abuse problems but was mad all the time and after retiring I had lost my purpose. It started taking a toll on the family and my wife and kids were always asking why I was mad. I finally agreed to seek counseling through the VA. I tried the Vet Center but didn't gel there. My wife and I start couples counseling at the VA and saw some success but it was more of a facade that I was putting on. It was a former Soldier and now close friend on mine that told me about Devil Dog Strength and Conditioning and the VO2 program. I started attending DDSC just to work out and saw a huge difference in my attitude all most right away. It was a week later that I decided to give the VO2 program a try. It has been good so far as my wife and kids have repeatedly pointed out that I am much more pleasant to be around. I feel much better throughout the day and the additional couples counseling has helped reinforce everything. I look forward to continuing this new journey and bettering my self both physically and mentally. I also look forward to helping other Veterans with resources and encouragement through the VO2 program.
Thanks Matt for sharing your story, we are proud to call you family.