I carried a lot of demons from my operational tour. I started drinking too much and I had trouble sleeping, as well as troubles with my temper. I managed to get things under control, but I know others had it far worse than me. I’ve lost more friends to suicide since leaving the military than I lost in Afghanistan.
Exercise has always been a salvation for me, ever since I was a kid. When I left the Marines I decided to make it a job and become a personal trainer. I very quickly fell in love with it. It has been amazing to watch what a few regular sessions can do. It is an incredibly rewarding job.
At first it was a struggle financially, taking a big pay cut from my military salary as I got established. I could have earned a lot more in private security, but after being away so long with the Marines, I wanted to be closer to home, and also I knew my path was heading in a different direction.