Since the day I separated I have sought out veteran initiatives to take part in. Well I found one.
#DCSPack #MFTRTD #noonedoesthisshitalone
#Repost @ironlife.apparel (@get_repost)
I’d like to welcome Eric, my brother in arms to the Iron Life Family. I met Eric after I moved back to Colorado when I retired. My life was a wreck, I had nothing. As soon as I sat down and started talking to him and talking about what Vets do, there was no judgment, just acceptance and comfort from another man that has been through some of the same shit. I will never forget that day, I gained one of my best friends that day.
Coming from a family of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension it was no surprise I was 13 yrs old 5'6" and 220lbs. I was entering high school and there was a summer program for weight room introduction for athletes. That summer I found out I could be as strong as I wanted to be, as fast as I wanted to be, I just had to earn it and my fire was lit. I graduated high school and entered the US Navy at 6" 220. I trained to be an electrician in the nuclear power field and volunteered submarines. After a stay on as an instructor following training, I reported to the USS Hampton out of San Diego, CA. they were already on deployment and I met them in Japan. 5 years later I finished my third deployment; divorced, depressed, stressed out, 30 lbs over weight and beaten. I PCS'd to Guam, normally a place to party after deployments. I started a new and dedicated myself to rebuilding my mind and spirit, by taking back control of my body. I severely reduced my self destructive habits, and trained 6 days a week. I used it as a methodical meditation; volume, pain, counting, until I couldn't go anymore. Professionally, I advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, acted as the Squadron Electrical Chief and Certified to work on major Electrical distribution equipment. I ended my naval career at just over 12 years. While processing out I registered for my first powerlifting meet and got a coach. My first year out I got a job traveling, my grandmother had a stroke, my father passed away, and I would have been in shambles. However, there was a constant, my powerliftin