2017 Expedition

Branch of Service: United States Army

State: South Carolina

Justin served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in 2003 and then with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan in 2006. Justin is also a thyroid cancer survivor. The most important titles to Justin are husband and father to a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. Justin was medically retired from the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant in 2008.

Recently, Justin lost his mental health provider and had to retire his service animal. After he underwent gastric sleeve surgery, Justin says feels he is finally getting back to his physical shape but is looking to regain his spiritual shape again. After reading an article in the latest VFW Magazine about No Barriers, he feels that this opportunity will benefit both his family as well as himself.

Currently his life revolves around helping Veterans with Service dogs for PTSD as well as being a “gym-dad” for his competitive gymnast daughter and a son who wrestles. Justin also loves to spend his time being outdoors, riding his Harley-Davidson, and spending time with his family.
Justin hope that this expedition will help him break down emotional walls, with other veterans who have also experienced rigors of war, which in turn will help him open up to his wife and children.

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