A Warrior’s Story
In November of 2010 I was deployed to Afghanistan with a United States Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. While out on a mission with an Army S.F. unit I was struck in the upper back causing major internal damage.
As a result of my injuries I spent the next year and half in rehab learning to walk, talk and use the left side of my body again. At an adaptive sports camp that was run by the USAF I got onto the wrong bus, thinking I was going to an Air Pistol class, I found myself at an Archery class.
I had never held a Bow before in my life, but found it enjoyable and when I returned back to Washington State I found a local Archery Shop and started asking questions. The Nock Point Archery Shop owner took me in and really started me down the archery road. After a few months I started classes at Next Step Archery to learn more about a sport that I fell in love with.
Archery helps clear my mind on days that my PTSD is showing its ugly head and keeps me grounded. I also found that in the beginning archery gave me a reason to get up in the morning and get out of my house. Now going to the shop is like going to a family members house, to the point that my service dog gets excited when we turn down the road toward the shop.
For me archery has changed my life is so many ways. First by giving me a reason to get up and tackle my day. Second by giving me an extended family and somewhere I can go to give back. Now that I am in a good place with my recovery I want to help others that are dealing with disabilities.
Air Force EOD