The Reasons

Date: 10 Jul 2017 0644PM

Location: Boston Logan Airport, MA

 

Traveled from Bangor to Boston this afternoon. It was incredibly hard to leave home.

 

For those who don't know, I live daily with the after effects of my time spent overseas. A range of symptoms, a veritable Venn diagram encompassing post traumatic stress, depression, and a traumatic brain injury.

 

I tell people not for sympathy, but to inform. All injuries are not visible, and each injury impacts each person differently - too many of my brothers and sisters in arms have succumbed to their physical, mental, and moral injuries.

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I leave home at a very inconvenient and unfortunate time for my family. Not because I am weak, but because I'm am no longer able to continue on living in my current mental and emotional state.

 

I'm going to say that again: I no longer want to live - haven't for quite some time.

 

So instead of taking my own life, I walk.

 

Yes, *literally*.

 

In 2015 I attempted to walk the Appalachian Trail. It was too much for me a the time, just getting out of the military, not fully understanding how my mind, personality, and soul had been altered.

 

Later in 2015 I was selected to represent the United States and walk 1,000 miles throughout the United Kingdom with another American and four British injured combat vets.

 

Last year, I managed to thru hike all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

 

Earlier this summer I hiked the 270 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

 

Now, I head west to the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail in search of continued healing and peace.

 

Join me on my journey.