September 11th

As my alarm went off this morning I woke with the same unsettling feeling as I do every September 11th. Getting out of bed took a little longer than usual as I reckoned with the internal struggle of enveloping myself into a full day of heart wrenching news and social media coverage for the anniversary of a day…..a few hours…

The Gas Chamber

The Crucible is the final training event at boot camp before a recruit becomes a Marine and until you pass that point you can only be referred to as ‘recruit.’ To this day, I think I would react quicker to that name than my own. My platoon, 1040, and I had made it halfway through the thirteen-week training to, hopefully,…

The Beautiful Burden

I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunities and experiences available to me since receiving the Medal of Honor on June 19, 2014. From David Letterman to throwing the first pitch at Major League games to skydiving with the Red Bull team and being a part of a Starbucks commercial, I am truly thankful. I often get asked the…

Thank You

First things first, if you are reading this I truly thank you. Thank you for visiting my website and supporting me. It is because of people like you that I push myself to do everything I can on this crazy journey to make a positive impact on the world. Six months ago, I graduated college with a degree in International…

Memorial Day

“Today is the day flags will be placed at the graves of Americans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As the flags are placed they will be followed by the tears of the loved ones who are placing them; a brother, sister, father, or mother. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died and…

ICU Room #4

Walking through the halls of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center was an eerie feeling. An American military hospital in German, Landstuhl receives wounded service members straight from the battlefield, triages and stabilizes them to prepare them for the journey home. Nearly eight years ago, my lifeless body was rolled down these same halls as I was barely clinging to life. On…

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