Where do you live? I live in Troy, Ohio.
Do you have children and/or pets? I have a pit bull named Riley.
What do you like to do in your free time? I am a personal trainer and enjoy weight lifting.
In what branch did you serve? I am in the Ohio Army National Guard.
What rank/job title did you hold? I hold the rank of Specialist.
Where were you deployed? I have not been deployed.
Why did you enlist? I enlisted to serve our country, to learn great skills and to benefit from the military's great educational opportunities.
How long were you enlisted? I am still serving. I have been in the army for five years and five months and am looking into extending my contract for a couple of additional years.
What was the single most important thing that you learned from your time spent in the service? I have learned that you must keep pushing yourself to be better. Life is tough, but you cannot let it hold you back from what you want to be or what you want to do. If there is a will, there is a way. You will be amazed at what you can do if you keep pushing. There are a lot of things that I have done while being in the military—that I never thought I would be able to do. No matter what issue you may be experiencing—financial, relationship, family, everyday stress—just hold your head up and keep pushing. If you do—you will succeed and come out better and stronger.
What is your proudest military and/or personal achievement? I was proud to receive an Army Commendation Medal or ARCOM.
If you had an infinite amount of money to use for a good cause, what would it be? I would do whatever it took to raise awareness of both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention. I have lost too many close friends who, unfortunately, could not handle PTSD and took their own lives as a result. People do not realize how common this is in the military.