“I felt my parents were incredibly strict when I was younger. Looking back, they should have been a hell of a lot more strict. I did some very dangerous stuff when I was younger and some of that, I’m not sure my parents ever knew about. My mother was always very loving and caring, and my dad was an awesome provider. He was a helicopter pilot in the Army during the Vietnam war, which is why he was eventually stationed up in Alaska. My mom was born and raised there. She was actually born in the same hospital as me.”—SFC Tara Hutchinson (Army, OIF Veteran) post sponsored by @veteran.forever
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“In honor of those we’ve lost, this is for the ones we can still reach. You are not alone.” @thefirewithin22 The Fire Within .
Did you know that roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide?
Did you know that there are roughly 44.7 million veterans and civilians who struggle with PTSD?
Did you know you are not alone?
This book will inspire you if you’re a veteran or a civilian. “Everyone has a story. It’s what makes us human, and humans have shared stories since the beginning of time. Regardless of where we come from, who we are, or what we do for a living, if we could all share our stories, we could likely find more in common with each other than we would expect.” -Bill Rausch
Rounding out "Nature Week"
2016 was a great year! I was in great shape, I lived basically on this beautiful beach, (Well, really about 50 yards) it was a full year after my divorce, (so I had time to reflect and just be me) and there was alot of excitement to be had. .
Not sure if you remember but, #22KILL was sweeping all of social media. It be was a pushup challenge to create awareness for veteran suicide prevention along with honoring military service members and veterans. .
22 pushups everyday for 22 days. I distinctly remember how honored I felt each day. (Plus, I was getting stronger too. 💪bonus).
After the 22 days were up, I decided to continue adding 2 pushups per day until I had reached a total of 100. (That was alot of pushups 😂) Everytime I just kept thinking how fortunate I was to be alive and prayed for the families of the vets who took their life.
When I hear of another suicide or someone who's lost their life in the military, it reminds me of the challenge. Although, I cannot feel their pain and suffering I can always open my heart and pray for them.
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🇺🇸Behind Your Freedom
Help me say thank you to Austin Sneller... Remember being 18, getting ready to graduate and not being sure what step you wanted to take next?
Austin Sneller didn’t experience that.
He always knew what he wanted to do.
He wanted to defend your freedom.
Congratulations and THANK YOU for making such a selfless choice!