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I’ve been asked “would I do it again, would I go back over there?”, and I firmly answered, NO, but the truth is, I would. The reason I answered no, in part, is because I will forever hold every group of men, to the group of men I served with in 2010, “Outlaws”. The men, with whom I walked up and down the tallest peaks of Eastern Afghanistan, as we transitioned down to the badlands they called “The Horn of Panjwayi”. They spoke of us in the shadows as “the soldiers with devil horns on their helmets” because we operated with such aggression, and fiery that even our foes respected us. These are the men to whom I would answer the call with, again. Most of us have moved on from military service, and we mostly all lead very different lives, but one thing is for sure. We will forever be bonded by the deepest of connections that are built by the darkest, and brightest times of our lives. We will forge on, knowing that we stood toe to toe with some of the most evil men that ever lived. We carry the burdens of war as a badge of honor, and we do our best to honor those brothers who didn’t make it home. As the saying goes “Until Valhalla” were we will meet up again, for one last battle.

Beards and Veterans……..

Earlier in the month I decided to grow my beard out to an ungodly length, but after a few days of letting my current beard grow, I chose to shave it back down to a more tamed look. After I shaved it down, I instantly felt amazing, and looked at myself in a brighter light. That feeling led me to make an Instagram video on why I cut my beard. The question I posed on Instagram was “Do Veterans grow long beards to hide their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – or PTSD for short, is it a badge of honor/pride, or is both”. Continue reading

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