What is something that has been a struggle in your life?
My mother abandoned my younger brother and me when we were very young. We were raised by our father, who worked hard to provide for us. Coming from a single-parent household, we didn't have many luxuries, but we had each other.
My brother and I both served our nation and both deployed to Afghanistan in order to secure a better life for ourselves.
The consequences of war have left an indelible mark on our family. I am fortunate to have the support of my family and friends as I work to overcome the challenges of service-connected injuries and post-traumatic stress. My service dog, Lakota, has been incredibly helpful in my recovery, and I hope that we can be an inspiration to others who are going through tough times.
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