From: Antes Fort, PA
What do you do for a living?
Disabled Veteran & Amateur Woodworker
How did you first connect with Herren Project?
I first connected to Herren Project through David Clark when he was building the Ultramarathon Team. The connection grew during the Icebreaker Run and I never looked back.
What is your interest in/connection to recovery?
Substance use and mental health issues are something that I have struggled with since my three combat tours in Afghanistan. I have been in and out of treatment for substance use disorder and PTSD since 2008. In 2012, I got sober and remained sober for 7 years and relapsed. I used the lessons learned from my relapse to fight my way back and continue to fight to be a better man every day.
Who is someone that inspires you?
Anyone in long term recovery. Anyone who keeps fighting even when the chips are down.
What’s your favorite pastime or hobby?
Trail running, woodworking, and reading.
What are you most proud of?
My sobriety. Even after my relapse, I never lost sight of how important (and fragile) it was. I worked hard to overcome the relapse, the loss of my son, and my mental health issues. The hard work was worth it!
What does working for Herren Project mean to you?
It is difficult to put into words what being a part of the Herren Project community means to me. It means breaking the stigma associated with addiction and mental health issues. It means showing others that recovery is possible. It means hope, love, connection, relationships, gratitude, and humility. Being asked to represent such a wonderful organization and community is an honor. Despite some challenging times, Herren Project as a community didn’t give up on me or turn its back on me. So, it also means redemption! Herren Project is my family. The only relationships I can compare it to are the ones I had with the men I went into combat with. I had never experienced the level of trust, camaraderie, loyalty, selflessness, and connection that I had with those men until I built these types of relationships through Herren Project.