I joined The United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 out of high school. I went to bootcamp on September 17th, 2001 six days after the the World Trade Center attack. I became a Anti-Tank Assault-man and deployed to Iraq with 3/7 for the initial invasion in 2003 and re-deployed again to Iraq in 2004. In late 2005 I became field instructor with the weapons and field training battalion at Edison Range. I trained over 6,000 recruits making America's highest quality trained United States Marines. I received orders to 3/5, where I was given various positions such as Platoon SGT,Embark Rep,Company Gunny,Operations Chief, and BEQ manager. Upon returning from Iraq I was having complications adjusting to life and tried my best using alcohol to cover it up . I was given a service dog through a program in San Diego and medically discharged after serving 11 years. A couple of months passed and I was asked to assist training dogs for veterans in Kern County by Sherri's project, Wounded Warrior pack in San Diego. When I started to train dogs I found my passion after my military life. 3 years later I partnered with a local non-profit where I was able to assist more local veterans and became the director of the new program. The program I created with The Wounded Heroes Fund was built from top to bottom providing training, collars, leashes and dog food free of cost to veterans. It's what Veterans deserve and what I love doing.