With over 10 years of honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps, I moved back to Florida in hopes of having an easier transition back to civilian life. It was difficult for me to express my thoughts and experiences with my family and I was afraid to talk so I just started to pull away from everyone. I was in one of the biggest battles of my life and was trying to do it on my own. How could I ask for help after all this training? After all I had done and everything I had been through. How would my family understand the new me I had become when they had no clue as to what had really happened? I was lost and in my own mind, I was alone, surrounded by family. I felt like I was going down a dark hole that I may never come back from.
I was introduced to Fairways for Warriors and for the first time in a long time I felt like I was somewhere I belonged. The Warriors made me feel like I wasn’t alone. They knew me without me having to say a word. I felt normal. Fairways for Warriors saved my life. I don’t know where I would be or if I would even be here if it weren’t for them. Whether I play golf like a pro or not isn’t the focus. Quite frankly, I had never played golf up until I got with Fairways for Warriors. What is important, is that I am able to be myself and to have other brave men and women who have been where I have been. It has been the best form of therapy I have ever gotten.
I have now started a new career in doing my part to help fellow veterans. I want to help others the way Fairways for Warriors has helped me.