It began with one broken Veteran who was given a bit of hope & a dream....
Growing up I was the son of a career Navy man and a Vietnam era Marine grandfather. My path had been chosen at an early age. With a passion for medicine I joined the Navy and became a corpsman. I wanted more than to spend my time in a hospital or on ship so I went to Camp Pendleton and became a grunt corpsman. Within a year I was attached to 3rd battalion 5th Marines India Company and had found my calling. In 2003 we were deployed to Iraq for the initial invasion where my life would forever change. My Marines became my family as we tore through Iraq. When we arrived home life was the same but my mind was different, I wouldn’t be seen as weak so I stayed quiet and prepared for Fallujah. In 2004 my unit returned to Iraq for operation Phantom Fury. While there we lost many brothers and I felt I had lost any humanity that remained. We returned home just before the summer of 2005. That summer I was transferred to Texas, where the real battle would begin. I was drinking myself into blackouts every night in hopes of relief, I lost every friend I had due to lack of trust and inability to open up or feel anything. I was dealing with terrible nightmares, constant anger and a desire to fill my life with chaos. After two divorces, I began dating my best friend from high school when things began to shift. She had grown up in the church and began asking me to go with her. I couldn’t keep a job; I was angry all the time and barely left our home. I couldn’t see where God could help. In 2008 I gave my life to Christ and as I grew in him my life began to change. I am now happily married with 4 amazing children, God has given me more than I could have ever imagined and now I want to share it with you. I have been retired by the VA with a diagnosis of PTSD and TBI. I see this as a blessing allowing me to focus my life in the service to you my brothers and sisters. I believe together in Christ we will overcome the effects of our experiences and renew this nations covenant with God. “Is my Grace not sufficient, for my power is made perfect in weakness;” therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christs power may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 Give him your burdens and he will bless you in ways you can never imagine.