I served four years in the Army and six years in the National Guard as an 11B Infantry man. I deployed twice to Iraq both in support of operation Iraqi freedom, my last rank was E-5 SGT. I was born and raised here in Phoenix AZ. I am currently a student at AAI, and will be graduating this November. My transition into civilian life was very difficult, I had a tough time adjusting to it, I got into a lot of trouble, and now I am bettering myself and overcoming all the obstacles that I have faced. I love camping, hiking, and just being away from the city as much as possible. I am walking because I believe in the cause, at one point in my life suicide did cross my mind, I would like to think that I wouldn't have gone through with it, but luckily for me I have the strength and love of my family and friends. I believe everyone needs a strong support system, awareness, and resources because we are all important.