As a U.S. Army veteran as well as being a former police officer, I’ve seen all too often the pain and suffering that my fellow warriors have experienced due to PTSD and addiction. I was perplexed and frustrated because I wanted to help, in some way, to assist them in dealing with the demons that they were forced to live with.
My Why is simple: to find the key to unlock and release any and all pain associated with PTSD.
While I am not the person you’d call in an emergency situation, I can give back to those like my brother and my life partner and my community in other ways. Warriors Heart is one of those ways.
Being a family member that lost my brother, Sgt. Bobby Gene Swanson, Jr. in Vietnam, I feel that God has allowed me to come full circle, and give back by serving the men and women who sacrifice every day to give us our freedom.
My Why? Our Veterans and First Responders deserve the absolute best for their sacrifices.
I spent much of my youth wondering what I wanted to do with my life. When I graduated high school, I felt like I had a world of possibilities and all that I had to do was make a decision. I knew that I wanted to get married, have a family, graduate college and make a lot of money. What I failed to realize was that my goals were impossible to achieve because I chose to drink alcohol nearly every day.
Our Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders, and Civilian Warriors make great sacrifices for our country every day. They experience traumatic events which the regular public simply can’t understand. That’s why I feel passionately that our Warriors should be receiving the support they deserve so they can continue serving our country in whatever capacity they choose. I am humbled and honored to be with Warriors Heart where I can continue serving my fellow Warriors.
At Warriors Heart, my Why is this: “Because every addict/alcoholic deserves to recover and no warrior should lose their lives to this disease.”
Why? Because I need to give back what has so freely been given to me and mine. I’m so blessed to be in the position to give back.
I am a US Army Veteran, former Police Officer and Corrections Officer. I am a father, husband, son and recovering opiate addict. I have served 5 tours of duty in Iraq, Cuba and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom as a Military Police Officer.
I truly hope that someone reading this will find their way to treatment and get their life back as well. This disease of addiction truly is cunning, baffling and powerful. Don’t let one more day go by.