The transition to the civilian world has never been easy for me. Truth is I found reasons to scoff at the man that looked back at me in the mirror. I hated what I had become.
Deb, Don, Ann Marie and most especially the horses showed me that my sense of self-worth and validation had to come from me and not anyone else.
I needed help and Building Bridges was the first place I felt comfortable saying that out loud. I was ashamed of myself—meeting everyone at Building Bridges was nothing short of a miracle for my life; as a Marine Corps veteran there is an image that I made sure I presented, I didn’t trust them at first, they saw through it all.
After about a month, I started noticing a change in myself. I resisted at first, but I made myself trust people I had never met. Their kindness and patience revealed amazing commitment…volunteering their time to help Veterans, Active Duty, and First Responders—all because they CARE. I didn’t completely comprehend this until I saw the change in myself; my wife has told me numerous times how thankful she is that I found this AMAZING organization.
I know this will sound cliché, but they helped me save my marriage, helped me accept myself and in many ways saved my life. God Bless everyone there.